On Saturday, St. George Islanders will open their doors for the second annual St. George Island Tour of Homes, featuring eight distinctive and beautiful homes.
The tour lasts from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday and benefits the St. George Lighthouse Association (SGLA). Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on Saturday.
On Friday evening, Erik Lovestrand, education coordinator at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve in Eastpoint, will kick off the weekend with a presentation on the ecology and importance of the Apalachicola River, Bay and estuary and its impact on St. George Island. This lecture is free and will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the St. George Island Fire Station, 324 East Pine Avenue.
“The tour will put our island lifestyles on display once again as seen through the diversity of our homes from the beach to the bay and modern to traditional,” said Dany Ray, tour spokesperson. “Tour goers loved the event last year, and this year will be every bit as fun and interesting as people get a rare, inside look at our beautiful homes.”
The 2013 tour will feature one home on the island’s East End, four homes in the first-platted area of Gulf Beaches, and three homes in the gated community St. George Plantation. There will be shuttle service to homes in the St. George Plantation.
Also open for tour participants will be the Lighthouse and the Lighthouse Keeper’s House at the center of the island. The St. George Plantation Clubhouse will once again be a stopping point in the Plantation.
The residence “Amen Corner,” belonging to Bob and Marian Hankinson is a two-story, five-bedroom dream with wrap around porches.
“Bay Manor,” the beach home of Joe and Allison Altic is a Will Solberg creation, featuring antique fixtures and stained glass.
John and Joyce Caddell have furnished “C-Haven” with quirky art and the six-bedroom house maintains a cozy feel with built-in hideaways.
Joseph and Mary Kapler’s “Cedar Wing,” on a delightfully preserved wooded lot, has modern flair inside with cathedral ceilings and industrial fixtures and materials.
John and Linda Hockman’s home is designed for entertaining and has an open feel with lots of light.
“King’s Court,” the refuge of George Plymel, is the first “Skinny Minnie” to appear on a tour and the elegant furnishings and view will not disappoint.
David and Suzy Crenshaw’s “Seaview” is conservation aware with low water-use plumbing and its own solar array. The Crenshaws have put as much thought into the beauty of the décor as the environment.
Bob and Mary Jean Heide will open “Stealth House for the tour.” Noted island architect Larry Burke designed the house to resemble the stark, clean geometry of a Stealth aircraft for its first owner, a pilot. The aviation theme continues in the living room where a 180-degree view of the Gulf is like that from an airplane’s cockpit.
Stop number nine on this year’s tour is the Cape St. George Lighthouse, recreated in its new location by volunteers and outstanding craftsmen.
Tour tickets are available at the St. George Lighthouse Museum and Gift Shop. To order tickets in advance, telephone 927-7745.
SGLA is a non-profit Florida corporation organized to preserve, maintain and promote the Cape St. George Lighthouse. The lighthouse was restored in 2008 after collapsing in 2005 Funds raised by SGLA are used for the on-going maintenance of the lighthouse, the keeper’s house and Lighthouse Park. For more information call 927-7744. – By LOIS SWOBODA