Bucks County Artistry Highlights the
52nd Annual Four Lanes End Garden Club
Holiday House Tour and
In this relentlessly changing world we live in,
traditional holiday rituals that require months of preparation are a rare and
welcome treat! One such tradition is the Four Lanes End Garden
Club’s Annual Holiday House Tour and Tea, to be held this year on Thursday - November 17, 2011 (11 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.) in the
picturesque hamlet of Langhorne Borough.
Year in and year out, multiple generations of families
and friends come out to experience an old fashioned slice of Holiday Americana
by visiting the spectacular holiday floral displays created by the FLEGC
members which are staged throughout four stately homes each year.
Over the tour’s 50+ year history, it has grown from
a local event attend by a few dozen town folk to a community wide event that
has thousands of visitors from all over the country descending on the town for
that one special day in November (making it one of the highest attended house
tours in the country!)
years Tour features homes that showcase the abundance of artistic talent that
makes Bucks County a special place to live, work and play!
Katz residence at 123 West Maple Avenue is an 1857 quintessential Bucks
County historic home that features several architectural accents of hand
from Henry Mercer’s Moravian Pottery and Tile works factory in
Lodini home at 150 Country Lane is literally tucked down a bucolic county lane
near the Middletown Country Club. Owner Lora Lodini is an interior
textile artisan and the fabulous displays of her work throughout her home will
delight tour goers:
The Schmidt residence at 370 Winchester Avenue is a stately 1925
colonial tucked behind a vast screen of majestic evergreens. On
for view is a hand made Honduran mahogany Secretary that owner George
Schmidt made for his wife Jane, after seeing an antique on display at
Antiques Show. Also, many of George original oil painting of Bucks
County landscapes adorn the walls of this magnificent home:
The Martini residence at 174 Green Valley Road is the home of Four
Lanes End Garden Club President Sonia Martini. Sonia’s landscape
design talent is showcased in her award winning garden (including the prestigious
Bucks Beautiful award). Sonia’s vast garden sculpture collection
includes a Five Senses garden and examples of Easter Island sculptures.
Her ongoing commitment to organic gardening includes the recent addition of a
fine Brahma Bantam chicken, which will be on hand to visit with Tour goers!
Workshops on how to create hand made ornaments and
wreaths will be held hourly at the historic Richardson House at the corner of
Maple and Bellevue Avenues and the
1888 Williamson Library (only remaining documented structure designed by
Renowned Bucks County architects Newton H. Culver and T. Mellon Rogers which is
also listed on the National Register of Historic Places) will be decorated and
open for view as well.
Tea and home made holiday cookies will be served at
the Middletown Country Club and will feature holiday entertainment throughout
the day. A Holiday House Store set up at the Country Club will provide
visitors an opportunity to purchase a memento of this wonderful day!
The Middletown Country Club will be featuring a
special gourmet lunch and dinner menu the day of the tour. The Jesse Sobe
American Legion Hall and many local restaurants are offering substantial lunch
discounts for tour goers as well.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the day of the
tour. Tickets are available at several local Langhorne shops
(Judy’s Framing, Langhorne Coffee Shop, Dance Ten and St.
Mary’s Thrift Shop) or from any FLEGC member.
The monies received from the tour are used for
scholarships to support local college students studying horticulture, landscape
architecture, and other related fields.
For more information, contact FLEGC President Sonia Martini (firstname.lastname@example.org,
(215) 860-1366) or Publicity
chairpersons Terri Doerschuck and Peggy Parkinson (email@example.com,
Information about FLEGC can be found on their website: http://flegc.buxcom.net/