Aunt Jo’s Events Scrap~Bag:
2008

Events in 2008

To see current and future events, please go to our Events page.
For the 2007 Scrap~Bag, please click here.

To receive regular notice of upcoming events and "Friends of the Alcotts" discounts, please consider a museum membership.

January 2008 at Orchard House

Orchard House is closed to the public for routine maintenance and inventory from January 1st–15th. Re-opening on Wednesday, January 16th at 11:00 a.m.

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Saturday, January 26  4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
“Welcome to Our Home”
A Living History Tour

Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends. Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times.
Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $8.00; Children (2 - 6 years)- $4.00
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Orchard House Members - Half-price on individual tickets only).
Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.
Phone: 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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February 2008 at Orchard House

Call for Proposals: Deadline February 15, 2008

The 2008 Summer Conversational Series
and Teacher Institute

Wednesday - Sunday, July 16 - 20
The Concord School of Philosophy on the Grounds of Orchard House

“A Hunger for Home”
150 Years of the Alcotts at Orchard House

This year’s Series honors the sesquicentennial of the Alcotts’ residence at Orchard House with lively presentations and discussion in the spirit of life-long learning espoused -- and lived! -- by A. Bronson Alcott.

Professional Development Points awarded to Massachusetts teachers!

More information available after March 15th;
click here
to see details of last year’s Series.


CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Suggestions for sessions, presenters, programs, and activities for the
2008 Summer Conversational Series are welcome;
please send submissions to ladams@louisamayalcott.org

Submission deadline: February 15, 2008

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Tuesday, February 19 - Friday, February 22  
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. daily

“The Apple Slump Players” Drama Workshop
February School Vacation Program

     

Youths ages 8 - 12 will enjoy playing theater games, learning acting techniques,
and rehearsing scenes from Louisa May Alcott’s stories in the same rooms
where Louisa and her sisters performed “theatricals” of their own.
Dress comfortably; imagination and a sense of fun are required!


Costs: Full Week - $100 ($80 for Orchard House Members).
Limited to 15 youths; reservations & pre-payment required.
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for further information and reservations.
Click here to download and print a color flyer.

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Tuesday, February 19, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
“Welcome to Our Home”
A Living History Tour

Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends. Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times. .
Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $8.00; Children (2 - 6 years)- $4.00
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Orchard House Members - Half-price on individual tickets only).
Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.
Phone: 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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Wednesday, February 20, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
“Welcome to Our Home”
A Living History Tour

Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends. Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times. .
Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $8.00; Children (2 - 6 years)- $4.00
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Orchard House Members - Half-price on individual tickets only).
Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.
Phone: 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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Thursday, February 21, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
“Welcome to Our Home”
A Living History Tour

Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends. Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times. .
Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $8.00; Children (2 - 6 years)- $4.00
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Orchard House Members - Half-price on individual tickets only).
Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.
Phone: 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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Friday, February 22, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
“Welcome to Our Home”
A Living History Tour

Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends. Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times. .
Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $8.00; Children (2 - 6 years)- $4.00
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Orchard House Members - Half-price on individual tickets only).
Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.
Phone: 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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March 2008 at Orchard House

Saturday, March 22  4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
“Welcome to Our Home”
A Living History Tour

Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends. Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times. .
Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $8.00; Children (2 - 6 years)- $4.00
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Orchard House Members - Half-price on individual tickets only).
Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.
Phone: 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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April 2008 at Orchard House

Tours with a Patriotic Flair!
Throughout the month of April, Orchard House – home of a Concord Minute Man long before it became the “Home of Little Women” -- will celebrate Patriots’ Day and the spirit of independence in Concord by enhancing regular guided tours with special anecdotes and excerpts from journals and letters of the Alcotts relating to the Revolutionary War, Concord's Centennial Celebration of 1875, and Louisa May Alcott's Revolutionary War tale, "Tabby's Tablecloth." Find out how messages of freedom and tolerance have been passed down through the ages and are still evoked in the beloved home. On special display this year is a British Regular uniform from the 10th Light Infantry. Imagine seeing nearly a thousand of these uniforms walking past your window on April 19th, as the early occupants of Orchard House did!

