Balance your child’s screen time with some outdoor fun at Hill-Stead’s winter afterschool program. Children ages 9–14 will explore Hill-Stead’s expansive property, hike the trails, create natural artworks, and much more!
Each session introduces new adventures, games, and challenges.
Register for one or more days or the entire program!
$35 per day
For young people 9 to 14 years old
Program will be on site. Campers must dress appropriately for outdoor activities and bring snacks.
Hill-Stead will provide art supplies and water and juice during snack.
All campers must wear masks, keep at least six-feet apart from other campers and staff, and wash hands regularly.
Maggie Foster best describes the indelible impact of an authentic experience at Hill-Stead.
She toured the Museum nearly 25 years ago and never forgot it.
”I visited your museum in the mid-nineties when I was 16. Seeing Dancers in Pink by Edgar Degas was one of those life-changing moments. Unfortunately, I lost the museum shop memento I purchased back then and couldn’t recall the museum’s name. Twenty-four years later, I mentioned my quest during a conversation with a client since she lived in the Hartford area. She found you after a quick Google search, and here I am. I am wondering if the museum still has a store that I can purchase a print? I would love to see a version of this vital art to be in my life again.”
Dr. Anna Swinbourne, Hill-Stead’s Executive Director & CEO, was so moved that she went above and beyond to gift Ms. Foster with a poster of Dancers in Pink. In a genuine team effort, Hill-Stead Educator Rachel Cutler mobilized to have a poster created to fulfill her request. Dr. Swinbourne personally brought it to the UPS Store in the heat of pre-holiday, pandemic-era shipping madness to fulfill Ms. Foster’s dream.
Dr. Swinbourne said, “We were thrilled to help Ms. Foster realize her long-term and devoted quest. In doing so, it reinforced my own deeply held belief in the magical power of art.”
We are happy to report that the piece arrived safely and now resides at Ms. Foster’s home in the Midwest. She had the work custom framed, and it now hangs in a place of honor above her bed.
The poster is pictured here, along with Ms. Foster’s beloved puppy, Osito.
All the unsightly yet necessary components are now hidden behind what some call “sheetrock,” but we call gallery walls! The progress has been astonishing. We are immensely grateful for the various crews and teams working together in every available space. It’s a noisy, invigorating hub of activity as they contribute to our transformation every weekday.
Included in all this activity was the critical and highly anticipated day when Eversource helped power down the entire museum to perform the necessary testing on the renovation’s electrical components.
In the meantime, our team hauled generators to the courtyard to gear them up to power the historic house. The weather played its typical tricky February self, causing us to reschedule a few times. Still, we responded in our usual determined fashion and kept at it until the skies cleared, and voilà—the job was done!
In the spirit of our tech-driven times, I am honored to bring you the first installment of “Hill-Stead’s Three Good Things to Do” to kick-off my new role as Chief Advancement Officer. It is the new 2.0 Version of “Hill-Stead’s Three Things to Know.”
This week, Dr. Anna Swinbourne, Hill-Stead’s Executive Director & CEO, graciously participated in an interview on the state of Hill-Stead as a guest on Ginny Wolf’s radio show, “Spotlight: Radio Reveling in the Arts and Entertainment.” The segment ran on 1150AM /1420AM Radio, which reaches a robust audience from Hartford to New Haven to New London and the CT Shore. Catch it again this Saturday at 5 am and 1 pm and Sunday at 8 am.
1In the meantime, enjoy a snow day at Hill-Stead. An outdoor masterpiece in any season, bundle up and take part in the joys of winter from sledding to x-cross skiing and snowshoeing. Do you want to build a snowman? All are welcome to come out this weekend and participate in a Snowman Building Contest. Think snowman, snow sculptures, snow creatures, and more. Creativity is welcome. The winner will receive an amazing prize and potential broadcast coverage. Please submit your contest entry with a description of your work to Hill-Stead Educator Rachel Cutler (email@example.com.)
