Welcome to the world of
Special Events

at
Louisa May Alcott’s
Orchard House!

 

Please note that many of our programs have limited enrollment.

Reservations / pre-payments are therefore often required and may be paid in cash, with a check, or via VISA/MC/AMEX/Discover

 

 

January 2015

 

February 2015

 

March 2015

 

April 2015

 

May 2015

 

June 2015

 

July 2015

 

August 2015

 

September 2015

 

October 2015

 

November 2015

December 2015

Program Reservations may be made in person at Orchard House during regular hours of operation, by mail to PO Box 343, Concord, MA; by phone to (978) 369-4118 x106; or via fax with credit card only to (978) 369-1367.

For further information on any program offered, please contact the Director of Education weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at (978) 369-4118 x106.

To receive regular notice of upcoming events and “Friends of the Alcotts” discounts, please consider a Membership

News of Note:   A link to news and announcements about Orchard House

and its supporters


To see a record of past events at Orchard House,
 please go to
"Aunt Jo's Events Scrap~Bag"

 

JANUARY 2015 at Orchard House

Orchard House will be closed January 1 - 2, 2015

We will re-open on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 1:00 pm

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Saturday, January 24          4:45 - 5:45 pm

 

CANCELLED DUE TO SNOWSTORM


“Welcome to Our Home”

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


Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
Youths (6-17 years) - $8.00; Children (2-6 years) - $4.00
Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Members - Half-price on individual tickets only)


Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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FEBRUARY 2015 at Orchard House

 

Saturday, February 14          3:00 - 5:00 pm


"A Valentine's Day Visit with the Alcotts"
Living History Tour and Workshop


Suitable for ages 6 - 106;

parents and caregivers also welcome!


If you are young -- or just young-at-heart -- drop in for a visit with Alcott sisters Anna and May, learn about popular Victorian customs that surrounded "Love's Own Day," make your own valentines to take home or give to a loved one, and enjoy a very special tour of Orchard House!

 

$20 per person  ($18 for members)

Space is limited; reservations with pre-payment recommended


Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations

 

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS (Deadline:  16 February 2015)

& EARLY REGISTRATION

 

2015 Summer Conversational Series

and Teacher Institute

Sunday - Friday, July 12 - 16

"Heaven in the Mind"

The Spirit of Place in Transcendental Concord

Download a Registration Form

Nature and the spirit of place were sources of great inspiration to the writers and Transcendentalists of Concord, seizing the imaginations and shaping the lives and philosophies of Alcott, Emerson, Thoreau, Channing, Hawthorne, and others. Louisa May Alcott may have found life dull at times in the sleepy village of Concord, but the surrounding beauty cast its spell on Alcott and fired her imagination, infusing her writings with abundant life and energy. Amos Bronson Alcott called this spiritual muse his “heaven in the mind,” a philosophical fancy reaped from the rich natural countryside that lay before him.

Speakers and participants in this year’s Series will explore the magical effects of environment on the thoughts and writings of 19th Century authors, poets, and philosophers, and examine what “spirit of place” means in today’s world.

Massachusetts educators are eligible to receive Professional Development Points.


Proposals are currently being accepted for presentations;

please submit a one-page proposal to ladams@louisamayalcott.org

and jturnquist@louisamayalcott.org by 16 February 2015

For additional information, please phone 978.369.4118 x106

~ Details forthcoming after April 1st ~

Download a Registration Form

See details of last year’s Series

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Tuesday - Friday, February 17 - 20          1:00 - 2:00 pm daily

FEBRUARY FAMILY FUN WEEK
“Welcome to Our Home” Living History Tours


Suitable for all ages!  Ideal for families!
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; play a 19th-century game and sing period songs in the Parlor; participate in a treasure hunt -- all while learning about this extraordinary New England family!

