Cam­bridge Wo­man’s Club host­ing 32nd hol­i­day homes tour

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CAM­BRIDGE — The Cam­bridge Wo­man’s Club is host­ing its 32nd an­nual Hol­i­day Tour of Homes from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in Cam­bridge.

The fea­tured stops on tour this year are lo­cated in the gen­eral area of Cam­bridge, Bon­nie Brook and East New Mar­ket. The lo­ca­tions are within a four-mile ra­dius and share the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing in quiet, pri­vate com­mu­ni­ties, spa­cious build­ing lots and ex­cep­tional splen­dor. Tick­ets are avail­able from any mem­ber of the Cam­bridge Wo­man’s Club or from The Dorch­ester Cen­ter for the Arts for a do­na­tion of $15. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Kay at 410-228-4755. Dorch­ester County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety DCHS is happy to sup­port the Cam­bridge Wo­man’s Club, which helped start the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety in 1953, by open­ing both the Mered­ith House and Neild Mu­seum to tour guests.

The Mered­ith House is a beau­ti­ful circa 1760 brick Ge­or­gian Home sited on the prop­erty. The home was pur­chased by the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety in 1959 and was the orig­i­nal home of the So­ci­ety. It is on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places and boasts three sto­ries, two, open to the pub­lic, with orig­i­nal win­dows and pe­riod rooms all decked for the hol­i­days — in keep­ing with the colo­nial time frame. Many ex­hibits are avail­able for view­ing, in­clud­ing minia­ture fur­ni­ture, quilts dat­ing back to the 1700’s, and a spe­cial East New Mar­ket room.

The Neild Mu­seum was ded­i­cated to J. Sta­ple­forte Neild in 1981 and houses a broad col­lec­tion of ar­ti­facts rep­re­sent­ing farm life in Dorch­ester County from colo­nial times to the present.

The Neild mu­seum will host our re­fresh­ment of home­made cook­ies and cider, and Bob Merkley, talented vi­o­lin­ist, will play for your mu­si­cal in­spi­ra­tion this Christ­mas. Bob is a pro­fes­sional vi­olin and vi­ola player who moved from Penn­syl­va­nia to the East­ern Shore last year.

He holds both a Bach­e­lor’s and a Mas­ters de­gree in mu­sic and has com­pleted sub­se­quent grad­u­ate work. Over the last 40 years he has played vi­olin in nu­mer­ous or­ches­tras.

He con­ducted the Boy­er­town Ju­nior High and Se­nior High Or­ches­tras from 19992008. Un­der his di­rec­tion, both groups won nu­mer­ous awards and con­sis­tently took 1st place in many ad­ju­di­cated fes­ti­vals. Dur­ing three over­seas mu­sic tours with Boy­er­town High School, Bob con­ducted con­certs in Eng­land, Scot­land, France, and Italy.

We are so very pleased that Bob has agreed to honor us with some Christ­mas mu­sic. Sit back, re­lax and en­joy the mel­low tones of vi­olin mu­sic filling the air with joy­ous sounds of the sea­son.

Mow­bray’s Gar­den Cen­ter, 3009 Old Route

50, Cam­bridge The Cam­bridge Wo­man’s Club is ex­cited to in­clude Mow­bray’s Gar­den Cen­ter in the tour this year. A small busi­ness lo­cally owned and op­er­ated by Rusty and Brit- tany Mow­bray, their vi­sion started with a love for plants and ex­panded to a busi­ness pro­file which com­ple­ments Rusty’s thriv­ing land­scap­ing busi­ness. The Gar­den Cen­ter was a goal of the couple’s for a long time. They en­joy meet­ing mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and lis­ten­ing to all their ad­vice and knowl­edge about plants as well. As Brit­tany said,

“We like to think we learn some­thing new ev­ery­day and en­joy every mo­ment of it,” said Brit­tany Mow­bray.

Stop in dur­ing the tour be­cause Brit­tany has promised a demon­stra­tion for tour ticket hold­ers as well as re­fresh­ments to en­joy.

Singer Home The shin­gle-style house rem­i­nis­cent of one you might see in a his­toric Cape Code sea­side town, sits on eight acres cra­dled be­tween a pond and the Chop­tank River.

“The prop­erty was key,” said Paula Singer. She said she and Curt spent years look­ing for the ideal wa­ter­front view. Draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the New Eng­land homes of their child­hoods the Singers en­vi­sioned a tran­quil refuge where they could un­wind from hec­tic sched­ules, and fam­ily could come to re­lax sur­rounded by na­ture.

