Historic Macon Host's 3rd Annual Design Wine & Dine - Featuring The Design House @ 1388 Calhoun Street

Join Historic Macon June 23-30, 2016 for the third annual Design, Wine & Dine lifestyle festival, a seven day sensory celebration.  Design, Wine & Dine will feature a full slate of experiences throughout the week and tours of the Design House.



This year’s Design House at 1388 Calhoun Street is a rehabilitation project of Historic Macon. The house is located in Beall’s Hill, Historic Macon’s target area for neighborhood revitalization. Historic Macon has been working the neighborhood since 2007, building infill housing on vacant lots and rehabilitating vacant and blighted houses street-by-street and block-by-block. This year’s Design House is an opportunity to showcase the talented designers of Middle Georgia while also attracting visitors to the neighborhood to see the progress that has been made. This year’s designers include Trish Cossart, Sally Draughon, Darrell Floyd, Jennifer Leontopoulos, Canaan Marshall, Martha McKay Maxwell, Brooke Merrill, Susan Raza, Carolyn Reichert, Suzanne MacCrone Rogers, and Tracy Benton. 

In addition to the Design House at 1388 Calhoun Street, Design, Wine and Dine will feature tastings, dinners, and classes that all relate design, food, and drink. Designer and East Coast Editor of Better Homes and Gardens, Eddie Ross, will headline this year’s festival. 

Eddie Ross has worked as a design, decorating and food editor for House Beautiful, Martha Stewart Living and Food Network. Recognized by design aficionados for his inventive, out-of-the-box approach to high-style decorating and entertaining on a budget, Eddie consistently re-imagines the aesthetic possibilities in secondhand finds, imbuing them with a chic and colorful sophistication within everyone’s reach. His sold-out tours of flea markets across the country have empowered legions of devoted followers to find the best things they can and, at the same time, to give new life to what they may already own.

A trained chef from the Culinary Institute of America, Eddie has styled parties and table settings featured in House Beautiful, Southern Living and InStyle. His design work has been published in Domino, Vanity Fair, Country Living and the New York Times. He has also appeared in Bravo’s interior design competition series Top Design and entertaining specials for HGTV.

Eddie lectures widely on the living arts, from food and flowers to decorating, gardening, and entertaining. His first book, Modern Mix: Curating Personal Style with Chic & Accessible Finds, was published by Gibbs Smith in September 2015. Ross will speak on his “modern mix” approach and apply the approach to a tablescape during this year’s Design, Wine and Dine festival. 

The 2016 schedule of Design, Wine and Dine experiences include: 

Thursday, June 23

Design House Debut Party • 7-10pm • Design House at 1388 Calhoun St. • $75
See the Design House before it opens to the public during one of Macon's favorite parties. Tickets include a full bar, gourmet refreshments, live music, and of course, the chance to see the Design House first with Macon's finest.

Friday, June 24

Design House Open • 11am -7pm • 1388 Calhoun Street • $20
Tamales and Tequila with Eddie Ross • Friday, June 24 • 8-10pm • Shannon Fickling's Home (155 Oak Haven Avenue) • $45/person or $80/couple • Limited to 50
Mix and mingle with designer Eddie Ross at one of Macon's beautiful homes. Ross will apply his "modern mix" approach to a beautifully decorated table using items from Shannon Fickling's collection. Enjoy tamales prepared by Juan Bravos and a casual tequila tasting with Pete Horne, owner of Forest Hill Wine and Spirits.

