BJSO fundraiser features six Beloit residences
If you go
What: Friends of the Beloit Janesville Symphony 2009 house walk
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3.
Where: At six homes in Beloit
Tickets: $20 at the homes Oct. 3, in advance from symphony members or through 5 p.m. Oct. 2 at all M&I Bank locations in Beloit and Janesville; the Janesville Performing Arts Center, 408 S. Main St., Janesville, and Visit Beloit, 500 Public Ave., Beloit.
Proceeds: Benefit the Beloit Janesville Symphony
For more information: Visit beloitjanesvillesymphony.com.
BELOIT It's a performance you won't want to miss.
Live music and baked goods on sale at two of six houses featured on the Friends of the Beloit Janesville Symphony house walk Saturday, Oct. 3.
Proceeds of "The Beat Goes On" fundraiser benefit the symphony.
Organizers hope to raise at least $9,000, the same amount raised in 2007—the last time the walk took place in Beloit, said Karen Arft, event chair.
Friends is one of the major donors to the symphony and last year contributed $21,000 from fundraising efforts, she said.
Financial help from the organization is more important than ever. The symphony is among cultural arts organizations that have fallen on hard times in this tough economy.
To compensate, symphony leaders have tried to create an attractive season with less money.
The symphony also had to cancel its production of Verdi's "Requiem" at the end of last season because of financial concerns. It also canceled the traditional Fourth of July concerts in Beloit and Janesville because not enough sponsors came forward.
To help fill the symphony's coffers, Arft encourages people to get out and walk. Tour goers will be treated to musical performances by local musicians, primarily orchestra members, at the Huffman house plus a bake sale at the Erickson home.
Homeowners and houses featured on this year's tour are:
Dave and Judy Criswell, 2787 E. Ridge Road
This Fuller Woods condominium has been transformed into a contemporary residence. The condo features an unusual floor plan with a cathedral ceiling in the main room and tray ceilings in other rooms. The use of color and original art influence this condo's decorating schemes.
Glenn and Marlene Erickson, 2227 Moccasin Trail
This home reflects the owner's expertise in coordinating color and style enhanced by original artwork, heirlooms, accessories and special collections. As an added bonus, this home sits in the midst of a garden designed by master gardener Glenn Erickson.
Bob and Patti Harrer, 2422 Stonehedge Lane
This home is located in the Turtle Creek Condominiums and offers an intimate view of Turtle Creek from the back yard garden and patio. It features traditional decorating with exquisite furniture and vignettes.
Nicolette Meister and Kevin Larson, 847 Park
Built in 1912, this home is in the Beloit College historic district. Blood, sweat and tears plus a lot of love have transformed this dwelling enhanced by prairie-style features, stained glass inserts in bookcases and windows and a built-in buffet reminiscent of the arts & crafts movement.
Don and Tara Tinder, 2357 Fieldcrest
Built in 2007, this house features an open floor plan with a vast collection of artwork, rich color tones and sun-washed stone in an expansive natural setting.
Al and Judy Huffman, 2442 Murphy Woods
This home has been rebuilt and redesigned on its original foundation. Its traditional decorating scheme is punctuated by unique custom features that include an octagon-shaped dining room, cathedral ceilings, granite countertops, and skylights with maple flooring and cabinetry.