Homes for the holidays

By Ginna Parsons/NEMS Daily Journal

The motto of the New Albany Garden Club is “Preserve Our Heritage, Protect Our Present, and Plant for Tomorrow.” Members are living up to that motto with a holiday tour that features three older homes that have been renovated and restored to their original grandeur.
“This year, we’re showcasing the homes, rather than just decorations,” said Grace Provence, president of the garden club. “We’ll be talking about the history of the homes, preserving the homes. All have been renovated within the last five years.”
“Holiday Tour of Historic Homes” is Saturday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from any garden club member, from Mimi’s on Bankhead Street and at any of the homes on the tour days.
The featured homes are those of Roger and Frankie McMillin at 401 E. Bankhead; Will and Lori Henson at 413 E. Bankhead; and Dr. Shane Tucker at 410 E. Bankhead.
“All the homes are within the same block on Bankhead,” said Jane Ford, chairman of the event. “This is the first time we’ve had a walking tour. We will have golf carts for people who have trouble walking.”
Live music will be performed in all the homes during the tour and there will be music on Sunday in the Harwell Serenity Garden at First United Methodist Church.
“All the homes will be decorated for the holidays by the homeowners, rather than garden club members doing the decorating,” Ford said. “The garden club will go in and help out with fresh greenery.”
Money raised from the tour will go toward one of the garden club’s big projects: the Faulkner Literary Garden behind the Union County Heritage Museum.
“We maintain that garden and add to it and host tours of it,” said Provence.
Much of the club’s money was recently spent on the Blue Star Memorial Marker at the foot of the Tallahatchie River Bridge that was dedicated on Veteran’s Day, Ford said.
“It’s a National Garden Club project to put these markers in different communities in the United States,” she said.
For more information about the tour, call (662) 316-2689.

Get in the spirit
– What: New Albany Garden Club’s ‘Holiday Tour of Historic Homes’
– When: Saturday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday
from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
– Where: The three homes are on historic Bankhead Street.
– Cost: Tickets are $10 and are available at Mimi’s, from any garden club member or at the door of any of the three homes.
– Info: Call (662) 316-2689