Saturday, June 25

Design House Open • 11am -7pm • 1388 Calhoun Street • $20
Eddie Ross’ Modern Mix • 11am-1pm • Christ Church Great Hall (582 Walnut Street) • $85 • Limited to 100 

East Coast Editor of Better Homes and Gardens and celebrated designer, Eddie Ross will come to Macon to share his design approach and tips for creating a "modern mix." Tickets include a presentation by Eddie Ross, copy of Modern Mix (retail value of $45), and light refreshments.
Innovation and Preservation in the Southern Landscape: Impressions and Examples from the Work of Alex Smith Garden Design, Ltd. • 2-4pm • Christ Church Great Hall (582 Walnut Street) • $20 • Limited to 100 
Renowned garden designer and native Maconite, Alex Smith, will speak on the innovation of preserving Southern landscapes. Tickets include presentation and light refreshments.
Sunday, June 26

Design House Open • 1-4pm • 1388 Calhoun Street • $20

Calligraphy and Crumpets with Ginna Dunlap • 2-4pm • Idle Hour Country Club (251 Idle Hour Drive) • $50 • Limited to 50 
Calligrapher and stationer Ginna Dunlap will teach a class that will demonstrates the basics of modern calligraphy. Tickets include class, tea refreshments, and starter calligraphy kit.
Monday, June 27

Design House Open • 4-7pm • 1388 Calhoun Street • $20
Bourbon Tasting with Richie Jones • 7-9pm • Design House (1388 Calhoun Street) • $40 • Limited to 30 

Richie Jones of Downtown Grill shares his expert knowledge of the complexities of bourbon and whiskey. Attendees will experience fine bourbon in the beautiful setting of the Design House at 1388 Calhoun Street.

Tuesday, June 28

Design House Open • 4-7pm • 1388 Calhoun Street • $20
Piedmont Cooks with Richie Jones and Brian Whitley • 7-9pm • Design House (1388 Calhoun Steet) • $45/person • $80/couple
• Limited to 25 

Richie Jones and Brian Whitley serve up inspired dishes from their newest venture, Piedmont Brewery and Kitchen. Tickets include three courses of small plates with expertly paired beers, all proudly produced by Georgia craft breweries in the beautiful setting of the Design House.

Wednesday, June 29

Design House Open • 4-7pm • 1388 Calhoun Street • $20
What to do with Summer Produce • 6:30-8pm • Robinson Home (470 First Street) • $40 • Limited to 35

Norman King, former editor to Southern Living and author of The Way to Fry: Fresh, fabulous recipes for the modern Southern cook, provides a quick guide to cooking the summer’s most delicious produce. King will show you how to incorporate fresh produce into your cooking and provide new and inspired recipes that are filling and approachable.

Thursday, June 30

Design House Open • 4-7pm • 1388 Calhoun Street • $20
College Street Crawl • 7-10pm • Meet at the Design House (1338 Calhoun Street) • $35 • Limited to 40 tickets 

Experience Macon's beautiful historic homes in the best way possible, with food and drink! This progressive supper down College Street includes 4 courses with cocktails in four of Macon's beautiful homes. The supper begins with appetizers at the Design House. Participants then board the trolley to enjoy courses at the homes of Matt and Kay McKenna, Josh and Leigh Glenn, and Wes and Barbara Boyer. The trolley provides transportation back to Beall's Hill.

After Party at the Brick! • 10pm-until • The Brick (1305 Hardeman Avenue) • $10 • Limited to 100 tickets
Celebrate the end of Design, Wine and Dine under the stars at Macon's only rooftop bar. Tickets include drinks, light refreshment, and music.

All proceeds from Design, Wine and Dine support Historic Macon’s mission of revitalizing our community by preserving architecture and sharing history. Visit or call 478-742-5084 to purchase tickets. 

Design House @ Calhoun Street


About Historic Macon Foundation
Founded in 1964, Historic Macon Foundation is a nonprofit organization that revitalizes Macon by preserving architecture and sharing history. This year marks Historic Macon’s 50th anniversary of community revitalization and leading the nation in innovative tactics for historic preservation. For more information or to become a member, visit or call 478-742-5084.

About Design, Wine & Dine
Design, Wine & Dine is a lifestyle festival that hosts experts of fine food, crafted beverages, and innovative design. National celebrities come to Macon to present on their areas of expertise. This year’s festival also features the Design House at 551 Cherry Street that has been decorated by 13 talented designers. All proceeds from Design, Wine and Dine support Historic Macon’s mission of revitalizing our community by preserving architecture and sharing history. For more information, visit


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