Islanders cook up a tasty home tour

John Hockman spent the day of the tour working on his pizza oven. Photo available for purchase

John Hockman spent the day of the tour working on his pizza oven.

Lois Swoboda
Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 01:50 PM.

Hundreds of visitors flocked to the second annual St. George Island Tour of Homes Saturday.

This year’s tour was even more successful than last year’s debut. With 450 tickets sold, the event raised more than $6,500 for the lighthouse association, topping last year’s tally of 370 tickets sold.

Terry Kemp, secretary for the association, said the vast majority of tickets were purchased in advance.

Kemp said Monday morning, she had viewed 200 surveys filled out by ticket holders and that fewer than 20 of the participants lived in Franklin County. She said that among the visitors from 27 states, about 70 were “snowbirds.”

All but a handful said they would come back for future tours. One naysayer explained, “I am seven.”

As always, all of the homes and, indeed the entire island was at its best for the event. The weather was clear and fresh with a light breeze that made it a perfect day to cruise St. George Island with the top down.

While many owners displayed their homes with pride, extracted sand burrs from the carpets, shared construction war stories or took the chance to view their neighbors’ domains, John Hockman spent the day working on an impressive home improvement project.

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