Kitchens of all sizes turn heads on tour cooked up by local club

Posted: September 16, 2013

The Winchester Star

Cindy North of Frederick County, a member of Quota International of Winchester, leads a tour of the kitchen in the home of Kenny and Bobbie Harper on Ballygar Drive during the 13th annual Kitchen Kapers on Sunday afternoon. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Health Families Northern Shenandoah Valley. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)
Bobbie Omps Harper stands in the dining room of her Colonial-style Frederick County home next to a table elegantly set with her fine china for Quota International of Winchester’s Kitchen Kapers tour.
Margie Sheppard and her dog Sugar show off their cottage at Westminster-Canterbury for Kitchen Kapers. Sheppard made the mirror in which she’s reflected from a $2 picture frame she bought at an auction.

WINCHESTER — Almost two years ago, Margie Sheppard decided to downsize her living arrangements, so she bought a cottage at Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury.

“Because I’m still independent, I love the cottage,” she said. “I love gardening, and I love my backyard.”

Cottages at Westminster-Canterbury start at $380,000, a fee that includes future health care for the resident, and range up to 2,550 square feet.

Sheppard, 74, said the adjustment wasn’t a big one.

“Winchester-Canterbury was so welcoming and supportive,” she said. “I needed to be around people after [the loss of my husband]. It’s just been pleasant. I would recommend it to anybody.”

Sheppard’s 1,563-square-foot cottage, with its two bedrooms and two baths, was on display for visitors to see as part of Quota International of Winchester’s annual Kitchen Kapers fundraiser held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The service organization donates a portion of its proceeds to an area organization. This year, Healthy Families Northern Shenandoah Valley will benefit.

Now in its 13th year, the tour highlighted five area kitchens and homes, including those owned by Bob and Sandra Bouder, 208 Butterscotch Court; Chris and Penny Graham, 914 Armistead St.; and Kevin and Leah Clowser, 4790 Senseny Road.

At 241 Ballygar Drive, Kenny Harper and Bobbie Omps Harper showed off their 11,000-square-foot home, which includes five bedrooms, five full baths and two half-baths. The house also boasts a movie room, a pool table, a basement kitchen, a juke box and antique cars.

Bobbie said she is accustomed to having people in her home.

“We love to entertain,” she said. “Today has been easy. We haven’t had to cook any food. We just open the doors.”

Alicia Clemons, 24, said her family loves the television channel HGTV (Home and Garden TV) and loves homes — which is why they decided to take Sunday’s tour.

“We thought it would be neat to do our own little HGTV,” she said.

Clemons called Harper house “gorgeous.”

“You could be in here and not know someone was in here with you,” she said. “It’s impressive.”

Karen Shipp of Winchester said she has participated in Kitchen Kapers since it started.

“It’s just a grand way to meet a need,” she said of the event’s annual donation to an area nonprofit.

Larry Carbaugh and his wife, Debra, like interior design.

“It’s wonderful these people open their homes,” he said.

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