The Lapel Home Tour kicks off Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Open houses at five homes will give the curious a closer look at some unique digs around town.

Those attending will have to drive between homes, and parking will be available in driveways and along road sides. Tickets are on sale at the front door of each home on display.

All proceeds go to benefit a beautification project in downtown Lapel.

“We’re trying to raise money to pay for the street lights on Main Street,” said Nancy Hinkle, a representative for the Lapel Community Association, which is sponsoring the event.

Here are a few bits about the homes, their owners and their stories:

• 123 S. 500W, Brandy and Neal Alberts

Built in 1999 by Mustin Builders, the brick home is adorned with murals on some of its inside walls. They were painted by Brandy’s mother, local muralist Cheri Sylvester. The Albertses share the home with their two sons, Logan and London, and a 200-pound English mastiff named Tobias.

• 315 S. John St., Jeannine Terhune

This oft-remodeled home features a courtyard-like patio. The place is decorated with keepsakes from Terhune’s travels in Europe, her “Lucy” collection, including an autographed photo of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez, and paraphernalia from her career as a music teacher, such as an authentic page of music from the 15th century and a Steinway piano.

• 1301 N. Erie St., Kelly and Ken de la Bastide

After the previous home was destroyed by fire, this one came out of the ashes, built on the existing foundation. Its 2,800 square feet of rustic hideaway, tucked into one of the few secluded, wooded sections of Lapel. The de la Bastides share the home with their two dogs, Jackson and Abby.

• 7411 Indiana 32, Bob and Kitty Myers

When the Myerses bought this home they got more than they bargained for. Tillie, the previous owner’s cat, stayed with them, eventually getting to know their cats and becoming part of the family. The home was built to be handicap accessible. Quilts, furniture, dolls, a grandfather clock and other heirlooms let visitors know how important family history is to the Myerses.

• 1204 Main St., Ann Colip

It could be called the “pool house.” The family room is centered around a large pool table, and called “The Pool Room.” The entire backyard was converted into a swimming pool with landscaping and a covered deck. A third bedroom was made into a large bathroom with a whirlpool bath tub, and the old bathroom was remodeled to allow access to the pool.

Tickets for the Lapel Home Tour are $10.

The Lapel Community Association is a nonprofit organization. All proceeds are used to fund community projects.



If you go...

What: Lapel Home Tour

Where: Various houses in and around Lapel

When: 1-5 p.m., Sunday

Who: Sponsored by Lapel Community Association

How much: Tickets are $10

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