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February

3 First Sunday Family Program - Join Hill-Stead Museum the first Sunday of each month for family-oriented programming. Art projects begin at 1 pm and self-guided tours run from 1 – 4 pm. Children will create their own little masterpiece based on a selection from the collection. Enjoy browsing the 1901 estate at your own pace and linger in front of your favorite painting. Engage in the ever-popular scavenger hunt challenge. Romp in Hill-Stead’s own natural playground of hiking trails, gardens and walking paths. Purchase a treasure in our Museum Shop stocked with adorable toys and children’s books. Regular admission rates apply to self-guided tours: $15 adults; $12 seniors; $8 students; $5 children ages 6–12; FREE to members & children under 6. Group rates are available.

Address: 35 Mountain Road, Farmington, CTT, 06032 , Farmington, Connecticut
Ph: 8606774787 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: lappel@hillstead.org
Web: www.hillstead.org/event/first-sunday-family
Fee: $0-$15

March

16 - 17 Historic House Tour - Free tours of the historic 1720 house.

Address: Stanley-Whitman House , Farmington, Connecticut
Ph: (860) 677-9222 (Always call and confirm events)

3 Monet En Plein Air - Gallery talk on the Monet masterpieces in the Museum's collection and the artist who created them.

Address: Hill-Stead Museum , Farmington, Connecticut
Ph: (860) 677-4787 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: cagenelloc@hillstead.org
Web: www.hillstead.org
Fee: Free with museum admission.

10 Maple Day - Celebrate spring and the maple-sugaring season with an afternoon of family fun. Make maple sugar treats and maple butter, enjoy "maple" activities for children, take a tour of the 1720 house.

Address: Stanley-Whitman House , Farmington, Connecticut
Ph: (860) 677-9222 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: Adults $5, children $3.

April

14 Annual CT Poetry Party at Hill-Stead - Join CT poetry lovers in the Makeshift Theater at Hill-Stead Museum for the sharing of poetry and ideas, announcements, food and music. All are welcome!
• Live music with Covert Jazz!
• Potluck—bring beverage and plate of appetizers or dessert to share.
• Juried "Open Mic" reading. To submit, please email one poem to poetry@hillstead.org (paste poem into email). The poem must be no longer than 3 minutes read aloud, and shorter is encouraged!
• Bring your ideas and suggestions for poetry at Hill-Stead and in Connecticut in general to share that day.
• Time for brief announcements about poetry groups and/or upcoming events (no poems, please). To reserve a slot for your announcement, please email poetry@hillstead.org. A table will be available for handouts.

Address: 35 Mountain Rd, Farmington, CT, 06032 , Farmington, Connecticut
Ph: 860-677-4787 ext 134 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: poetry@hillstead.org
Web: www.hillstead.org/activities/calendar.html#
Fee: Free, Bring a Potluck

19 - 20 Wake Up the Garden - Volunteer to help prepare the Sunken Garden for it's summer glory. Light lunch provided.

Address: Hill-Stead Museum , Farmington, Connecticut
Ph: (860) 677-4787 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: cagenelloc@hillstead.org
Web: www.hillstead.org

May

28 Celebrate the Land - Guided nature walks, craft activities and story hour for all ages. Snacks available for purchase.

Address: Hill-Stead Museum , Farmington, Connecticut
Ph: (860) 677-4787 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: cagenelloc@hillstead.org
Web: www.hillstead.org
Fee: Nominal activities and materials fee.

3 - 4 May Market - Featuring artisan vendors, locally grown plants and perennials for sale, live music; and presentations by Tom Smarr, Director of Horticulture for New York City's High Line, and Pauline Metcalf, a New York City-based interior designer and architectural historian.

Included in the admission is an open house tour of the Hill-Stead Museum and its collection of some of the most important impressionist paintings in the world. Two-day admission is $12 with advance on-line purchase, or $15 at the gate. Discounted packages including one or both lectures are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to http://www.hillstead.org/event/may-market/

Address: Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Rd, Farmington, CT, 06032 , Farmington, Connecticut
Ph: 860-677-4787 ext 132 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: info@hillstead.org
Web: www.hillstead.org
Fee: General admission: $12; advance purchase $10; museum members $8; children 12 and under, free.

8 Mother's Day Warbler Walk - A yearly tradition at Hill-Stead! Spring bird migration is underway and the grounds are a perfect place to spot a few warblers and other migrants as they pass through the area. Join Naturalist Diane Tucker bright and early to help her record the birdlife in our area. Bring your mom and your binoculars! 6:30am – 7:30am.

Address: Hill-Stead Museum , Farmington, Connecticut
Ph: (860) 677-4787 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: cagenelloc@hillstead.org
Web: www.hillstead.org
Fee: Admittance is $5 for members, $8 for members-to-be.

June

1 Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra - Outdoor concert featuring popular opera selections for orchestra.

