This weekend offers house lovers the chance to tour the homes of a couple of local celebrities, along with several others in Bexley.
Bexley's Women's Club is sponsoring its second annual Bexley Home & Garden Tour this Sunday, June 14th, with a festive gala reception at Capital University and expanded tour on Saturday, June 13th.
This year's tour is themed "Renovate, Restore, Renew", and will feature a series of homes that have undergone remodeling and redesign by renowned architects in the Bexley and Columbus area.
Participants will have the option of touring beautifully remodeled homes, including that of Ohio State University President Gordon Gee, as well as Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. A guided tour of the governor's house and Heritage Garden will be available on Saturday evening, and on Sunday, the tour of the gardens will still be available. Former Ohio First Lady Hope Taft will lead several tours at the residence on Sunday.
Gee's home should also be a particularly exciting attraction. The pre-1920 English-style manor feels like home with touches of Ohio charm, such as the handmade pillow adorning the great-room sofa depicting the last line of Ohio States alma mater, "How firm thy friendship, Ohio." It also includes notable pieces of the University's art collection, along with earth-tone rooms in the President's private quarters devoted to Woody Hayes.
Allow yourself to be inspired by the 10 various types of homes and gardens showcased, and to maybe even come up with a few ideas of your own.
Tour-goers will have the option of traveling via the "Bike to Bexley" bike trail, with bike maps and places to lock up bikes at each stop.
For the full Home & Garden Tour experience, splurge with a $50 all-inclusive price tag, which includes a ticket to the Saturday reception and tickets to the tour both Saturday and Sunday. Those interested can sign up to request an invitation via email at the Bexley Women's Club Website,www.bexleywomen.org.
Tickets for Sunday's public tour are $20 the day of the tour at the Columbus School for Girls. However, to save $5, buy them a few days beforehand on the Women's Club site or at Christine's Garden, First Bexley Bank and Bexley Stationers, all located on Main Street.
Proceeds will benefit the Bexley Women's Club Scholarship Project, where this year, a $500, $1,000 and $2,000 scholarship will be given to high school seniors and college students.