Hospice: Home & Art Tour delights visitors with array of homes, art

May 02, 2007
Santa Paula News
By Peggy Kelly Santa Paula TimesSunday’s weather didn’t put too much of a damper on the 24th Annual Santa Clara Valley Hospice/Home Support Group’s Home & Art Tour of Santa Paula, which offered four fine residences, an art walk, and a chance to win a variety of must-have gift baskets among other attractions.The year’s Tour opened the doors to the Trulli House, owned by Yvonne and Chris Wilson, the antique rich California Ranch home of Joni and Dr. Philip Snow, an art-filled hillside hugging entertainer’s delight owned by Michele and Rod Johns, and a serene minimalist modern with a touch of the Orient that is home to Yoshie and John Billig. Tour takers also enjoyed an Art Walk on Holly Road, where ice cream was the snack of choice even with the damp weather.Lucinda and Dion Anderson again lent their rustic garden to the Hospice cause and opened it to guests, who were able to relax on the porch after touring the art displays. Ticket sales were brisk to take a chance on winning a favorite among the variety of unique gift baskets, and the Silent Auction offered several outstanding works of art.“We’ve done pretty well, considering the weather,” said Hospice Director Paul Smith while wandering on Holly Road with his visiting daughter Jennifer. Noted artist Louise Saviers had her own display and said that “a lot has been sold and I’m happy about that!”In spite of the weather, “We’ve had all our stalwarts come out today, it’s been great,” said Hospice volunteer Mark Bacin. Hospice Director Kathryn Wilbur said that people “from Ventura, Camarillo... they came from all over,” did not hesitate to take the Tour.
The Plant Sale was also popular, with potted ready to plant flowers from Do-Right’s Nursery and roses from Otto & Sons of Fillmore. “I’ve been on the whole tour, it was really interesting and fun,” said Jeanne Klittich as she made out tickets for the opportunity drawing. “I won’t be buying any roses, that’s for sure,” Klittich, whose family owns Otto & Sons, noted with a laugh.“It’s so nice to be here and see everyone,” an unadvertised bonus of the annual tour, said Denise Maltby.“It’s been going very well,” said Cathy Barringer, the former longtime president of the Hospice Board of Directors. “People loved the homes... each year we are so fortunate that people are so generous to open their homes for the Hospice Tour.”Santa Clara Valley Hospice/Home Support Group offers a variety of always-free services to the river valley communities, including providing for emotional, social and spiritual support to those with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Hospice’s array of services range from free medical appointment transportation to Phone Buddies to meal preparation to an equipment loan program, among other offerings provided to all river valley residents.

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