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Friday, April 6

Take a Trolley around New Castle for the 21st Annual Kitchen Tour

The Music Hall Presents its 21st Annual Kitchen Tour in New Castle, New Hampshire on Saturday May 5, 2012, 10-3

New this year: trolley service
Architects/artisans available to talk

More Info/Buy Tickets

“The Music Hall’s Kitchen Tour is all about fantastic kitchens”
– NH Home Magazine

“Something for everyone” – Portsmouth Herald

What could be better than spending a spring day on the Seacoast with friends and family, peeking into extraordinary kitchens and enjoying all that New Castle has to offer?  The kitchens we all dream of – sleek and contemporary, cozy and traditional, packed with innovation and imagination – will become a reality for one day as The Music Hall presents its popular Annual Kitchen Tour. Now in its 21st year, this benefit for The Music Hall will feature kitchens and dining spaces in the Seacoast town of New Castle, New Hampshire. The tour will be held Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 10am to 3pm. 

“This year’s tour, on the quaint island of New Castle, will include new features such as trolleys that will continually loop the route of the Tour taking patrons from several parking lots to drop off points along the Tour’s route,” says Dominique Jackson, Administrative Coordinator & Special Events Manager at The Music Hall. Each year, the tour attracts over 1,200 visitors, who come out to support The Music Hall while gaining inspiration for their own kitchens. Proceeds from the tour are used toward operating costs to support The Music Hall, an American Treasure for the Arts.

“The Kitchen Tour is a grand day - an opportunity to ‘case study’ because you can go into all of these new kitchens and see the different styles. It’s inspiring and uplifting,” says Kitchen Tour fan Janet Stevens, whose home has been featured on the tour in the past.

The Kitchen Tour is the perfect opportunity to come and see breathtaking kitchen designs and experience the great views New Castle has to offer. According to Ann Kendall, co-chair of the event, “We are very happy to be back in New Castle for our 2012 Kitchen Tour. Guests this year will see a wonderful and diverse lineup of homes on the island, from historic to remodeled, traditional to cutting edge.  We will have trolleys this year, which will make the tour even more enjoyable than ever, although it will also be an ideal tour for the walking and biking crowd.  We are, as ever, grateful to all the homeowners who make this event possible.”

“The Kitchen Tour is a perfect way to enjoy a spring Saturday in the Seacoast, and help to support The Music Hall”, says Dominique Jackson.” We can’t wait to welcome our guests this year!”

New This Year – Trolleys

Tour-goers can start and finish the Tour from any parking lot designated on an easy-to-follow map that is provided. The trolleys will pick guests up and drop them off at several spots along the Tour that are within walking distance of each featured home.

On the Tour – artisans available to talk

For visitors looking to turn their own dreams into reality, the artisans, designers and architects involved in the kitchens are noted in the tour’s guidebook along with detailed descriptions of the kitchens. Many of the artisans will also be available to speak with during the tour.

To start your tour – buy tickets early + map features local restaurants
It’s best to buy your tickets early, as there is a discount on all tickets purchased before the day of the Tour.  Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at The Music Hall Box Office or online at TheMusicHall.org. Tour-goers are given an easy-to-follow map and a guidebook with detailed descriptions of the kitchens as well as information on all of the artisans, designers, and architects responsible for layout and design. Maps will be sent a week before the Tour to patrons who buy tickets in advance; the map will also be available on The Music Hall’s website the week before the tour.  Tour-goers can check their maps to identify some great area restaurants and grab a bite for lunch in New Castle or head to Portsmouth for dinner and Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

About New Castle
Scenic New Castle is the only town in New Hampshire composed entirely of islands, covering approximately 500 acres (.8 square miles). Founded in 1623, the fishing village was originally called “The Great Island” since it was the largest of the islands in the mouth of the Piscataqua River. Traveling into New Castle via the causeway from Portsmouth or the drawbridge from Rye offers a chance to see beautiful views of the surrounding waters. The New Castle Beach and the adjacent 32-acre oceanside park known as the Great Island Common is another serene spot for visitors to enjoy the picturesque Seacoast.

About the Kitchen Tour

1,200 visitors attend The Music Hall’s Kitchen Tour each year to get a peek inside the contemporary or traditional homes of a historic Seacoast town, and to gain ideas for their own kitchens. Proceeds from the popular tour - now in its 21st year - are used toward operating costs to support The Music Hall.  The tour highlights the work of local companies including architects, builders, carpenters, and lighting, landscape and sound designers. In addition, local retail shops and restaurants support the tour through ticket sales and special promotions.

Kitchen Tour All-Volunteer Committee
The dedicated 2012 Kitchen Tour Committee, chaired by Ann Kendall and Betsy Cole and including JoAnn Hampson, Dominique Jackson, Cori McGrath, Kirsten Mahoney, Philip Marcus, Scott Purswell and Peter Squires invite you to enjoy this great day out, all in support of The Music Hall.

Kitchen Tour tickets are $23 for Music Hall members, $25 for non-members, and $27 if purchased the day of the event. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by phone at 603.436.2400, online or at The Music Hall Box Office at 28 Chestnut Street in Portsmouth.

Presenting Sponsor
Dovetailed Kitchens, Inc.

Lead Sponsors
Avery Insurance
Chase Construction & The Webhannet Co.
Coastal Home Magazine
D.D.Cook Real Estate Inc.
D.F. Richard Inc.
DeStefano Architects
Great Island Realty, LLC
Keller Williams
Kevin Roy Building Company
The Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric
Maine-ly New Hampshire
Mari Woods Kitchen Bath Home
Piscataqua Landscaping Co., Inc.
Regal Limousine Service
Summer House Furnishings
TMS Architects
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