Gays love Fabergé eggs. At least, that is what the Hillwood Museum is hoping when they open their doors on Saturday for their annual “Gay Day at Hillwood.”
General Foods heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post (thats whose Grape-Nuts you’re eating) stocked her mansion in Northwest D.C. with an ample amount of Russian imperial treasures – including a collection of the jewel-encrusted eggs. Upon her death in 1973, her estate became a museum to showcase her appreciation of art.
Hillwood is a museum that features the mansion itself, as well as the estate. Its tucked into a quiet street (we’re sure you haven’t heard of Linnean Avenue) in Van Ness which overlooks Rock Creek Park. Van Ness is the closest Metro stop, about four blocks away.
Over the years, Hillwood has made itself into a gathering place of old money. The grandparents of students at Sidwell Friends and Georgetown Day can often be seen on the estate sipping tea while casually preening their flowered hats. And while the formal gardens (French, Japanese and one featuring an actual Russian dacha house) have a stiff feel, the management of the estate has moved in recent years to market the museum to those with tastes extending beyond the upper-crust.
Gay Day is part of Hillwood’s outreach to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in D.C. Day highlights include the Lambda Squares (gay square dancers!) and a sneak-peak at the appropriately named and new exhibit “A Quest for Fabulous.” Just imagine the CraigsList “missed connections” listings on Monday morning.
Gays in the Garden: On the grounds of Hillwood
Gay Day at Hillwood
Saturday, September 15, 2007
10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Hillwood Museum (4155 Linnean Avenue, NW)
Tickets: $15, or $7 for students.
For more information, visit: www.hillwoodmuseum.org