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Meditation: A Smile and a Long, Slow, Deep Breath
Wed, Oct 18 | 6:30-8PM
For Full Four-Week Series: Member $60. Nonmember $75.

Wednesdays October 4th-25th, explore meditation, refresh a stale practice, or simply come and meditate with others. Led by Donna Mitchell-Moniak, founder of Spirit Fire Meditative Retreat Center, this four-week class will include techniques of meditation and discussion of the results each brings. Discussion of common challenges and simple solutions to establishing a practice will also be explored. Donna teaches The Practice of Living Awareness, a contemporary meditation that combines traditional meditation techniques together with engaging one’s senses. Students are sure to find these classes both restoring and refreshing. Participants should wear comfortable clothing. Bring a meditation cushion if you have one. Please note that space is limited and pre-registration is required.

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Into the Books Curator Tour
Thu, Oct 19 | 6:30-8PM
Member $15. Nonmember $25.

Join Fruitlands Museum Curator, Shana Dumont Garr, and staff from the Trustees Archives and Research Center, for this in depth tour into the historic books that are a part our current exhibition “Literary Spirit at Fruitlands Museum and the Old Manse.” Dating from the 1600s through the 1800s, these rare tomes include personal copies inscribed by revered authors including Bronson Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Elizabeth Peabody. We will also provide the opportunity to have a closer look at unique manuscripts including hand-written letters by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Margaret Fuller, and an original essay by Henry David Thoreau.

This program will begin with a lesson in archival handling and discussion of best practices in preservation. Then tour the gallery with the case covers removed. Take a look inside some favorite selections from the exhibition and try your hand at handling a book of your choice.

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

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Painting Materials and Methods with Jill Pottle
Fri, Oct 20 | 9:30AM-12:30PM
Member $200. Nonmember $250 for full six week series

Fridays, September 29-November 3: 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.

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Scavenger Hunt Challenge
Sat, Oct 21 | 1-4PM
Free with Museum Admission

Join us at the Fruitlands Museum for 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 wayside visitor center to claim prizes!





Cancelled -- Hand Drumming Workshop Series with Dave Curry
Mon, Oct 23 | 7-8:30PM
For Full Four-Week Series: Member $60. Nonmember $75.
This event has been cancelled.

Mondays, October 2nd-23rd, join drummer Dave Curry at Fruitlands Museum to learn the basic techniques for playing a variety of different hand drums from different musical heritages. Playing hand drums in a drum circle is not only a satisfying musical experience. It is so much fun that it doubles as a social event as well! No prior music experience is necessary. Bring your own hand drum or Dave will have several to lend for the class for a small fee ($3).

About our Instructor: Dave Curry is the creator of Drums For One & All and the co-creator of the Eastern Massachusetts Rhythm Festival. Over the past 16 years, he has led hundreds of public drum circles, drumming events, and workshops across New England.





Meditation: A Smile and a Long, Slow, Deep Breath
Wed, Oct 25 | 6:30-8PM
For Full Four-Week Series: Member $60. Nonmember $75.

Wednesdays October 4th-25th, explore meditation, refresh a stale practice, or simply come and meditate with others. Led by Donna Mitchell-Moniak, founder of Spirit Fire Meditative Retreat Center, this four-week class will include techniques of meditation and discussion of the results each brings. Discussion of common challenges and simple solutions to establishing a practice will also be explored. Donna teaches The Practice of Living Awareness, a contemporary meditation that combines traditional meditation techniques together with engaging one’s senses. Students are sure to find these classes both restoring and refreshing. Participants should wear comfortable clothing. Bring a meditation cushion if you have one. Please note that space is limited and pre-registration is required.

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Candlelight Yoga
Thu, Oct 26 | 6:30-7:30PM
Member $52. Nonmember $65.

Back by popular demand, we are extending this fall's Candlelight Yoga series with this mini-series running four Thursdays, October 26-November 16. 

This four-week course with instructor, Theresa Hoberman 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. 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 is limited and pre-registration is required. 

Member $52. Nonmember $65. 

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Painting Materials and Methods with Jill Pottle
Fri, Oct 27 | 9:30AM-12:30PM
Member $200. Nonmember $250 for full six week series

Fridays, September 29-November 3: 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.

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Foliage Bluegrass Cookout
Fri, Oct 27 | 5-8PM
Member Adult $28. Member Child $12. Nonmember Adult $35. Nonmember Child $15.

***The event is sold out. If you would like to join a waitlist to see if any tickets become available, please email Catherine Shortliffe at cshortliffe@thetrustees.org.*** 

Celebrate the fall foliage season with Barbeque, Brews, and live Bluegrass at the Fruitlands Museum tent. Enjoy delicious farm to table buffet catered by Fireside Catering at the Fruitlands Café. Tap your toes to catchy tunes, enjoy games on the lawn, all while taking in the sunset over the sweeping Fruitlands views.

