By Jean Cole
Step back in time to the 1800s by attending the village of Mooresville’s walking tour weekend May 17 and 18.
The two-day event offers workshops, home tours, a concert and picnic supper on Friday and a walking tour of the town, shopping at shops and other activities on Saturday.
Proceeds from the weekend will be used to help preserve the historic southern Limestone County town, which was incorporated in 1818.
Friday, May 17
An array of events is planned Friday along with the dinner, dance and private home tours. Here is the schedule:
• Painting class — Artist Carole Foret, an Athens native, will teach oil and acrylic painting Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and resume 1 to 3 p.m. The class is limited to 20 students. Cost is $100 per person or $75 for those who bring their own supplies;
• Milk-paint workshop — Caron Quick of The Windsor Chair Shop in Clarksville, Mo., will offer sessions from 9 a.m. to noon Friday or Saturday at the Mooresville Mercantile classroom. Cost is $100 per person. The fee includes admission for one to Saturday’s walking tour. For more information and registration: mooresvillemercantile.com/id77.html;
• Cooking demonstrations — Nathalie Dupree, award-winning Southern- cuisine chef, author and TV personality will present two cooking demonstrations Friday, including biscuits at 10 a.m. in Shirley McCrary’s kitchen and shrimp and grits at 2 p.m. in JoAnn Plucker’s kitchen. Cost is $50 per class. On Saturday, Dupree will sign her latest cookbook, “Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at JaVa.Mooresville;
• Tour of four private homes — 4 to 6 p.m. featuring the homes of Laurence and Natasha McCrary, George and Shirley McCrary, Jerri McLain and Rush and Jory Mitchell;