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: Patty Flint and Pam Nelson
For this annual event, now in its 23rd year, the Concord Museum’s new Anna and Neil Rasmussen Education Center will be filled with over 30 fanciful trees and wreaths of all shapes and sizes, 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.  Learn more.

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

Morning with Santa Co-Chairs: Kelly Benkert
Families enjoy a delightful visit and photo with Santa, as well as a number of engaging seasonal crafts and activities including face painting, treasure hunts, cookie decorating, letters to Santa, and more. Volunteers are needed to bring in food and drink and assist participants.

Family Trees Fête Co-Chairs: Leah Butler and Lisanne Wheeler
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: Leah Butler and Lisanne Wheeler
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. Learn more.

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: Lyn Carroll and Patty Flint
The Concord Museum’s Garden Tour has become a New England tradition for garden lovers from near and far. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this 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.  Learn more.

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.

Lesneski Lecture & Tea

Lesneski Co-Chairs: Joan Campbell and Sandra Conrad
Every spring this lecture focuses on a topic relevant to those interested in decorative arts, collecting antiques, gardening, and the home. Afternoon tea organized by the Guild of Volunteers follows the lecture. The Co-Chairs of this event solicit volunteers to prepare and serve the tea.

Patriots’ Ball

Patriots’ Ball Co-Chairs: Aura Bruce and Christina Moskow
A revival of the beloved Patriots’ Ball tradition, this festive event delights guests with Americana-style food, drinks, live entertainment, cherished Patriots’ Ball traditions, and opportunities to support the Museum’s education and public programs through a raffle and live “paddle up”! Co-chairs of the Ball plan the event and work with committees to produce this banner event of Patriots’ Day Weekend!

Auction Chair:  Needed!
The Patriots Ball 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 Patriots’ Ball that provide critical support for the Museum’s education initiatives.

Decorations Chair:  Needed!
The Decorations Chair transforms the National Guard Armory into a festive and fun patriotic celebration with delightful and charming decorations.

Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament Co-Chairs: Joanne Roser and Kelly Benkert
Now in its 24th year, this premiere tournament provides critical support for the Concord Museum’s educational initiatives, and is the Guild of Volunteers’ largest fundraiser. The tournament is held in June at the Concord Country Club and includes a committee made up of two Co-Chairs from the Guild and a volunteer committee who help obtain sponsorships. Learn more.