Oglebay Institute’s Secret Kitchens Tour Set for June 8
WHEELING — Area residents have an opportunity to get a rare peek at some of the most exquisite kitchens in Wheeling during Oglebay Institute’s Secret Kitchens of Wheeling Tour and Gourmet Market Saturday, June 8.
Presented by the Committee of the Museums of Oglebay Institute, this biennial event raises money for the Mansion and Glass Museums and ushers in summer with a self-guided tour of Wheeling’s grandest kitchens and an opportunity to shop from more than 40 vendors.
Maps for the kitchen tour will be available outside the Mansion Museum in Oglebay, where the brick pathways will be transformed into an outdoor marketplace.
There is a fee to tour the kitchens. The vendor market is free. Even those not going on the home tour are invited to stop by and see how products from these vendors can spice up their own homes. Dozens of merchants and artisans will sell items such as home decor, garden items, artwork, textiles, pottery, baskets, candles, jewelry, kitchen accessories, plants and herbs, gourmet foods and more.
The Secret Kitchens Committee carefully selects the tour homes, looking for unique features, interesting decor and varied locations around town, and this year promises to showcase more design and architectural gems. Four homes are featured on the tour and vary in style, size and design.
“Each kitchen on the tour has it own unique story to tell and reflects the personal style of the homeowners, from color choices to creative uses of space to whimsical decorating touches,” said Oglebay Institute museums director Christin Byrum.
Event organizers say guests will get ideas to take back to their own homes whether they are interested in a total kitchen re-do or simple, easy and cost efficient ways to transform their existing kitchen into a more beautiful and inviting space.
To discover whose kitchens are being featured, arrive at the Mansion Museum between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., June 8. Guests will purchase a ticket and receive a detailed map to find each of the secret kitchens. Names will be revealed then – and only then.
The last tickets are sold at 2 p.m., and guests have until 4 p.m. to take the self-guided tour. The market is open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. outside the Mansion Museum.
To register in advance for the Secret Kitchens Tour, call the Mansion Museum at 304-242-7272 or visit www.oionline.com.
Vendors include Ashton Woods Studio: Fiber Arts & Handmades, St. Clairsville; Janet Pissos of Art by Janet, Wheeling, Courtney Moulder of Apartment Two Art, Martins Ferry; Apartment Two Art, Appalachian Booksmith, Ashton Woods Studio, Avenues of Barnesville, Avon, Barnesville Crafts Made Easy, Bob’s Woodturning, Wishful Crafts, Camera Club, Ceil’s Creations and Crafts, Crochet & Sew, DW and Co., Dolce Pizzelles, East Wheeling Clayworks, Glam, Grace and Heart, Hannah’s Clay Creations, Haven Collection, Hello Haberdashery, My Daily Choice, Images in Bloom, Art by Janet, Lilley Designs, Lippencott Alpacas, Little Grave Creek Design, Lipsence, Lone Stone Designs, Lularoe & Color Street, Mary Kay, Misty Mountain, Paint by Numbers Craft Parties, Happy Pappy’s Workshop, Pottery by Winnie and Teresa, Pure Romance, Sandy Yokum Art, Thirty-One, Three Labs Salvage, Touch of Amish, Pink Zebra, Tupperware, Usborne Books, YartArt Creations, Whimsy in Wool, Yardscape LLC, Zeb’s Barky Bites.