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May Market

May 6, 2016 - May 7, 2016

Celebrate the Arrival of Spring!

Hill-Stead Museum celebrates the arrival of spring with May Market, its signature home, garden and gourmet benefit event featuring more than 65 artisan exhibitors and specialty plant vendors, as well as a Museum Open House with complimentary tours of the Museum at the May Market Open House.

For a list of our vendors, see May Market Exhibitors.


Two-day admission tickets are $12 when purchased online before May 6, $15 at the gate.  (Children 12 and under are FREE).

Online sales have ended for May Market.  Please purchase tickets at the gate.  


Family Day

May Market offers a full schedule of children’s activities on Saturday, including crafts, a scavenger hunt, a visit with Hill-Stead’s lambs, kid-friendly food and an afternoon performance by the KC Sisters, a local, family-friendly band.  The KC siblings are putting a fresh new spin on the term “Sister Act.” They harken back to the heyday of family groups, with a rootsy, Americana sound that incorporates folk, country, gospel, R&B and jazz.

2015 May 9 Hill-Stead May Market-57Demonstrations

Special offerings on Friday include demonstrations on bread-baking by restauranteur Ann Howard, owner of Farmington’s much-loved landmark Apricots Restaurant & Pub; and quick and easy arrangements by May Ann Haar.

Shopping and Entertainment

Continuing a longstanding tradition, Hill-Stead volunteers will also offer a fine selection of unique perennials sourced from leading local nurseries, Hill-Stead’s own Sunken Garden and gardening friends.  Throughout the two days, visitors can enjoy music, New Haven Morris and Sword dancers, and delicious food and volunteer-baked treats.  Treasure hunters should be sure to visit Theodate’s Attic (new location: Hill-Stead’s Stone Garage) to enjoy a large selection of donated linens, artwork, glassware, gardening books, jewelry and more.


Hill-Stead is thrilled to announce that The Bee’s Knees will offer a wonderful selection of freshly-prepared food to May Market shoppers.  The Bee’s Knees is well-known for serving the catering needs of the Farmington Valley and beyond for the past decade, and has recently opened a retail location at 29 Waterville Road in Avon.

Inside the Museum

The Museum Open House at May Market provides a unique opportunity for visitors to tour the museum at their own pace with Guides available in each room to answer questions.  There is time to linger over famous paintings by celebrated artists such as Monet, Manet, Whistler, and Mary Cassatt which cannot be seen anywhere other than Hill-Stead.  Art lovers and experts alike will delight in seeing these masterpieces in their beautifully appointed, historic setting.

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Alexa Hampton Photo

Alexa Hampton will be May Market’s featured speaker on Saturday, May 7th.  For more information, see Alexa Hampton at May Market.

A perennial member of Architectural Digest’s AD100 and House Beautiful’s Top Designer list as well as a member of Elle Décor’s A-list, Ms. Hampton’s work is classic and eclectic.  She is the daughter of the late Mark Hampton and owner of Mark Hampton LLC.  Mark Hampton LLC was founded in 1976 by the late designer for whom the firm is named.  In 1998, upon Mark Hampton’s death, his daughter, fellow designer Alexa Hampton, took over the ownership and design leadership of the world famous firm. She has completed a wide range of designs for domestic and international projects, from New York City to Hangzhou, China, including apartments and large residences, private airplanes and yachts.

Ms. Hampton’s involvement in design goes far past her position as featured designer of Mark Hampton LLC; she is on the board of trustees for the New York School of Interior Design, the New York Landmarks Conservancy and the Institute for Classical Architecture. She was one of the three inaugural designers who launched Gilt Groupe’s Gilt Home Design Boutiques, serves on the design board of and was the only female cast member of This Old House and was a co-host of PBS’ Find. Over the years, Hampton’s work has been featured in many national and international shelter and design magazines.

Hampton is the author of two critically praised books: The Language of Interior Design, and Decorating in Detail and contributed an essay for Charlotte Moss’ book, A Visual Life. She is also a contributing columnist for The Wall Street Journal’s Saturday “Off Duty” section. Hampton posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest under Alexa Hampton Inc. and frequently lectures on design around the country and internationally.

Hampton lives in NY with her husband and three children.

Many thanks to our 2016 May Market Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

SimsBank Horiz-3Color Logo-2 R version

Additional support from

Construction Resources, Inc.


Pease & Dorio, P.C.

Individual Underwriters

Tree of Heaven

Claudie & Jack Blozy


Bill Watson

Heide Williams


Penny Brown

Tanny Clark

Patty Connolly

Marie Dudley

Sandy Goralnick

Bonnie McLachlan

Ann Molod

Ruth Rabinowitz

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