> Time to decorate
The Interior Design Association of Western New York's Trims to Treasures sale returns next weekend. The event, now in its fifth year, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Sunday at Gilda's Club of WNY, 1140 Delaware Ave.
Designers will be selling furniture, fabrics, artwork, decorative accessories and more at reduced prices. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the local Gilda's Club.
The design association's website is interiordesignwny.com.
> Welcome homes
Buffalo's grand old homes are welcoming visitors the evening of June 21 for Buffalo Tours' Twilight Tour of Mansions. Ten homes on Delaware Avenue, Oakland Place and Summer Street will be open for self-guided tours, with docents on each site, from 5 to 9 p.m., and there will be a wine and cheese reception with live music at the Butler Mansion (designed by McKim, Mead & White). Tickets are $30 presale, $35 the week of the event; go to www.BuffaloTours.org or call (716) 852-3300.
Other century-old mansions on the tour include the Pratt Mansion, home to the son of M&T Bank founder Pascal Pratt, and the Silverthorne Mansion, built for a Tonawanda lumber magnate.
There is a pre-tour lecture at 5:30 p.m. June 13 at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Historic Site, free to tour ticket holders, with tickets available at the lecture. Those attending will learn how, 100 years ago, Buffalo had more millionaires per capita than any other U.S. city, and how they invested some of those riches into their magnificent mansions. Buffalo Tours is affiliated with Preservation Buffalo Niagara.