On Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Orchard House, 399 Lexington Road, you can experience 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 firsthand about their lives and times. Adults - $12; seniors/college students - $10; youths (6-17 years) - $8; children (2-6 years) - $4; family rate (two adults and up to four youths) - $30. (Members: half-price on individual tickets only.) Space is limited; reservations and pre-payment strongly suggested.
Take in a concert on Sunday, Nov. 25 at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center, 166 Main Street, where the Concord Chamber Music Society features the St. Lawrence String Quartet at 3 p.m. with a pre-concert lecture at 2. Visit here for more information. Hear String Quartet Op. 76, No. 2 by Franz Joseph Haydn; Kohelet (2011) by Osvaldo Golijov; and String Quartet Op. 59, No. 1 (Razumovsky) by Ludwig van Beethoven. Reserved seating $28-$42.
On Monday, Nov. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m., Barrett & Company holds its Holiday Shopping Event at Monument Hall, 62 Monument Square. Gather with friends and family and enjoy refreshments while shopping for the holidays--all to benefit good causes. Plus, start your night with a visit to the Gold Rush Booth and get cash for your unwanted gold or sterling silver jewelry. Gold Rush donates 15 percent of its proceeds to charity. Twenty-five local vendors will all donate a portion of their sales to charity. This year they have selected four charities that help the community: NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled, Operation Soldier, Juvenile Diabetes, and MA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
On Tuesday, Nov. 27, there will be a meeting about emergency preparedness in Concord at the Sustainable Concord Coffee. Learn about the Emergency Medical Service Strategic Plan from Fire Chief Mark Coutreau and committee members. The meeting is at Harvey Wheeler, 1276 Main St., at 7 p.m.
The Concord-Carlisle School Building Committee meets on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. in the high school library.
For an extra-special treat for the youngsters, go to the Nutcracker Suite “by and for children” from Nov. 26 to Dec. 21 at the Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord, 51 Walden St. Directed by Helena Doohovskoy, the performance features creative productions with movement and arts, intertwined to inspire young minds and hearts. Learning opportunities available for Junior Assistants (4th grade through high school). Check the website for schedules. For 3-year-olds to 4th graders.
Shop at the Winter Market at the Emerson Umbrella Center, 40 Stow Street for its annual celebration of fine art and craft. It runs Nov. 30, Dec. 1 & 2 Friday, Saturday & Sunday; Friday 1-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m.
The Concord library’s semi-annual Holiday Book Sale will take place in the Main Library Lobby during these hours:
- Friday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Sunday, Dec. 2, 1 - 4 p.m.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. Proceeds from the sale will fund the library programming and parts of the collections. It’s a great place to shop for children’s books and gently used hard covers.
From Nov. 21 to Jan. 1, 2013, bring the family and take in the Concord Museum Trees exhibit, where beloved children’s books are brought to life as Christmas tree decorations. Visit here for more information. The annual exhibit has become a town favorite.
The next Thursday Author Series will present Mary Keenan on Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library Periodicals Reading Room. Lexington author Keenan will discuss her book "In Haste, Julia: 1819-1900, Julia Robbins Barrett: Abolitionist, Artist, Suffragist." Open to all. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
Amahl and the Night Visitors, a one-act opera by Gian Carlo Menotti, will be performed at 2 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden. This popular American opera, which includes full orchestra and chorus, will be conducted by Alan Yost, with artistic direction by Robin Farnsley. It is being sponsored by Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord (FOPAC). Soloists are Julia Shneyderman as Amahl, Robin Farnsley as the mother, and Brad Amidon as the page. The roles of the three kings will be sung by Ray Bauwens, Craig Tata, and Michael Prichard. The opera also includes dancing shepherdesses from the School of Ballet Arts. Julia Shneyderman, the 11-year old girl singing the lead role, is a 6th grader at the Edward Devotion School in Brookline. If you have never seen Amahl, you owe it to yourself to take in this holiday classic. Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, and $15 for seniors and students. To purchase call 978-369-7911 or buy online at 51walden.org.
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