Historic homes will host festival for scholarships

One of the best things about fall is that there are so many special events in our area. I just heard about something new and different that has all the elements of a good fall gathering.

Nancy Green of Mount Pleasant chairs the occupational therapy assistant program at the Cabarrus College of Health Sciences. Recognizing the challenges of paying for education, she wanted to help provide scholarships for students at the college.

Since the college, as Green says, was built by the community, she's looking to the community for help. So, in effect, she is inviting everyone to her house for brunch Oct. 22.

Before you begin to question her judgment, let me explain: Nancy Green lives in one of the historic homes in Mount Pleasant, near the Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society Museum. Green's house has been on the museum's Christmas tour of homes in the past, she said, and people seem to love visiting and seeing her unique collections.

Green has also persuaded her neighbors, Franklin and Katherine Drake, to open their home. Green said the two houses are an interesting contrast.

Together, the two homes are hosting the historical society's first Fall Festival that day.

Hers was a physician's office with family living quarters upstairs, and it is still in its original condition. The Drakes' pre-Civil War home, however, has been restored with, as Green says, "all the bells and whistles," while her house is "like stepping back in time."

Each home features museum-quality pieces and will have historical re-enactors, from the Revolutionary War era to the present, wandering about at the brunch.

The brunch itself sounds delicious. Green's colleague Amy Mahle, former owner of Village Fudge, is in charge of the food, including a huge dessert table.

The Cabarrus Art Guild will fill Green's house with artwork for the occasion. Local artists Jennie Tomlin, Mary Niblock, Keith Peazey and photographer Jimmy John Schaefer will have items there for sale. Author and re-enactor Nancy Brewer also will be available to sign books.

Besides the two homes, guests can also swing by the Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society Museum to tour or visit the Arts and Crafts Fair.

The cost for the brunch and tour is $20 for adults and $5 for children. You can buy tickets in advance at the museum (call 704-436-6612) or that morning (the brunch runs from 10 a.m. to noon) at either the museum or Green's house, 1221 N. College St., Mount Pleasant.

It will be easy to find where she lives, she said, because her antique Studebaker car will be parked out front.

So in one morning you can enjoy good food, shopping, old homes and a little history and support a good cause. That sounds like the perfect fall Saturday to me.