Aunt Jo’s Events Scrap~Bag:
2005

To see current and future events, please go to our Events page.
For the 2004 Scrap~Bag, please click here.

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January - December 2005

January 2005 at Orchard House

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


New Exhibit premiering January 16th, 2005!
“ Little Women Debuts – Images & Recollections from 1912 Broadway”

Exhibit continuing through March 31, 2005.
Mondays – Fridays, 11 – 3; Saturdays, 10 – 4:30; Sundays, 1 – 4:30.

The first theatrical version of Little Women sanctioned by descendants of the Alcott family was written and produced by Jessie Bonstelle and Marion deForest in 1912. This play caused quite a stir -- an entire edition of Little Women was even illustrated with stills from the play, and it set the standard for other productions for over three-quarters of a century! Through March 31st, see the original stills from this Broadway production and reminisce with favorite quotes from Little Women as you tour Orchard House. An especially timely treat in light of the Broadway debut on January 23, 2005, of “Little Women – The Musical” starring Sutton Foster and Maureen McGovern! Exhibit included in regular admission fees. .
View photos of exhibit.

Sponsored by: Community Newspaper Company: A Herald Media Company


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Saturday, January 22  4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
"Welcome to Our 1912 Home"
A Living History Tour

A visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying a 1912 Orchard House docent in honor of our special Broadway “Little Women” exhibit. Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn about not only the first play sanctioned by Alcott descendants, but also the world of Orchard House in its earliest days as a museum.
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

Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.
Phone: 978.369.4118 x106.

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 February 2005 at Orchard House

“ Little Women Debuts – Images & Recollections from 1912 Broadway”
Exhibit continuing through March 31, 2005.
Mondays – Fridays, 11 – 3; Saturdays, 10 – 4:30; Sundays, 1 – 4:30.

The first theatrical version of Little Women sanctioned by descendants of the Alcott family was written and produced by Jessie Bonstelle and Marion deForest in 1912. This play caused quite a stir -- an entire edition of Little Women was even illustrated with stills from the play, and it set the standard for other productions for over three-quarters of a century! Through March 31st, see the original stills from this Broadway production and reminisce with favorite quotes from Little Women as you tour Orchard House. An especially timely treat in light of the Broadway debut on January 23, 2005, of “Little Women – The Musical” starring Sutton Foster and Maureen McGovern! Exhibit included in regular admission fees.
View photos of exhibit.

Sponsored by: Community Newspaper Company: A Herald Media Company


A Valentine Party With Louisa May Alcott
Sunday, February 13 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.


“ Love’s Own Day” would not be complete without celebrating at Orchard House with Miss Alcott herself! Tour with the lady of the house and share stories, games, crafts, and holiday refreshments that compliment this extra-special visit. Appropriate for all ages - a unique and wonderful intergenerational experience!
Cost: $15 per person (Members - $12).
Reservations required as space is extremely limited!
Phone: 978.369.4118 x106.


 

"Curtain Up!"
February Vacation Week Theatre Workshop

Tuesday - Friday, February 22 – 25, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m

Youngsters aged 8 - 12 are invited to participate in this unique interactive experience. After brief daily theatrical warm-ups, participants will play theatre 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 required!
Cost: $100 (Members - 10% off).
Reservations & pre-payment required.
Phone: 978.369.4118 x106.


"Welcome to Our 1912 Home"
A Living History Tour
Tuesday - Friday, February 22 - 25, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. daily.

A visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying a 1912 Orchard House docent in honor of our special Broadway “Little Women” exhibit. Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn about not only the first play sanctioned by Alcott descendants, but also the world of Orchard House in its earliest days as a museum.
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

Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.
Phone: 978.369.4118 x106.

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Saturday, February 26  4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
"Welcome to Our 1912 Home"
A Living History Tour

A visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying a 1912 Orchard House docent in honor of our special Broadway “Little Women” exhibit. Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn about not only the first play sanctioned by Alcott descendants, but also the world of Orchard House in its earliest days as a museum.
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

Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.
Phone: 978.369.4118 x106.

