The Headwaters Health Care Auxiliary has teamed up with energetic and passionate community volunteers in celebration of the 23rd Headwaters House Tour. Traditionally, the Tour was organized solely by the Headwaters House Tour committee, which is no small feat; having organized over 22 home tours and raising $500,000 to date to support hospital needs. Originally, the committee of twelve had rallied friends, family, neighbours and students to launch the event. It now takes over 100 community volunteers to reach a fundraising goal of $50,000 per tour.
The Headwaters House Tour originated in 1996 as a means to raise money for the Headwaters Health Care Center. As the community has grown, so has the need for fundraising to support capital purchases for the hospital that are not covered by the Provincial government. Among the 2019 wish-list items for the hospital is an industrial dishwasher, flexible scopes and technology upgrades, each with a hefty price tag. (A complete list of hospital wish-list items, as well as their price tags, can be accessed at https://www.hhcfoundation.com). Volunteer fundraising efforts are important for funding, but also for community engagement. Headwaters Health Care Center is fortunate to have strong community support and is a hub for Orangeville and the surrounding region.
The Headwaters House Tour originally featured only the homes of the hospital executive committee members; patrons who purchased tickets were then invited to have tea in the homes. This small-scale initiative grew exponentially after a committee member attended the Junior League House Tour in Burlington, which inspired the tour as we know it today. Organizing the Tour is a tremendous undertaking with planning commencing a year in advance. This (now) biannual Tour has had to continuously evolve as innovation is needed to spark community interest. The idea is to showcase the diverse and beautiful homes in the Headwaters area. “Every home has a story and this is an incredible way to get to know the area. The Tour presents an opportunity for citizens to drive roads that they don’t normally drive” says hospital auxiliary member, Rosemarie Eger. This year’s Tour is no exception; the Tour will showcase seven diverse homes including a renovated church and barn. Each home features on-site volunteers who will relay details about its unique features. New this year, ticket holders will have a unique opportunity to interact with Tour Patron, Ron Adam. Mr. Adam is a Mono resident and respected interior designer, who will field design questions on site in his home during the Tour.
After May 21st, watch for an opportunity to submit questions and photos to:
www.adamandcompanyinteriordesign.com for some free design advice. Details of this opportunity will be available at www.headwatershousetour.com after May 20th.
The Adam’s home is an eclectic mix of antiques with a modern 21st century twist, which is sure to captivate visitors. Mr. Adam became an avid supporter of Headwaters after a visiting friend suffered an allergic reaction and was rushed to the hospital for care. Mr. Adam’s business is proud to focus on residential interior design work. His team brings a humble approach to projects of all sizes, ensuring that the focus is on client style, rather than trends.
Ticket holders will have the opportunity to watch an amateur musical ride performance and go bird watching on a short walk at one of the participating properties. Additionally, a raffle will take place in one of the showcased homes. Tickets can be purchased for $5 each, 3 for $10 or 7 for $20 (they accept cash, credit or debit). All prizes have generously been donated by community sponsors and include; a wheelbarrow of wine, dinner for 2, a bed and breakfast stay, a child’s motorized RIDE ON car, a high tea set, a BBQ, photography sessions and an equestrian package. This year’s Tour map will also showcase local restaurants that attendees may wish to stop at for a quick bite along the House Tour route.
The Tour would of course not be possible without the generosity of the people who open their homes for the Tour in support of the hospital. These busy home and business owners have been working tirelessly to prepare for the influx of people who are excited to take the Tour. Some are busy painting, while others work with local businesses to stage their homes, although it is important to the House Tour committee that the dwellings remain authentic and do not lose their innate charm that initially attracted people to them. As people become more and more interested in (in-home) design and DIY projects, the committee seeks homes that appeal to everyone, and design solutions that can be affordably implemented. The idea is to showcase homes that owners have taken pride in, but also that welcome viewers and inspire them to recreate design ideas in their own homes.
The Tour will take place on Saturday June 15, 2019 from 9am till 4pm. Tickets can be purchased online at: www.headwatershousetour.com or at Booklore, Seconds Count, and other outlets in the area to be announced on the Headwaters House Tour website starting in May. Tickets retail for $35.00 each.
Written by: Lisa Bell