Offered during regular hours of operation;
regular admission fees charged.
 Reservations needed only for groups of 10 or more
For further information, please phone 978-369-4118 x106

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Tuesday, April 22 - Friday, April 25
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. each day   

Plumfield Fun Week!

Join us for a week of fun during April school vacation! Try your hand at activities popular with Louisa May Alcott and her sisters. Our trained staff will help you act, write, make a craft, and draw just like the Alcott girls -- the real-life models for “Meg,” “Jo,” “Beth,” and “Amy”!

Cost: $100 for the week or $30 per day (Orchard House Members: $80 & $24 respectively)
Space is limited! Pre-registration & pre-payment required; please phone 978.369.4118 x106

Click here to download and print a color brochure.

Plumfield Fun Week daily details …

Tuesday, April 22nd
“ Meg”/Anna Day - Theater
See where the Alcott girls performed “theatricals” for friends and family! Rehearse a skit based on a scene from Little Women, play theater games, and improve your acting skills!

Wednesday, April 23rd
“ Jo”/Louisa Day - Writing
Practice writing in the very room where Louisa May Alcott penned the bestseller, Little Women! Have fun putting together a skit, story, or poem -- just like Jo March -- and illustrate your work to take home!

Thursday, April 24th
“ Beth”/Lizzie Day - Crafts & Games
Make a clothespin doll to keep or give away as a gift. You’ll see a doll that the real-life Lizzie made for one of her neighbor friends, play with old-fashioned toys, dolls, and games, and put on an original puppet show!

Friday, April 25th
“ Amy”/May Day - Art
Try an art experiment using your “third eye,” just as Amy March may have done! Make your own copy of original artwork done by the real-life May Alcott, play art-centered games, and illustrate scenes from your favorite books!

See you at Plumfield!

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Saturday, April 26  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Rain date: Sunday, April 27

“Spruce Up for Spring”
A Volunteer Opportunity for Gardeners of all ages

Jan Turnquist working in the gardensCome for all or part of the day to help keep Orchard House looking great on the outside!

Seasonal tasks include raking leaves, collecting downed branches, weeding, and possibly some planting. Gloves, gardening tools, or tarps are helpful to bring. Lunch, snacks, and beverages provided (let us know if you can provide healthy refreshments).
R.S.V.P. to 978.369.4118 by April 25th.

Community Service credit given to High Schoolers and Boy/Girl Scouts!


Saturday, April 26  4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
“Welcome to Our Home”
A Living History Tour

Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends. Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times. .
Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $8.00; Children (2 - 6 years)- $4.00
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Orchard House Members - Half-price on individual tickets only).
Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.
Phone: 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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May 2008 at Orchard House

Saturday, May 24  4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
“Welcome to Our Home”
A Living History Tour

Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends. Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times. .
Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $8.00; Children (2 - 6 years)- $4.00
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Orchard House Members - Half-price on individual tickets only).
Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.
Phone: 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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June 2008 at Orchard House

Click here to download a color flyer listing our summer programs
for youths and families .

Friday, June 27  9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
“A Morning with the Alcotts”
Step back into the pages of history to find out what it was like to live in the time of the Alcotts! Expert, authentically costumed staff and volunteers portray Alcott family members to introduce youngsters aged 7 and up to life in the 19th Century generally and within the Alcott home particularly. An interactive tour, old-fashioned games, songs, stories, and refreshments are all part of this highly popular and unforgettable experience!
Cost: $18 per person (Members - $15).
Reservations & pre-payment required.
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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Saturday, June 28  4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
“Welcome to Our Home”
A Living History Tour

Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends. Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times.
Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $8.00; Children (2 - 6 years)- $4.00
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Orchard House Members - Half-price on individual tickets only).
Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.
Phone: 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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July 2008 at Orchard House

Click here to download a color flyer listing our summer programs
for youths and families .

