Welcome to the 26th Big Canoe Tour of Homes
"A Legacy of Caring"
Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3, 2014
The 26th Annual Big Canoe Tour of Homes
May 2-3, 2014
Tour of Homes raises over 5,000 for charities!
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|The Ticket Tent will open at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 2-3.|
Checks should be made payable to "Big Canoe Tour of Homes."
On May 2 and 3, everyone taking the tour must check in at the ticket tent in front of the Chapel to obtain a wristband, which must be shown when boarding the tour buses and to gain admittance to each home. Any unsold tickets can be purchased at the ticket tent, which will be open both Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Drive Friday, ride Saturday
This year, buses will transport visitors to the tour homes only on Saturday. On Friday, we ask you to gather your friends and carpool. Tickets will be offered both days for either morning, from 9 a.m. to noon, or afternoon, with a start time between noon and 1 p.m. Please allow three hours to complete your tour, and remember, the homes close at 4 p.m.
Friday, carpools should secure wristbands at the ticket tent and follow the specific route map given to ease parking and flow through the homes.
Saturday, there will be two bus routes starting from the chapel. Ticketholders will start on either route and, after seeing two homes, return to the chapel to transfer to the second route. If you hold a morning ticket but choose to break your tour with lunch at the Crazy Bear Cafe or shopping at the Marketplace, please be prepared to give priority to afternoon ticketholders, who will begin their tour between noon and 1 p.m.
Please come, enjoy the tour and help us continue the “Legacy of Caring” for those less fortunate in our community.
Preparing for the Tour of Homes: Here is a map and more helpful information!
Homes selected for the May 2-3 Tour of Homes
By Susan Rolader
Our thanks and congratulations to the home owners who will so graciously open their doors for the 2014 Tour of Homes on May 2 and 3. The homeowners are Sandra and Ham Gadd, Jacque Coxe, Linda and Rob Ricklef, and Lynne and Tony Galioto.
Thanks are also extended to this year’s Selection Committee for all the thought and effort involved in finding and selecting the homes featured on the tour in 2014: Sue Bacigalupo; Bonnie Moore; Linda Fuller; and Gayle Giles. After months of visiting homeowners and previewing their homes, the committee is presenting four unique homes in four different neighborhoods within Big Canoe: Wildcat; McElroy Mountain; Hillside at Cox Mountain; and Equestrian.
Please note that Big Canoe residents will be asked to carpooling on Friday to visit the homes. Buses will continue to be used to transport guests and residents on Saturday.
The home of Sandra and Ham Gadd
The house with the view
|Sandra and Ham Gadd's lovely, light-filled home features spectacular interior views of Big Canoe. Photo by Lassie Dye|
Sandra and Ham Gadd are Big Canoe “pioneers.” They first came here in 1974, when a fraternity brother of Ham’s told them about a new resort community being developed in the North Georgia Mountains. They purchased a lot off Petit Ridge but never built on that lot. In 1990, while spending a day at the pool with their children, they wandered into the Big Canoe Realty office and, on a whim, went with an agent to see the newly opened McElroy Mountain area. The road was gravel, steep and winding, and there was one vista-pruned lot with an interior view. They bought it on the spot!
After turning down multiple offers to sell their lot over the ensuing years, the Gadds began construction of their mountain dream home in 2005 and moved in full-time in 2007. Built by Nick Schultz, this lovely, light-filled home takes full advantage of the spectacular views showcased by a wall of windows spanning the length of the home. Below is Lake Petit and, gazing west, you can see Falcon Heights and Sanderlin and Cox mountains.
Amazingly, this is the first house Sandra and Ham have built, and they worked closely with Nick to customize the plan they chose. Designed with family and comfort in mind, the home has room for a baby grand piano, a photo gallery and a cleverly designed wine cellar, as well as plenty of space for visiting family and friends.
Sandra, who is again in charge of ticket sales for the tour, and Ham are delighted to share their comfortable home with its breathtaking views with all who participate in the 2014 Tour of Homes.
