Indulge your inner Francophile with eighteenth-century French amusements in celebration of Bastille Day and Hillwood's French decorative arts collection.
A day of fun for the whole family includes:
- Add to the festive atmosphere by making and wearing a French bergère or Napoleon hat
- The festivities of French court come to life in a short play, performed by Happenstance Theater
- Meet strolling fanciful French nobles, also performed by Happenstance Theater
- Experience the best of baroque dance with New York Baroque Dance Company
- Learn courtly manners from New York Baroque Dance Company
- Immerse yourself in music of the 1700s with Kevin Shannon’s baroque guitar
- Explore Hillwood’s luscious gardens, during garden talks
- And of course, admire the exquisite collection of eighteenth-century French decorative arts collected by Marjorie Merriweather Post.
Come rain or shine, performances take place in the airy and open shelter of the C. W. Post courtyard tent, and the visitor center theater. Outdoor games and garden talks are weather dependent.
Schedule of Activities
A Day in the Life of the French Court
10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:15 pm, 4:00 pm
11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00, pm
10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm
11:00 am, 1:45 pm, 4:45 pm
Dance Workshop: Flirtation of the Fan
12:00 pm, 2:45 pm
Strolling Nobility/Strolling Mime
11:15 am – 12:00 pm, 3:00- 4:00 pm, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Beauty Patch Parlor
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hat Maker’s Workshop
All of Hillwood’s 2018 festivals are supported by a grant from the Sally Foss and James Scott Hill Foundation. All exhibitions and programs are funded in part by the U.S. Commission on the Fine Arts through the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs program.