Monday, November 10, 2014

Holiday House opens Nov. 14

A historic Myers Park home is the site of the Mecklenburg Medical Alliance & Endowment’s (MMAE) Holiday House. Visitors can tour the circa 1924 home at 2148 Selwyn Ave. Nov. 14-16.

The home, owned by Drs. Amy and Sidney Fletcher, will be decked out for the holidays by some of Charlotte’s top interior and landscape designers, florists and home decor retailers. Pianists from Presbyterian Hospital’s team of volunteer musicians will perform.

Proceeds from ticket sales and the event’s gift shop will benefit the Mecklenburg Medical Alliance & Endowment, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the health of Mecklenburg County’s residents.

A press release from the MMAE detailed highlights of the home’s history: Prior to the Fletchers, owners of the home have included several Charlotte families as well as Old Dominion Beverage Company (1943) and Queens College (1962). The home was a Queens dormitory before becoming the President’s home in 1967. The late Queens president Billy Wireman and his wife, Katie, lived in the home.

When I was a student at Queens, I remember attending several parties at the beautiful home when the Wiremans lived there, so I’m excited about getting a chance to go inside again.

Participating designers include B.home, Cammie Stutts, Cottage Chic, Dunlap Interiors, Flowers by Lingky, Flowers Plus, Frontgate, Kelilabee Flowers, Katie Emmons Design, Natalie Wilson, Party Blooms, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, The Royal Gardens and Scott Sistaire Landscaping and Design.

Among the gift shop vendors are Angelika’s Fine Swiss Bakery, Art Marble Wineglasses, The Buttercup, Cottage Chic, Discovered Traditions, the Gift Shop at Temple Beth El, Donna Murphy’s Animal Menagerie, Eva Crawford Art, Flowers Plus, For Goodness Cakes, The Gifted Box, Kaitlyn Rae Fraser Pottery, Kathy Mansfield’s Jewelry, Lisette Pottery, Multiple Blessings, Natalie Wilson Interiors, Pottery Barn Kids, The Purple Rooster and The Royal Gardens.

Tour hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 14-15; noon-5 p.m. Nov. 16. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Blacklion locations, online at or at the door during tour hours.

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