Sunken Garden Poetry Festival

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival
Sunday, Sep 25, 2022 from 3:00pm to 11:00pm
Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Road

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival at 30: Modern Muses

Join us for the 30th anniversary of the SGPF, on this auspicious anniversary which coincides with the 75th anniversary of Hill-Stead, we are honored to present the festival this year through the distinct theme: Modern Muses. We are overjoyed to have such wonderful community participation with incredible longevity of service and enjoyment of the festival. We are also excited by the next phases of the SGPF in the years to come. As such, we welcome poetry lovers of all ages and experience to join us for the events below. This year’s festival has a series of events including panels, workshops, and social events along with our annual reading events.

Seating is limited and advance purchase of admission is strongly encouraged. Don’t fret if you cannot be there in person. You can tune in from the comfort of your home with a Livestream presentation as it happens.


All Day: Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Ge-ODE-Caching

Looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon? Try Ge-ODE-caching, a Sunken Garden Poetry Festival twist on geocaching. Spend an afternoon enjoying our beautiful grounds searching out each “Cache” to find the poems hidden around Hill-Stead. A map is available at the Vistors Center. Don’t forget to sign the logbook in each hidden package!

Free admission for all

3:00pm - 4:00pm: Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Poetry and Pets for Kids

Our founder, Theodate Pope Riddle, loved her pets almost as much as she loved Hill-Stead! Here is a photo of her with her dog, Jim Jam, named after writer Henry James (1843–1916). Enjoy a drop-in activity where families can compose poems to celebrate their four-legged companions! Bring a photo of your pet (leashed dogs welcome) and create a rhyme to immortalize your love.

Free admission for all

7:00pm - 11:00pm: Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Legacy Film Night

For thirty years, Hill-Stead has gathered an incredible roster of poets at our Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. These readings have been faithfully documented by Morrow Jones with assistance from Simsbury Community Television. To mark this anniversary, we are rewinding the tapes to create a film of memorable highlights and sharing the retrospective for the first time. Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime movie night and allow yourself to time travel back in time to experience again the best of the best.

Bring a blanket, chairs, and popcorn for your comfort.

Tickets: $10 per person; $7 students and children under 18; $5 members

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