Adults - $12.00; Seniors/ Students - $10.00;
  Youths
(6 - 17 years) - $8.00; Children (2 - 6 years) - $4.00
  Family Rate
(2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00
(Members - Half-price on individual tickets only)

Space is limited to 15 participants; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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Saturday, February 28          4:45 - 5:45 pm


“Welcome to Our Home”

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


Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
Youths (6-17 years) - $8.00; Children (2-6 years) - $4.00
Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Members - Half-price on individual tickets only)


Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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MARCH 2015 at Orchard House

 

Saturday, March 21          4:45 - 5:45 pm


“Welcome to Our Home”

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


Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
Youths (6-17 years) - $8.00; Children (2-6 years) - $4.00
Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Members - Half-price on individual tickets only)


Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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APRIL 2015 at Orchard House

Tuesday - Friday, April 21 - 24          9:00 - 11:00 am daily

Plumfield Fun Week!

for Youths ages 8 - 12

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

(Members, $80 & $24 respectively)

Space is limited!  Pre-registration & pre-payment required; please phone 978.369.4118 x106

 

Plumfield Fun Week daily details …

Tuesday, April 21st
“ 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 22nd
“ 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 23rd
“ Beth”/Lizzie Day -
Crafts & Games
Make a charming doll to keep or give away as a gift! You’ll see the doll that 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, too!


Friday, April 24th
“ 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!

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Tuesday - Friday, April 21 - 24           1:00 - 2:00 pm daily

APRIL VACATION FAMILY FUN WEEK
“Welcome to Our Home” Living History Tours


Suitable for all ages!  Ideal for families!
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; play a 19th-century game and sing period songs in the Parlor; participate in a treasure hunt -- all while learning about this extraordinary New England family!

Adults - $12.00; Seniors/ Students - $10.00;
  Youths
(6 - 17 years) - $8.00; Children (2 - 6 years) - $4.00
  Family Rate
(2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00
(Members - Half-price on individual tickets only)

Space is limited to 15 participants; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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Saturday, April 25          4:45 - 5:45 pm


Welcome to Our Home”

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


Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
Youths (6-17 years) - $8.00; Children (2-6 years) - $4.00
Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Members - Half-price on individual tickets only)


Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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MAY 2015 at Orchard House

Saturday, May 2          8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Rain date:  Sunday, May 3


“Spruce Up for Spring”
Gardens & Grounds Clean-Up for Volunteers of all ages!

 

Come 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, but not required.

Healthy snacks and beverages provided


RSVP to 978.369.4118 x104 by April 30th

 

Community Service credit given to

High School students and Boy/Girl Scouts!

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Saturday, May 23

11:00 - 12:00       1:00 - 2:00       3:00 - 4:00       4:45 - 5:45

 

“Welcome to Our Wedding Day"

 

A unique Living History Tour honoring

the wedding of Anna Alcott & John Pratt


 

Celebrate the 155th wedding anniversary of Anna and John Pratt, whose marriage provided the inspiration for Meg March and John Brooke's wedding in Little Women, by enjoying a very special interactive tour!  Wend your way through our home -- decorated quite like it was on May 23, 1860 -- while an expert, authentically-costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or friend shares fascinating anecdotes about the excitment and emotion of this auspicious occasion, as well as the Alcotts' views on love and marriage.

 

Tour suitable for all ages; couples especially welcome!


Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
Youths (6-17 years) - $8.00; Children (2-6 years) - $4.00
Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Members - Half-price on individual tickets only)


Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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JUNE 2015 at Orchard House

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Saturday, June 27          4:45 - 5:45 pm


“Welcome to Our Home”

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


Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
Youths (6-17 years) - $8.00; Children (2-6 years) - $4.00
Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Members - Half-price on individual tickets only)


Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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JULY 2015 at Orchard House

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Wednesday, July 8          9:30 - 11:30 am


"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:  $20 per person  (Members - $18)

Reservations & pre-payment required;
phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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The 2015 Summer Conversational Series and Teacher Institute


Sunday - Thursday, July 12 - 16

"Heaven in the Mind"

The Spirit of Place in Transcendental Concord

 

Registration Form          On-line Registration now available!

View the Daily Schedule          Read Presenter Biographies

 

Nature and the spirit of place were sources of great inspiration to the writers and Transcendentalists of Concord, seizing the imaginations and shaping the lives and philosophies of Alcott, Emerson, Thoreau, Channing, Hawthorne, and others. Louisa May Alcott may have found life dull at times in the sleepy village of Concord, but the surrounding beauty cast its spell on Alcott and fired her imagination, infusing her writings with abundant life and energy. Amos Bronson Alcott called this spiritual muse his “heaven in the mind,” a philosophical fancy reaped from the rich natural countryside that lay before him.

 

Speakers and participants in this year’s Series will explore the magical effects of environment on the thoughts and writings of 19th Century authors, poets, and philosophers, and examine what the “spirit of place” means in today’s world.

