What better way to spend a spring day?

April 18, 1993|By Karol V. Menzie

Spring and summer open flower buds and beautiful homes around the state.

The earliest event is today: The Fells Point-Federal Hill Historic Harbor House Tour, the 22nd, takes place from noon to 5:30 p.m. There are 12 houses on the tour, seven in Federal Hill, five in Fells Point, plus the historic Robert Long House.

Tickets cost $10 each in advance and are available at O'Conor Piper & Flynn realty offices, 905 Light St., and 918 S. Broadway. Tickets are $12 on the day of the tour, at the same locations. For more information, call (410) 675-6750. Because of a baseball game, parking will be restricted in South Baltimore. Tour-goers should park in Fells Point and take a water taxi to Federal Hill.

Here's a list of a few of the other house-tour/show-house events scheduled around the region in coming months.

* "Seven Oaks," the 17th annual Baltimore Symphony Decorators' Show House. The 1902 Colonial mansion, at 1531 Greenspring Valley Road, has been transformed by more than three dozen decorators. It will be open April 25 through May 23. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are $7 in advance and $9 at the door. To order by mail, make check payable to Symphony Decorators' Show House and send with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Symphony Decorators' Show House, 6400 Baltimore National Pike, Unit #299, Catonsville, Md. 21228-3915. Call (410) 788-5136.

There will be a gala preview party from 7:30 p.m. to midnight Friday, April 23. Tickets are $85 per person. For information, call Pat Brand, (410) 252-9256.

* 56th annual Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage. There are dozens of private homes and other properties on the tour this year. All houses are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day of the tour. Dates and areas are: Saturday, Kent County; next Sunday, Cecil County; Saturday, May 1, Anne Arundel County; Sunday, May 2, Harford County; Wednesday, May 5, Ruxton, Baltimore County; Saturday, May 8, Calvert County; and Wednesday, May 12, Poplar Hill, Baltimore County. Tickets are $15 per person per tour, or $5 per person for an individual house. Tickets are available in advance from the pilgrimage headquarters, 1105A Providence Road, Baltimore, Md. 21286. For more information, call (410) 821-6933 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Lunch will be available during each tour; some advance reservations are required. See tour book for information. No transportation is furnished, but routes are marked with pilgrimage arrows. Proceeds benefit a number of preservation and restoration projects.

* William Paca House Garden Tour. "Rubble to Roses" opens Friday, May 14, with a preview party in the candlelit garden from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Garden tours are scheduled for Saturday, May 15, at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Sunday, May 16, at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. The house will be decorated for the weekend by local garden clubs. There will be music from the Chesapeake Youth Symphony, and unusual plants will be on sale. The event celebrates the 20th anniversary of the restoration of the circa-1765 Paca House. The house is at 186 Prince George St., Annapolis. Tickets to the preview party are $20 ($18 for Historic Annapolis Foundation members); tickets to the garden tour are $6 (free to Historic Annapolis members). For more information and reservations, call Historic Annapolis at (410) 267-7619. In Baltimore, call (410) 269-0432 (a local call).

* Union Square Association Victorian Garden Festival. From noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 13. Tours of about half a dozen gardens, including that of the H.L. Mencken House; crafts, music, food. Admission to tour is $8.

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