Thanks to everyone for making tour and tea a success


A "Very Southern" thank you to the homeowners, sponsors and patrons for making "A Very Southern Christmas" Holiday House Tour and Tea a huge success this year! The Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter is so proud of our 68 sponsors and hundreds of additional guests on the day of the Tour to make this year's Tour one of our very best!

A feat like this does not happen without the work of many hands and hearts The Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter (Azalea Garden Club, Bland Garden Club and Poinsett Garden Club) would like to recognize some of the many groups and individuals who helped us The homeowners: Connie and WT Brogdon, Kristi and Billy Downer, Will Brunson, Brunson Law Firm, Carmella Bryan and Michael Duffy, and David Deprill. The City of Sumter, the Swan Lake Visitor Center and the Sumter Police Department helped us tremendously. If you ended the day driving through the Fantasy of Lights at Swan Lake Gardens, then you experienced the "gets better every year" gift that the City of Sumter gives everyone at Christmas! We had a very special treat at the homes this year with live music: At the Scarborough House, we had the Crestwood High School Chorus, the Furman Middle School Chorus and the Willow Drive 4th and 5th Grade Chorus. The Deprill house featured Tristan Pack on piano along with Cierra Stewart as the vocalist. The Bryan/Duffy home had Linda Beck on piano while the Downer home had Heidi Wilson along with family members and students playing violin. We owe a special thanks to Bunny Russell, Melissa McLaughlin, Linda Howle and Joyce Blanding for your unselfish and fabulous help!

To our many sponsors (68, the most ever!) ...We hope this was an experience that you would love to participate in again and you would encourage others to do so too. We really appreciate you!

Merry Christmas Sumter and have a safe and happy New Year!


Poinsett Garden Club and Holiday House Committee Chair