ANNUAL SPRING OPEN HOUSE
Friends of the Castle held our Annual Spring Open House in the Villa Kathrine, and on her lawn, on Mothers Day, Sunday May 14, 2017, from Noon to 6:00 p.m.
We had nearly 500 visitors sign the guestbook, which is the most we have ever had for this event. They came from 10 states and 1 foreign country, as many mothers and grandmothers enjoyed this special outing, of free tours, refreshments and great views, with their entire families.
Thank you to everyone who attended; and thanks to event Chair, Judy Litchfield, and her hosts: Vickie Arnold, Paul Brown, Janise Denton, Linda Moore and Trudy Rollins.
JUDY LITCHFIELD NAMED VILLA KATHRINE VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to Judy Litchfield for being honored as "Volunteer of the Year" for 2017 by Friends of the Castle at their 39th Annual Meeting.
She has been a Volunteer Host for ten years, as well as serving in other important volunteer roles including Membership Chair for four years and currently as Annual Spring Open House Chair. She was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Friends of the Castle.
She enjoys greeting visitors and helping them learn about all the good things happening in the Quincy area.
RESTORED VILLA KATHRINE SERVING VISITORS & LOCALS FOR 30 YEARS
Since the Tourist Information Center opened in the parlor of the Villa Kathrine on Labor Day in September 1987, nearly 150,000 visitors from all 50 states and nearly 100 countries from around the world have signed the guest book, and been helped by Friends of the Castle Hosts.
In addition to these visitors, an average of nearly 2,000 more guests attend an average of nearly 40 Special Events each year.
Further, uncounted casual visitors enjoy the view from the Mississippi River bluff outside the Villa, watch the eagles & other birds, see river barges go by, and relax on the lawn.
FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR FREE YOUTH GROUP TOURS OF VILLA KATHRINE
Friends of the Castle have funds available to cover the admission fees for guided educational tours for groups of students from area schools and other youth groups, thanks to the generosity of the Quincy Gem City Breakfast Kiwanis Club.
For information, or to schedule a tour of the Villa Kathrine for a class or youth group, please call 217-224-6922 or 217-617-5460.