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Grand tours

1999 Parade of Homes What could you do with $3.7 million worth of houses? Visit four of the homes in The Enclave at Carronbridge in Franklin to find out. The homes are open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, Oct. 15-31. $9, kids under 12 admitted free; a portion of the proceeds benefits The Kids on the Block of Middle Tennessee. Directions: Take I-65 S. to Exit 68-A. The Enclave is one mile farther, on the left. For information, call 366-7185, ext. 13.

Oaklands’ Decorators’ Show House Take a quick road trip to Murfreesboro to tour a custom-built Country French home showcasing the work of more than 25 Murfreesboro-area designers and decorators. There will also be a sale of paintings. The show house is located at 1715 Shagbark Trail, Murfreesboro, and is open Oct. 16-31. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon., Wed., Fri.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tues. & Thurs.; 1-5 p.m. Sun. $10. Call 893-0022 for directions and details. All proceeds benefit Oaklands Mansion, a historic home and Civil War site.

Woodland-in-Waverly Historic Tour of Homes Allow yourself to be transported to the turn of the century as you explore the renovations taking place east of Eighth Avenue South, just behind the Antique District. You’ll enjoy music, food, and at least eight homes in the historic neighborhood, including that of Rex and ”Ma“ Bill Hunt. Built in 1903, the Hunt home features a wraparound porch, stained glass in the front window, and the Hunts’ lovely antique collection. Proceeds benefit the Woodland-in-Waverly Neighborhood Association. The homes are open noon-5 p.m. Oct. 24. Call 297-8044 or 298-5017 for more information.

Sweet charity events

Artclectic Folk artist Howard Finster and children’s book author/illustrator Jane Breskin Zalben will be among 50 national artists participating in the University School of Nashville’s third annual Artclectic show. Finster, whose works have been displayed in both the Smithsonian Institute and the Library of Congress, makes a guest appearance 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 23. Artclectic also features works by local artists, including architectural drawings by Kem Hinton, mosaics and hand-painted furniture by Marcy Eskind, and paintings by David Arms. Twenty-five percent of all sales benefit educational programs at the University School of Nashville.

Artclectic begins Thurs., Oct. 21, with a preview party featuring wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a jazz combo ($20). Two symposia focusing on careers in the art industry will be held in conjunction with Artclectic: ”Art Works,“ 7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 22; and ”Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books,“ 9 a.m. Sat., Oct. 23. Each seminar is $15 per person. Artclectic hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri. and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. For information, or to RSVP, call 321-8019. You can also find out more by visiting www.usn.org/artclectic.htm.

Friends of Watkins Reception & Art Sale Works by local artists will be featured at a reception and sale 6-8 p.m. Oct. 28 at the home of Patsy and Roy Winn Luckett, 939 Tyne Blvd. Portions of the proceeds benefit the Watkins College of Art & Design. $35, $50 couples (prices include membership fee); free for Friends of Watkins members. For information, call 383-4848.

”Chair“ish the Kids You’re gonna have to sit down for this one. Over the past three years, ”Chair“ish the Kids has auctioned off some pretty amazing functional and representational art pieces. The fourth annual event is Nov. 5 and will be bigger and better than ever, with photographs, paintings, a few tables and dressers, and chairs, of course—nearly 120 of them.

Artists from across the state and even the country are commissioned to ”do a chair.“ The results feature mosaics, carvings, acrylics, and media you would never expect to find on a chair. This year’s artists include Capucine, Ann Ambrose, Sherri Warner Hunter, Michael McBride, Charles Laurence Nelson, Jim Mooneyhan, Don Adams, and many more. The auction is the main fundraiser for Kids on the Block of Middle Tennessee, which travels to 620 area schools to raise awareness of differences, disabilities, AIDS, school violence, and other issues.

The ”Chair“ish the Kids silent auction and cocktail buffet dinner, a casual affair, take place on the eighth floor of the American Center Two (across from the former site of the Jacksonian Apartments). $40 per person. Call 333-6356 for information.

Show and tell—and sell

Fall Home Show CoolSprings Galleria in Franklin hosts its first annual home show, Oct. 21-24. The show features information and displays on home products, construction and remodeling, energy conservation, and more. Call 771-2050 for further information.

Annual Heart of Country Antique Show This annual show and sale runs Oct. 28-30 at the Opryland Hotel, 2800 McGavock Pk. In addition to 150 antique vendors from around the country, the event features an exhibit of 19th- and early-20th-century Amish crib quilts. Antique posters and magic equipment from the Dyersburg, Tenn., Museum of Magic and History will also be on display, just in time for Halloween. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. $8 per person, free parking.

The Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville ”The House and Garden in Harmony“ is the theme of the 10th consecutive Antiques & Garden Show, to be held Feb. 3-6 at the Nashville Convention Center, 601 Commerce St. Exhibitors from across the U.S. and Europe will participate, displaying garden designs and accessories, antiques, and crafts. A lecture series accompanies the show. For information, visit www.antiquesandgardenshow. com, or e-mail antiquesgarden@juno.com. Proceeds benefit Exchange Club Charities of Nashville Inc. and Cheekwood.

And another thing

Fall & Winter Garden Care This beginners’ class will help you get your garden ready for the coming cold weather, as well as improving its appearance and health. The class is 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Scarritt-Bennett Center, 1008 19th Ave. S. $15 per person. For information, call 340-7471, or e-mail sbcgarden@juno.com.

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