A visit with Sandra and Ham and a tour of their home with its spectacular view of the mountains of Big Canoe. Read more
The home of Jacque Coxe
The house of family treasures
|Family heirlooms and a fabulous collection of blue and white china are lovingly displayed throughout Jacque Coxe's Equestrian neighborhood home. Photo by Lassie Dye|
Jacque and Bill Coxe moved to Big Canoe from their long-time home in Atlanta Country Club, Dec. 10, 1999. Working with builder Steve Humphries, they designed and constructed their perfect mountain home, nestled in the woods in the Equestrian neighborhood. Tragically, Bill had a stroke in February 2000 but was able to live comfortably and happily in their home until he passed away in 2006.
Everyone who enters this lovely home can feel Jacque and Bill’s love of history. Jacque was the director of the Fulton County School’s Teaching Museum in Roswell for 25 years, and her passion for preservation is obvious. This home is filled with family heirlooms and a fabulous collection of blue and white china. Over the years, the Coxes sought out more than 100 pieces in many patterns, which are lovingly displayed throughout the home. Nestled here and there are some of Jacque’s antique dolls. Beautiful family pieces are everywhere: lustrous antique furniture; framed baby dresses; an exquisite christening gown, last worn by her granddaughter, but too fragile to grace another baby; and special portraits of family.
Above the mantle is Jacque’s pride and joy—a portrait of ancestor Major General Dodson Ramseur, the youngest Confederate general to die during the Civil War. As a special treat during the tour, the dining room and breakfast room tables will be set with Ramseur china that has been in the family for more than 150 years.
Jacque is honored to have her home on the tour this year and is delighted to share her lovely collections and heirlooms with her neighbors in Big Canoe and to help give back to the community that so embraced her and her late husband.
Come for a visit with Jacque and a tour of her lovely home.with its family treasures. Read more ...
The home of Linda and Rob Ricklef
The house with the neighborhood feel
|Linda and Ron Ricklef's cozy, livable home is in one of Big Canoe's newest neighborhoods, Hillside at Cox Mountain. Photo by Lassie Dye|
Linda and Rob Ricklef first came to Big Canoe on the recommendation of a friend in Roswell, where they were living after Rob was transferred from California by UPS Inc. They were looking for a second home not too far from Roswell and, at first, lake property was tops on their list. They considered both Lake Oconee and Lake Keowee, but the distance to both was a deterrent. Taking the friend’s advice, Linda and Rob came to Big Canoe and (as many say) when they drove through the main gate, across the covered bridge and along that special winding road … they were hooked!
Linda and Rob purchased a lot and built their first mountain home on Quail Cove in 2003. As Rob neared retirement, they began looking for a full-time home to accommodate their visiting children and grandchildren. Hillside at Cox Mountain was being developed and the Ricklefs found a plan they could customize to fit their needs.
Linda is looking forward to her upcoming retirement, so they can move full-time into their cozy, livable home. She and Rob love the close-knit neighborhood feel of Hillside at Cox, with the many activities that go on there. Linda especially is enjoying the Ladies Book Club and all the instant friends they have made. Rob is playing more golf and is partial to their view of Creek No. 7. They both are looking forward to more frequent visits from their bicoastal family, who live in California and New York. Big Canoe is the perfect “meet in the middle” destination for all.
Linda and Rob are pleased to be on this year’s tour, and welcome you into what life is like in one of the newest neighborhoods of Big Canoe.
A visit with Rob and Linda Ricklef and a tour of the "House with The Neighborhood Feel." Read more
The home of Lynne and Tony Galioto
The house with the pool
|Tony and Lynne Galioto's home demonstrates the best of both worlds —a pool in the mountains! Photo by Kurtis Miller, KMPICS.com|
Lynne had been visiting Big Canoe for years when she and Tony decided—with their son heading off to college—it was time to leave East Cobb. They came to Big Canoe to search for a lot and build their dream home; however, their search had one requirement—this lot had to be flat enough to accommodate a pool … quite a tall order in these hills! Fortunately, they found just what they were looking for on newly opened Wildcat Lane in the Wildcat area.
