Thursday, September 19, 2013
There’s never enough room to include all the information on all the families and homes in the Kitchen Tour brochure. There’s not enough room here either, but I can at least hope to tickle your curiosity to learn more about them and the Pine Forest Inn (PFI) area of the 2013 tour Sunday, October 6, which benefits this area’s abused and neglected children.
The Alexanders win the “It Was Meant To Be” award for living on President Circle. While shivering through a cold New England winter 30 years ago, Michael found an old photo showing a warm southern street with oak trees dripping in Spanish moss. “This,” he told Mary without ever looking at the photo caption, “is where we should be living!” Several moves later, unpacking at their Summerville home they saw that photo again. The picture was of Sumter Avenue, just a few streets away!
While walking around President Circle during some construction, Diane Bagwell found dozens of shards of china with PFI logos and designs which she is planning to fashion into a mosaic. Her back yard includes what has been dubbed an “Herb Chateau,” a former greenhouse which she now uses as a relaxation spot -- a place adapted to sit and read and play with grandkids
Palm trees are a favorite plant and a favorite theme for Sheila and Todd Beson. They are seen everywhere around the house and are featured as a print on red wall paper on the back of their built in bar. The doors are the traditional swing type but fronted with etched glass. The backlit bar serves as a delightful accent in their family room.
Betty and Tommy Black have beautifully shining hardwood floors throughout the house and a brick floor on the comfy screened porch which also has wicker furniture and an old fashioned glider swing. Betty wonders if some of the older mismatched spindles on her front porch railing might have come from the Pine Forest Inn.
Melanie and Peter Fortkort’s foyer opens to two floors and is accented by a spiral staircase. One of their favorite parts of their home is the step down great room, also called “The Christmas Room,” where their holiday tree reflects its best with huge windows and a skylight.
The South Carolina Historic Landscape Initiative documenting the PFI has focused on The Harrison Gardens in one of their publications. Included is a detailed plant list with 37 entries accompanied by a diagram of each location. There are also color photographs of blooming gardens. Lynn and Jack say the survey and booklet design were accomplished by members of the Flowertown Garden Club.
Katie and Ray Hayes’ front door of “The Barn” weighs 400 pounds and was made by Ray with thick wood from an old factory. He glued boards together with the same glue that Howard Hughes used to build his WWII wooden airplane, the Spruce Goose.
The Hayes’ also have Summerville’s Little Monticello on tour and say that the PFI’s Lover’s Lane was on their property, running right across the front lawn.
Amy and Kyle Hungerford’s unique round dining room table has extensions that fit around the perimeter, enlarging the size without changing the shape. Their grandfather clock is from the late 1800s, when the PFI was built. A favorite space is their 10 foot wide front porch where they do a lot of entertaining.
Susan and Jim McClary have a backyard featuring a cabana, hot tub and pool. The “way back” boasts an unusual waterfall pond area. Some ponds are dug out holes full of fish. Jim says this one goes into a reservoir under some rocks and gets recirculated.
The up to date faucet at the kitchen sink is special to Lynn because it’s a gift from her husband Jim McClary (Jr.) and she says it “just does everything!” The couple’s formal living room has two main uses: first when they host their Wine and Supper Club and second when their youngest entertains at her Tea Parties and serves goldfish and lemonade.
The front of Jaime and Terry Moore’s house, accented by two three tiered fountains, faces the pond by Little Monticello which the Moore’s and the Hayes’ share. It’s inhabited with mallards which are hand fed every day. The island in the middle has been electrified and a gazebo constructed. There’s a paddle boat for perusing the waterway.
Cori and Seth Woolwine have several unique art pieces. These include two carved oriental chests, and a unique shadow box Seth made for his wife to display her favorite pictures. The couple also has original work of one artist showing an interesting array of subjects from detailed formal portraits to colorful abstracts.
To see for yourself what these homes are all about and get more than “tidbits” for this excellent cause, either go to www.scrumptioussummerville.com or contact Bob Ingram at the Children’s Center: 843-875-1551.