The Showhouse Is a Show “Business”

The Harrisburg Symphony Society Showhouse & Gardens 2012 will be held May 19 – June 10, 2012.  This year’s property, “Serenity on the Yellow Breeches” will benefit the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.  The project is a model for business and a non-profit working together to offer the best possible arts and entertainment to the region.

Over thirty interior and landscape designers have been selected to create spaces for the public to view.  Each of the designers use subcontractors, ranging from painters, plumbers, carpenters, electricians, artists and landscape services to ensure that every space is at its best.

While the showhouse benefits from generous in kind donations and discounted rates, the project itself supports local businesses through the services required to make the event successful.  This year’s vendors include an area country club for the opening event, caterers for several additional special events, design and printing services for all promotional materials, billboards, an area outfitter for trout fishing on site, a signage company, telecommunications for phone and walkie talkies, parking lot construction contractors, tent rental, cleaning services and other vendors to make the showhouse well known, well received and a financial success.

Sponsorship and ticket sales are the key income sources.  But the showhouse also creates revenue generators within the event to ensure that the every penny possible is raised to support the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.  Each day, visitors can enjoy the showhouse boutique, featuring Susan’s Treasures and other area vendors, as well as the café, with the delicious foods of The Glass Lounge.  Located on site in the barn just steps from the showhouse itself, the boutique and café share space with “designer sales” at which guests can purchase items found within the showhouse and landscape design spaces.

The Harrisburg Symphony Society Showhouse & Gardens Committee is comprised of hundreds of volunteers, including co-chairs Shirley McCormick and Stephanie Otto, the steering committee members, each committee and its own members, and the volunteers and docents who generously serve as the front line “staff” of the event.  Volunteers are better able to perform their tasks due to the involvement of the variety of businesses that bring their expertise to the project.  Partnership with businesses large and small and of varied services gives the Harrisburg Symphony Society peace of mind that Serenity on the Yellow Breeches will make funds flow to the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.