Tony and Lynne worked with Dan DeJiacomo and architect Chad Spangler to design and build a light-filled home nestled in the trees. It took almost 18 months to build, and Tony (who calls it the pool with a house) jokingly says it took six months to build the hole for the pool. Since moving day in September 2012, Lynne and Tony have enjoyed the serene views of the pool, visible from every room on the main level.
This lovely home was planned with family in mind. A second master suite on the main level accommodates Lynne’s parents when they visit from Rome (Georgia, that is). Their college-age musician son has his own quarters upstairs … far away from the master bedroom. The terrace level, complete with pool table, tricycle-riding space, TVs and a disco ball, is perfect for the five grandchildren and their parents, when they come for holidays and vacations. There is even a special room for their four-legged children, Labradors Belle and Bailey, who protect the home from deer and turkey.
Tony and Lynne are happy to share their lovely home, nestled in the woods, during the 2014 Tour of Homes and demonstrate that you can have the best of both worlds—a pool in the mountains!
The Women’s Guild thanks all the homeowners for their willingness to open their houses for the tour. Their generosity helps to perpetuate a “Legacy of Caring,” the theme for the 2014 Tour of Homes. That caring continues as the proceeds from this event go to charities in Pickens and Dawson counties, helping those in need.
Come for a visit with Lynne and Tony Galioto and tour this special home with its fantastic pool in the mountains! Read more ...
|Let the Shopping Begin!|
Mark your calendars for May 2 and 3 when, once again, the Tour of Homes Marketplace comes to Big Canoe! Here you will see the Broyles Center transformed into a bustling array of vendors and artists offering jewelry, clothing, artwork, furniture, bakery goods — and so much more!
Even if you are not going to visit the homes on the tour, plan to enjoy seeing all the Marketplace has to offer. It's a time for some serious shopping if you're looking for unique, hand-crafted pieces of artwork, jewelry, and home accessories. There is no charge to browse around the many treasures to be found at the Marketplace. Shop before or after your home tour on Friday, May 2, from 9 AM until 5 PM and on Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
In addition to the vendors, the Marketplace hosts the Bear Paw Bakery, the Crazy Bear Cafe, Collectors' Corner, and the ever-popular Book Nook. On Saturday, there will even be a Vintage Car Show. Read on for more about the treats and treasures to be found at these Marketplace attractions.
Bake, Buy, or Both! - Bear Paw Bakery Beckons
Our own, “Bearfoot Contessa,” will be at the back of the Broyles Center to welcome you to the Bear Paw Bakery and to the 2014 Tour of Homes. The bakery has the sweetest opportunities for you to help support area charities!
First, you can bake something to share: cakes, cupcakes, cookies, coffee cakes, pies, sweet rolls, brownies and bars. This year we are adding some salty/savory snacks such as roasted nuts, trail mix, and party mix, as well as diabetic friendly and gluten free baked goods. Don’t forget our four-legged friends. Dog and cat treats are also welcomed. You can bake it now and put it in your freezer or bake it just before the Tour of Homes and bring it to the Broyles Center between 10 AM and 4 PM on Thursday, May 1, or on Friday morning, May 2. All goods should be labeled. Because of food allergies, please be sure to indicate on the label if your items contain nuts. Bakery volunteers will package your goods for sale and price your items.
You can also volunteer your time. The Bear Paw Bakery needs workers Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 1–3. To volunteer, please contact Brenda Bedingfield (706-268-2047) or June Lewis (706-268-1856).
The sweetest thing you can do is purchase a treat! If you have a special cake or pie that you love, you will be able to order it early this year to assure that you have that perfect dessert. Bear Paw Bakery will be open on Friday, May 2, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 3, from 8:30 until sold out.
Crazy Bear Café - A legacy of Great Grillin' by our Guys
All that shopping and touring sure brings on an appetite! So, count on the Crazy Bear Café to offer sustenance all day, rain or shine. Just follow your nose to the grills near the bell tower and the seating on the patio next to the Broyles Center for breakfast, lunch, or a quick snack and beverage.
