Special to the Times

Chairperson Carrie Kienzle has announced that plans are under way for the 21st annual Historic Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour, sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church.

The tour is expected to attract hundreds of visitors to Apalachicola on Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4. This year’s theme, “At Home in Apalach” runs the gamut from spacious and graceful century-old houses and charming bungalows to contemporary ones with new energy sources.

The tour’s featured house is the home of Ed and Candace Springer. Built by Dave Maddox for Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Flowers, it celebrates its 100th birthday this year. Constructed of heart pine, situated behind a white picket fence and shaded by towering Magnolia trees, it portrays a gracious vision of life in Apalach in the past century.

An example of Gulf Coast two-story Greek Revival architecture, the large central halls on each floor are flanked by equal-sized, spacious rooms. Modern updates in the past several decades have made the residence more comfortable, but the house remains true to its original plan. Of special interest are a collection of Weller pottery and a restored 1962 Corvette. Pastel and oil paintings done by one of the current owners adorn the walls; and examples of pique assiette (a type of mosaic) abound both indoors and out.

On Friday, May 3, a second annual preservation symposium precedes the tour day. This year’s focus will be on outdoor spaces and is titled “Public Places, Private Spaces: A Garden Symposium.” Tickets are available at $75, which includes lecture, field trip, luncheon and cocktail party

Evensong service at Trinity Episcopal Church on Friday, May 3, 5:30 p.m., provides the traditional opening for the home tour. It will be followed by a reception open to all, and a free lecture, “Gardening in Apalach” at 6:30 p.m., which will round out the day’s events.

Homes will be open on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-sale tickets will be available at $20 until the day of the event. On May 4, ticket sales will begin at 9:30 a.m. at $25 per ticket. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Trinity’s parish hall at a cost of $12. In addition, a sealed-bid auction, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will be a part of the tour day’s festivities.

Guests to Apalachicola can enhance their weekend experience by allowing time to visit the many historical buildings and churches, museums, inns and parks that mark this historic town.

For more information or ticket sales please contact Trinity Episcopal Church at 653-9550 or the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce at 653-9419. Please visit the tour website at www.apalachicolahistorichometour.org