Aunt Jo’s Events Scrap~Bag:
2004

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February - December 2004

 February 2004 at Orchard House

Saturday, February 14, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
A Valentine Party with Louisa May Alcott
Children ages 6 and up --including adults -- are invited for a very special time celebrating “Love's Own Day" with Miss Alcott herself, games, stories, crafts, and more!

$18.00 per person (“Friends of the Alcotts": $15)


February Fun Week at Orchard House
February School Vacation Week
Tuesday, February 17 - Friday, February 20

Schedule for February Fun Week
(All programs run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 8 - 12)

Tuesday, February 17
Scribbles with Scrabble

Unleash your creativity by trying your hand at poetry, fiction, sensory writing, and more!

Wednesday and Thursday, February 18 and 19
Funtastic Knitting
This is a two-day workshop for advanced beginners (you should have some casting on and knitting experience). Knitters will work on completing a small project. Needles will be provided for an extra fee, or bring your own (size 8). Yarn will be provided at no extra charge.

Friday, February 20
Theatricals!
Enjoy playing theater games and working on a script with simple props and costumes, just as Louisa and her sisters did!

Entire week: $100.00
One-day workshop: $30 per day
Two-day knitting workshop: $50.00
(plus $3.00 materials fee for size 8 needles if needed)

Please note: Enrollment is limited.
Pre-registration and prepayment required for all programs.


Tue. Feb. 17 • Wed. Feb. 18 • Thu. Feb. 19 • Fri. Feb. 20 
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

“Welcome to Our Home"
A Living History Tour

Trained, costumed Staff portray members of the Alcott family or their notable neighbors, providing fascinating first-person accounts of life in the Alcott home. A great experience for families with children over the age of six and anyone interested in gaining a closer look at the Alcotts!
This program, normally offered once a month on Saturdays, is available four times during February school vacation week.
Adults - $10.00; Seniors/College Students - $9.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $7.00 ("Friends of the Alcotts" - half-price)
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $25.00
Reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.


Available by reservation; please call (978) 369-4118 to book:
“Hand-in-Hand at Orchard House"
Geared for one parent or adult caregiver and up to two children under the age of 6
This program offers a very special first look at a historic house museum and the Alcott family for children ages 6 & 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.
$12 per adult/child grouping ("Friends of the Alcotts" $10).
Space is extremely limited; reservations & pre-payment required.

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March 2004 at Orchard House

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

Trained, costumed Staff portray members of the Alcott family or their notable neighbors, providing fascinating first-person accounts of life in the Alcott home. A great experience for families with children over the age of six and anyone interested in gaining a closer look at the Alcotts!
Adults - $10.00; Seniors/College Students - $9.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $7.00 (“Friends of the Alcotts" - half-price)
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $25.00
Reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.

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April 2004 at Orchard House

Tuesday - Saturday, April 20th - 24th  9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
“Poems, Plots and Plays”
A Writing Workshop for Youngsters
Suitable for ages 9 - 13

Suitable for ages 9-13, this week of writing fun will help youngsters learn what makes for good stories, plays, and poems, discover the secrets of good writing by trying different writing exercises, discuss ways of finding good writing ideas, and experiment with different writing forms. Daily, participants will share their writing with other members of the workshop and on the Saturday, present their works at a public festival for family and friends.

BONUS: Louisa May Alcott herself will spend time with the youngsters during the week, and each participant will receive a complimentary copy of one of Miss Alcott's popular children's books!

This workshop is conducted by Amy Belding Brown, a published poet and fiction writer. A graduate of Bates College, she received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College of Norwich University. She is the author of two novels published by St. Martin's Press. Her short stories and poems have been published in Good Housekeeping, Yankee, and American Way, as well as other national, international, and regional magazines. On the faculty of Apple Tree Arts School in central Massachusetts, she has taught writing workshops for both children and adults for the past eight years. Amy has been on the staff of Orchard House for two years.

$180 per person, includes books & materials
(10% discount for &“Friends of the Alcotts”
)
Limited enrollment; reservations & pre-payment required.


