From the Porch – A Summer Series

Our new multicultural performing arts series is a diverse and dynamic showcase featuring music, dance, theater, and more!

Building on the success of Hill-Stead’s indoor events and nationally acclaimed Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, the inclusive summer programming will take place on our 152-acre campus. The experiential events will happen several nights per week and be open to audiences of all ages.

In keeping with the Pope-Riddle family’s tradition of bringing literary, musical, and educational opportunities to the community, Hill-Stead’s From the Porch not only brings arts to the public but acts as a fundraiser for the Museum to sustain the dynamic cultural destination well into the future.

Hill-Stead will kick off the inaugural series with a venerable celebration of the “Year of the Woman,” to coincide with the centennial of women’s suffrage. Our signature events will amplify women’s crucial role in history.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the gate.

Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic including beverages.

Help us keep each other safe and stop the spread of COVID 19


Upcoming Events

See all From the Porch events below or in our Calendar. Check back often as new events continue to be scheduled.

From the Porch – Quarantined Quartet

From the Porch – Quarantined Quartet

Jason and Elysa Hochman, the creative musical couple and founders of the New York Guitar Academy. will perform a robust repertoire of original compositions with unique arrangements of renowned Spanish Classical and Nuevo Flamenco guitar pieces.

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14 August 2020 6:00 pm
From the Porch – Opera Idol@Hill-Stead Museum

From the Porch – Opera Idol@Hill-Stead Museum

Singers from far and near, who may someday be on the roster of some of the world's major opera houses, will present an array of arias. A panel of professional judges will narrow the field and then YOU get to vote for the winner!

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15 August 2020 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
From the Porch – Sea Tea Comedy Theater

From the Porch – Sea Tea Comedy Theater

Hartford’s Sea Tea Comedy Theater brings its highly acclaimed touring company to Hill-Stead. The comedic troupe tasked themselves with figuring out how to improvise while practicing social distance.

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19 August 2020 6:00 pm
From the Porch – Playhouse on Park Comedy Night with Linda Belt and Howie Mason

From the Porch – Playhouse on Park Comedy Night with Linda Belt and Howie Mason

Join us for 90-minutes of laughs featuring co-headliners Linda Belt and Howie Mason. Appropriate for ages 18 & up.

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21 August 2020 6:00 pm
From the Porch – Yale Opera Welcomes Artistic Director Gerald Martin Moore

From the Porch – Yale Opera Welcomes Artistic Director Gerald Martin Moore

Hill-Stead is thrilled to be the chosen venue to welcome the Yale School of Music opera program’s new artistic director, Gerald Martin Moore. Selected Yale Opera students will perform for this special welcome and celebration and Jill Brunelle, a repertoire pianist, who collaborates on all facets of Yale’s spectacular performing arts programs will accompany them on piano.

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23 August 2020 6:00 pm
From the Porch – Broadway-Style Cabaret

From the Porch – Broadway-Style Cabaret

Join singers from past Playhouse on Park productions for a 90-minute cabaret filled with show tunes, jazz standard and more.

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26 August 2020 6:00 pm
From the Porch – Among the Acres

From the Porch – Among the Acres

A diverse and dynamic showcase featuring music, dance, theater, and more. Tonight's performance features Among the Acres and their folksy, down-home vibe.

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18 September 2020 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
From the Porch – Sonia Plumb Dance Company, Duos & Trios

From the Porch – Sonia Plumb Dance Company, Duos & Trios

Sonia Plumb Dance Company presents a program of duos and trios featuring Fire or Ice and excerpts from Dance of da Vinci 2.0. Fire or Ice.

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25 September 2020 6:00 pm

Our grateful thanks to the following sponsors who are helping to make the From the Porch series possible


LEAD SPONSOR


PRESENTING SPONSORS

The Richard P. Garmany Fund at The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving


SUPPORTING SPONSORS

Comcast

Farmington Valley Arts Center

Harvey & Lewis Opticians

Kemper Associates Architects

Thomaston Savings Bank

Updike Kelly & Spellacy


FRIEND SPONSORS

ChristmasWishCT.org

Farmington Family Dentistry

Jan-Gee McCollam

Northeast Surety, LLC

Ohanesian/Lecours

Shredneck LLC

Please consider joining us as a sponsor of this series and be a part of this shared endeavor to bring the arts to the community. You will provide a much-needed boost to Connecticut’s incomparable cultural organizations and art providers. Every sponsor will be recognized all season long on Hill-Stead’s web and email promotion and onsite signage. See the Sponsorship Registration Form for more information.

$1,000 | Presenting Sponsor
  • Logo on Emails, Web and Signage
  • Name on Event Tickets
  • Social Media tags on Facebook and Instagram
$500 | Supporting Sponsor
  • Name on Emails, Web and Signage
  • Social Media tags on Facebook and Instagram
$250 | Friend Sponsor
  • Name on Emails, Web and Signage

Help us keep each other safe and stop the spread of COVID 19

All ticket holders who attend an outdoor event at Hill-Stead, beginning June 20, must adhere to the following Visitation Protocols at all times while onsite. If a ticketholder does not wish to adhere to these Visitation Protocols, that ticketholder should not attend the event and should contact Megan Olver PRIOR to the event for assistance in obtaining a refund.

The health and safety of our guests and employees is Hill-Stead Museum’s number one priority. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. In the interest of your personal safety and community health, please observe all the precautions listed below.

  • Guests are advised to practice physical distancing by standing at least 6 feet away from other groups of people not traveling with them while standing in lines and moving around the property.
  • Children must stay with adults at all times and a minimum of six feet distance must be maintained between all other non-family members.
  • Face masks should be worn by all visitors six years of age and above.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed at entrances and high contact areas.
  • A first aid station will be accessible.

Hill-Stead employees have already pre-marked spaces on the lawn for your group. Upon arrival, guests will be escorted to a pre-marked space on the west lawn by an employee wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

For further details on visitation protocols governing Hill-Stead’s summer event series, including a map of our West Lawn event space layout, please click here.

We are closely monitoring government policy changes, Center for Disease Control (CDC) guideline, government mandates, and public health advancement, and will continue to make changes, as necessary or appropriate, to our protocols and procedures.

By purchasing a ticket, you assume the risks of and waive liability to Coronavirus/Covid-19
The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies recommend social distancing. Hill-Stead Museum has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, it cannot guarantee that you will not become infected with COVID-19. Further, attending an event or program at Hill-Stead Museum or on its grounds could increase your risk of contracting COVID-19. By purchasing a ticket to an event or program at Hill-Stead Museum, you acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that you may be exposed to or become infected by COVID-19 and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death. You understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 at Hill-Stead Museum may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of yourself and others, including, but not limited to, Hill-Stead Museum employees, volunteers, and program participants and their families. You voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to yourself (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that you may experience or incur in connection with your attendance at Hill-Stead Museum or participation in Hill-Stead Museum programming (“claims”). You hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless Hill-Stead Museum, its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto. You understand and agree that this release includes any claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of Hill-Stead Museum, its employees, agents, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in any Hill-Stead Museum program.