This year’s cruise and house tour will visit three of the finest estates on Geneva Lake while transportation will be provided aboard three of the more interesting boats on the lake. The boats will be SEA LARK, POLARIS, and the steam boat LOUISE. Lunch at the Lake Geneva Country Club is included. Tours will depart from the Abbey Harbor House in Fontana. Tour time is approximately 4:45 minutes.
The first home is Flower Cottage, the home of Bob Kelly and Carolyn Smeltzer. This ten thousand square foot summer home is built on a portion of the former Westgate Estate using many materials and artifacts preserved from this estate as well as other historic homes. Surrounding the home are a cutting garden and three welcoming gardens. Inside you will see extensive use of rare woods, some over a hundred years old, and unique furnishings including an 1850 grocery cabinet from Denmark, a custom 14-foot dining room table made from barn wood, and a bar made from an old wooden sail boat. Many paintings and works of art are also displayed throughout. And don’t miss the chicken coup!
The second home belongs to Mark Licht. It is located on a portion of the former estate of furniture store magnate John M. Smyth, with the natural beauty of the setting with a stream flowing through it framing the home. The house was originally built in the early 1980’s in the style of a California Deck House. The house has undergone an extensive two-year remodeling program based on a theme of informal lake living and reflecting the owner’s love of water and nature. You will see a built-in 650-gallon salt water aquarium and an amazing office overlooking the lake that is lined with teak, decorated with nautical artifacts, and with a stained glass back lighted Mariner’s Star recessed in the ceiling. Also extensive use of polished nickel fixtures and special tiles throughout.
The third home is that of Ken and Sue Koranda. It was built in the 1990’s on the Colman estate and is modeled after Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright designed home in southwestern Pennsylvania. It is an incredible home with interior design elements, furniture, carpets, lighting fixtures, and accessories all custom made in the same Wright style. Rarely can you see a home where the unique decorative elements and architectural design blend so harmoniously with all the original furnishing still preserved as the designers envisioned them. The cantilevered balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows create unforgettable vistas. There are a number of waterfalls, both inside and out, that will be in operation. The home is surrounded by natural landscaping that has been enhanced by Mr. Koranda, a director of Morton Arboretum.
Founded in 1895 by a group of Chicago business men, it is one of the oldest 18-hole golf courses in the Midwest. The course was originally laid out by the golf pro from St. Andrews in Scotland while on a tour of the United States and it is still basically unchanged from his concept. Indeed, many of the bunkers and course features have recognizable characteristics similar to St. Andrews.
This year’s Friday evening reception will be at the new home of Dana and Patty Mecum located on South Lake Shore Drive in Fontana, just west of the Yacht Club. The estate is absolutely amazing, 33,000 sq. ft with several accessory buildings and landscaped terraces overlooking the lake. The main building has accommodations for Dana and his wife Patty, plus accommodations for parents and grandchildren, with an additional private area for the estate manager and family. The house has individual garages for ten automobiles – and these are not simply automobiles. These are special cars from Dana’s personal collection: Mercedes, Maybachs, Bugatties, and numerous others - the cream of the crop. There is an accessory building with another ten garages , which has a catering kitchen and stainless steel swimming pool on the roof. There is a building by the entrance in the shape of an old time gas station and, next to the pier, another summer house. The veranda overlooking the lake has a Bugatti carrousel.
Curators of Dana’s collection will be available to answer questions about the cars, and Dana will present a short program talking about his vision for the estate and the collection.
This is a premier event, spectacular in every sense! Space is limited so get your reservations in early! You won’t have another chance to see this remarkable estate.
The bar will open at 6:00 PM serving, beer and wine, and be open through dinner. Dinner will be served at 7:30. The cost for dinner is $90 per person.
Boats will be on exhibit all day Saturday, beginning at 10:00 am. Be sure you have your boat in the water by then, as we expect a lot of spectators. Local vendors will have items on display, and the Blackhawk Chapter’s tent will once again offer t-shirts, posters and other items. The annual “starting of the engines” and boat parade will commence at 4:00 pm.
Saturday evening’s dinner will be held in the Ball Room at the Abbey Resort. Cash bar will open at 6:00 PM, followed by a dinner at 7:30, cost is $30 per person. This is an event you won’t want to miss, as boat show awards will be presented at Saturday evening’s dinner.
The People’s Choice award will be presented on Sunday at 2:00pm. In an effort to honor the winners of the award categories, and recognize the owners, you must register for the Saturday dinner and be in attendance in order to be qualified to win one of the show awards. Award categories:
Sunday, boats will be on exhibit again at 10 am. People’s Choice award and drawing winners announced at Blackhawk tent at 2 pm. Each year we have many spectators who attend the boat show on Sunday afternoon expecting to see the full line-up of boats on display. Therefore, participants are asked to leave their boats in the water (and land displays intact) on Sunday until 3:00 pm when the boat show officially ends.