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Tour, Toast and Taste 2018
June 9, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
On June 9, Pickering Creek Audubon Center’s Tour, Toast and Taste will be held at Joe and Missy Walsh’s Lombardy in Unionville. The event will afford guests a rare look inside Lombardy and a great opportunity to socialize and add culinary adventures to their social calendars for the next year.
Just around the corner from the 400-acre wildlife sanctuary and nature education center, in Unionville, Lombardy is a perfect fit for this year’s Tour, Toast and Taste event to benefit the education programs of Pickering Creek Audubon Center, the Eastern Shore’s premiere environmental center.
There are two noteworthy buildings at Lombardy. The larger, five part house, known as Lombardy, is a beautiful three story, colonial revival structure of the 1930s with a Mt. Vernon porch. Immediately adjacent is an early 19th century, one and a half story, three bay brick house that was constructed around 1830. Today’s Lombardy was built and inhabited by the great grandfather of Pickering Creek Audubon Center Board of Trustees member Dirck Bartlett. The father of another recent Pickering Trustee, Colin Walsh, also owned it before being purchased by its current owners, Joe and Missy Walsh, who are not related to the previous Walshs. Joe and Missy Walsh have conducted significant renovations to the buildings and made impressive improvements to the outdoor amenities as well.
The evening begins with a leisurely drive down a long, beautiful tree lined drive. Upon arrival, guests tour seven first floor rooms beautifully decorated by Missy Walsh. The rooms feature significant original woodwork and other detail features as well as artwork that has remained with the house over the course of several owners. Missy has tastefully decorated each of the rooms, retaining the overall flavor of the house while adding many attractive embellishments.
In addition to seeing seven first floor rooms guests will have an opportunity to view both of the second floor wings from the second floor landing. Three generations of owners will be on hand to share the history of the house as well as how it got to its present state of perfection.
After the house tour guests will adjourn to a pleasantly breezy riverfront tent overlooking the Miles for cocktails, delicious hors d’ouevres, and light entertainment. At the sound of the bell, guests will have the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of intriguing dinners, unique events and auction items offered by strong supporters of the community-based education programs of Pickering Creek Audubon Center.
The evening concludes with a special presentation of live raptors of Maryland by naturalist and friend of the Center, Mike Callahan, who is an expert on barn owls and raptors and introduces the public to them through his work with the Southern Maryland Audubon Society and Charles County Public Schools. Guests will have an opportunity to learn about the birds and see them up close.
The Tour, Toast and Taste committee consists of a group of loyal Pickering supporters, including Jo Storey, Bill Griffin, Tom Sanders, Dave Bent, Cheryl Tritt, Dirck Bartlett, Debra Rich, Clay Railey, and Colin Walsh. This year’s Tour, Toast and Taste is generously sponsored by Bill Davenport and Bruce Wiltsie, the Tilghman Family, Bartlett, Griffin and Vermilye, Wye Gardens, LLC, the Dock Street Foundation, the Chesapeake Audubon Society, The Hill Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, the Wilford Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and many more.
For over 30 years, Pickering Creek Audubon Center has provided environmental education opportunities to students of the Eastern Shore, moving them from awareness of their watershed to conservation action in their communities. Since establishing a well-reputed elementary education program in partnership with Talbot County Public Schools 25 years ago, Audubon has added meaningful watershed experiences for middle and high school students to its continuum of education along with community outreach education about our regions unique saltmarshes. Pickering Creek reaches the people of the Eastern Shore throughout their academic careers outdoor learning experiences that encourage them to continue interacting with the outdoors frequently.
Tickets and more information are available online at www.pcacevents.org. For more information call the Center at 410-822-4903.