The popular Tour of Notable Homes produced each year by the Friends of NJ Festival Orchestra will be held on Saturday, May 12 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to benefit NJ Festival Orchestra.

“This year we present a stylish medley of four Westfield residences -- each with a different history, some with noteworthy renovations, all in different genres with plenty of appeal,” states Michele Pierce, co-chair of the event.

People who love grand homes, and families looking for something fun to do together to celebrate Mother's Day will have a treat in store. The tour includes a newly constructed farmhouse style home where classic meets contemporary; an elegant Westfield Colonial modernized for today in a serenely beautiful setting; a magnificent mid-century center hall colonial with a Malibu Beach style interior, and an eclectic home in the wooded Lawrence Avenue section of town owned by an artist and environmentalist with a passion for our state’s woodland flora.

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“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 – and this wide diversity of outstanding architecture and stylish décor must be seen to be fully appreciated,” added Michelle Pierce.

The tour also presents live music provided by gifted musicians from the Junior Musical club in Westfield. A luxury basket raffle, door prizes and local vendor tastings will further complement the event according to organizers.

Pierce explains that the home tour raises key revenue for the orchestra. She expressed appreciation to the homeowners for generously opening their homes to benefit the orchestra, which in turn adds significant value to communities of central New Jersey.

“The Home Tour is a critical element of the funding mix that’s necessary to operate the orchestra, and enable us play regularly at Drew University in Madison,” added Music Director Wroe.  “Supplemental fund raising is necessary because only about a third of our revenue comes from the sale of tickets. Income from the Home Tour will also support our important educational outreach and music therapy programs.”

Tickets for the 2018 Tour of Notable Homes are $40 in advance, $45 on tour day. Purchase tickets online at Tickets are also available at Baron’s Pharmacy and Town Books in Westfield and Christoffers in Mountainside. For more information go to, call 908 232 9400 or visit the Friends of NJ Festival Orchestra on Facebook.