 

Massachusetts educators are eligible to receive Professional Development Points

For additional information, please phone 978.369.4118 x106

Download a Registration Form

See details of last year’s Series

Click for map/directions

 

For more details or to reserve by phone, call 978.369.4118 x106

 

Click for secure on-line registration

 

Download a Registration Form to print

Our Distinguished Presenters ...

Jeannine Atkins

Author / UMASS-Amherst, Simmons College

 

Steve Burby

Brentwood, NY Freshman Center

 

Cathlin Davis

California State University-Stanislaus

 

Gabrielle Donnelly

Author /  Journalist

 

Anne-Laure François

Université Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense

 

Jason Giannetti

Philosopher

 

Jayne Gordon

Historian

 

Robert Gross

University of Connecticut

 

Stefanie Jochman

Notre Dame de la Baie Academy, WI

 

Lianne Kulik

Long Branch, NY High School

 

Adriana Lanzi

Universidad Nacional de Córdoba

 

Cecilia Macheski

City University of New York-LaGuardia

 

Kristi Martin

Boston University Graduate Program

 

John Matteson

John Jay College / Pulitzer Prize Winner

 

 

Read Biographies of our Distinguished Presenters

 

View the Daily Schedule                    Register securely on-line

Download a Registration Form to print

What people are saying about the Series ...

“Simply put for me, it’s three days in Heaven. …

Spending time with people who love Louisa May Alcott’s works as much as I do is

an event and experience I plan to attend whenever schedules will permit me to. ”

“This has been a wonderful and enriching week!

The presentations built on one another and each day was exhilarating.”

“The depth of knowledge of the Presenters coupled with

the opportunity to ask questions keeps me coming back.”

“Informative; thought-provoking.”

“It is always a pleasure to be a part of The School of Philosophy.
Thank you so much for carrying on Bronson Alcott’s vision.”

“I continue to learn from Louisa May Alcott.

Great literary experience -- lovely setting -- reasonable cost … ”


Acknowledgements

 

We are delighted to once again partner with The Thoreau Society

in co-hosting the concluding session of their Annual Gathering

and the opening session of our Series on Sunday, July 12th!

 

Please note that the Sunday session will be held at Concord's Masonic Temple

(58 Monument Square), with parking available either on the street

or in the nearby Keyes Road municipal lot


We are also grateful to the following Concord businesses who have

generously donated goods and/or services this year:

Concord Printing - 81 Thoreau Street

 

Concord Teacakes - 59 Commonwealth Avenue


Crosby's Marketplace - 211 Sudbury Road

 

Debra's Natural Gourmet - 98 Commonwealth Avenue

 

Sally Ann Food Shop - 73 Main Street

 

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Thursday, July 23          9:30 - 11:30 am


“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:  $20 per person  (Members - $18)

Reservations & pre-payment required;
phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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Saturday, July 25          4:45 - 5:45 pm


“Welcome to Our Home”

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


Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
Youths (6-17 years) - $8.00; Children (2-6 years) - $4.00
Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Members - Half-price on individual tickets only)


Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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Monday - Friday, July 27 - 31           9:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Apple Slump Players”

Drama Youth 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: $250 
(Members - $225)

 

Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment required
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations

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AUGUST 2015 at Orchard House

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Monday - Friday, August 3 - 7          9:00 am - 2:00 pm


Write Stuff!

Creative Writing Youth 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 the summer!


Cost: $250  (Members - $225)

Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment required
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations

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Tuesday, August 11          9:30 - 11:30 am


“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:  $20 per person  (Members - $18)

Reservations & pre-payment required;
phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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Thursday, August 20          9:30 - 11:30 am


“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:  $20 per person  (Members - $18)

Reservations & pre-payment required;
phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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Saturday, August 22          4:45 - 5:45 pm


“Welcome to Our Home”

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


Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
Youths (6-17 years) - $8.00; Children (2-6 years) - $4.00
Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Members - Half-price on individual tickets only)


Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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SEPTEMBER 2015 at Orchard House

Sunday, September 13          11 am

(On-line pre-registration available through 9/11;

on-site registration begins at 9:30 am on 9/13)


10th Annual Benefit 5K / 10K Run & 5K Walk

for Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

 

Uta Pippig

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 tenth benefit Walk/Run, we are privileged to announce that
UTA PIPPIG
-- three-time Boston Marathon winner, two-time Olympian,

and internationally-recognized fitness motivator --continues to serve

as Honorary Chair of the event and will attend this year!

