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Tour to benefit local charities

Posted: November 26, 2013 - 3:23pm  |  Updated: November 26, 2013 - 3:41pm
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Department 56 Village display at the Ilardi home.
Department 56 Village display at the Ilardi home.


The 26th annual North Augusta Christmas Tour of Homes gives participants a chance to see a range of decorated homes while giving back to the community.

The annual tour, which will be held Dec. 6-7, is sponsored by Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

Seven homes will be featured from all areas of North Augusta as well as the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta, which will serve as a tour rest stop.

People in the area like to showcase their homes, said Betty Farris, a member of the publicity committee.

“We have a list for next year already,” she said. “People refer homes to us, and sometimes I’ll even have a homeowner come up to me and ask to be on the tour. It’s a pretty close town and people are willing to give back and share.”

Last year, the tour raised about $11,000 for nonprofits.

“This year, we would like to exceed that,” said Mary Faye Butler, also a member of the publicity committee.

Funds from this year’s event will go to scholarships, teacher grants and local nonprofit organizations.

The event will begin with a candlelight tour on Dec. 6 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The tour will continue from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7. People can tour all the homes on one day or split them over both days, said Farris.

Those on the tour should wear comfortable shoes. Cameras are not allowed.

On Dec. 7, the sorority will also play host to a brunch and fashion show in First Baptist Church of North Augusta’s fellowship hall. Proceeds from the event also benefit community organizations.

Ladies fashions will be provided by Chico’s and children’s fashions will come from Posh Tots.

Two children from each of the North Augusta area elementary schools were selected to be models in the show, said Butler.

Tickets for the tour can be purchased in advance until 3 p.m. Dec. 6 or during tour hours at any of the tour stops. Tickets for the brunch and fashion show must be purchased by Tuesday.


WHAT: 26th annual North Augusta Christmas Tour of Homes

WHEN: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 6; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7

COST: $20 until 3 p.m. Dec. 6; $25 during the tour

TICKETS: Advance tickets are available at Jim Bush Flowers and Gifts, 501 W. Martintown Road; CommuniGraphics, 1400 Georgia Ave.; Parks Pharmacy, 437 Georgia Ave.; and Designed for Change, 139-D Davis Road, Martinez. Tickets can be purchased during tour hours at any tour stop.

NOTE: Every person touring, including children being carried, must have a ticket. Tickets are valid for both days of the tour.


WHAT: Brunch and Fashion Show

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. Dec. 7

WHERE: First Baptist Church of North Augusta, 625 Georgia Ave., in the fellowship hall

COST: $10

TICKETS: Must be purchased by Tuesday. Tickets are available at available at Jim Bush Flowers and Gifts, 501 W. Martintown Road; CommuniGraphics, 1400 Georgia Ave.; Parks Pharmacy, 437 Georgia Ave.; and Designed for Change, 139-D Davis Road, Martinez.


HOMEOWNERS: Fred Ilardi and Sara Twiggs-Ilardi


ADDRESS: 346 East Shoreline Dr.

DESCRIPTION: The Georgian-style home has views of the river from nearly every room and features French doors, arches and transoms. The Ilardis have many collectibles, including the Dept. 56 Christmas in the City village which took more than 25 years to collect (a picture of this collection is featured on pg. 1). The village includes pieces representing New York City landmarks and sits on a five-level table.

HOMEOWNERS: Jeromy and Candace Johnson


ADDRESS: 125 River Club Lane

DESCRIPTION: The Craftsman-style cottage with an open floor plan was designed by the homewoners. The great room includes many pictures including those of architecture from around the city. Decor showcases the family’s personality and taste through its mixture of traditional, modern and eclectic vintage antiques.

HOMEOWNERS: Donald and Patricia Maxwell

NEIGHBORHOOD: Hammond’s Ferry

ADDRESS: 456 Front Street

DESCRIPTION: The Louisiana, Bayou-style home includes double porches with multiple glass doors and wrought iron railings that overlook the Savannah River and the North Augusta Greeneway. The Maxwells also have gardens with water features as well as an outdoor kitchen and dining area.

HOMEOWNERS: Janet Ford and Sue Moore


ADDRESS: 1007 Lake Ave.

DESCRIPTION: The Cape Cod-style home, built in 2012, includes many items from Moore’s 1887 family home in North Carolina. Handmade bricks from a damaged chminey were used as a part of the new fireplace and hearth. The home’s decor include a mixture of art work and old family pieces.


HOMEOWNERS: Larry and Janet Watts


ADDRESS: 1012 West Ave.

DESCRIPTION: Larry Watts purchased the home after it burned in 2000 and has attempted to restore the home, which has a lot of history, back to its original condition. The house was originally built in 1908 and has been home to several local notables including Martha Louise Wall Andrews, who was a businesswoman and architect; Maurice Dyess, owner of Augusta Lumber Company; and Aquillas James “Jimmy” Dyess, who won a Carnegie Medal and Medal of Honor.

HOMEOWNER: Melinda Brown

NEIGHBORHOOD: Green Forest at Knollwood

ADDRESS: Clint Court

DESCRIPTION: The modern home has undergone a transformation from when it was purchased five years ago to the trendy and eclectic home it is today. The owner’s creativity can be found throughout the home. Many of the home’s shabby chic and farmhouse furniture has been reburshined by Brown. The home also includes murals she painted.




ADDRESS: 158 Woodstone Way

DESCRIPTION: The Craftsman-style home has a private wooded backyard with access to the North Augusta Greeneway and a neighborhood walking trail. The home’s decor has a coastal feel with sea colors, exotic accents and undewater coral reef photography by Jason Mathias, a marine artist.

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