Aunt Jo’s Events Scrap~Bag:
2006

To see current and future events, please go to our Events page
For the 2005 Scrap~Bag, please click here

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


January - December 2006

January 2006 at Orchard House

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


Saturday, January 14, 11:00 a.m.
‘Little Women - The Musical’ Benefit Theatre Trip

Little Women Family PictureBroadway comes to Boston in the National Tour of the heartwarming Broadway show, "Little Women - The Musical!" See Maureen McGovern and a top-notch cast in the beautiful, newly renovated Boston Opera House. Depart Concord at 12:30 p.m. with a light lunch served aboard the motor coach. Settle into Orchestra seats for the 2:00 matinee, and then enjoy Afternoon Tea with the cast after the performance! Return to Concord estimated at 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $125 per person or $200 per couple.
Reservations & pre-payment required as space is extremely limited!
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for reservations or download and submit via fax, mail, or in person the reservation form in the special promotional flyer. (Click here to download.)

Can’t attend this performance? Please consider making a donation -- see the reservation form. All proceeds benefit Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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“Tasha Tudor’s Spirit of the Holidays at Orchard House”
Exhibit continuing from January 16 through February 28, 2006
during regular winter hours of operation.

Enjoy a guided tour of the Alcott home enhanced at every turn by an exhibition of artwork and memorabilia from beloved Little Women illustrator and living American treasure Tasha Tudor. On display are original watercolors from Little Women (1968), preliminary drawings and rare printer’s proofs from the Alcott short story anthology, A Round Dozen (1963), and a vast array of prints, notecards, and related items based on Tasha Tudor designs spanning more than 60 years! Exhibit included in regular admission prices. Reservations only needed for groups of 10 or more.

Photo copyright Bill Finney, photographer.

Exhibit included in regular admission fees.

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

Order from our special selection of Tasha Tudor books

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

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Saturday, January 21 - 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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Saturday, January 28  4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
Welcome to Our Home
A Living History Tour

Take a trip into the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member of one of their famous friends. Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times.
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 2006 at Orchard House

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

Enjoy a guided tour of the Alcott home enhanced at every turn by an exhibition of artwork and memorabilia from beloved Little Women illustrator and living American treasure Tasha Tudor. On display are original watercolors from Little Women (1968), preliminary drawings and rare printer’s proofs from the Alcott short story anthology, A Round Dozen (1963), and a vast array of prints, notecards, and related items based on Tasha Tudor designs spanning more than 60 years! Exhibit included in regular admission prices. Reservations only needed for groups of 10 or more.

Photo copyright Bill Finney, photographer.

Exhibit included in regular admission fees.

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

Order from our special selection of Tasha Tudor books

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

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Saturday, February 11 - 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:00 noon
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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February School Vacation Week
Tuesday, February 21 - Friday, February 24   9:30 - 11:30 a.m. daily

Old-Fashioned Fun Week at Orchard House
Youths ages 8-12 will be introduced to simple crafts the Alcotts may have enjoyed that
have been popularized by author-illustrator Tasha Tudor. Learn to make old-fashioned gifts
for friends and family for holidays and other special occasions. Construct a mobile, be a fashion designer for 19th century paper dolls, knit your own washcloth, and make your own miniature greeting cards, all in one week! See details below under each date.
(Please note that the Thursday knitting workshop is for ages 10 and older.)


Costs: Full Week - $100 ($80 for Orchard House Members); Per Diem - $30 ($24 for Orchard House Members). Limited to 15 youths; reservations & pre-payment required. Phone 978.369.4118 x106

Tuesday, February 21  9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Star Mobile
Make a decorative mobile for your own room or a unique gift, as featured in artist Tasha Tudor’s Old-Fashioned Gifts: Presents and Favors for All Occasions!

Wednesday, February 22  9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
1830s Paper Dolls
Fashion your own 19th-century wardrobe for a paper doll, in the style of Tasha Tudor’s favorite costumes!

