FARMINGTON, CT – Hill-Stead Museum presents its 27th Annual May Market spring spectacular on May 10 & 11, 10 am – 4 pm. With over 65 exhibitors dotted throughout the lush grounds of the museum’s historic 152-acre hilltop estate, Farmington Valley's premier garden & crafts event draws garden, nature, home, lifestyle, history and design enthusiasts alike. For two full days, rain or shine, this important fundraising event offers something for everyone – from rare and beautiful plants and flowers, to art and gardening demonstrations, live music, unique crafts, jewelry, clothing, antiques, artisanal food, and more. This year’s Presenting Sponsor is Simsbury Bank, an independent, local bank with $375 million in assets. May Market entry is $12 general admission, $10 for museum members, free to children ages 12 and under. General admission includes entrance to all arts & crafts, home & garden exhibitors, daily demonstrations, live music, children’s activities, and self-guided tours of the museum.
Hill-Stead is pleased to present CT resident Carolyne Roehm as this year’s keynote speaker, May 10, Friday, 11 am. Author of eleven books and one of America’s leading tastemakers, trendsetters and lifestyle experts, Ms. Roehm will present a lecture, demonstration, and book signing of her latest publication, Flowers. A B.F.A. graduate from Washington University, Ms. Roehm began her professional life in the fashion world with Oscar de la Renta, with whom she worked for ten years. In 1985, she launched her own fashion house, and, although a success in that realm, she had a passion for beauty that extended beyond the sphere of clothing. She has been featured in publications including House Beautiful, O, Fortune, Architectural Digest, and New York Magazine. In her special May Market presentation, Ms. Roehm will share her journey with flowers from bulb planting to table arrangement, creating one of the extraordinary arrangements from her book. Following her demonstration, the arrangement will be auctioned for purchase. Admission for the lecture/demonstration is $45 (includes general May Market admission).
Other May Market specials this year, all part of general admission, include a terrarium-making presentation with Kassandra Moss, terrarium expert at Natureworks in Northford; a leaf-casting demonstration and an Impressionist-style painting demonstration with artist Shauna Shane; a demonstration by Lynn Cavo and Alice Willard on constructing Fairy Houses; a tour of the Sunken Garden with garden author, photographer, and past president of the Connecticut Horticultural Society, Steve Silk; and informal talks by Master Gardeners. Self-guided museum tours, live music with female quartet Just for Kicks, children’s crafts activities, Hill-Stead’s visiting flock of sheep, pre-loved treasures at Theodate’s Attic, and delicious lunches from Tallulah’s Catering and homemade desserts at Monet’s Café and Bakery round out this spectacular fundraising event.
May Market is organized and presented by the museum’s core volunteer group, The Hill-Steaders, and raises vital funds for the museum’s educational programs, preservation projects and general operations. This year’s event Co-Chairs are Ann Howard and Amy Conover. Presenting Sponsor is Simsbury Bank serves consumers and businesses through full-service offices in Avon, Bloomfield, Granby and Simsbury, Connecticut, has mortgage loan originators throughout Connecticut and also provides homeowners with lending solutions in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
“We are very proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 27th annual May Market,” said Martin J. Geitz, President & CEO of Simsbury Bank. “This important community event offers an enjoyable experience for those who attend, with its variety of high-quality home and garden exhibitors, demonstrators and speakers, and it’s a major fundraising event for Hill-Stead Museum, an essential artistic and historical landmark in our community. We wish the museum and all of the participants a very successful event.” For more information, visit www.simsburybank.com.
A National Historic Landmark and an Official Project of Save America’s Treasures, Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT, is a stop on the Connecticut Art Trail and a member of Connecticut’s Historic Gardens. The 1901 period rooms, boasting Impressionist masterpieces and original furnishings, are open for tours Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm. The last tour of the day begins at 3 pm. Grounds are open daily 7:30 am-5:30 pm. For tour and program information, browse www.hillstead.org or call 860.677.4787.
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