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Arts & Crafts Weekend 2003 - In Review

By Alana Coons, Events & Education Coordinator

Since its founding in 1998, this event has been our largest fundraiser and this year it proved to be that and much more. We expanded the entire format with a larger exhibition show, private parties, a silent auction and we included trolley service for the Historic Home Tour. The response was in direct correlation with our efforts. We had our largest crowds ever, over 100 new memberships, and the silent auction netted close to $3,000. Thank you bidders and donors!

(left to right) SOHO board member David Swarens; author Paul Duchscherer & SOHO board member Beth Montes; artist Leon Loughridge at his booth

(left to right) Nora Shields, Autumn Acker, SOHO Staff Photographer Sandé Lollis; Amy Miller, Events & Education Coordinator Alana Coons, Bonnie Poppe; SOHO board members Lori Peoples & Christopher Pro, Harry Parashis

Phyllis Shess tending the Silent Auction; Janet O'Dea and vendor Dianne Ayres

Home Tour visitors at the Conklin House; SOHO Executive Director Bruce Coons tending the Silent Auction

The homeowners who so generously gave us the opportunity to send almost 1000 people through their beautifully restored homes are the heroes of the weekend. Thank you to all the homeowners: Anne and Adrien Fernandes; Pat Kelly; Deirdre Lee; Vince Petronzio; John and Debbie Stall; Calvin Woo and Sue Merritt.

Volunteers we love you! We simply cannot do an event of this enormity without you. Because of you we were able to make it happen.

The publicity was fantastic; there was hardly a publication in San Diego that didn't carry at least a calendar mention of the weekend. The national publicity along with our own marketing budget really got the word out. Our website made it so easy to learn what the weekend had to offer. Thank you to our webmaster Mike Kelly.

With over 700 pre-registered the ticket pick-up service was smooth as could be. The choice of ride or drive provided by our friends and sponsors at Old Town Historic Trolley tours was highly praised and made the home tour almost effortless.

It was a wonderful weekend, a really great, fun, educational and rewarding time for all involved. And now we are off to the People In Preservation Awards and the San Diego Old House Fair. We hope to see you at these Spring events.

Photos by Allen Hazard

2003 - Volume 34, Issue 2


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National Security Executive Order

President's Message

Private Property Rights

Historic Districts

Deadline Extended

Mary F. Ward 1925-1999

How to Be a Preservationist

Desert Drugs is History

Highway 101 Association

Remembering Larry Booth

People In Preservation Awards

Attention Coronado Craftsman Era Homeowners

San Diego Old House Fair

Spring Catalog 2003

Theatre at the Whaley House presents Round Cape Horn Must Go!

Whaley House Garden News

Volunteer Profile

Arts & Crafts Weekend 2003 - In Review

Strength in Numbers

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