Guest Blogger Michael May: Summer Kitchens House Tour and August Fete

Please join me and Michael May, executive director of the Nantucket Preservation Trust, in celebrating Nantucket’s architectural heritage at the NPT’s Summer Kitchens House Tour and August Fete!


The interior of 4 Traders Lane, open for the July 19 Kitchens Tour, NPT easement; photo by Kris Kinsley



The Nantucket Preservation Trust (NPT) encourages preservation activity by showcasing the work of others. One way we do this is by organizing special house tours, including our annual Summer Kitchens House Tour and August Fete.  This year Pine Street is the site of the NPT’s Eighth Annual Summer Kitchens House Tour which will be held on Thursday, July 19, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The tour provides the opportunity to view a wide array of kitchens—from a retro 1950s kitchen to one that is very twenty-first century.


Retro 1940’s kitchen at 4 Traders Lane; photo by Kris Kinsley

Tour goers can view the properties at their own pace, and along the way will be offered treats prepared by local chefs.  They will also have an opportunity to shop at the Kitchen Marketplace for unique gifts and kitchen items.



August 9 is the date of the NPT’s August Fête– one of the summer’s most memorable evenings, because it is more than a party—it is a celebration of Nantucket’s historic architecture.  This year, participants will tour five historic summer homes in the village of ’Sconset and learn some preservation pointers along the way.  There also will be a special tour of the restoration work at the Siasconset Union Chapel.

Embroidered Narrative by local artist Susan Boardman to be auctioned on August 9 to support NPT programs; photo by Jack Weinhold

For ticket information on both events or to learn more about the work of the Nantucket Preservation Trust visit our website.

Guest Blogger Michael May is the executive director of the Nantucket Preservation Trust

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