SWANVILLE, Maine — The Swan Lake House and Garden Tour will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 2. This unique event combines a narrated boat ride with light refreshments, as well as five garden walks and four open houses.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Certified Boat Inspection Project to help keep invasive plants out of Swan Lake.
Houses and gardens will include:
— Sunnyside: a prominent Victorian cottage owned by the Simon-Fyfe family is considered one of the oldest on this lake. It is a beacon to all boaters with its red and white stripes, large front porch and slightly tilted barn. A tour of this cottage with its artistic features and the surrounding grounds will be enjoyed by all.
— The Barclay House: a spacious and lovely year-round house owned by Jim and Ann Barclay, built in 2002 sits among beautiful trees facing the lake with a large garden in the back. A guest house cabin with a rustic log interior is also a “must see” in the tour.
— Blake and Katie Curtis are sharing their year round home and gardens also on the Eastside of the lake. Visitors will find a charming combination of house/cottage with a unique architecture design affording ample living space for a couple who likes to entertain. Gardens surrounding this home create a colorful backdrop.
— On the Westside of the lake, visitors will have an opportunity to see the studio and art gallery of Dianne Horton, well known and respected local artist. Swan Lake, as well as the nearby ocean and small Maine communities, has provided inspiration for the artwork visitors will enjoy in her gallery. Informal flower gardens flank her property and set the tone for easy lake living.
— Again on the Westside near the dam and boat launch, the Kerrigan Gardens are layered on the banks of the lake and include a large variety of local, lake loving plants along with interesting water features. Along the shoreline window boxes of annuals welcome visitors from the water.
Donations of $18 per person will be accepted; tickets are available at Swan Lake Grocery and at the boat launch on the day of the event. Boats will leave from the boat launch on the west side of Swan Lake at 10 and 11 a.m. and noon. Those wishing to drive instead of taking the boat will find driving directions on the tickets.
Rain date is Aug. 3.