Fall 2019 Events for the Design Minded

August 29, 2019

Text by Erika Ayn Finch

fall 2019 eventsSeptember
The Glass House Tours
Through November 30
Built in 1949 by Philip Johnson, who lived in the house until his death in 2005, the Glass House is best understood as a pavilion for viewing the surrounding landscape. Tour this unique home and its galleries. Ticket prices range from $25 for a one-hour tour to $250 for a private, three-hour tour. The Glass House, New Canaan, Conn., 203-594-9884, theglasshouse.org

Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850-1970
Through December 1
This exhibit shines a new light on the company that produced silver and mixed-metal wares in Providence for 120 years. Gorham grew to become the largest silver company in the world. RISD Museum, Providence, 401-454-6500, risdmuseum.org

Parade of Sail
September 1
Some of the best seats for the annual Gloucester Schooner Festival’s Parade of Sail can be had on the Beauport terrace. Coffee and a light breakfast are available on a first-come, first-served basis, or you can bring your own snacks. Tickets are $15. 10:30 a.m. Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, Gloucester, Mass., 978-283-0800, historicnewengland.org

Brimfield Antique Show
September 3–8
Spend the day—or the weekend—hunting for treasure at what is arguably the best-known antique and flea market in the country. Show hours and admission vary depending on field and venue location. Brimfield, Mass., brimfieldshow.com

City House, Country Garden: Landscape Design at Rundlet-May House
September 7
Tour the gardens and the Federal-era house while sipping on lemonade. Tickets are $15. Noon-1:30 p.m. Rundlet-May House, Portsmouth, N.H., 603-436-3205, historicnewengland.org

New England Home’s 5 Under 40 Awards
September 12
Celebrate New England’s next design stars at this cocktail reception. Attendees can bid on one-of-a-kind rugs designed by the 5 Under 40 honorees; proceeds from the auction benefit Barakat, a nonprofit working to strengthen education and literacy in Central and South Asia. Tickets are $85 in advance, $110 at the door (cash only). 6 p.m. Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting, Boston, 617-938-3991, nehomemag.com

Behind Closed Doors Tour of Castle Tucker
September 13
See rooms and hear stories you won’t experience on the regular castle tour. The castle is filled with the original furnishings of the Tucker family, who lived in the Victorian home for more than 140 years. Tickets are $15. 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Castle Tucker, Wiscasset, Maine, 207-882-7169, historicnewengland.com

Joel Barber & the Modern Decoy
September 14–January 12
Learn about the life and artwork of architect, author, illustrator, and decoy collector Joel D. Barber. Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vt., 802-985-3346, shelburnemuseum.org

Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival
September 19–22
Enjoy a two-day tasting featuring hundreds of wines, educational seminars, celebrity chef appearances, cooking demonstrations, evening galas and parties, and Sunday Jazz Brunch. Tickets are $75–$750. The Elms, Rosecliff, and Marble House, Newport, R.I., 401-847-1000, newportmansions.org

Evening at Gropius
September 20
Experience Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius’s lighting schemes during an evening slide show and house tour. Refreshments, including Gropius House Cider by Shacksbury, will be served. Tickets are $45. 7 p.m.–9 p.m. Gropius House, Lincoln, Mass., 781-259-8098, historicnewengland.org

Golden Ball Tavern Museum Annual Barn Sale
September 28–29
Discover gently used furniture and decorative items while enjoying nosh and family fun. Saturday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m.–noon. Golden Ball Tavern Museum, Weston, Mass., 781-894-1751, goldenballtavern.org

Boston Design Market
October 2–3
Connect with the design community while enjoying product launches, panel discussions, open houses, workshops, trunk shows, and more during this annual fall event. Boston Design Center, 617-449-5501, bostondesign.com