Wednesday, July 2  9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
“A Morning with the Alcotts”
Step back into the pages of history to find out what it was like to live in the time of the Alcotts! Expert, authentically costumed staff and volunteers portray Alcott family members to introduce youngsters aged 7 and up to life in the 19th Century generally and within the Alcott home particularly. An interactive tour, old-fashioned games, songs, stories, and refreshments are all part of this highly popular and unforgettable experience!
Cost: $18 per person (Members - $15).
Reservations & pre-payment required.
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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Friday, July 4  11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Orchard House at Concord’s Picnic in the Park
featuring
CAROL LEBEAUX, Silhouette Artist

Held annually for over 20 years, Picnic in the Park (Emerson Field in Concord) is a fun-filled way to spend Independence Day! This year -- in addition to interactive 19th C. games and Living History portrayers -- Orchard House is delighted to feature silhouette artist extraordinaire CAROL LEBEAUX of Shrewsbury, MA. Continuing a time-honored tradition, Carol creates hand-cut heirloom portraits of children, couples, families, and pets, working directly from sitting models or profile photographs. Carol is one of only a handful of true silhouette artists in the country, and her work has been featured in magazines such as Vogue, Real Simple, Country Living, and House Beautiful. Carol also lends her talent to charity, and this year, she will be generously donating a portion of her sales to support Orchard House! So enjoy the picnic, take home a lovely keepsake, and encourage friends and neighbors to do the same, especially since you’ll also be helping one of Concord’s most beloved historic sites.
Costs vary according to size & number of silhouettes desired; mats & frames additional
Silhouettes -- a moment’s monument … a treasure forever!
Supporting Orchard House -- helping a Concord treasure last forever!


For more information on Carol Lebeaux, visit www.silhouettes-by-carol.com

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Wednesday, July 9  9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
“Hand-in-Hand at Orchard House”
This program offers a very special first look at a historic house museum and the Alcott family for children aged 6 and under with a parent or adult caregiver. Activities such as matching games, songs, Victorian dress-up, drawing, and age-appropriate stories are included to stimulate, entertain, and educate the very young while allowing their adult partners time to enjoy Orchard House in a very unique way.
Cost: $15 per Adult/Child Grouping; $7.50 for each additional Adult or Child
(Members - $12 and $6 respectively)

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Thursday, July 10  9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
“A Morning with the Alcotts”
Step back into the pages of history to find out what it was like to live in the time of the Alcotts! Expert, authentically costumed staff and volunteers portray Alcott family members to introduce youngsters aged 7 and up to life in the 19th Century generally and within the Alcott home particularly. An interactive tour, old-fashioned games, songs, stories, and refreshments are all part of this highly popular and unforgettable experience!
Cost: $18 per person (Members - $15).
Reservations & pre-payment required.
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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Tuesday, July 15  9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
“Hand-in-Hand at Orchard House”
This program offers a very special first look at a historic house museum and the Alcott family for children aged 6 and under with a parent or adult caregiver. Activities such as matching games, songs, Victorian dress-up, drawing, and age-appropriate stories are included to stimulate, entertain, and educate the very young while allowing their adult partners time to enjoy Orchard House in a very unique way.
Cost: $15 per Adult/Child Grouping; $7.50 for each additional Adult or Child
(Members - $12 and $6 respectively)

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The 2008 Summer Conversational Series
and Teacher Institute

Wednesday - Sunday, July 16 - 20
The Concord School of Philosophy on the Grounds of Orchard House

“A Hunger for Home”
150 Years of the Alcotts at Orchard House

This year’s Series honors the sesquicentennial of the Alcotts’ residence at Orchard House with lively presentations and discussion in the spirit of life-long learning espoused -- and lived! -- by A. Bronson Alcott.

Professional Development Points awarded to Massachusetts teachers!

Click here to see the daily schedule for the series

Click here to download a complete Information Packet (pdf format)


Our Distinguished Presenters for 2008 ...
Cathlin Davis (CSU-Stanislaus)
Sterling Delano (Villanova University)
Sarah Elbert (SUNY Binghamton)
Keith Kirchoff (Pianist/Composer)
John Matteson (John Jay College)
Evelyn Navarre (SUNY Buffalo)
Nancy Porter & Harriet Reisen (The Louisa May Alcott Documentary)
Wendell Refior (Emerson Scholar/Re-enactor)
Debra A. Ryals (Pensacola Junior College)
D. Michael Ryan (National Park Service)
Lisa Stepanski (Emmanuel College)

Peter Stine (Gordon College)
Jan Turnquist (Orchard House Executive Director)

Tracy Wall (Costumer/Historian/Re-enactor)
Patricia West (SUNY Albany/Martin Van Buren Historic Site)
and the talented Orchard House Staff!

