Community Kitchen Tour – a premiere event to be the highlight of the summer




        By Ann Gasbarre, Publicity Chair

WOOSTER — From a crystal chandelier purchased in Italy back in the late 1920s to a floor of rustic Mexican tiles. From a backsplash of iridescent glass tiles to an 1860s pie cupboard from Mercer County. From a quartz countertop to a beehive bake oven, the Wayne County Historical Society’s Community Kitchen Tour promises something for every taste.

The tour will take place June 9, 2012 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and offers the opportunity to tour the kitchens in five private Wooster homes, all in the same area of town.

A sixth stop on the tour will spotlight two of the most historic kitchens in Wooster, both located in the Beall/Stibbs House where hostesses will review the history of the 1820-era kitchen, along with a kitchen added sometime between 1840-1850. Refreshments will also be served at the Society’s Bowman Street campus.

In addition to the stop at the historical society, the following Wooster homeowners are showcasing their kitchens:

Mr. & Mrs. Al  (Rosanne) Burger Jr. at 1310 N. Bever Street – The two-story Cape Cod was built in 1954 and purchased by the Burger’s in 2006. The unique kitchen, which includes stained birch and painted cabinetry, was designed without any corner cabinets or lower cupboards where items can get lost or forgotten at the back. It features three distinct work areas.

Dr. and Mrs. Michael (Beth) Miller at 1225 Quinby Avenue – The white Colonial was built in 1929 with the kitchen added in 2001. The Miller’s purchased the property five years ago. Featured are soapstone and granite countertops, a 3″ butcherblock, a Palomino hickory floor, and a stunning copper hood above the range.

Julie Mennes at 1220 Forest Drive – This mid-century red brick home was built in 1963 and purchased several years ago by Mennes, who  remodeled the kitchen with an open floor plan. Highlights of this smart kitchen include Brazilian teak floors, quartz counters and custom cabinetry.

Dr.  & Mrs. Harry (Kathy) Zink at 1179 Forest Drive – The stately red brick home was built in 1925 and purchased by the Zink’s in 1976. Features of their beautiful kitchen include Mexican tile floors and appliances fronted with black glass with views of a secluded patio.

Mr. & Mrs. David (Margo) Broehl at 900 Quinby Avenue – This red brick Georgian home, built in 1915, was purchased by the Broehl’s in 1983, and the kitchen was remodeled in 2010. It features painted, distressed wood cabinets and a special baking area, blue/grey slate floor and Tiffany-style blue and gold iridescent glass backsplash.

The kitchens are the main focus of the tour, but a few of the homes have adjoining rooms open for viewing. Representatives from various suppliers will be on hand to answer questions, and more information about the homes are provided with your entry ticket. Directions for parking will be posted.

Tickets for the Community Kitchen Tour are $20 each and may be purchased at the Wayne County Historical Society during office hours, at The Wooster Book Company, Buehler’s Milltown and Towne Market, and Today’s Kitchen Store. Tickets will also be available at each stop on the day of the tour. Proceeds will go toward Wayne County Historical Society’s operating expenses.

Please take this opportunity to support the Wayne County Historical Society and enjoy viewing these beautiful custom kitchens.

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