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2/10/2009 Houston--

What: Bayou Bend invites valentines of all ages and stages to enjoy the special romance of the estate and its gardens in bloom this Valentine’s Day weekend. A special stop on the tour is the Belter Parlor, staged as it would have appeared in 1849 when creating valentines involved a high-level of creativity and craftiness. Also a few rare early valentines will be on display in Philadelphia Hall just outside the parlor.

Sunday, the estate is celebrating Bayou Bend Family Day Presents: Glorious Gardens. Visitors will be privy to an amazing day of fun and entertainment. Activities, demonstrations, and performances abound throughout the home and gardens. Tours of the 1st floor of the house are hosted by volunteers of the Houston Junior Woman´s Club, while giveaways and promotions are offered through our media sponsor, KUHF 88.7 FM and the MFAH.

This year, we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Family Day with a season of themes that pay tribute to the spirit and history of family fun at Bayou Bend.
When: Thurs., Feb. 12 – Fri., Feb. 13; 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 14; 10:00-11:30 am and 1:00 – 5:00
Sun., Feb. 15; 1 pm-5p.m.

Admission is buy one get one free house and garden tour admission ($10; $8.50; $5).
Sunday is Family Day at Bayou Bend, admission is free.

Where: 1 Westcott Street (off of Memorial Drive, minutes from downtown Houston)

Details: Enjoy docent-guided tours Thursday and Friday all day and on Saturday morning. Tours include a special stop at the Belter Parlor set up as a late 19th century Valentine home-based manufacturing operation.

Call 713.639.7758 for reservations. No need for reservations if your visit is planned for Saturday or Sunday afternoon when guests are invited to use the audio tour.