See below for the amazing list of talent coming to the Rhinebeck Country Living Fair. All presentations are included with the price of admission. Dates and times are posted as they are confirmed. Talent and schedule subject to change.
- Annie SloanUsing Chalk Paint® in your homeFriday, May 31, Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2- 2:00 each dayMain Stage
Annie Sloan is widely recognized as one of the world’s most respected experts in paint and colour. As well as authoring 26 internationally sold books, Annie Sloan transformed the world of furniture paint with the creation of her own brand of decorative paint, Chalk Paint®, in 1990.
Annie will talk you through some practical tips and techniques for decorating your home with Chalk Paint®. She’ll also demonstrate some of the most popular Chalk Paint® techniques. You will leave feeling inspired by the beautiful transformations that can be achieved with Chalk Paint® and excited about your own ability to upgrade your furniture – and your home. Perfect for anybody who wants to build their confidence or elevate their skills to another level. At the end of the session there will be an opportunity for the audience to pick Annie’s brains with any Chalk Paint® questions or conundrums!
- Holly WilliamsFriday, May 31, 11:00Main Stage
Holly Williams is a singer, songwriter, retail entrepreneur, and historic home renovator. She has released three critically acclaimed albums, including The Highway. She owns the beloved Nashville clothing store H. Audrey as well as White’s Mercantile, which has locations in Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; Malibu, California; New Orleans, Louisiana; Wilson, Arkansas; and Charleston, South Carolina. She’s currently working on her first television show for HGTV, and she’s also a wife, mother of three, and owner of Whites Room and Board, a collection of luxury vacation rentals that she has personally renovated and curated down to the very last detail.
Holly is a contributing editor at Country Living, and her totally renovated Tennessee cottages were featured in the December 2018 issue. Holly will discuss her “quality over quantity” philosophy, her favorite sources for finding renovation projects, what she looks for in a contractor, and more at the 2019 Rhinebeck, Columbus, and Atlanta Country Living Fairs.
- The Farmhouse ProjectFriday, May 31, 3:30Main Stage
Two big-city professionals—a doctor and a designer—moved to Upstate New York, traded taxis for pick-up trucks and store-bought for handmade, and filled their lives with what brought the most joy: entertaining, cooking, gardening, learning to live off the land, restoring a farmhouse, and creating cool sustainably made home goods. Shawn Lang and Kris Prepelica chronicle the journey to restore their 219-year-old farmhouse via Instagram (@thefarmhouseproject) and their website (thefarmhouseproject.com), which also features shoppable products that embody their “Rescue, Repurpose, Reuse” spirit.
Stop by The Farmhouse Project’s booth at the 2019 Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, and check the schedule to hear their story on the Main Stage on Friday!
- Nora MurphyFriday, May 31, 12:30Main Stage
Nora Murphy has transformed a passion for country-house style into a multimedia juggernaut. Thanks to her website (noramurphycountryhouse.com), e-magazine, Instagram (@noramurphycountryhouse), and new book Nora Murphy’s Country House Style, Nora has a devoted following, both in the U.S. and internationally. Her passion for interior design also led to the Nora Murphy Country House Collection, which launched in 2011. The award-winning lifestyle company focuses on decorating, gardening, and entertaining, and draws on Nora’s experience as an executive and project manager for Ethan Allen and Ralph Lauren Home.
Nora has been a featured presenter at Country Living Fairs since 2016, and she looks forward to presenting once again at the Rhinebeck Fair in 2019. Her beautiful Connecticut home was featured in the December 2017 issue of Country Living.
- Nancy FullerFriday, May 31: 1:00, Saturday, June 1: 11:30 and Sunday, June 2: 1:00Kitchen Stage
Nancy Fuller is a woman of many talents. She’s an author (Farmhouse Rules: Simple, Seasonal Meals for the Whole Family), Food Network star (Farmhouse Rules, Spring Baking Championship, Holiday Baking Championship), and co-owner of Ginsberg’s Foods, a multimillion-dollar business she runs with her husband, David. She’s also a loving mother of six and grandmother of 13. Nancy lives in an authentic 17th-century farmhouse in New York’s Hudson Valley region. Raised on garden vegetables and grass-fed beef, farming has always been in her blood. Her recipes represent her farming roots, and she believes in feeding others delicious, simple meals from the heart.
Featured most recently in the May 2019 issue of Country Living, Nancy joins the Rhinebeck Country Living Fair’s Kitchen Stage all three days! Don’t forget to stop by her booth to pick up a copy of her book, one of her garlic mashers, and to let her know who your favorite baker was on this season’s Spring Baking Championship.
