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Frozen Fruitlands
Sat, Mar 25 | 12Noon-5PM

Winter at Fruitlands means outdoor fun and adventure each weekend! Every Saturday and Sunday, January through March, bring your winter boots, sleds, snowshoes, or cross-country skis for some high energy fun as you explore our frozen hills and woodland trails. 

Then come warm up with us. There will be a toasty fire outside the visitor center and hot chocolate available inside the building. A Fruitlands staff member will be available to recommend trails and to answer questions. Be sure to check in at the Gift Shop for an admission sticker.

Frozen Fruitlands includes admission to the Art Museum. On display are Hudson River landscapes to inspire. Open through March 19th is "Find Your Park:National Parks in New England," a photography exhibition celebrating the National Park Service's 100th Brithday. Developed in partnership with Freedom's Way National Heritage Area, this exhibition shows off the beauty of New England and the important work being done to preserve and promote our shared resources.   A new exhibit, "Comforts, Cures, and Distractions" invites visitors to reflect on New England winters of long ago and how people spent their time in its duration. 





Frozen Fruitlands
Sun, Mar 26 | 12Noon-5PM

Winter at Fruitlands means outdoor fun and adventure each weekend! Every Saturday and Sunday, January through March, bring your winter boots, sleds, snowshoes, or cross-country skis for some high energy fun as you explore our frozen hills and woodland trails. 

Then come warm up with us. There will be a toasty fire outside the visitor center and hot chocolate available inside the building. A Fruitlands staff member will be available to recommend trails and to answer questions. Be sure to check in at the Gift Shop for an admission sticker.

Frozen Fruitlands includes admission to the Art Museum. On display are Hudson River landscapes to inspire. Open through March 19th is "Find Your Park:National Parks in New England," a photography exhibition celebrating the National Park Service's 100th Brithday. Developed in partnership with Freedom's Way National Heritage Area, this exhibition shows off the beauty of New England and the important work being done to preserve and promote our shared resources.   A new exhibit, "Comforts, Cures, and Distractions" invites visitors to reflect on New England winters of long ago and how people spent their time in its duration. 





Moss Basket Making with Betsy Williams
Sun, Apr 2 | 1-3:30PM

Celebrate Spring! Bring a touch of the awakening woods into your home by making a moss covered basket with a twig handle. The finished basket can be decorated with raffia or ribbons. Use your moss basket to hold a pot of flowering bulbs, a fresh flower arrangement, Easter eggs or finger foods.

Instructor, Betsy Williams teaches, lectures and writes about living with herbs and flowers. A gardener and herb grower since 1972, Betsy trained as a florist in Boston and England. She combines her floral and gardening skills with an extensive knowledge of history, plant lore and seasonal celebrations. Betsy is the author of several books on the uses and stories of herbs and flowers. She has appeared on the Discovery Channel and greater Boston cable stations as well as local and national radio talk shows. Betsy lectures and teaches locally and nationally.





Candlelight Yoga
Thu, Apr 6 | 6:30-7:30PM

This six-week course is intended for those new to yoga and for those who would like to strengthen their practice. Come quiet your mind, relax your body, and allow your spirit to be filled with peace as you explore meditation, asana and breathe work. Instructor, Diane Borton, has been practicing yoga for over a decade. Her instruction will help you strengthen your body, center the mind, and create a peaceful spirit in this gentle yoga class. Students should wear comfortable exercise clothing, and bring a yoga mat, a blanket, and a pair of yoga blocks if you have them.

Please note that space in this series is limited and pre-registration is required.





Candlelight Yoga
Thu, Apr 13 | 6:30-7:30PM

This six-week course is intended for those new to yoga and for those who would like to strengthen their practice. Come quiet your mind, relax your body, and allow your spirit to be filled with peace as you explore meditation, asana and breathe work. Instructor, Diane Borton, has been practicing yoga for over a decade. Her instruction will help you strengthen your body, center the mind, and create a peaceful spirit in this gentle yoga class. Students should wear comfortable exercise clothing, and bring a yoga mat, a blanket, and a pair of yoga blocks if you have them.

Please note that space in this series is limited and pre-registration is required.





Painting Materials and Methods
Fri, Apr 14 | 9:30AM-12:30PM

This course is for beginning and returning painters who want to acquire fundamental painting skills and new approaches to painting with oils or acrylics. A dynamic and accomplished artist, Jill Pottle’s instruction includes weekly exercises and one-on-one teaching geared to all levels of experience. Whether picking up a brush for the first time or the hundredth, students emerge from this six week course with greater confidence and a renewed passion for painting.

Some basic drawing experienced is preferred.

Please note that space in this class series is limited and pre-registration is required.





Historic Games
Mon, Apr 17 | 1-4PM

Join us at the Fruitlands Museum during April School Vacation Week for some staycation fun! Monday, all kinds of toys and games replicated from the 1800s will come out of their boxes and into play at the Wayside Visitor Center. Try your hand at table-top bowling, a round of shooting marbles, spinning tops, and more! It's the perfect excuse to get unplugged for an afternoon. Free with Museum Admission.





Homes of the Fairies
Tue, Apr 18 | 1-2:30PM

While living at Fruitlands, 10-year-old Louisa May Alcott wrote in her diary that she “had a lovely time in the woods with Anna and Lizzie. We were fairies, and made gowns and paper wings. I ‘flied’ the highest of all.”

Tuesday of April School Vacation Week, don your wings, grab your crowns, and come play in the Fruitlands woods as Louisa and her friends once played. At 1:15 gather to learn about the little folk of the woodlands and hear stories of their mischief, including excerpts from Louisa May Alcott’s Flower Fables. Then head out on the trails to explore the fairy woodland. Borrow a bag to collect natural materials and then build a fairy house along the path.

