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Park Hill Home Tour & Street Fair Marks Another Successful Year

Park Hill Home Tour & Street Fair Marks Another Successful Year
By Roberta Locke, Park Hill Home Tour Coordinator

Thanks to a perfect Colorado fall day and a great lineup of homes, we enjoyed yet another delightful Park Hill Home Tour and Street Fair. We were a little more spread out than usual and it was good to see so many people on bikes. It is quite remarkable that this tradition has continued for 34 years and it’s a tribute to all of the dedicated Park Hillians who contribute in so many ways to this lively, fun community-building event.

First and foremost, we pay special tribute to the seven homeowners who opened their homes to more than 1100 people: Dorothy and Gary Crow-Willard, 1980 Bellaire Street; Ann Davis, 4535 Montview Boulevard; Renee and Greg McMichael, 2380 Colorado Boulevard; Heather Lenox and Kelly Vicknair, 2664 Cherry Street; Liz and Don Rutledge, 2250 Elm Street; Nina and Mark Kuhl, 2211 Glencoe Street; and Janis and Tom Cella, 1739 Forest Parkway. We are so appreciative of your willingness to share your homes with so many and we understand what an undertaking it is to prepare for the home tour. We can’t thank you enough. We hope that the architectural rendering by Marc Applebaum you receive is a fond remembrance of this special day.

Thanks to our 2012 home tour sponsors. We welcome the new sponsors as well as the sponsors who stick with us year after year: Roberta Locke, Kim Tighe, Janey McLaughlin, Nina Kuhl, Steve LaPorta, Renee McMichael and Jody West of Cherry Creek Properties LLC; Mary Gerwin and The Gerwin Group of Kentwood Company of Cherry Creek; Hart Studio LLC; GO Builders;  Anastasia Williamson of Kentwood City Properties; Leah Johnson of Megastar Financial; Three Horse Design; Casa Verde Paint; HomeWrights Custom Homes; Applebaum Architects; and Native Landscaping.

Thanks to all of the vendors and nonprofits who took part in the Street Fair. We had more than 60 participants who offered a vast array of products, services, artwork, and samplings of wines, oils, spices and delectable taste treats. You could get advice on the care and feeding of older homes, try on designer clothing and enjoy a massage if all of this activity was stressing you out! We had more activities for the kids this year, thanks to Amy Bellman, who brought in bouncy castles, a giant slide, face painting and strolling cartoon characters. Thank you all so much!

Food offerings included Oblios Pizza, Maui Wowi, Route 40 Argentinian Grill, GB Fish and Chips, Cake Crumbs and Eis Gelato.

Mayfair Liquor provided all of the wine for the wine and beer garden and the beer was donated by Tommyknocker Brewery. Ed Moore Florist created the beautiful floral arrangements you saw in the homes. Ed Moore has donated this service for the entire 34 years of the home tour! Marc Applebaum, Applebaum Architects, draws the renderings of the homes for each of the homeowners, and Mike Jacobsen, Frame of Mind, does the mattings for these renderings year after year. Robyn Fishman made her debut as the writer of the descriptions of the homes and did a wonderful job! My lovely daughter-in-law, Allison Nuanes, created and designed our full color brochure and it looks amazing!  Bill Schwartz designed our poster again this year – thanks, Bill!

Words cannot convey how much we appreciate these people and all they do for the Park Hill Home Tour.

We will publish a complete list of the street fair vendors in our November newspaper as well as the names of all of the people who contributed to the Silent Auction. These lists were not complete at press time.

Thanks to Heather Leitch who donated her home for the after party and Spinelli’s, Cherry Tomato and Oblios Pizza who provided the food for this event. And thanks to Janina Stewart, Ron Gotlin and Wendy Keefer for distributing a couple of hundred home tour signs throughout the community.

And a very special thank you to the Park Hill Home Tour Committee: Kate Sultan, Street Fair Coordinator; Stacy McDonald, Street Fair Logistics and Beer/Wine Garden; Pam and Jack Farrar, Advertising; Larry Sondgeroth, Kim Tighe and Tannan Morris, Volunteer Coordinators; Susan Barden, Paula Wales, Wendy Minor and Lynn Maedel, Silent Auction; Amy Bellman, Kids Activities. All of these people put in countless hours to help make the home tour and street fair a huge success. And thanks to the 100+ volunteers on home tour day who were hosts at homes or who helped with set and clean up.

It really does take a village and I, for one, am so proud to be a part of this wonderful village!

Thanks Park Hill for another great year!

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