Saturday, April 24   9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Rain date: April 25th

“Spruce Up for Spring"
A Volunteer Opportunity for Gardeners of 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.Jan Turnquist working in the gardens Typical seasonal tasks include raking leaves, collecting downed branches and weeding. If mother nature  cooperates, we may do some planting as well!  Lunch and snacks are available for our volunteer gardeners; please let us know if you can provide soup or sandwiches. 

R.S.V.P. to Orchard House at 978-369-4118 by April 20th.

 

 

 


Saturday, April 24   4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
“Welcome to Our Home”

A Living History Tour

Trained, costumed Staff portray members of the Alcott family or their notable neighbors, providing fascinating first-person accounts of life in the Alcott home. A great experience for families with children over the age of six and anyone interested in gaining a closer look at the Alcotts!
Adults - $10.00; Seniors/College Students - $9.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $7.00 (“Friends of the Alcotts
- half-price)
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $25.00
Reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.

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May 2004 at Orchard House

Friday, May 7, 2004 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  
5th Annual "Concord Comes Calling"
Tour of Fine Homes to Benefit Orchard House

"I think wise men and excellent women have no right to live elsewhere."
~Amos Bronson Alcott, on Concord, Massachusetts, 1858

Another marvelous group of old and new beautifully appointed, architecturally significant private homes in Concord will be open to the public for one day only! Ticket holders will be able to view the homes throughout the day, and are welcome to linger in and return to as many of them as desired. Learn about fantastic renovation success stories, get spectacular decorating ideas, and see what makes Concord one of the most beautiful towns in the country. A great event for friends, families, or co-workers to attend together!

This year, as an added bonus, one of the homes will host a book signing by New England author Patricia O'Brien, who is premiering her new book, The Glory Cloak, about women and nursing in the Civil War, at this event. Light refreshments will be offered at another of the homes as well.

Click here for more information about The Glory Cloak and Patricia O'Brien.

Comfortable shoes are a must; some homeowners request that footwear is removed or special cloth "booties" are worn. Restroom facilities are available at the Concord Visitor Center. All proceeds of this event, conducted almost entirely by volunteers, will go toward supporting the continuing preservation efforts of Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, one of America's most treasured historic sites.

"Early bird" Tickets (through May 6th): $25
 ($23 for "Friends of the Alcotts.")
Tickets on May 7th: $30 ($28 for "Friends.")


Reservations may be made by phoning 978.369.4118, or faxing a credit card order to 978.369.1367. Tickets with maps will only be distributed beginning at 8:45 a.m. on May 7th at Orchard House, 399 Lexington Road, Concord. The actual location of homes cannot be released until the day of the tour to honor homeowners' privacy.


Saturday, May 8, 2:00 -4:00 p.m.
"The Glory Cloak"
Lecture and Book-Signing

Meet best-selling author and award-winning speaker Patricia O’Brien and discover her remarkable journey to the publication of The Glory Cloak, an historical novel about Louisa May Alcott and Clara Barton during The Civil War. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and autographing during this event. Free and open to the public. Held in The Concord School of Philosophy on the grounds of Orchard House.

Click here for more information about The Glory Cloak and Patricia O'Brien.


Saturday, May 22, 4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
"Welcome to Our Home"
A Living History Tour

Trained, costumed Staff portray members of the Alcott family or their notable neighbors, providing fascinating first-person accounts of life in the Alcott home. A great experience for families with children over the age of six and anyone interested in gaining a closer look at the Alcotts!
Adults - $10.00; Seniors/College Students - $9.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $7.00 ("Friends of the Alcotts" - half-price)
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $25.00
Reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.

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June 2004 at Orchard House

Monday, June 21  9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
"Hand-in-Hand at Orchard House"

Geared for one parent or adult caregiver and up to two children under the age of 6
This program offers a very special first look at a historic house museum and the Alcott family for children ages 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.
$12 per adult/child grouping (Members - $10).
Space is extremely limited; reservations & pre-payment required.