Thursday, February 23  9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Victorian Knitting: Make a Washcloth
This workshop is for advanced beginner or intermediate knitters ages 10 and up (you should have some casting on and knitting experience). Knitters will work on completing a small project, a washcloth, that they can keep or give as a present. Needles will be provided for an extra fee of $3.00 per child, or bring your own (size 8). Yarn will be provided at no extra charge.

Friday, February 24  9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Miniature Greeting Cards
Make and decorate tiny Victorian greeting cards suitable for holidays, birthdays, or other special occasions!


Tuesday, February 21 - Friday. February 24   1:00 - 2:00 p.m. daily
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 - $10.00; Seniors/College Students - $9.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $7.00; Children under 6 - $3.50
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $25.00

(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 2006 at Orchard House

Saturday, March 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 - $10.00; Seniors/College Students - $9.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $7.00; Children under 6 - $3.50
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $25.00

(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 2006 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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Tuesday, April 18 - Friday, April 21
9:30 - 11:00 a.m. each day   

The Old-Fashioned Art of Journaling
April Vacation Week Youth Workshop

Did you know that ... Mr. Alcott, overcame his shyness to propose to his wife-to-be by revealing his feelings through a journal?

Did you know that ... part of the Alcott sisters' home-schooling entailed writing in daily journals?

And did you know that ... throughout their lives, all the Alcotts diligently kept journals, often enhancing them with original artwork, newspaper clippings, recipes, and photographs?

Image from http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu

Youths ages 9 - 12 (grades 4th - 6th) are invited to learn about the traditional art of journal-keeping as they create their own original scrapbook journal! See samples of authentic Alcott journals and scrapbooks, then decide on a theme and illustrate journal entries with drawings, photographs, clippings, tags, cards, and more. By week’s end, take home the beginnings of a personal record that may last a lifetime! No experience necessary; all materials provided.

Cost: $150.00 (Orchard House Members - 20% discount).
Space limited to 15 youths; reservations & pre-payment required.
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

Click here to download a poster for the April workshop.

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Saturday, April 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 - $10.00; Seniors/College Students - $9.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $7.00; Children under 6 - $3.50
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $25.00

(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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Saturday, April 29  10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Rain date: Sunday, April 30th

“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. Community Service credit given to High Schoolers and Boy/Girl Scouts! Lunch, snacks, and beverages provided (let us know if you can provide healthy refreshments). R.S.V.P. to 978.369.4118 by April 28th.

 

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Saturday, April 29  7:00 p.m.
Transcendentalists & Telescopes:
Aesthetic Motivations in Scientific Enterprise

Useful as the telescopes, the theodolites, and the other scientific instruments … undoubtedly are, we must consider that four or five such instruments run away with a year's salary of a schoolmaster, and that, if we purchase them, it will be necessary to defer the establishment of schools.

~Lord Macauley

A. Bronson Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau each came in contact with the most exciting high technology of the day, the telescope. Considered the laptop of its time, it was something that no school could do without. Working in the second half of the 19th Century, self-educated Alvan Clark was an artist, not a scientist. From humble beginnings with homemade telescopes, his family came to build astounding instruments that enabled America to lead the world in astronomical accomplishments.

Join Phillips Academy Visiting Scholar John V. Briggs, Cambridge College Instructor Mark Schorr, and Cambridge College students as they engage in a dialogue reminiscent of the Concord notables to illuminate the fascinating connection Emerson and Thoreau shared with renowned telescope makers Alvan Clark & Sons of Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, often dubbed “Artists in Optics.”

Professors Briggs and Schorr will document how the detail and care Clark’s firm lavished on its telescopes related to Transcendentalist ideas of beauty. This connection also points to important themes in the business of telescope construction and scientific instrumentation -- an enterprise that apparently remains as much artistic as it is technical. Also highlighted will be deeply felt aesthetic motivations of leading scientists of the late 1800s.

Illustrated with numerous examples from Professor Briggs’ own extensive historical telescope collection, this event is free and open to the public. Weather permitting, there will be viewing with a 131-year-old masterpiece telescope by Alvan Clark & Sons, an instrument similar to the Clark telescope once used, with special pleasure, by Emerson himself. Light refreshments provided.

