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Galveston Historic Homes Tour
Galveston Historic Homes Tour
News Release
Monday, April 30, 2007

Galveston Historic Homes Tour Set for First Two Weekends in May   
Galveston Historical Foundation adds eight new special events to popular annual tour of privately owned historic properties
 
GALVESTON, TX--Every year, in order to showcase the continuing success of the city’s revitalization efforts, Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) seeks out a diverse collection of restored homes and other buildings to open to the public during the first two weekends in May. This year, 10 significant Galveston buildings that represent the diversity of Galveston’s architectural fabric--from humble shotgun houses to craftsman-style bungalows to spectacular mansions and sacred landmarks—have been selected for the Galveston Historic Homes Tour, which takes place May 5, 6, 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
In addition to showcasing renovated historic homes to the public, this year the Galveston Historic Homes Tour will feature a wide array of new, separately ticketed special events designed to offer homes tour guests more opportunities to enjoy the island’s charms during their visit. Patrons will have two weekends packed full of both homes tours and related special events to choose from. GHF event organizers are hoping guests will be tempted to spend the whole of either or both weekends on the island to enjoy the wide array of new events being added to this popular annual tour.
 
  2007 Galveston Historic Homes Tour Special Events 

  • First Impression: An Evening Preview, wine and cheese reception and sunset tour of some of Galveston Island’s most unique landmarks, Friday, May 4, 5:30 to 9 p.m. $50 per person. Includes homes tour ticket.
  • Moonlight and Martinis, a bash of historic proportions at the Marcus C. McLemore Mansion. Martini Bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live dance music, Friday, May 4, 8 p.m. to midnight. $75 per person or $140 per couple. Includes homes tour ticket. 
  • Love Your Hat: a Red Hat Luncheon Buffet lunch and hat show at the 1880 Garten Verein Pavilion, Sunday, May 6, noon to 2 p.m.       $45 per person. Includes homes tour ticket. 
  • Linen and Lace: A Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch and Fashion Show Buffet brunch, fashions by The Strand’s Atrium Boutique, and performance by eight- and nine-year-old ballerinas from the Galveston Ballet. Sunday, May 13, $45 per person. Includes homes tour ticket. 
  • Galveston Uncorked! A wine stroll in Galveston’s historic downtown district. Saturday, May 12, 5 to 9 p.m. Tour starts at Grand Opera House. $35 in advance. $45 at the door.
  • Artist Receptions for Pam Heidt, the artist who has been creating Galveston Historic Homes tour poster art for 20 years and who is retiring this year. One reception, open to homes tour ticket holders only, will be held Saturday, May 5, noon to 4 p.m. at the 1929 Scottish Rite Cathedral. The other will be held Saturday, May 12, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Emporium at Eibands. This reception will be open to the public. 
  • Miss Bettie Brown: Galveston’s Daring Diva, an elegant evening of drama, period music and fine dining, Friday, May 11. With a dramatic presentation by actress Mary Margaret Buss and period music by acclaimed chamber pianist Felicity Coltman. $75 per person.

All proceeds from the Galveston Historic Homes Tour and related events go to support Galveston Historical Foundation’s wide array of outstanding museums, innovative educational programs and award-winning preservation programs and services.
 
Tickets to all Galveston Historic Homes Tour special events are available online at www.galvestonhistory.org or by calling 409-765-7834. Advance Homes Tour are $20 each. Patrons who purchase their homes tour tickets in advance will save five dollars over the gate price of $25 a ticket. Advance tickets purchased at Houston/Galveston Kroger Food stores with a Kroger Plus card cost $19. Members of Galveston Historical Foundation save most of all; advance tickets for members are $15 each. 






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