Wednesday, June 23  9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
"A Morning with the Alcotts"
Suitable for ages 7 & up
Step back into the pages of history to find out what it was like to live in the time of the Alcotts! Trained, costumed staff and volunteers portray members of the Alcott family to introduce youngsters to life in the 19th Century generally and in the Alcott home particularly. An interactive tour, old-fashioned games, songs, stories, and refreshments are all part of this educational and entertaining experience that has been a favorite for years!
$15.00 per person (Members - $12.00)
Reservations & pre-payment required.


Saturday, June 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 about their lives and times first-hand!
Adults - $10.00; Seniors/College Students - $9.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $7.00 (Members - half-price)
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $25.00
Reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.

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July 2004 at Orchard House

WEEK-LONG YOUTH WORKSHOPS
July 5 - 9, 19 - 23, 26 - 30

Monday-Friday, July 5 - 9
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

"The Apple Slump Players"
Drama Workshop

Suitable for ages 8 - 12
Youngsters ages 8 -12 are invited to participate in this unique experience at Orchard House. After brief daily theatrical warm-ups, participants will play theatre games, experiment with mime and improvisation, and act out scenes from the stories of Louisa May Alcott. Then, just as Louisa and her sisters did, a skit will be rehearsed during the week and performed at week’s end. Dress comfortably for movement; imagination and a sense of fun required!
$220 per person (10% discount for members)
Reservations & pre-payment required


Tuesday, July 6   9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
"Hand-in-Hand at Orchard House"

Geared for one parent or adult caregiver and up to two children under the age of 6
This program offers a very special first look at a historic house museum and the Alcott family for children ages 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.
$12 per adult/child grouping (Members - $10).
Space is extremely limited; reservations & pre-payment required.


Wednesday, July 7    7:30 p.m.
The 2004 Summer Conversational Series

Wednesday Evening Entertainment
Susan Lenoe & Lani Peterson - Storytellers
Turning the World Upside Down - Sarah & Angelina Grimké

Dramatic, interactive living history portrayal with relevance for today!
$10 admission / Students half price / Members 10% discount
Click here for registration form


Monday - Wednesday, July 12 – 14
The 2004 Summer Conversational Series Intensive Workshop

“ Work is my salvation …” - Women & Work in the 19th Century
Adult education workshop with available Professional Development Points for teachers.
Click here for details and registration


Wednesday, July 14   7:30 p.m.
The 2004 Summer Conversational Series
Wednesday Evening Entertainment
Aaron Larget-Caplan - Teacher & Classical Guitarist
Travel Music

Solo recital of Spanish and classical selections Louisa May Alcott might have heard on her trips abroad, including composers Bach, Llobet, Schubert and Takemitsu
$10 admission / Students half price / Members 10% discount
Click here for registration form


Thursday, July 15  9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
"A Morning with the Alcotts"
Suitable for ages 7 & up
Step back into the pages of history to find out what it was like to live in the time of the Alcotts! Trained, costumed staff and volunteers portray members of the Alcott family to introduce youngsters to life in the 19th Century generally and in the Alcott home particularly. An interactive tour, old-fashioned games, songs, stories, and refreshments are all part of this educational and entertaining experience that has been a favorite for years!
$15.00 per person (Members - $12.00)
Reservations & pre-payment required.



NEW FOR 2004!
Monday-Friday, July 19 - 23
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

"Time Travelers!"
Suitable for ages 8 - 12
Ever wonder what boys and girls did for fun in Louisa May Alcott’s time? In this new and varied program, youngsters aged 8 - 12 will “time travel” back to Victorian-era Concord! Through activities taken from the beloved books Little Women and Little Men, and exciting outings to such places as Walden Pond and The Wayside, participants will explore the town and meet some of its most famous historical figures. Imagine playing croquet like “Teddy Laurence” and “Jo March,” sketching like “Amy March,” or just having “larks in the woods” like the boys of Plumfield. Nature hikes, hoops and sticks, journal writing, and theatricals will all be part of this trip back in time!
$220 per person (10% discount for members)
Reservations & pre-payment required


Wednesday, July 21  9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
"Hand-in-Hand at Orchard House"

Geared for one parent or adult caregiver and up to two children under the age of 6
This program offers a very special first look at a historic house museum and the Alcott family for children ages 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.
$12 per adult/child grouping (Members - $10).
Space is extremely limited; reservations & pre-payment required.


