Last weekend the CWEA Home and Garden Tour, which had been on hiatus for a year, returned with gusto to stunning Fullerton’s Westminster Place. Kelly Waters, president of the association, reported that 1800 people toured 10 stately mansions in the 4300-4400 blocks of Westminster, Saturday and Sunday, June 10 & 11. In addition, 150 people attended the preview party on Friday evening, June 9, where they received an advanced peek at the homes plus 1 that was open for that evening only. Neighborhood restaurants that helped make the preview party a success were Wildflower, which provided food for the guests, and Bar Louie, which provided the drinks.
Without the generosity of the residents of Fullerton’s Westminster Place, especially the 10 homeowners who worked for months in advance to get their homes and gardens ready, the board of the Central West End Association, which devoted countless hours to planning the event, and the assistance of 288 volunteers, who guided tour-goers throughout the historic homes and gardens, this stellar event could not have occurred, or been the success that it was. Last weekend’s picture-perfect weather was certainly a contributing factor to the huge turnout.
Shown under the welcome tent, above left, are Kelly Waters, president of the Central West End Association, and Jess Batchelor, director, right.
At the preview party, Mayor Lyda Krewson dedicated a plaque commemorating the 125th anniversary of Fullerton’s Westminster Place. The plaque is located at the intersection of Westminster Place and Newstead Avenue.
The 2017 home and garden tour was presented by Shriners Hospitals for Children & BAM Marketing Agency. Sponsors included Paul and Amy Mittelstadt, Bissinger’s, Straub’s, PNC Mortgage, Citizen Park, Powers Insurance, CWE North Community Improvement District, Whole Foods, Town ‘n Style Magazine, Bar Louie, Lawrence Group, and Enterprise Bank & Trust.