About the Scholars
John Briggs is Visiting Scholar in the Physics Department at Phillips Academy (Andover, MA) and has been fascinated with telescopes and astronomy since childhood. Formerly associated with the University of Chicago’s Yerkes Observatory, Briggs served as a winter-over scientist at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica. He maintains a strong interest in the history of astronomy and has served as President of the Antique Telescope Society, and as elected member of the American Astronomical Society, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and the International Astronomical Union. His activity as a collector of historical telescopes was featured in the October 2001 issue of Smithsonian.
Mark Schorr teaches American Literature at Cambridge College (Lawrence, MA). Schorr has a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Harvard University, and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Robert Frost Foundation, Lawrence, MA. His site studies of Concord began when he first saw Thoreau's surveying equipment displayed in The Concord Museum.

Photos: Astronomer Maria Mitchell, painted in 1851 by H. Dassel. Image taken from photolib.noaa.gov.
6-inch Clark telescope (1892), the first telescope of The Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ. Image taken from www.lowell.edu.

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May 2006 at Orchard House

“True Love is Immortal”
Throughout the months of May and June, Orchard House celebrates 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.
 
Offered during regular hours of operation and included in regular admission fees charged; reservations only needed for groups of 10 or more.
For further information, please phone 978-369-4118 x106.

Anna's wedding dress is on display during May and June.


Sunday, May 7  3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Art Show and Reception
Kristina Joyce

This event celebrates Kristina Joyce's extraordinary donation of original artwork to Orchard House.
Please click for invitation.

At Frame-ables Gallery, 111. Thoreau St., Concord.
Please click for directions.

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Click here to download our Summer 2006 Youth & Family Programs brochure.

June 2006 at Orchard House

“True Love is Immortal”
Throughout the months of May and June, Orchard House celebrates 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.
 
Offered during regular hours of operation and included in 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, June 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 - $10.00; Seniors/College Students - $9.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $7.00; Children under 6 - $3.50
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $25.00

(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, June 28  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: $15 per person (Members - $12).
Reservations & pre-payment required.
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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July 2006 at Orchard House

Thursday, July 6  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: $12 per Adult/Child Grouping; $6 for each additional Adult or Child (Members - $10 and $4 respectively)

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Friday, July 7  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: $15 per person (Members - $12).
Reservations & pre-payment required.
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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The 2006 Summer Conversational Series
Intensive Workshop: Monday - Wednesday, July 10 - 12
Teacher Institute: Monday - Friday, July 10– 14

“Private Pages”
Inner Life Reflections of the Alcotts & Their Contemporaries

Using primary sources to gain contextual insight, with
practical applications for classroom study and scholarly research

In many cases “not written for the eyes of the world,” primary source documents reveal a complex set of thoughts, impressions, and emotions on topics as wide-ranging as Abolition and Utopianism to Sunday dinner and Parisian fashion, providing a true window into the world of 19th Century notables.

The 2006 Intensive Workshop examines how scholars and educators utilize personal papers in their historical investigations and the conclusions they have drawn as a result. The Teacher Institute builds on this knowledge-base and supplies concrete applications and imaginative suggestions regarding use of primary source materials to fit a wide variety of curricular needs.

Series Presenters & Special Guests include Paul Benson (Mountain View College); Cathlin Davis (California State University-Stanislaus); Sterling Delano (Villanova University); Sarah Elbert (State University of New York at Binghamton); Lawrence Foster (Georgia Tech); John Matteson (John Jay College); Daniel Shealy (University of North Carolina-Charlotte); Lisa Stepanski (Emmanuel College); Nancy Coleman Wolsk (Transylvania University). All are welcome to the Intensive Workshop, while teachers of all subjects and grade levels -- including Home Educators -- are encouraged to attend the Teacher Institute. Massachusetts Professional Development Points are available.

Intensive Workshop Cost
$150 for all three days; $60 per diem Monday or Tuesday; $40 Wednesday.
Teacher Institute Cost - $250 -- FREE for teachers with valid ID!*
Discounts: High School / College Students - 50% off any price.
Orchard House Members - 20% off any price.
Phone 978.369.4118 x105 for further details and to pre-register.
*Copy of valid ID must be submitted with registration form to have fee waived.

