CARE Christmas Tour of Homes is Sunday

By CLAY MCFERRIN,

Three Charleston residences, two businesses and an arts center will be decked out in holiday splendor to welcome Sunday afternoon guests for the Charleston Arts and Revitalization Effort’s Christmas Tour of Homes.

The Dec. 8 event will be 2-5 p.m.

Featured on this year’s tour are:

» The home of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Flagg at 144 S. Panola St.

» The home of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Roberson at 185 N. Panola St.

» The courtyard of Myrna Colley-Lee at 204 S. Vine St.

» The lighted patio of the Bowens 1231 Lounge, Hubert and Jeanette Bowens proprietors, located on West Main Street

» The Flower Basket, owned by Patsy Simmons, located on the south side of Charleston Court Square

» The Charleston Arts Center, aka the CARE building, also located on the Court Square

A grand finale reception will be held at the Arts Center, where music will be provided by Dr. Sam “Jay” Cox and Jess Hays Dickinson.  In addition, refreshments will be made available, and a silent auction of locally crafted Christmas ornaments will occur.

Dickinson, a native of Charleston, is a former practicing attorney, circuit court judge and presiding justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court, on which he served for about 14 years.  In 2017, Gov. Phil Bryant appointed him to serve as commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services.

Dickinson and his wife, Janet, have four children and nine grandchildren. He plays 30 musical instruments and in his spare time performs with his bluegrass band, “The Bluegrass Appeal.”

Tickets for the tour are $10 for CARE members and $12 for nonmembers and may be purchased at the arts center.

For more information about Sunday’s home tour or CARE membership, call the Charleston Arts Center at 647-0942.

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