Top 5 Design, Wine & Dine Must Attend Events

Historic Macon Foundation Invites you to Design, Wine and Dine in Macon, Georgia.
Explore the historic Porter House on Wesleyan College-First For Women’s campus, the first women’s college in the United States. Find inspiration in the curated furnishings and decorative details selected by Historic Macon’s talented corps of designers in the historic Porter House. Experience culinary delights and cocktail culture in Macon’s many historic homes and buildings, including the Villa Albicini and mid-century modern marvels in the Shirley Hills neighborhood. All this and more during Historic Macon’s signature fundraiser, Design, Wine and Dine.

All proceeds benefit Historic Macon Foundation’s mission of revitalizing our community by preserving architecture and sharing history.  Design, Wine and Dine is sponsored by John-Wesley Villas, Inc., ADAC - Atlanta Decorative Arts Center, and Mrs. Betty Brown.

For more information about Design, Wine and Dine click HERE or you can visit Historic Macon Foundation online HERE

1.  Progress Club Pop-up Speakeasy

Can a building disappear from the written record? Can a clandestine bar sit conspicuously next to the city police department without being raided? Indeed, it can. The Newman Building at 690 First Street has a storied past. Built in 1892, it served as the Progress Club, a private social club open only to gentlemen. The club served up libations in the years leading up to Prohibition in Georgia (1908-1935) and continued throughout the Temperance Movement until the Club closed in 1925. 

For years, this building has been vacant but a new chapter of its history will soon be written as MMI Capital works to use the historic builidng as the anchor of its new hotel development.

Explore this fascinating architectural gem and experience its history in downtown Macon during The Progress Club: a preservation pop-up speakeasy hosted by Historic Macon Foundation and MMI Capital.

Tickets are $15 give guests entrance to the Newman Building for a pop-up cocktail party with a speakeasy feel. Tickets include 4 hand-crafted cocktails carefully curated by mixologist masterminds Chelsea Hughes and Dylan Lowman and lite bites provided by Moonhanger Group.

2.  Villa al Festa

On Friday, June 16 from 5-7pm, explore the Villa Albicini during the premier event of Design, Wine & Dine with honored guest and Bravo TV star, Patricia Altschul. The Villa Albicini is one of Macon’s most iconic works of architecture. Both Neel Reid and Philip Schutze worked on the home to create one of the most unusual and spectacular buildings in Macon’s architectural portfolio.

During Villa al Festa, guests will be able to enter this home that is rarely open to the public. Tickets include entry to this exclusive property for a cocktail reception with gourmet refreshments and full bar.

Villa Albicini is located at 150 Tucker Road and tickets are $75 and limited to 75 guests.


3.  Mod Crawl Through Shirley Hills Neighborhood

Experience the historic Shirley Hills neighborhood in the best way possible, with food and drink! This progressive supper on Saturday, June 25 from 7-10pm includes courses with cocktails in three of Macon’s mid-century masterpieces and entry to the Pool Party.  Tickets $50.

4.  Company's Coming with Canaan Marshall

Floral arranging extraordinaire and interior designer Canaan Marshall will delight audiences with his wit and skills during a hands-on flower arranging classon Sunday, June 19 from 3-5pm at the Home of Dr. and Mrs. Harper. Canaan will teach attendees how to pull together an over-the-top, fabulous arrangement when company is on its way. This class takes place at the beautiful home of Dr. and Mrs. Harper in the historic Shirley Hills neighborhood. Complimentary wine will be served.  Limited to 40 guests.  Tickets $35.

5.  Wine Tasting with Allan Bass

Join wine connoisseur Allan Bass for a wine tasting on the lawn of the Porter House from 3-4pm. Allan will share his passion for wine and inspire a new appreciation for the beverage among wine novices and self-proclaimed experts alike.  Tickets are $30 and seating is limited to 40.

About Allan Bass
Allan started his wine career as a waiter at several restaurants in Macon before moving to Virginia, Athens, then down to the Virgin Islands where he began his fine wine education.

In 1999 Allan opened his first restaurant that went on to win five awards of excellence from "Wine Spectator" magazine. During his restaurant years, he was also honored to be a contestant on a nationally aired reality show called "The Wine Makers," which was filmed in the Central Coast of California.  Allan was also honored to be a judge at the world's largest wine competition in Macon, France.

After leaving the restaurant business business, Allan transitioned into work with a wine wholesaler and continues today as a Certified Sommelier and wine consultant for Eagle Rock distributors.