21st Flamingo Park
Holiday Historic Home Tour Set for Dec. 2
Tour features Historic Homes,
plus Holiday Art Sale, Gallery Shows
and SilentAuction at Armory Art Center
Save Sunday, Dec. 2 for the Flamingo Park Holiday Historic Home Tour in West Palm Beach. This is the 21st home tour in this historic West Palm Beach neighborhood presented by the Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association in partnership this year with the Armory Art Center. The tour is suitable for adults only — no children allowed.
The public is invited to tour eight beautifully appointed historic homes and gardens decorated for the holidays. The homes will be open from 5-8 p.m. Guests are invited to come to the Armory Art Center from 4-5 p.m. prior to the tour for its Holiday Studio Sale, featuring handcrafted items ideal for holiday gifts. The tour will befollowed by a homemade holiday dessert reception and silent auction and gallery exhibitions at the Armory Art Center from 8-9 p.m.
Tastings from some of the area’s finest caterers and restaurants, along with complimentary beverages, will be provided for tour guests at each of the homes and gardens. Parking is available at the Armory Art Center and throughout the historic Flamingo Park Neighborhood. A free trolley will provide transportation between the homes, but guests are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes. And please, no high heels as they mar the hardwood floors in the homes.
One of the homes on the tour, a three-story Mediterranean-revival home built in 1925 by the Rice Family and owned since 1989 by the Yansura Family is on the National Register of Historic Places. It features a two-story living room with massive fireplace, original pecky cypress ceilings and doors throughout the home, and a sunken courtyard in the back garden. Another tour home, restored by Gary and Julie Holdefehr, received the Historical Preservation Award for West Palm Beach in 2010.
Two of the homes will feature special holiday decor by Marjorie Bennett of MB Florals, providing inspiration for your own special holiday touches.
Tour tickets are $30 ifpurchased prior to Dec. 2 and $35 if purchased at the door. Tickets may be purchased online at www.flamingopark.net. Ticket outlets include West Palm Beach locations: The Armory Art Center, 1700 Parker Ave., and at Belle and Maxwell’s, 3700 S. Dixie Highway. In the north end, tickets may be purchased at Park Avenue BBQ & Grille locations in Tequesta at 236 U.S. 1 and in North Palm Beach at 525 U.S. 1. Tickets are also available at Park Avenue BBQ & Grille, 13897 Wellington Trace in Wellington and at Sandoway House Nature Center, 142 S. Ocean Blvd. (A1A) inDelray Beach. Ticket outlets accept cash and checks only; online purchases are with credit cards or through PayPal accounts.
Ticketing/check-in and tour map distribution will be at the Armory Art Center, located just east of Parker Avenue on Park Place, 10 blocks north of Belvedere Road and on the south end of Howard Park in West Palm Beach. Items purchased at the Armory Art Center Holiday Studio Sale will be held for pickup after the tour.
The silent auction willfeature items from local businesses and will be held from 8-9 p.m. Silent auction and Holiday Studio Sale items may be purchased with cash, check or credit/debit cards.
Flamingo Park is a neighborhood of historic homes, many in the Spanish Mission and Mediterranean Revival styles, built during the 1920s boom era. Neighborhood residents decorate their homes and yards with holiday lights for the night of the tour as judging for the annual Neighborhood Holiday Lighting Contest will also take place that evening.
For more information, call 561-820-1383 or visit www.flamingopark.net.