About the Day Tour
The Meridian-Kessler Home & Garden Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 16 & 17, 2018.
When are the homes open?
Homes are open Saturday and Sunday, 11 am — 5 pm.
I’ve never been to the Home & Garden Tour. What should I expect?
You can expect a fun and leisurely weekend of enjoying beautiful homes in a charming urban neighborhood. The tour is very casual, and you can go through homes at your own pace.
Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes! To protect the floor coverings of our neighbors who have graciously made their homes available for the tour, those touring the homes will be provided with shoe covers to wear when inside of each home. Please use caution because floors, particularly stairs, can be slippery when wearing shoe covers.
Can I see all of the houses in one day?
Absolutely. But don’t forget, your ticket is valid all weekend so there’s no need to rush! Some folks like to split their day up to make sure they have time to enjoy lunch at a fabulous cafe in Meridian~Kessler and then finish up the next day.
Where should I begin the tour?
You may start the tour anywhere you’d like!
Can I walk or bike the tour?
We hope that you do! Meridian-Kessler is a very pedestrian– and bike–friendly neighborhood.
Can I bring my kids?
You can, but we don’t recommend it. The home tour is not a particularly child-friendly event. We have found that most kids get pretty antsy going through the homes.
What happens if it rains?
We are a rain or shine event and we hope you’ll join us regardless of the weather!
About the homes on the tour
How are the tour homes selected?
Our goal is to showcase homes that are representative of the neighborhood— from stately homes on Meridian Street to cozy bungalows and cottages. Meridian~Kessler is lucky to have such diversity of homes and our tour celebrates that. We are always looking for tour homes. Sometimes we hear about a great home and approach the owner, and other times homeowners ask if they can be a part of the event.
Love your home and want to share it? Please don’t wait to be asked! Just contact one of our co-chairs and they will be happy to chat with you about the tour.
Why in the world would someone put their home on the Home Tour?
Homeowners from past tours have had great things to say about the experience! Many people living in Meridian~Kessler have a great sense of pride about where they live— and they love to show it off! Offering your home for the tour is a wonderful way to get involved in the neighborhood and help raise money that will be used to make Meridian~Kessler an even better place to live, work and play.
Frankly, one of the more practical incentives is that it’s a great way to get motivated to tackle some of those lingering projects around the house. What better way to get moving than to have a deadline?!?
Are tour homes professionally decorated?
Not necessarily! Tour attendees want to see how real people live in our neighborhood. Some residents do happen to professionally decorate their home and some are do-it-yourselfers. That’s the fun of the tour— it’s eclectic, fun and completely real.
What should I expect if my home is on the tour?
The tour committee takes great care to ensure that visitors treat each home with care and respect. We provide shoe covers and rope off areas that you may not want visitors to enter. Volunteers staff your home to ensure that tour attendees learn about the history of your home and can enjoy the experience.
Sharing your home on the tour is a wonderful way to get involved in the neighborhood. Many of our homeowners have enjoyed chatting with visitors and sharing stories— it’s fun to see the pride that people have in where they live.
About the Twilight Tour & Party
The Twilight Party takes place on the Friday evening before the Meridian-Kessler Home & Garden Tour. This year, the popular neighborhood tent party is taking place on Friday, June 15 from 6:00-11:00 P.M. Featuring the silent auction, dinner, entertainment and exclusive homes not open to the public for Home Tour weekend, it’s the most popular neighborhood event of the summer.
What is the Twilight Party?
Twilight is a fun, casual neighborhood event that is held to kick off the Home Tour weekend. Attendees have the opportunity to tour several homes, followed by dinner, dancing and a silent auction.
It might be described as a giant, neighborhood block party. If you’ve never been before, we’d love to see you there!
What does my Twilight Party ticket get me?
You will be treated to a catered buffet dinner, live music and a silent auction, all under a beautiful white tent. And, of course, there is an opportunity to tour beautiful Twilight homes that are located within walking distance.
The Twilight Committee works hard to keep the ticket price as low as possible. We want to encourage as many people to join us as possible! All ticket proceeds go to the cost of hosting the event.
What is the schedule for the evening?
The party begins at 6! Twilight homes and party tent are officially open!
Dinner is served, buffet-style from 7:30-9:30
Twilight homes close at 8:00.
Silent Auction begins to shut down around 9:45 — Please plan to pick up your Silent Auction items this evening so we don’t have to track you down over the weekend! Thank you!
Party’s Over at 11:00!
What if I’m thirsty?
Two drink tickets are included in your ticket price. If you would like more than two drinks, be sure to bring some cash! Please note: This is NOT a BYOB event. We cannot allow beverages to be brought into the event.
What sort of food is served?
– Appetizers and beverages from The Jazz Kitchen
– Dinner by Chef Peter Fulgenzi of Atrio Catering
– Dessert Bar by The Gallery Pastry Shop
How does seating work?
The event is very casual, so just fill your plate and grab a chair.
What should I wear?
Think cool and comfortable. It’s fun to dress up, but keep in mind that it’s usually quite warm, and it’s an outdoor event. Women generally wear a sundress and sandals. Men – khakis or shorts and a golf shirt. You’ll likely do a lot of standing (and dancing) so keep that in mind.
Can I buy my ticket at the event?
We recommend buying your tickets early, as the event often sells out. Some years, we’ve had to turn people away, which was no fun! If we know you’re coming ahead of time, we can make sure we have a large enough tent and plenty of food.
How do you decide where to hold Twilight?
In general, we determine the Twilight tour homes first, which allows us to narrow down the location.
This year, we were committed to holding a great big party in the streets.
What can I expect from the silent auction?
We thought you’d never ask. The Silent Auction is held in the center of the Twilight tent and is a substantial fundraiser for Meridian~Kessler. There is a huge array of things to bid on— from vacations and artwork to restaurant gift certificates and photography sessions. There is something for everyone.
And remember, all proceeds are granted out to neighborhood organizations that work to make Meridian~Kessler a better place to live, work and play. Bid often and generously!
About the event
How do ticket proceeds help Meridian~Kessler?
All ticket proceeds are used by the Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Association to help grow and support our neighborhood. 25% of all proceeds will be set aside and granted to neighborhood-serving not for profit organizations. Your support of the tour helps to:
- Pay for street lighting in previously poorly lit areas
- Support IPD financially and with volunteers
- Promote revitalization projects
- Underwrite community grants
- Help create and support local schools
- Tackle timely issues such as property taxes
- Host all-neighborhood meetings, as well as business and clergy breakfasts
- Publish a quarterly newsletter
Who organizes the tour?
The tour is planned and promoted by neighborhood volunteers. Planning for next year’s tour begins immediately after the current tour, as there is always a lot to do! We have committees of volunteers who handle Marketing & PR, Sponsorship, Silent Auction, Home Hosting, Twilight Party, Ticketing, as well as some folks who simply help out wherever they are needed.
There is always room for more volunteers and we’d love to have you join us at our next meeting. Feel free to contact us for more information!