November 16, 2012 at 5:40 PM
MADISON, NJ - Madison is known for its vibrant downtown, but many people do not know it has many beautiful classic homes, as well. On Saturday, the Thursday Morning Club of Madison, which helps the community year round, is holding their third annual Homes for the Holiday: A Harvest of Homes Tour to benefit the organization.
It will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Madison and Harding and people were able to buy tickets in advance or are able to do so at the Madison Community House the day of the event. For security purposes, all addresses of the homes will be provided on Saturday.
The event is held every other year and new homes participate each time. Some homeowners are present during the tour, while others are not.
There will be a sale of fashion and jewelry accessories by Patchpoint of Short Hills and Silver Touches of Florham Park, complimentary coffee from 9 to 11 a.m., a homemade lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and members will also donate baked goods to La Patisserie where pies, pastries, loaf breads and cookies will be available for sale. A “Restaurants fund-raising event” will offer gift certificates to more than 30 popular restaurants.
Karen Jeisi, who is the chairperson for the event, is very excited for the fundraiser. It should really be a fun morning and afternoon, she said. Seeing beautiful historic homes is always a treat, Jeisi added.
“This is an event for charity and the Madison Community House,” she said. “It’s a very wonderful way to spend a Saturday. It’s just a way of learning something about the history of Madison and Harding and also seeing the beauty of the homes.”
Jeisi, who has been a member of the organization for a few years, said she loves to volunteer and be active in the community, so taking this on was a fun adventure. While she and her staff knew some people with nice homes, she said it was difficult finding residents who were willing to participate. They searched for six months and it was a long arduous process.
“Yes, it was a big challenge,” she said.
The types of homes on display are a Gilded Age Charmer, a Queen Anne Victorian, a Stately Manor Home, a Gothic Beauty, a Colonial Classic and an updated townhouse. She said they are all beautiful and one was even owned by an original charter member of the Thursday Morning Club.
Proceeds from the event will provide operating funds for the Madison Community House owned by the Thursday Morning Club. For information about the Thursday Morning Club or membership, call the Community House at (973) 377-0244 or visit www.TMCMCH.org.
Organized in 1896, the Thursday Morning Club is a member of both the New Jersey State and General Federation of Women’s Clubs.