Your Neighborhood: Eat, Stay, Rove
If selected, you will receive a $1200 stipend to help cover transportation to the workshop, housing, and meals. The stipends will be paid at the end of each workshop session. Stipends are taxable.
Home base will be Concord, a beautiful country town renowned for its associations with both the American Revolution and the later intellectual revolution represented by Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne and the Alcotts.
Since you will be within walking distance of an almost unbelievable number of historical amd natural sites of great significance (as well as shops, restaurants, and a fine public library), we want you to feel comfortable exploring the town on your own during the week. So we will have an orientation walking tour of Concord in both 1775 and 2012 on the first day!
Here is a link to the extensive Visitor Information section of the Concord Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.concordchamberofcommerce.org/concord_visitor-info.htm
Though we will provide snacks, meals will be "on your own" in Concord, Boston and Lexington; there is a wide range of restaurants, take out places, grocery stores and picnic spots to choose from. Many are in Concord Center, within a 5-10 minute walk of the Inn. The Village Forge Tavern at the Colonial Inn provides live entertainment almost every night.
A welcome dessert on Sunday evening and an eighteenth-century dinner in a period setting with musical entertainment on Thursday evening are part of the program.
Participants will be housed at the eighteenth-century Colonial Inn, smack in the middle of Concord Center on the village square: www.concordscolonialinn.com. The rooms will all be shared doubles, and we have negotiated an excellent nightly room rate of $125 (plus tax) with the Inn. Since you will be splitting that cost with your assigned room-mate, it's a great bargain! All the rooms are air conditioned with WiFi access and the Inn has lively entertainment in its pub almost every night. A limited number of single rooms at the same price will be available.
Here are links to some of the sites and sights within a 15-20 minute walk of the Colonial Inn:
- Concord Art Association: http://www.concordart.org/
- Concord Free Public Library: http://www.concordlibrary.org/
- Concord Museum: www.concordmuseum.org
- North Bridge Unit (Minute Man National Park): www.nps.gov/mima
- Old Manse: www.oldmanse.org
- Orchard House, Home of the Alcotts: www.louisamayalcott.org
- Ralph Waldo Emerson House: http://www.rwe.org/emersonhouse/
- Sleepy Hollow Cemetery: http://www.concordma.gov/pages/concordma_cemetery/sleepy
- South Bridge Boathouse (boat rentals): http://www.canoeconcord.com/
In addition to the sessions at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston and the Concord Museum, we will be out "in the field" for major parts of most days: in various locations within the National Park, throughout Concord, Lexington, and Boston. The Park will provide a meeting space for indoor sessions at the Major John Buttrick House and at the restored barn at the Hartwell Tavern site. At the Manse, we will meet in a tent adjacent to te Concord River and North Bridge. With the exception of Boston, all the sites to be visited are within a six-mile radius of the Inn. A bus will be provided for sessions outside the Concord Center area. Workshop participants will travel to Boston by train and subway (the "T").
We will have the opportunity to experience a living history program (Battle Road Heroes) in one restored tavern and to attend a colonial dinner -- with appropriate music, singing, and dancing -- in another, all within the National Park. A free evening in Boston, an optional swim in Walden Pond, and time to visit homes of other Concord authors will round out our activities.