Click here to read bios of our Esteemed Presenters

COSTS
Conversational Series + Teacher Institute: $150 for Educators;
$250 for Non-Educators

Complete Conversational Series: $200
Per Diem Conversational Series: Wednesday-Saturday, $50; Sunday, $35
(20% discount for Orchard House Members; 50% discount for Students with ID)
For more information or to make a reservation, please phone 978.369.4118 x106

Click here to download a registration form (pdf format)

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Monday - Friday, July 21 - 25  9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The Apple Slump Players”
Drama Workshop

Youngsters aged 8 - 12 are invited to participate in this unique experience at Orchard House. After brief daily theatrical warm-ups, participants will play theater games, experiment with mime and improvisation, and act out scenes from Louisa May Alcott’s stories. Then, just as Louisa and her sisters did, a skit will be rehearsed during the week and performed at week’s end. Dress comfortably; imagination and a sense of fun are required!
Cost: $230 (Members - 10% off).
Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment required.
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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Saturday, July 26  
Drop in any time between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.

May Alcott’s Birthday Celebration
Join May Alcott and her Concord friends in 1860 as they celebrate
her birthday on the lawn of Orchard House!
Learn to play Graces or join in a game of Croquet.
Promenade around the Maypole, roll Hoops,
and try your hand at Jacob’s Ladder or Pick-Up Sticks, too.
Costumed interpreters will be on hand to lead the games.

This program is free of charge and appropriate for all ages!
Light refreshments generously provided by Concord’s Colonial Inn.
(In case of inclement weather, program will be conducted in The School of Philosophy.)

Added Time Travel Experience!
Consider registering for “Welcome To Our Home,”
our interactive living history tour that begins at 4:45 p.m.
Please see the July 26th listing just below for costs;
reservations strongly suggested.


Saturday, July 26  4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
“Welcome to Our Home”
A Living History Tour

Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends. Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times. .
Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $8.00; Children (2 - 6 years)- $4.00
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Orchard House Members - Half-price on individual tickets only).
Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.
Phone: 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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Monday - Friday, July 28 - August 1  9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  
Plumfield Fun Week!

“Meg,” “Jo,” “Beth,” and “Amy” will guide you in their favorite activities throughout this week! Our trained staff will lead youngsters aged 8 - 12 in acting, writing, games, music, and activities that the real-life Alcott sisters – Anna, Louisa, Lizzie, and Abba May – and their counterpart characters in Louisa May Alcott’s novel, Little Women, would have enjoyed! Perform a skit, join “The Pickwick Club,” sketch from nature, play games, and have fun with crafts, just as boys and girls did in Old Concord!

Cost: $230 (Members - 10% off)
Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment required.
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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August 2008 at Orchard House

Click here to download a color flyer listing our summer programs
for youths and families .

Monday - Friday, August  4 - 8  9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Write Stuff!
Creative Writing Workshop
Orchard House is pleased to have this popular workshop led by Marjorie Tudor, daughter-in-law of world-renowned artist/author Tasha Tudor!
Youngsters aged 9 - 13
will experiment with various writing forms, many inspired by the Alcotts and Tudors themselves. Included will be “sensory writing,” poetry, journal writing, fiction, and much more. A fun, creative, and very different way to spend a week of the summer!
Cost: $230 (Members - 10% off).
Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment required.
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

About Workshop Leader Marjorie Tudor
Mrs. Tudor graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a Master’s in Education. She has also been a teacher of high school English and Language Arts in Connecticut public schools. Mrs. Tudor wrote and illustrated her first children’s book, Let’s Be Friends, and is currently at work on a new book. In addition to being Vice President of Tasha Tudor and Family, Mrs. Tudor is highly skilled in doll and marionette making, and enjoys sharing all her talents with young people and adults in small group settings. For more information about the talented Tudor family, please visit www.tashatudorandfamily.com.