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March 2005 at Orchard House

It's your last chance to see
“Little Women Debuts!
Images & Recollections from 1912 Broadway”

Exhibit ends March 31, 2005.
Mondays – Fridays, 11 – 3; Saturdays, 10 – 4:30; Sundays, 1 – 4:30.

Louisa's room showing some of the special objects on display.The first theatrical version of Little Women sanctioned by descendants of the Alcott family was written and produced by Jessie Bonstelle and Marion deForest in 1912. This play caused quite a stir -- an entire edition of Little Women was even illustrated with stills from the play, and it set the standard for other productions for over three-quarters of a century! Through March 31st, see the original stills from this Broadway production and reminisce with favorite quotes from Little Women as you tour Orchard House. An especially timely treat in light of the Broadway debut on January 23, 2005, of Little Women – The Musical starring Sutton Foster and Maureen McGovern!

 Exhibit included in regular admission fees.
Above: Louisa's room showing some of the special objects on display.
View photos of exhibit.

Sponsored by: Community Newspaper Company: A Herald Media Company


Sunday, March 13  3:00 p.m.
Author Event at the Concord Bookshop
65 Main St., Concord, MA

Cover of March: A Novel, by Geraldine BrooksMeet acclaimed author Geraldine Brooks, who will discuss and sign copies of her new book, March: A Novel. This “fiction based in fact” book for adults set during the Civil War deftly re-tells the time period covered in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women primarily from the unique perspective of “Mr. March”! Ms. Brooks takes authoritative research on A. Bronson Alcott, weaves vivid descriptions of the realities of war and life in the 19th Century, and crafts a clever work that will leave readers wanting to find out more about its real-life hero and his family. Brooks’ previous works include Year of Wonders and A Penpal’s Journey from Down Under to All Over. As an added bonus, “Miss Alcott” herself (in the form of Orchard House Executive Director Jan Turnquist) will make an appearance to interact with Ms. Brooks and the audience!

This event is free and open to the public! For further information, contact The Concord Bookshop at 978.369.2405 or visit www.concordbookshop.com.
For more details, view our press release
 (requires Adobe Acrobat reader).

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Tuesday, March 22  7:00 p.m.
An Evening with Professor Elaine Showalter

In honor of the Library of America publication of the new, single-volume March family trilogy (Little Women, Little Men, and Jo’s Boys), noted Victorian scholar, feminist critic, and trilogy editor Elaine Showalter will discuss and sign copies of this authoritative work, which also includes original illustrations from first editions of these works, including those done by May Alcott.

Showalter is Professor Emeritus of English and Avalon Foundation Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University. She received a B.A. in English for Bryn Mawr College, an M.A. from Brandeis University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis. Her academic honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship. Showalter is the author of numerous books, including A Literature of Their Own: British Women Novelists from Brontë to Lessing and Hystories: Hysterical Epidemics and Modern Media, and is editor of Alternative Alcott, an anthology of a broad range of Alcott’s works. She has been interviewed for National Public Radio, the BBC, CNN, Fox News, People and Mirabella magazines, and many others. Showalter is currently on a sabbatical year in southern California.

This event is free and open to the public, with light refreshments provided. For further information, please phone 978-369-4118 x103.
For more details, view our press release (150 Kb)
or poster (350 Kb), suitable for printing and displaying.
  (Press release and poster require Adobe Acrobat reader.)

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Saturday, March 26  4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
"Welcome to Our 1912 Home"
A Living History Tour

A visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying a 1912 Orchard House docent in honor of our special Broadway “Little Women” exhibit. Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn about not only the first play sanctioned by Alcott descendants, but also the world of Orchard House in its earliest days as a museum.
Adults - $10.00; Seniors/College Students - $9.00;
Youths (6 - 17 years) - $7.00; Children under 6 - $3.50
Members - half-price
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $25.00
Reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested;
 phone 978-369-4118 x106

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April 2005 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 and 1876 Concord Centennial Celebration. Find out how the messages of freedom and tolerance have been passed down through the ages and are still evoked in this beloved home.

