The Music Hall to Launch 25th Anniversary Kitchen Tour

What better way to spend Mother's Day weekend than attending the 25th Anniversary Kitchen Tour, as it returns to downtown Portsmouth. From refurbished retro to high-style urban, see dream kitchens in a dream location. This walking tour of hand selected homes in the heart of Portsmouth will showcase charmingly revived historic homes, while also welcoming the new generation of dwellings- newly renovated luxury townhouses & co-ops with stunning views and amenities. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, this benefit for The Music Hall will feature the kitchens and dining spaces we all dream of. The tour will be held Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 10am to 4pm.

"The 25th Anniversary of this amazing fundraiser brings us back to the heart of Portsmouth! Tour-goers will witness the latest trends in kitchen design and lighting fixtures, noteworthy historical details, amazing waterfront views, and beautiful art, said Kitchen Tour Committee Co-Chair Cori McGrath. "Being downtown allows us the opportunity to see many of the new condo developments, plus a few 'surprise' single family homes. And people can easily make it a day to play in downtown Portsmouth, have lunch, shop the boutiques, and stop into The Music Hall's Historic Theater to check out the "coolest" bathrooms on the Seacoast! We can't wait to see the many familiar faces of those who attend each year and meet some new friends as well!"

"The Kitchen Tour is a perfect way to enjoy a spring Saturday on the Seacoast while supporting The Music Hall. We can't wait to welcome our guests this year- the perfect Mother's Day treat!," says Ashleigh Tucker, tour Special Events Coordinator.

New This Year - 25th Anniversary Commemorative Cookbook.

Make sure to get your copy of our commemorative cookbook for $15 which includes 140 recipes submitted by Music Hall partners, members, board, staff, and volunteers. Purchase your copy today in person at The Music Hall Box Office or online at All books must be picked up at the box office and cannot be shipped.

On the Tour - local artisans available to talk

For visitors looking to turn their own dreams into reality, the artisans, designers and architects involved in designing the featured kitchens are noted in the tour's guidebook along with detailed descriptions. Many of the artisans will be present in homes on the day of the tour and are available to speak with guests throughout the day. .

To start your tour - buy tickets early + map features local restaurants

It's best to buy your tickets early, as there is a discount on all tickets purchased before the day of the Tour. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at The Music Hall Box Office or online at Tour-goers are given an easy-to-follow map and a guidebook with detailed descriptions of the kitchens as well as information on all of the artisans, designers, and architects responsible for layout and design. Maps are available to pick up at the Box Office starting April 25th as well as available on The Music Hall website. Tour-goers can check their maps to identify some great area restaurants downtown to grab a bite for lunch in downtown Portsmouth.

About the Kitchen Tour

1,200 visitors attend The Music Hall's Kitchen Tour each year to get a peek inside the contemporary or traditional homes of a historic Seacoast town, and to gain ideas for their own kitchens. Proceeds from the popular tour - now in its 25th year - are used toward operating costs to support The Music Hall. The tour highlights the work of local companies including architects, builders, carpenters, and lighting, landscape and sound designers. In addition, local retail shops and restaurants support the tour through ticket sales and special promotions.

Kitchen Tour All-Volunteer Committee

The dedicated 2016 Kitchen Tour Committee, chaired by Ann Kendall and Cori McGrath, with Maile Buker, Stephanie Deihl, Kirsten Mahoney, Philip Marcus, Ashleigh Tucker Pollock, Scott Purswell, Marcia Steidle, and Nancy Winkley invite you to enjoy this great day out, all in support of The Music Hall.


Kitchen Tour tickets are $25 for Music Hall members, $27 for non-members, and $30 if purchased the day of the event. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by phone at 603.436.2400, online at or at The Music Hall Box Office at 28 Chestnut Street in Portsmouth. Day of tickets may be purchased at The Music Hall Box Office starting at 9am.

25th Anniversary Sponsor

Dovetailed Kitchens, Inc.

Premier Sponsor

The Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric

Kitchen Tour Cookbook Sponsor

Mari Woods Kitchen Bath Home

Lead Sponsors

Budget Blinds of Portsmouth; Chase Construction & The Webhannet Co.; Chinburg Properties; Coastal Home Magazine; D.F. Richard Inc; DeStefano Architects; Eastern Propane; Ethan Allen Inc.; Haven Hill Builders; Kennebunk Savings; Linda Cloutier Kitchens & Bath; Maine Coast Builders; PKsurroundings Kitchens, Baths, Renovation Liaison; Summer House Furnishings; Tate & Foss Sotheby's International Realty

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