Gay Day

Sunday 14 September 2014 1:00pm - 5:00pmTickets available
$15, $12 Seniors, $10 Members & Students, $5 Children 6-18. Free for children under 6.

Location: Throughout The Estate

Part of: Gay Day

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This year the exquisite jewelry and luxury objects collected by and designed specially for Marjorie Merriweather Post, style icon and favored Cartier client, add a touch of sparkle to the 13th annual Gay Day.  

Be dazzled by Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post's Dazzling Gems, enjoy exclusive access to spaces not normally open to the public, and meet Hillwood's staff experts. Lively presentations by DC Lambda Squares, The Rock Creek Singers and Not What You Think round out the day.

Schedule of Events

Timed Activities

Upstairs, Downstairs at Hillwood
Mansion: Staff Dining Room
1 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm
Learn about the newly opened Staff Dining Room and get a glimpse into staff life at Hillwood. Presented by Estella Chung, curator of American material culture, historian, and head of oral history.

Out of the Closet
Visitor Center Theater
1:30 pm, 3:30 pm
Learn about the dresses on display in Marjorie Merriweather Post’s bedroom suite in this illustrated lecture by Howard V. Kurtz, curator of costumes and textiles.

Floral Design Demonstrations
Visitor Center Terrace
1:30 pm, 4 pm
Jason Gedeik, head of greenhouse and design operations, discusses Hillwood’s 55-year tradition of growing fresh cut flowers for use in floral arrangements. Learn the basics of floral design as you watch Jason create a beautiful arrangement including blooms from the cutting garden.

Square Dancing with DC Lambda Squares
Motor Court
2 pm, 3 pm

Concert by The Rock Creek Singers of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington
Visitor Center Theater
2:30 pm
Listen to the harmonious sounds of the Rock Creek Singers, a 26-voice ensemble of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington.

Concert by Not What You Think
Visitor Center Theater
4:30 pm
This 12-person ensemble, affiliated with the former Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington, presents pop, light jazz and folk songs.


Ongoing Activities
(1-5 pm, unless otherwise noted)

Peek Behind Closed Doors
Throughout the Mansion
Enjoy access to areas of the Mansion on-view exclusively for Gay Day. Highlights include the Fallout Shelter, Projection Booth, Massage Room, and the Ladies’ Powder Room.

Tour the Mansion, Gardens, and Greenhouse

Explore the exhibition: Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems in the Adirondack Building

Browse the Museum Shop, Visitor Center Second Floor

Take-out refreshments from the Café (1-4 pm)



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