Thursday, October 28, 2021

Elegant Variations on a Theme

Woman's Club stages popular annual home tour

Pausing after taking a good look around a Marco Estates mansion called Land’s End, Julie Crowell said she was impressed by its different style.

The all-white structure doesn’t give much away from the road – courtesy of two big gates – but inside it’s the absolute essence of luxury island living.

At about 6,000 square feet under air, the mansion has a huge open lounge as you walk in.

Beyond is perhaps its major attraction that comes courtesy of Mother Nature – a 180-degree water view.

The huge yard has a gazebo to one side, and a cool touch is that the pathways leading there, as well as to the dock area, have impressions of shells and starfish in the concrete.

The occasion was the annual Elegant Homes Tour staged by the Marco Island Woman’s Club, whose members essentially have fun during the busy part of the year raising money for assorted charities and non-profits.

In this case, the really busy people – apart from many volunteers – were co-organizers Tanya LaButte and Julia Maslanka.

This year, tour buses took the equally elegantly dressed women to four houses on Marco, three in the Estates area and one off San Marco Road.

“It feels like a fantasy land,” said Julie Crowell, who was down from St. Charles, Michigan to visit her parents.

“It’s really nice to come take a visit and look around at these beautiful homes,” she said.

Club member Sharon Walklett acted as a docent on this day, and said she’d had a chance to take a peek at all four houses in advance.

“They’re all different,” she said. “One (on South Seas Court) is a spec home, while the one on Heights Court (in the Estates area) sold about a week ago.”

The Heights Court house, Walklett said, is a lot of house for the money.

“It’s fully loaded, fully furnished and a great buy for the money,” she said.

About 200 club members and guests enjoyed the three-hour tour, after which they enjoyed a luncheon and fashion show at the Marco Island Yacht Club.

Formed in 1966, the club’s manifesto describes it as “an active social network for the women of Marco Island, as well as a civic-minded organization with a long, proud history of serving the community.”

Down the years, the club has provided educational scholarships for hundreds of Marco students, and has also donated funds or fixtures to Veterans Community Park, the library, the Historical Museum, the Health Care Center, NCH, the Youth Development Center at the Y, and the island’s Historical Cemetery.

Next on the list is a classroom at the Marco Island Nature Preserve & Bird Sanctuary.

The club meets the first Wednesday of the month, October through May, at 11:30 AM at the Marco Island Yacht Club, 1400 North Collier Blvd.

For more information about the Marco Island Woman’s Club, contact Christine Koppel, President, at 856-906-4319 or go to the “Contact Us” page at to send a message.

To stay informed about the Club’s events, people can “Friend” it on Facebook at MIWC Debbie. Also, follow the club on Twitter at Marco Island Woman’s Club; Instagram at Marco_Island_Womans_Club.


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