Fabulous 2015 Fall Home Tour!
November 7, 2015
November 7 dawned cold and rainy, but that did not deter neighbors and visitors from near and far enjoying a full day of touring five exquisite homes in the Monte Vista Historic District. It was wonderful watching folks stroll down our beautiful streets, all bundled up as they searched out the next jewel in this beautiful neighborhood that we are lucky to call home. We had visitors from as far away as Houston, Dallas and the Rio Grande Valley as well as a couple from Universal City that told us they have attended every one of our 23 home tours!
Our five homeowners presented their homes beautifully as you can see from the great photos taken by our resident photographer, David Smith. Every single detail was perfect from the flowers that were so generously donated by local florists to the tasteful design of each home. Everyone enjoyed seeing the different style of the homes and in some cases, even getting personal tours from the homeowners themselves. No one can tell the story like the homeowner!
The Fall Home Tour is the only fundraiser by the Monte Vista Historical Association and we hold it every other year so its success is critical. It starts with willing homeowners gracious enough to prepare their homes for hundreds of visitors in a relatively short period and we sincerely thank our gracious 2015 homeowners:
Holly and Alston Beinhorn
Summer and Jay Greathouse
Cynthia and Darien McWhirter
Theresa and Len O’Donnell
The list of docents who volunteered several hours on the day of the tour is far too long to list, so please know that we are very grateful to each and every 125 of you! The docents were recruited by our fabulous House Captains who managed all the myriad of details that are required to protect each home and to ensure a pleasant experience for visitors. They worked long and hard for many months prior to home tour. The MVHA and the homeowners really appreciates their dedication. Thanks to Diane Fuqua, Linda Daniels, Anne Solsbery, Liz Mesick, Catherine Taylor and Anne Harwood for a job well done!
A huge thank you to Lisa and Wade Caldwell for once again hosting the Volunteers and Homeowners Thank Party immediately following Home Tour. The food was wonderful and we all enjoyed the adult beverages after a long day. Thanks for sharing your lovely new home!
Jane Jackson helped with so many details on Home Tour, but one of the most beautiful and seen in every home were the exquisite flowers donated by the following florists. Thank you for your sweet support!
Central Market • Creative Floral Designs by Helene DeVinnie’s Paradise • Fleur Delight • Arthur Pfeil
Many of the MVHA Board Members were very instrumental with their support and willingness to roll up their sleeves with every request and some very demanding ones in helping with all of the communication and bookkeeping that goes with this event. Special heartfelt thanks to Gloria Kemper, Cee Parker, Rosanne White, David Smith and our Office Administrator, Tertia Emerson.
Last, but certainly not least, Home Tour is a success because of our INCREDIBLY GENEROUS sponsors! Thank you so much for your support which makes the difference in the ability of the Monte Vista Historical Association fulfilling our mission of historic preservation and education. The sponsor list is shown below.
As the co-chairs of this event, Michelle Nievaard and I want to thank each and every person that took the time to attend, or who donated their time or financial support. It all came together to create one of the most beautiful and successful Home Tours in our history. Undoubtedly, not every person was mentioned, but please know the Monte Vista Historical Association is very appreciative! Our next Home Tour is in November of 2017!
Grateful Thanks to Sponsors of Home Tour 2015
South Texas Money Management
The John and Florence
Tim and Karen Hixon
Clint and Marline Lawson
Jill Torbert and Vincent Johnson
Ann L. Van Pelt and John J. McCusker
Arts & Crafts
Paula and Ed Bondurant
Rudy DeLeon/Rudy’s Custom Upholstery & Design
Lynn A. Boyd III with Phyllis Browning Co.
Willson Insurance Advisors-Steven and Marcia Willson
Lynne and Don O’Connor
Kathy Armstrong and Chris Gillis
Weir and Laura Labatt
Cynthia Combs & Bruce Birdsall
Ron Soele and Jose C. Rodriguez, Jr.
Virginia and Gus Van Steenberg
Nolan and Pamela Venable
Paul & Trudy Kinnison in Memory of Bill & Frances Gifford
From Ruffs to Riches
Guarantee Plumbing & Air Conditioning, Inc.
Lange, Poteet & Co., LLP
Thomas Bradley & Associates
Risto E. Hurme, D.D.S.
Dr. Sidney Simmonds
Tashya and Lane Riggs
Friends of Monte Vista Historical Association
Renée Herry Interiors