2009 Programs

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Woman with Roses
Roses at the Open House

Open House in honor of Emily Dickinson's Birthday

Time:  11 am - 4 pm
Location:  Emily Dickinson Museum
Fee:  no charge

On Saturday, December 12, the Emily Dickinson Museum will host its annual open house in honor of the poet’s 179th birthday. The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 11 am and end at 4 pm. The Museum, in conjunction with the Amherst Cinema Center, will also offer a special showing of "The Poet in Her Bedroom" at 11 a.m. Admission is $3.

Because most of the Homestead is temporarily closed due to a ceiling collapse, this year’s birthday open house will take place primarily at The Evergreens, the home next door of her brother Austin’s family. Visitors can celebrate with self-guided tours of the breathtaking time capsule of 19th-century life. Museum staff, including some guides in period costume, will be happy to answer questions. Poems will be featured in each room, and visitors can help to decorate the Christmas tree in The Evergreens’ parlor.

New this year is a a scavenger hunt for all ages.  Everyone's a winner in this quest to answer such questions as "Why IS there a brass bowl in the front hallway at The Evergreens?" 

In keeping with tradition, the first 179 visitors will receive a long-stemmed rose, courtesy of an anonymous donor. The roses, along with hot cider and birthday refreshments, will be available at the Museum’s Tour Center, located in the rear addition of the Homestead. The museum’s gift shop stands ready to help with holiday shopping needs.

Also featured on December 12 is a special screening of the film "The Poet in Her Bedroom" at the Amherst Cinema Arts Center (ACAC), located at 28 Amity St., Amherst. The program begins at 11 a.m. As an introduction to the film, Jane Wald, the Museum’s executive director, will share the remarkable story of the parlor ceiling collapse. Wald notes, "Since the poet’s bedroom is currently off view, the film showing is an ideal way to honor Emily Dickinson and the space we most associate with her." Filmmaker Ernest Urvater will also be on hand to discuss his work.

Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830. The Museum dedicated to her legacy is located at 280 Main Street in Amherst. Parking is available on Main Street, on nearby side streets, and in the Town of Amherst parking garage. For more information, contact Nan Fischlein, program coordinator, at nfischlein@emilydickinsonmuseum.org or 413-542-2034.

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