Saturday November 25, 2017
2017 Festival of Trees Brochure (click link to right)
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TICKETS: Online ticket sales have ended. Tickets will be available for purchase Friday at Hospice House and at The Tidewater Inn Gold Ballroom from Friday November 24 until noon. Day-of tickets ($35) are available only at The Tidewater Inn Gold Ballroom. TICKETS MAY BE USED EITHER DAY.
The River House
Residence of Tom and Alice Blair
Situated mid-point between St. Michaels and Easton on St. Michaels Road, the River House was purchased by Tom & Alice in 2005.
While there were numerous homes in the area available for purchase with unique histories and stunning settings, they were drawn to the River House because of its expansive views of the Miles River and the ability to easily expand the structure to accommodate the overnight stays of their sixteen grandchildren, The renovations and expansion included the addition of bedrooms and baths, a guest house and a caretaker's house as well as two "dorms." A two-story library was constructed to display the full-size Spitfire, a British WWII fighter that hangs from the ceiling.
A final brushstroke to the property was the construction of a replica of church ruins to the left of the driveway. The "ruins" give the appearance of a 19th century stone church that has lost its roof and portions of its walls over the last 200 years. The ruins have served as the site for a fall wedding for one of Tom & Alice's children.
The holidays are a magical time at River House with beautiful decorations throughout the home - from the antique sleigh full of gifts on the front terrace to the lushly be-decked library the house brims with Christmas cheer. Bountiful Interiors holiday decorating crew, led by Paula Siedlarz is thrilled to help craft the holiday displays throughout the residence.
As local residents now, the River House is the property that displays holiday scenes, including Santa Claus' sled being impaled by an Air Force fighter.
5989 Canterbury Drive, Easton
Residence of Peter Gallagher and Caroline Boutte
Owl's Nest is a love letter to Caroline & Peter's travels, shared passions and their extensive antique china collections.
The original house was built in 1972 of a modern design complete with teal walls, orange shag carpet and various shed roof lines. Caroline Boutte, Principal Architect/Designer for Graybanks Design Group, LLC saw great promise in the Flemish Bond structure. She recognized the potential to have well proportioned rooms of various ceiling heights that could take full advantage of the tranquil water views of Trippe Creek. With major renovations and newly constructed additions, the home embraces indoor/outdoor living with a large terrace which includes twin outdoor fireplaces, pool, fountain and outdoor kitchen which is accessed through French doors from every major room.
Ferry Farm House c. 1730
29793 Bolingbroke Point Drive, Trappe
Residence of Bob and Laura Cowin
Bob and Laura Cowin started their search for a historic home on the Eastern Shore in late 2011. They knew that it was time to get back to the Shore to be close to family and lifelong friends after living in New Orleans for 13 years. Their search ended when they saw historic Ferry Farm House, which had been painstakingly restored by David and Susan Lee of Trappe.
Ferry Farm House originally operated as an Inn and Tavern for travelers waiting for the horse and passenger ferry crossing the Choptank River to Dorchester County. The ferry rights were granted in 1722 to Henry Bullen, the landowner at the time. After Bullen, the ferry was owned and operated by William Akers until the early 19th century, and it is believed that Akers and his wife, Ann, were the first to use Ferry Farm House as a private residence. In the 1900’s, the property was owned by Alexander Highley, and 160 acres of the land, including Ferry Farm House, was passed on through inheritance to his grandson, A. Bowdle Highley. Mr. Highley subsequently sold the farmhouse and divided the land along the Choptank into building lots.
Ferry Farm House is one of 15 homes still standing in Talbot County built before 1731. It is architecturally significant because it is one of the earliest gambrel roof dwellings in the County. Another point of historic interest is the original tobacco barn located on the property, which is believed to be one of only two such structures still standing in Talbot County.
The original house, which was three bays long and two bays deep, was built on a brick cellar and laid in English bond that resembles early 18th-century brickwork on the Eastern Shore. The floor joists in the basement supporting the first floor are white oak logs sawed in half and to this day still retain their original bark. The house is also noteworthy for its early 18th-century walnut staircase and original fluted pilasters on the walls of the living and dining rooms. The change to the original floor plan is assumed to have been made in the 1940’s with the addition of an eastern wing, which had previously been a small horse barn that augmented the farm’s main stables.