Regular admission fees charged;
 reservations only needed for groups of 10 or more
For further information, please phone 978-369-4118 x106

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Saturday, April 2  7:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Little Women - The Musical" Trip

Orchard House is Broadway Bound! Don't let us leave without you ...

Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House is sponsoring a trip to New York City to see the heartwarming new Broadway show, Little Women - The Musical! Fans of Little Women are truly "fanatical" about this new show, and here's what critics are saying:

"Little Women has been turned into a musical even grownups can like!" - Time Magazine
" A top-notch cast!" - USA Today
" Clever, lively, and immensely likable!" - The Wall Street Journal
"Unbelievably beautiful! Go see it!" - WCBS-FM
" A Broadway musical for the whole family!" - The New York Sun

Our day begins by departing Concord at 7:00 a.m. with breakfast served. After lunch on your own in the Theatre District, settle into the excellent seats we have reserved for the 2:00 matinee, and then go backstage after the show to meet the cast!!! On the return trip, enjoy satisfying hors d'oeuvres, sandwiches, desserts, and beverages, and have fun with a raffle for fantastic prizes! Our return time home is estimated at 9:30 p.m.

This truly "astonishing" once-in-a-lifetime experience is
 $190 per person or $350 per couple.
 
Reservations and pre-payment are required as space is limited. For your convenience, we now accept American Express as well as MasterCard, VISA, and check/money order!
 Deadline is March 30th.
Click here for printable reservation form:
 (requires Adobe Acrobat reader.)

To reserve your place, please phone 978-369-4118 x103, fax the reservation form to 978-369-1367, or mail it with a check/money order (made payable to "Orchard House") to Orchard House, Attn: Broadway Trip, P.O. Box 343, Concord, MA 01742-0343. For further information on the musical, please visit www.littlewomenonbroadway.com

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Tuesday - Friday, April 19 - 22  9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 
"Poems, Plots, & Plays"
April Vacation Week Writing Workshop

This week of writing fun will help youngsters aged 8 - 13 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. Participants will also share their writing with other members of the workshop, just as Louisa and her family did, and receive a bonus booklet: “Aunt Jo’s Literary Lessons – Advice & Exercises for Young Writers!” Workshop conducted by published author Amy Belding Brown, whose new book, Mrs. Emerson’s Wife, debuts in May .
$180.00, includes materials (members -- 10% discount)
Preregistration and prepayment required.
To register, please call 978-369-4118 x106

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Saturday, April 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; Children under 6 - $3.50
Members - half-price
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $25.00
Reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested;
 phone 978-369-4118 x106

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Saturday, April 30  10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Rain date: Sunday, May 1
"Spruce Up for Spring"
Annual Grounds Clean-Up

Jan Turnquist working in the gardensA 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. Lunch and snacks available; please let us know if you can provide soup, sandwiches, healthy snacks, or beverages.

R.S.V.P. to Orchard House at 978-369-4118 by April 28th.


May 2005 at Orchard House

"True Love is Immortal"
Throughout the months of May and June, Orchard House will celebrate the first wedding in the Alcott family -- that of Anna Alcott and John Pratt on May 23, 1860 -- by enhancing regular guided tours with special anecdotes and excerpts from journals and letters of the Alcotts relating to their views on love and marriage.
Regular admission fees charged;
 
reservations only needed for groups of 10 or more.
For further information, please phone 978-369-4118 x106.

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Friday, May 6, 2005   9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
"Concord Comes Calling"
Sixth Annual Tour of Unique Homes

to Benefit Orchard House

Be astounded and delighted at the authentically restored, beautifully appointed, and inventively decorated private residences throughout Concord available for public viewing for one day only! All proceeds go to benefit preservation efforts and educational programs at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, one of America’s most treasured historic homes.

This year, an added attraction will be mystery writer Anna Maclean (aka Jeanne Mackin), who will be signing copies of her latest books, Louisa and the Missing Heiress and Louisa and the Country Bachelor. For further information on Anna Maclean and the “Louisa Mysteries,” visit her web site at: www.historiesmysteries.net.

