Aunt Jo’s Events Scrap~Bag:
2007

To see current and future events, please go to our Events page.
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Past events in 2007  
 

January 2007 at Orchard House

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

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

Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends. Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times. .
Adults - $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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February 2007 at Orchard House

Saturday, February 10th, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
“The Dolly Dialogues”
A Valentine Visit with Marjorie Tudor & Friends

SOLD OUT!!!

Join Marjorie Tudor – gifted artist, dollmaker extraordinaire, and daughter-in-law of celebrated artist Tasha Tudor – as she shares heartwarming stories of Tudor family Valentine's Day 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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Tuesday, February 20 - Friday, February 23  9:30 - 11:30 a.m. daily
Old-Fashioned Fun Week at Orchard House
February School Vacation Programs


Illustration: Tasha Tudor & Family

Boys and girls ages 8-12 are invited to try their hand at simple Alcott-era 19th century-style crafts.  Learn to make old-fashioned gifts for friends and family for holidays and other special occasions!  Design a rustic birdfeeder, quilt a potholder, decorate a bandbox, and make your own Orchard House T-Shirt, all in one week! See details below under each date.

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 for further information and reservations.
Click here to download a color poster.

Tuesday, February 20  9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Rustic Gourd Birdfeeder
Construct a rustic birdfeeder from nature, just as the Alcott girls may have done! Create and take home your own birdfeeders fashioned from real gourds to help keep our feathered friends happy and well-fed through the Winter!

Wednesday, February 21  9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Quilted Potholders
Make a gift for your favorite cook, and learn sewing skills at the same time using the old-fashioned art of quilting!

Thursday, February 22  9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Make-Your-Own Orchard House T-Shirt
Stencil or create your own design on a T-Shirt to take home for yourself or give as a gift!
(Bring your own plain white Tee, or, we'll provide one for a small additional fee)

Friday, February 23  9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Decorative Victorian Bandbox
Design and decorate a Victorian bandbox, just as May Alcott -- the real-life counterpart of “Amy March” -- might have!


Also enjoy Family Fun from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. daily this week!
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).

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March 2007 at Orchard House

Saturday, March 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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April 2007 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.

Offered during regular hours of operation;
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 17 - Friday, April 20
9:30 - 11:00 a.m. each day   

Plumfield Fun Week!

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

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

Plumfield Fun Week daily details …

Tuesday, April 17th
“ Meg”/Anna Day - Theater
See where the Alcott girls performed “theatricals” for friends and family! Rehearse a skit based on a scene from Little Women, play theater games, and improve your acting skills!

Wednesday, April 18th
“ Jo”/Louisa Day - Writing
Practice writing in the very room where Louisa May Alcott penned the bestseller, Little Women! Have fun putting together a skit, story, or poem -- just like Jo March -- and illustrate your work to take home!

Thursday, April 19th
“ Beth”/Lizzie Day - Crafts & Games
Make a clothespin doll to keep or give away as a gift. You’ll see a doll that the real-life Lizzie made for one of her neighbor friends, play with old-fashioned toys, dolls, and games, and put on an original puppet show!

Friday, April 20th
“ Amy”/May Day - Art
Try an art experiment using your “third eye,” just as Amy March may have done! Make your own copy of original artwork done by the real-life May Alcott, play art-centered games, and illustrate scenes from your favorite books!

See you at Plumfield!

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Saturday, April 21  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Rain date: Sunday, April 22

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

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

Seasonal tasks include raking leaves, collecting downed branches, weeding, and possibly some planting. Gloves, gardening tools, or tarps are helpful to bring. Lunch, snacks, and beverages provided (let us know if you can provide healthy refreshments). R.S.V.P. to 978.369.4118 by April 20th.

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

Click here for a color flyer you can print and share.

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Saturday, April 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 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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May 2007 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.

 


Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday, May 15, 16, & 17
ORCHARD HOUSE WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC
for documentary filming.

The grounds and Museum Shop will remain open.

