Calvert Historic Tour of Homes turns 45 this year

The Parish House is one of the more popular homes in this year’s tour.

With 20 plus homes in the tour this year, the 45th annual Calvert Y+Tour of Homes is being billed as the Historical Pilgramage. The Calvert Historical Foundation (CHF) has been working overtime this year to pull off one of the most exciting Calvert events of the year and it starts this Saturday, May 18. The festivities begin with the actual tour of homes. On Saturday the tours run from 10:00 am-12:00 pm & 1:00-4:00 pm and on Sunday from 1:00-4:00 pm. Old favorites from past tours are back again and maybe a few that haven’t been toured at all will be viewable. But the homes tour is just the tip of the iceburg as far as activities in Calvert for this weekend. Virginia Field Park (circa 1868) is the perfect place to celebrate Armed Forces Day as well as the Sesquicentennial Memorial Celebration of the Civil War. The CHF welcomes the 3rd Texas Cavalry of Civil War reenactors to help recreate those times with a complete living history event. Catch their act on Saturday from 9:00 am-6:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am-3:00 pm. In conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce Trade Days, get in line at the big top tent to have your antiques appraised. Furniture professional Len Waska and glassware connoisseur Matt Peacock and one of Calvert's most honored antiques professionals will all be on hand to appraise treasures. This event is Saturday only from 9:30 am-11:30 am & 1:00-4:00 pm at the Trade Days lot. Main street vendors, buildings for sale, local's personal shop and almost every single historic building along the complete Main Street has pledged to open their doors to share and to show the pride of Calvert and to welcome the public to become a part to patronize our merchants, enjoy the architecture and to even consider purchasing a building to celebrate Calvert’s renewal in activity due to the completion of Highway 6 upgrading and the new ADA handicap ramps recently installed. Most buildings will have artists from throughout the region, with displays showcasing their talents in all types of artwork including photography, woodworking, painting, ceramics, pottery and more. Calvert welcomes Marlin's Palace Theatre Troupe with Manager Pat Smith, to present a one and only one, matinee performance of their hilarious production of “Hello....Is anybody there?”. Eloia owner Harold Maris and the Calvert Historical Foundation welcomes the wonderful opportunity to bring live theater to Calvert. There are only 230 tickets available for this performance and many are already sold. Call ahead to reserve your tickets at 979-219-9542. The Model A Club from the Houston area will bombard the City with beautifully restored examples of the magnificent Ford Model A. A significant part of American history to be sure and a great opportunity for the shutter bugs to preserve on celluloid an American icon. Past crowd favorites, Hidden Oasis Carriage Company, will provide carriage rides through the Calvert Historic District on Saturday. The final act will be a concert of the band Grifters and Shills. 100% American made - Grifters & Shills, between working on their albums for release and making national tours occasionally play outside of the mainstream. Appearing at Jake's Saloon on Main Street in Calvert. The Calvert Historical Foundation will be hosting this venue and will have on hand snacks and drinks and other goodies. Admission is included in the price of your event ticket. Gratuities for the band will show appreciation and respect for these great artists. For more information about this event or to reserve your tickets online go to http://www.calverthistoricalfoundation.org/events.html

Laura Chesner / [email protected]

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