2008 FALL

Litchfield, CT --
Contact: Janet L. Serra
Ph: 800-663-1273
Email: lhcvbnwct@aol.com
For Immediate Release

Dream kitchens to admire and inspire will be open to the public for one day only at the sixth annual Housatonic Valley Kitchen Tour on Saturday November 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The unique tour featuring homes in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut is planned to provide creative ideas to take home. Visitors taking the tour will be able to see innovative design ideas, new materials and state of the art lighting and appliances in actual home settings. They will receive a packet listing the materials, products, paint colors, sources and professionals used in each home, along with recipes for the treats that will be served along the tour courtesy of participating local restaurants and caterers.

This year's theme, "Anything Goes -- Cooking up a Storm," is an apt description of the varied kitchens included on the tour to benefit the musical theater program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. The nine featured homes, ranging from an 1815 classic Federal to a 1922 converted carriage house, are located in some of Connecticut's most scenic towns. Among the highlights are a kitchen in Lakeville with antique lighting fixtures, 170-year-old hemlock floors and double swing doors salvaged from a church, and a Cornwall kitchen with an oak island, two-inch-thick Carrera marble countertops, a soapstone form sink and individual family "lockers." A kitchen in Kent features unique storage options, an 1868 farmhouse in West Cornwall maintains its Victorian feel with a fireplace, and quarter sawn white oak floors, while adding designer touches such as Baccarat crystal light pendants. The recently renovated kitchen in an 1832 home in Amesville is done with yellow cabinets, blue quartz counters, and a display of Blue Willow China.

Raffle tickets available at a Lakeville home will offer lavish food and kitchen gifts from participating merchants. Among the dining places contributing refreshments for the tour are the White Hart Inn, Interlaken Inn, Wake Robin Inn, Cheffrey's off Main, Country Bistro, Chaiwalla Tea Room and Freund's Farm for cookies.

Tickets for the tour, $30, may be purchased at the homes on the day of the tour or in advance at the Salisbury Pharmacy, Sharon Pharmacy, House of Books in Kent, Four Seasons Foods in Aganthus and Harney Tea in Millerton, NY. To order by mail, make checks payable to the Housatonic Musical Theatre Society and mail to Joyce Finkelstein, 283 Indian Mt. Road, Lakeville, CT 06039. Mail orders must be received by October 23.

For information about the tour and other fall events and a free copy of UNWIND, a 112-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the Litchfield Hills of Northwest Connecticut, write to the Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, (860) 567-4506, or check the Internet at www.litchfieldhills.com.