Heartland tour features seven homes

Published 10:00 am Saturday, May 26, 2012

Seven homes will be open for viewing on the 2012 Heartland Alliance Home Tour, including this one designed by Chicago architect Margaret McCurry.

The Annual Heartland Alliance Home & Garden Tour showcases some of southwest Michigan’s finest homes and gardens from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 9.

During this 19th tour, Heartland will present seven homes.

“Our theme this year is ‘See someone’s dream, and help another’s come true,’” said Home Tour co-chairman Mark Pfleger.

The homes range from the grand and glorious to the cozy and intimate and are scattered along Lake Michigan’s shore region from Michiana to Sawyer.

“The tour provides tour-goers with a unique opportunity to walk through very private worlds,” Pfleger said.  “Each of the homes will provide a wonderful experience.”

Tour-goers can take a break between noon and 3 p.m. for lunch at the Chikaming Country Club in Lakeside.  Reservations are required, and the cost is not included in Home Tour tickets.

“It is a gorgeous private club,” Pfleger said.

After the tour, folks are invited to wind down at Burnison Galleries in Lakeside.  Food and drink will be served, and people can participate in a silent auction for several golf packages and other prizes. In addition, a trip to Paris will be raffled.

Last year’s Home Tour drew 800 people, and this year’s tour is looking to rival that number.

Heartland Alliance is committed to serving the most vulnerable — the homeless, the hungry, the sick.  Proceeds will help provide health care, legal services, education and skills training.

Pfleger has been attending Heartland’s Home Tour for 15 years.

“Ninety cents of every dollar goes to programs,” he said.  “It’s a very lean, well-run organization.”

The Annual Heartland Alliance Home Tour begins with check-in at Lovell & Whyte, in Lakeside, at 10 a.m.  Homes will be open until 6 p.m.  Tickets are $100 if purchased in advance and are $125. the day of the tour.  They are available online atwww.homeandgardentour.com.