Features of the tour will be the imposing home of the Burke family on Prospect Street which was built in 1917 by the owner of the then based Fisk Tire Company of Chicopee. Located on a hill with spectacular views, it epitomizes the luxury of twentieth century country life, now adapted for the best of modern living. This is a first time public opportunity to see this three story house all decorated for the holiday season.
The Burt House on Chestnut Street, the oldest home in town, is on the tour and features 12 over 12 hand blown windows, a Great room with cooking fireplace with three others built around a central chimney and a Civil War “Underground Railway” stairway. The owners are Megan and Christopher Boino. It is an early Georgian style house with all the handcrafted features of a 1700’s house. New owners in 2007, Donovan/Boino have three children and a grandmother who revel in the antiquity and Boino is finding new facts about the Burt family as he further researches details of the well documented 1720 house.
Another antique colonial is on Hampden Road and was built in 1802 and recently acquired by Heather Wasilewski and David Lieber. Features are a center hall with a curved staircase, a large living room, dining room and study. They are discovering new features of the house and researching its history. It will be decorated with natural greens, and candles.
From the old to the new is the charming home of Dan and Nina Dirico on Millbrook Drive. Guests will be greeted by a Christmas tree in the foyer and another in the living room. Featured in the den is Dan’s collection of golf memorabilia, reflecting his career as a golf-pro where they find evening relaxation. Nina’s collection of Santas will be on display.
Representing a contemporary style of living and architecture is the home of Ruth Buffington and Jim Bremer on Prospect Street. It was built in 1971 and the couple have placed emphasis on landscaping of a down hillside lot with three stone wall terraces accented by original wood construction garden trellises and arbors built by Jim. The interior is inviting with original art created by Ruth, Jim and their friends. A lower level features a studio/ workshop.
Completing the tour is a model one bedroom suite with living room at the new Bluebird Estates Retirement Center on Apple Blossom Lane at the site of the old Bluebird Acres Orchard and Farm on Parker Street. Refreshments will be served here.
This facility is available with a non-purchase feature which provides safe independent living for the elderly and not so frail elderly with all amenities including three meals, housekeeping, laundry, transportation, on-site activities and frequent entertainment. Surrounded by a park like setting with ponds and a walking trail.
To complete the tour visitors are invited to drop into the two bedroom apartment at number 108, the home of Dean and Merle Safford who are spending their last years in their beloved East Longmeadow. Here Dean enjoys a safe, worry free life style and feeds the birds, plays bingo, and watches TV while Merle is taking a respite from a lifetime of cooking and working in real estate to spend her time writing and researching the history of her town. She also continues to be involved in activities at the Norcross Center on Maple Street.
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