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May Market 2017 Saturday and Sunday (May 6 & 7)

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Hill-Stead Museum

35 Mountain Road

Farmington, CT 06032

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One of the Farmington Valley’s finest and longest-running springtime celebrations is moving to a NEW WEEKEND! Hill-Stead Museum will celebrate the arrival of spring with May Market, its signature ‘home, garden & gourmet’ benefit event on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 from 10am - 4pm.

“The new weekend and our new Saturday – Sunday format will allow visitors plenty of time to get their Mother’s Day shopping done,” says Membership Manager Kirsten Fuchs. “Shop for Mom while finding fresh, fun updates for the patio, garden, kitchen and more. May Market’s two-day ticket and additional indoor spaces truly make this a rain or shine event.”

May Market features premium exhibitors, rare and unusual plants, live entertainment, children’s activities, gourmet food, demonstrations and open house tours of Hill-Stead’s Impressionist masterpieces! This annual benefit event supports Hill-Stead’s beautiful grounds, gardens and trails.

Presenting Sponsor: Simsbury Bank

New for 2017:

Hops & Vines, a Tasting in the Garden (21+ Event)

Your May Market admission includes a free tasting of some of Connecticut’s most popular and up-and-coming wineries, craft breweries and distilleries! This event is brought to us by Hill-Stead’s Impressionists Council, a group of young professionals who share a love of art, culture and philanthropy.

Preview Party in a New Shopping Space!

Friday, May 5, 7-9pm

Tickets: $50 at hillstead.org – includes admission to May Market all weekend.

Guests will enjoy a glass of bubbly in the historic Makeshift Theater while shopping premium exhibitors at this special benefit event to support Hill-Stead’s grounds, gardens and trails. Come and browse beautiful bouquets, basketry, fine jewelry, couture clothing, accessories, original art, children’s toys and more in this new May Market venue.

Theodate’s Gallery

A new booth for art lovers, selling a variety of donated artwork at very attractive prices.


May Market will host dozens of select “home, garden and gourmet” exhibitors in a large festival tent on the west lawn and throughout the historic buildings and grounds.

Hill-Stead volunteers will offer their much-anticipated and fine selection of unique perennials sourced from leading local nurseries, Hill-Stead’s own Sunken Garden and gardening friends. Treasure hunters should be sure to visit Theodate’s Attic to enjoy a large selection of donated linens, artwork, glassware, gardening books, jewelry and more, while art lovers will enjoy browsing donated artwork at Theodate’s Gallery.

An additional climate-controlled, indoor venue, The Makeshift Theater, will showcase a limited number of premium exhibitors throughout the weekend and at a special Preview Party benefit event on Friday evening, May 5, from 7-9pm. See beautiful bouquets, jewelry, artisan basketry, home furnishings, original art, Hill-Stead’s selection of children’s toys and more.

Live Music:

Plywood Cowboy - Sunday, May 7, 1:30-3:30pm

Formed in 2015 in the Connecticut River Valley, Plywood Cowboy is poised to rewrite the American Songbook. Bottle fed on roots music, multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Steve Dedman and his band strike deep at the soul of American music with songs about hound dogs, heart strings, and the vice of the bottle.

With great harmonies, clever songs, and tasty guitar pickin', Plywood Cowboy is one of the best new bands on the Americana scene.” - Chris Bergson, NY Blue Hall of Fame Inductee

Farmington High School Oriana Singers – Saturday, May 6, 11:00am

Family Time!

May Market offers a full schedule of children’s activities from 11am-3pm both days, including free Mother’s Day gift-making at Hill-Stead’s Education Station, scavenger hunts, a visit with Hill-Stead’s lambs, kid-friendly food and live music.


Learn all about pollinator gardens from Nancy DuBrule-Clemente of Natureworks, Northford, CT. As owner of Natureworks, Nancy has been educating gardeners about organic and ecologically-friendly methods since 1983.

Floral, interior and architectural designer May Ann Haar will demonstrate how to use new, environmentally-friendly materials in floral design. Mary Ann’s original, inventive work features seasonal resourced materials from nature.

In the House & Through the Garden’s Thomas Mach will host a Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan demonstration. A home interiors boutique located in Simsbury, In the House & Through the Garden specializes in color.


The Bee’s Knees of Avon, CT will offer a wonderful selection of freshly-prepared food to May Market shoppers, including special selections for children. Chet’s Italian Ice will return with their delicious small-batch ices in a dizzying array of flavors, and Best of Connecticut winner Plum Brook Chocolate will sell artisan chocolate in Hill-Stead’s Closed Garage venue. Hill-Stead’s Hill-Steader volunteers will sell amazing home-baked goods, and Farmington favorite Culteavo will serve tea on Hill-Stead’s historic Veranda.

Inside the Museum

Tour the museum at your leisure and learn about the museum’s masterpieces with a printed program and Museum guides in each room to answer questions. Linger over famous paintings by Monet, Manet, Degas, Whistler and Mary Cassatt. Art lovers and experts alike will delight in seeing these masterpieces in their beautifully appointed, historic setting.

A Benefit Event

May Market helps to support the museum’s 152 acres of beautiful gardens, grounds and trails. Underwritten by 2017 Presenting Sponsor, Simsbury Bank, and organized by the museum’s dedicated Hill-Steaders volunteers as a benefit event, May Market earned Yankee Magazine’s “Editor’s Choice - Top 20 Event” recognition in 2014 and 2015.


Two-day admission tickets are $15 advance/on-line or $20 at the gate. (Children under 18 are FREE). For tickets and more information, visit www.hillstead.org.

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