GEORGETOWN, MA — The Hammond Castle Museum hosts several special events throughout the year at 80 Hesperus Avenue in Gloucester, MA. Upcoming events include:

“Be Our Guest” at Hammond Castle Museum with Bella and The Beast. Calling all little Princes & Princesses! Beauty & her Beast invite you to join them for a tale as old as time at Hammond Castle Museum on Sun., October 6. Explore the castle while meeting some of your favorite Fairy Tale characters! Whether you learn to waltz with Beauty herself, try your hand at archery using marshmallows with the Village Brute, or create an enchanted rose keepsake, it’s sure to be a magical evening and it takes place in a real castle!

Photography Exhibit: Cultural Heritage Through Image: Ancient, Medieval and New England: illuminates how stories of ancient European cultural heritages parallel the cultural heritage of today’s, local New England communities. Dr. Tracy’s photography exhibit is a logical extension of the Hammond’s dedication to preserving and understanding the cultural heritage of the medieval era by the examination of past and present cultural norms. K-12 instructors are encouraged to visit the exhibit, as there will be materials that support incorporating cultural heritage in general or the Cultural Heritage through Image project specifically into the classroom. On display August 14 – September 28.

Exhibit Opening: Tues., August 20 at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Kisha Tracy will discuss the inspiration behind the photography exhibit and host a presentation on the process of how she and fellow contributors identify and research the various cultural heritage sites around the world, followed by a Question and Answer session

Helen’s Willow Wind – Native American Style Flute Interactive Program: Fri., August 16. Helen performs and teaches throughout New England and beyond and is often accompanied by students. She plays at private intimate affairs and to festival crowds in the thousands. An intuitive instrument, Helen’s improvisations take you on a meandering journey of the mind, heart, and soul, going from the realm of the ethereal to blues, jazz, and places in between.

Helen’s passion for playing, teaching, and sharing the love, lore, and history of the Native American Style Flute is palpable. Feel free to ask her questions as she plays. When she is not playing, as time allows, she will be hosting her Interactive Flute Program, answering questions about the Native American Style Flute, and occasionally offer a number of free mini-lessons, and the opportunity to play with her. Included with general admission to the Museum.

History of Medieval Arms and Armor & Knighting: August 22: John Pettibone, former curator and executive director of Hammond Castle Museum, will host a lecture and demonstration of the History of Medieval Arms and Armor. He has spent many years studying the ancient art of armor and examples from the castle's collection will be on display including Japanese samurai polearm (naginata), an armored sleeve and shoulder protection from a Japanese Samurai, and a two-handed European sword. John will talk about how one became a knight and the rules of knighthood. He will then confer knighthood with a Dubbing Ceremony for girls and boys of all ages, in order to induct our very first members into the Order of the Junior Knights of Hammond Castle.

At the conclusion of the program, there will be a question and answer session, an opportunity to try on the Armor and a tour of medieval aspects of Hammond Castle Museum.

Thursday night Candlelit Tours: Mr. Hammond loved the evening, and may have done some of his most creative work when the rest of the castle was asleep. His friend, Alexander Graham Bell, first suggested to him that he work at night and sleep during the day, a regime Hammond adopted.

In recognition of this, our Thursday night “candlelit tours” are offered during the months of July and August, during which guides will show you the rooms that Hammond frequented, and entertain you with stories about how a very shy Irene Hammond adapted to her role as wife and hostess within this residence by the sea. Guided tours are the only way to see the castle on Thursday evenings in August, and are offered at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 p.m., with no additional charge beyond basic admission. A popular choice for visitors of all ages. For tickets and more information, visit www.hammondcastle.org.

Art at Hammond Castle Museum: Every month throughout the season Hammond Castle Museums Shop will be featuring a local artist upon its walls. A portion of the proceeds will go towards restoration efforts.

Halloween at the Castle: There is little doubt that Hammond’s favorite time of year was October. He had surrounded himself with objects from antiquity and felt a connection with the spirits of the original owners or artisans who created these objects. Houseguests that were invited to visit during October were never quite sure what Hammond had in store for them, especially after the sunset, and the candles were lit. Details for Halloween 2019 will be announced late Summer 2019.

For a complete listing of all events, go to www.hammondcastle.org/events. For additional information, call 978-283-2080.

 

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