Friday, July 18, 2008

Wayne Newton’s Former Mansion is “Star” of Before-and-After Home Renovation

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Wayne Newton’s Former Mansion is “Star” of Before-and-After Home Renovation
-- “The Designer House at Bayside Manor” is unique fundraiser for Arts of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, N.C --

(Elizabeth City, N.C., July 18, 2008) – Will Wayne Newton’s former residence exude more of an antebellum air or Vegas-style vibe? Interior design followers will decide when Arts of the Albemarle opens “The Designer House at Bayside Manor” during a gala preview Aug. 1 and for daily tours Aug. 3-17 in Elizabeth City.

Dating to 1856, Bayside Manor was built by Christopher Wilson Hollowell, whose family owned it until 1988. From 1988 to 1996, Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton owned the home, but never lived there. The mansion has long been a famous landmark in Elizabeth City.

When the home’s current owners, the Aylsworth family, decided to sell, they approached a local interior design firm about staging the home. Wright Designer owner Holly Wright and fellow designer Camilla Hull had always wanted to create a design home. They believed a fundraising event for Elizabeth City’s Arts of the Albemarle seemed just the ticket.

“Obviously, we’re thrilled,” said Lisa Winslow, executive director of Arts of the Albemarle, a not-for-profit organization which supports the arts in Pasquotank County with a dedicated gallery space and by hosting annual art shows, children’s programs in schools and special events. “This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the region’s many talented interior designers, while supporting the arts in Elizabeth City.”

Wright contracted with 15 North Carolina and Virginia interior designers, artisans and landscape architects to transform the 5,000 square-foot Greek revival mansion into a design showcase.

When the renovation is completed, Bayside Manor will feature 18 refurbished and decorated design areas, including a grand foyer, gentlemen’s library and a fantasy playroom, among other rooms. A Northeastern High School student, with help from her teacher, is redesigning one area of the home as a senior project.

The gala preview, Aug. 1, will feature live music by the jazz ensemble Connected, food by Montero’s restaurant and spirits by The City Wine Sellar. Tickets for the gala are $100 each and can be purchased by calling at (252) 330-1333 or Arts of the Albemarle at (252) 338-6455. Gala guests will have the opportunity to meet the designers and discuss their work.

From Aug. 3 – 17, “The Designer House at Bayside Manor” tours will be held Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door and can be purchased in advance for $12 by calling Arts of the Albemarle at (252) 330-1333. A two-week pass is also available for $24 and allows ticket holders access to such special on-site events as a fashion show, butterfly gardening workshop and a harp concert. The boutique at Bayside will feature a “garden theme” displaying original paintings, prints, photography and handcrafts for purchase by Arts of the Albemarle artists and craftsman. For additional information go to

Newton, known for such hit songs as “Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast,” and “Danke Schoen” is the honorary chairman of the committee, but will not be present at the preview gala. His Web site notes he will be performing that evening at the MGM Grand.

Bayside Designer House Getaway Packages

The Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is offering a special Bayside Designer House Getaway package Aug. 3-17. Rates start at $180 (plus tax) for a two-night stay based on double occupancy. The package includes accommodations and two tickets to the Designer House tour. When booking, guests may add on a horse-drawn carriage tour of the Elizabeth City waterfront and dining reservations. For details, call the Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-866-ECity-4U (1-866-324-8948) or (252) 335-5330 or go to

Proceeds from “The Designer House at Bayside Manor” ticket sales will benefit Arts of the Albemarle. The not-for-profit arts organization will soon relocate to an expanded, three-story building across the street from its current Elizabeth City location. With five times the space, the new facility will feature a 10,000 square-foot gallery, meeting and banquet space, a catering kitchen, classrooms and a small theater.

Elizabeth City is located in northeastern North Carolina on the Pasquotank River, halfway between Norfolk, Va., and the Outer Banks. Elizabeth City has six National Register Historic Districts and is home to the Museum of the Albemarle, Arts of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City State University Planetarium and Port Discover Hands-on Science Center. Nature-based travelers are drawn to the area’s proximity to the Dismal Swamp and the abundance of outdoor recreational offerings.


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