House tours in New Windsor to benefit preservation efforts


September 28, 1995|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I CAN'T RESIST house tours, including the one Sunday that will feature some of New Windsor's prettiest homes.

I plan to be there, peeking into the living rooms, dining rooms and front porches of the residents who have been working around the clock to get their homes ready for inspection. The tour begins at noon, and tickets can be purchased for $10 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church on Main Street in New Windsor. Proceeds benefit New Windsor Heritage Committee, a group dedicated to preserving New Windsor's history and architecture.

Included on the tour are the Deihlman Inn, an antiques shop owned by Julia Cairns; St. Paul's United Methodist Church; the Yellow Turtle Inn, one of Carroll's newest bed and breakfast establishments; homes of Kim and John Scott, Jeannie and John Loudermilch, Judy and Dale Gray, Josh and Sharon Lindeman, and David and Barbara Duree.

Most of the buildings are within walking distance of each other; you'll probably want to drive to the Duree residence and the Yellow Turtle Inn.

I got a sneak peek at Barbara and David Duree's home, and it alone would be worth the price of a ticket. Barbara is pursuing a bachelor's degree in historic preservation at Goucher College in Towson, and her knowledge and passion for preserving what's good about the past clearly shows in the restoration of her Victorian home.

She and her husband, David, a business consultant and musician, found the property in total disrepair when they purchased it in 1984; now it's a one-of-a-kind home that has been lovingly repaired and outfitted with Victorian antiques, lace curtains and favorite objects.

Barbara gave me a tour of the downstairs library, parlor and kitchen. Wallpaper from Bradbury and Bradbury, Victorian wallpaper specialists, covers the walls and ceilings in myriad geometric patterns, multiple borders, and medallions that float in the middle of a ceiling. As many as 13 wallpapers were used in a room to create show-stopping decor.

Barbara designed the marriage of rich wallpaper patterns and colors, and with her mother and David, hung the wallpaper as well.

Colors and wallpaper schemes were chosen with an eye to the home's late 19th-century past, and are based on the original plaster and wallpaper colors found during the renovation. All the trim is original dark wood, and wood-grained floors (Barbara did these, too) are found throughout the home.

Members of the New Windsor Heritage Committee, which was established about 10 years ago, are excited about this tour that will showcase what can be done to old houses when they've been lavished with fresh materials, love and elbow grease.

The Heritage Committee is open to anyone who cares about preserving the homes of New Windsor. Money raised from the group's fund-raisers goes to restoration and preservation projects, education (including a local history workshop for elementary schoolchildren in the summers) and charity.

"We're praying that we'll have good weather, and that everyone will have a good time on the tour," said committee President Judy Gray. Information: 635-2881.

Fritz earns poetry award

Congratulations to poet Dottie Fritz of Uniontown. Dottie won the Editor's Choice Award from the National Library of Poetry for her entry, "He Created All." The poem will be published in the forthcoming anthology, "At Water's Edge." Dottie's poem was among the best 3 percent of poetry entered in a recent contest sponsored by the National Library of Poetry in Owings Mills.

Dottie has been writing poetry, on and off, for about 10 years.

"It's something that you don't just turn out in five minutes," she said. "It takes some thinking and pondering. Many times I think about a poem after I've gone to bed, and then I'll have to get up and write it down."

Dottie writes for the Uniontown newsletter and her church bulletin; her verses delight many, and that pleases her.

"It's the pleasure I get out of writing poetry, and what others get out of it, that pleases me," she said.

Elmer Wolfe demolition to start

It happens next month: the tearing down of the old Elmer Wolfe Elementary School in Union Bridge.

You'll have a last chance to say goodbye to the old brick building that housed hundreds of classes since the 1930s on Oct. 8 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Walk down the halls, buy a commemorative yearbook, order a piece of the old blackboards, and reminisce with friends and neighbors.

& Information: 775-7892.

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