Three Good Things to Do – June 1, 2021

In the spirit of our tech-driven times, I am honored to bring you the fourth installment of  Hill-Stead’s Three Good Things to Do on this first day of June.

1Come 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 beautiful affairs include multi-course dinners with wine pairings, top-notch entertainment, and post-reception house tours. Select 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 who purchase tickets at the Monet’s Circle level will enjoy a Champagne reception and a tethered balloon ride (weather permitting), taking in the stunning views of Hill-Stead’s landscape and the Farmington Valley. We will gratefully recognize them in the event program.

2 Building on last year’s extraordinary success, From the Porch, our multicultural performing arts series returns this summer. Join us for the season opener this coming Saturday, June 5th, for a day of discovery with a Juneteenth celebration featuring regional Black artists, organizations, and businesses. The experiential events will run as long as the weather holds 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 into the future. From the Porch, programming is listed here on Hill-Stead’s Calendar.

3Join us for Young Poets Day of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival featuring award-winning poet Chen Chen and the 2021 winners of Hill-Stead’s Fresh Voices Poetry Competition. This outstanding program offers students the opportunity to write and perform poems suitable for presentation and publication. Since 1993, student poets from all corners of Connecticut have entered this competition. The Fresh Voices Poetry Competition is open to all New England high school students. The Festival will take place on Hill-Stead’s expansive and picturesque West Lawn. Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic.

A special thanks to Hill-Stead’s Fresh Voices judges, sponsors, and donors, especially the Goldfarb Family and the Ellen Jean Goldfarb Memorial Charitable Trust, with additional support from Becky & Tom Trutter.

3And, it’s full steam ahead for our Visual & Performing Arts STEAM Academy, Hill-Stead’s collaborative grant, in partnership with Farmington Continuing Education, to co-host a camp from August 2–13, weekdays from 8 am to 3 pm. We are delighted to report that the state just approved it as a special initiative that funds summer programs to serve students, grades 2 through 8, from Farmington, Hartford, New Britain, and Plainville. Children from other locations are warmly welcome to join; however, the program will not be able to provide transportation from and to these additional locations. This dynamic program offers opportunities for students to experience bold, innovative, and engaging visual, performing arts, and STEAM enrichment activities. So, please sign up your students for an extraordinary experience today.

I am eager to hear from you. Please email brettb@hillstead.org or post a comment to our social media channels.

Best always,
Beth

Beth Brett, Chief Advancement Officer

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