This year's Dublin Women's Club homes tour isn't likely to have snow.

This year's Dublin Women's Club homes tour isn't likely to have snow.

The annual tour usually is held at Christmas, but club members moved the event to May 6 to showcase six Tartan Community residences.

"This year, it's a little bit different than what we've done in the past," said Linda Forte-Spearing, event chairwoman. "The last time we had it was in December 2010. Usually, we do it in the Christmas holidays and have homes decorated for Christmas."

The hustle of the holidays, however, prompted the group to reconsider and try a new date.

"That's why we didn't do one in December 2011 because we pushed it out to 2012," Forte-Spearing said. "This year we have six homes that are in the Tartan Community and are at Tartan Fields, Tartan Ridge and Tartan West. There are two in each community."

Visitors could leave the tour homes with decoration inspiration, Forte-Spearing said.

"The homeowners have done a great job of mixing atmosphere and decorating for raising a family," she said. "There really is something for everyone."

Some homes have unusual designs, such as an outdoor pizza oven and a sink repurposed from a baptismal fountain.

"I think people will walk away inspired with some design ideas," Forte-Spearing said.

The tour does more than offer people inspiration, though.

"Most importantly, the money goes into the general philanthropic fund," Forte-Spearing said. "If there is a Dublin resident in need, experiencing economic hardship, they can call and request assistance."

Since its founding in 1979, the Dublin Women's Club has donated more than $300,000 in scholarships, grants, neighborhood projects and other services to help women and children.

In the past, the organization has been able to help single mothers and others facing hardships who have fallen behind on bills, needed vehicle repairs or have acquired late fees because they've lost a job or simply can't make ends meet, Forte-Spearing said.

"We live in Dublin, and these homes are representative of some of the most beautiful homes in central Ohio," she said. "Our mandate as a club is to remember that everyone isn't as fortunate as others. You forget that in Dublin – in your backyard – you have people that can't even turn their lights on because of economic hardship. .. We're giving them a hand up so they can move forward and get back on track in life."

The group also gives grants to Dublin teachers who have a classroom need the district can't fund, Forte-Spearing said.

"As we all know, the houses in Dublin are some of the most stunning in central Ohio, but the real community comes from the people who live here," she said. "I am continually amazed by the willingness of Dublin residents to assist those who are experiencing setbacks, whether through their volunteer hours or their financial gifts to the very worthy causes we support."

Tickets to the home tour are $20 in advance and may be purchased online at or at Baker's Village Garden Center, The Bogey Bar & Grill, Hilliard's Furniture Co., Morgan House and Woodhouse Day Spa.

Tickets also may be purchased at the door for $25.

The tour begins at the Tartan Field Golf Club, 8070 Tartan Fields Drive.

Forte-Spearing said programs and a map will be at the golf club, in addition to a small reception.