Purchase your tickets in advance and save!
Advance Tickets: $25 (non-members), $22 (members);
Tickets on the day: $30 (non-members), $27 (members)
.
Phone 978.369.4118 for reservations.
Please note that home locations are not made public
 until the day of the tour.


Saturday, May 21st
12:00, 2:00, or 4:00 p.m. by reservation only
"Meg's Wedding"
A Living History Re-enactment

Alcott descendant Tanja Baur prepares for the 2001 wedding re-enactment  Join Alcott descendants and Orchard House Staff and Volunteers as the wedding of Anna Alcott and John Pratt is re-created just as it took place in 1860 and later described in Little Women!  The culmination of each special reserved tour will present a simple yet heartfelt ceremony in the Parlor -- where the real wedding took place! -- and will also commemorate the 30th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Alcott.  After your tour, you are invited to become a "guest" at an Alcott-style reception, with wedding cake and lemonade generously provided by Concord's Colonial Inn.  Reservations are required and receive a coupon for 10% off in the Museum Shop.

Adults - $10.00; Seniors/College Students - $9.00;
Youths (6 - 17 years) - $7.00; Children under 6 - $3.50
Members - half-price
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $25.00
Phone 978-369-4118 x106 for reservations

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June 2005 at Orchard House

"True Love is Immortal"
Continuing throughout the month of June, Orchard House will celebrate the first wedding in the Alcott family -- that of Anna Alcott and John Pratt on May 23, 1860 -- by enhancing regular guided tours with special anecdotes and excerpts from journals and letters of the Alcotts relating to their views on love and marriage.
Regular admission fees charged;
 reservations only needed for groups of 10 or more
For further information, please phone 978-369-4118 x106

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Sunday, June 5  3:00 p.m.
Author Event at the Concord Bookshop
65 Main St., Concord, MA

Meet Orchard House staffer Amy Belding Brown, who will discuss and sign copies of her new book, Mr. Emerson's Wife. This historical novel about Mrs. Ralph Waldo Emerson beautifully examines the emotional landscape of love and marriage. As Lidian lives in the shadow of one of the most famous men of the 19th century, she struggles to maintain her moral authority and inner strength. In the course of the book, she deals with overwhelming social demands and faces devastating personal loss to finally discover the deepest meaning of love. This event is free and open to the public! For further information, contact The Concord Bookshop at 978.369.2405 or visit www.concordbookshop.com.

(See also the author event at Orchard House in July.)


Monday, June 20  9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
"Hand-in-Hand at Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House"

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 unique way.
$12 per adult/child grouping (Members - $10).
Reservations strongly suggested as space is limited;
 phone 978-369-4118 x106
.


Wednesday, June 22  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! Expert, authentically costumed staff and volunteers portray members of the Alcott family to introduce youngsters aged 7 and up 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 highly popular and unforgettable experience!
$15.00 per person (Members - $12.00)
Reservations & pre-payment required;
 phone 978-369-4118 x106.


Wednesday, June 22  7:30 p.m.
Oregon Young Women's Choir Concert

The Concord School of Philosophy on the grounds of Orchard House will serve as the preferred venue for the only local performance of the acclaimed Oregon Young Women’s Choir and their five-member a cappella ensemble, “Synergy.” The Young Women’s Choir (YWC) is part of the Oregon Children’s Choir, which was formed in 1982 to supplement musical training offered in local schools. The YWC is for high school students who have the commitment and ability to prepare and perform challenging four-part women's music of all styles.

 The YWC has traveled extensively to various parts of the United States and abroad, including British Columbia, Canada and Paris, France, where they were honored guests at the U.S. Embassy in 2002. Within the YWC is the five-member ensemble, “Synergy,” which provides opportunities for musical enjoyment and participation beyond the structured settings of traditional choral experiences. “Synergy” has attained a high level of expertise and professionalism, establishing themselves as an elite group of singers who are not only vocally talented, but dynamic to watch! The groups are conducted by Paul Westlund, who has a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Illinois.

This event is free and open to the public,
 with light refreshments available.

