From harbor to river and 1850 to 2017, the inspiring properties on this year’s Merryspring Kitchen Tour display wide variety in their design, function, and character.

On Wednesday, Aug. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Tour visits eight private Midcoast home kitchens, with a gourmet tasting from a local chef at every stop — a total of 16 participating restaurants, caterers, and food purveyors. Merryspring Nature Center encourages you to bring your friends and houseguests to this popular summertime event, its major annual fundraiser. The 2017 Kitchen Tour is sponsored by EBS Style Solutions, Camden.

Each kitchen has its own personality, the result of creative homeowners, aided by skilled designers, builders, and craftspeople. The chefs at work in each kitchen give you a sampling of the ever-expanding food choices available in the Midcoast.

The 2017 Kitchen Tour features these homeowners and chefs:

1. Mimi Bornstein, 44 Sea St., Rockport. Pale hues and classic materials create a fresh cottage mood, with Laura Cabot Catering, Waldoboro (a.m.) and State of Maine Cheese, Rockport (p.m.)

2. David Harvey, 97 Pascal Avenue, Rockport. Overlook Rockport Harbor from this bright contemporary, with In Good Company, Rockland (a.m.) and Graffam Bros. Seafood Market, Rockport (p.m.)

3. Bonnie Gibbons, 8 Franklin St., Rockport. This cozy kitchen boasts charm, color, and collections, with Nina June, Rockport (a.m.) and Heiwa Tofu, Rockport (p.m.)

4. Susan and Pete Fitzgerald, 20 Sea St., Camden. Built in the 1890s, this former duplex was lovingly converted, with Rhumb Line, Camden (a.m.) and Uncle Willy's Candy Shoppe, Camden (p.m.)

5. Jay Braatz and Eric Buck, 14 Phillips Drive, Camden. Soaring ceilings and natural materials reflect this home’s riverside site, with Blue Sky Cantina, Rockport (a.m.) and Susan Boivin, SAD 28, Rockport (p.m.)

6. Shelley and Elliott Thompson, 88 East Fork Road, Camden. This smart space displays both storage and style, with The Market Basket, Rockport (a.m.) and Laugh Loud, Smile Big Cupcakes, Rockport (p.m.)

7. Sarah Rheault, 60 Howe Hill Road, Camden. Vintage architecture meets modern comfort and convenience, with DFC (Damn Fine Curry), Rockland (a.m.) and Maine Street Meats, Rockport (p.m.)

8. Paula Warnock, 568 Youngtown Road, Lincolnville. Country and modern touches combine in this eclectic kitchen, with Youngtown Inn, Lincolnville (a.m.) and The Red Barn Baking Company, Lincolnville (p.m.)

Bonus features this year include a welcome to EBS Style Solutions’ model kitchens and a raffle — your chance to win dinner at Francine Bistro, Camden, a basket of gourmet foods from Stonewall Kitchen, Camden, a gift certificate from Surroundings, Camden, or a gift certificate from Once a Tree, Camden.

Give yourself plenty of time to visit all the kitchens, but go in any order and at your own pace. Properties are not handicapped-accessible; visitors tour at their own risk. Please carpool as much as possible.

If you buy your tickets before the day of the Tour, the price is only $30 for the whole day. On the day of the Tour, you can purchase a ticket for $40 at any of the kitchens, or at Merryspring Nature Center on Conway Road, Camden.

To save $10 by purchasing a $30 ticket in advance, stop in at Merryspring or any of these locations before Tuesday, Aug. 8: CAMDEN: Surroundings, Once a Tree, Zoot Coffee; ROCKPORT: The Market Basket, State of Maine Cheese, Green Thumb, Plants Unlimited; ROCKLAND: Atlantic Baking Company; BELFAST: The Good Table; THOMASTON: Thomaston Café & Bakery; DAMARISCOTTA: Salt Bay Art Supply. Advance tickets are also available by e-mailing or calling 236-2239. Tickets will be held at Merryspring for pick-up the day of the Tour.

All proceeds from the Kitchen Tour support Merryspring Nature Center, a not-for-profit park and education center in Camden/Rockport, with 66 acres of gardens and nature trails open free of charge to the public every day, and a year-round program of talks, classes, and workshops. For further information about the Kitchen Tour, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or go to