This year, the old-fashioned Dilworth home tour will take a small step into current times.
For its 36th year of tours, the Dilworth Community Development Association will offer online ticket sales in addition to sales at local businesses. The DCDA Web site will use PayPal, a secure pay site popular with many sites that sell items, as its partner. The home tour will take place Sept. 12 and 13.
For Ann Willey, chairperson of the Home Tour Committee, online sales offer multiple benefits, not the least of which is convenience. In the past, Willey received requests from people in Greensboro and Winston-Salem asking her to buy and mail the tickets.
“We get so many people from outside Dilworth that want to go on the home tour,” Willey said. “That got me thinking that there's got to be a better way than me sending them to people.”
This year, Dilworth will offer tours of 12 homes and businesses, plus a wine tasting open to only tour-goers.
Tickets cost $20 in advance, plus $1 if bought online, and $25 the weekend of the event.
And just to make sure the online feature works, Willey and others have already purchased tickets through the DCDA site.
“The great thing is that all of the money we raise stays in the neighborhood,” she said.
To purchase tickets or see a list of the places on the tour, go to www. dilworthonline.org.