Phone 978-369-4118 x103 for further information,
or view our press release (requires Adobe Acrobat reader).


Saturday, June 25  4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
"Welcome to Our Home"
A Living History Tour

Authentically costumed Staff portray members of the Alcott family or their notable neighbors, providing fascinating, thoroughly researched first-person accounts of life in the Alcott home. A great experience for families or anyone interested in gaining a closer look at the Alcotts!
Adults - $10.00; Seniors/College Students - $9.00;
Youths (6 - 17 years) - $7.00; Children under 6 - $3.50
Members - half-price
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $25.00
Reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.

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July 2005 at Orchard House

Tuesday, July 5; Wednesday July 20  9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
"Hand-in-Hand"

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 unique way.
$12 per adult/child grouping (Members - $10).
Reservations strongly suggested as space is limited;
 phone 978-369-4118 x106
.


Wednesday, July 6, 13, 20, 27   7:30 p.m.
"19th Century Evening Edifications"

The Concord School of Philosophy on the grounds of Orchard House, 399 Lexington Road, Concord, MA. Delightful diversions for a midsummer’s night!
Adults & Seniors - $10; Students & Children - $5
(Members – 10% discount
)
Click here for further information
or phone 978-369-4118 x106


Thursday, July 7  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! Expert, authentically costumed staff and volunteers portray members of the Alcott family to introduce youngsters aged 7 and up 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 highly popular and unforgettable experience!
$15.00 per person (Members - $12.00)
Reservations & pre-payment required;
 phone 978-369-4118 x106


Monday - Friday, July 11 - 15  
The 2005 Summer Conversational Series

"Education is All"
Teaching and Learning in the 19th Century and Beyond

Three-Day Intensive Workshop: Monday - Wednesday, July 11 - 13
New! Teacher Institute: Monday - Friday, July 11 – 15

Most remembered as the “Father of Little Women,” A. Bronson Alcott is often forgotten as a leader in educational reform, despite the fact that he was not only a teacher and Superintendent of Concord schools, but also the founder of one of the first adult education centers in the United States, The Concord School of Philosophy. The Intensive Workshop will first examine the teaching ideas of Alcott in numerous ways, including through the writings of one of his most famous pupils -- his own daughter, Louisa May. Other educators of the time will also be discussed, as well as some “new” trends of the 19th century, such as the Lyceum Movement. Finally, we will see how the ideas of this time of great reform have impacted our schools to this day. The Teacher Institute is a new component for the 2005 Series. Teachers will first participate in the Intensive Workshop, but will also have extra sessions on those days plus two extra days, during which they will focus on how to practically apply workshop topics in their classrooms, and especially how the Alcotts can fit into their curricula. Each teacher will also receive a number of materials for future classroom use. The Teacher Institute is primarily intended for middle and high school teachers of History and English, but teachers of all subjects and grade levels -- including home educators -- are also most welcome.

Click here for complete information and registration forms.

Massachusetts Professional Development Points available.

Intensive Workshop - $120 for all three days, or, $60 per diem Monday & Tuesday, $35 for Wednesday; Teacher Institute (includes all five days, plus materials) - $275
(Members – 10% discount off any price)
Pre-registration recommended; phone 978-369-4118 x105


Monday-Friday, July 18 - 22
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 (Members – 10% discount)
Reservations & pre-payment required; phone 978-369-4118 x106


Saturday, July 23  4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
"Welcome to Our Home"
A Living History Tour

Authentically costumed Staff portray members of the Alcott family or their notable neighbors, providing fascinating, thoroughly researched first-person accounts of life in the Alcott home. A great experience for families or anyone interested in gaining a closer look at the Alcotts!
Adults - $10.00; Seniors/College Students - $9.00;
Youths (6 - 17 years) - $7.00
Members and children under 6 - half-price
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $25.00
Reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested; phone 978-369-4118 x106.


Monday-Friday, July 25 - 29  9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
"Write Stuff!"
A Creative Writing Workshop

Youngsters ages 9 -13 will experiment with various writing forms, inspired by the Alcotts 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 your summer!
$220 per person (10% discount for members)
Reservations & pre-payment required; phone 978-369-4118 x106.


