MATHER HOMESTEAD EVENTS
The Mather Homestead's events include both educational events and cultural, social and other events which take advantage of our beautiful buildings and property. Events have included the following:
We have welcomed scholars Gordon Wood and Harold Holzer and look forward to welcoming Dayton Duncan and Rick Atkinson when possible.
Past books include Little Women, My Dear Hamilton, Founding Gardeners, The British Are Coming, Tory Hole (for kids), and Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
Tours of the Homestead
Curated by docent Donn Smith
Cultural, Social and other!
Fall Harvest Festival
Our signature event for families including pony rides, traditional games, food & more.
Our successful picnic-style celebration will become an annual tradition.
Music at Mather
We kicked off our series with the classical sounds of the Con Fuoco Quartet. More to come.
Classes in the barn with instructor Mary Ann Freeman
Roses & Roses
Our annual ladies night in the garden. Unfortunately, we were unable to host this event in 2020, but we'll have double the fun in 2021.
We welcomed artists in June, 2020 to create using our beautiful property as inspiration. We also offered a "plein air" sketching/painting class with teacher Lisa Thoren in October. Stay tuned for our next "Plein Air week" in June, 2021!
The Mather Homestead and property are not currently available for rent for private events but possibly in the future.
Book Club: History Take 2
Thursday, October 29, 7 pm
This coming year, we will explore the theme of “History, Take Two.” Our book selections will consider history through a variety of lenses, taking a second look at what we learned in school to help us better wrestle with the complex issues that we face in contemporary America. We will begin with Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas which was billed by The Guardian as a “fearless, brilliant history of racist thinking spanning 500 years.” As the year progresses, we will examine history from a variety of other perspectives including gender, class and more. Join us for these timely and provocative discussions. We are partnering with Barrett Bookstore on this series and hope you will support the community and shop local!
MORE about Stamped
Music at Mather: Petting Zoo! November 21st, 5 pm
Petting Zoo is a rock band based out of Norwalk, CT. Members include Zack Ely, Bennett Newman, Colin Berger, Joe Wen, and DEEGAN. They released their first self-titled EP in October 2020, available on Spotify, Apple Music, and all other major streaming platforms. Be sure to check it out and give them a follow!
This concert will be OUTSIDE so BUNDLE UP and byo beverage.
$25 per person.
Music at Mather: Con Fuoco String Quartet
Sunday, December 13, 4 pm
Back by popular demand, the Con Fuoco String Quartet will return to the Mather Homestead Barn for a holiday concert. These accomplished young musicians, Ari Matsushita, Kay McIlhenny, Josh Bustamente and Ami Matsushita, will performed an hour long program to be announced shortly.
Our plan is to have the concert inside the barn with socially distanced groupings. Mask please!
Please consider supporting our music series by becoming a patron of our event!
Yoga 🧘 at the Homestead, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:30
Late fall session classes now available
Join us for a vinyasa flow class in the beautiful Mather Homestead barn led by instructor Mary Ann Freeman. This class is designed to make you feel lighter, longer and stronger! Geared for all levels, whether you are new to yoga or have a practice already. We will move through a creative sequence of foundational poses, emphasizing alignment and breathing techniques. BYO mat and water. $160 for series of eight classes. Next session starts Wednesday, November 4th and Saturday, November 14th. Limited to 10 people for social distancing purposes. If spots become available, we will offer individual classes at $25 each. Secure your spot for late fall session.