By Rachel Louchen
It's generally considered that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Even bad cooks have to acknowledge that, at the very least, it's an important room. Spencertown, NY will open the door to its gleaming stovetops, pristine countertops, cherry-paneled cabinets and fine appliances with a tour of eight kitchens on Saturday, Sept. 26.
The first-time event for Spencertown will raise funds for St. Peter's Church
to help defray costs incurred during restoration of the late 18th-century church, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The tour is a fun way to raise money for the church while also giving recognition to the residents whose style give Spencertown so much of its charm. The idea was brought to event organizer Barbara Smith by her neighbor who saw how popular and successful these events are in Los Angeles. Smith thought it would be a natural fit for her town with its variety of architecture.
The homes on view are diverse, featuring classic architecture to the most modern of-the-moment styles with an abundance of stainless steel appliances. “The kitchens selected are meant to show a range of styles," says Smith. “There is a hearth in an early house, a Shaker-inspired kitchen, Asian-style architecture and a working catering kitchen."
One of the kitchens was designed by Michael Krieger, a well-known New York interior decorator and Spencertown resident, and another by Jeff Fink, a local builder. A reception Friday night (also a fund raiser) will feature the kitchen of Jack Shear and Ellsworth Kelly
; two people who know a thing or two about design aesthetics. Who wouldn't want a peek into their home?
Each of the eight homes, located within the rural hamlet, is the product of the homeowner's hard work and good eye. Now, they're waiting for your inspection.
Friends of Historic St. Peter's Kitchen Tour
Saturday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets $30, are available online, at St.Peter's the day of the event and by calling (518) 392-9695.