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Our Life- A thank you.

Our Life: Bound to a space: 9 rooms, our home, another 9 rooms, the home of others, briefly.

An acre and a half of glorious New England Land bordered by the Millbrook, by the home of the Hawthorne’s and the Alcott’s; this sliver owned by them and by Emerson…HD Thoreau surveying : all of the Transcendentalists touching the soil on which we live.

We are contained , in our created environment, welcoming so many [we have added Syria and Rwanda to our list of guests] but, only, physically, for in this space, we have been truly Blessed to have shaken hands, to have laughed to have shared joys and sorrows and stories with so many and, most importantly, to have offered respite.

The most amazing thing is: as we have, hopefully, honored those who have crossed our threshold, they, too, have honored us by doing so.

We are held in the hearts of many and, in Prayer, we Thank those who have left our so wonderful Town of Concord, Our Inn, with Joy and Happiness and Memories to reflect upon.

I wish that we had taken of photo of every guest and wrote a brief line to remember them by …we have not.
Nevertheless, these notes are held in another place. Somewhere deep in hearts.

I wish that we had held a hand a bit more tightly; said Thank-you a bit more emphatically; listened a bit more intently.

Our lives, these 37 years, have been Blessed no more or less than any other.

God is with each of us.

Our path was to have meet many Gracing our Table.
Our circle was/is large.

Remember, the dance happens in intimacy and in broadness. The dance that is this Life, that is over, ‘just like that’!

Honor one another [even if you really do not want to].
Listen, too, to each other.
Play music that you Love and Dance alone, with another, but Dance and Sing and close your eyes when you look at Beauty [in a Sky, in reflecting water, in orchards ripe, at a lost person asking, wordless, for a path to wholeness].

Close your eyes and move and feel and take in beauty and pray that you can remember joy and love and serenity and beauty when times get tough; when your world feels like it is falling apart.

Prayer and connection.

And, a kind word really does means more than we shall ever know.

Many, in my life, amaze me by their humility and generosity and kindness.

I thank the many tens of thousands whom have allowed us excellent food on our table, the means to gift our three children the most amazing education: gifted us a good life.
We are so fortunate to be Innkeepers of our Inn.We are so fortunate to be Innkeepers of our Inn


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.

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Established in 1842, the Worcester County Horticultural Society established Tower Hill Botanic Garden as a 132 acre showcase of ornamental, edible and Native New England plants. The indoor Orangerie and the lofty Limonaia are provided with imports and exotics that provide a year-long riot of color and rich scent. We recently visited for the 183 annual Camellis Show. Tower Hill will host an African Violet show in April 2012 and May will bring a Seven-State Daffodil and Primrose competition.

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.

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

Four Seasons of Special Events In Concord

Spring/  Patriot’s Day Celebration


On April 19, 1775, Paul Revere sounded an alarm as 800 British Regulars marched upon the village of Concord to steal away cannon and stored arms. At a rude bridge arching the Concord River Colonial Minutemen faced off and fired the “shot heard ’round the world” that began the Revolutionary War. Each year, leading up to the anniversary, Concord once again fills with Patriot, Red Coats and the loud rumble of brass cannon for over a week of festivities, battle re-enactments,  Colonial bivouac, demonstrations, parades and a Patriot’s Ball. This is an exciting time enjoyed by all ages.



Summer/ School of Philosophy Conversational Series


The annual Conversational Series and Teacher Institute takes place in July at Bronson Alcott’s hillside Concord School of Philosophy, located on the grounds of Orchard House. In the summer of 1879 Bronson Alcott (father of Louisa May Alcott) realized a 40 year dream of opening a center for the exchange of philosophical, religious and literary ideas when he built his rustic Hillside Chapel lecture hall, that still draws distinguished presenters from around the world for lyceum-style exploration. The Orchard House, home of the Alcotts, opened as a private museum and interpretive center in July of 1913.



Fall/ Concord Festival of Authors


The preeminent annual literary event in the Boston area is held in Concord each Autumn. For Two weeks in October and November as many as 50 contemporary writers gather for public talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word. The venues vary: breakfast panel discussions, large group readings, lectures and book-signings by many favorite wordsmiths.



Winter/ Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature


Returning to the Concord Museum for the month of December, the exhibition’s focus on children’s literature makes Family Trees unique among the many holiday events in Greater Boston. Featuring the work of more than 60 volunteer decorators from across the area, each tree’s décor is inspired by a different children’s book: classic and contemporary, familiar and little known, novels and chapter books. 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.



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.

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. 





Beavers have been active behind the Hawthorne  Inn damming the Mill Brook. We have lost 30-40 feet of land to recent flooding inundating the edge of our lower garden. This new and extensive beaver-pond has displaced a great deal of wildlife while creating new habitat for others. The wood ducks were quick to explore the area. But, at the same time, the coyotes have been flooded from the adjacent low-lying farmland and now range accross our property in the middle of the night when they had not before. These new night-time marauders have caused the red fox to now travel by day, in fear of their lives. A beautiful and healthy fox spends time on the Inn’s front lawn waiting for traffic to clear before crossing over to Hawthorne’s home.

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.