Check out the porches and the art

Annual tour and art stroll May 11

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Old Wilson Neighbors Association will host its annual Historic Porch Tour and Art Stroll on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Broad-Kenan Historic District.

The walking tour will feature porches in the 100-year-old Residence Park neighborhood: 100 and 200 blocks of Connor Street, 900 block of Anderson, 1000 block of Branch and several porches on nearby Raleigh Road and 900 block of Broad Street. More than 25 artists will exhibit, demonstrate and sell their work.

Many of the artists are from the Wilson area, including members of the Wilson Active Artists Association. Various media will be represented including pottery, sculpture, stained glass, jewelry, sewing art, quilts, watercolors, acrylics, oil painting, woodcrafts, handcrafted pocketbooks and more.

OWNA will hold a raffle during the tour offering works of art donated by each artist.

Returning this year is artist Billy Farmer, a native Wilsonian, with his watercolors and acrylic paintings.

Farmer has done many commissioned house portraits of old Wilson properties, including the watercolor used yearly for publicizing the Historic Porch Tour and Art Stroll.

New this year, First Christian Church will offer free hot dogs with all the fixins’. Sherry’s Sweets will sell cupcakes and other bakery specialties. Various street artists will travel throughout the neighborhood doing paintings, sketches and more. And musicians will entertain visitors as they walk the streets and visit the porches.  

Do you have questions about the history of Wilson? About your historic house? A knowledgeable member of OWNA will be available to answer questions.

Come and enjoy a large serving of fun. If the weather is inclement, the festivities will be moved indoors to First Christian Church, located at 407 Tarboro St. Same date and time.

For more information about this free event and the featured porches and artists, see our Facebook page — Old Wilson Neighbors Association.