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The Olde Fayetteville Association Inc. is sponsoring Fayetteville's first Designer Showplace, located at 506 Oakridge Ave in Historic Haymount. Tours of the newly refurbished home will be held March 24 through April 8.

With the help of about 16 Fayetteville interior design businesses, the association is restoring the Badger-Hunter-Deem House to its original 1924 charm.In addition to a tour of the showplace, guests are invited to have a light lunch in the Garden Cafe and stroll the grounds (one holly tree is said to be the largest in the state) as well as view an annual display of King Alfred daffodils planted by the original owner.

Advance tour tickets are $5, tickets at the door $6 and run of the show tickets are $8.

Beginning March 24 through April 8, the showplace will be open: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays, and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. The Garden Cafe will serve lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily except Sundays.

A preview party will open the event at 6:30 p.m. March 23. After a tour of the showplace, guests will continue the party at the Prince Charles Hotel with dancing and entertainment in a Casino Night theme atmosphere. Lively New Orleans jazz, provided by the Swamp Cats of Greensboro, will add to the evening's fun. Preview party tickets are $60 per person.

For more information regarding the showplace tour, the preview party or luncheon reservations, call the Olde Fayetteville Association at (919) 483-2073.

Proceeds from the Designer Showplace benefit the Olde Fayetteville Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization and growth of downtown Fayetteville.

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