Chillin' out at the Chesapeake

SANDUSKY Need a warm place to chill on a winter's day? Owners of the Chesapeake Lofts
Annie Zelm
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Need a warm place to chill on a winter's day?

Owners of the Chesapeake Lofts are opening their doors to visitors Saturday.

Residents can tour more than two dozen lofts, scope out home decorating ideas, and enjoy appetizers and entertainment during "Chillin' at the Chessie," an event benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Erie County.

The tour provides an opportunity to showcase an array of unique condominiums under one roof, said Lou Hibbard, a real estate agent and resident of the lofts.

"Every time we've opened this place to the public, the response has been positive because it's just so beautiful," said Hibbard, who was hired several years ago to sell the condominiums with her husband, Don.

Hibbard, a former French teacher, said they were happy to open their doors to benefit an organization that helps children.

Local artist King Baer, whose loft is on the tour, showcases nautical items and framed pieces of his artwork from his days on the presidential yacht, "Sequoia." He also has a collection of Hinde and Dauch memorabilia reminiscent of the early days of the factory that now houses the condominiums.

Bill Ehrnsberger, board president of the Boys & Girls Club of Erie County, said he was amazed at how spacious the lofts are inside.

"We had a hard time narrowing down the units for our tour -- they are all incredible," Ehrnsberger said in a prepared statement.

The lofts were selected based on their variety of decorating styles and the distinct views each offers.

The $15 admission to "Chillin' at the Chessie" includes the tour as well as appetizers, desserts and a coffee bar. There will also be a cash bar, a pianist playing the third-floor grand piano, and the Boys & Girls Club choir singing on the first and second floors.

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Chillin' at the Chessie

WHERE: Chesapeake Lofts, 401 Shoreline Drive, Sandusky

WHEN: 4-7:30 p.m. Saturday

COST: $15 which includes the tour, appetizers, desserts and a coffee bar. The event benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Erie County.

Tickets are available at the Boys & Girls Club's downtown unit at 431 Columbus Ave. or by calling the club at (419) 624-9250 or (419) 357-5331.