Ar­chi­tects Christo­pher Frank and Robert Ham­mond of Annapolis-based Ham­mond Wil­son Ar­chi­tects helped bring that vi­sion to life. Af­ter a year re­fin­ing de­tails of the plan, Gary Smith Builder of Queen­stown broke ground the fall of 2008. The 6,500-square-foot house was com­pleted in Jan­uary 2010.

A view of the wa­ter dis­tin­guishes al­most every main room in the house, but there’s none quite so strik­ing as when one comes through the great room, where floorto-ceil­ing win­dows span the back of the house, per­fectly fram­ing the river be­yond. Bold clas­si­cal arches and col­umns re­place door­ways, open­ing the in­te­rior space and al­low­ing light to pen­e­trate, while cre­at­ing a sense of flow through the house. De­spite the home’s im­pres­sive size, cof­fered ceil­ings and de­tailed mold­ings, such as the three-tray ceil­ing in the great room and kitchen, keep the rooms de­fined and in­ti­mate.

Soft whites, sandy beiges, and sea-glass tones cre­ate a sooth­ing coastal pal­ette, adding to the home’s light, airy at­mos­phere. The stone fire­place, oak floors, bronze wall lanterns, and nat­u­ral wood dé­cor con­vey a sense of warmth and co­zi­ness. Ocean- in­spired art­work and tex­tiles, sea glass sea­horse, and oc­to­pus prints in the stair­well, and a hand-em­broi­dered sand dol­lar pil­low in the great room, among oth­ers- add touches of sea­side whimsy through­out the house.

Vis­i­tors stay­ing in one of three sec­ond-floor guest rooms can re­lax in “the loft,” a spa­cious bar­rel ceilinged fam­ily room that leads to a deck over­look­ing the river, or in the sit­ting room, which faces the pond, home to fish, ter­rap­ins, bull­frogs, and muskrats. On the sec­ond floor, above the breeze­way be­tween house and garage, ex­pe­ri­ence a bit of mys­tery as you push to open a book­case/hid­den door, re­veal­ing a glam­orous mu­sic room com­plete with a grand pi­ano where talented mu­si­cians are in­vited to per­form. Board mem­bers of Paula’s busi­ness of­ten en­joy the re­lax­ing ex­trav­a­gance pro­vided in the mu­sic room.

Some­times the couple sim­ply bring fold­ing chairs down to the dock with a bot­tle of wine to watch the sun­set. Curt en­joys watch­ing three crab boats out on the wa­ter each morn­ing, the heron fam­ily that fre­quents the docks, and the ducks that buried their eggs be­neath the per­gola by the pool. Feel free to ex­plore the grounds, de­scend the stone stairs to

of the Chop­tank, the Singer home, and na­ture dur­ing this Christ­mas­tide.

Im­manuel Church The first meet­ing of Im­manuel Church took place in a small school­house and church on Maple Dam Road in 1894. The con­gre­ga­tion then con­sisted of 12 fam­i­lies and was soon joined by an­other church. The first Con­gre­ga­tional Meet­ing at Im­manuel in the his­toric district of Cam­bridge took place in 1895 with the first full-time pas­tor serv­ing from 1900 to 1904. Im­manuel was in­stru­men­tal in es­tab­lish­ing the Emer­gency Cold Weather Shel­ter in Cam­bridge. The church con­tin­ued to progress through its lead­er­ship and com­mit­ment at its lo­ca­tion in Cam­bridge.

In 2005, land on White Hall Road was pur­chased and ground bro­ken for a new mod­ern fa­cil­ity. Fore­sight in plan­ning is ev­i­denced through­out the build­ing, but es­pe­cially in the con­struc­tion of a mod­ern kitchen and din­ing room where the church spon­sors meet­ings and din­ners for the pur­pose of ac­quir­ing funds for the many mis­sions and needs in today’s world.

A large well-de­signed narthex wel­comes vis­i­tors and af­fords a beau­ti­ful space for church fel­low­ship just in­side a wide en­try­way from the park­ing lot. The sanc­tu­ary is open and bright, lit by large win­dows through which na­ture is seen. Up­hol­stered pews pro­vide com­fort. A church of­fice and var­i­ous meet­ing rooms com­plete the fa­cil­i­ties.

