Nov 172012

The premier event in Groton this weekend is the Groton Community School’s 8th annual Community Home Tour on Saturday, November 17, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Doors open at the school, 110 Boston Road, for vendor shopping and program guide pick-up at 9 a.m.

Since 2004, the Groton Community Home Tour has offered an up close look at some of the most distinctive and historical private homes in the area. The 2012 Tour continues this tradition by featuring the interior and exterior of five unique homes located in Groton, including an antique center chimney colonial that integrates modern and historical sensibilities and a breathtaking contemporary equipped with a wine cellar, movie theatre and stunning pool area.

Offerings from more than twenty local artisans and merchants will once again be showcased at each home and at the school, providing a unique opportunity for holiday gift shopping.

The Groton Community Home Tour is known for assembling each year an eclectic array of distinctive homes within the Groton community. Many of the homes have been beautifully preserved and reflect the history of the town, while others have been carefully restored, retaining much of the original character while integrating modern aesthetics and functionality. The Home Tour is not limited to houses of a particular era or timeframe and has also included impressive homes that are of a more contemporary style.

A preview of this year”s homes

  • The spectacular landscaping, including pool and terrace area, of this unique center chimney antique colonial reflects the owner”s desire for a serene environment, Set on 27 acres, this home dates back to the 1700″s. An in-home recording studio, five fireplaces, an updated kitchen and a sunroom added by the owner in a new wing make this a one-of-a-kind dwelling.
  • Set on six acres in the heart of Groton with captivating views of Gibbet Hill Grill, this Greek Revival home dates back to the year 1800. The exterior stays true to the original architecture while the interior boasts a fabulous blend of antique charm and modern updates. The original flying staircase, six marble marbles and floor to ceiling windows as well as a new kitchen and customized closets are not to be missed.
  • This 6,000 square foot home, dating back to 1829, underwent an extensive renovation in 2010. The result is a harmonious blend of old and new, true to the history of the home. Two magnificent 11 foot tall stained glass windows in the Great Room, a two-story library and a 2-tier fish pond with a waterfall are just a few of aspects of this exceptional home.
  • The light and airy contemporary home was featured on the first Groton Community Home Tour. Since then, the homeowners have undergone a complete basement renovation adding an in-home theater, bar and wine cellar. Gaze out of the floor-to-ceiling windows, which reveal a beautiful gunite pool, built-in spa and waterfall.
  • This 6,000 square foot colonial farmhouse sits on 14.5 acres was built just 9 months ago. The open floor plan provides a fantastic setting for entertaining and features a wood countertop in the kitchen made of aged chestnut planks taken from an old barn and a fireplace which contains stonework found on the original property site.

The Groton Community Home Tour began in 2004 and has become Groton Community School”s primary fundraiser. Spearheaded by a team of dedicated volunteers including Christine Cline, Melissa Larco, Natalie Marsh and Linda Kosinski, director of Groton Community School, the Home Tour replaced a goods and services auction. The organizers sought to create an event that would not only benefit the school, but also support community artisans and local businesses, bringing together members of the Groton community and surrounding towns for a fun event that showcased some of the areas most unique homes.

A success from its inaugural year, the Groton Community Home Tour consistently draws more than 300 attendees from Groton and beyond. The Tour has evolved to include a morning welcome with shopping and complimentary coffee and donuts from The Catalano Companies, a boxed lunch option, a pop up “Bake Shop” stocked with cookies, cakes and other decadent treats homemade by GCS families and a wide variety of Chance items and baskets, generously donated by local businesses, artisans and GCS friends and families. Tickets for the Chance items are also now available one week prior to the event at the school.

Tickets for the tour are $35 per person, including a boxed lunch from the Country Butcher and Deli.