Start the day with an Early Bird Special of coffee and sausage and egg biscuits. At lunch get your hamburger, hot dog, or chicken sandwich hot off the grill with all the trimmings and make it a combo with chips and a cold drink. For your mid-morning or afternoon snack, there will be plenty of thirst-quenching cold beverages to go with a sweet snack from the near-by Bear Paw Bakery.
Returning café chair and grill master, Eberhard Noll, and his team of master grill chefs, look forward to serving you during both days of the Tour. They will have the café open, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, as long as supplies last.
Volunteers are always welcomed to join in the fun of cooking on the big grill and then serving up the results. It is pretty much understood that the guys are in charge here! Call or email Eberhard Noll (706-268-1908) firstname.lastname@example.org
Book shelves overflowing?? Media cabinet full?? WE CAN HELP!
Beginning in September, donate all of those extra books, DVDs, and books on CDs to the Book Nook by placing them in collection boxes located in the postal facility and the fitness center. Then restock your shelves by visiting the Book Nook on May 2 and 3.
At this favorite shopping spot for book lovers, you can fill shopping bags with best selling hardback or paperback fiction and nonfiction books, pick up a few DVD's for the grandkids, and even get books on CDs for the next road trip—all at unbelievable prices. Hardback books and trade paperbacks are just each, regular paperback books are 166 and books on CDs are . Fiction is arranged by author and other books are arranged by subject, so finding the perfect volume is easy. All proceeds from book sales are donated to local charities.
Be sure to plan your Tour activities to include a visit to the Book Nook in the lower level of the Broyles Center on Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.and on Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday remember to shop early before you tour the homes if you have a late afternoon ticket.
Call Glenda Molton at 706-268-1595 with questions or to volunteer to be a helper.
Collectors' Corner - A legacy of fabulous finds
An array of treasures pulled from homes all over Big Canoe awaits you at the Collectors' Corner located on the lower level of the Broyles Center. The Collectors' Corner offers a glorious selection of gently used home accessories, furnishings, linens, china, silver, glassware and antiques. Again this year, the Corner will have a women’s accessories area to include jewelry, handbags, scarves, hats and gloves.
This is a great place to find unique items at very reasonable prices. Hardly a garage sale, the standard used in accepting items is, "Would you give this as a wedding gift?"
Bring cash or checks (no credit cards) to make your purchases from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a,m. to 4 p.m.on Saturday. Remember to shop early before you tour on Saturday afternoon if your tickets are for the last time slot.
If you have items to donate or need further information, please call Verna Rauschenberg 706-579-2249 or Diane LaCharite-Warner at 706-268-1252.
Welcome to the 2014 Marketplace Vendors
The Broyles Center, adjacent parking lot, and patio will be transformed into a bustling marketplace with an amazing array of vendors and artists offering jewelry, clothing, artwork, gift items, food and more. The Marketplace also hosts the Bear Paw Bakery, the Crazy Bear Café and the always popular Book Nook and Collectors’ Corner.
This is a great opportunity to support local businesses without leaving the gates of Big Canoe and to see a diverse group of artists from Big Canoe and around the Southeast. You’ll find perennial favorites as well as many new vendors this year.
Vendors at the Marketplace will be open on Friday, May 2, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. For that quick cup of coffee and a breakfast treat, you can stop by the Crazy Bear Cafe at 8 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Wait just a bit and then even more home-made goodies are available at Bear Paw Bakery when it opens at 8:30 a.m.
With so many wonderful vendors and artists to choose from, it will be hard to decide where to begin…and when to stop. And remember, it’s never too early to shop for Christmas or the next anniversary and birthday. Since every purchase helps support charities in Pickens and Dawson counties, come early, stay late, and be there both days!
