Port Perry and the communities that surround it are home to several beautiful houses, rich in both heritage and architecture.
On September 16th, there will be an opportunity to see many of these beautiful homes, during the 9th Annual Port Perry Town and Country House Tour.
“You get to see all the lovely architecture, gardens and get ideas for what you might want to do with your own home. As well, you are helping local charities,” said Shelley Bertrim, organizer of the tour.
The event is organized by the Prince Albert United Church and this year’s tour will feature four homes, a manor, a garden, and a new stop on the tour, the Scugog Shores Museum.
“Because of the [museum's] history and architecture, it’s a perfect addition to the tour this year,” Shelley said.
During the tour, ticket holders will have the opportunity to stop at the Port Perry United Church, to take a break and enjoy some homemade baked goods, coffee, and refreshments.
All proceeds raised from the house tour will go towards five local charities; Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North Durham, Community Care Durham, Joanne’s House, YWCA Durham, and North House.
“By supporting the house tour and these charities you make a positive impact on children, at risk youth, women, men, families, the elderly, and all aspects of our society in the North Durham area,” Shelley told the Standard.
She hopes the house tour will completely sellout their 500 tickets, like they have in the past.
“So far, in the 9 years, we have contributed over $90,000 to these local charities, and our goal is to keep supporting these worthwhile charities in our community,” Shelley said.
The Port Perry Town and Country House Tour has an overwhelming amount of support by sponsors in the community, which allows them to make an even bigger donation to local charities each year.
“We are a not-for-profit volunteer organization, so every sponsorship or product that gets donated helps to deter the cost we incur, and that increases the donation we can give to our charities,” Shelley said. “We are so grateful for the assistance of our sponsors, and we hope that people let them know they are making a real difference in their community.”
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online, at http://www.portperryhousetour.ca, or in person at the Port Perry UnitedChurch, at 294 Queen Street, or Royal LePage Frank Real Estate, at 268 Queen Street.
The tour will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., on September 16th.
Shelley encourages everyone in the area to come out and view some beautiful homes.