The Town of Concord, a Massachusetts city with deep roots in American Revolutionary history and literature, celebrates Little Women Week December 15 to 22, in advance of the December 25 release of the “Little Women” movie from Columbia Pictures and SONY, directed by Greta Gerwig.
Image: Sony PicturesMany local businesses and museums, including Orchard House, the home where Louisa May Alcott wrote “Little Women,” are joining the Little Women-themed activities and inviting fans of the book and movie. Find a Little Women event that brings joy to you and other fans of the book:
Orchard House, Orchard House, built about 1650, is where Louisa May Alcott lived and wrote Little Women in 1868. Orchard House will be open for guided tours on weekdays and will offer its Holiday Living History Program on the weekends.
Stop by the Concord Museum to learn about this old town and about Louisa May Alcott. Some of her possessions are on display.
Concord Bookshop – Stop in to the book, of course!
Barrow Bookstore – Stop by to see a display of first edition Little Women illustrated by May Alcott (Louisa’s youngest sister). Also at Barrow Bookstore, a number of other first and early editions of Louisa’s works, magazine first appearances of her stories, plus Alcott literary related gifts.
Little Women Walking Tour — Following in the footsteps of Louisa May Alcott in her hometown with a Concord tour guide. Learn about the real Alcott family on a walk through town to Author’s Ridge in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. The tour will end at the Concord Free Public Library where guests will be able to view the collections. 1 p.m. daily. Walk is 90 minutes, 1.3 mile walk, mostly flat sidewalk or pavement, held rain or shine. Departing from the Visitor Center, 58 Main St, Concord. For reservations call 978-287-1064.
Special Events by Day
Sunday, December 15 — Children’s Tea at the Concord Scout House with photo booth, crafts, storytelling and visits from May and Louisa May Alcott. 3: 30 p.m. 978-287-1064
Tuesday, December 17 — Alcott-era bookbinding for kids age 8-14. The Children’s Room of the Concord Free Public Library is the site of a bookbinding workshop. Learn how books were made in the days of Louisa May Alcott and bind a book yourself. 2-4 p.m.
Thursday, December 19 – Luncheon Tea with Louisa May Alcott at Concord’s Colonial Inn. Enjoy the elegant atmosphere of Concord’s oldest hotel in the company of Louisa May Alcott (portrayed by Jan Turnquist, executive director of Orchard House). Miss Alcott will tell stories of her unconventional upbringing, friendships with Emerson, Thoreau, and Hawthorne, her service as a wartime nurse. Geared for ages six and older, this lively interactive presentation is great fun for bookworm. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 19 —Scenes from Little Women: The Concord Players and Louisa May Alcott. Enjoy a short performance, meet some of the local actors who appear as extras in the film, and learn about Louisa’s connection to the Concord Players. Gingerbread and mulled cider will be served. 6:30-8 p.m.
Saturday, December 21 – Tours: Guided Tours of The Wayside, Home of Authors, and The Alcotts at Hillside Special Tour. Join National Park Service staff for an Alcott family-themed tour of The Wayside, home of the Alcott family. Imagine the places where Louisa and her sisters lived many of the adventures she described in “Little Women.”