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The SOHO Annual Historic Home Tour Weekend - March 14-16
Mark your calendar now. The SOHO Annual Historic Home Tour Weekend will be the third weekend in March. We are designing this event based on all of the feedback we received from attendees of last year's event. The overwhelming consensus was that there was just too much to do, after all we had three home tours in three days, along with several additional architectural tours, two parties, seven lectures, the Show & Sale and the trailer exhibition. Wow, I would have to agree that there was too much. You also told us what you liked most and what you were not as interested in, so we have designed the 2008 weekend with this in mind.
By demand, we are offering even more small exclusive tours, and we are expanding last year's sold out Bungalow Court and Ft. Rosecrans tours. New tours will include a Tiki tour, which will combine the tour with a lecture and cocktail hour, and a Historic Tile tour and lecture. We will add to the lecture series a most requested topic, which is an Ask the Experts panel for homeowners; this will be all Q&A with San Diego's foremost historic house experts. Sunday will culminate the weekend with the showcasing of five spectacular homes in two beautiful neighborhoods.
The Show & Sale will not be held, but your favorite vendors will still be able to be found in the advertising section of the program. The SOHO Museum Shop and book sale will be present as San Diego's number one historic architectural book resource, as will the popular silent auction. We are accepting donations for the auction now; please call the office if you have an item or service you wish to contribute.
Event headquarters will be centered at SOHO's office and museum complex in Old Town, where there is plenty of free parking and easy access to all freeways and transit centers.
This will be a terrific weekend and as always we depend on volunteers to make it possible. We simply cannot do the tours without your help. Please contact the office as soon as possible to let us know your availability.
NOTE! Every year the limited attendance tours sell out. One of the benefits you receive as a member of SOHO is the opportunity to sign up early for tours, before notice goes out to the public. So, if you want to go on a tour, register with the first email or notice by mail that you receive announcing the schedule and avoid disappointment. Last year the Ft. Rosecrans tour sold out within one hour of the San Diego Union Tribune's story on it, and the Bungalow Court tour within two days although it was year three for this popular tour, and some members were unhappy, which makes us unhappy! However, members have pre-notice, so this year even though both of these tours have been expanded they are still extremely limited, so sign up at first notice.
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