Wednesday, July 21   7:30 p.m.
The 2004 Summer Conversational Series
Wednesday Evening Entertainment
Marcia Estabrook - Historical Re-enactor
Three Lowell Mill Girls

A dynamic, interactive living history portrayal!
$10 admission / Students half price / Members 10% discount
Click here for registration form


Saturday, July 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 about their lives and times first-hand!

Adults - $10.00; Seniors/College Students - $9.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $7.00 (Members - half-price)
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $25.00
Reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.

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Monday-Friday, July 26 - 30  9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
"Literary Attempts"
A Creative Writing Workshop

Suitable for ages 9 - 13
Youngsters ages 9 -13 will experiment with various writing forms, inspired by Louisa May Alcott herself! Also included are visits to writers' homes and the chance to meet and interact with famous literary figures. A fun, creative, and very different way to spend a week of your summer!
$220 per person (10% discount for members)
Reservations & pre-payment required.


Wednesday, July 28   7:30 p.m.
The 2004 Summer Conversational Series
Wednesday Evening Entertainment
Karen Gahagan - Music Scholar & Pianist
Amy Beach & American Musical Democracy

Lively informational presentation with piano selections
$10 admission / Students half price / Members 10% discount
Click here for registration form


August 2004 at Orchard House

Thursday, August 5   9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
"Hand-in-Hand at Orchard House"

Geared for one parent or adult caregiver and up to two children under the age of 6
This program offers a very special first look at a historic house museum and the Alcott family for children ages 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.
$12 per adult/child grouping (Members - $10).
Space is extremely limited; reservations & pre-payment required.


Tuesday, August 10  9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
"A Morning with the Alcotts"
Suitable for ages 7 & up
Step back into the pages of history to find out what it was like to live in the time of the Alcotts! Trained, costumed staff and volunteers portray members of the Alcott family to introduce youngsters to life in the 19th Century generally and in the Alcott home particularly. An interactive tour, old-fashioned games, songs, stories, and refreshments are all part of this educational and entertaining experience that has been a favorite for years!
$15.00 per person (Members - $12.00)
Reservations & pre-payment required.


Friday, August 13  9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
"Hand-in-Hand at Orchard House"

Geared for one parent or adult caregiver and up to two children under the age of 6
This program offers a very special first look at a historic house museum and the Alcott family for children ages 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.
$12 per adult/child grouping (Members - $10).
Space is extremely limited; reservations & pre-payment required.


Saturday, August 21  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 about their lives and times first-hand!
Adults - $10.00; Seniors/College Students - $9.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $7.00 (Members - half-price)

Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $25.00
Reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.

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 September at Orchard House

Saturday, September 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 about their lives and times first-hand!
Adults - $10.00; Seniors/College Students - $9.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $7.00 (Members - half-price)
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $25.00

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 October at Orchard House

Saturday, October 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 about their lives and times first-hand!
Adults - $10.00; Seniors/College Students - $9.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $7.00 (Members - half-price)
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $25.00

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December at Orchard House

"Delighting the Senses"
A Holiday Visit at Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

Saturdays - December 4, 11, 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sundays - December 5, 12, 19 from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Special Living History events conducted December 4 & 5 only

Throughout the month during regular guided tours, Orchard House will be decorated for the holidays in keeping with the tasteful and simple décor for which the Alcotts were known. On the weekends leading up to Christmas, the Annual Holiday Program will feature a wide variety of engaging, interactive activities designed to reveal how the Alcotts and their friends celebrated this joyous time of year.Visitors can revel in the sights, sounds, and scents of the season in one of America’s most beloved homes.
This year, very special commemoration will also be made of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Miss Alcott's first book, Flower Fables. Games, songs, craft and recipe ideas, a fairy treasure hunt, and much more are sure to delight young and old alike!
Adults - $10; Seniors/College Students - $9;
Youths (ages 6-17) - $7; Members half-price.
Family Rate (2 Adults, up to 4 Youths) - $25
Limited number of advance reserved tickets available;
receive a 10% discount in our Holiday Museum Shop!
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for further information or reservations.



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