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Back Door Kitchen Tour

2015 Back Door Kitchen Tour is Saturday, October 10, 2015
If your purchased tickets online, bring your Paypal receipt to any one of the nine tour homes or the Bellamy Mansion to pick up your tickets.
Mark your calendar and tell your friends.  This is the 10th anniversary of ROW's very successful and much loved annual kitchen tour, and a very special Tour is planned. Please join us.  
Tour-goers will visit nine historic downtown Wilmington homes (listed below). The 2015 Tour includes:  a  Front Street home previously occupied by President Woodrow Wilson; a Fifth Avenue mansion; and a remodeled 1898 bungalow.  Each of the nine tour homes has a unique history and a special kitchen designed for that home.  The houses will be open for touring by ticket holders on October 10 from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M., rain or shine.      
ROW will welcome ticket holders “through the back door,” with true southern hospitality.  We invite you as our guests to enjoy the nine Tour homes, as well the beautiful Historic Districts that ROW calls home. The Tour  easily walkable, within a 10 block radius.
The Back Door Kitchen Tour is the only fundraiser for Residents of Old Wilmington (ROW), a nonprofit, all volunteer, neighborhood association. Proceeds go to back into our community for beautification, preservation, restoration, and other improvements, through ROW projects and grants. We hope you will join us for what is sure to be a memorable day. If you have questions, please contact us at bdkt@rowilmington.org.
2015 Tour Tickets:
Back Door Kitchen Tour tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children under 12. Advance ticket sales begin September 1 at select area retail outlets (listed below) and online. Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the Tour at any of the nine Tour homes and the Bellamy Mansion (located at the corner of 5th and Market Streets). 
Individual tickets may be purchased in advance at these local retailers: 
  • Harris Teeter Stores in the Greater Wilmington, NC area
  • Finkelstein’s, Historic Downtown Wilmington, NC
  • Michael Moore’s Antiques, Historic Castle Street Antique and Arts District, Wilmington, NC
  • Ivy Cottage, Wilmington, NC
  • Taste the Olive, Wilmington, NC
Credit card purchases on the day of the Tour may be made at Finkelstein's (at the corner of Market and Front Streets, Historic Downtown Wilmington) or at participating Harris Teeter store. Credit card purchases cannot be processed at the Tour homes.   
The 2015 Tour Homes
Here are the nine beautiful and very special homes on the 2015 Tour:  
  • 312 North 5th Ave. 
  • 20 South 5th Ave.
  • 614 Dock St.
  • 520 Orange St.
  • 509 South 4th St.
  • 208 Castle St.
  • 411 South 2nd St.
  • 207 Nun St.
  • 401 South Front St.
2014 Back Door Kitchen Tour
   The 2014 BDKT was a great success.  It honored the memory of longtime, and much beloved, ROW member Dolly Pearson (known fondly as "Miss Dolly").  She is shown in the painting above as we best remember her, working in her famous "right-of-way" garden. The Pearson family generously donated a giclee of the painting to ROW for raffle as part of the 2014 Tour. ROW continues to honor Miss Dolly through its annual Dolly Pearson Beautiful Garden Award.
About the Back Door Kitchen Tour:
ROW's annual Back Door Kitchen Tour opens to visitors the kitchens of nine beautiful Historic District homes. Tour-goers see the kitchens, each with a unique combination of beauty, functionality and adaptability, as well as the gardens and other portions of the ground floors of these historic district homes. You might even see something you want to add to your kitchen.
Paul Lawler (2013 - 15 ROW President) and Ben Stone (2013 ROW Board member) present the 2013 BDKT Art to raffle winner Rachael Carter.  
Proceeds from the BDKT go to fund ROW projects and grants to Wilmington nonprofits.  Most famously, ROW used BDKT proceeds to purchase the statue of the Venus Flytrap by Paul Hill, titled "Southern Hospitality," which sits on the Riverwalk at the foot of Market Street. 
Southern Hospitality is a popular addition to the downtown Riverfront, and a graceful homage to the plant that grows only in this area. 
ROW has donated over $60,000 to area nonprofits thanks to BDKT proceeds.
You may learn more about ROW's donations and grants at THIS PAGE.
Get Tour Updates:
Would you like to receive information from ROW about future historic home tours?  We will let you know if you leave your email with Sign Up For BDKT Updates.  
Back Door Kitchen Tours In The News:
ROW member Phillis Thompson wrote a wonderful piece about the Tour.  It does a great job explaining why we love living in this neighborhood.  You may read her essay HERE.  It is timeless.
WWAY's Randy Aldridge interviewed Mindy Heu and Paul Lawler about the 2013 tour.  You may see the interview HERE.
Ben Steelman of the Star News wrote a great profile of the homes on the 2013 tour.  You may read it Steelman writeup.
WHQR personality Jemila Ericson interview homeowner Alicia Ross (2015 BDKT Chair) and Lawler (2013 ROW President and BDKT Chair).  You may listen to the interview at WHQR Interview.
ROW had a grand event at Crescent Moon unveiling the 2013 BDKT raffle art.  WWAY TV covered the event and you may see its coverage HERE.
Thanks to our Sponsors, Advertisers and Business Friends of ROW
The Tour would not be as successful without the support of the Wilmington business community.  Please thanks these businesses when you see them.  
Plantation Builders
Unique Perspective Window Coverings
Markraft Cabinets
Kitchen & Bath Galleries
Hollingsworth Cabinetry
Bill Heinberg Insurance Agency
Special Wood www.specialwood.com 910.675.1000
Atlantic Appliance www.atlanticappliance.net  
Addis Construction  
Carolina Estate Planners    
Element Outdoor Living    
A Proper Garden 910.763.7177
Bloomers Floral Designs www.bloomerswilmington.com 910.815.8585
Crescent Moon www.crescentmoonnc.com 910.762.4207
Finklestein's Music & Fine Jewelry www.finkelsteins.com 910.617.6508
Julie and Warren Arts, LLC www.julieandwarrenarts.com 857.204.0872
Karen Johnson Interiors   910.352.0779
Le Catalan French Cafe & Wine www.lecatalan.com 910.409.5523
Manifest Designs   910.515.1333
Network Real Estate www.jimbitto.com 910.233.0659
Polka Dotted Flamingo www.polka-dottedflamingo.com 919.215.9773
The Fortunate Glass www.fortunateglasswinebar.com 910.399.4292
The George On The Riverwalk www.thegeorgerestaurant.com 910.763.2052
Wintersun Fashions 540.239.7821
A Christmas Shoppe    
A Second Time Around    
Bankson Personal Property Appraisals    
C.W. Worth House www.worthhouse.com 910.762.8562
Cable-Carol Anderson   919.522.8421
Carolina Country Store    
Coastal Vibe   910.262.1533
Cobblestone Cafe
Debby Gomulka Designs, LLC www.debbygomulkadesigns.com 910.352.7339
Duke Ladd Music www.dukeladdmusic.com 910.262.1946
`1q.q   910.833.6641
Front Street Brewery   910.251.1935
Harris Teeter    
Wilmington Water Tours www.wilmingtonwatertours.net 910.632.4095
Wilmington Wine www.wilmingtonwineshop.com 910.233.2274