2019 House Tour:
A Job Well Done By All!
Scituate Arts Association Celebrates A Tour Well Done!
Scituate Arts Associations celebrated its seventh successful Holiday House Tour! Held biennially, the first tour was in 2006. As anyone who has ever organized a house tour knows, they involve home owners and volunteers who help with decorating, publicity, staffing and oh-so-much more. Lots of working parts!
As these photos indicate, the holiday house tour provides a great opportunity to jump-start the holidays with homes decked out for the season. This year’s tour had five homes which were in large part antiques and, of course, the SAA’s Ellis House.
The following homes were involved: a Dutch Colonial built in the early 1900’s by Murray Trefry and well loved by the 4 families who’ve live there (including the Stewart family, childhood home of Scituate’s current Chief of Police); a classic Center Entry Cape, the John Hayden house, one of the early homes in Scituate, which has been tastefully updated while respecting its origins; in Minot, a traditional Shingle-Style home built by Herbert K. Sparrell, one of the developers of Minot, and now, reimagined for the 21st Century; a 1960’s California-Style Embankment Ranch in the Bulrush Farms area with wonderful views of the marsh and ocean peaks including waves cresting over the homes on Surfside during storms; and finally, a Modular Ranch designed by its owners to display their collections and for ease as they age. Each home reflected the unique tastes and interests of their owners. And last, the tour ended at the Ellis House, the SAA’s Victorian High Gothic Manse with Romanesque details. Of course, all of the homes featured art from our Front Street Gallery Artists.
The final stop on our Holiday House Tour was the Ellis House, standing proudly with a new roof, historic colors on all four sides and a drainage system in front to wick water away from its fieldstone basement walls. The Ellis is the site of the Charles Mahoney Studios and the Scituate Arts Association’s classes and workshops.
Many thanks to the local Scituate and South Shore businesses whose donations were raffled and feasted upon at the reception following the Tour. And thanks to the funding from our Community Preservation Commission who along with the MCCFF has supported our ongoing restoration efforts. One and all were able to close the day’s events in festive and elegant environs.
The Scituate Arts Association would like to thank the homeowners who have made this tour possible by graciously opening their homes, Ray Des Roches & Alma Morrison; Danielle & Luke Driscoll; Barbara & Walter Heyde; Sheri & James Nidositko; and Shelley & Bill Signorelli, and the many volunteers who contributed their time and services. We thank our contributors, sponsors, patrons and advertisers for their support. Specific mention must be made of our Tour Sponsors: Frame Center of Hanover, Image Resolutions and Kukstis Woodcarving and our Business Sponsors—Coastal Heritage Bank, Harbour Insurance and the Inn at Scituate Harbor, as well as Business Patron-Janet Cornacchio, Realtor at Jack Conway. And mention should be made of the SAA Board Members and volunteers all of whom deserve credit for their hard work: Committee Members-Candy Clarke, Thresa Dewar, Robin Glazier, Desi Maheras, Belaine McCabe and Kathy Mogayzel; Advertising Coordinators-Janet Cornacchio, Thresa Dewar, Desi Maheras, & Belaine McCabe; Painting Coordinators at the Tour Houses-Maureen Brookfield, Candy Clark, Kathy Mogayzel, Paul Mogan & Dorothy Pentheny; and the Volunteers at the Tour Houses & Ellis— Nancy Amado, Joyce Bacci, Linda Bornstein, Lisa Brennan, Don Burris, Candy Clarke, Ray Des Roches, Thresa & Mark Dewar, Carla Getto, Robin Glazier, Peg Haldoupis, Teri Hensick, John Hietala, Richard Hom, Helen Jablonski, Lainey Laing, Kay & Mark Leahy, Mary Beth LoPiccolo, Mary Ann Longergan, Mark and Belaine McCabe, Marla Minier, Paul Mogan, Brad Mogan, Kay O’Neil, Linda Osborne, Mary Ann Palleiko, Maura Prouty, and Marie Wilkes. The Ellis reception was delightful, in part due to the music provide by Driftway Jazz. And finally, grateful thanks go to Bob Beaulieu who photographed the Tour Houses, and formatted the Tour Booklet which was copy written by Janet Cornacchio and edited by Robin Glazier. We couldn’t do it without you, Bob!