For information about joining our list of vendors for 2014, please contact Melissa Lowrie at 706-268-1478 or email@example.com
2014 Marketplace Vendors
Broyles Center - Inside
Alan R. Young - Wildife artist/painter (alanryoung.com)
Alpaca Traditions - (alpacatraditions.com)
Aspire to Be - Jewelry
A White Christmas
Betty Cozine - Original Art
Blue Ridge Bead Weaving (www.blueridgebeadweaving.net)
Coe Steinwart Watercolors (coesteinwart.com)
Imagine This (imaginethisdigital.com)
Isea Designs (iseadesigns.etsy.com)
L.G. Designs (lgdesignsjewelry.com)
Mona Lisa Designs (monalisadesignsatl.com)
No Longer Bound
Scentphoria - Kristin Palmer
Sullivan Morris Pottery (Sullivan Morris Pottery on Facebook)
The Artful Pillow (lisadurfeeart.com)
Broyles Center - Deck and Patio
'2 Broken Broads' (2brokenbroads.com)
Handmaiden Store - Soaps and Creams (handmaidenstore.com)
Hartworks - Cindy & Mike Hart (harworksstoneware.com)
Juice Plus (jackhollis.towergarden.com)
Lassie Dye, Photography
Randy Lewis, Photography (GeorgiaMountainPhotography.com)
Words of Thanks to our 2013 Tour of Homes Vendors
|The Marketplace offers an abundance of unique, one-of-a-kind treasures.|
Broyles Center - Inside
About Casual (aboutcasual.com)
Aspire to Be - Jewelry
Blue Ridge Bead Weaving (www.blueridgebeadweaving.net)
Cavender Ridge Studio
Coe Steinwart Watercolors (coesteinwart.com)
Lassie Dye, Photography
Earth'n Vine - Wreaths and Arrangements
Golly Miss Ollie
Hammer's Wood (hammerswood.com), bowls and furniture
Imagine This, Harold Wilson Photography
Isea Designs (iseadesigns.etsy.com)
Joan Muncaster - Jewelry
L.G. Designs (www.lgdesignsjewelry.com)
Mona Lisa Designs (www.monalisadesignsatl.com)
Pampered Chef (pamperedchef.biz/EatWellLiveWell)
Ray & Pierrette Ziebell - Scarves and Jewelry
Silver Wear - Jewely and Reader Eyeglasses
Sullivan Morris Pottery
Broyles Center - Deck and Patio
'2 Broken Broads' (2brokenbroads.com)
Alan R. Young Wildlife paintingts (alanryoung.com)
Andria Dinzole - Jewelry, women's accessories
Dahlonega Mercantile Outdoor Garden
Handmaiden Store - Soaps and Creams (www.handmaidenstore.com)
Jennifer's 31 Gifts (www.mythirtyone.com/jjohnson-250973)
Kawonu Crafts, LTD
LB Enterprises Group
Lisa Marie Itri - Jewelry
Nature's Edge Furniture - Rustic pine furniture for porches and decks
Outdoor Garden Produce Gardens (towergardengeorgia.com)
Premier Designs Jewelry (premierdesigns.com)
Randy Lewis, Photography (www.GeorgiaMountainPhotography.com)
The Crazy Crafters
Welcome to the 2014 Tour of Homes
|Proceeds from the Tour of Homes make a meaningful difference in many lives, both young and old, in Pickens and Dawson counties. Photo by Valerie Doll|
By Jean Lomax
Co-Chair, Big Canoe Tour of Homes
Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, 2014, will mark the 26th consecutive year Big Canoe residents have opened their homes to neighbors and visitors as part of the Big Canoe Tour of Homes.
Why do we do this year after year?
It’s the testimony given by a 70 year old recipient of a GED with financial support from READ (Reading Education Association of Dawson County) or the knowledge that the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Family Uplift Program is enabling adults to attend college and improve their employment prospects. It’s the smiles on the faces of Head Start children enjoying the Craddock Center’s music and storytelling programs or the story of a 4H student whose family circumstances prevented him from keeping and showing a pig. Yes, the Guild purchased a pig with Tour of Homes money. The student cared for the pig, was able to participate, grow in confidence and win a prize. The Big Canoe Women’s Guild was named “Volunteer Organization of the Year” by the Pickens County 4 H group, but that was only possible because Big Canoe residents supported the Tour of Homes.