     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. By participating in this particular Walk/Run, Pippig is also paying tribute to health-conscious individuals who have come before us, like the Alcotts.  The family's involvement in major reforms of their day -- such as abolition and women's rights -- also resonates with Uta's motivational presentations on "Running To Freedom."


 

     All manner of runners and walkers -- from serious marathoners to strollercisers and wheelchair travelers -- are encouraged to "spend a day with Louisa May" and join Uta Pippig in supporting educational programming and historic preservation at the beloved Home of Little Women during this FUNdraiser!

Event held rain or shine at:

Alcott Elementary School

93 Laurel Street, Concord

Click for directions

Registration at Alcott Elementary begins at 9:30 am, or, beat the crowds and pre-register securely on-line at www.active.com and save!

Runners, please note:  This course is an easy, fun way to help you qualify for future events!
Well-marked courses,ample water stations, and healthy snacks provided; for added fun, live musical entertainment by The Rusted Bucket Band and Quiles & Cloud, a thrilling starting volley by The Concord Minute Men, "Living History" portrayers, and 19th C. games and toys are available!

 

In honor of our 10th year, a post-race picnic-style lunch

will be available for all participants!

 


See 2015 results

 

Pre-register securely at active.com and save!

Download a Registration Form

Download a Brochure
  (includes Registration and Sponsorship Forms)


Donate or Sponsor

Download a Poster to share

Download Maps and Directions of Walk/Run Routes
(may change slightly due to road construction or other unforeseen circumstances)



Find out more about Honorary Chair Uta Pippig


See Photos of past Walk/Runs on Flickr

 

 

Many thanks to the many organizations and businesses

facilitating, supporting, or sponsoring our event this year:

 

Alcott Elementary School

"Alcott Helping Hands & Hearts"

Bob, Erv, & Phil Motorcycles

Concord Chamber of Commerce

Concord Lumber

Concord Police Department & Town Manager's Office

Concord Printing, LLC

Dane, Brady & Haydon, LLP

eSigns.com

Fritz & Gigi - The Children's Shop

John Kennard Photography

Middlesex Savings Bank

National Charity League, Inc. (Middlesex Chapter)

Quiles & Cloud

Rotary Club of Concord

The Concord Bookshop

The Concord Journal

The Concord Minute Men

The Rusted Bucket Band

Trail's End Cafe

Uta Pippig & "Take The Magic Step"

West Concord Public Library

 

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Wednesday, 16 September      7:30 pm

 

"Running to Freedom"

An Evening with Uta Pippig

 

Reserve tickets securely on-line now

 

 

Join world-renowned elite marathoner, fitness motivator, and humanitarian

UTA PIPPIG

as she takes you on her inspirational “Running to Freedom” journey!

 

     Born in 1965 behind the “Iron Curtain” (Leipzig, Germany), Uta became a competitive athlete at age 13; she later passed her final medical school exams at the Freie Universität in Unified Berlin, but decided to focus her life on running professionally.  On January 5, 1990, almost penniless but yearning for the freedoms of the West, Uta and her coach, Dieter Hogen, left East Germany and were labeled deserters.

    

     Just nine months later, on September 30, 1990, Uta won the Berlin Marathon days before German Reunification -- a highly emotional event which ultimately led to her being able to run a race she considered emblematic of freedom:  the Boston Marathon.  Uta not only won that race in 1994, but was the first woman to win it three consecutive years!  Her other notable wins include the New York City Marathon (1993) and two additional Berlin Marathons (1992, 1995).

    

     A world record-holder and two-time Olympian, Uta was ranked the #1 woman marathon runner in the world in 1994 and 1995, gracing the covers of numerous magazines as the “People’s Champion.”  Today, she provides inspiration to athletes and spectators alike with her public speaking series, “Running To Freedom™,” which explores the importance of understanding the life-changing power of freedom, and her international charitable organization, Take The Magic Step®.

 

Cost:  Adults, $15     Youths, $5

Special discounted pricing for participating in our 10th Annual Walk/Run on September 13th:

Adult Walker/Runner, $10     Youth Walker/Runner, free

 

Seating is limited; click to reserve tickets securely on-line now

 

Please note:  Event held at Trinity Episcopal Church Parish Hall

(81 Elm Street, Concord, MA)

 

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Saturday, September 26          4:45 - 5:45 pm


“Welcome to Our Home”

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


Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
Youths (6-17 years) - $8.00; Children (2-6 years) - $4.00
Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Members - Half-price on individual tickets only)


Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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OCTOBER 2015 at Orchard House

Saturday, October 24          4:45 - 5:45 pm


Special

“Welcome to Our [Halloween] Home”

A Living History Tour

Don’t miss the spooky (but not scary) fun during this month's “Welcome to Our Home Tour”!  Living History Staff in period garb will regale you with excerpts from Louisa May Alcott’s mystery stories and plays as well as reveal, through the use of actual diary entries and letters, just how much the family loved a good ghost story.  But don’t fret – even youngsters will love this unique after-hours tour of Orchard House!


Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
Youths (6-17 years) - $8.00;

Children (2-6 years) - $4.00
Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Members - Half-price on individual tickets only)


Space is limited;

reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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NOVEMBER 2015 at Orchard House

November 4 - 30

 

The Annotated Little Women Exhibit

 

Pulitzer Prize winning author John Matteson’s new book, The Annotated Little Women, comes alive within the walls of Orchard House during the book’s debut month!  Nearly 200 pictures in this new edition of the timeless classic were taken from the archives of Orchard House or by professionally-commissioned photographers.  Many of these images depict artifacts rarely or never before seen by the public.  Now, visitors to Orchard House can view deeply personal and highly meaningful objects that not only influenced Louisa May Alcott's writing of her groundbreaking novel, but provided inspiration to Professor Matteson as well.

 

Exhibit available during regular hours of operation

and included in regular admission cost

 

Also see our November 8th joint event with The Concord Bookshop!

 

Please note:  As is our customary policy, no interior photography is permitted

 

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Sunday, November 8          3:00 pm

 

John Matteson's

The Annotated Little Women

A joint celebration sponsored by Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House and The Concord Bookshop held at 65 Main Street, Concord

 

 

Join John Matteson -- Pulitzer Prize-winner for Eden's Outcasts:  The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father, author of the critically-acclaimed The Lives of Margaret Fuller, and Professor of English at John Jay College (NYC) -- as he returns to The Concord Bookshop for a third time to discuss and sign copies of his latest and much-anticipated work, The Annotated Little Women!

 

This latest edition of the beloved classic novel features over 200 color photographs and illustrations, many of which depict rarely-seen items from the collection of Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House; along with copius textual notes, the book is sure to quickly become a treasure in and of itself, and a very special gift to give to the Little Women fan in your life!

 

This event is free and open to the public

 

The Annotated Little Women is available for purchase from Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

or from The Concord Bookshop

 

 

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Saturday, November 14          8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Rain date:  Sunday, November 15


Fall Gardens and Grounds Clean-Up
for Volunteers of all ages!

Come 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, but not required.

RSVP to 978.369.4118 x104 by November 12th

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

Click here for a “Spruce Up” poster

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Saturday, November 28          4:45 - 5:45 pm


“Welcome to Our Home”

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


Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
Youths (6-17 years) - $8.00; Children (2-6 years) - $4.00
Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Members - Half-price on individual tickets only)


Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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DECEMBER 2015 at Orchard House

Saturdays       December 5 / 12 / 19      10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Sundays       December 6 / 13 / 20       1:00 – 4:30 pm

 

A Country Christmas at

Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

                        

 

Join the Alcott family when they gather at Orchard House to celebrate a season of giving!  As you go through the seasonally decorated home, meet Louisa May Alcott, members of her family, and their friends and neighbors, participate in Victorian-era holiday activities and caroling, and discover fascinating facts about the real-life counterparts of characters in Alcott’s treasured novel, Little Women.  All ages are welcome at this festive celebration!

Pre-paid reservations are recommended and include a 10% Museum Store discount

 

Reservations available hourly December  5 / 6,  12 / 13,  19 / 20

Saturdays, 10 am - 4:30 pm           Sundays, 1 - 4:30 pm

Weekend Holiday Program Costs
Adults, $12.00     •     Seniors/College Students, $10.00

Youths (6 - 17 years), $8.00     •     Children (ages 2 - 5 years), $4.00

Under age 2, free     •     Members, 20% off individual tickets
Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 Youths), $30.00

Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information or to make a reservation

Reserved tickets receive a 10% Museum Store discount;

Members receive an additional 10% Store discount!

In the spirit of the Alcotts, donations for our Charity Partners
will also be collected during our Holiday Program

Please note: On weekdays in December, as well as the last weekend(s)

in the month, Orchard House will be open for regular guided tours with

regular admission costs; reservations on these days are only required

for groups of 10 or more

Click the photo for scenes from prior holiday programs

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