Want to get a peek inside some of the loveliest homes on Lake Wylie? If so, you won’t want to miss the annual Lake Wylie Home and Garden Tour, sponsored by the Lake Wylie/Clover Republican Women’s Club.
This self-guided tour features homes in River Hills and the neighborhoods surrounding Lake Wylie. Hostesses and volunteers are stationed throughout each home, available to share stories about special heirlooms, architectural details, renovations and interesting collections on display.
This year, the Women’s Club is introducing some new features to the tour. Peggy Upchurch, president of the club, said there will be artists live painting in the gardens of the homes on tour while people watch.
Cynthia Howard, a landscape artist and painting instructor, is coordinating the artists that will be featured on the tour. The art technique is called “plein air.”
Barb and Chris Christopher’s home was a favorite on the tour last year, with lots of luxury features and natural lake views; The Hagner home dining room overlooking the lake.
“‘Plein air’ painting is literally painting what you see, in open air,” Howard said. “There are artists who specialize in this type of painting, and they’re used to working with people looking over their shoulders. They’re used to chatting while they work, answering questions as they paint. It’s a lot of fun for the artist.”
Want to go?
This year’s tour is scheduled for April 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with the After Party at the River Hills Marina scheduled 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Tickets are $20 and fund the Fay Bergman Clover High School Scholarship. Tickets can be purchased at the following locations
Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce
264 Latitude Lane Lake Wylie, SC 803-831-2827
River Hills Community Association
102 Hamilton’s Ferry Lake Wylie, SC 803-831-8214
For information on ticket sales contact Gloria Bruce, 803-831-2018 or gjsbruce@ comporium.net and Peggy Upchurch, 704-813-9828 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most of the time, Howard said, plein air artists are able to finish their work in just a few hours.
“We have to work really fast, because the light and the shadows are changing as we paint,” she said.
There will be a party afterwards, where tour guests can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, see the completed artwork and purchase pieces from the artists. Artists will bring some of their other work in addition to the paintings done during the home tour. The party will be held at the River Hills Marina, under the picnic pavilion.
Upchurch is excited about the homes that will be on tour this year.
“We’ll have Martha Young’s home off of Lake Wylie Road. She has been renovating it and redoing the landscape and gardens. It’s just fabulous, an incredible vista of the lake. Martha has a lot of unique items and collectibles, including Mark Twain’s telescope!”
One of the highlights of the 2017 tour will be the home of Geri and John Rinehart, located on the Allison Creek peninsula. It is a landmark home on the lake, located on a point with a panoramic view. The home was designed using the plan for “The House of the Nineties,” an award-winning home built in Buckhead and an “Idea Showcase” home at the 1990 National Home Builders convention in Atlanta. The Rineharts read about the home and built it on Lake Wylie in 2004.
Located on the site of the Rinehart’s home was a 100-year-old schoolhouse, in disrepair when the lot was purchased in 1980. The Rineharts renovated the structure, converting it to a cabin used for a weekend get-away. They moved the cabin to the adjoining lot when they built their house, and it is now used as a rental property. The Rineharts also own another cabin, located next to the main house, that has been converted to a “Barbecue Hut,” where they host pig pickin’ parties, shrimp boils and hang out with friends and family. This fun gathering place will be featured on the tour, in addition to the main house.
The Rineharts’ garden is a sight to behold. Their request to the architect was to create a year-round garden to enjoy during all seasons. A swimming pool, Lake Room, and gazebo stretching out over the lake provide an outdoor paradise. Tour guests and the “plein air” artists are all in for a real treat.
Other homes in The Landing and River Hills neighborhoods will be included on the tour. Each year, the tour includes five or six homes, within easy driving distance of one another.
Tickets are $20 and proceeds fund the Fay Bergman Clover High School Scholarship, awarded to selected college-bound girls based on their academic achievements, community involvement, merit and need.
This year’s tour is scheduled for April 29, 10 a.m. — 4 p.m., with the after-party at the River Hills Marina scheduled 4 p.m. — 6 p.m. Tickets will be available at area businesses and through members of the Republican Women’s Club.