Historic Macon Hosts Design, Wine & Dine Featuring Wesleyan College's Porter House June 15th-25th

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Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Join Historic Macon June 15-25, 2017 for its signature fundraiser Design, Wine & Dine, a sensory celebration. Design, Wine & Dine features a full slate of experiences for ten days and tours of Wesleyan College’s Porter House (231 Tucker Road) as the Design House. 
Historic Macon worked with Wesleyan College to move the Porter House from its original location in South Macon when the college acquired it in 2013. The house has elements of the Tudor Revival and Chateauesque styles. Wesleyan has retained many of the house’s features, including the original ceramic tile roof, wooden floors, built-in cabinets, casement windows, and intricate wormy chestnut woodwork.

With the help of Dunwody Beeland Architects, Rusty Poss Construction, and Sheridan Construction, Wesleyan College has restored the Porter House with plans to use it as an event facility. Wimberly Treadwell and Argo Moore Landscapes completed the landscaping. This year’s designers are Lisa Bellwin, Tracy Benton, Sally Draughon, Valerie Garrett, Judy Hodgens, Terry Holland, Steve McKenzie, Carolyn Reichert, Carrie Robinson, and Katherine Walden.

In addition to tours of the Porter House, Design, Wine and Dine features tastings, dinners, and hands-on classes that relate to design, food, and drink. Bravo TV’s Southern Charm star Patricia Altschul and author Mary Kay Andrews will headline this year’s festival.
The schedule of Design, Wine and Dine experiences includes the following:
Thursday, June 15

Top Hat Party

7-10pm • The Porter House • $75/ticket

See the Design House before it opens to the public during one of Macon's favorite parties. Tickets include a full bar, gourmet refreshments, and the chance to see the Design House first with Macon's finest.

Friday, June 16

Design House Open

11am-7pm • The Porter House at 231 Tucker Road • $20/ticket

The Art of Southern Charm with Bravo TV Star Patricia Altschul

3-4pm • The Porter House at 231 Tucker Road • $25/tickets • Limited to 75

Meet author and Bravo TV's Southern Charm cast member Patricia Altschul during a book signing at the historic Porter House. Tickets include a copy of The Art of Southern Charm.

Villa al Festa

5-7pm • Villa Albicini at 150 Tucker Road • $75/ticket • Limited to 75

Explore the Villa Albicini during the premier event of Design, Wine and Dine with honored guest and Bravo TV star, Patricia Altschul. The Villa Albicini is one of Macon’s most iconic works of architecture. Both Neel Reid and Philip Schutze worked on the home to create one of the most unusual and spectacular buildings in Macon’s architectural portfolio. During Villa al Festa, guests will be able to enter this home that is rarely open to the public. Tickets include entry to this exclusive property for a cocktail reception with gourmet refreshments and full bar.

Saturday, June 17

Design House Open

11am -7pm • The Porter House at 231 Tucker Road • $20/ticket

Mary Kay Andrews Beach Brunch

11am-1pm • Christ Church Great Hall • $25/ticket  • Limited to 100

Author Mary Kay Andrews will share her favorite recipes and the stories that inspired her latest book, The Beach House Cookbook. Andrews has won the hearts of millions with her sense of humor and distinctly Southern storytelling in works like Deep Dish, Hissy Fit, Savannah Blues, and Fixer Upper. A book signing will follow the talk and books will be available for purchase during the event.

Wine Tasting with Allan Bass

3-4pm • The Porter House • $30/ticket • Limited to 40

Join wine connoisseur Allan Bass for a wine tasting on the lawn of the Porter House. Allan will share his passion for wine and inspire a new appreciation in wine novices to self-proclaimed experts.

Sunday, June 18

Design House Open

1-4pm • The Porter House at 231 Tucker Road • $20/ticket

Company's Coming Floral Arranging Class with Canaan Marshall

3-5pm • 1435 Twin Pines Drive • $35/ticket • Limited to 40

Floral arranging extraordinaire and designer Canaan Marshall will delight audiences with his wit and skills during a floral arranging class. Canaan will teach attendees how to pull together an over-the-top arrangement when company is on its way.
Monday, June 19

Design House Open

11am-2pm • The Porter House at 231 Tucker Road • $20/ticket

Bourbon Tasting with Richie Jones

7-9pm • The Porter House at 231 Tucker Road • $40/ticket • Limited to 30

Richie Jones of Downtown Grill shares his expert knowledge of the complexities of bourbon on the lawn of the Porter House.

Tuesday, June 20

Design House Open

11am-2pm • The Porter House at 231 Tucker Road • $20/ticket

Faux to Go with Sabrinna Cox

7-9pm • Murphey Building, Wesleyan College • $35/ticket • Limited to 30

Faux painting is the art of replicating materials such as wood or marble. This two-hour class gives participants the opportunity to practice techniques used by painters to create faux marble. The class will focus on how to properly prepare a surface, choose and mix the paint, produce veining using both a brush and feather, and add depth through the use of glazes. Learning these basic techniques enables you to take your faux to go. All skill levels are welcome.

Wednesday, June 21

Design House Open

11am-2pm • The Porter House at 231 Tucker Road • $20/ticket

Flow and Froth with Sparks Yoga

6:30-8pm • The Porter House at 231 Tucker Road • $25/ticket  • Limited to 50

Megan Carson, owner and instructor of Sparks Yoga, downtown’s newest yoga studio, will lead yoga on the lawn of the Porter House. Following the stretch, join fellow yogis for complimentary beer from Piedmont Brewery and Kitchen and coffee from Jobelle. Attendees need to bring their own mat and towel, water will be provided. All skill levels welcome!

Thursday, June 22

Design House Open

11am-7pm • The Porter House at 231 Tucker Road • $20/ticket

Friday, June 23

Design House Open

11am-7pm • The Porter House at 231 Tucker Road • $20/ticket

Saturday, June 24

Design House Open

4-7pm • The Porter House at 231 Tucker Road • $20/ticket

Mod Crawl {sponsored by ADAC}

7-10pm • Three locations in the historic Shirley Hills neighborhood • $50/ticket • Limited to 40

Experience the historic Shirley Hills neighborhood in the best way possible, with food and drink! This progressive supper includes three courses with cocktails in Macon’s mid-century masterpieces.

Pool Party {sponsored by Moonhanger Group]

10pm-12am • The home of Trish Welch • $15/ticket • Limited to 100

Party by the pool in Shirley Hills to close out 2017’s Design, Wine and Dine!

Sunday, June 25

Design House Open

1-4pm • The Porter House at 231 Tucker Road • $20/ticket