Letter

printed 10/23/2020

Editor,

We did it — in spite of the pandemic! The all-new, all-virtual 16th annual Sand Castle Home Tour went on in 2020 — although in a brand new way — and was a huge success.

From Oct. 1-15, more than 1,800 visitors toured 10 fabulous resort homes online, viewing nearly 25,000 pages of content. Fifteen lucky tour goers also won prizes from our daily give-a-ways.

It truly took a village to get this new kind of tour off the ground, and we are so grateful to everyone in our community who pitched in.

Thank you to the 10 homeowners who opened their doors to our videographers and writers and allowed us to share their personal spaces: Cheryl and Jay Taustin, Todd Burbage, Jim and Hanne Crystal, Mike and Mary Foelber, Mary Strittmatter, Bryan and Renee Mercer, Kevin Myers, Ian and Karen Hunter, David Bradley, and Tom and Megan Buterbaugh.

Thank you to our sponsors, who took a chance and funded this first-year endeavor. We couldn’t have done it without you, and congratulate you on your many click-throughs.

A shout out to our Ocean-level sponsors: Bethany Resort Furnishings/Donaway Furniture, Casual Designs, Creative Concepts, Gateway Builders, Monogram Furniture, and T&G Builders.

To our Sand-level sponsors: Arctic Heating & Air, Bradley Construction, Deeley Insurance Group, Innerbloom Floral, and Bryan LeCompte Yard Designs.

And to our Boardwalk-level sponsors: Bank of Ocean City and the Town of Ocean City. To our Sea Shell-level sponsors: American Granite & Tile, Beachwood Builders, Brasure’s Carpet Care, Delaware Elevator, Dunes Manor, The Framing Corner, Impact Home Technology, Kitchen Concepts, Oceans East Apartments, Piney Island Construction, and Worcester County Tourism. To our Umbrella-level sponsors: Celtic Nations, Denney Lighting & Design, OCMD Hotels, and Rina Thaler Art.

We also appreciate the support of our media sponsors who helped us get the word out — OC Today, Clear Channel Outdoor, Coastal Style Magazine, Delmarva Public Media, The Dispatch, 47/ABC, and Ocean 98 — and of the generous donors who provided our daily prize packages.

We can’t forget to thank our talented production crews, our creative and hard-working staff, our dedicated volunteer committee, and the fabulous artists who painted the home portraits.

Thank you, again, to everyone who made this year’s very-different Sand Castle Home Tour a success.

The proceeds from this event continue to provide sustaining funds to support the Art League, your community nonprofit arts organization, and help us fulfill our mission of promoting artistic expression and appreciation for the creative arts.

The tour also helps to keep the Ocean City Center for the Arts free and open to the public. Our virtual Sand Castle Home Tour proved to be an innovative way to spotlight the many builders, decorators, and businesses who provide home design services here on the Shore.

We look forward to expanding it next year along with a return to an in-person home tour.

Rina Thaler

Executive Director

Art League of Ocean City

Ocean City Center for the Arts

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