Right smack between the meandering grittiness of Gaston Avenue and the struggling gentrification of Live Oak Street lies the upper-crust enclave of Swiss Avenue. It’s a lush oasis of early 20th century mansions that defies encroachment of surrounding Dollar Generals and says, loud and proud: “We’re rich, mother effers.” The real estate fairy tale inspires dreams of porte-cochères and slate roofs, and is the basis for the mother of all Mother’s Day events: the Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour, Friday through Sunday. Show Mom what’s behind the leaded glass of these historic homes starting with intimate tours of two homes at the Candlelight Tour and Party at 6 p.m. on Friday. Come back again Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. to experience all seven of the featured homes, and score extra points with Mom at the Mother’s Day Brunch at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Tickets for the Friday event will run you $50 and include admission all weekend; admission for the tour alone is $25; and the Mother’s Day Brunch is a steal at $20. Visit sahd.org/content/2013-swiss-avenue-historic-district-mothers-day-home-tour for tickets and more details.
May 10-12, 2013