2And, next weekend, the fun continues with Hill-Stead’s ‘Walktail Hours.’ Tailgating on the success of our first-ever event, the popular series continues on Saturday, February 27 and March 20 with extended hours from noon to 6 p.m.! Enjoy a sip and stroll with a warm, delicious drink courtesy of The Liquorist, who will be once again on-site in their mobile bar (once a 1970’s horse trailer!). A variety of fast-casual food items will be available for purchase, too.
3Please save-the-date(s)! We invite you to “Come Fly Away with Us” on June 11 & 12 and July 9 & 10 for a series of gala dinners to benefit Hill-Stead. Enjoy four unique evenings of delicious cultural cuisine from area chefs, inspired by Theodate Pope Riddle’s extensive travels to Europe and collection of souvenir postcards.
These stunning affairs include multi-course dinners with wine pairings, top-notch musical talent, and post-reception house tours. Please join us for al fresco dining at its finest sans tents where you can choose to sit at a safe distance among friends or with your guest at a stand-alone table during the magic hour. Bask in the glory of our outdoor masterpiece where you’ll feel as though you are in Tuscany with the rolling hills as a backdrop as a stunning sunset takes center stage.
We invite you to “Come Fly Away with Us” on June 11 & 12 and July 9 & 10 for a series of gala dinners to benefit Hill-Stead. Enjoy four evenings of delicious cultural cuisine from area chefs, inspired by Theodate Pope Riddle’s extensive travels to Europe and collection of souvenir postcards. These stunning affairs include multi-course dinners with wine pairings, top-notch musical talent, and post-reception house tours.
Please join us for al fresco dining at its finest—sans tents—where you can choose to sit at a safe distance among friends or with your guest at a stand-alone table. Bask in the glory of our outdoor masterpiece where you’ll feel as though you are in some exotic locale with the backdrop of rolling hills and a stunning sunset taking center stage.
Guests will be safely socially distanced at tables spaced at least 6 feet apart and may indicate their seating preferences on their ticket order: table of 2, 4, 6, or 8 guests.
Monet’s Circle | $500 per person ($375 is tax deductible) Supporter | $225 per person ($100 is tax deductible)
Admission at all levels includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and a bidder number to participate in the live and silent auction.
When the pandemic arrived and closed so much down, Hill-Stead pivoted to bring experiences of art and nature back into your lives. Now, February is bringing us snow, and we’re donning boots to dance (and make snow angels) in the winter wonderland, trying once again to create more ways to serve our visitors and spread some joy. To that end, we’ve launched winter winter walktails—a stroll through the grounds, on the arm of a pal, with a warm drink in hand—and, I’m giddy to announce, our first-ever snowman* building contest. Come to Hill-Stead in your outerwear, make the snowy creature of your dreams, and try for the prize! (For details on both events, please visit our Calendar.)
This new nimble reality of museum life – stop, quickly assess the conditions, acknowledge them as ever-changing, take a deep breath, and then respond, bravely! – has inspired some changes behind the scenes as well. I am thrilled to announce that Susan Orred will be stepping into a new role as Director of Public Programming at the museum. Not only did those types of outward-facing and community events, such as From the Porch, save our bacon last year, but they have also become one of the most vital and exciting aspects of our mission to serve the public. With her genuine enthusiasm for and deep knowledge of the museum, surpassed only by her devotion to it, Susan is the ideal person to lead this crucial path forward. Continue reading →
February marks the birth month of our founder and architect, Theodate Pope Riddle (b. 2/02/1867). However, we did not always know her actual birthdate—the grave marker and death certificate list her birth year as 1868. For the first few decades of the Museum’s opening, the Hill-Stead story began with Theodate’s birthday as February 2, 1868. It was not until years later that we learned her actual birthdate.
The Pope family bible, which served as a record keeper; and which was collected by Polly (Pasternak) Huntington and Sandra Wheeler while establishing the Museum’s archives in the 1980s, notes Theodate’s correct birth year, 1867, as well as her birth-given name, Effie. This led to a search for other documents with her recorded birthdates. At least four of which include Theodate’s signed testimony as having been born in 1877!
On this snowy winter day, please enjoy a glimpse of our progress as of February 2021 as we work to create beautiful new spaces at Hill-Stead. As we aim to complete the major renovation project by June, we will share a sneak peek of the progress each month via video and images.