Saturday, June 25, 2016

Patio view LR

One of the homes from last year’s tour


The 7th Annual House & Garden Tour will take place, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 25, from 10am-4pm. The tour features fine houses and gardens in Norwich, chosen to dazzle and delight!

PLEIN AIR ARTISTS: In a new twist on this popular event, this year local plein air painters will set up their easels in the gardens of these beautiful homes, allowing visitors to see the gardens through the artists’ eyes.  12 artists from the “Odanaksis” artists group will create their art works between 10am and 2:30pm. Their framed works will be offered for sale from 3 – 4 pm that afternoon and through the month of July at the Lewis House, with a portion of the proceeds donated to NHS. See list of artists below.

ART TALK featuring Dan Gottesgen
At noon on the 25th, visitors can take a break and return to Lewis House for a talk about art, artists and gardens by Dan Gottsegen, a Woodstock artist nationally known for his engagement with the natural environment.  Gottsegen will illustrate his talk with works from well-known and lesser-known artists, as well as insights into the gardens on this year’s tour.  Admission is included in the price of your ticket but seating is limited. Click here to see Dan’s work.

THE TOUR: This year’s tour will feature a range of properties reflecting Norwich’s growth over time. Visitors may want to begin with the extensive gardens at an 1828 brick federal on Elm Street.  Norwich’s Bill Noble, who designed the gardens, will be on hand in the morning to chat with visitors about his creation. Garden designer Courtney Dobyns will also be present during the day to talk with guests about the complex of perennial and shade gardens she maintains at a country cape.  The gardens at a jewel-box “grandparents’ house” help to integrate it with the attached 1925 Cliff Street bungalow.  A newly renovated home in the Willey Hill/Hawk Pine area illustrate the use of gardens in contemporary landscape. And a architect-designed in-town home boasts luscious gardens with extensive borders and hundreds of specimens of flowers.

TICKETS:  $25 each for the tour ($20 for members). Tickets are available at the door on the day of show. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. We are no longer accepting credit card payment on-line.

BAG LUNCHES by Norwich Square Cafe will be available for purchase at the NHS from 10:00 while supplies last. A choice of three sandwiches with a chocolate chip cookie and a bottled water is offered for $12:

  • Chicken Salad on sourdough with lettuce and tomato.
  • Italian Tuna Sandwich on sourdough with arugula.
  • Chic Pea and Sunflower on whole what with alfalfa sprouts.

Pre-order by calling Norwich Square Cafe at 603-649-1500 or email:

RAFFLE PRIZES include a gift certificate to Carpenter & Main Restaurant ($100), a compost bucket from Main Street Kitchens, an original landscape painting, and certificates to area nurseries: Longacres Nursery, E.C. Brown Nursery, Cedar Circle Farm, and Edgewater Farm (value varies). Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. These may be purchased on day of event of on-line with admission tickets.

House & Garden Tour: 10am-4pm
Artists painting at all sites: 10am-2:30pm (see list of artists below)
Art talk: Noon – 12:45pm at NHS barn (Dan Gottesgen)
Art sale: 3-4pm at NHS. Framed paintings created during the day at Tour sites. A portion of proceeds benefits NHS. Please, checks or cash only (no credit cards for artworks).

Plein air artists from the “Odanaksis” group who will paint on-site from 10am-2:30pm:

Gail M. Barton
Cindy Boran
Lelieu Brown
Emily Burkholder
Robert Chapla
Becky Cook
Nancy Dean
Janet Farley
Nan Green
Anne Hartmann
Rae Newell
Stephanie Reininger
Anne Rose
Jonathan Rose
Susan L. Rump
Jo Tate
Ken Thompson
Lynn VanNatta:

The House & Garden Tour is a major fundraiser for the Norwich Historical Society which owns and operates the  Lewis House, offering exhibits, educational programs for children and adults, an extensive collection of artifacts relating to Norwich’s past, and assistance with historical inquiries. See more at


Lewis Society Level ($500)
Coldwell Banker Redpath & Company
Mascoma Savings Bank
Windows and Doors by Brownell
Stetson Family

Steward Level: ($250)
Back Tilt Studio
Building Energy
Clean Yield Asset Management
Design Source + home
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty
Killdeer Farm
Ledyard National Bank
The Norwich Inn
Otto & Associates, Inc.
G. R. Porter & Sons, Inc.
Smith & Vansant Architects
Stave Puzzles
Webster and Donovan Excavating, Inc.

Supporter Level: ($100)
Andrea’s Hair Studio
Dan & Whit’s General Store
GKS Exterior Design
Grossman & Ripps, PLLC
Haynes and Garthwaite Architects
H. C. S. M. Enterprises
Hogwash Farm
Massage Adagio
Morano Gelato
Norwich Bookstore
Norwich Square Properties
Norwich Technologies
The Richards Group
Shepard Butler Landscape Architects
Solaflect Energy
Stave Puzzles

In-Kind Donations and Raffle prizes supplied by
Carpenter & Main Restaurant
Cedar Circle Farm
Coop Food Stores
E. C. Brown’s Nursery
Edgewater Farm
GIS GPS Mapping
Leahy Press
Longacres Nursery
Main Street Kitchen