WESTFIELD, NJ — In addition to the four grand homes that will open their doors to the public on Saturday, May 9, to benefit the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, the Friends of the NJFO have added something new to their Tour of Notable Homes this year — four specialty cars, one on display at each home: a 75-year-old one-of-a-kind Cadillac 60 Special built for the president of General Motors, a fully restored Pro-Touring Plymouth Barracuda, a limited edition Ferrari F430 Scuderia and an award-winning all-electric Tesla Model S.
An annual tradition, homes on this year’s tour includes a gothic-style manor house, a brick estate home with one acre of manicured gardens, a stately center-hall colonial with a choice art collection and a Victoriana-meets-Gotham City industrial renovation, all located in Westfield.
The tour includes live music by the Junior Musical Club of Westfield; a plant sale featuring hardy, seasonal blooms and herb medleys; refreshments; and a ticketed raffle to win the chance to drive a Tesla for a day.
“The homes as well as the selection of specialty cars also to be on display are fabulous,” said David Wroe, NJFO music director. “Proceeds from the tour go directly to the orchestra and are a necessary component of the budget assuring that we can continue playing some of the world’s greatest music for the enjoyment of the residents of Westfield and adjoining communities.”
The Tour of Notable Homes is the largest fundraiser for the NJFO, according Michelle Pierce, a co-chair of the tour.
“Due to increasing operating costs, our symphony cannot sustain on ticket sales alone. To continue being able to offer such amazing concerts, the symphony relies on outside support,” she said. “This really is a wonderful group effort where each and every aspect is important in making the day a success.”
“The day is always so magical and wish I could harness the energy of the day,” added co-chair Jen Colamedici. “My favorite part is the attendees’ reaction to the homes and sharing their comments with the homeowners who don’t usually get the feedback on their efforts.”
The tour will last from10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets $35 in advance, $40 on the day of the tour. Purchase tickets online at www.njfestivalorchestra.org, or visit Baron’s Drugs and The Town Bookstore in Westfield; Christoffers in Mountainside; Norman’s Hallmark in Fanwood; or Periwinkles in Cranford.
The raffle drawing will take place at close of tour. Winner need not be present to win.