Click here to download a poster for the Summer Conversational Series.
Click here to download a registration form.

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NOTE: The Time Travelers children’s program originally scheduled for July 17 - 21 has been cancelled.


Friday, July 21  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: $12 per Adult/Child Grouping; $6 for each additional Adult or Child (Members - $10 and $4 respectively)

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Saturday, July 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 - $10.00; Seniors/College Students - $9.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $7.00; Children under 6 - $3.50
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $25.00

(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 24 - 28  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: $220 (Members - 10% off). Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment required. Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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Wednesday, July 26  7:30 p.m.
The Alcotts Abroad:
Louisa and May’s Grand European Adventures

A unique evening with noted Alcott scholar Daniel Shealy

In April 1870, Louisa May Alcott and her sister May set sail for a European tour with traveling companion Alice Bartlett of Cambridge, MA.  They would remain abroad for over 18 months, visiting France, Switzerland, Italy, and England.  Both Alcott women sent home numerous letters about their exploits, which became the basis for Shawl Straps (1872), Louisa's autobiographical account of their journey.  This entertaining program will examine the events of the tour, and its effects on the Alcott sisters.

 Daniel Shealy, Professor of English at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, has published 10 books on Louisa May Alcott, including Alcott:  In Her Own Time (2005).  He is currently completing Little Women Abroad:  The Alcott Sisters' Letters from Europe.
Professor Shealy resides in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.


Recommended for ages 13 and up. Victorian after-dinner refreshments provided.
Cost: $10 per Adult/Senior/College Student; $5.00 for ages 13-17.
(Members of Orchard House: 20% discount.)
For further information and reservations, please phone 978.369.4118 x105.
Click here to download a printable poster (Adobe pdf format.).

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August 2006 at Orchard House

Tuesday, August 1  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: $12 per Adult/Child Grouping; $6 for each additional Adult or Child (Members - $10 and $4 respectively)

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Monday - Friday, August 7 - 11   9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Write Stuff!
Creative Writing Workshop
Youngsters aged 9 - 13 will experiment with various writing forms, many 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!
Cost: $220 (Members - 10% off). Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment required. Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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Tuesday, August 15  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: $15 per person (Members - $12).
Reservations & pre-payment required.
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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Wednesday, August 16  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: $12 per Adult/Child Grouping; $6 for each additional Adult or Child (Members - $10 and $4 respectively)

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Wednesday, August 23  9:00 a.m. - 12:00; 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Visit with Little Women at “Camp Laurence”
Morning session SOLD OUT!
Afternoon session added by popular demand!

Experience “Living Fiction” as Little Women comes to life in this first-ever program!  Spend time with the talented March sisters as they share some of their favorite activities with you.  Learn how to design and grow a unique “Personality Garden,” play Victorian games like Rigamarole & Graces, take a very special tour of “The Little Women House,” perform theatricals & sing 19th Century songs, create your own “Pickwick Portfolio” to take home, and find out what it was like to grow up 150 years ago!
Cost:  $20.00 per person, includes all materials & snack (Members - $16.00). Recommended for ages 7 - 12, but parents, grandparents, or caregivers are welcome!
To register, please phone 978.369.4118 x106.
Click here to download a printable poster (Adobe pdf format.).

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy eagerly await your arrival!

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Saturday, August 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 - $10.00; Seniors/College Students - $9.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $7.00; Children under 6 - $3.50
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $25.00

(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 2006 at Orchard House

Tuesday, September 12  7:30 p.m.
PREMIERE EVENT!
Miss Alcott’s E-mail --
A Parlor Conversation with Kit Bakke & Louisa May Alcott

Join us for an invigorating evening of interactive discussion as we debut the new bio-memoir, Miss Alcott’s E-mail - Yours For Reforms of All Kinds, by Seattle author Kit Bakke. Ms. Bakke and “Miss Alcott” (as portrayed by Orchard House Executive Director Jan Turnquist) will span the centuries to converse about their shared interests in women’s suffrage, Utopias, civil rights, nursing, and the pleasures and pains of writing. Ms. Bakke will answer questions about and sign copies of her book afterward. Period-appropriate after-dinner refreshments available. Museum Shop open before and after the event.
Bonus: Purchase your copy of Miss Alcott’s E-mail this evening
to receive 10% off the cover price along with the author’s signature!
This event is free and open to the public.
Click here to download a printable poster.