Heading Home to Dinner
October 3–4
New England design professionals create tabletops and bar carts for this design-and-dine event. It kicks off with a cocktail party on October 3. New England Home will announce the 2019 inductees into the New England Design Hall of Fame that evening. On October 4, the bar carts will be auctioned off during a lively dinner party. Proceeds benefit Heading Home, a nonprofit that provides aid and housing to homeless families. Tickets for the cocktail party are $65 in advance and $100 at the door. Tickets for the dinner are $250. Friday, 5 p.m.–8 p.m., and Saturday, 6 p.m.–10 p.m. Boston Design Center, headinghometodinner.org

The Main Event
October 5
The NH Furniture Master’s annual fundraising gala showcases member’s handcrafted furniture along with the organization’s educational outreach programs. Meet the masters and bid on work during the silent auction. Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, N.H., furnituremasters.org

11th Annual Art at Marrett
October 5–6
The Saco River Art League and other Maine artists sell unique arts and crafts, just in time for holiday gift giving. Kids get in on the act at the Create Your Own Masterpiece table. Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Marrett House, Standish, Maine, 207-642-3032, historicnewengland.org

Eva LeWitt Exhibition
October 6-April 6, 2020
Mixed-media sculptor Eva LeWitt’s first-ever museum exhibition happens at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. The exhibit features a site-specific installation commissioned by the museum. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Conn., 203-438-4519, aldrichart.org

RISD Craft
October 12
This juried sale features handmade fine art and design work by Rhode Island School of Design alumni and students. Meet the makers and shop for holiday gifts at the outdoor event. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Benefit Street between Waterman and Hopkins streets, Providence, 401-709-8585, risdcraft.com

Fall Festival: Around the World!
October 12
Inspired by the Bush-Holley House Museum Library & Archives exhibition An American Story, the historical society and museum grounds will feature Caribbean music, a scarecrow-building competition, face painting, crafts, and food. Noon-4:00 p.m. Admission is $5-$25. Greenwich Historical Society, Cos Cob, Conn., 203-869-6899, greenwichhistory.org

Lakes Region Parade of Homes
October 12–14
This three-day self-guided tour is designed for those looking to build or renovate a home. Meet with builders, developers, tradesmen, and remodelers from New Hampshire’s Lakes region. Tickets are $20 for a three-day pass. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 603-387-1817, lakesregionparadeofhomes.com

Taste & Tour 2019
October 16
Spend a crisp fall evening exploring the shops and showrooms of the Greenwich Design District. Enjoy food, product launches, book signings, and more. 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Greenwich Design District, Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, Conn., 203-966-8203, thegreenwichdesigndistrict.com

PRISM Awards
October 24
Toast the best projects and the most notable achievements of builders, developers, project owners, architects, land planners, marketing/advertising firms, interior designers, remodelers, and other professionals in the home building industry. Presented by the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston. Tickets are $195 for BRAGB members and $225 for nonmembers. 5:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Boston Marriott Long Wharf, 781-890-2101, prism-awards.com

23rd Annual Boston International Fine Art Show
October 24–27
Shop for historic, modern, and contemporary fine art from more than 40 galleries from the U.S. and Europe. Tickets are $15 for a four-day pass. Thursday, 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Friday, 1 p.m.–8 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. The Cyclorama, Boston, 617-363-0405, fineartboston.com

Night at the Haunted Historical Society
October 26
This signature Halloween event includes scary stories about the history of Westport. It’s part of Westport Historical Society’s Spooktober event. Call for times and ticket prices. Westport Historical Society, Westport, Conn., 203-222-1424, westporthistory.org

Haunted by the Legacy of Miesian Modernism
October 31
Learn about the histories behind the creation of New Canaan’s Glass House and Plano, Illinois’s Farnworth House, two of the most influential residences in modern architecture, during this talk. The relationship between the buildings two architects, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson, will also be discussed. The Glass House, New Canaan, Conn., 203-594-9884, theglasshouse.org

Editor’s note: Events are subject to change. Please confirm details with event organizer prior to your visit.

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