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Wednesday, August 13  9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
“A Morning with the Alcotts”
Step back into the pages of history to find out what it was like to live in the time of the Alcotts! Expert, authentically costumed staff and volunteers portray Alcott family members to introduce youngsters aged 7 and up to life in the 19th Century generally and within the Alcott home particularly. An interactive tour, old-fashioned games, songs, stories, and refreshments are all part of this highly popular and unforgettable experience!
Cost: $18 per person (Members - $15).
Reservations & pre-payment required.
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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Friday, August 15  9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
“Hand-in-Hand at Orchard House”
This program offers a very special first look at a historic house museum and the Alcott family for children aged 6 and under with a parent or adult caregiver. Activities such as matching games, songs, Victorian dress-up, drawing, and age-appropriate stories are included to stimulate, entertain, and educate the very young while allowing their adult partners time to enjoy Orchard House in a very unique way.
Cost: $15 per Adult/Child Grouping; $7.50 for each additional Adult or Child
(Members - $12 and $6 respectively)

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Thursday, August 21  9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
“A Morning with the Alcotts”
Step back into the pages of history to find out what it was like to live in the time of the Alcotts! Expert, authentically costumed staff and volunteers portray Alcott family members to introduce youngsters aged 7 and up to life in the 19th Century generally and within the Alcott home particularly. An interactive tour, old-fashioned games, songs, stories, and refreshments are all part of this highly popular and unforgettable experience!
Cost: $18 per person (Members - $15).
Reservations & pre-payment required.
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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Saturday, August 23  4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
“Welcome to Our Home”
A Living History Tour

Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends. Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times. .
Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $8.00; Children (2 - 6 years)- $4.00
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Orchard House Members - Half-price on individual tickets only).
Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.
Phone: 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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September 2008 at Orchard House

Sunday, September 21  3:30p.m.
Author Event with
Pulitzer Prize Winner John Matteson

Meet the engaging professor who won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Biography with his first book, Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father! Prof. Matteson will be signing copies of his book (available for purchase in Orchard House's Museum Store or on-line), which The Boston Globe notes as “a wonderful narrative … a story abundantly relevant to our own ... times. The revelations that Matteson provides us with … never flag in interest.” (Philip McFarland - August 19, 2007).
This event is free and open to the public!
Click here for a printable color flyer.
Prior to the book-signing, Prof. Matteson will present a lecture as part of a series on Concord’s agricultural history, “Return to the Soil,”
sponsored by the Concord Historical Collaborative.
To attend the lecture, please visit www.ace.colonial.net or phone 978.318.1540 for details.

(Photo of Prof. Matteson by Amy L. Zielinski.)

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Saturday, September 27  4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
“Welcome to Our Home”
A Living History Tour

Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends. Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times.
Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $8.00; Children (2 - 6 years)- $4.00
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Orchard House Members - Half-price on individual tickets only).
Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.
Phone: 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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October 2008 at Orchard House

Saturday, October 4  3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Morris Dancing Demonstration
Free and Open to All!

Enjoy a unique celebration of the Fall Harvest season! See precision dances, listen to centuries-old traditional music, and join in sing-a-longs to tunes handed down for generations! The 9th Annual Harvest Tour features performances by groups such as Banbury Cross Morris, Charles River Rapper, Commonwealth Morris Men, Ha'Penny Morris, Harrisville Morris, Jack in the Green, and Red Herring. A spirited, fun-filled way to spend part of your day with friends or family! Event held rain or shine. Click here for a color flyer; to find out more about Morris dancing, please visit http://hapenny.org.