Opportunities to volunteer
The Tour of Homes is hosted by the Chapel Women’s Guild as part of its mission to promote activities that benefit the surrounding areas. But with over two dozen committees working on the various aspects of the tour, there are opportunities for all residents of Big Canoe to volunteer. This year’s co-chairs, Cheryl Gregory, firstname.lastname@example.org and Jean Lomax, JL2770@tds.net will be hosting a kick-off meeting for the Tour in the Broyles Center of the Chapel on Thursday, September 19, at 10 a.m. Please join us or send us an email if you are interesting in helping with any of the committee work this fall.
|Volunteers gather in the Broyles Center at a recent Tour of Homes informational meeting. Photo by Lassie Dye|
There are opportunities to work with the ad sales team, which produces the Tour Booklet, and with the team looking for auction items in preparation for the Gala Event on April 26. The beauty of these positions is that you can set your own schedule, volunteer with a friend and make new friends.
Two of the Marketplace committees are up and running. Cathy Smith and Glenda Molton have signed up again to co-chair the Book Nook as have Collectors’ Corner co-chairs, Verna Rauschenberg and Diane LeCharite. Please keep Cathy, Glenda, Verna and Diane in mind during your pre-holiday season closet cleaning. They will be very grateful for any books or collectables that you are able to donate. The book collection boxes will return to the postal facility and fitness center this month.
Direct donations can also be made to the Tour of Homes. Gifts in memory or in honor of a loved one through "Angels in the Woods" are credited to the Tour of Homes account and go directly to charitable organizations in Pickens and Dawson counties.
Please see the Tour page on the Chapel website or search bigcanoetour.org for details.
Legacy of Caring - 2014 Theme
Jean and Cheryl have adopted the purple iris flower introduced last year as their logo for 2014. The iris takes its name from the Greek word for rainbow. Over the next several months, they will share stories and updates about the tour. You will be reminded of the dates, when and how to purchase tickets and how to volunteer as tour hostesses and to fill the Broyles Center kitchen with home baked goods, but for now, please consider joining one of the planning committees. Help us bring a rainbow of happiness to our neighbors in Pickens and Dawson counties as we continue the Legacy of Caring which symbolizes Big Canoe.
News Flashes for the 2014 Tour of Homes
- Welcome to the 2014 Tour - Helpful things to know in preparing to come to the 2014 tour
- Tour of Homes set for May 2-3, 2014
- Celebrating the 26th Tour with a gala-auction
- Pass the word: Book Nook wants your books
- Treasures, treasures, everywhere
- TOH Christmas sales was a huge success
- There are Angels in the Woods...right here in Big Canoe
- The Tour of Homes Gala and Auction - An event you and your neighbors and friends will not want to miss!
- Collectors' Corner welcomes your treasures on Feb. 21
- Tour of Homes auction will suit all tastes
- A unique shopping experience awaits at the Marketplace
- Tour of Homes kicks off with a Gala on Apr. 26
- Tour of Homes tickets on sale March 13
- Collectors' Corner welcomes your treasures on March 22
- All about the 2014 Gala and the Tour of Homes - (A comprehensive overview of the Gala and the Tour of Homes)
- Tour of Homes kicks off with a gala
- Remember the Gala is a 'by reservation only' event - (Details on how to purchase your tickets)
- Gala auction was a huge success
- On May 2 and 3 take time to shop
- Tour of Homes raises over 5,000 for charities
News Flashes for the 2013 Tour of Homes
- Welcome to the 2013 Tour - Helpful things to know before you come to the tour
- Four unique residences in the 2013 Tour - Learn more about these lovely homes
- Collectors' Corner searches for silver linings - Celebrating the Tour's 25th Anniversary
- Turning pages at the Book Nook - A traditional book-lovers mecca
- Celebrating 25 Years of Caring - Annual Event Has Raised More Than 166,000,000 to Assist Local Charities
- Engines will roar at the 2013 Tour of Homes
- Tour of Homes Reserves the first weekend in May
- Bear Paw Bakery is selling specialty cakes & Pies
- Tour of Homes welcomes the month of May
- Words of thanks to Tour of Homes volunteers
- In the end the sun shined bright on the Tour of Homes - Tour of Homes Chair Susan Wilson announces 0,000 will be tucked in the Chapel Women's Guild coffers to help those in need.
