Hancock Home and Garden Tour

To the editor:

On July 14, despite 86-degree heat, full sun and high humidity, nearly 200 people eagerly attended the 1st annual Hancock Home and Garden tour.

On behalf of the Hancock Beautification Group (Jeannie DeClerck, Deb Mann, Ken Ropp, Marcia Goodrich, Kathe Salmi, Allyson Jabusch and Cindy Figures), I’d like to thank all of those listed below for their help in making our event such a great success:

Hancock City Manager Glenn Anderson and employees Beth Fredianelli and Mary Babcock; the very talented David Griffith for designing our beautiful poster and tickets; Jeannie DeClerck for our brochure design and wonderful narrative; Mark McGee and staff at the Book Concern for their advice and prompt attention;

TV6 and ABC 10 for their coverage; Mitch Lake and Dirk Hembroff for the terrific interviews and publicity; Keweenaw Report, Marquette Monthly and Lake Superior magazine;

Ticket venues North Wind Books, 5th and Elm, Hancock Community Arts Center and the city of Hancock;

Gift basket sponsors Gail English, Ronda Bogan, Debra Charlesworth, Deb Mann, Ken Ropp, David Griffith, Susan and Owen Mills, Elisa Barrios and the Gierke Blueberry Farm;

Volunteers and docents Mandie and Mark Louniboss, Deric Garnell, Beth Murrell, Susan Burack, Tom and Kristin Vichich, Barb Brookhouse, Deb Mann, Maija Stadius, Chris Hodges, the Haeussler family (John, Megan, Maggie and Jack), Corbin Eddy, Kathe Salmi, Kay Lang, Anni Arvio, Jane Manderfield and Mike and Karen Wagner;

Our generous and hard-working homeowners Susan and Owen Mills, Ken Ropp and David Griffith, Vicki Vichich and Mary Nominelli;

Jimmy DeClerck for deliveries and support, Marcia Goodrich for her pr expertise and manning the ticket booth with Allyson Jabusch, and last but not least, the public for their enthusiastic support and participation. Thank you, all.

Many of you may have taken note of the flowers and banners that now adorn our main street and pocket parks — the proceeds raised from the tour will fund future HBG projects.

We are currently planning some fun fall and winter events and another home and garden tour for next summer. Please continue to support our local businesses, recreate in our parks and “stop to smell the roses”.

A vibrant downtown and healthy community is good for us all.

Cindy Figures