Community Events

  • A Very Pretty Place: West Concord in the Postcard Collection

    • Thursday, October 20, 2016
    • 7:00 pm
    Fowler Branch Library, 1322 Main St., Concord, MA
    “A Very Pretty Place: West Concord in the Postcard Collection”
    With Janaya Kizzie from William Munroe Special Collections
    Free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.
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  • Barrow Bookstore Events

    • Friday October 21, 2016
    • 7:30 pm
    A Tale of 1930s China, Friday Oct. 21 at 7:30 pm.  Join Virginia Pye for a discussion of her novel "Dreams of the Red Phoenix," a historical fiction that follows a widowed American missionary and single mother who is caught up in the Japanese invasion of North China in the summer of 1937. This event is part of the Concord Festival of Authors.
    1845: Thoreau's First Year at Walden in Fact & Fiction, Saturday Oct. 22 at 5:30 pm. Join historian Richard Smith for an enlightening and entertaining talk about what people think happened during Henry David Thoreau's first year at Walden Pond and what really happened. What WAS Henry doing there? And what's the deal about his mother's cookies?
    Thomas Hutchinson: Correspondence of the Royal Governor, Saturday, Nov. 5 at 5:30 pm. Thomas Hutchinson was the leading spokesman in colonial America for opposition to the Revolutionary movement. Come learn about Hutchinson's views and varied public service to Massachusetts from historian and author John Tyler, who is producing an annotated edition of Hutchinson's correspondence.
    The Whipple Brunch: A Journey through Cancer, Saturday, Nov. 19 at 5:30 pm. Andrea Cleghorn's memoir of illness and recovery has been described as an "an uplifting story of the strength of the human spirit and the healing power of love" that is both "informative, funny, painful, engaging and impossible to put down." Andrea previously worked as the book editor at the Boston Herald and her other works include "Life in Lexington."

    Join us at Barrow Bookstore, 79 Main Street (behind the Fritz & Gigi clothing store). Questions can be directed to 978-369-6084 or
  • Discover West Concord Day

    • Saturday October 22, 2016
    • 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Discover the unique character of West Concord - taste food, explore the shops and the Cultural District, and enjoy special demonstrations, exhibits, sales and promotions being offered by local businesses.

    Click on the link below for participating businesses and activities.

    Discover West Concord Day-2016-flyer
  • Art Demos

    • Saturdays - October through November 2016
    • 1:00 - 3:00 pm
    Albright Art
    32 Main Street, downstairs
    Concord, MA 01742

    October 22, 2016 -  "Lessons in Realistic Watercolor" with Mario Andres Robinson -- copies of his new book with the same title will be available for sale

    November 19, 2016  - Michael Harding will talk about his Old Masters Oil Colours and the process of making his paints
  • Centennial Celebrations of the National Park Service

      A Tale of Two Gravestones: The Archeology of The Wayside
      Date & Time. 10/22/2016 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.
      Fee Information. Free.
      Archeologists discuss two gravestones and other artifacts from The Wayside.

      Preserving the Harvest
      Date & Time.10/22/2016 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
      Fee Information. Free.
      Before refrigeration, one had to utilize a variety of methods to make harvest last. From meat to fruits and vegetables you'll be able to both watch and participate in preparing foodstuffs for winter storage. You'll learn how drying, pickling, salting, brining, and canning were done as well as how some of these foods were reconstituted for later use.
      This living history event is presented by The Center for 18th Century Life, a collaboration of volunteer reenactors, scholars, and the staff of Minute Man NHP.

      Halloween Tales
      Date & Time. 10/29/2016 5:30 PM to 6:15 PM,7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
      Fee Information. Free.
      Join The Guild of Historic Interpreters in a very spooky, candle-lit setting for an evening of traditional New England ghost stories.
      For families with young children we are offering a special, less scary lantern walk at 5:30 p.m. followed by stories in the barn. The walk will gather at the Hartwell Parking Area. The regular story-telling program will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Hartwell barn, appropriate for ages 7 and up..
    • Annual Halloween Trick or Treating

      • Thursday October 27, 2016
      • 3:00 - 5:00 pm
      Annual Halloween Trick or Treating: The following businesses along Thoreau and Main Streets in Concord (and more) will offer treats to visitors:

      Concord Optical
      Budget Printing
      Hair After
      Ups Store
      Walden Pond Pediatrics
      Toy Shop
      Main Escape
      New London
      Fritz & Gigi
      Orange Theory Fitness

      Look for the signs and stop in to say hello to participating businesses!
    • noa Artists’ Garden

      • Saturday November 26, 2016
      • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
      noa Designs
      135 Commonwealth Ave, Concord, MA 01742
    • Concord Women’s Chorus 2016-2017 Concert Season

      • Saturday December 17, 2016
      • 3:00 pm
      Hope, love and peace – these are the timely themes of the Concord Women’s Chorus (CWC) winter concert, "Wrapped in Song," to be presented  at Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord. Guest conductor Jennifer Kane will lead the program, which includes Gyögy Orbán’s “Mass No. 6," David Conte's "A Hope Carol," the Spanish carol "A La Nanita Nana" by Norman Luboff and the rousing spiritual "Go Where I Send Thee!" by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory.

      CWC’s spring concert, "Fountain in a Wood: From Walden to Loch Lomond" will be presented on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 4 p.m. Inspiring compositions by John Purifoy, Tara Traxler and Dan Forrest celebrate the poetry of Nathaniel Hawthorne ("Address to the Moon"), Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ("Birds of Passage") and Ralph Waldo Emerson ("Always Something Sings"). The concert, led by Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank, will feature the premiere of a new commission by Boston composer Beth Denisch, who will use as text three poems by Scottish poet Kathleen Jamie. Other pieces include Stephen Hatfield's testament to the strength of women in "Chant for a Long Day," the traditional Scottish ballad "Waly, Waly" ("The Water is Wide") and the "Sky Boat Song," arranged by Greg Gilpin.

      The winter and spring concerts, accompanied by pianist Scott Nicholas, will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord, Massachusetts. The church is handicap accessible. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students, $5 for children 12 and under, and can be purchased at A reception follows each concert.