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25th Annual Birmingham House Tour
The Community House will host its 25th annual Birmingham House Tour on Thursday, Sept. 20. Proceeds from the House Tour are used to fund TCH wellness, leadership and art outreach programs for children in need in Pontiac and Detroit.
The event, presented by Hall & Hunter Realtors, runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The cost per person is $35, in advance or $45 the day of the tour. Advance reservations are recommended as the event does sell out.
This year’s tour presents eight spectacular homes which showcase the best of Birmingham and Bloomfield. The homes range in style from traditional to contemporary.
"The 2012 Birmingham House Tour marks the 25th consecutive year that this popular event has served to raise funds for The Community House,” said Michelle Schwab, co-chair of the Birmingham House Tour. “To celebrate this milestone we are featuring eight beautiful and one-of-a-kind homes ranging from a charming and cheerful, pre civil-war, historically registered in-town home to a mid-century contemporary set in a spectacular wooded setting to a cool gallery-like Rail District Loft. We think our guests are really going to enjoy this rare opportunity to look inside some of the area's most distinctive homes, knowing they are also helping to raise money for TCH children’s outreach programs.”
In addition, a salad buffet luncheon will be offered from 11 a.m. -1:30 p.m. on the Van Dusen Terrace of The Community House. Purchased in advance, the cost to attend the tour and luncheon is $50.
Other sponsors for the event include Gorman’s, Robertson Brothers, Detroit Home Magazine and HGTV.
The tour is self-guided and carpooling is recommended. Each guest will receive a printed program/map of houses and one pair of shoe covers, along with special instructions for parking etc. Guests must take their shoe covers to wear in each home. Only one pair of shoe covers per guest.
Guest check-in is on Sept. 19 from 2-7 p.m. on the The Communit House Van Dusen Terrace and on Sept. 20 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. inside The Community House.
More About The Community House
The Community House has been a hub for Birmingham residents since 1923. Founded as a location for dances, meetings, concerts and plays, the Community House is a place for all that and more. A nonprofit organization, the Community House strives to provide residents programs, services and educational opportunities to enrich their lives.
The Community House offers classes in fitness and yoga, food and wine, gardening, art and theater. Youth classes and programs are also available. Residents can also use the Community House to book travel arrangements and packages.
The Early Childhood Center at the Community House offers child care and preschool services for children 6 months to 5 years old. The center emphasizes learning through play with the High Scope curriculum. Meals are provided, as are access to Community House programs.
Community members can also take advantage of the Community House Dance Academy, with classes in ballet, pointe, modern, creative dance, jazz, contemporary, tap and ballet workout. Founded in 1964, the Dance Academy is led by a renowned faculty of instructors and choreographers.
The Community House is also a popular location for banquets, corporate events and weddings. Rooms can accommodate 10 to 350 people, include all audio and visual set-up, and feature large windows and a fireplace. The Community House also offers catering options, from continental breakfasts to multicourse meals for special events. Groups can also book the Van Dusen Terrace.