Saturday, July 30   2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Mr. Emerson's Wife
Author Event with Amy Belding Brown

There’s something for everyone as we celebrate Orchard House Staffer Amy Belding Brown’s new book, Mr. Emerson’s Wife! First, meet the author and chat informally as you partake of delightful summertime refreshments. At 2:15, youngsters aged 6 - 17 are welcome to take a very special "Living History Tour" of Orchard House, while adults hear Amy speak on “Writing Fiction Set In History.” Amy will take questions and sign her book immediately afterward. 19th C. games and crafts are available throughout the afternoon for the young and young at heart! Except for the Living History Tour, this event is free and open to all.
$5.00 fee for Youth Living History Tour; Members, half-price.


August 2005 at Orchard House

Monday-Friday, August 1 - 5   9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
"Time Travelers!"
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, 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; phone 978-369-4118 x106.


Thursday, August 4; Friday, August 12  9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
"Hand-in-Hand"

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 unique way.
$12 per adult/child grouping (Members - $10).
Reservations strongly suggested as space is limited;
 phone 978-369-4118 x106
.


Tuesday, August 9  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 members of the Alcott family to introduce youngsters aged 7 and up 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 highly popular and unforgettable experience!
$15.00 per person (Members - $12.00)
Reservations & pre-payment required.
Reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested; phone 978-369-4118 x106.


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

Authentically costumed Staff portray members of the Alcott family or their notable neighbors, providing fascinating, thoroughly researched first-person accounts of life in the Alcott home. A great experience for families or anyone interested in gaining a closer look at the Alcotts!
Adults - $10.00; Seniors/College Students - $9.00;
Youths (6 - 17 years) - $7.00
Members and children under 6 - half-price
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $25.00
Reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested; phone 978-369-4118 x106.

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 September 2005 at Orchard House

Saturday, September 24  4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
"Welcome to Our Home"
A Living History Tour

Authentically costumed Staff portray members of the Alcott family or their notable neighbors, providing fascinating, thoroughly researched first-person accounts of life in the Alcott home.
A great experience for families or anyone interested in gaining a closer look at the Alcotts.
Adults - $10.00; Seniors/College Students - $9.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $7.00
Members and children under 6 - half-price
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $25.00
Reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested; phone 978-369-4118 x106.

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 October 2005 at Orchard House

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

Authentically costumed Staff portray members of the Alcott family or their notable neighbors, providing fascinating, thoroughly researched first-person accounts of life in the Alcott home.
A great experience for families or anyone interested in gaining a closer look at the Alcotts.
Adults - $10.00; Seniors/College Students - $9.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $7.00
Members and children under 6 - half-price
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $25.00
Reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested; phone 978-369-4118 x106.

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November 2005 at Orchard House

Saturday, November 5   10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(Rain date: Sunday, November 6)
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! Lunch and snacks available; please let us know if you can provide soup, sandwiches, healthy snacks, or beverages.

R.S.V.P. to Orchard House at 978-369-4118 by November 3rd

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New Exhibit premiering Saturday, November 26th, 10:00 a.m.
“Tasha Tudor’s Spirit of the Holidays at Orchard House”

Exhibit continuing through February 28, 2006.

A unique exhibit co-sponsored with the Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge, MA), featuring artwork by famed children’s illustrator Tasha Tudor never before displayed in New England, including original watercolors from her illustrations of Little Women (1968), and preliminary pencil drawings from Round Dozen (Alcott anthology published posthumously in 1963). Tudor family handicrafts will also enhance the traditional holiday décor of the Alcott home through December!

Exhibit included in regular admission fees.
See also special fees for Holiday Program Weekends beginning November 26, listed below.

Download special Tasha Tudor flyer (pdf file; requires Adobe Acrobat reader.)

Order from our special selection of Tasha Tudor books (great Christmas gifts!)

Take a chance on a beautiful handmade Tasha Tudor replica shawl!

