Fair Haven, NJ  – The Fair Haven PTA will hose their semi-annual House Tour on Friday, December 10, 2010.  This event is one of the key fundraisers for the Fair Haven School District and draws approximately 400 community members each year.

The 2010 holiday tour features seven distinctive Fair Haven homes, including a lovingly-restored 1897 clapboard home; a 2010 shore colonial featuring state-of-the-art detailing inside and out; a classic craftsman style home; a custom colonial with both modern and antique furnishings; an 1810 cottage with river views; and more.

Each home will feature a special holiday theme including a “natural” Christmas, a holiday “Open House”, New Year’s Eve, the Super Bowl, and others.  Tour goers will sample some of the best local fare from popular chefs, including David Burke’s Fromagerie (Rumson), Doris and Ed’s (Highlands), Bay Avenue Trattoria (Highlands), Lusty Lobster (Highlands), Cups and Cakes (Rumson), Fair Haven’s own Taste and Technique, and a special food preparation presentation from student chefs at Monmouth County Vocational Culinary School.

Two special raffle prizes are offered.  The Grand Prize features dinner for 10 prepared in the winner’s home or other local home of their choice, by Chef Hernan Graces of the Raven Tea Room.  The dinner includes wine, flowers, dessert, and service to help the host and hostess relax.  Tickets for the Grand Prize are $10 each.  The First Prize is this year’s most sought-after piece of technology, the iPad!  First prize tickets are $5 each.

From left to right:  Co-Chair Laurie Bratone, Pim VanHemmen, Tori McAndrews, Jeanne Korchak, Lauren Adams, Co-Chair Heather Boyle, Alison Fernandez.

FAIR HAVEN’S FIRST FLOORS has several generous sponsors to date, including Ralco Builders, WoodMode Fine Custom Cabinetry, and Better Housekeeping Shop.

“The House Tour is a special day for our Fair Haven community and we are delighted to offer the event this year during the holiday season as a way to celebrate our schools and our children,” says PTA President Cathy Alescio.

Proceeds from this tour are used to support the educational programs in the Fair Haven school system.  The mission of the Fair Haven PTA is to promote the welfare, safety and educational development of Fair Haven’s children in the home, school and community through the cooperative efforts of parents and teachers.

Tickets to FAIR HAVEN’S FIRST FLOORS can be reserved in advance by November 24, for $45 per ticket, by reserving on-line at www.fairhavenpta.com/housetour.html or by mailing a check made out to the Fair Haven PTA to Erin Simpson, Reservations Chair, 512 Ridge Road, Fair Haven, NJ 07704.  Tickets will be sold the day of the tour at 1 South Woodland Drive and at 168 Grange Avenue, for $50 each, beginning at 10:30am.  No children will be allowed on the tour and participants will be asked to remove their shoes.  For more information, or to support the Fair Haven PTA, contact House Tour Co-Chairs Laurie Bratone at 732-758-9169 or Heather Boyle at 732-450-0596, or visit www.fairhavenpta.com.