Exquisite homes to showcase seasonal style

Something to see
What: Fortnightly Musicale's Musical Christmas Tour of Tupelo Homes
When: 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 11-12
Tickets: $10 at Elizabeth Clair's, Gum Tree Book Store, Flowerdale Marketplace, Staggs and Roden's Music Store
Where: 1685 Pecan Grove (Dr. Kenn and Mary Jo Beeman), 1520 McCullough Boulevard (Paul and Catherine Mize) and 1032 Ridge Park Drive (Dan and Dena Steele)

BY M. SCOTT MORRIS

Daily Journal

TUPELO – During the holidays, there are tours of homes and there are musical tours of homes.

The members of Fortnightly Musicale are pleased to bring Northeast Mississippi the latter. Three impressive homes will be decorated in Yuletide style, while performers fill living rooms, dining rooms and hallways with the sounds of the season.

“You will see some gorgeous Christmas decorations,” said Beth McAuley with Fortnightly Musicale, “and you'll hear some wonderful music.”

In one case, the homeowners, Dr. Kenn and Mary Jo Beeman, will provide a soundtrack. He plays trumpet, and she's a pianist.

“We're not going to play together, but we will play,” Mary Jo Beeman said.

The cost of the tour is $10, and the money will be used to fund music scholarships, support the Tupelo Strings Program and help underwrite next year's free “Messiah Singalong.”

“We alternate the tour of homes and the sing-along each year, and, of course, Reed's also helps support the singalong,” McAuley said.

Margaret DeMoville, chairwoman of the Tour of Homes, said ticket prices are kept low so everyone can afford them. It also should be easy to find the homes because they're clustered together.

“You won't have to be driving all over town,” she said. “One is on McCullough Boulevard and the other two are off Mount Vernon Road.”

Looking ahead

Here's a bit of information about this year's homes to whet the appetite for the tour, which will be 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 11-12:

n 1520 McCullough Boulevard – Lakeridge, the home of Paul and Catherine Mize, was built in 1941 by Catherine Mize's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Reed Sr. It's a Southern Colonial, and it was designed by Furbringer and Ehrman architects. (Mrs. R.W. Reed was a past president of Fortnightly Musicale.)

n 1685 Pecan Grove – The home is a compromise between its owners, Dr. Kenn and Mary Jo Beeman. Architect Ron Garner included a free-standing staircase in the foyer and mahogany paneling in the study to accommodate Kenn Beeman, and he designed an updated kitchen with a Colonial Williamsburg feel for Mary Jo Beeman's tastes.

n 1032 Ridge Park Drive – Dan and Dena Steele got the full Colonial Williamsburg treatment, complete with 100-year-old heart of pine floors, as well as period moldings throughout the house. All interior colors, fabrics and wallpapers are reproductions of materials used in Colonial Williamsburg, and that's just for starters. The architect was William Poole.