NORTH WEBSTER — Despite early forecasts of potential rain in the North Webster area on Saturday afternoon, the weather was ideal for the annual LIttle Tippy Cottage Tour, hosted by the Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation.
Departing from the pier at Camp Crosley YMCA, deluxe pontoon boats filled with guests traveled the lake, visiting six different cottages. This year’s tour included active homesteads, ranging from the quaint and rustic Primmer Cottage, which was believed to have been built in the late 1880s, to the relatively newer locations such as the Kelly Cottage and the Rhodes Cottage, both of which feature large floor spaces to welcome the respective owners’ extended families and friends.
The afternoon’s tour also included visits to the YMCA Director’s Cottage, adjacent to Camp Crosley and built in 2013 with funding by the Ball Brothers Foundation; the Schieve Cottage, a home rebuilt in 1998 following the lightning-induced fire that destroyed the 1902 original cottage on Memorial Day; and the Sloan Cottage built in 1991 and renovated in 2014.
Following the tour, participants were invited to gather beachside for a “casual cocktail party” at the Tippecanoe Lake Country Club. Included in the evening’s activities was a live auction for a variety of donated items, including an original painting by local artist Shawn Deitch.
Additionally, an online silent auction is ongoing through Aug. 1, 2015, by visiting www.32auctions.com/tippecanoecottagetour.
All proceeds from the event benefited the TWF, an organization founded in 1997 and dedicated to protecting and enhancing the entire Tippecanoe watershed. Led by Executive Director Lyn Crighton, the organization is steadfast in their efforts to improve water quality through studies and pollution reduction projects.
For more information about the TWF and their efforts in the region, visit www.tippecanoewatershed.org.