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Kitchens For A Cause: The 12th Annual NWCT Kitchen Tour

If you’re looking for pie-in-the-sky kitchen design ideas, you can read scores of shelter magazines, watch endless HGTV programs, and tour pristine kitchen showrooms. But the best way to accumulate ideas for redoing your own kitchen is snooping around other people’s houses to see where they’ve hidden the recycling bins and where they’ve put the sinks (yes, no self-respecting kitchen has just one sink anymore). Whether you’re thinking about resale value or just your own needs for cooking and entertaining with ease, the 12th annual Kitchen Tour of Northwest Connecticut offers five private kitchens to visit on Saturday, November 1. The tour raises funds for the Housatonic Musical Theatre Society, which provides the backing so that students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School can produce a full-fledged musical (The Boy Friend, March 19 - 21, 2015), because unlike the fictional high school on the TV show Glee, there’s not enough money in the public school budget to support musical theater as an extra-curricular activity.

The five kitchens on the tour — which covers Sharon and Lakeville — each displays a uniquely inspiring approach to the “heart of the home.” They include: new construction that incorporates genuine period pieces and details; artist Ellen Griesedieck’s vibrant interpretation that includes a bonus tour of her art studio; a Victorian home with a light-filled kitchen and a spectacular view; a 1929 farmhouse with hand-painted custom-built cabinets, marble countertops and vintage lighting; and a Colonial set on 32 acres, with a modern kitchen that includes a center island, plentiful prep areas, and an informal eating area. Local caterers and restaurants will be offering “nibbles” at each kitchen on the tour, local florists will create unique bouquets for each house, and a number of raffle prizes from area shops will be up for grabs.

Lori Belter, founder of the Housatonic Musical Theatre Society, says the fundraiser isn’t simply supporting a play, but an invaluable program that instills self-confidence in the students who participate in it. Athletes perform side by side with drama students, and, she says, “Students with very different interests come together and they form a bond.”

Housatonic Musical Theatre Society Kitchen Tour
Saturday, November 1; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets $40 (available online and at the Sharon Pharmacy, Salisbury General Store & Pharmacy, and Kent Apothecary)

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