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Westfield, Scotch Plains, Plainfield Homes Featured in Notable Homes Tour May 10

In Westfield, this newly built custom Shingle-style residence, partly inspired by the 1920’s Colonial that preceded it, is a masterfully built, technologically advanced “smart house” complete with workshop, outdoor kitchen and in ground pool. The covered porch with columns graciously beckons us to explore inside beyond its massive center hall, marvelous kitchen and relaxed family room. Credits: Friends of the NJFO
In Scotch Plains, at the edge of the links of Shackamaxon Country Club, this handsome new European-style home with moldings and built-ins and collectibles seems almost at one with its setting. Inspired by those found in the chateaux of France, the kitchen, with maple beams, stone walls and cobbled limestone floors, adds richness and texture to this exceptional, one-of-a kind home. Credits: Friends of the NJFO
The conversion of this Sleepy Hollow carriage house was performed in the 1940s by the renowned architect C. Detwiller. Cleverly set back from the road, this decorator’s residence nestles among lush gardens. The not-to-be-missed four season classic conservatory was imported from England. Credits: Friends of the NJFO
Sleepy Hollow carriage house, interior. Credits: Friends of the NJFO
Sleepy Hollow carriage house, interior. Credits: Friends of the NJFO

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.

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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.

For more information, visit www.njfestivalorchestra.org. To find the Friends of NJFO on Facebook, click here.

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