Please help us plan for this program and pre-register all children and adults.





Journal Making
Wed, Apr 19 | 1-3PM

In a letter to her daughter, Louisa May Alcott, Abigail Alcott wrote: “Remember, dear girl, that a diary should be an epitome of your life. May it be a record of pure thought and good actions…”

Wednesday of April School Vacation week, visitors of all ages are invited to join us at the Fruitlands Museum to create your own diary, journal, or notebook and have some Staycation fun! Learn multiple book designs and use specialty paper provided. Then take your journal with you to record your thoughts and ideas.

Be sure to also visit the art gallery where a new exhibit “Literary Spirit at Fruitlands Museum and The Old Manse” will be open for public viewing. The exhibition will cover approximately 100 years, from the 1770s when the Old Manse was inhabited by Rev. William Emerson, to A. Bronson Alcott and Louisa May Alcott’s death, just three days apart, in 1888. At the heart of the exhibition, and in the center of the gallery space, will be the books, journals, and letters that connected these people who lived and worked in Concord and Harvard, MA.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please help us prepare for this program by pre-registering both adults and children online.





Candlelight Yoga
Thu, Apr 20 | 6:30-7:30PM

This six-week course is intended for those new to yoga and for those who would like to strengthen their practice. Come quiet your mind, relax your body, and allow your spirit to be filled with peace as you explore meditation, asana and breathe work. Instructor, Diane Borton, has been practicing yoga for over a decade. Her instruction will help you strengthen your body, center the mind, and create a peaceful spirit in this gentle yoga class. Students should wear comfortable exercise clothing, and bring a yoga mat, a blanket, and a pair of yoga blocks if you have them.

Please note that space in this series is limited and pre-registration is required.





Let's Go Fly a Kite
Thu, Apr 20 | 1-3PM

Join us at the Fruitlands Museum during April School Vacation week for some Staycation fun! On Thursday, find us on the hillside for a kite making craft that will inspire outdoor play for the whole family.





Painting Materials and Methods
Fri, Apr 21 | 9:30AM-12:30PM

This course is for beginning and returning painters who want to acquire fundamental painting skills and new approaches to painting with oils or acrylics. A dynamic and accomplished artist, Jill Pottle’s instruction includes weekly exercises and one-on-one teaching geared to all levels of experience. Whether picking up a brush for the first time or the hundredth, students emerge from this six week course with greater confidence and a renewed passion for painting.

Some basic drawing experienced is preferred.

Please note that space in this class series is limited and pre-registration is required.





Scavenger Hunt Challenge
Fri, Apr 21 | 1-3PM

Join us at the Fruitlands Museum during April School Vacation week for some Staycation fun! On Friday we will close out the week with a Scavenger Hunt Challenge. Adults and children work together to follow clues around the grounds and museum buildings. Learn fun facts while you hunt.  Then return to the check-in table to claim prizes!

Please help us plan by pre-registering for this event. 





Opening Reception: Literary Spirits and Literary Soil Exhibitions
Sun, Apr 23 | 3-5PM

Join us in the Art Museum at Fruitlands Museum to celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions “Literary Spirit at Fruitlands Museum and the Old Manse,” and “Greg Lookerse, Literary Soil.”

Fruitlands Museum and the Old Manse have long inspired for writers of all kinds: sermon-writing reverends, diligent diarists, philosophers, faithful letter-writers, social theorists, and captivating masters of fiction. Inspired by the natural beauty of these special places, and encouraged by the friendships made and kept there, these writers sharpened their worldviews and developed their ideas through writing. The exhibition will cover approximately 100 years, from the 1770s when the Old Manse was inhabited by Rev. William Emerson, to A. Bronson Alcott and Louisa May Alcott’s death, just three days apart, in 1888. At the heart of the exhibition, and in the center of the gallery space, will be the books, journals, and letters that connected these people who lived and worked in Concord and Harvard, MA. This rich literary and social history will be enhanced by photos and an interactive installation by contemporary artists Lisa McCarty and Jonathan Gitelson, and interactive writing stations that reinforce the central themes of reading, writing, and the powerful influence of place on creativity.

Fruitlands Museum Artist in Residence, Greg Lookerse creates sculptural artwork joining conceptual rigor with thorough craftsmanship. It is not enough for him to read texts by influential authors including St. Augustine, Herman Melville, Henry David Thoreau, and Annie Dillard. Once read, the pages of his personal copies become visual art. In a process that often evolves through performative consideration, the ideas held within the pages become activated and made public in a way they wouldn’t if they remained on a bookshelf, in a library. Lookerse folds the pages of Dillard’s The Living (1992) into an elaborate, mandala-like relief resembling the window of a Gothic cathedral. Pages of Thoreau’s Walden become a winding path on the gallery floor with a simply-hewn prayer bench at its center. Melville’s Moby Dick becomes simple, blunt paintings as the artist systematically covers all but chapter headings with rows of white pigment.





Candlelight Yoga
Thu, Apr 27 | 6:30-7:30PM

This six-week course is intended for those new to yoga and for those who would like to strengthen their practice. Come quiet your mind, relax your body, and allow your spirit to be filled with peace as you explore meditation, asana and breathe work. Instructor, Diane Borton, has been practicing yoga for over a decade. Her instruction will help you strengthen your body, center the mind, and create a peaceful spirit in this gentle yoga class. Students should wear comfortable exercise clothing, and bring a yoga mat, a blanket, and a pair of yoga blocks if you have them.

Please note that space in this series is limited and pre-registration is required.





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