Join us for Patriot’s Day weekend as we celebrate the the begining of our War for Independance. Here in Concord the Patriot Minutemen first faced the British Regulars and fired the “Shot heard ’round the world” at the Old North Bridge. Come and re-live this exciting period of history. There will be many activities for all ages, in village and along the Battle Road of the National Park, including; battle reenactment, special events, a parade, and the popular Patriot Ball. See the scedule of events. http://www.nps.gov/mima/patriots-day.htm
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Through June 4th at the Boston Anthanaeum. http://www.bostonathenaeum.org/node/150
Carnivorous plants, falling masonry, and uninvited guests fill the imaginary world of artist and author Edward Gorey. His stories and accompanying illustrations maintain a delicate balance between the hilarious and the horrific.
Gorey’s voracious consumption of literature, his love of the ballet, and his off beat and wry view of the world resulted in a sardonic and witty oeuvre. This exhibition explores the diversity of Gorey’s art through original pen and ink illustrations, preparatory sketches, unpublished drawings, and ephemera. Drawn from the holdings of the Gorey Charitable Trust, the exhibition comprises approximately 180 objects, including selections from The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Unstrung Harp, The Gilded Bat, and other well-known Gorey publications.
There is a spectacular exhibit of large-format, color photos only 10 minutes away from the inn that we highly recommend!
For the past 15 years, photographer Quang-Tuan Luong has traveled across the United States, treasure hunting. Not for gold or hidden oil reserves, but to capture in photographs the spectacular beauty of our national parks. Luong has single-handedly documented all 58 U.S. national parks, a feat that no other photographer has accomplished. The result of his quest is featured in the exhibition, “Treasured Lands: The Fifty-Eight U.S. National Parks in Focus.”
To get his pictures, Luong kayaked through iceberg-laden waters, canoed down wild rivers, scuba-dived tropical seas, climbed to the summit of Mt. McKinley, and frequently trekked the trail-less terrain of the back country, all while lugging his 75-pound, large-format camera, photo gear, and camping equipment. He once had to sacrifice his gear to escape a bear attack.
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Friday, October 8, 2010 through March 27, 2011
A little scrap for recollection’s sake: Quilts from the Concord Museum
Rarely exhibited, the quilts on view in this special exhibition range from doll size to full size, and include bold geometrics, traditional patchwork, signature quilts and crazy quilts, most dating from the second half of the nineteenth century. Also included in the exhibition are patterns, quilt tops, shams and sewing tools. Of particular interest are:
- A signature quilt made for Rebecca Brooks and Joseph Allen Smith on the occasion of their Concord wedding in 1849, with 96 squares signed by friends and family, each “a little scrap for recollection’s sake”
- A crazy quilt celebrating the work of 19th-century children’s book illustrator Randolph Caldecott
- A Concord quilt featuring an early example of the “Pieced Pineapple” pattern in vivid colors of “turkey red,” “cheddar,” and “poison green”
- A quilt passed down in the family of Hannah Dawes Newcomb, the daughter of William Dawes, who was an alarm rider like Paul Revere on the night of April 18, 1775
- A quilt from the collection of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, attributed to Abigail (Abby) May Alcott, mother of the famed author of Little Women
Each quilt on exhibit has a story to tell about the creative makers, the communities they lived in, and the period of history in which they were working. Free with Museum admission; Members Free. Through March 27.
Concord was the first English settlement above tide-water in North America. Incorporated on September 11, 1635, we will celebrate 375 years with a bash. There will be a parade with over 90 units, brass cannon and 50 horses. Fireworks will light the sky, music will fill the air, stories will be told and there will be dancing and merriment at the Ball. Join us for this spectacular event. For a shedule of events go to: http://www.concordma.gov/pages/concordma_bcomm/Letter%20details%20for%20375th-A.pdf
April 3 – June 27, 2010
The exhibition features 100 original artworks, including drawings, cartoons and storyboards that illustrate Henson’s talent as a storyteller and visionary. Among the variety of exhibition objects are puppets and television and movie props, photographs of Henson and his collaborators at work and original video productions, including excerpts from Henson’s early career and experimental films. Free.
The Museum of Bad Art, located in Dedham, Massachusetts, is dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, and celebration of bad art in all its forms and in all its glory. The museum was founded in the fall of 1993 and presented its first show in March 1994. The response was overwhelming. Since then, MOBA’s collection and ambitions have grown exponentially.
MOBA was first housed in the basement of a private home in Boston, but now is available to all at the MOBA Permanent Gallery, in the Dedham Community Theater, in Dedham Square, Massachusetts. Conveniently located just outside the men’s room, the gallery is open whenever movies are showing, typically 5 to 11pm on weekdays, noon to 11 on weekends and school holidays. Admission to the Museum of Bad Art is free, so this important institution is supported entirely by voluntary contributions and sales of MOBA gifts. http://www.museumofbadart.org/
Have you ever been up close to a 50-foot, 40-ton whale? Once you have, it’s an experience you won’t soon forget. According to the World Wildlife Fund, Massachusetts is one of the top-ten whale-watching spots in the world!
Whale-watching is a fun day-trip from the Hawthorne Inn.
You can be dock-side in less than an hour from the Inn. Onboard with a naturalists you’ll head out 25 miles to Stellwagen Bank and be treated to awe-inspiring sights of humpback, pilot, minke and blue whales breaching and spouting through the deep Atlantic Ocean. The season runs April-October.
We have gone out several times with Seven Seas and have always seen many beautiful animal. Once, while drifting among a pod, we were looking over the boat-rail directly onto the back of a lounging humpback, he opened his blow-hole and spouted all over us. Now that is a close look at whales.
Seven Seas Whale Watch http://www.7seas-whalewatch.com/
Join us for the Thoreau Society’s annual gathering, entitled “New England Transcendentalism Then and Now”. You can stimulate your mind and spirit with four days packed with workshops, panel discussions, artist gallery talks, visits to Walden Pond and the Thoreau birth home, and collaborative event with the Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Margaret Fuller Societies. Bringing together, authors, environmentalists, artists, intellectuals and the curious from around the world this is a time to visit Concord not to be missed. You can preview the program: www.thoreausociety.org/_activities_ag.htm
The Hawthorne Inn is offering special rates for a three-day visit.
Call for room availability 978-369-5610.
In recognition of National Preservation Month, Doors Open Lowell takes place May 14-16, 2010. This free event celebrates the city’s architectural heritage, urban living, history and culture by allowing visitors to tour several historic buildings not generally open to the public, including historic mills, banks, mansions, churches and an 1870s Boston and Maine Railroad depot. Come and see what makes Lowell such an exciting place to live and work! For a complete schedule of events, map and list of buildings, visit www.doorsopenlowell.org.