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Saturday, October 18  4:00 p.m.
(at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
“Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women
Film Screening at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


The first-ever documentary of Louisa May Alcott, years in the making by the renowned director-producer/writer team of Nancy Porter and Harriet Reisen, is finally a reality!
Be among the first to see this engaging and entertaining portrayal of key events in the life of Louisa May Alcott and her family. Partially filmed on location at Orchard House,
the film has already garnered the Grand Prize from the Rhode Island Film Festival, and media praise. Starring award-winning actresses Jane Alexander (as Alcott biographer Ednah Dow Cheney) and Elizabeth Marvel (as Louisa May Alcott).
Please note: This is the last showing of the film at the Museum of Fine Arts; the next public airing will be in the Fall of 2009 on PBS stations. Present at this evening's showing will be Orchard House Executive Director Jan Turnquist along with Staff Members from Fruitlands Museums.
Please click here for a flyer listing all dates and times the film will be shown
Cost: $10 ($8 for MFA Members & Seniors)
Tickets available through the Museum of Fine Arts only!
Visit www.mfa.org/film or phone 617.369.3306 for reservations

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Sunday, October 26  12:00 noon (registration begins at 10:30 a.m.)
3rd Annual Louisa May Alcott Benefit
5K Walk / 10K Run
UTA PIPPIG, Honorary Chair

Over 100 years ago, Louisa May Alcott wrote, “Running was one of the delights of my early days,” proving once again that she was ahead of her time in advocating a healthy lifestyle. For our third benefit Walk/Run, we are privileged to announce that UTA PIPPIG -- three-time Boston Marathon winner, two-time Olympian, and internationally-recognized exercise motivator -- continues to serve as our Honorary Chair!

Pippig, founder of “Take the Magic Step,” a fitness awareness program and charitable foundation, believes that everyone owes it to themselves -- and to future generations -- to take care of their physical well being. In endorsing this particular Walk/Run, Pippig is also paying tribute to health-conscious individuals who have come before us, like the Alcotts.

All manner of runners and walkers – from serious marathoners to “strollercisers” and wheelchair travelers – are encouraged to spend a day with Louisa May and support the educational and preservation efforts of her beloved home during this FUNdraiser! Musical entertainment provided; starting volley by The Concord Minute Men. Living History portrayers and 19th C. games and toys available.

Event held rain or shine. Meet at Concord-Carlisle High School (500 Walden Street, Concord) for registration beginning at 10:30 a.m. Walk/Run route traverses Historic Concord, Massachusetts during lovely Fall Foliage time!

Click here for a complete brochure with Registration and Sponsorship Forms

Click here to Donate to the Walk/Run or Sponsor a participant.

Click here for a "Save the Date" postcard.

Click here to download maps of the Walk/Run Routes.

Click here to find out more about Uta Pippig.

For questions or comments about the Walk/Run, please e-mail walkrun@louisamayalcott.org

Thanks to our sponsors!
Berkshire Springs Water
Budget Printing of Concord
Concord Lumber
Concord's Colonial Inn
Concord Teacakes
Crosby's Marketplace
Dane, Brady & Haydon
Debra's Natural Gourmet
Dee Funeral Home of Concord
Fritz & Gigi - The Children's Shop
Greco Graphics
La Provence
Lowe's
MacRae-Tunnicliffe's Concord Funeral Home
McWalter-Volunteer Insurance Agency, Inc.
Middlesex Savings Bank
Sorrento's Restaurant
Take The Magic Step
Vanderhoof Hardware Co.

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Saturday, October 25 4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
“Welcome to Our Home”
A Living History Tour

Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends. Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times. .
Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $8.00; Children (2 - 6 years)- $4.00
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Orchard House Members - Half-price on individual tickets only).
Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.
Phone: 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.


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November 2008 at Orchard House

November 3, 2008 - January 30, 2009
“Lessons, sketching, and her dreams” -
May Alcott as Artist
A Collaborative Exhibition at
The Concord Free Public Library Art Gallery

The extensive resources of The Concord Free Public Library and Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House combine to present this first-ever detailed glimpse into the development of May Alcott's artistic talent!

In November and December, the exhibit will be enhanced through lecture-discussions by renowned Alcott scholars Daniel Shealy, Joel Myerson, and John Matteson (2008 Pulitzer Prize winner).

