GRAND TOURS: INSIDER’S TOUR OF AVANT-GARDE GLASS AT CHEEKWOOD
Join Lisa Porter, Cheekwood associate curator, for an insider’s look at the stunning “Glass of the Avant-Garde” exhibition, 2 p.m. March 23 and April 27. The show features 180 examples of art glass created in Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany in the early 20th century. This one-hour tour focuses on the finest pieces in the show and the fascinating men and women who made them. Reservations required. For information, call 356-8000 or go to www.cheekwood.org.
THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF NASHVILLE DECORATOR’S SHOW HOUSE 2003
The 18th annual Decorator’s Show House moves into the home of Judy and Brent Ware, a beautiful 200-year-old farmhouse situated on 25 rolling green acres in Williamson County that includes a pool, pool house and barn. The grand old home is sure to look better than ever when top decorators, interior designers, landscape architects and gardeners give it a complete makeover for this annual fund-raising event. Tour dates are April 12-May 4. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Proceeds benefit various community projects of the Junior League of Nashville. For information, call 269-9393 or go to www.jrleaguenash.org.
HISTORIC EDGEFIELD HOME AND GARDEN TOUR
Edgefield was the first neighborhood in Nashville to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and one look at the area’s architecture tells you why. On any given street you’ll find grand Victorian homes and cottages dating from 1858 to elegant craftsman bungalows from the early to mid 1900s. You can take a peek inside several of these homes, plus a couple of churches, during this popular tour. Fuel up for the walking tour at the Tour Tearoom (209 S. Fifth St.), serving homemade sandwiches, desserts and the home tour’s famous fruit tea. Dates are June 7 and 8, noon-5 p.m. Tickets are $12, available at any of the homes on tour or at the ticket booth at the corner of Fatherland and South Fifth Street. Proceeds help fund improvement and preservation of the Historic Edgefield neighborhood. For information, call 255-0098, 650-8081 or visit www.historicedgefield.com.
FIRST ANNUAL OLD HOUSE FAIR
Sponsored by Historic Nashville Inc., this event focuses on all aspects of purchase and rehabilitation of a historic home, no matter the size, shape or age. Exhibitors and workshop speakers will cover everything from finding a historic home and financing it to locating the right designer, architect, contractor, craftspeople and materials you’ll needed to make your old house a home. Appropriate city offices, neighborhood associations and other related nonprofits will also be on hand to offer advice. Each person attending the fair will receive the Old House Fair Program and Resource Directory with a list of businesses and craftspeople exhibiting. The fair is 9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 10 at Marathon Village, 1305 Clinton St. Admission is $5, children 12 and under free. For more information, call Susan Richardson (244-7835) or R. Lynn Taylor (650-8956).
MOVING UP: REDESIGNING ATTIC SPACE IN HISTORIC HOMES
To learn more about attic conversions, sit in on this talk by R. Lynn Taylor of Taylor Made Plans, 6:30 p.m. March 18 at East Branch Library, 206 Gallatin Road. You’ll get some great ideas for transforming attic space into a master suite, a playroom or even a home theater. For more information, please call Cyndi Cass at 262-1282.
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