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The Beaufort Historical Association will host the sixth annual Christmas Candlelight Tour December 14th, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The tour showcases Beaufort’s holiday hospitality and provides a rare glimpse into private historic homes, several inns, bed & breakfasts as well as churches, all elegantly decorated for visitors and locals alike.

Stops on the tour this year include the Beaufort Inn, Cousin’s B&B, Ann Street Inn, Inlet Inn and the Beaufort Historic Site’s Josiah Bell House c. 1825, which will all be festively outfitted for the season. Music performed by the flutists group, the Simple Gifts will also be performed in the Josiah Bell House.

The private homes featured on this year’s tour include those of Clay & Ada Shields, Elaine White, Bill & Laura Mosier, David & Lynn Mosier, Chuck & Katherine Bland, Karma Rodholm and John & Caroline Hughes.

These private homes represent a wide variety of Beaufort’s unique architectural styles from different periods of the town’s history.  The creativity and imagination used to decorate theses residences is a real testament to the gracious hosts opening their homes for this Holiday event. The fragrant greenery, dazzling ornaments, colorful candles, glittering tinsel and elaborate trees are sure to bring forth everyone’s holiday spirit.

New to the tour this year is a stop onboard the 80-foot motor yacht, Everest, which will also be open to tour-goers and decked out for the holidays. Owners Kelly Gordon and Dan Meggitt are thrilled to have their yacht (which is also their home, docked on the west end of Front Street) featured on this year’s tour.  This is an exciting addition to the tour adds Paula Stancil, volunteer coordinator for the tour. 

“Everyone that visits Beaufort always admires the motor yachts at the dock every day as they pass through Beaufort on their way up and down the Intracoastal Waterway.  This is a rare opportunity to get to actually go on board a large motor yacht and even have it decorated for Christmas!”

Guests will have the opportunity to stroll through candlelit streets or join the carolers aboard the BHA’s 1967 English double-decker bus for a free ride to their destinations.  Maps of the tour and information on the homes will be available at the BHA Welcome Center at 130 Turner Street.

The Beaufort Historic Site and buildings will also be open for free tours to the public that day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Those who want to see and learn more about the history of the town can also take a narrated tour on the Double-Decker Bus at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm. Tickets for the bus tour are $8 for adults and $4 for children.

An ongoing raffle and silent auction will also be taking place at the Welcome Center, where guests can place bids on a wide variety of items, as well as receive a coupon with every ticket purchased for five dollars off of their meal at Aqua or Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant in Beaufort.

After the tour, head to the Carteret County Library for a special Christmas Concert performed by Carolina Brass where audiences will  hear a variety of musical treasures from the early Baroque to traditional holiday favorites. The concert, sponsored by the American Music Festival, begins at 8 p.m. and features Timothy Hudson and Dennis de Jong on trumpet, Robert Campbell on French horn, David Wulfeck on trombone, Matt Ransom on tuba and John Beck playing percussion and  rounding out the high energy, highly entertaining ensemble.

Christmas Candlelight Tour tickets are $12; Tickets to the Christmas concert are $25 at the door, and if bought in combination with the Candlelight Tour tickets, event-goers receive $5 off the concert ticket price.

In addition to the Christmas Candlelight Tour, the Beaufort ArtWalk celebrates the season for its third year with a festive day in Historic Downtown Beaufort, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The ArtWalk, held in conjunction with the Christmas Candlelight Tour, will begin at the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery located on the Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner St. and ArtWalk maps will be available at participating locations.

Lisa Tuchek, coordinator of the Beaufort ArtWalk, is thrilled to once again showcase local artists alongside Beaufort businesses in a way that makes this event so special for all who take part. Featuring art receptions and open houses at many downtown locations, a wide variety of art from regional artists will be shown throughout many of the downtown shops, galleries and restaurants, making this a not-to-be-missed event.

“We have such a strong community of artists in our immediate area,” says Tuchek, “It’s a great opportunity to spotlight all that talent together in a way that also incorporates so many of the downtown businesses.”

As part of the Beaufort ArtWalk, the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery will be featuring local artists Craig Gurganus and Linda Hock. Read more about Linda and Craig!

Linda Hock visits the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery from Newport, NC as featured artist for the Beaufort ArtWalk and will show through January.

Hock has studied art for many years and has received instruction through numerous workshops taken from instructors all over the country.

Ms. Hock feels that each workshop “has been an encouragement to me in a different way, teaching me to express myself in the most honest of ways – always remaining true to myself.”
Her fun vibrant style of painting reflects perfectly her personality: upbeat and colorful.

The eclectic works of local artist Craig Gurganus use the tools of the home workshop to transform surfboards into sculpture, each custom made and unique. The incredibly popular “Fish Bouffant” artist and his menagerie of sculpted fish, sea life, Airstream trailers and more, will be showcased in the gallery during the Beaufort Artwalk and through January, 2014.

Craig’s well-known “Fish Bouffant” art was born on a beach in Southern California back in 1987 when Gurganus glimpsed the outline of a fish in one of the pieces of a broken surfboard. “I was living in Los Angeles and surfing in San Diego. The whole way back home, I kept looking at it and looking at it. I figured out I could make a fish, and that’s how it started.”

For more information about the Christmas Candlelight Tour, Beaufort ArtWalk or to purchase tickets, stop by the BHA Welcome Center at 130 Turner Street or call 252-728-5225, 800-575-7483. Candlelight Tour Tickets can also be purchases online.

Beaufort Historic Site
100 Block Turner Street | Beaufort, NC 28516
252.728.5225 | 800.575.7483