Preparations for home tour under way

Photo courtesy of Gretchen Ackermann
Shady Hollow Home Tour chairwomen Pat Mertz (left), homeowner Ingrid Bazzi and Home Tour chairwoman Barbara Alban admire a light on the front porch of the Bazzi house, one of the houses on the 32nd annual Dearborn Symphony Home Tour May 18.

Celebrating American folklore, the classic tale of “Sleepy Hollow” comes to mind as Friends of the Dearborn Symphony members visit classic homes in preparation for the 32nd Dearborn Symphony Home Tour in the unique neighborhood called Shady Hollow, tucked away in secluded Country Club estates.

The public is invited to take a leisurely stroll or courtesy bus down Shady Hollow Court and visit the collection of rebuilt, renovated and designer-decorated homes in Dearborn’s exclusive Country Club Estates. Patrons can enjoy the natural beauty of this picturesque setting with tree lined streets.

It Home Tour place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18. Tickets are $15 pre-sale and $20 on the day of the tour.

For tickets, call 313-565-2424, or send a self-addressed envelope to: Home Tour, Dearborn Symphony, P.O. Box 2063, Dearborn, MI 48123.

Shady Hollow Court, consisting of 29 large ranches and two-story homes, is surrounded on three sides by the Dearborn Country Club golf course. Some of the homes open onto fairways, some overlook ponds and others face wooded areas. Lower levels of homes along one side of Shady Hollow open onto a ravine that leads to the Rouge River about 100 yards away.

Lunch featuring a Maurice Salad will be featured at the DCC, tour headquarters, where a jewelry sale and several art venders will be selling their creations.

An addition to this year’s tour will be presentation talks by two Detroit interior designers, Patrizia Makahon and Lynn Jovick. Their talks begin at 9:30 a.m. at DCC. A $10 fee includes coffee and pastries.

All proceeds benefit the Dearborn Symphony concerts, music scholarships and other youth music programs.