6th SGI Tour of Homes was a hit!!
The 6th annual St. George Island Tour of Homes was held on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Seven unique and distinctive island homes – from the beach to the bay, from the St. George Plantation to the East End were on this year's tour. The weather was perfect and everyone enjoyed exploring our beautiful area.
Annual Fundraiser Event for the Cape St. George Lighthouse. Proceeds from the event go towards maintenance and improvements of the Lighthouse, Keeper’s Museum and Lighthouse Park. Thanks to the Homeowners and St George Plantation Tour Homes & Buildings for participating this year.
Thanks to our Sponsors, Supporters, Volunteers, Homeowners, and Guests for their wonderful support of this annual event.
2017 Tour of Homes Enjoyed by All
Seven fabulous island homes, a stunning exhibit of photographs of Apalachicola working watercraft at the beautiful Plantation Clubhouse, a magnificent Fresnel lens on display at the Keeper’s House Museum, the historic white lighthouse against a perfect blue sky -- what was not to love about the Sixth Annual St. George Island Tour of Homes?
And love it they did – all 700+ guests who participated in the Tour on February 11 and helped raise more than $15,000 for care of the Lighthouse, Keeper’s House, and Lighthouse Park in the coming year!
The 2017 Tour was another tremendous success, with large and enthusiastic crowds on hand from the Friday evening Kick-Off presentation by acclaimed photographer John Spohrer, through the festivities of Tour Day on Saturday. Ticket sales again set a record, with 2017 totals surpassing 2016 numbers by about four per cent.
Comments from the Tour participants, about half of whom were “snowbird” visitors representing 25 different states and Canada, were very positive and complimentary of the homes, the docents, the Plantation shuttle drivers, and all of the 130+ volunteers who enjoyed sharing the island with our visitors.
A new and successful twist this year was the addition of a small raffle featuring three framed works of art and John Spohrer’s book “The Seasons of Apalachicola Bay” which he donated to the effort. Spearheaded by Elaine Kozlowsky, the raffle added more than $600 to the Tour profits and will most likely be a regular feature of future Tours.
The weekend got off to a great start when a near-capacity crowd filled the Jay Abbott Firehouse to hear John Spohrer talk about “Photographs to Take on St. George Island” accompanied by explanations of how he took many of his extraordinary shots. Guests enjoyed home-made hors d’oeuvres, wine, and more than a dozen door prizes donated by local businesses and individuals.
We can’t say thank you enough to everyone who participated in the Tour – from the gracious homeowners, to the generous sponsors, to the committed volunteers, to all the guests who visited on Friday and Saturday. As one participant said on their comment card: “A delightful day. See ya next year!”
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