Changes are the byword for this year’s 58th Beaufort Old Homes Tour & More that supports the Beaufort Historical Association’s ongoing restoration and education projects.
The antique show that was part of the tour is now the Morehead City Antiques Show and Sale in the Crystal Coast Civic Center, Morehead City, under the direction of J.R. Angevine of DeLand, Fla. It runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 to 4 Sunday.
Other changes were a noon luncheon for two authors today and a VIP dinner tonight for one of the authors at Beaufort Grocery Co.
Tomorrow at 7 p.m., the Purvis Chapel choir presents a free concert, a blend of old time spirituals mixed with hand clapping inspirational tunes, open to the public in Purvis Chapel, 217 Craven St.
A reception in the church fellowship hall follows honoring Charles and Patricia Phillips, honorary chairmen of this year’s Old Homes tour who are long time volunteers and BHA board members. The concert also honors all the BHA volunteers who make the annual weekend tour a success.
The “58th Annual Old Homes Tour & More,” a special section in today’s paper details the many varied weekend attractions.
On tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday are 12 private homes, including the 1940s era cottage known as the Fishhouse. The other 11 homes, both historic and modern, are listed in the section, along with 10 gardens, 9 art studios, 4 churches and the Old Burying Ground with tours at 10 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
There is also the Beaufort Historic Site, depicting 18th and 19th century life in Beaufort with six restored buildings. To protect the antique hardwood floors in many of the homes, low-heeled, soft-soled shoes are recommended.
Tour tickets are $20 per person and are good for both days of the tour.
Narrated bus tours on the BHA’s English double-decker bus will be offered four times daily Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Bus tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
The tour closes with a new event, Art of Elegance champagne brunch at 11 a.m. Sunday in the Marsh Street backyard of Charles and Deborah Llewellyn featuring New York interior designer Marshall Watson. Tickets are $80 per person.