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Join us for a day in historic Pass-A-Grille. Learn our history. Tour our delightful Pass-a-Grille homes. Discover what makes Pass-A-Grille a community. http://www.pagwc.com/
The Pass-a-Grille Home Tour is a wonderful opportunity to get an inside peek at this uniquely Florida coastal community . The event is hosted each year by the Pass-a-Grille Woman's Club. Each home will feature beautiful floral arrangements from award winning florists - Redman Steele, Delma's Flowers, Carter's Florist, Sharen's Flowers and Lou's Florist. They are spectacular each and every year.
The Gulf Beaches Historical Museum will be included on the tour. If you drop by the museum during the tour, you can get a ticket to cross the street to Paradise Grill (local outside dining restaurant located on the Pass-a-Grille Beach) and ring the 'Sunset Bell!' A Pass-a-Grille tradition, the 'Sunset Bell' is typically rung only once a day at sunset. The museum is offering a real treat to visitors and locals alike.
Come early to the Home Tour to enjoy a wonderful breakfast at a local Pass-a-Grille restaurant such as the Hurricane Restaurant, Paradise Grille, or Seahorse (all located along 8th and 9th Avenues in Pass-a-Grille). You can also enjoy a morning stroll along the Pass-a-Grille Way waterfront or on the beach parralleling Gulf Way. See local artists and enjoy live music before the tour at the Pass-a-Grille Art Mart next to Paradise Grille (900 Gulf Way, Pass-a-Grille).
The Suntan Art Center (located at 300 Pass-a-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach) will be open for the Home Tour. All Home Tour participants are encouraged to visit the Suntan Art Center. The Suntan Art Center is a volunteer, non-profit organization offering classes, exhibits, and networking opportunities for the community. Come back Sunday to enjoy the Suntan Sunday Market, located next to the Suntan Art Center. The Suntan Sunday Market is a weekly event that welcomes artists, food vendors and more to Pass-a-Grille.
Corey Avenue is another hub in St. Pete Beach, offering excellent shopping and dining. Trips to both 8th Avenue in Pass-a-Grille and Corey Avenue are highly recommended. (A trolley can shuttle you from Corey Avenue to the Home Tour for $1.25 per trip.) Corey Avenue (located at the North end of St. Pete Beach just off of Gulf Blvd) hosts a Sunday Market as well.
To First Time Visitors: A day in Pass-a-Grille is never complete without a leisurely stroll along Historic 8th Avenue to peruse the shops and a meal at one of our wonderful local dining establishments. Shops, restaurants, and local businesses throughout St. Pete Beach all work hard to make Pass-a-Grille the unique Florida community it is. The Home Tour could not be the success it is every year without their wonderful support.
Is there walking on the Home Tour?
Yes. The Pass-a-Grille Woman's Club Home Tour IS a WALKING TOUR. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk.
Where can I park?
The following free parking areas are available from 12:30 PM until 5:30 PM. There will be a free shuttle running from these free parking areas from 12:45PM to 5:15PM:
- Suntan Art Center, 3300 Pass-A-Grille Way
Located 2 blocks past the Don Cesar Resort on the left going south; look for the signs.
- The Pass-A-Grille Community Church parking lot on 16th Avenue.
Paid parking is also available along the beach for $1.25/hour or $10/day.
Are children allowed?
Children 12 and under are not allowed at the Pass-a-Grille Woman's Home Tour.
Is the Home Tour handicap accessible?
Most homes along the tour are not handicap accessible. There will be stairs along the tour. We apologize for any inconvenience.
What else is there to do in Pass-a-Grille?
- Visit Pass-A-Grille Gulf Beaches Historical Museum
- Visit the Suntan Art Center with engaging art demonstrations at the historic Don Vista Cultural Arts Center
- Enjoy complimentary light refreshments, cool beverages, and camaraderie with the locals at the historic Pass-A-Grille Woman’s Club
- Eat and shop at local establishments with special home tour deals
Can I wear beach attire?
Please save your swimsuit for the beach.
Can I take pictures or videos?
Camera use is not allowed in the homes.
When & Where
Pass-a-Grille Woman's Club
In October 1922, several women friends arranged a surprise birthday and "pound” party for Mrs. Mason, who had lost all her possessions in a fire earlier that year. Everyone donated one pound of something useful. Because everyone enjoyed themselves, Mrs. Granger suggested that the women should continue to meet for purposes of sociability and civic duty. The result was the Women’s Town Improvement Society, organized with 20 charter members. One month later, they had 30 new members and $57 in the treasury (dues were placed at $1 per year).
A clean town was one of the mottoes of the society and every effort was made to make Pass-A-Grille a model village. In addition to their other works, the society also decided to take up child welfare work. The local Parent Teacher Association met with the society to study child welfare conditions. Construction of a playground in the public park was one of their first projects. Also, new benches for visitors were placed on the city pier and at street intersections. Mrs. Joe Girard served as the first President of the Women’s Town Improvement Society.
Two bazaars held in March 1924-25, netted $676.07 and the money became the nucleus for a building fund. In June 1925, the Club, now affiliated with the county and state federation of clubs, bid on the old school building at Pass-A-Grille, and possession was taken at the close of school the following year.
In 1926, with a membership of 60 local residents and winter visitors, the Women's Town Improvement Society became the Pass-A-Grille Woman's Club.
It soon became apparent that the old school house on 10th Avenue did not have enough space for the growing Club. They had purchased a lot on 22nd Avenue, however, obtaining the money to finance a building project was a problem. Mr. Louis Ingram, a successful industrialist of Beacon's Falls, PA and friend of the Ellsworths, offered to finance the entire deal. He requested that Ann Ellsworth be President for the building years (1937-1938), and stay with the project until the mortgage was paid off.
The present clubhouse was completed in 1938 and Mrs. Ann O. Ellsworth was President during that time. Mr. Winfield Lott was the architect and Maynard Inc. of St. Petersburg was the contractor. The total cost was $8600.58. The mortgage was burned on January 16, 1947, just 8 years after the building was completed. Mrs. Oswald C. Tracy was President.
During the war when activities were curtailed, ladies helped wherever needed: packing sterile bandages, making cookies for the soldiers, spotting planes from the roof of the Don CeSar.
Through the years funds have been given for Junior College scholarships, for city park beautification and to organizations including the Pass-A-Grille Athletic Association & Welfare League, St. Pete Beach Public Library, St. Pete Beach Paramedics, Free Clinic, Center Against Spouse Abuse, Alpha House, Pinellas Center for the Visually Impaired, Pinellas County SPCA, Gulf Beaches Elementary School, and more.
We believe we are the oldest social organization on Long Key Island.