Wind Down Wednesday: Hygge and Home
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 5 p.m.
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During this long, cold winter, we invite you to wind down with a free virtual program that fosters creativity and mindfulness. In partnership with independent mixologists, crafters, artists and other experts, Wind Down Wednesday offers an optimistic approach to the middle of the week.
January is all about at-home comfort as we celebrate hygge and the serene portrait of author Marilynne Robinson from the exhibition “Her Story: A Century of Women Writers.” First, Megan Segarra of Meganda Kitchen will demonstrate her cocktail (or mocktail) recipe for infused spiked tea. Sip away while we discuss the portrait and read excerpts from Robinson’s beloved books. Then learn about candles and aromatherapy and center yourself through a meditative botanical watercolor workshop inspired by Robinson’s portrait.
The Tea: Courtney Dowe
In this online series, women musicians perform original work on the first Friday of the month. Conducted over a cup of tea, each session includes a short interview exploring the artist’s creative process. Join us and local singer Courtney Dowe.
Courtney Dowe is a unique combination of human rights advocate, vocalist and lyricist. Whether she is exposing the persecution of Falun Gong under the communist regime in China or denouncing police brutality in the United States, her love for life and dedication to her craft emanate from every note she sings. Find out where her latest journeys have taken her in this performance.
Friday, February 5, 12–1 p.m.
Free. No reservations required.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 12-1 p.m.
This docent-led tour explores Post’s life and collections at Hillwood while weaving in select objects and stories through the prism of Black history. View photos, collection highlights, and archival images, while asking questions in real time.
Thursday, February 11, 2021, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Stephen Byrns, founder and president of the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy, explores the magnificent design of what was once called the most spectacular garden in America and the story of the garden’s founders, glory, ruin, and rebirth.
Please note: This is the first program in the Great Homes and Gardens lecture series.
Friday, February 12, 2021, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Rethink the traditional Valentine’s Day arrangement and join Ami Wilber, floral and event décor designer, via Zoom to create a romantic purple bouquet featuring lisianthus, stock, and more.
Thursday, February 18, 2021, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Kara Newport, chief executive officer of Filoli Historic House and Garden, shares Filoli’s evolution from a 54,000-square-foot home built for entertaining to a vibrant cultural center for the Bay Area.
Please note: This is the second program in the Great Homes and Gardens lecture series.
Wind Down Wednesday: Good Trouble
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 5 p.m.
During this long, cold winter, we invite you to wind down with a free virtual program that fosters creativity and mindfulness. In partnership with independent mixologists, crafters, artists, and other experts, Wind Down Wednesday offers an optimistic approach to the middle of the week.
In February, we celebrate African Americans’ contributions to U.S. culture and history – but this important recognition should not be limited to 28 days of the year. As the late congressman, leader and activist John Lewis would remark, the work we need to do often involves making “good trouble.” In honor of his activist spirit, we will discuss the museum’s newly acquired portrait of Lewis and pay homage to his quest for civil rights. Learn about Lewis’s organized efforts to lead the nation toward racial equality and the good trouble he made. This conversation about civic awareness, empowerment and community will help you discover how to activate your voice and increase your civic involvement – all year long. Invited guests include Mixin’ Mimi, who will craft a mocktail and cocktail to get us into the spirit.
Thursday, March 11, 2021, 1:30-2 p.m.
Horticulturist Drew Asbury brings Hillwood’s orchid-filled greenhouses to you, sharing the history of the greenhouses, Marjorie Post’s infatuation with orchids, and the exotic blooms and fragrances on display now.