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Skaneateles: Opening their homes

Six historic Skaneateles homes will have their doors opened for the community on June 25 and 26 as part of "A Summer Place."

The event, a house tour and standard flower show, will showcase half a dozen homes spread out along East Genesee and Academy streets in the village and is presented by the Skaneateles Garden Club and Skaneateles Historical Society.

According to Publicity Co-Chair Joan Thomsen, a member of both the garden club and the historical society, the garden club asked the Skaneateles Historical Society to join its members in presenting this event to the community.

"The garden club gave the historical society the responsibility of finding the homes," Thomsen said. "[The event gives people] an opportunity to see homes you normally wouldn't get to see the inside of. I think the homes are going to be the biggest draw."

This is the first time the two organizations have come together for a cooperative event. All proceeds will be split between the two groups, both of which are non-profit organizations. Specifically, the funds for the historical society will be used toward the Creamery Museum expansion project and continued programs, Thomsen said.

Though getting to tour the homes of Skaneateles may be the biggest draw, the horticulture aspect of the event will bring 12 master judges from across the state certified by the National Garden Clubs, Inc. to the lakeside community. They will be judging floral arrangements designed by Skaneateles Garden Club members that are placed in the homes. Judging will follow all requirements of the National Garden Clubs.

"We do not know who the judges are," said Publicity Co-Chair Rosalind Schwartz. "It's important for people to know we do not know who the judges are."

Objectivity is key when judging the arrangements. While the Skaneateles Garden Club is fortunate to have three certified judges as members, those members cannot take part in the judging of arrangements.

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