- Tara BenchSaturday, June 1, 4:00Kitchen Stage
Tara Bench has been in the food publishing industry for 15 years, creating recipes and articles and food styling for magazines, books, television, and advertising. She spent many years working with Martha Stewart, creating beautiful and delicious recipes for her varied publications, and was the Food Director at Ladies’ Home Journal. Tara has been featured on The Today Show and Food Network, and she teaches the tricks of her trade via her online Food Styling 101 course. Check out her blog (tarateaspoon.com) and follow her on Instagram (@tarateaspoon) to see what new and delicious treats she is creating and styling.
Tara’s favorite food is chocolate chip cookies, and yes, she owns an Easy-Bake Oven. Catch her on the Kitchen Stage on Saturday afternoon at the Rhinebeck CL Fair!
- Mary Randolph CarterSaturday, June 1, 12:30Main Stage
Mary Randolph Carter—“Carter” to her friends—wears a lot of hats. She’s worked for Ralph Lauren for almost three decades, she writes the monthly column The Collecting Life about her varied treasures for Country Living, and she’s authored a number of books about junking (American Junk, Garden Junk, and her newest, The Joy of Junk, to name a few). Even with all that on her plate, she makes junking a priority. Dressed in her trusty green fishing vest and armed with credit cards, cash, checks, and a tape measure, Carter travels up and down the East Coast in search of fabulous finds. Carter’s husband of 47 years, Howard, and sons Carter and Sam support her quests for junk wholeheartedly.
Check out Carter’s Main Stage presentation at the 2019 Rhinebeck CL Fair to see how she “shops” the various booths, catalogs the treasures she finds, and plots all the repurposing ideas she envisions. To learn more about Carter, check out carterjunk.com.
- Sarah CopelandSunday, June 2, 11:30Kitchen Stage
Sarah Copeland is an award-winning author of the cookbooks Feast, The Newlywed Cookbook, and her brand-new book, Everyday Is Saturday. She has a lot of experience in the kitchen. She’s the former Food Director at Real Simple magazine, a Food Network veteran, and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of Education and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Her focus on whole-food ingredients and her refreshing approach to good living (chronicled on her website edibleliving.com and Instagram @edibleliving) have made her an in-demand voice for all things food, style, and family life.
Sarah and her husband, András, live in a small village north of New York City with their two young children, where they raise fruits and vegetables. Don’t miss her on the Blue Ribbon Kitchen Stage at this year’s Rhinebeck CL Fair.
- Jackie Greaney & Paul HavelSaturday, June 1: 11:00, Sunday, June 2: 12:30Main Stage
Travel and lifestyle experts, lovers of vintage cars, treasure hunters, adventurers, and all-around cool people, Jackie Greaney and Paul Havel are a perfect match. The couple met through Instagram (@jackiegreaney; @pjhavel), and after realizing they had a similar aesthetic and complementary skills—Paul on the camera and Jackie’s ability to style—they decided to team up. They now have a full-service studio and work with brands such as L.L. Bean, Barbour, and more. The couple has been featured in the pages of Country Living many times and appear on the May 2019 cover, which they also styled from top to bottom. Check them out on the Main Stage at Rhinebeck, where they participate in a fun Q&A with Editor-in-Chief Rachel Hardage Barrett.
- Hudson Valley Seed CompanyFriday, May 31, 4:00Main Stage
Hudson Valley Seed Company (hudsonvalleyseed.com) is a small, farm-based seed company celebrating heirloom and open-pollinated garden seeds and garden-themed contemporary art. What began as a seed library driven by a mission to save, share, and celebrate regional seeds soon grew into a full-fledged company, thanks in no small part to the popular Pack Art that adorns their seed packets. In addition to seeds, Hudson Valley Seed Company also carries gardening tools, planters, prints, and posters sure to delight anyone with a green thumb—or the dream of one! Check them out at the Rhinebeck CL Fair and follow on Instagram (@hudsonvalleyseedco)
- Kim LeggettSaturday, June 1, 2:30Kitchen Stage
Named by Country Living in 2018 as one of the The Country’s 100 Most Creative People, Kim Leggett is an award-winning interior designer and author of the bestselling book City Farmhouse Style, featuring beautiful interior photographs and design tips for achieving the popular farmhouse look. Kim and her husband, David, the other half of the City Farmhouse team, have been legendary pickers for more than 20 years and favorite designers to celebrity clients including Ralph Lauren, Sheryl Crow, and Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet and Kimberly Schlapman. Their popular cross-country City Farmhouse Popup Shops draw farmhouse enthusiasts from around the globe for the curated, authentic farmhouse antiques and vintage home decor. This year, you’ll find the brand’s popup shop at Country Living Fairs in Rhinebeck, Columbus, and Atlanta, along with their personally selected guest vendors offering vintage wares that compliments the City Farmhouse aesthetic.
Not only is Kim a picker and designer, but she’s an avid country cook. That’s why Southern Fried Buttermilk Chicken Bites and Made-From-Scratch Chicken Salad Sandwiches are packed in her road trip picnic basket. These easy, make-ahead, fridge-to-picnic-basket treats are crowd-pleasers for any occasion, and ’tis the season to share these recipes for family reunions and summer outings. Join Kim at the Country Living Fair Kitchen Stage on Saturday, June 1, at 2:30 p.m., where you’ll learn the secrets to turning these traditional chicken recipes into new family favorites.