May 2 and 3, 2014
|Co-chairs Cheryl Gregory and Jean Lomax|
Twenty-five years may have quickly slipped away since the first Big Canoe Tour of Homes in 1989, but the benevolence work that began with the ,700 given to charities in Dawson and Pickens counties that year has grown to 0,000 raised last year and to a total of 166, 228,000. In each of those twenty-five years, the specific needs met by the dollars distributed have made a meaningful difference in many individual lives. Since its inception and with the support of thousands of volunteers, the tour has continued and established a “Legacy of Caring.”
This year the Big Canoe Tour of Homes will celebrate its 26th year of caring and sharing and will continue to use as its logo the iris, symbol of promise, faith, hope and trust. On April 26, a Gala Event featuring cocktails, dinner, and live and silent auctions will kick off Tour of Homes week. The Tour weekend, May 2-3, will feature visits to beautiful homes nestled in our mountains and shopping at the Tour of Homes Marketplace located in and around the Big Canoe Chapel.
As a community, Big Canoe supports the Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Guild as they raise funds to assist dozens of charities in Dawson and Pickens counties. The Tour of Homes’ influence extends far beyond our gates. Guests from miles away visit Big Canoe for this special weekend in May, responding to our expansive promotional efforts. We encourage your support as a sponsor, donor, vendor or advertiser, and we cordially welcome you to attend the 26th annual Big Canoe Tour of Homes.
Directions to the North Gate
|Residents and guests can just relax and enjoy the ride to see the homes on the tour.|
From East Side
Take 400 North to Highway 53...Turn left on highway 53 towards Dawsonville...Go through town and continue on 53 up to Steve Tate Highway (Highway 11)...Turn right on Steve Tate Highway (Highway 11). Big Canoe will be on your left after a few miles on Steve Tate...Go past the first entrance to Big Canoe...Go to the second entrance, about a mile or two past the first entrance ... turn left into the second entrance ... and go to the far left and stop at the gatehouse.
From West Side
TTake 575 North from 75. 575 becomes 515 and 5...Continue for 2 miles...Turn right on 108 for 2 miles. At 4-way stop, continue straight (108 becomes 53)...past the Tate House on the right...cross the tracks...continue on 53 for about 9.5 miles...turn left on Steve Tate Highway (Highway 11) at the Chevron Station ... Big Canoe will be on your left after a few miles on Steve Tate ... go past the first entrance to Big Canoe ... go to the second entrance, about a mile or two past the first entrance ...turn left into the second entrance ... and go to the far left and stop at the gatehouse.
Traffic Routing in Big Canoe
Traffic flow and parking in the vicinity of the Chapel will be monitored by signs and attendants on Thursday through Saturday. The street in front of the Chapel and Tennis center will be one way only on Saturday, May 3. Disabled passengers may be dropped off outside the Chapel.
|Informed Tour Ambassadors provide interesting bits of information about Big Canoe and the homes you will be visiting along the way.|
The Ticket Tent - Stop here before visiting the homes on the tour
Located in front of the Chapel, the Ticket Tent is open on Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.. Everyone taking the tour must check in at the Ticket Tent to obtain a wristband, which must be shown when boarding the buses and to gain admittance to each home. Friday ticket holders will receive maps and driving directions from the Ticket Tent and are asked to arrange car pools to ease parking at the homes.
Tour Buses - Residents and guests are to ride the buses when visiting the homes on the tour. Tour buses will transport ticket holders from the Chapel to and between the homes on Saturday. The buses are air-conditioned, but they are not handicapped accessible. Strollers, wheelchairs and pets are not allowed on the buses, nor in the homes on the tour.
Each bus will have a Tour Ambassador who will provide information about Big Canoe and answer questions about the homes and the community. Please plan to start your tour by 1:00 p.m. in order to comfortably see all four homes. Tour homes close at 4:00 pm.