Guild Events

Guild of Volunteers Events

Each year the Guild of Volunteers runs a number of events for the Concord Museum.  Please see the list of events below. We are always seeking new volunteers and whether you can join us for an hour, for a day, or to plan an event, any amount of time helps make these events a success. No experience necessary! If you are interested in these fun and exciting learning opportunities, please email cm1@concordmuseum.org or call 978-369-9763.

Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature

Decorator Co-Chairs: Pam Nelson and Lyn Carroll
For this annual event, now in its 24th year, the Concord Museum’s renovated second floor gallery space will be transformed with 40 trees and wreaths decorated with original ornaments inspired by acclaimed children’s storybooks and contemporary picture book favorites. Family Trees requires a chair or co-chairs and a number of volunteers who help create, set up, and take down the trees.

Decorator Breakfast and Lunch:
A breakfast and lunch hosted by the Guild Board for the day of Family Trees set-up.

Family Trees Fête Co-Chairs: Michelle McArdle and Gail Hire
Members and friends of the Concord Museum celebrate the opening of Family Trees with a festive cocktail party. Volunteers help plan and decorate the Concord Museum for this annual holiday event.

Program Writer: Needed!
The Program Writer works closely with Museum staff and writes the small descriptions of the books for the Family Trees program that is distributed to visitors. In addition, the Program Writer conducts small interviews with the decorators on set-up day.

Publicity & Bookshop Coordinators: Needed!
The Publicity & Bookshop volunteers coordinate Family Trees publicity with sponsors, corporate partners, and local businesses.

Educational Programming Chair: Needed!
This chair solicits volunteers for the following Family Trees -related events.

  • Costume Character Day: Life-size costume characters from books featured in Family Trees welcome visitors on weekend afternoons. Volunteers find high school students to wear the chosen character costume, and help on the day-of.
  • Reading in the Schools: This chair solicits volunteers and manages the process of having them read at local elementary schools in order to promote Family Trees and the Concord Museum.

Holiday House Tour

Holiday House Tour Co-Chairs: Patty Flint and Joanne Roser
Guests are welcomed inside the doors of Concord-area homes, professionally decorated in the holiday spirit by local and Boston-based interior designers. Volunteers help as docents in the homes on the day of the tour.

House Description Writer: Needed!
The House Description Writer works closely with the homeowners and designers and writes descriptions of the lovely houses featured on the tour for the Holiday House Tour program that is distributed to all attendees. Perfect opportunity for those with a passion for architecture and/or interior design!

Garden Tour

Garden Tour Co-Chairs: Pat Sinton and Leann Griesinger
The Concord Museum’s Garden Tour has become a New England tradition for garden lovers from near and far. Now in its 31st year, the Garden Tour takes place on two days, rain or shine and is a self-guided, self-paced tour of approximately seven Concord-area gardens. The Co-Chairs work closely with the Garden Selection Chair to choose appropriate gardens, then manage the event and volunteers.

Garden Selection Chair:  Joan Campbell and Sandra Conrad
The Garden Selection Committee chooses the gardens for the annual Garden Tour, taking into consideration the style of each garden and its location, and works with the garden owners to facilitate their part on the tour.

Annual Gala

Gala Co-Chairs: Needed!
The Museum hosts an annual fundraiser event  to support the education and public programs through raffle and live “paddle-up” opportunities.  The Gala is the largest source of fundraising for the Paul Revere’s Ride Fund that underwrites the cost of transportation and programming to bring students from Lowell, Lawrence, and Everett to the Museum for object-based, hands-on history education. Co-chairs of the Gala plan the event and work with committees to produce this banner event each year!

Auction Chair:  Needed!
The Auction Chair solicits gifts of products, experiences, and gift certificates from local merchants and businesses to put together appealing and fun silent auction and raffle packages to raise funds to support the Museum’s education initiatives.

Sponsorship Chair:  Needed!
The Sponsorship Chair will partner with local and corporate businesses to create sponsorship opportunities for the Gala that provide critical support for the Museum’s education initiatives.

Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament Chair: Lisa McAfee
This premiere tournament provides critical support for the Concord Museum’s educational initiatives, and is the Guild of Volunteers’ largest fundraiser. June 2020 will be the 25th Anniversary of the Golf Tournament at the Concord Country Club and includes a committee made up of members from the Guild and volunteers who help obtain sponsorships and carry out day-of tasks on the course.