Letter to the Editor

(Printed 10/11/19) 

Editor, 

On behalf of the Art League of Ocean City, thank you to everyone who made this year’s 15th annual Sand Castle Home Tour a record breaking year. 

The proceeds from this event continue to provide sustaining funds to support our nonprofit mission of promoting artistic expression and appreciation for the creative arts in our community, and help to keep the Ocean City Center for the Arts free and open to the public. 

The tour showcases the many beautiful residential communities in our area, as well as the builders, decorators, contractors, restaurants, and others who provide amenities that support our local economy and the arts.

It truly takes a village to run this event, and we are so grateful to the 314 volunteers who worked as docents during the tour. Many return to help each year, and some are representatives from other nonprofits in the area.

We would like to thank Maryland’s First Lady, Yumi Hogan, for again being our 2019 honorary chairperson. 

Our gratitude also goes out to the gracious homeowners who opened their doors for the tour: Dorothy Mooney, Harry and Gina Holmes, Pamela Mason, Barry and Ruby Spector, Tom and Debbie Clark, Tim and Bonnie Moore, Andy and Cathy Jones, Sue and Mel Braun, Kari Story, and Pete and Cheryl Szymanski. 

Thank you, as well to our Home Tour committee members — Mary Ellen Rosenblit, Ryan Wilde, Karen Hunter, Katy Durham, Nancy Fortney, Marian Bickerstaff, Eileen Salafia, Sheila Harding, Emmy Challenger, Linda Kessinger, Debbi Dean-Colley, and Elaine Bean — who worked many months to coordinate the tour.

Thank you to the florists who provided spectacular arrangements for the homes: Debbi Dean-Colley and Su Fiske of the Art League, Bleached Butterfly, Flowers by Alison, Kitty’s Flowers, Ocean City Florist, Ocean Greenery Florist, Inland Bays Garden Center, Ocean Pines Garden Club, The Barefoot Gardeners, and the Worcester County Federated Garden Club. 

We are grateful to all of the artists who painted the fabulous home portraits: Jim Adcock, Nancy Ellen Thompson, Robin Foreman, Kathy Bohs, Rebekah Simonds, Sandy Glassman, Tinsel Hughes, Ellie Scott, Gerilyn Gaskill, and Cheryl Wisbrock. Thank you as well to Atlantic General Hospital for the blue booties, and Blue Water Development for the tour bags.

Our appreciation goes out to our valued media partners — Ocean City Today, Maryland Coast Dispatch, Coastal Style Magazine, and Delmarva Public Radio — and to the 50 local businesses who advertised in the tour book.

We thank the restaurants that provided gift certificates for our raffle: Blu/Embers, Bonfire, Fager’s, The Hobbit, Hooked, Longboard Café, Liquid Assets, Marlin Moon, Mio Fratello, and Sello’s. 

Finally, to the 1,000 people who took the tour, thank you for coming! We hope you enjoyed the beautiful residences of our area and look forward to seeing you at the Ocean City Center for the Arts on 94th Street, and in September 2020 for the 16th annual Sand Castle Home Tour.

Rina Thaler

Executive Director

Art League of Ocean City 

Ocean City Center for the Arts  

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