Address: Miss Porter's School , Farmington, Connecticut
Ph: (860) 651-9962 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: $7-$15, children (under 12) free.

1 Annual Strawberry Festival & Craft Fair - Strawberry shortcake and other refreshments, professional crafters, children's games, pony rides, entertainment.

Address: New Horizons Village , Farmington, Connecticut
Ph: (860) 673-8893 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: Free.

1 Connecticut Trails Weekend - National Trails Day. Join museum volunteer Betty Collins who will lead an engaging, history-infused walk on Hill-Stead’s manicured grounds and farther afield. Light-moderate difficulty. This is a two-part hike. Visitors may opt for only the first part of the walk if they prefer a lighter hike. 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

1:00 to 1:45 pm: Take an easy walk around the magnificent grounds of Hill-Stead to explore the Beatrix Farrand-designed sunken garden, stone walls and the American Elm. Stroll along the lawns and allees as you learn fascinating historic tidbits about the estate and enjoy the scenic overlooks of the Farmington Valley.

1:45 to 3:00 pm: The walk continues onto the scenic trails for a more adventurous, moderate level, hike up to 1.5 miles to the outer grounds of Hill-Stead. Trasverse meadows, woodlands and wetlands and explore the historic grounds of the former dairy farm, with its current flock of sheep, and hike the historic trails including portions of the Metacomet Trail–part of the New England Trail-National Scenic Trail.

Address: Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Rd , Farmington, Connecticut
Ph: 860-677-4787 ext 142 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: jacksonm@hillstead.org
Web: www.hillstead.org
Fee: $10 suggested donation

19 - 14 2016 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival - Wednesday, June 22
Heather McHugh
& Sunken Garden Poetry Chapbook Winner
Music: The Meadows Brothers

Sunday, July 10
Brian Turner
& Doug Anderson
Music: Logan Vath
Featuring Veterans’ Art Show & Workshop

Wednesday, July 20
Ed Hirsch
& Clare Rossini
Music: Lords of Liechtenstein

Sunday, August 7
Juan Felipe Herrera, United States Poet Laureate
& Peg Boyers
Music: Latin Heartbeat Ensemble
Featuring Latino Authors & Poets Community Conversation

Wednesday, August 17 - CT YOUNG POETS DAY
Kwame Dawes
& Fresh Voices Student Competition Winners
Music: Mystic Jammers

The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is a unique outdoor arts event located on the grounds of this National Historic Landmark in the heart of Farmington. Beginning on June 22, the festival presents the first of five performances, scheduled for three Wednesday and two Sunday evenings throughout the summer. Adding to the humanities-rich content of the festival, Hill-Stead offers poetry writing workshops with each headlining performer. The community cherishes this series of readings and music concerts in the informal outdoor setting of the Hill-Stead estate. Visitors can come early to tour the museum’s world-class Impressionist art collection, walk the trails or attend the pre-performance Prelude conversations with the headlining poets.
Festival Schedule: Gates open at 4:30 pm; Prelude conversation with headlining poet at 5:00 pm; opening poet at 6:00 pm; music begins at 6:30 pm; headlining poet begins at 7:15 pm.

Parking is free.
Tickets & Season Passes: hillstead.org.
Seating: Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating in and around the garden, or join Hill-Stead’s Live Poets Society to receive premier reserved seating. To join Live Poets Society, contact Kirsten Fuchs at 860-677-4787, x181, or visit www.hillstead.org.
Food: Al fresco dining is allowed on the grounds. Festival attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic suppers or purchase food, wine and other beverages on site from gourmet food vendors.

Address: 35 Mountain Rd , Farmington, Connecticut
Ph: 8606774787 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 8606774787
Email: lappel@hillstead.org
Web: www.hillstead.org
Fee: Admission: $12 advance on-line purchase, $15 at the gate, ages 18 and under free.

19CT0501028e024 - Farmington Sunken Garden Poetry Festival Opening Night - Enjoy two hours of world-class poetry and music among the blooms of Hill-Stead's historic Sunken Garden. The festival opens with United States Poet Laureate (2004-2006) and Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet Ted Kooser. He is the author of 14 full-length collections of poetry; including Splitting An Order (2014), Weather Central, and Delights and Shadows, which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. His prose books include The Wheeling Year (2014) and Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps, which won the Nebraska Book Award for Nonfiction in 2003. His writing has appeared in many periodicals including The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, The Hudson Review, The Nation, The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, and Antioch Review. He has received two NEA fellowships in poetry, and written three children’s books from Candlewick Press, The Bell in the Bridge (2015), Bag in the Wind, illustrated by Barry Root, and The House Held Up by Trees.

