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Simsbury Bank Named Presenting Sponsor for Hill-Stead Museum’s May Market

FARMINGTON, CT – APRIL 29, 2014- The Hill-Stead Museum is thrilled to announce that Simsbury Bank is once again the presenting sponsor of its annual spring spectacular, May Market, which will be held on May 9 & 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Museum’s grounds, 35 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT.

The 28th annual May Market, which is one of the Museum’s biggest fundraisers, will feature over 80 exhibitors with handmade goods and antiques, rare and unusual plants, specialty foods and more.  General admission is $10 for Museum members and $12 for non-members in advance, free to children ages 12 and under, and $15 at the door.  Admission includes entrance to all artisan vendors, home and garden exhibitors, daily demonstrations, live music, children’s activities, and tours of the Museum. The keynote speaker will be Farmington-based interior decorator and author Holly Holden, who will present a talk on “Six Simple Secrets for Inviting Interiors.” Tickets to the talk are $45 for Museum members and $50 for non-members, general admission included. Lunch by Tallulah’s Catering and The Hill-Steaders will be available for purchase. 

"Simsbury Bank is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Hill-Stead Museum's May Market event again this year. As a community bank, it is a pleasure to support such a treasure right in our own backyard,” said Martin Geitz, President & CEO of Simsbury Bank.

“We are thrilled that Simsbury Bank has once again joined us as the presenting sponsor of May Market, an important fundraising event for the museum,” said Susan Ballek, Executive Director & CEO of Hill-Stead Museum.  “May Market is a wonderful opportunity for visitors of all ages to enjoy the museum’s beautiful grounds, and Hill-Stead looks forward to welcoming spring with our community and with Simsbury Bank.”

Simsbury Bank is an independent, publicly owned community bank for consumers and businesses based in Central Connecticut’s Farmington Valley. Simsbury Bank’s parent company is SBT Bancorp, Inc. whose stock is traded under the ticker symbol OTCBB: SBTB.  The Bank serves customers locally through branches in Avon, Bloomfield, Granby and Simsbury and regionally through mortgage and commercial bankers active throughout Southern New England.  Simsbury Bank customers enjoy internet banking and mortgage services at, respectively, and  Bank customers have free ATM access at thousands of machines across the country through the SUM program.  The Bank offers financial planning, investment and insurance products through LPL Financial and its affiliates, member FINRA/SIPC.

Hill-Stead Museum is noted for its 1901 33,000-square-foot house filled with art and antiques. Pioneering female architect Theodate Pope Riddle designed the grand house, set on 152 hilltop acres, to showcase the Impressionist masterpieces amassed by her father, Cleveland iron industrialist Alfred A. Pope.  Hill-Stead is one of the nation’s few remaining representations of early-20th-century Country Place Estates.  Collections include original furnishings, paintings by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, James M. Whistler and Mary Cassatt, as well as numerous works on paper and Japanese woodblock prints.  Stately trees, seasonal gardens, meadows, over three miles of stone walls and blazed hiking trails accent the grounds.  A centerpiece of the property is the circa 1920 sunken garden designed by Beatrix Farrand, today the site of the renowned Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. The 1901 period rooms are open for tours Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm. The last tour of the day begins at 3 pm. Grounds are open daily 7:30 am-5:30 pm. For tour and program information, browse or call 860.677.4787.

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