Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Downtown dwellings

Community Library Tour of Homes focuses on in-town life

Express Staff Writer

What you see from the sidewalk is so much less than you will get if you buy a ticket to get inside the downtown dwellings on the annual Community Library Tour of Homes this Saturday, Aug. 4.

"This year, the big deal is the houses are in downtown Ketchum," said library Executive Director Colleen Crain. "Large homes with very little yards and incredible views, two townhomes, one in French antiques and one is Swedish minimalism. This is a very bike-rideable tour."

Lunch will be provided by Tranquility Tea House, to be picked up at the Picket Fence patio and enjoyed there or, since it is boxed, guests can tote it to the nearby park or Town Square. Peruse the Artisans Invitational Show while in town. The special art event is free and open on Fourth Street between East and Walnut avenues starting Friday at 10 a.m. and continuing through Sunday. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the library.

Hosts will be in every home to give extra guidance, but everyone who has a ticket will receive a detailed magazine with profiles of all that will be seen and insight into the homeowners and designers behind them.

The tour itself is Saturday, Aug. 4, with a bus leaving the library at 9:55 a.m. But this is a self-paced tour concluded by

2 p.m. A $75 ticket includes lunch.

There is a very special opportunity in advance of the tour at the home of Martine and Dan Drackett with cocktails and catering by Cristina's and special guest speaker, colorist and artist Donald Kaufman.

Kauffman, who creates his own spectrum of colors customized for clients, will discuss his creative process. His signature red can be seen in the music collection room in the library.

A $250 ticket ($225 of which is tax-deductible) includes a party Friday at 5:30 p.m. and a special VIP tour ticket for the homes the following day.

Crain said that while the home tour is a significant fundraiser for the library, it's also a chance for the library to do face time with the public outside its walls. Every tour yields new supporters.

If $75 seems a lot, consider this: That's a quarter a day for 309 days abundant use of the resources of the library.

Tickets and more information can be found at

The Artisans Invitational Show

Home tour inspire? Nothing freshens a home's look faster than art or a decorative piece. Janet Dunbar of Dunbar Interiors invited 20 varied artists from around the state to exhibit in a small show that will close Fourth Street between East and Walnut avenues in Ketchum from Friday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 5. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Dunbar said artists are giving 10 percent of their earnings to the Community Library. "I'm excited because it's going to be a high-end show with the tents not just put up, but decorated. We have floral and glass and a number of interesting, different items. It will be a very pretty show."

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