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Kitchens in four area homes showcased Sept. 30 on AAUW tour |

Kitchens in four area homes showcased Sept. 30 on AAUW tour

Kitchens in four homes — two in Beaver and two in Brighton Township — are featured Sept. 30 on Touring and Tasting Delights, the 16th annual kitchen tour hosted by the Beaver Valley branch of American Association of University Women.

The event supports the association’s educational fund. AAUW awards three $1,500 scholarships to area graduating high school seniors; two $1,500 scholarships to nontraditional college students; one $1,000 scholarship to a law student; and a $1,000 donation to AAUW Educational Fund.


Homes can be toured in any order from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Groups of eight to 10 will be escorted at a time to allow maximum viewing opportunity. AAUW members will be at each home serving as hostesses and presenters, providing information about the kitchens and available to answer questions.

At each tour stop, guests can sample foods prepared by area chefs. Participating are Jill and J.C. Summers of The Butcher and The Baker in Darlington; Kristin Stanzak of Don’s Deli in Beaver; Steve Oster and Frank Elia of Hollywood Gardens/Braxton Brewing in Rochester; and Chris Kinzler of Freedom Square Diner in Center Township.

Described as an “event within an event,” Touring and Tasting Delights also offers a marketplace from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Dutch Ridge Elementary School on Dutch Ridge Road in Brighton Township.

Beaver couple Roberta and John Good III restores circa-1880 home

John and Roberta Good III saw potential in a circa-1880 home they lovingly restored. Their efforts earned them an award from the Beaver Area Heritage Foundation and a spot in this year’s kitchen tour Sept. 30 hosted by the Beaver Valley branch of American Association of University Women. 

Tour-goers can shop at 11 boutiques offering an array of gifts, home and personal products, handbags and men’s and women’s accessories. New this year is a kitchen accessories sale. Assorted gift baskets will be raffled, too. Coffee bar refreshments and bake sale will be available all day.

For those interested in lunch, Soup-Herb Sproutz in Beaver offers a make-your-own salad or wrap. Lunch, served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., is not included in the ticket price ($15 in advance; $20 on tour day), and costs an additional $10. Lunch tickets must be purchased by Sept. 22.

Lunch tickets, along with tour tickets, can be purchased at Hostess Gift Shoppe in Beaver. Tour tickets can also be purchased from any AAUW member or by calling 724-846-4260.

The kitchens

• 105 Lynnhaven Drive, Brighton Township (Dr. Jen Cushman and Matt Dingo)

The kitchen-dining combination features cathedral ceilings and natural lighting. The kitchen is equipped with Kabinart oak cabinets and Kraus faucets and sinks; Kucht gas range, breakfast bar, beverage center with filtered water and wine/beer cooler. Artwork in tile is by Tom Radca of Cambridge, Ohio. Oak floors lead to the dining area.

• 4810 Dutch Ridge Road, Brighton Township (Adam and Stacie Coakley)

Built by the owner, this spacious house is a year old featuring high ceilings and white trim. White kitchen cabinets — Amish-made by Stonecreek Kitchens in Hermitage — are complemented by black-and-white granite counters. Floors are engineered hardwood. Stainless-steel appliances offer a sleek look.

• 244 Buffalo St., Beaver (Roberta and John Good III)

This home has been lovingly restored to vintage 1880s with concessions to 21st-century innovation and convenience. An alcove houses a Viking range; lighted built-in cabinet displays china and crystal. Brick-red paint on cabinets creates a 19th-century look. Counters are granite; floor is slate.

• 1199 Seventh St., Beaver (Vivian Mahli and Rick Davis)

Small but efficient, the kitchen overlooks a cozy family room with wood-burning fireplace. Upgrades include stainless-steel appliances, recessed lighting and light fixtures, counter tops, backsplash and flooring. A bank of cabinets was removed over a peninsula to create a more open feel between kitchen, breakfast area and family room. A maintenance-free deck was added off the kitchen and French door provides access to deck, lower patio and yard.

— Kitchen descriptions provided by AAUW

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