Three Things to Know – September 8, 2020

In the spirit of our tech-driven times, I am delighted to bring you the fourth installment of Hill-Stead Museum’s Three Things to Know.

1) Due to popular demand, Hill-Stead continues its phenomenal From the Porch performing arts programming. Hill-Stead has created its own version of Tanglewood, collaborating with 20 institutions, 80 artists, and bringing together over 1700 patrons to date for music, film, theater, comedy, and more!

The latest lineup includes a socially-distanced dance party with Darlene Zoller (September 16); beloved folksy band Among the Acres (September 18); Painting on the Hill with resident artist Rachel Cutler (September 20); Playhouse on the Park’s Playwrights on the Park (September 23), Sonia Plumb Duos & Trios (September 25 & 26) and family-friendly Farmington Land Trust’s Birds of Prey (October 4). And, there are a few tickets left for Hartford Symphony (September 8) and Hartford Stage’s community commemorations of 100 years of Women’s Suffrage with readings, music, and conversation (September 12).

2) To keep up with all the press coverage, we have created a News Room on our website to capture the bevy of media activity. Please click on the link here to see our national and local wins, including NBC, The New York Times, Channel 8 News, The Hartford Courant (three pieces in as many months!), to name a few. Featured pieces include our From the Porch series, gala events with celebrity chef Tyler Anderson, Sunken Garden Poetry Festival with a newly-added conversation with poet laureate Joy Harjo this coming Sunday (tickets here), and Autumn on the Hill, our nature camp for kids on campus! Hill-Stead was highlighted in Only in Your State as a true treat for visitors and praised for our reopening in CT News Junkie with quotes from Dr. Anna Swinborne chronicling our positive outlook despite the pandemic.

Grainstacks, Bright Sunlight, Claude Monet3) Speaking of our reopening, our veritable Musée d’Orsay in the heart of Farmington, best known for its Impressionist collection—including singular examples of Degas, Monet, Manet, Cassatt, and Whistler—has fully reopened its doors for public and private tours! Tours are properly socially distanced with hour-long daily, walk-in tours on a first-come, first-serve basis begin on the hour, Thursday through Sunday from 10 am-4 pm. Treat yourself and join us this fall!

I am eager to hear from you. Your questions, ideas, and inspirations are welcome. Share a comment on a post relevant to the topic or email

I will strive to respond to questions as soon as possible, generally within 24 hours.

Best wishes,

Beth Brett
Director of Communications and Marketing

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