Hospitality still reigns at Orchard House (plus a big surprise announcement!)

from lma facebook page
taken from Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House Facebook page

The Christmas season has officially begun at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House!  “A Country Christmas” begins this weekend, December 5th/6th and continues the following two weekends. Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for reservations.

Last night the staff held an open house for members of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House. This meant we could walk in the front door on our own and be greeted with Christmas carolers decked out in period garb and accompanied by violin and bass mandolin.

orchard house at night
photo by Kristi Martin

The house is decorated with greens, candles on the walkway and a lovely wreath on the door. A tiny Christmas tree decked with handmade ornaments sits in the nursery surrounded by wrapped gifts. A tiny dollhouse decked out with a tree and populated by toy mice sat nearby.

Hot cider, homemade cookies and other treats waited for us in the kitchen along with a surprise–a beautiful gingerbread house rendition of Orchard House complete with glazed windows and flickering lights inside!

gingerbread house
photo by Kristi Martin

The best part? Wandering freely throughout the house, lingering over the displays of rare artifacts, spending as much time as we wished in each room, inspecting every corner. And while wandering, engaging in lively conversation with other Alcott enthusiasts.

I couldn’t resist joining in with the Christmas carolers for a few songs. I made some new friends that night.

Jan Turnquist, dressed as Louisa remarked that this was the essence of the family that occupied Orchard House for twenty years–welcoming guests and friends, filling the house with warmth, laughter and conversation.

Pure magic!

Oh, and now for the surprise!

both sizes-640I found out last night from Jan that the museum store will be carrying my new book, Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message! To say I am excited is an understatement. I am deeply grateful and so pleased that my little book will join the classics of our favorite author plus books by luminaries Madeleine B. Stern, Daniel Shealy, John Matteson and others. A dream come true for this newbie author!!

As you can see from the picture, the book comes in two sizes, one for your pocketbook, and a large print version (which my fading eyesight sure appreciates!).

Treat yourself to “A Country Christmas” at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House– phone 978.369.4118 x106 for reservations.

And don’t forget to stop by afterwards at 4pm on Sunday at the Barrow for the book launch and signing of Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message and my spiritual memoir, River of Grace.

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