For more details, hours, and directions, please visit
The Concord Free Public Library website

Photo: May Alcott by Rose Peckham, 1877 (oil on canvas).
From the collection at Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House
This image may not be reproduced without permission


Saturday, November 15  8:30 a.m. - Noon only!
Annual Fall Grounds Clean-up

Fall Clean-upA great volunteer opportunity for all ages! Come for all or part of the day to help keep one of Concord's most famous places looking great on the outside. Typical seasonal tasks include raking leaves, collecting downed branches, and weeding. If Mother Nature co-operates, we may do some planting as well. Your own gloves and gardening tools or tarps are very helpful!

Community Service Credit provided to Concord-Carlisle High School students!

R.S.V.P. to Orchard House at 978.369.4118 by November 14th

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Saturday, November 22, 5:00 p.m.

Lecture by Daniel Shealy at
The Concord Free Public Library

Daniel Shealy, editor of the newly published book, Little Women Abroad: The Alcott Sisters' Letters from Europe, 1870-1871, will speak in relation to the exhibit of May Alcott's art work at the Concord Free Public Library. Buy the book from Orchard House and have it autographed at this lecture.

See the CFPL website for more details.

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December 2008 at Orchard House

Saturdays, December 6th, 13th, 20th, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sundays, December 7th, 14th, 21st, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

“A Soldier’s Christmas”
The Annual Holiday Program at Orchard House

Christmas 2008This year’s Holiday Program honors the service and sacrifice of our nation's military personnel and their families, drawing upon not only the beloved classic, Little Women (the first half of which is set during the Civil War), but also Hospital Sketches, Louisa May Alcott's highly acclaimed work detailing her real-life Civil War nursing experiences. Orchard House will be decorated for the holidays with the tasteful, festive simplicity that the Alcotts were noted for, and come alive with costumed "Living History" characters, activities for children and families, and take-home mementos!

~ Advance reservations strongly suggested for these special tours ~
Reserved tickets receive a 10% Museum Shop discount; Members of Orchard House receive an additional 10% Shop discount!

Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for reservations
Download Holiday Flyer here.

Holiday Weekend Costs
Adults, $12.00; Seniors/College Students, $10.00; Youths (6 - 17 years), $8.00;
Children (ages 2 - 6 years), $4.00; Under age 2, free
Members, 20% off individual ticket prices
Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 Youths), $30.00

Click the photo at left for scenes from prior holiday programs.

Please note that on weekdays in December, as well as the last weekend in the month, Orchard House will be open for regular guided tours with regular admission costs;
reservations on these days are only required for groups of 10 or more.

Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House gratefully acknowledges the help and support of many individuals and organizations during this year’s Holiday Program.
Please click here for a complete list.

December 2008 - February 2009
Special Collection for our Troops

Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House will be collecting items for our US troops through February 2009.  Items may either be dropped off at Orchard House during open hours or left in the collection box inside the front gate.  

Please see attached list for accepted items.

Holiday Greetings for our Veterans
Please click here for an easy way to remember our recovering soldiers
in this holiday season.

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Saturday, December 6, 5:00 p.m.

Lecture by John Matteson at
The Concord Free Public Library

John Matteson, author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father, will speak in relation to the exhibit of May Alcott's art work at the Concord Free Public Library. Buy the book from Orchard House and have it autographed at this lecture.

See the CFPL website for more details.

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Call for Proposals: Deadline January 31, 2009

The 2009 Summer Conversational Series
and Teacher Institute

Sunday, July 12 - Friday, July 17
The Concord School of Philosophy on the Grounds of Orchard House

“Striking a Blow for Freedom:
The Alcotts and Abolition”

This year’s series focuses on the Alcott family’s dedication to the 19th century reform and antislavery movement and Concord’s ties to the John Brown raid on Harper’s Ferry in 1859.

Professional Development Points awarded to Massachusetts teachers participating in the Teacher Institute!

More information available as planning proceeds;
click here
to see details of last year’s Series.


CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Suggestions for sessions, presenters, programs, and activities for the
2009 Summer Conversational Series are welcome;
please send submissions to education@louisamayalcott.org

Submission deadline: January 31, 2009

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