Update time：2021-07-08 11:58Tag: portage lake
The Akron Symphony Guild’s Lake Tour — a boat tour of select houses, two of which are shown above and below right, along the Portage Lakes — returns this year July 21.
Photos courtesy of Akron Symphony Guild
PORTAGE LAKES — After being docked for two summers in a row, The Akron Symphony Guild’s Lake Tour boat tour of homes will make its return to the Portage Lakes July 21.
The Akron Symphony Guild is a volunteer organization that acts as the fundraising agent for the Akron Symphony Orchestra.
“We are so happy to be back,” said Akron Symphony Guild 2021 Lake Tour Chairperson Sandra Becker-Neidert. “In 2019, the boat tour was cancelled because of Hurricane Barry coming through. And, of course, last year we were canceled because of COVID[-19]. [This year] none of our boat captains chose not to do it because of COVID, so it is really nice to see the Portage Lakes ready to return.”
The Boat Tour of Homes is the guild’s largest fundraiser of the year, she added.
Now in its 23rd year, the boat tour of homes includes a cruise along the Portage Lakes on one of 40 pontoon boats, self-guided tours of five selected homes and a “surprise stop that is not a home,” Becker-Neidert said.
“The homes are very different from one another this year,” she said. “They range from 1995 renovations up through last month.”
Notable destinations include a home in the Dusty’s Landing neighborhood that was renovated 26 years ago and another on State Park Drive where the owners have turned part of a dock into an address sign, an old sailboat hull into an outdoor bar, and brass work from the sailboat into stairway handrails.
Tours will depart from the harbor at Pick’s at PLX, located at 562 Portage Lakes Drive, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Masks will not be required but are welcome.
Becker-Neidert noted that all event volunteers and hostesses have been fully vaccinated, hand sanitizers will be available on all boats and at all homes, and all boat captains are following “75 percent to 100 percent capacity.”
Ticket sales have been brisk thus far, Becker-Neidert said, with “sailor” level tickets sold out but some “admiral” and “commodore” level tickets still available.
Commodore level tickets are $130 and include the cruise and homes tour; a Lakes Tour program book listing; an exclusive luncheon at the historic Tudor House in New Franklin catered by Lala’s In The Lakes; a commemorative 2021 Lakes Tour suncatcher; and a souvenir Lakes Tour insulated lunch tote.
Admiral level tickets are $500 and include all of the above plus a donation to the Akron Youth Orchestra and two complimentary tickets to an Akron Youth Symphony performance or rehearsal.
This year’s event also will include an online raffle, available to anyone, not just those with a Lakes Tour ticket.
“[Raffle] tickets are $10 each or three for $25 and prizes include a nautical bracelet donated by Henry B. Ball Jewelers, a VIP wine basket, and a Portage Lakes commemorative tumbler filled with gift cards,” Becker-Neidert said.
More information on this year’s tour and online raffle is available at akronsymphony.org/event/lakes-tour-2021.
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