September 2016 Events for the Design Minded

September 9, 2016

Text by Lynda Simonton


A wide variety of September 2016 events in New England for people interested in interior design, architecture, and the arts.

Philip Johnson Glass House Tours and Yayoi Kusama: Narcissus Garden at the Glass House
The Philip Johnson Glass House celebrates the late architect’s 110th birthday, and the 10th anniversary of the opening of the house to the public with Yayoi Kusama: Narcissus Garden at the Glass House. The art installation comprises 1,300 floating steel spheres, each approximately twelve inches in diameter, which will be installed in the site’s lower meadow and forest, creating a dramatic view to the west of the Glass House. The exhibit can be viewed during Glass House tours. The Glass House, (203) 594-9884,

Annual Old-Fashioned Flea Market
September 18
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will hold its annual Old-Fashioned Flea Market on the museum grounds. There will be music, mini-tours of the mansion, and a popular collectibles sale. All proceeds will benefit the museum. Noon–4 p.m. Admission is free. Norwalk, (203) 838-9799,

Golden Ball Tavern Museum Antiques Show
September 24
The Golden Ball Tavern Museum’s Annual Outdoor Antiques Show takes place on the museum grounds. A hundred select dealers will be on hand. Additionally, area residents donate vintage furniture and decorative items to be sold in the barn at competitive prices. A preview party in the barn the Friday before the show will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and early access to the selection of donated items. Proceeds from this event support the Golden Ball Tavern, a museum and educational resource for schools and for students of the history of architecture and the decorative arts. 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; early admission $25, regular admission $7. Weston, Mass., (781) 894-1751,

Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival
September 22–25
Enjoy fabulous food and wines from around the world at some of the most notable and historic mansions in the United States. Now in its 11th year, the Wine & Rosecliff Gala features some of the region’s most preeminent chefs, extensive wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, and more. A variety of ticket packages are available. The Elms, Rosecliff, and Marble House, Newport, R.I., (401) 847-1000,

Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival
September 24–25
Meet the artisans behind some of Vermont’s finely handcrafted furniture, accessories, jewelry, and toys at this annual event. The show takes place in conjunction with Forest Festival at the nearby Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, so you can enjoy beautiful Vermont during fall foliage season. 10 a.m. –5 p.m.; $14 adults, $13 seniors, $8 children 5–13, $4 children 3–4. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, Vt.,


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