- Charlyne MattoxFriday, May 31: 11:30, Saturday, June 2: 1:00Kitchen Stage
Charlyne Mattox is the Food & Craft Director at Country Living. On any given day, Charlyne might test a pizza recipe for the CL Blue Ribbon Kitchen, mix up a cocktail for CL column Drinking with Chickens, create an easy and fun craft for readers, and then take her dog, Gus, for a ride in her vintage blue MGB GT. Prior to her time at Country Living, she worked in the food and crafts departments at Martha Stewart Living and Real Simple.
Charlyne will do double duty at the 2019 Rhinebeck Country Living Fair, appearing twice on the Kitchen Stage as well as hosting two Craft a Festive Fourth of July Table workshops.
- Matthew MeadSunday, June 2, 11:00Main Stage
Matthew Mead is a photographer, lifestyle expert, and entertaining enthusiast known for his fun takes on decorating, collecting, and party plans. Matthew has written several books (Flea Market Finds with Matthew Mead, Entertaining Simple, and Matthew Mead Holiday to name a few) and produced countless magazine spreads and ad campaigns for companies like Pottery Barn, Dove Chocolate, Target, Wegmans, and Stonewall Kitchen. He is a regular contributor to HGTV Magazine, Country Home, and more. Matthew plans to share his ideas on summer decorating using your country collectibles on the Main Stage on Sunday.
- Kathy Shea MorminoSaturday, June 1, 3:30Main Stage
Internationally known as The Chicken Chick, ®, Kathy Shea Mormino brings a fresh perspective and informative style to raising backyard chickens through her award-winning Facebook page and blog (the-chicken-chick.com). An attorney by trade, her practical approach to modern chickeneering can be found in her bestselling book, The Chicken Chick’s Guide to Backyard Chickens.
Her coffee table book, Lifestyles of the Chicken Famous, which highlights her photos of the rare, endangered, and otherwise curious chicken breeds in their beautifully appointed yard, has been featured in the LA Times & Connecticut Cottages & Gardens Magazine.
Kathy frequently contributes her considerable expertise to various media outlets, including Hobby Farms’ Chickens Magazine, Discovery’s reality show Coop Dreams, and on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home.
Kathy lives in Connecticut with her husband Mr. Chicken Chick and two daughters where she is a beekeeper, the personal assistant to 50+ chickens, Clementine, a Netherland Dwarf rabbit, and Milo, a Yorkie with “cattitude.” Join her on Facebook & Instagram @thechickenchick
- Odette WilliamsFriday, May 31, 2:30Kitchen Stage
Odette Williams is one of those people who says she “wakes up thinking about what I’ll have for dinner.” And if that day includes a slice of cake and whipped cream, it’s all the better. An Australian expat and baking fanatic who now calls Brooklyn home, she noticed a need for keepsake apron sets for her children to wear when they baked together. In 2013, she launched OW Designs, which includes apron sets, flour scoops, and cookie cutters carried by a number of leading retailers, including J. Crew, Anthropologie, ABC Carpet & Home, Le Bon Marché, and Barneys. She is also the author of the brand-new, best-selling book Simple Cake.
Odette, husband Nick, and their four children—Dixie, Matilda, Opal, and Ned—live in a renovated 1880s brownstone in Brooklyn, New York. Check out what she is baking and creating on her website (odettewilliams.com) and Instagram (@odettewilliams). Make plans to see her live and in person on the Rhinebeck CL Blue Ribbon Kitchen Stage.
- Raema RotindoSunday, June 2, 2:30Kitchen Stage
Raema started drying her own garlic and onion powders because she wanted to create real, pure garlic powder that actually tasted like fresh garlic. She comes from a family of garlic growers, and founded her spice company with the mission of creating pure powders that reflected the taste of the wide variety of onions and garlics that grow in NY state. Most garlic and onion powders on store shelves are only about half garlic: the rest is fillers and additives, peels and roots. Raema is working to spread the word that pure, fresh seasonings boast a flavor even stronger than fresh garlic or onions. Her company, Rockerbox, makes spices that have simply been dried and concentrated into a “dust.” That’s why her garlic & onion powders list only one ingredient; they don’t contain any additives or fillers that produce off-flavors or granular textures. This philosophy can also be carried over to onions, which is why she is the only maker of a full line of different varieties of onion powders. Yellow onion, green onion, and shallot powders each have their own unique flavor profiles, which is why she believes that when you reach for onion powder, you should have the same range of options you would have when you use different types of fresh onions.
Raema will demonstrate how to use some of her handmade seasoning powders, and offer up samples of her creations at the end of her cooking demonstration.