In­dian River Sum­mer House Tour takes place on July 18

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FOOD/COMMUNITY -

On Satur­day, July 18, the In­dian River Fes­ti­val will host the third edi­tion of its fundrais­ing Sum­mer House Tour.

Par­tic­i­pants will have the op­por­tu­nity to visit a va­ri­ety of stun­ning lo­ca­tions along Prince Ed­ward Is­land’s cen­tral-north shore be­tween 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The tour will fea­ture six lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing pri­vate homes, a B&B and the fes­ti­val’s newly con­structed out­door pav­il­ion.

The Old Millpond B&B in Clin­ton, circa 1875-85, was built by Alexan­der Smith with lum­ber that was milled on the prop­erty. The house in­cludes a peace­ful front porch where guests of the B&B par­tic­i­pate in porch-sit­ting.

The Sisam House in Seav­iew, owned by ar­chi­tects David and El­iz­a­beth Sisam, is truly stun­ning. Its dis­tinc­tive roofline fea­tures two pavil­ions that branch out from a cen­tral din­ing area. Each main room is im­pec­ca­bly fur­nished with col­lec­tions of folk-art, an­tique quilts and colour­ful pot­tery and all fea­ture beau­ti­ful views to the seashore, the pond and the sur­round­ing farm­land.

Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal folk­lore, the home of Anne-Marie Ler­oux once housed the mid­wife who de­liv­ered Lucy Maud Mont­gomery. Built in 1868, this home was Mem­o­ries gift shop and later the Gen­eral Store in New Lon­don. Pur­chased in 2011, it has been care­fully ren­o­vated and fur­nished to re­tain the orig­i­nal char­ac­ter and charm of the home and fea­tured in East Coast Liv­ing Mag­a­zine.

The church that was home to An­nie’s Ta­ble and Culi­nary Stu­dio was ex­ten­sively ren­o­vated in 2011 to ac­com­mo­date the culi­nary stu­dio for three sum­mers, while still pre­serv­ing the build­ing’s dis­tinc­tive ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures. Gain­ing lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional no­to­ri­ety, this New Lon­don es­tab­lish­ment was de­scribed by the Toronto Star as “spec­tac­u­larly dec­o­rated with ex­quis­ite taste”.

The Pa­ton House, lo­cated in Stan­ley Bridge, is a blue­coloured cen­tury farm­house, which in­cludes a bunk house and en­ter­tain­ment fa­cil­ity/ dance stu­dio on site. Pre­vi­ous own­ers in­clude Don Har­ron and Cather­ine MacKin­non.

Fi­nally, the out­door pav­il­ion is the new­est edi­tion to the In­dian River Fes­ti­val ex­pe­ri­ence. De­signed by David Sisam of Mont­gomery Sisam Ar­chi­tects, the pav­il­ion’s open con­cept pro­vides views of the beau­ti­ful Malpeque Bay coun­try­side, while visi­tors en­joy re­fresh­ments from its fully func­tional kitchen and bar. The pav­il­ion’s li­cenced area will be open for the event.

Tick­ets can be pur­chased by vis­it­ing www.in­di­an­river­fes­ti­val. or by phon­ing our box of­fice at 1.866.856.3733.

In­quire about the lunch op­tion pro­vided by The Gallery food truck, which will be parked by the pav­il­ion.

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