From the Porch – A Performing Arts Series

Our multicultural performing arts series is a diverse and dynamic showcase returns!

Building on the success of last year’s extraordinary series, the inclusive 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.

From the Porch events scheduled to date are listed below and in our Calendar. Check back often as programs will be added throughout the summer and as long as the fair weather lasts!


Upcoming Events

Monday Night at the Opera in the Garden! – From the Porch

Monday Night at the Opera in the Garden! – From the Porch

Opera Connecticut returns to Hill-Stead’s Sunken Garden with their cadre of talented sopranos, tenors, mezzos, and basses, for an evening of favorite selections from operas old and new.

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17 May 2021 6:00 pm
Celtic Duo Ringrose & Freeman – From the Porch

Celtic Duo Ringrose & Freeman – From the Porch

Celtic duo Dan Ringrose and Jeanne Freeman celebrate Irish and Celtic music, with a touch of contemporary folk. Join us for a fun-filled, family-friendly evening of original songs and storytelling.

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26 May 2021 6:00 pm
Juneteenth at Hill-Stead – Summer Series Opener

Juneteenth at Hill-Stead – Summer Series Opener

Join us for a day of discovery and celebration featuring regional Black artists, organizations, and businesses.

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05 June 2021 All day
Hartford Symphony Orchestra Spring Splash! – From the Porch

Hartford Symphony Orchestra Spring Splash! – From the Porch

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra brings the HSO String Quartet to Hill-Stead as part of their Spring Splash! Series.

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16 June 2021 6:00 pm
Vocal-guitar duo Kristen Renehan & Jim Mastrianni – From the Porch

Vocal-guitar duo Kristen Renehan & Jim Mastrianni – From the Porch

Vocal-guitar duo Kristen Renehan and Jim Mastrianni bring their time and talent to Hill-Stead.

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18 June 2021 6:00 pm
Capital Classics Presents Shakespeare’s “As You Like It: Festive Songs and Famous Speeches” – From the Porch

Capital Classics Presents Shakespeare’s “As You Like It: Festive Songs and Famous Speeches” – From the Porch

Capital Classics Theatre Company returns with a program of music and merriment: "Shakespeare's As You Like It: Festive Songs and Famous Speeches," featuring performances of the songs and famous speeches from Shakespeare's romantic comedy, As You Like It.

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24 June 2021 6:00 pm
Ballard Chamber Collective – From the Porch

Ballard Chamber Collective – From the Porch

The Ballard Chamber Collective, a quartet comprised of professional musicians (and neighbors) Ari Isaacman Beck, violin; Jaroslaw Lis, violin; Nicholas Borghoff, viola; and Ignacy Gaydamovich, cello; return to the porch for an evening of selected chamber works.

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30 June 2021 6:00 pm
Sunny Train Family Music Show

Sunny Train Family Music Show

Sunny Train's a-comin' this way! All aboard to sing, dance, and play! Kids and grown-ups alike will adore the toe-tapping happy harmony-filled original songs, traditional tunes, and catchy jams.

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14 July 2021 10:30 am
Ed Fast & Conga Bop – From the Porch

Ed Fast & Conga Bop – From the Porch

Ed Fast & Conga Bop bring Afro-Cuban influenced rhythms and hard-bop harmony fused to create unique, soulful originals and creatively arranged jazz standards.

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30 July 2021 6:00 pm
Boyd Meets Girl – From the Porch

Boyd Meets Girl – From the Porch

Boyd Meets Girl pairs Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd with American cellist Laura Metcalf. The duo performs an eclectic and engaging range of repertoire, from Bach to Beyoncé.

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13 August 2021 6:00 pm
An Evening of Storytelling with Speak Up – From the Porch

An Evening of Storytelling with Speak Up – From the Porch

Speak Up brings their widely acclaimed storytelling show to Hill-Stead’s Veranda. Founder Matthew Dicks will serve as one of the featured professional and amateur storytellers sharing true stories from their lives.

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18 August 2021 6:00 pm
The Guys, a play by Anne Nelson – From the Porch

The Guys, a play by Anne Nelson – From the Porch

Presented by Herstory Theater. On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Hill-Stead Museum will pay tribute to first responders and all lives lost that day by hosting a production of Anne Nelson’s “The Guys.”

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08 September 2021 6:00 pm

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


LEAD SPONSOR

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

PRESENTING SPONSORS

Thomaston Savings Bank


SUPPORTING SPONSORS

SKY Investment Group

FRIEND SPONSORS

Carmon Funeral Homes

Hometown Foundation


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