WESTFIELD, NJ — Five outstanding privately owned local homes will open to the public for one day, May 10, for the Friends of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s Annual Tour of Notable Homes—two in Westfield, two in Plainfield and one in Scotch Plains.
“The tour is a much-anticipated local tradition when owners of some of the area’s finest homes generously throw open their doors to the public,” said Jennifer Colamedici, event chair and a resident of Westfield. “There is a wide diversity of outstanding architecture and stylish décor in our community which must be seen to be fully appreciated.”
In addition to access to these unique homes, attendees will enjoy musical interludes at all locations, refreshments, an upscale raffle, door prizes, a plant sale and a boutique.
The New Jersey Festival Orchestra, which is based in Westfield and was formerly known as the Westfield Symphony Orchestra, relies on this celebrated annual event for a portion of its funding.
“The home tour is a key element of the funding mix that’s necessary to operate the orchestra,” explained Music Director David Wroe. “The ‘Friends’ have been true to their name in this respect since the group’s very inception. Supplemental fundraising is critical because only about a third of our revenue comes from the sale of tickets.”
Tickets for the 2014 Tour of Notable Homes are $30 in advance, $35 on May 10, and are available online at www.njfestivalorchestra.org and at Baron’s Drugs and The Town Book Store in Westfield; Christoffers in Mountainside; Norman’s Hallmark in Fanwood; and Periwinkles in Cranford.