Sunday, May 11, 2008

Habitat Home & Garden Tour

The Cottage Home Neighborhood Association invites you to attend a twilight reception and home and garden tour spotlighting the creative habitats of Cottage Home, one of Indianapolis's most charming historic areas, next weekend (17-18 May), reports Joan Hostetler.

The weekend begins on Friday (16 May) with an evening reception and tour showcasing the Ruskaup Mansion and adjacent 1870s brick commercial building. The reception features gourmet appetizers created by Indianapolis chef Rebecca Hostetter and music performed by Indianapolis-based trio Tonos Triad and building contractor/harmonica player Joe B. Schwarz.

This year's habitat-themed tour highlights the living spaces of the many inhabitants who live in Cottage Home neighborhood. Tour-goers can view twelve eclectic cottages selected to showcase the creative and diverse decorating styles of our two-legged residents, as well as explore several backyard habitats, our community garden, and new playground. Home and garden enthusiasts will see restorations, completed and in progress, and meet homeowners happy to discuss their home's history and share renovation stories and tips.

Several of the homes have used green building techniques and feature yards certified as Backyard Wildlife Habitats through the National Wildlife Federation. Throughout the weekend visitors can sample fabulous homemade refreshments while listening to live music in the Cottage Home Park.

Tickets for Friday's 6-9 p.m. twilight tour and reception are $35, and include the wine and appetizer reception and a ticket to the weekend tour. Reservations are required by email or telephone, 317:639-2814.

The Home and Garden Tour is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day-of-tour.

For more information, call Maribeth Bailey (317:752-1816) or contact Joan Hostetler, 317:639-2814.

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