The longest-running home tour in Indiana, the Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood Association Home and Garden Tour, has been set this year for June 2, 3, and 4. This year’s theme is, “Live, Work, Shop, Learn, Play, and Grow” and the Indiana Design Center is a proud sponsor.
The 44th annual tour, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, features 8 homes – 4311 N. Meridian St., 4115 Washington Blvd., 519 E. 57th St., 5815 Carrollton Ave., 5855 Carrollton Ave., 3825 Ruckle St., 5240 N. Delaware St. and 4511 Broadway St.
Tickets for the day tour are $15 in advance at Fresh Market (College Ave. and 54th St.), two Sullivan’s Hardware locations (49th and Pennsylvania St. and 71st and Keystone Ave.), all Ferguson Enterprise locations (54th and the Monon, Indiana Design Center in Carmel and Appliance Gallery on 96th St.) and National Bank of Indianapolis at 49th and Pennsylvania St. Tickets may also be purchased in advance online by going to www.mkhometour.com. Same-day tickets may be purchased for $20 at any of the tour homes. For more information, please also visit Meridian-Kessler Home and Garden Tour on Facebook.
Prior to the day tour, this year’s event begins with a special Twilight Tour on Friday, June 2. The homes are open from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The tickets ($65 through May 26; $75 thereafter) entitle participants to tour two homes, 4304 N. Park Ave. and 4144 N. Ruckle St., as well as the Day Tour homes on June 3 or 4. Included with these tickets: dinner (appetizers, 2 drink tickets, and a dessert bar), dancing and a silent auction from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at a party tent with a live band on the grounds of St. Joan of Arc school, 500 E. 42nd St.
Reservations for the Twilight Tour event are also available at www.mkhometour.com. Online bidding for the silent auction will be available at the event and may also be done by those not able to attend. Visit the home tour website for more information.
All proceeds from the tours go to benefit the 52-year-old Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood Association (MKNA) which, in turn, will use 25 percent of the funds to provide annual MKNA Vi Walker Neighborhood Grants. Since 1999, MKNA has provided more than $300,000 in grants. The 2017 grants, totaling $15,000, include support for bikes for kids, art, gardens, health, and playgrounds.
For more than half a century, MKNA has sustained, protected, and enhanced the neighborhood, one of the most popular in the city.