To find out more about the first-ever documentary on
Louisa May Alcott, please visit www.alcottfilm.com

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Saturday, May 19  
Meg’s Wedding”
A Living History Celebration

Join actual Alcott descendants and Orchard House Staff and Volunteers as they re-create the wedding day of Anna Alcott and John Pratt -- which became Meg March and John Brooke’s wedding in Little Women! Take a special Living History Tour and re-live the wedding ceremony, enjoying an Alcottian reception with cake and punch graciously provided by Concord’s Colonial Inn. Newlywed and anniversary couples are most welcome; come dressed in Victorian garb too, if you like!

LIVING HISTORY TOUR TICKETS (tours conducted all day)
Adults - $9; Seniors/Students - $8; ages 6-17 - $6; ages 2-5 - $3; under 2 free
(Orchard House Members $5/$4/$3/$2 respectively)
Family Rate (2 Adults, up to 4 Children) - $23

Reserve tour tickets in advance to receive a 10% discount coupon in The Museum Shop!

WEDDING RE-ENACTMENT/RECEPTION TICKETS
(2:30 p.m. ONLY; includes refreshments and meeting descendants)
Adults - $3; Seniors/Students - $2; ages 2-17 - $1; under 2 free
(Orchard House Members $2/$1/50¢ respectively)
Family Rate (2 Adults, up to 4 Children) - $6

Click here for a color flyer you can print and share!

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June 2007 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.

 


Saturday, June 9  9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Little Hoot and Buff Bunny”
A Cut Wool Animal Workshop with Marjorie Tudor


Join esteemed artist and crafter Marjorie Tudor, daughter-in-law of world-renowned illustrator/author Tasha Tudor, in this unique day-long workshop that will have you creating adorable creatures to keep or give as gifts!
Learn about Saw-Whet, Barred, and Great Horned Owls, and how important owls were -- and are -- as inspiration to the talented artists in these families.

Find the owls in Orchard House, see owls and bunnies drawn by Tasha Tudor, and discover other interesting facts about these “critters” as you spend the day with Mrs. Tudor!

Intergenerational duos strongly encouraged; program geared for ages 8 & up. All materials and light snacks provided; please bring a bag lunch.

COST: $50 per person; $90 per pair (Orchard House Members, $40 & $72 respectively). Reserve your tickets early, as Mrs. Tudor’s programs always sell out quickly!
Phone: 978.369.4118 x106 to secure your place.

Click here to download a color flyer (Adobe Acrobat format).

To find out more about Marjorie Tudor and her family, please visit
www.tashatudorandfamily.com
(Owl photo courtesy Tasha Tudor & Family)

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Saturday, June 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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Wednesday, June 27  9:30 -11:30 a.m.
“A Morning with the Alcotts”
Step back into the pages of history to find out what it was like to live in the time of the Alcotts! Expert, authentically costumed staff and volunteers portray Alcott family members to introduce youngsters aged 7 and up to life in the 19th Century generally and within the Alcott home particularly. An interactive tour, old-fashioned games, songs, stories, and refreshments are all part of this highly popular and unforgettable experience!
Cost: $15 per person (Members - $12).
Reservations & pre-payment required.
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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July 2007 at Orchard House

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

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


For more information on Carol Lebeaux, visit www.silhouettes-by-carol.com
Click here to download a color flyer

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Thursday, July 5  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 6  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, July 11  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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Friday, July 13  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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The 2007 Summer Conversational Series
Series: Monday - Wednesday, July 16 - 18, 2007
Teacher Institute: Monday - Friday, July 16 - 20, 2007
in Bronson Alcott’s Concord School of Philosophy

The Alcotts --
A Never-Ending Conversation

Lively presentations and discussion in the spirit of lifelong learning
as espoused and lived by A. Bronson Alcott!

Our featured presenters ...
Cathlin Davis - CSU-Stanislas
Sarah Elbert - SUNY Binghamton
John Matteson - John Jay College
Joel Myerson - USC-Columbia
Sandy Petrulionis - Penn State-Altoona
Daniel Shealy –UNC-Charlotte
Mary Shelden - Northern Illinois University
Lisa Stepanski - Emmanuel College

THREE-DAY CONVERSATIONAL SERIES

Each summer, Alcott scholars, enthusiasts, and newcomers meet to echo the lively conversations which took place in the historic Concord School of Philosophy over a century ago. This year’s Series will explore the relationships in the lives of the Alcotts: their interactions with each other, their friends, their work, and their community.

