Friday, March 12, 2010

Hay House Presents Macon Gardens, Mansions & Moonlight

/PRNewswire/ -- Hay House will host Macon Gardens, Mansions & Moonlight Friday-Sunday, April 30 - May 2, 2010. Central Georgia's premier home and garden event includes tours of private gardens and historic homes, a free garden market on the Hay House grounds, and free seminars by nationally recognized guest speaker Tara Dillard. Macon Gardens, Mansions & Moonlight has received numerous designations as a "Top Twenty Event" by the Southeast Tourism Society.

The venerable Secret Gardens Tour (Friday-Sunday) is now in its 17th year and will feature five large gardens in North Macon. The romantic Moonlight Tour (Friday and Saturday evenings only) will feature loft homes in Downtown Macon. The Historic Homes Tour (Saturday and Sunday afternoons) will highlight four (4) homes in the North Highlands and Shirley Hills historic districts.

Guests may purchase a combination ticket for all three home and garden tours, or tickets are available for each tour individually. Every ticket purchase includes a complimentary tour of Hay House during the event weekend. Advance tickets are available for sale through April 29th at ACE Hardware Stores in Macon, Gray, Perry and Warner Robins, as well as Creter's, Society Gardener, and Johnson's Garden Center in Macon. Tickets are available in advance and throughout the event weekend in person at Hay House. Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.HayHouse.org. An order form can also be downloaded and printed from this website and faxed to 478-745-4277 or mailed to Hay House, 934 Georgia Avenue, Macon GA 31201. Special advance ticket prices are available for the Combination Tour, Secret Garden Tour, and Historic Home Tour before April 29th. All ticket holders should stop by Hay House to pick up a program book with maps and directions before starting their tour.

Macon Gardens, Mansions & Moonlight also includes a Free Garden Market held on the historic Hay House grounds. Specialty home and garden vendors will set up on the Hay House lawn to sell flowering plants, herbs, exotic flowers, garden art, planters, home decor and other accessories. The Garden Market is open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday 1-5 p.m.

Tara Dillard is a nationally recognized garden designer, author, and speaker who has hosted her own TV program, The Better Gardening Show, on CBS. After earning degrees in engineering and horticulture, she began designing and installing sustainable landscapes emphasizing the balance of home-garden-life. An award-winning author of five books, including Garden Paths and Stepping Stones, Beautiful by Design, and The Garden View, Tara writes magazine articles and maintains a landscape design blog, www.TaraDillard.com. Based in Atlanta, Tara knows creating a beautiful landscape will create a beautiful life.

Tara Dillard will be speaking twice:

Saturday, May 1st at 11 a.m.: Vanishing Threshold: Combining Life, House & Garden

Sunday, May 2nd at 2 p.m.: Beautiful by Design: Stunning Blueprints for Harmonious Gardens

All seminars by Tara Dillard are held at Hay House and are free and open to the public.

The event is sponsored by Riverside Ford Lincoln Mercury, ACE Hardware, Chris R. Sheridan & Co., T. Lake Environmental Design, Butler Automotive Group, Cox Communications, The Telegraph, 13WMAZ, Macon Magazine, and Smart Creative Media.

For more information about Macon Gardens, Mansions & Moonlight, please call 478-742-8155 or visit www.HayHouse.org.

Hay House is a National Historic Landmark and a property of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Hay House was featured on the 2007 "Oprah's Favorite Things" episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, and has also been featured on the A&E Channel program "America's Castles." Hay House is open to the public for regular guided tours and is also available for private rentals including weddings, receptions, and corporate parties.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Georgia Trust's 26th Annual Preservation Gala to be Held Friday, March 19 at Atlanta's Goodrum House

/PRNewswire/ -- The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation will hold its 26th annual Preservation Gala, A Fine Feathered Fete, at the Goodrum House (also known as "the Peacock House") in Atlanta on Friday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m.

The annual gala will feature cocktails, live entertainment from the band Kingsized, dancing and culinary edibles prepared by nine of Atlanta's favorite restaurants and caterers.

This year's chairs are Tamara and Ken Bazzle. The event will honor Elizabeth and Sheffield Hale, long-standing supporters of The Georgia Trust and preservation statewide.

While at the Gala guests will have the opportunity to explore and enjoy the Goodrum House and its extensive grounds, where peacocks once roamed. An outstanding example of the elegant English Regency style, the house was designed by notable Atlanta architect Philip Trammell Shutze in 1929 for May Patterson Goodrum. The house is also renowned for its interior murals by Athos Menaboni and Allyn Cox. The building was recently purchased and is being restored by the Watson-Brown Foundation.

Sponsors for this year's Preservation Gala include Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP; LexisNexis; SunTrust Bank; AAA Parking; Soiree Catering & Events; Jezebel Magazine; BNY Mellon; Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architecture; Wells Fargo Insurance Services; H.J. Russell & Company; Jackson Spalding; Ron Jones Photography; Parties to Die For; Vulcan Materials Company; Southern Seasons Magazine; Gunnin Graphics; Avante Catering; Carole Parks Catering; Jerry Dilts & Associates Caterers; Masterpiece Catering; Dennis Dean Catering; Sun in my Belly; The Atlanta Cupcake Factory; and Murphy's.

Tickets are $125 for members; $150 for non-members (includes membership to the Trust); and $100 for guests under 40. To purchase tickets, call 404-885-7812 or visit www.georgiatrust.org. All proceeds benefit The Georgia Trust.

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is one of the country's largest statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations. Committed to preserving and enhancing Georgia's communities, The Georgia Trust generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its Revolving Fund; provides design assistance to 102 Georgia Main Street cities and encourages neighborhood revitalization; trains teachers in 63 Georgia school systems to engage students to discover state and national history through their local historic resources; and advocates for funding, tax incentives and other laws aiding preservation efforts.

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