Old Towne Orange Historic Home Tour Next tour: 2021!
2019 Historic Home Tour - Mission Accomplished!
Thank you for visiting Old Towne Orange and attending the 2019 Historic Home Tour November 9-10, 2019. Although the weather on Saturday reached 90 degrees, we still had a great turnout.
On behalf of the Old Towne Preservation Association (OTPA), I would like to thank the City of Orange for their continued support and the Orange Public Library for allowing us to, once again, use their fabulously convenient facility as our home base and for providing such helpful staff on Sunday when the library was officially closed.
A million thanks to home and business owners: Frank & Shannon Tucker, Dan Slater, Bonnie & Gordon Higgins, Chapman University and Jerry & Dawn Price, Bruce Sargeant, owner of Fusion Biotec, and, Eric & Amy Sargeant, owners of The Treasury Creative Studio. A special thank you also to docent liaisons Angel Barnes, Steve & Wendy Bennett, Heather Garcia, VickieLaughlin, Mary Matuzak, Nancy MacDonald, and Amy Thai. These folks poured their hearts and souls into coordinating the docents, and working with the homeowners to prepare the interior and exterior of their homes and businesses for the tour.
We are grateful for the research tenacity of Andrea McCullough and her team; Al Ricci of Ricci Realty for providing the vintage trolley and a driver; Gary Zdenek of Gary Z Design for the great graphics; Carol & Matt Craig for working all weekend sliding those cards; Bonnie & Mike Gracia - our wonderful Meet ‘n Greet hosts; Urth Caffé for a glorious spread at the Meet ‘n Greet; our wrap party hostess extraordinaire, Glory Johnson; Eric & Gaylin Goodman for use of their beautiful home for our wrap party venue; Chef Al Ybarra and his two beautiful daughters for the delicious wrap party meal; Lisa Ackerman of A&P Collectables; and, floral designer Michele Jackson of Designs & Details. And to the many, many docents and Will Call volunteers – we couldn’t have done it without you!
Lastly, thank you to Joe Peters and Tony Trabucco for handling a multitude of tasks – all with great humor and positivity.
See you in 2021 for OTPA’s next historic home tour!
Diana Zdenek OTPA Recording Secretary & 2019 Home Tour Chair
2017 Historic Home Tour - Another One on the Books!
What a weekend! We had, great weather, a large turnout, and a very smooth operation. Over 1250 guests viewed our 6 properties this year, and the feedback has been terrific. We were very fortunate to have such a diverse assortment of homes this year. Representing several Architectural styles for which Old Towne Orange is famous!
On behalf of OTPA we would like to thank our amazing homeowners for their generous hospitality.
Ted & Debbie Albert
Braid & Carol Mac Donald
Mary and Al Ricci
Bernie Towers and the Coast Soccer League
A special thanks to the Home Tour Committee, we could not have pulled this off without them.
The entire OTPA Board of Directors for their support.
Our Lead Docents for running the show at each of our fantastic homes:
Lisa Blanc, Mary Matuzak, Robert Imboden, Adrian Ober, Vickie Laughlin, Janine Storm, Nancy MacDonald, and Amy Thai.
All of our docents that assisted throughout the weekend, and our Will Call staff at the Library.
Special Thanks to……. Andrea McCullough for taking the lead on our historic research. Ricci Realty for providing transportation with their Trolley. Gary Zdenek of Gary Z Design. John Peters for Floral. Glory Johnson and Wayne Gensler for opening their home for our post tour celebration. Al Ybarra our fabulous chef. Amy Harpster and The Orange Public Library and History Center. The City of Orange for their continued support of OTPA. Wendy Bennett and all past Home Tour Chairs and committees for laying the groundwork. PreserveOC for hosting the “Kick Off” reception at the Hilbert Museum.
And a gracious thanks to you, the members of OTPA and all our guests of the 2017 Historic Home Tour!
Joe Peters OTPA Fund Development and Home Tour Chair
PS - Another fantastic job of coordinating and producing an over-the-top event by Old Towne resident and creative genius extraordinaire, Joe Peters! Thank you, Joe! - OTPA Board of Directors
2015 Historic Home Tour - It's a Wrap!
Another successful OTPA historic home tour is in the rear view mirror!
A note from Wendy Bennett, the Committee Chair of the 2015 Historic Home Tour (who did a fantastic job herself!!):
"The 2015 Historic Home Tour in November– although hindered by a temporary power outage affecting three of the tour properties, an unexpected closure of a home and numerous trolley follies – was a hugely successful event, selling over 1200 tickets and generating a lot of excitement around town!
On behalf of OTPA, I would like to thank the City of Orange for their continuing support, Orange Public Library for allowing us to, again, use their fabulously convenient facility as our home base, and homeowners:
Darryll and Priscilla Keene
Chapman University and Kris and Lori Olsen
Lianna Lawrence and Pam Hargrove
Chip and Leslie Buckley
Steve and Kristi Colburn
The homeowners truly poured their hearts and souls into preparing the interior and exterior of their homes for the tour. A special thank you must also go to docent liaisons Aaron Alduenda, Annalisa Goode, Mary Matuzak, Nancy MacDonald, Amy Thai, and Sue Vaurs. We are grateful for the generosity of Ricci Realty in providing the vintage trolley and a driver the entire weekend, Glory Johnson and Wayne Gensler were wonderful hosts for the finale party, Chef Al Ybarra, the many local florists, Joe Peters for opening his awesome backyard for our pre-tour event and Judy Schroeder and Patty Ricci for adding a special touch by coordinating the display of oil paintings for the pleasure of tour goers. Lastly, we could not have done it without the tireless hours put in by the home tour committee consisting of Carol Craig, Annalisa Goode, Glory Johnson, and Diana Zdenek. I would like to offer special thanks to Andrea Donahue, who spent many, many hours researching the homes and interviewing family members, and also Gary of Gary Z Design, for taking the reins and handling all the details involving graphics and printing.
We hope you'll join us in 2017 for our next historic home tour!