FIVE-DAY TEACHER INSTITUTE

The Teacher Institute combines the Summer Conversational Series with additional sessions focused on bringing the 19th Century and the Alcotts into the classroom. The Institute’s focus this year will be on 19th Century one-room schoolhouses, and specifically Bronson Alcott’s progressive teaching techniques. Teachers will have the opportunity to tour Orchard House, use the on-site library, and see a special exhibit of Alcott artifacts. Furthermore, with the help of Prof. Cathlin Davis, teachers will explore how the talents and experiences of Louisa May Alcott and her family can be creatively used in a classroom setting. Incorporating these sessions, as well as discussions from the three-day Series, participants will work together to devise fun, multidisciplinary, standards-based activities which they can bring back to their own classrooms.

All are welcome to the three-day Series; teachers of all subjects and grade levels
-- as well as home educators -- are encouraged to attend the Teacher Institute.

Massachusetts Professional Development Points available for teachers!

COSTS: Conversational Series: $50 per diem; $125 for all three days
(Orchard House Members, $40 & $100 respectively)
Teacher Institute: $150 for educators; $250 for non-educators
(Orchard House Members, $120 & $200 respectively)
50% discount offered to High School & College Students!

For more information or to make a reservation, please phone 978.369.4118 x105.

Click here to see the Schedule for the Series

Click here to read Bios of our Esteemed Presenters

Click here to download a complete information packet.

Click here to download a registration form.

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Monday - Friday, July 23 - 27  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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Saturday, July 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 (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.


Monday - Friday, July 30 - August 3   9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  
Plumfield Fun Week!

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

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

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August 2007 at Orchard House

Monday - Friday, August 6 - 10  9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Write Stuff!
Creative Writing Workshop
This year, Orchard House is pleased to have this popular workshop led by Marjorie Tudor, daughter-in-law of world-renowned artist/author Tasha Tudor!
Youngsters aged 9 - 13
will experiment with various writing forms, many inspired by the Alcotts and Tudors themselves. Included will be “sensory writing,” poetry, journal writing, fiction, and much more. A fun, creative, and very different way to spend a week of the summer!
Cost: $220 (Members - 10% off).
Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment required.
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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

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Tuesday, August 14 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 15  9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
“Hand-in-Hand at Orchard House”
This program offers a very special first look at a historic house museum and the Alcott family for children aged 6 and under with a parent or adult caregiver. Activities such as matching games, songs, Victorian dress-up, drawing, and age-appropriate stories are included to stimulate, entertain, and educate the very young while allowing their adult partners time to enjoy Orchard House in a very unique way.
Cost: $12 per Adult/Child Grouping; $6 for each additional Adult or Child
(Members - $10 and $4 respectively)

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Thursday, August 23   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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Saturday, August 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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October 2007 at Orchard House

Sunday, October 21  12:00 noon (registration begins at 10:30 a.m.)
2nd Annual Louisa May Alcott Benefit
5K Walk / 10K Run
UTA PIPPIG, Honorary Chair

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

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

I am delighted to be Honorary Chair of the 2nd Annual Louisa May Alcott Walk/Run; I only wish I could be there in person. I was so pleased to learn that Louisa herself loved to run and walk long distances. When I heard that she walked 20 miles from Concord to Boston in a day and thought nothing of it, I was amazed! Not only are Louisa and her fictional counterpart, Jo March, terrific role models for strong, independent women, they’re great inspirations for physical fitness. I wish Orchard House and all the participants on October 21st the very best!

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!

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

Click here to download and print a brochure with Registration and Sponsorship Forms.

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

Click here to find out more about Uta Pippig.

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

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

Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends. Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times. .
Adults - $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 2007 at Orchard House

Saturday, November 10  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(Rain date: Sunday, November 11)
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 9th

Click here to download a color poster (pdf)

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December 2007 at Orchard House

Saturdays, December 1st, 8th, 15th, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sundays, December 2nd, 9th, 16th, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

An Alcott Christmas Stocking:
Sharing the Spirit of the Season”
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 Christmas poems, "What Polly Found in her Stocking."

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

Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for reservations

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

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Wednesday, December 5, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Members Only!
Annual Holiday Open House

Kindly R.S.V.P. by December 3rd to 978.369.4118
or openhouse@louisamayalcott.org

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