“Friends of the Alcotts” also receive Temporary Member benefits at the Norman Rockwell Museum (discounted exhibit admission plus Museum Shop discount), while Rockwell Museum Member benefits will be honored at Orchard House during the Tasha Tudor Exhibit as well! For more information about the Norman Rockwell Museum, visit www.nrm.org

Photo above courtesy Richard W. Brown.


Saturday, November 26, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 27, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Holiday Program Weekend
This year’s Holiday Program Weekends feature crafts, carols,
recipes, and a treasure hunt!
Special tours available by reservation only. Reserved tickets receive a 10% Museum Shop discount, and “Friends of the Alcotts” receive an additional 10% Shop discount!
Phone 978-369-4118 x106 for reservations.

Holiday Weekend Costs
Adults, $12.00; Seniors/College Students, $10.00; Youths (6 – 17 years), $8.00
Children under 6, $4.00. “Friends of the Alcotts,” 20% off.
Family Discount (2 Adults & up to 4 Youths), $30.00


Saturday, November 26, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Opening Day Reception

Please join us as we celebrate the start of our unique holiday offering!
Following Alcottian holiday refreshments, enjoy remarks by and discussion with
Tasha Tudor grandson Winslow Tudor and collector Jeanette Chandler Knazek.
Then, relish a special after-hours viewing of Orchard House and the exhibit.
Space is extremely limited -- Reservations required!
Cost: $20 per person
("Friends of the Alcotts" admitted free, but reservations a must!)

Please phone 978.369.4118 x106 for reservations by November 23rd

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December 2005 at Orchard House

Saturday, December 3 - 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m.
Scenes from “Little Women”
A family-friendly experience offered as a special gift to Orchard House visitors! Enjoy the “Apple Slump Players” from Shrewsbury High School under the direction of Jenn Webb as they perform selected scenes from the beloved holiday classic, Little Women, in The Concord School of Philosophy. Performance is free of charge, but donations are appreciated so that programming like this may continue in the future.

Cover design of Little Women (1968) illustrated by Tasha Tudor. Copyright Tasha Tudor & Family.

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“Tasha Tudor’s Spirit of the Holidays at Orchard House”
Exhibit continuing through February 28, 2006.

A unique exhibit co-sponsored with the Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge, MA), featuring artwork by famed children’s illustrator Tasha Tudor never before displayed in New England, including original watercolors from her illustrations of Little Women (1968), and preliminary pencil drawings from Round Dozen (Alcott anthology published posthumously in 1963). Tudor family handicrafts will also enhance the traditional holiday décor of the Alcott home through December!

Exhibit included in regular admission fees.
See also special fees for Holiday Program Weekends beginning November 26, listed below.

Photo courtesy Richard W. Brown.

Download special Tasha Tudor flyer (pdf file; requires Adobe Acrobat reader)

Order from our special selection of Tasha Tudor books (great Christmas gifts!)

Take a chance on a beautiful handmade Tasha Tudor replica shawl!

“Friends of the Alcotts” also receive Temporary Member benefits at the Norman Rockwell Museum (discounted exhibit admission plus Museum Shop discount), while Rockwell Museum Member benefits will be honored at Orchard House during the Tasha Tudor Exhibit as well! For more information about the Norman Rockwell Museum, visit www.nrm.org


Saturdays, December 3rd, 10th, 17th, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sundays, December 4th, 11th, 18th, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Holiday Program Weekends
This year’s Holiday Program Weekends feature crafts, carols,
recipes, and a treasure hunt!
Special tours available by reservation only. Reserved tickets receive a 10% Museum Shop discount, and “Friends of the Alcotts” receive an additional 10% Shop discount!
Phone 978-369-4118 x106 for reservations.

Holiday Weekend Costs
Adults, $12.00; Seniors/College Students, $10.00; Youths (6 – 17 years), $8.00
Children under 6, $4.00. “Friends of the Alcotts,” 20% off.
Family Discount (2 Adults & up to 4 Youths), $30.00


Please note early closing times on Saturday, December 24, and Saturday, December 31. On those days the house will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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