Music for the evening will be provided by Americana and Bluegrass Band, Railroad House. Railroad House is a six piece band featuring lush 2, 3, and 4 part vocal harmony and playing a diverse blend of Americana music, from straight ahead Bluegrass to Western Swing, and beyond!

Ticket price includes the full dinner, 1 drink ticket for beer or wine (adult tickets only of course, additional beer and wine will be available for purchase), non-alcoholic beverages, dessert, games, music and all the fun you can handle!

Please note that registration is required and ticket sales will close three days prior to the event on Tuesday, October 24th.

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Hillside Halloween
Sat, Oct 28 | 10AM-5PM
Free with Museum Admission

This Halloween weekend, Fruitlands Museum will be alive with Halloween family fun!

Bring a goodie bag and collect treats at all the museum buildings. Take a museum scavenger hunt and search for natural items with a Fall Hike-and-Seek on the trails. Play historic games at the Fruitlands Farmhouse, enjoy seasonal crafts in the Family Learning Center, and take a turn throwing the atlatl at the Native American Gallery. Enjoy story times in the longhouse.

Children who visit the museum in costume receive free admission this Halloween weekend.

Joining us Saturday? Make sure you check out the Fruitlands Cup of Cyclocross bike race taking place on the grounds from 8:30am-3:15pm.





Fruitlands Cup of Cyclocross
Sat, Oct 28 | 8:30AM-3:15PM
Free to spectators (To visit museum, guests pay admission or use their membership)

Mix adrenaline and art at Fruitlands’ Cup of Cyclocross. But, wait, what exactly is cyclocross? According to Cyclocross Magazine, the sport is “a very specific type of bike racing. For the most part, the course is off-road but there are sometimes portions of pavement included in the course. You can expect to encounter grass, dirt, mud, gravel, sand, and a whole slew of other assortments and combinations.”

At Fruitlands Museum, the races consist of many laps of a short course (1.5–2 miles) featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles that require riders to quickly dismount, carry the bike while navigating the obstruction, and remount. Races for senior categories generally take between 30 minutes and an hour to complete, depending on ground conditions.

If you just want to watch this crazy sport, come to Fruitlands Museum on October 28, starting at 8:30AM.

The event is FREE to spectators. (To visit the museum buildings, spectators pay admissions or use their membership.) Cyclocross participants receive free admission to the museum buildings on race day.

For more information, go to facebook.com/fruitlandscupcx.





Hillside Halloween
Sun, Oct 29 | 10AM-5PM
Free with Museum Admission

This Halloween weekend, Fruitlands Museum will be alive with Halloween family fun!

Bring a goodie bag and collect treats at all the museum buildings. Take a museum scavenger hunt and search for natural items with a Fall Hike-and-Seek on the trails. Play historic games at the Fruitlands Farmhouse, enjoy seasonal crafts in the Family Learning Center, and take a turn throwing the atlatl at the Native American Gallery. Enjoy story times in the longhouse.

Children who visit the museum in costume receive free admission this Halloween weekend.

Joining us Saturday? Make sure you check out the Fruitlands Cup of Cyclocross bike race taking place on the grounds from 8:30am-3:15pm.





Curator Tour: Native American Gallery
Wed, Nov 1 | 6:30-8PM
Member $12. Nonmember $20.

Join Fruitlands Museum Curator, Shana Dumont Garr for a behind the scenes detailed exploration of the Native American Gallery. Please note that space in this program is limited. Pre-registration is required.

Weaving Stories Through Time: Native American Baskets

The Native American collection boasts over 300 baskets of diverse origins and materials, and they will be the focus of this tour. Curator Shana Dumont Garr will share background about the meanings, styles, and uses of the baskets that are currently on view in the Native American galleries, alongside other baskets from storage. In addition, she will share examples of how weaving and basket-making continue to be an effective means of expression in contemporary art.

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Candlelight Yoga
Thu, Nov 2 | 6:30-7:30PM
Member $52. Nonmember $65.

Back by popular demand, we are extending this fall's Candlelight Yoga series with this mini-series running four Thursdays, October 26-November 16. 

This four-week course with instructor, Theresa Hoberman 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. 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 is limited and pre-registration is required. 

Member $52. Nonmember $65. 

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Painting Materials and Methods with Jill Pottle
Fri, Nov 3 | 9:30AM-12:30PM
Member $200. Nonmember $250 for full six week series

Fridays, September 29-November 3: 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.

Register Now



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