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Winter Calendar of Special Events

Lower Garden

Visit the Hawthorne Inn of Concord
this winter and enjoy the fresh air of the country and the vibrant air of
culture. We have it all: Hike around Walden Pond,
catch an art exhibit and enjoy fine dining out and an after dinner conversation
by our fireside.




Here are a few events on our
calendar for 2013.




January 12- De Cordova
Sculpture Park
Snowshoe Tour.


Take a guided tour of the Sculpture
Park, the largest in New
England,  after a snowshoe
lesson by a trained Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) instructor. Cost includes
instruction, a tour, and admission to the Sculpture Park
and Museum.




January 27- April 21- PAINT
THINGS: beyond the stretchers


PAINT THINGS navigates the recent direction of contemporary
artists to expand painting beyond the stretcher into sculptural forms. This
group exhibition focuses on the growing spatial and material freedom in
painting as it merges with installation and sculpture. Featured artists include
Claire Ashley, Katie Bell, Sarah Braman, Sarah Cain, Alex Da Corte, Cheryl
Donegan, Franklin Evans, Kate Gilmore, Alex Hubbard, James Hyde, Sean Kennedy,
Wilson Lawrence, Steve Locke, Analia Saban, Allison Schulnik, Jessica
Stockholder, Mika Tajima, and Summer Wheat.




February 10- Romance at the
Old Manse


The Old Manse has seen both
happiness and heartbreak over the centuries. As we celebrate Valentine’s Day,
join us for a special romantic tour to learn about Harriet and Ezra Ripley,
newlyweds Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne, and more – with musical interludes
led by “Nathanial Hawthorne” himself at 1PM and 3PM.


Built in 1770 for patriot
minister William Emerson, The Old Manse, a National Historic Landmark, became
the center of Concord’s
political, literary, and social revolutions over the course of the next




March 7- Brian Donahue at the Concord Museum-
Farm to Lectern Speakers Series – bringing nationally-recognized agrarian
activists to Concord


An environmental historian,
farmer, and collaborator on the
“New England Good Food Vision 2060”, Brian
Donahue is Associate Professor of American Environmental Studies at
Brandeis University. Author of The Great
Meadow: Farmers and the Land in Colonial Concord
and Reclaiming the
Commons: Community Farms and Forests in a New England Town
(on the Concord
Reads booklist), he co-founded and for 12 years directed Land’s Sake, a
nonprofit community farm in Weston, Massachusetts. 7:00 p.m. at Concord Museum; free, by reservation,
978-369-9763, ext. 216


April 6, 13-15- Patriot’s
Day Celebrations 2013


Each year thousands of people
flock to historic Lexington and Concord to celebrate Patriot’s Day,
commemorating the opening battle of the American Revolutionary War on April 19,
1775. Many events are offered; including Parades, Battle re-enactments, a Ball and Colonial
Life demonstrations.

Patriot’s Day 2012

16th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature

 From November 23, 2011 through January 1, 2012,
the Museum’s galleries are filled with 36 fanciful trees of all shapes and
sizes, decorated with original ornaments inspired by acclaimed children’s
storybooks and contemporary picture book favorites.

The exhibition’s focus on children’s literature makes Family Trees unique among the many
holiday events in Greater Boston. Each tree serves as a canvas for the artistic
creations of a dedicated team of volunteer decorators. Inspired by the
storyline, the illustrations, the characters or setting of a particular book,
the decorators let their imaginations take flight, much to the delight of
visitors of all ages from all over New England.
Selections for this year include: Ladybug
Girl, b
y Jacky Davis and David Soman; The Snow Queen, retold by Sarah Lowes, illustrated by Miss
Clara; Bats at the Ballgame, by
Brian Lies; Little Women, by
Louisa May Alcott ; Strega Nona’s Gift,
by Tomie dePaola; The Polar Express, by
Chris Van Allsburg; and many others.

Apple Picking

We took a short drive out to Harvard Massachusetts for an outing of apple picking. The yield was incredible, the colors vivid and the taste juicy and sweet. We now have a moist Apple Cake on the breakfast menu. The Town of Harvard is also the location of “Fruitland”, Bronson Alcott’s communal living experiment. You cane visit the museum, Shaker homes and American Indian gallery.

Concord Festival of Authors 2011

Two weeks of talks readings and discussions celebrating the written and spoken word. Featuring 26 events, over 40 authors presenting in in intimate and group settings. Headliners include: Randall Kennedy, Ha Jin, Anita Hill, Chris Van Allsburg and William Barry SJ.

Temporary Structures:Performing Architecture in Contemporary Art

September 18–December 31, 2011.

 De Cordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln

This exhibition features thirteen artists and collaboratives who underscore the changeable and active nature of our built environment. In doing so, they take architecture beyond its obvious function as shelter and design and examine its social, psychological, and cultural resonance in our lives. Video, sculpture, installation, and performance converge to address architecture through three broad themes: intervention, mobility, and participation.

Over the past 50 years, architecture’s agency in society has emerged as a growing concern for contemporary artists. Be it the white-cube space of the gallery, the historic walls of a specific site, or the loaded evocations of Modernism embedded in glass and concrete surfaces, artists and theorists agree that there is no such thing as a neutral environment—every space speaks.

Temporary Structures: Performing Architecture in Contemporary Art uses nontraditional spaces of the deCordova Museum’s unique building and outdoor spaces to present an
avante-garde exhibition comprised of site-specific, performative, and participatory installations, engaging Museum visitors in a new way throughout the duration of the

22nd Annual Concord Museum Garden Tour-June 4 & 5,2011

The famed Concord spokesman for individualism and self-reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson, once wrote,”When I go into a good garden, I think, if it were mine, I should never go out of it.” This year the Concord Museum is celebrating 22 years of going into good gardens on the annual Concord Garden Tour. 

The Mueseum’s Garden Tour has become a New England tradition for garden lovers from near and far. Each of the nine private gardens reflects the individual interests and passions of the owners and their families and will inspire both new gardeners designing their first perennial bed and accomplished landscapers with acres of garden rooms.

The tour of Concord-area gardens is self-guided and self paced from 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Tickets are available in advance or at the door.                                                                                    

Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road, Concord, MA . tel 978-369-9763.

Fine-Jewlry Designer Ellie Thompson to Show at Inn.

Preview her works:

Chihuly Glass Exhibit

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts is currently hosting a show of glass-works by Dale Chihuly. Among the colorful installations is the largest collection of his chandeliers ever together for a single show. The works span the intimate to monumental, with dazzling colors both bold and diaphanous. 




Museum of Fine Arts Boston Americas Wing

MFA Boston

MFA Boston

We have had opportunity to twice visit the New 4-story Americas Wing at Boson’s Museum of Fine Arts. With this addition the MFA has more exhibition space than the Prado. The galleries are of exceptional design and cancept, offering open spaces and intimate venues for maximum enjoyment. Many of the “show Stoppers” are on permenant display, but the plan calls for regular rotation of treasures from storage to walls. Be sure to make time for a side-trip into Boston.