To order a copy of Miss Alcott's E-mail, click here.
To find out more about Miss Alcott's E-mail, click here.
To find out more about Kit Bakke, click here.

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Saturday, September 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 - $10.00; Seniors/College Students - $9.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $7.00; Children under 6 - $3.50
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $25.00

(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 2006 at Orchard House

Sunday, October 22  12:00 noon (registration begins at 10:30 a.m.)
1st Annual Louisa May Alcott Benefit
5K Walk / 10K Run

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. Today, 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! Music provided by The Yankee Stompers; 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!

Sponsor a participant or “Louisa May Alcott” herself as Orchard House Executive Director Jan Turnquist walks the course toward her personal goal of $10,000!

Click here for more information.
Click here to download maps and directions.

Cost: Walkers: $10 •  Runners: $25 ($5 and $20 prior to October 12th)
Click to download Registration and/or Sponsorship forms.
Or click here to download a color brochure, including all forms.
For questions or comments about the Walk/Run event, you may e-mail walkrun@louisamayalcott.org or telephone 978.369.4118.

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Saturday, October 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 - $10.00; Seniors/College Students - $9.00;
 Youths (6 - 17 years) - $7.00; Children under 6 - $3.50
 Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $25.00

(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 2006 at Orchard House

Saturday, November 4  10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(Rain date: Sunday, November 5)
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 2nd

Click here to download a printable poster in pdf (Adobe Acrobat) format.

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Saturday & Sunday, November 11 & 12  9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Benefit Shopping Days at Barnes & Noble
Get all the literary gifts you need for the holidays or other special occasions and help a great cause, too -- historic preservation and educational programs at the “Home of Little Women.”  For two days only, exclusively at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Burlington, MA (98 Middlesex Turnpike), present a special voucher at the checkout and a portion of your net purchase will be donated to Orchard House!  (No additional fee charged; excludes purchases of Barnes & Noble gift certificates, member cards, and café items)  To help even more, shop multiple times during the weekend with additional vouchers, and ask your friends, family, and co-workers to join you! For questions or comments, e-mail bnbenefit@louisamayalcott.org or phone 978.369.4118. (Vouchers not available in store)

Click here to download vouchers!

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December 2006 at Orchard House

Saturdays, December 2nd, 9th, 16th, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sundays, December 3rd, 10th, 17th, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

A Very Dickens Christmas”
The Annual Holiday Program at Orchard House

This year’s Holiday Program, conducted within the festively decorated Alcott home, features Living History characters, seasonal crafts, carols, and recipes, and even a treasure hunt, all inspired by one of Louisa May Alcott's favorite authors -- Charles Dickens!

These special tours are available by reservation only.

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.

Holiday Weekend Costs
Adults, $12.00; Seniors/College Students, $10.00;
Youths (6 – 17 years), $8.00
Children under 6, $4.00.
Members, 20% off individual ticket prices.
Family Discount (2 Adults & up to 4 Youths), $30.00

Click here to download a color poster.

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Saturday, December 30th, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
“The Dolly Dialogues”
A Holiday Visit with Marjorie Tudor & Friends

Join Marjorie Tudor – gifted artist, dollmaker extraordinaire, and daughter-in-law of celebrated artist Tasha Tudor – as she shares heartwarming stories of Tudor family holiday traditions and offers the rare chance to learn about, handle, and interact with her unique hand-made dolls and puppets!  A wonderful intergenerational activity for children, their families, friends, and caregivers.  Tour of Orchard House, tea, and light refreshments included.

Click here to find out more about Marjorie Tudor & her family.

Cost:  $25 per person ($20 for Orchard House Members).
Space is extremely limited; reservations & pre-payment a must!

Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for further information and reservations.

    

Click here to see more examples of Marjorie Tudor's dolls.


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