Sisters Fest to Feature Home Tours
Editor’s Note: Last week’s Sisters Fest story mistakenly stated that registration for Sisters Fest would not be accepted at the door. Registration will be accepted at the door. While pre-registering is encouraged and is currently available online or through mail, registration is also accepted at the door.
Some of the best remnants of Sistersville’s history will be on display during this weekend’s Sisters Fest when the public and the festival attendees are invited to go on a tour of homes.
Several homes will be on display Saturday from 1-4 p.m. The cost of the tours is $5 with a Sisters Fest registration or $10 per person for the general public.
Tickets can be purchased during the event on the porch of the former Sistersville Sweets/Koolaid’s Pizza located across Rt. 2 from ParMar.
Four of the featured homes are located on Sistersville’s historic Main Street – part of the area known as the Sistersville Historic District that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. According to a web page by The Gombach Group, “Sistersville is basically a representative of quick wealth applied to the commercial and residential styles of the time. Ostentatious designs depicted in window treatments, exterior woodworkings and various-shaped turrets add to the grandeur of location.
Myers Funeral Home, 600 Main Street, will be on the tour as long as there are no funeral services that day. Owner Diane Myers has some interesting stories to share of the history of the home.
Across the street and north a few feet at 519 Main Street is the Holy Rosary Catholic Rectory while it is no longer used as a residence, the beautiful home is often used for various events. A must see is the unique square bathtub that is large enough for four people.
The Baldi home is located at 818 Main Street at its corner of Catherine Street. This home is a beautiful mix of Victorian architecture with modern updates like an addition in recent years.
Next door at 816 Main Street is the former Boston home that is currently on the market. Jan Boston, part of a sister trio who loved Sisters Fest, enjoyed watching the boats on the river from the beautiful back porch. This home, which is currently on the market, has all kinds of interesting nooks and crannies, a turret, and curved front porch.
While Jan Boston has passed on, her two sisters still reside in Sistersville and love Sisters Fest. They live in adjacent homes they lovingly restored on Stocking Ave. The Burger residence, 308 Stocking Ave., is on the tour and fits perfectly with the Sisters Fest theme of the Roaring 20s as it was built in 1920. The home overlooks the city and Ohio River. Its whimsical lilac paint is complemented with a water/pond feature in the front.
Finally, the Marrins have once again agreed to open the breathtaking Durham Mansion to the public. This gorgeous home at 110 Chelsea Street was built in 1921 in the Italian Renaissance revival style. The grand staircase and butler’s pantry are always favorites when this home is on display.
Of course there is much more to Sisters Fest than just the homes tour on Saturday afternoon and all events are open to women ages 16 and older. It is not only for biological sisters, but friends that are often referred to as “sister friends” during the event.
It all begins Friday evening at the Elks Ballroom, the center of Sisters Fest activities. On-site registration opens at 6 p.m. While pre-registering is encouraged and is currently available online or through mail, registration is also accepted at the door. However, since a count was already needed for planning the banquet, tickets for that may sell out quickly. Registration is set at $12. Activities that require an additional charge are the Saturday luncheon, $10; homes tour as stated above, and banquet, $16. T-shirts are also available for purchase for $15.
Friday evening’s activities begin with an appetizer and dessert contest at 7 p.m. Each food item entered into the contest will be entered to win $25. Attendees sample the offerings and vote on their favorites. A winner will be picked for best dessert, best appetizer, and best theme food – which is a food that best represents this year’s Roaring 20’s theme.
At 8 p.m. Sisters Fest will hold a variety show. All are invited to join in by presenting a skit, singing a song, or reading a poem. This is not a contest and as such will not be judged. Sisters Fest invites all talent to come perform for a night of fun.
On Saturday, the day will start with a well-loved, traditional game: “How Well Do You Know Your Sister?” This is a favorite of Sisters Fest and is described as similar to the Newlywed Game in which sisters are challenged on how well they know each other by being asked questions about one another.
From 11-12:30 brunch will be served by the Lions Club women who always provide a lovely meal at the United Methodist Church. This event is an additional $10 and all are encouraged to donate old eyeglasses to the Lions Club during this time.
Sister groups can decide how to spend their time between 1-4 p.m. Home tours will be given as stated above; board games will be available to play at the Elks Lodge, and – in the spirit of this year’s theme – The Great Gatsby will be played at the Gaslight Theater.
At 6:45 p.m. all sisters are invited to gather on the front outdoor stairs of the First Presbyterian Church, across from the Elks Lodge, for a group picture to memorialize the fun had that weekend. Immediately following the pictures will be the banquet in the Elks Ballroom.
While at the banquet, different activities will be held. One such activity is a slideshow of information and pictures from the year 1920 to 1929. Each slide will have information and facts from that year as well as famous people of that time and inventions.
While this is an annual celebration, new ideas are being presented by the committee. This year, if one brings a new sister who has never attended Sisters Fest before, they will be entered into a drawing for $25.
Sisters Fest invites all women over the age of 16 to grab their sisters, mothers, or friends and come to this fun-packed weekend.
For further information, contact Sherri Hostuttler at 304-775-4155 or 610-905-4489 or on the Facebook page Sisters Fest.