As a family that has experienced the comfort and compassion of hospice care for several loved ones, the Cowins are pleased to welcome the public to visit historic Ferry Farm House in support of Talbot Hospice.
Residence of Peter and Anne Cerutti
7945 Maiden Point Ct, Easton
Owners Peter and Anne chose Easton Village after living on the Eastern Shore for more than a dozen years, Having looked extensively for a home on the water with less yard maintenance than their previous home, they decided that the small lot with water front on the Tred Avon was the place to be.
The permit was obtained in October 2011, but weather caused delays until March 2012 to see any real progress. The Cerutti's moved into the home in November 2012. Ron Mooney worked closely with the owners to design and build the home. Ron was ready and willing to adjust plans as work progressed. One of the major changes from the original plan was a wall of windows that overlooks the Tred Avon at the Port of Easton.
The home could be considered to have an island design as the main living quarters are on the second floor that takes advantage of the amazing views. The home is handicapped accessible in all areas, has an energy efficient geothermal heat pump and Energy Star insulation, doors, windows and appliances and Wi-Fi connectivity for HVAC, computers, TV, alarm and lighting. All lighting is LED.
There is an in-law suite, created for Anne's parents, but alas they preferred the warmer climate of California.
Interior designer, Dan Webster of Higgins and Spencer in St. Michaels helped the Cerutti's coordinate their existing furnishings and décor with new selections where needed. Blue, Anne and Pete's favorite color, is worked in many shades along with soft greens and beige to create a relaxing resort tone. New window treatments were created and existing draperies were re-worked to fit the new house. The transitional design reflects the Cerutti's love of travel, especially to Italy. Having worked with Ron Mooney on other projects, Dan was helpful to Anne in the selection of tile, bath and lighting fixtures and custom designed cabinetry.
Hollywood on the Bolingbroke c. 2016
29811 Bolingbroke Point Drive, Trappe
Residence of Monty and Suzie Deel
Hollywood on the Bolingbroke is the home of Monty and Suzie Deel; named for its variety of large Holly trees. The property was part of a much larger “Ferry Farm” property located on the banks of Bolingbroke Creek at its intersection with the Choptank River. The current guest house was the original dwelling; built as a hunting lodge by Bowdle Highly who owned Ferry Farm in the 1900's. The lodge having knotty pine walls and plaster ceilings, it originally had gun cabinets and boot hangers in every bed room. The Lodge was renovated in 2005 becoming a three-bedroom guest house.
The main Contemporary house was built in 2009. As you enter the home through the front door into the main living space, you will notice the open floor plan and high vaulted ceiling with a stone fireplace in its center. Your view will soon give way to a wall of windows providing vast river views showcasing the beauty of the eastern shore. From the back porch you can see the large uninhabited island that is just across the Choptank from the Hyatt Resort. The beaches of the Island are often used for parties and weddings. Also from the porch you can see the remains of an ancient dock where watermen delivered their catch for decades.
The surrounding property was once home to a band of the Choptank Indians, evident by the many artifacts that have been found on the property. Local lore has it that the original lodge was once a house of ill repute complete with a red light in the window that signaled it was open for business. The young lady of the house is reputed to be the only woman to escape from the Cambridge jail, jumping from a second story window after being arrested for her business activities.
TICKETS: Requests for tickets by mail ($30) must be received by November 18. Advance in-person tickets ($30) are available until November 23 at the Talbot Hospice House, 586 Cynwood Drive, and at The Tidewater Inn Gold Ballroom from November 20 to November 24, and November 25 until noon. Day-of tickets ($35) are available only at The Tidewater Inn Gold Ballroom. Tickets are also available online at www.festival-of-trees.org. TICKET SALES ARE LIMITED, SO PLEASE ORDER EARLY. TICKETS MAY BE USED EITHER DAY.
Directions are available below. We suggest you download and print.
Attire: Please wear low-heeled shoes for both your own comfort and to protect the floors of our featured homes.
Ticket Sales are limited, so please order early.
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PHOTOGRAPHY: No photography allowed at homes.
Please note: Tickets are only valid for the tour date specified.
Thank you to our Homes Tour families
The Friends of Hospice extend their most sincere gratitude to our Homes Tour families for making their homes available for the tour.
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