CAMDEN/ROCKPORT — The 24th annual Merryspring Kitchen Tour on August 7 will include seven homes in Camden and Rockport that showcase the latest concepts in kitchen design and features. The tour will also features local chefs who offer bite-size samples of their finest dishes.
Sponsored once again by Hammond Lumber Company, this year’s tour features homes built from 1850 to 2018 with individual kitchen personalities resulting from creative homeowners, designers, builders, suppliers and craftspeople.
This year’s tour includes two new waterfront homes in Camden, a renovated church in Rockport, three 19th century homes with brand new kitchens that blend seamlessly with the period, and a 20th century Cape with a re-imagined kitchen fit for an upscale bakeshop.
Local chefs will preside in morning and afternoon shifts at each home. This year’s chefs come from Nina June, 47 West, the Market Basket, Main Street Meats, Rayr Cheese, Laugh Loud Smile Big, MSAD #28, and Graffam Brothers Seafood, all in Rockport; 40 Paper and 16 Bayview in Camden; the Washington General Store and Morse’s Sauerkraut, both in Washington; In Good Company, Rockland; and Laura Cabot Catering, Waldoboro. A representative from Rockland’s Bixby Bars will also hand out samples throughout the day at Hammond Lumber Company’s kitchen design studio on Limerock Street in Camden.
Non-refundable tickets for $30 are available now and through August 6 at the Merryspring Nature Center on Conway Road, Camden, or at: Once a Tree and Zoot Coffee in Camden; The Market Basket, Green Thumb and Plants Unlimited in Rockport; Atlantic Baking Company in Rockland; The Good Table in Belfast; Lincolnville General Store in Lincolnville Center; and Salt Bay Art Supply in Damariscotta.
Advance tickets may also be ordered by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 207-236-2239.
Advance tickets will be held at the Merryspring office for pick-up on tour day.
On August 7, tickets are $40 and are available at the Merryspring Nature Center or at any of the homes on the tour.
Bonus features this year include a raffle with prizes and gift certificates from local merchants and artisans. In addition, special Merryspring Kitchen Tour aprons will be on sale at two houses on the tour.
The tour will be held rain or shine and is unguided. A map with the homes clearly listed is on the ticket. The homes may be visited in any order between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Properties are not handicapped-accessible, and some homes have limited parking so some walking will be required.
The Kitchen Tour supports Merryspring Nature Center, a nonprofit horticultural park and education center with 66 acres of gardens and nature trails that are open free of charge to the public every day of the year.
Merryspring sponsors more than 80 environmental education programs each year, including a weekly series of Tuesday talks, weekend workshops, free family programs, and summer ecology camps.
For more information about Merryspring Nature Center, visitwww.merryspring.org.