If you go
What: Home, Garden and Art Tour
When: 1-5 p.m. April 13
Where: Old Village, Mount Pleasant
Cost: $45 per person; $35 each for groups of 10 or more
More info: Tickets can be purchased on line at www.redcross.org/carolinalowcountry or by calling 764-2323, ext. 379. Other locations are Abide-A-While Garden Center and Gwynn's, Mount Pleasant; Warren on King, Charleston; and Hyams Garden Center, James Island.
Does the prospect of a leisurely Sunday afternoon stroll appeal?
Bathed in the charm of the Old Village, visitors can soak up art, tasty nibbles and the beauty of historical homes during the Home, Garden and Art Tour in Mount Pleasant from 1-5 p.m. April 13.
The event was founded seven years ago by Old Village residents Ann Edwards and Joan Brown, who are longtime supporters of the American Red Cross, which benefits from the proceeds.
Each year the event features a different part of the Old Village, a 37-block area that is the town's oldest neighborhood and whose oldest home dates to the 1750s.
Three years ago, the event began including local chefs who offer food samplings in kitchens and on patios. This year, the event includes plein air artists at work along the tour route.
Highlights of the self-guided tour include:
The Hibben House: The oldest home in the town of Mount Pleasant is on the tour. Built in 1755, the home has a rich history that includes the British using it as their headquarters during the Revolutionary War. It's said that Gen. William Moultrie, for whom Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island is named, was held captive in the home.
Haddrell's Point garden: A rarely seen garden on Haddrell's Point of the Old Village will be on tour. Landscape architect Sheila Wertimer, in collaboration with the interior design homeowner and architect Beau Clowney, married the interior and exterior spaces creating garden rooms and courtyards. The kitchen opens to a romantic wisteria arbor and courtyard that faces the water. A Grandma's Garden contains annuals and perennials, while the swimming pool hides behind a veil of tropical plantings. The exotic poolhouse was designed as a "Thailand meets Pawleys Island" outpost with Chinese fan palms, cassia and plumbago.
Local plein air artists: Plein air is French for "in the open air," and describes the act of painting outdoors. Artists will be stationed among the gardens on tour and a local art exhibit will be on Pitt Street.