Ardmore Board members spent four months and hundreds of volunteer hours planning, organizing, and executing the Library’s Annual Kitchen Tour.
The 13th Annual Ardmore Library Kitchen Tour, the Library’s major fundraiser, was held Sunday, April 29. This year there were seven newly renovated or newly constructed Main Line kitchens that had interesting and unique features, such as a 100-year-old general store counter hauled up from North Carolina that was repurposed for an island and a modernization that included the original servants’ bells and other historic features.
Tour-goers could purchase tickets in advance for $25 or could pick them up at the Library for $30 on the day of the Tour. They embarked on a self-guided tour and received a Tour book that included the home addresses, kitchen descriptions and a map of the kitchens, all within a four-mile radius of the Library, allowing guests to drive easily from one home to another. Along with our volunteer tour guides, many of the designers or contractors were available in the kitchens to answer questions. The tour book also included ads from contractors, designers, architects, vendors, local restaurants and area merchants. Many Tour-goers keep the book as a reference point for selecting contractors, suppliers, local retail shops and restaurants.
The Tour has evolved over the last 13 years. The first tour featured five kitchens within walking distance of the library and a drawing for a cooking demonstration. Other years featured free talks by kitchen contractors and designers, in-home tastings from area specialty stores, bakeries and restaurants and raffles prizes, including consultations with architects, builders and landscape designers.
People look forward to the Tour every year and always come away with new ideas and big renovation dreams.