Hill-Stead Museum: May Market 2013
Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Road, Farmington CT 06032 860-677-4787 May Market Spring Spectacular 2013
"Hill-Stead still gives its
visitors the most pleasant
of all 'museum' experiences—
surprise. A new way of
looking at old treasures;
a close-up, personal look
at world-renowned masterpieces; and a sense
that a significant historical
era has not been cleverly recreated, but carefully
and creatively kept real
and relevant."
May Market at Hill-Stead

Hill-Stead's 27th Annual Premier Garden & Crafts Event Takes Place MAY 10 & 11, Friday & Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm.

For a complete list of May Market vendors & sponsors and to purchase tickets, please visit the MAY MARKET web page.

ADMISSION: $12 general; $10 members; free to children 12 and under. For information, contact Becky Trutter at 860.677.4787 ext 132 or trutterb@hillstead.org.

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From its early focus on rare and beautiful plants and colorful flowers, May Market has expanded over the past 26 years to include 65 exhibitors with a wide variety of home and garden items, artisanal food, pottery, wearable fiber art, jewelry, fine art, antiques, sailors valentine boxes, fine linens, decorative glass, and much more. It's the perfect venue to shop for Mother's Day or any other occasion!


Carolyne RoehmMAY 10, Friday, 11 am
Carolyne Roehm Presents "Flowers," a Lecture, Demonstration & Book Signing
One of America's leading tastemakers, trendsetters and lifestyle experts, Carolyne Roehm is the author of 11 books, including her latest publication, Flowers.

In this special presentation, you will share the journey Carolyne Roehm takes with her flowers from bulb planting to table arrangement. You will see Carolyne demonstrate how to create one of the extraordinary arrangements from Flowers. Immediately following the demonstration, the arrangement will be auctioned for purchase. Tickets for this lecture, demonstration & book signing are $45 (includes general admission to May Market).


Sunken GardenMay 10, Friday, 1 pm
Steve Silk Offers a Tour of the Sunken Garden
Award-winning garden writer, photographer, and designer Steve Silk, past president of the Connecticut Horticultural Society, will guide participants through Hill-Stead's one-acre jewel, designed c. 1920 by Beatrix Farrand (1872-1957), one of the finest female landscape designers of her generation. Learn more about how, through color and height, Farrand transformed the garden into a structured yet informal space, complementing the Pope Riddle House and its Impressionist art collection. The garden tour is free with May Market admission.


Shauna Shane Garden GateMay 11, Saturday
10:30 am–12:30 pm

Shauna Shane Demonstrates Painting en Plein Air
Discover the process of creating and painting from nature in the fresh, colorful tradition of the Impressionists. In her scenic spot at the entrance of the Sunken Garden, Shauna will share with you how an artist plans, observes and then puts on canvas the essence of the scene before her in that very brief period before the light changes. From a perfect vantage point, you will enjoy seeing a painting emerge while learning what goes into the technique. You might even take home the finished work, which will be available for sale.


ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES (All free with general admission)

Just for Kicks Music

  • Friday & Saturday, 12–12:20 & 1–1:20 pm: Just for Kicks
    Enjoy a capella harmonies in the barbershop style with this female quartet from the West Hartford-based Sound of New England Chorus (left to right: Marion Devokaitis; Maggie Hawlicheck; Judy Weinstein; Sue Mimnaugh)

  • Friday, 2—3:30 pm: Leaf Casting
    Join artist Shauna Shane in the rewarding process of creating a "fossil leaf" by casting a real rhubarb leaf in cement
  • Saturday, 1—2 pm: How to Make Fairy Houses
    With Lynn Cavo and Alice Willard, discover the excitement of collecting natural articles that fairies might find when exploring in the woods, then constructing a rudimentary home using the found objects
  • Saturday, 2:30—3:30 pm: Terrariums
    Kassandra Moss, terrarium expert at Natureworks in Northford, will teach the basics of planting and caring for a terrarium, bringing the miniature world to life with plants, succulents and decorative items
  • Friday & Saturday, times vary: Master Gardener Expertise
    Hear informal talks at the Master Gardeners’ booth each day; topics vary

Children's Activities
  • Saturday, 10 am—4 pm: Hill-Stead's Flock of Sheep
    Meet members of the visiting Hill-Stead flock, including some baby lambs
  • Saturday, 11 am—2 pm: Plant a Pot & Make a Card
    Present someone special with a decorated and planted flower pot, accompanied by a hand-made card, all done by YOU — all ages may participate

Refreshments: Monet's Café & Bakery
Relax and enjoy a delicious salad, cup of soup, or gourmet sandwich from Tallulah's Catering. Then indulge in delectable sweets, home-baked by The Hill-Steaders. Coffee provided by Starbucks.

New and Unusual Plants
Shop our great selection of perennials, with new and old favorites, some right from Hill-Stead's historic Sunken Garden. Find the perfect plant for your garden with the help of our expert Master Gardeners.

Theodate's Attic
Friday & Saturday, 10 am–4 pm. Find something new, something old — perhaps an antique — from our large selection of pre-loved treasures.

Estate Walks & Museum Open House
Check the Museum Shop for schedules.

For a complete list of May Market vendors & sponsors and to purchase tickets, please visit the MAY MARKET web page.


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