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. If you are interested in working on any of these events, please contact us at; we would be happy to have your help!

Family Trees | Holiday House Tour | Garden Tour
Lesneski Lecture & Tea | Gala | Golf Tournament

Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature

Decorator Co-Chairs: Patty Flint & Pam Nelson
For this annual event, now in its 22nd year, the Concord Museum’s galleries are filled with over 35 fanciful trees 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: Needed!
A breakfast and lunch hosted by the Guild Board for the day of Family Trees set-up.

Morning with Santa Co-Chairs:
Joanne Roser & Carol Wipper
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: Kim Picullel Coughlin & Sarah Walton
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: Jen Lannan
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: TBA
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.

Garden Tour

Garden Tour Co-Chairs: Needed!
The Concord Museum’s Garden Tour has become a New England tradition for garden lovers from near and far. 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:  Mary Rose Sykes & Jane Rupley
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: Needed!
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. Learn more


Gala Chair: Jen McGrath
The annual gala is a benefit for the Concord Museum's education initiatives. Sometimes held in conjunction with the Garden Tour, the event includes dinner, dancing, and a live and silent auction. Volunteers solicit auction donations, help with invitation design, decorating, and other details for the evening. Learn more.

Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament Co-Chairs: Needed!
Now in its 23rd 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.