Homes to open for annual Cottage Tour

Homes in the Friends of the South Coastal Library’s Annual Beach and Bay Cottage Tour are gaining recognition in and beyond Delmarva these days — and rightly so, according to tour spokeswoman Joan Gordon.

Coastal Point • FILE PHOTO: Last year’s Beach and Bay Cottage Tour drew their usual crowd, and featured some outstanding homes.Coastal Point • FILE PHOTO
Last year’s Beach and Bay Cottage Tour drew their usual crowd, and featured some outstanding homes.
One home is featured in this month’s issue of Delaware Beach Life magazine; a home that was on the tour two years ago is featured in the nationally distributed Coastal Living magazine’s July issue.

Gordon said it’s a fitting way to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the popular home tour — along with making this year’s tour a showcase for some of the most interesting homes in the area.

The July 26 and 27 tour features 10 homes — many with views of either bay or ocean — which are anything but the “usual” beach home, said Gordon. “Each one has a special interest,” she said.

Two beautifully decorated homes in Bay Colony, two South Shore Marina homes alongside the Indian River Inlet, bayside and oceanside homes in North Bethany, a restored historic Ocean View home, one in the Lake Bethany development and two lovely canal-front homes in The Salt Pond community were chosen for this year’s two-day Cottage Tour.

Tour hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Visitors may tour all 10 homes on one day, or spread their visits over the two days. Tickets cost $25 per person and they are good for both days. There will be a number of special luncheon opportunities on tour days to provide a pleasant interlude for tour participants.

Since the number of tickets for the tour are limited and they have sold out in advance every year since 2000, Gordon strongly recommended reserving tickets early. Ticket sales for this year’s tour have been running ahead of previous years, she said.

Tour participants will receive a special cotton tour tote bag with copies of Chesapeake Home and Delaware Beach Life magazines, along with the program booklet, which serves as the ticket. Surgical booties, donated by Beebe Medical Center, to be worn in all the homes over shoes or bare feet, will be available at the homes.

Reservations are available now at the South Coastal Library. Tickets cannot be mailed; tour-goers may pick them up at the library starting July 19.

Tickets will also be available for purchase in mid-July at the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce in Fenwick; at Japanesque, Perfect Furnishings, Rose Garden and Sea Needles in Bethany; at McCabe’s in South Bethany; at Carolina Street and Southern Exposure in Fenwick; and at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach.

On the days of the tour, any available tickets will be at the South Coastal Library only. Children younger than 12 and babies are not permitted in the tour homes.

In conjunction with the tour, the popular Dinner for Two Raffle for 2006 will feature prizes at some of the beach area’s most popular restaurants. Winners will dine at the Den at Bear Trap Dunes, DiFebo’s, Magnolia’s, Oak Arbor Inn, The Parkway Restaurant or Sedona.

For this year’s Special Art Raffle, the tour will offer artwork from Roseann Cialella, Aubre Duncan, Carol Dyer, Dorothy Harrison-Braun and Laura Hickman. All raffle tickets cost $1 each or $5 for six. They are now on sale at the library and will be available at selected homes on the days of the tour. Special tour T-shirts are also available at the library for $10.

Gov. Ruth Ann Minner is once again serving as the honorary chairwoman of the popular event, proceeds from which will go to the library’s building expansion campaign, Gordon said.

For further information, call the Friends at (302) 537-5828 or e-mail