The Rev. Dale Kro­tee was af­firmed as the new “set­tled pas­tor” at Im­manuel in March 2013 and con­tin­ues to serve. Rev Dale, his wife and two daugh­ters are in­stru­men­tal in the con­tin­ued life mis­sion of the church.

Im­manuel is a ver y ded­i­cated and ac­tive con­gre­ga­tion pro­vid­ing a weekly wor­ship ser vice, chil­dren’s’ Sunday school, a mu­sic pro­gram and choir led by the pro­fes­sional and talented Choir Direc­tor/ Or­gan­ist, J. Cur­tis White, and Lynne Breil, Pi­anist.

Please en­joy your time spent here and cher­ish the bless­ings of Christ­mas. May they con­tinue to flow not only dur­ing this spe­cial time of cel­e­bra­tion, but through­out your life.

Clara Mae This warm, gra­cious home is tucked away on a pri­vate cul-de-sac in East New Mar­ket just 2 miles off Route 50, Cam­bridge. The home was built in 2007, on a two-plus acre wooded lot and boasts the finest of up­grades. Bam­boo floors glis­ten through­out the house upon en­try from a wide, wel­com­ing front porch.

The first vista to greet the vis­i­tor is a wall of floor- to­ceil­ing win­dows and doors lead­ing to a spa­cious deck and quiet woods of­fer­ing end­less en­ter­tain­ment by birds and small vis­i­tors which na­ture pro­vides. Two white leather couches grac­ing a gas burn­ing fire­place in­vite guests to linger in this open, sunny room fea­tur­ing a 17-foot vaulted ceil­ing. The dé­cor of the room is such that one will im­me­di­ately feel not only wel­come, but com­fort­able. A gen­tle blend of so­phis­ti­cated Queen Anne and ca­sual Coun­try fur­nish­ings in the din­ing room, spa­cious coun­try kitchen with gran­ite coun­ter­tops, con­nect­ing hall­ways, and foyer are ev­i­dence of the cre­ativ­ity and nat­u­ral­is­tic in­ter­ests of the owner, Clara Mae.

The use of fresh win­ter green­ery pro­vides a fra­grance in­dica­tive of the sea­son and beauty of Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion. Sev­eral Christ­mas trees, each with uni­fy­ing themes, con­tinue this cel­e­bra­tion within the rooms of the home. An ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of tree or­na­ments de­pict­ing Dorch­ester County land­marks is fea­tured.

Three comfy bed­rooms are clev­erly sit­u­ated to open from an ex­panded por­tion of the pas­sage to the left wing of the house. This sep­a­rates the pri­vate area of the home for quiet and re­lax­ation.

Clara Mae is a past pres­i­dent and talented mem­ber of the Dorch­ester Gar­den Club. She is a ded­i­cated fa­cil­i­ta­tor for the AARP Tax Prep group at the Dorch­ester Pub­lic li­brary, and an ac­tive mem­ber of The Cam­bridge Wo­man’s Club. We are hon­ored to have her share her home with us dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son. Her wish is that you have ex­pe­ri­enced a time of joy, love, and peace as a guest in her home. May your Christ­mas be blessed.

Scotto The con­tem­po­rary home of the Scotto’s is within the wa­ter ac­cess com­mu­nity of Spring­dale Farms. It is lo­cated on a gor­geous 3.4 acres of ru­ral prop­erty with both up­per and lower wide bal­conies across the en­tire front of the home. A tree-lined drive­way leads to a spa­cious pa­tio over­look­ing a pri­vate back yard.

A large open floor plan, bright with the sun­light from an ex­ten­sive ar­range­ment of large win­dows bright­ens a beau­ti­ful mod­ern kitchen, din­ing room and liv­ing room com­bi­na­tion. El­e­gant con­tem­po­rary fur­nish­ings com­ple­ment the size and beauty of the rooms.

There are 6 beau­ti­fully ap­pointed bed­rooms and four and a half ex­cep­tional baths will im­press guests with their gra­cious­ness and com­fort. A two-car de­tached garage and shop pro­vide pro­tected park­ing and ex­tra workspace.

The long, ex­ten­sive roof of this home looks like just the place for Santa to park his sleigh, slide down the chim­ney with his bright red pack, and spread Christ­mas joys for all.

Im­manuel Church


Dorch­ester County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety

Mow­bray’s Gar­den Cen­ter

Scotto House

Singer Home

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