Monthly Archives: August 2015


Volunteer Guide Program Information Session, Wednesday, September 2 at 3 pm

Guide imageDid you just have an amazing tour?  Do you enjoy art, architecture, history, and sharing stories and information with people?  If so, you have what it takes to become one of our marvelous Museum Guides, and we are looking for YOU!!

Registration is currently being accepted for our annual Hill-Stead Museum Guide Training Course.  This 20 hour course will prepare you to guide visitors through Hill-Stead Museum’s collections, and much more!  While training and materials are free, Guides are required to become Hill-Stead Museum members.

Please join us to learn more about being a Museum Guide.  We will gather in the Makeshift Theater for presentations and materials, and conclude with snacks and beverages in the Sunken Garden.

 Required Training Sessions will be held on Mondays: September 14, 21, and 28; October 5, and 19

To register, please sign up at the Gift Shop or contact Kate Ebner at 860.677.4787 ext. 142,

Guide training 2015 flyer (PDF) >


CT Young Poets Day at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival

Congratulations to all  who participated in our Young Poets Day on Wednesday, August 19.

Photographs by Morrow Jones.

Join us for Members & Friends Picnic on August 30 at 4 pm

See our calendar for more details.

Join us on the West Lawn (or the Kitchen Garden Tent in case of rain), to celebrate summer at the Members and Friends Picnic.   Enjoy live music by Tangerine Trio, a private Asian art tours, and a wine bar. Bring your own picnic, or sample gourmet vendors’ fare. Tables and chairs will be provided.

Please RSVP by Monday, August 24 to

Sunday, August 9th: Sunken Garden Poetry Festival admission rates apply ALL DAY for ALL EVENTS – $12 advance online purchase, $15 at the gate

Asian Ad croppedSunken Garden Poetry Festival, Outspoken Celebration of Asian Poetry, August 8th & 9th.

Hill-Stead hosts a culturally-rich weekend of Asian poetry, art, music, and conversation.  For the complete details and a schedule, see Outspoken Celebration in our calendar.

Celebrate the joy of poetry at Hill-Stead as we:

  • Showcase the work of award-winning poets Li-Young Lee and Tina Chang
  • Bring together writers, poets, and lovers of poetry for writing and recitation workshops
  • Engage in dialogue about Asian and Asian-American poetry and the issues of language, bi-cultural identities, and assimilation experienced by Asian Americans living in America
  • Gather voices of Asian poetry in a community reading to be performed in English as well as in native languages and dialects
  • Display Asian art from Hill-Stead’s collection – rarely-seen original Japanese woodblock prints, Chinese porcelain, and other fine and decorative arts
  • Feature Chinese classical and folk music performed on Chinese instruments: erhu, yangqin, dizi, and gehu