Sunny skies and warm weather set the perfect backdrop for the 39th Annual Housewalk hosted by the Service League of Crystal Lake.
The League's 43 members, accompanied by friends and helpers for the day, were expecting about 1,000 guests for the house walk on Friday. However, it's possible the gorgeous fall day drew more people to the event, organizers said.
"It's been a steady stream of people," Service League president Ruth Scifo said. "We won't know for sure until tomorrow when we add all the numbers, but it's been a good day."
The annual walk is the main fundraiser for the Service League, a volunteer group formed in 1925 by four Crystal Lake women and formally established as a service organization in 1931.
The league typically raises about $25,000 from the annual walk. The money raised goes toward college scholarships and programs to help needy families in the area.
The four area homeowners who graciously opened their houses to the public this year were: Steve and Julie Siavelis, Charlie and Mary Anne Collins, B.J. and Julie Jenkins, and Bob Hurley.
Two of the houses were selected for their historical appeal, in honor of the city's upcoming centennial year.