About the Day Tour
The Meridian-Kessler Home Tour happens Saturday and Sunday, June 8 & 9, 2019.
When are the homes open?
Homes are open Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. — 5 p.m.
I’ve never been to the Home 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. 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. You are granted one-time access to each home on the tour with your ticket.
Where should I begin the tour?
You are required to start at 5858 N. College to check-in and receive your wristband for entry to the remaining houses as well as a map & shoe covers. Once you’ve checked in, you’re welcome to proceed what whatever order you’d like! Without a wristband, you will not be permitted in the homes so please be sure to check-in first!
Can I walk or bike the tour?
We hope that you do! Meridian-Kessler is a very pedestrian– and bike–friendly neighborhood. View our suggested bicycle map online and conveniently in the mobile app.
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!
I haven’t bought my ticket and today’s the event! What do I do?
Tickets will be available for purchase at the first home on the tour located at 5858 N. College Ave and can be purchased with cash, credit or check! Once you’ve purchased your ticket and wristband, you will receive a map and shoe covers and can tour this year’s homes in whatever order you would like.
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 a unique diversity of homes and our tour celebrates that mis. 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 homes 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 Tour. This year, the popular neighborhood tent party is taking place on Friday, June 7 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Featuring food and drink from Liter House, Half Liter BBQ and Scarlet Lane Brewing Co. and live entertainment by Chamber Music – 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 celebrate Home Tour weekend with neighbors with food, drink, live music, dancing and a 50/50 raffle to support the Vi Walker Neighborhood Grant Program!
It might be described as a giant, neighborhood block party. If you’ve never been before, we’d love to see you there!
What’s included with my Twilight Tour ticket?
You will be treated to food and drink provided by Half Liter BBQ/Liter, live music and two drink tickets at the picturesque Basile Opera Center.
The Twilight Committee works hard to keep the ticket price as low as possible. We want to encourage as many people as possible to join us! All ticket proceeds go to the cost of hosting the event as well as the the Vi Walker Neighborhood Grant Program.
What is the schedule for the evening?
The party begins at 6:30 p.m.! The party tent are officially open and food and drinks will be available all night! Party’s over at 10:30 p.m.!
What if I’m thirsty?
Two drink tickets are included in your ticket price. If you would like more than two drinks, a cash/credit bar will be open all night! Please note: This is NOT a BYOB event. We cannot allow beverages to be brought into the event.
What sort of food is served?
Food and drink will be provided by the Half Liter BBQ!
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.
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. 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
- Support local schools
- Host all-neighborhood meetings, as well as business and clergy breakfasts
- Publish a quarterly magazine
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, 50/50 Raffle, 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!