It's spring in Concord, and you won't want to miss it! Patriots' Day will bring an array of exciting activities beginning on April 8 and running through April 19. Turn to the Illustrated Timeline of April 19, 1775, to follow the events of that historic day. You can also learn about the reenactors that bring history to life, the civilian evacuation of Concord on April 19, 1775, and the Concord Independent Battery, our nation's oldest ongoing active horse-drawn artillery unit.
Spring in Concord is much more than Patriots' Day, though. We've tracked lots of Things to See & Do, including a celebration of the life and work of Louisa May Alcott, a very special exhibition of art at the Concord Museum, and 19 separate music and visual arts programs around town. Meet Phebe Bliss Emerson Ripley, a remarkable woman who witnessed the events of April 19, 1775, and find out how the descendants of two Scottish clans who fought each other hundreds of years earlier, met again on the Battle Road. Huzzah for spring!
This issue also brings you the plight of Concordians in 1816 when a major snowstorm hit the northeast in June of that year. "Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death: The Year Without a Summer” brings that unusual time to life. Speaking of unusual, you might not think that such a simple commodity as ice could be tied to Irish legend, Henry David Thoreau, Martinique, and insanity but “The Old Hag, The Ice King, and the Artichoke: Concord’s Role in the Insane Ice Trade” will give you a new perspective on those unassuming cubes in your drink. Learn about that impressive Sophia Peabody Hawthorne in “’Intuition is the unerring truth’: Sophia Peabody Hawthorne.” And Concord once again says "Long live the King!" as a new King Charles takes the throne. Read the Winter issue of Discover Concord here.
Shopping local is a wonderful way to bring extra meaning to your holiday gift giving. This special catalogue of creative gift ideas from Concord area businesses will make your holiday shopping easy - AND you will help to keep charming Concord as vibrant as ever. Thank you for supporting our local shops, restaurants, and small businesses!
Fall in New England is truly special, and this issue of Discover Concord has everything you need to know to make this autumn a season to remember. Turn to Cider Donuts & Pumpkin Patches to learn where to spend a gorgeous fall afternoon with the family. Read Jane Goodall's message of hope and delve into Concord's rich history with articles on the loyalist guides of Lexington and Concord, Ellen Emerson, Reuben Brown, Ellen Garrison, and more.
Learn about Concord's historic Town Meeting (one of the few examples of direct democracy remaining today) and follow ornithologist J. Drew Langham as he takes the wild path to human understanding. Join us in celebrating the 180th anniversary of the wedding of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne, and honoring Elizabeth Freeman: A Free Woman on God's Earth. Create your own pollinator garden this and discover Historic Concord.
It's time to head outdoors again and this is your go-to guide for what to do, where to go, and so much more! The Trail Guide highlights eight of Concord's best walking trails with QR codes for online maps. Discover how Thoreau's "Kalendar" is being used by modern-day scientists in their study of climate and nature. Go inside Concord's finest private gardens and then read up on the best native plants for sustainable landscaping. Entertain the kids all summer with articles on baby animals, scavenger hunts, and the latest toys.
Join us for Patriots' Day celebrations, as we honor the men and women whose vision and courage spurred the founding of our nation. Learn what types of guns were carried at the battles of Lexington and Concord and find out who earned the nickname "The Irish Lafayette." Then discover how 130 Bostonians came to call Concord their home during the Siege of Boston. The influence of Concordians didn't end with our independence from England, though. William Brewster dedicated his life to the study of birds and made Concord his home. Reverend Daniel Foster risked his life to serve the poor and needy. And learn why Ralph Waldo Emerson remains a towering historical figure even today.