Address: Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Rd , Farmington, Connecticut
Ph: 860-677-4787 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: poetry@hillstead.org
Web: www.sunkengardenpoetry.org
Fee: $12 online advance per person, 18 and under free

July

7 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival Presents Marie Howe - Marie Howe is the 2012-2014 Poet Laureate of New York State. She is the author of three volumes of poetry; The Kingdom of Ordinary Time, The Good Thief, and What the Living Do. She is also the co-editor of a book of essays, In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic. She has been a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and a recipient of NEA and Guggenheim fellowships. Stanley Kunitz selected Howe for a Lavan Younger Poets Prize from the American Academy of Poets. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, AGNI, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, and The Partisan Review, among others.

Feel free to bring a picnic dinner, blankets, and lawn chairs to make yourself at home in the beautiful setting of the Hill-Stead Museum farm and gardens.
Join us rain or shine. Admission $10/person; 18 and under free.

Address: Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Rd , Farmington, Connecticut
Ph: 860.677.4787 ext.134 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: wadsworths@hillstead.org
Web: www.sunkengardenpoetry.org
Fee: $12 online advance/person; 18 and under free

12 - 14CT0501028e018 - Farmington Annual Country Folk Art Craft Show - Featuring quality handcrafted folk art by artisans from across the country, specializing in fine, traditional and contemporary folk art; gourmet delights. Held in nearby Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

Address: Host Hotel & Conference Center in Sturbridge, MA , Farmington, Connecticut
Ph: 248-634-4151 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.countryfolkart.com
Fee: Admission.

17 2016 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival - The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is a unique outdoor arts event located on the grounds of this National Historic Landmark in the heart of Farmington. Beginning on June 22, the festival presents the first of five performances, scheduled for three Wednesday and two Sunday evenings throughout the summer. Adding to the humanities-rich content of the festival, Hill-Stead offers poetry writing workshops with each headlining performer. The community cherishes this series of readings and music concerts in the informal outdoor setting of the Hill-Stead estate. Visitors can come early to tour the museum’s world-class Impressionist art collection, walk the trails or attend the pre-performance Prelude conversations with the headlining poets.

Wednesday, July 20
Ed Hirsch
& Clare Rossini
Music: Lords of Liechtenstein

Edward Hirsch is a celebrated poet and peerless advocate for poetry. He was born in Chicago in 1950—his accent makes it impossible for him to hide his origins—and educated at Grinnell College and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Ph.D. in Folklore. Edward Hirsch’s first collection of poems, For the Sleepwalkers (1981), received the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University and the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets. His second collection, Wild Gratitude (1986), won the National Book Critics Award. Since then, he has published six additional books of poems.

Clare Rossini has published 3 collections, the most recent of which is Lingo. Work has appeared in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, and the Best American Poetry series and has been featured on NPR and the BBC. She is Artist-in-Residence in the English Department at Trinity College in Hartford.

Festival Schedule: Gates open at 4:30 pm; Prelude conversation with headlining poet at 5:00 pm; opening poet at 6:00 pm; music begins at 6:30 pm; headlining poet begins at 7:15 pm.

Admission: $12 advance on-line purchase, $15 at the gate, ages 18 and under free. Parking is free.

Tickets & Season Passes: hillstead.org.

Seating: Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating in and around the garden, or join Hill-Stead’s Live Poets Society to receive premier reserved seating. To join Live Poets Society, contact Kirsten Fuchs at 860-677-4787, x181, or visit www.hillstead.org.

Food: Al fresco dining is allowed on the grounds. Festival attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic suppers or purchase food, wine and other beverages on site from gourmet food vendors.

Address: 35 Mountain Rd, Farmington, CT 06032 , Farmington, Connecticut
Email: lappel@hillstead.org
Web: hillstead.org
Fee: $12 online, $15 at the gate, 18 and under is free

October

29 Hay Day - Hay Rides! Sheep! Face Painting! Games and crafts! Live Music! Food!

Celebrate the festive fall season at Hill-Stead Museum’s annual Hay Day on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. This popular family event will take place on the grounds of the museum, 35 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT. General admission is FREE; program and material fees for individual activities require nominally-priced tickets which will be sold at the door. Fun activities include horse-drawn hay wagon rides, face painting, a hay stack treasure hunt, special seasonal crafts, visits with the sheep from our friends at Clatter Ridge Farms, live music and more! Delicious food and treats will be for sale in the Hay Day Food Court. Hay Day is generously sponsored by Farmington Bank.

Address: 35 Mountain Road , Farmington, Connecticut
Ph: 860-677-4787 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: info@hillstead.org
Web: www.hillstead.org/event/hay-day/
Fee: FREE General Admission

November

22 - 24CT0501028e023 - Farmington Annual Country Folk Art Craft Show - Featuring quality handcrafted folk art by artisans from across the country, specializing in fine, traditional and contemporary folk art; gourmet delights. Held in nearby Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

Address: Host Hotel & Conference Center in Sturbridge, MA , Farmington, Connecticut
Ph: 248-634-4151 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.countryfolkart.com
Fee: Admission.

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