Six Things to Know About deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
A self-made man, Julian de Cordova left his Massachusetts home several times in the first part of the 20th century to travel around the world and collect art, artifacts, and anything else that caught his eye. His love of visual beauty extended to his summer home, which he remodeled in 1910 to resemble a European castle, drawing on his Spanish roots. In 1930, he gave his estate to the city of Lincoln, stipulating that it should become a public museum after his death.
Size: At 30 acres, the sculpture park is the largest in New England, hosting about 60 works.
Eye catcher: The Musical Fence is an interactive aluminum sculpture that visitors are encouraged to strike with mallets to create their own symphonies.
Permanent mainstay: Photography makes up the bulk of the permanent collection, including photographer Jules Aarons’s pictures of everyday life, which were curated into the In the Jewish Neighborhoods, 1946-76 exhibit.
Special programs: The museum is home to the Lincoln Nursery School, where 60 preschoolers get an up-close and hands-on arts education.
Best way to save money while saving the earth: Cyclists who bike to the museum get in free.
Four Things to Know About Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House
It was in Concord’s Orchard House that Louisa May Alcott wrote her classic novel, Little Women. Many members of her family, who inspired the novel’s characters, also lived there at the time. Nearly 150 years later, visitors can tour this historic house, which has been maintained to look almost like it did when Alcott lived there. Before you drop in, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Amos Bronson Alcott, Louisa May’s father, loved apples. So since the house was placed amid an apple orchard, he named it Orchard House.
About 80% of the furnishings were owned by the Alcotts.
The house is only viewable by tour.
Little Women inspires much of the tour. You’ll be introduced to the whole family and their novel analogues, as well as many of the objects that held special meaning to family members.
Next time you're looking for something engaging and culturally aware, you'll want to head directly to Old Manse's center of culture in Concord.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
For those seeking a taste of some of the finest artwork in Weston, soak up the culture at Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History.
If preferred, patrons can leave their vehicles in a nearby lot, though space is available on the street as well.
Nothing says autumn like a good old-fashioned harvest celebration, and the Third Annual Fall Festival at historic Gore Place has everything you could want to welcome the season of cozy sweaters and crisp air. There’ll also be food vendors, a beer tent, live music, a beer can museum, pumpkin smashing, and more – something sure to please your whole crowd.
Whether you're looking for artistic inspiration or to brush up on your art knowledge, Papillon Park in Westford is the museum for you.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
So this weekend, don't do the same old thing. Head to Papillon Park!