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Eye on Art: It’s Revolutionary – Patriot’s Day at Concord Museum

Scenes from a  colonial encampment for Patriots’ Day at Concord Museum. (Courtesy Concord Museum)
Scenes from a colonial encampment for Patriots’ Day at Concord Museum. (Courtesy Concord Museum)
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“Here once the embattled farmers stood and fired the shot heard ‘round the world.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s immortal words echo across Massachusetts every April, reverberating most loudly in Concord and Lexington, the two epicenters of the battle that launched the American Revolution.

Concord Museum celebrates Patriot’s Day — the day that commemorates that battle and the brave Minutemen who fought it — in true Revolutionary style on April 18, with a free outdoor Minuteman encampment and free admission for all.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. visit the Acton Minutemen’s encampment on the museum’s lawns. They’ll drill with muskets to prepare for battle, cook over a fire pit and demonstrate colonial spinning and weaving.

Visitors are also invited to experience the newly renovated museum, including the interactive April 19, 1775, gallery. The new permanent exhibit has the largest collection of objects from April 19 anywhere, including muskets, swords and powder horns that were used in battle at the North Bridge.

A centerpiece of the gallery is the 12-foot by 10-foot media screen depicting 24-hours of battle in six minutes. Interwoven throughout the exhibit is new information about the role that women and people of color — both enslaved and free — played on that historic day.

All day long, families can join in drop-in activities to learn about life and crafts in the colonies. Kids can try using a feather quill and ink to write, make and decorate a tricorn hat and play colonial games.

Visitors are also encouraged to be on the lookout for a Red Coat from the British Army. He’ll be roaming the galleries, looking for Provincial rebels. But he’ll be ready to talk about the Red Coat experience on April 19.

Visit concordmuseum.org for info.

Gallery notes

IN MEMORY OF DD: The Brush Art Gallery and Studios, Market Street, Lowell, proudly presents “Deirdre McCullough Grunwald Retrospective,” a tribute in memory of the longtime studio artist and art educator who passed away unexpectedly in January 2018. The exhibit is on display Saturday through May 28. Known for her kindness and astute attention to her art, Grunwald was famous for her passion for teaching others and for working collaboratively. The exhibition includes works owned by her family and collectors from the community. It revisits her favorite themes — Celtic imagery, abstract shapes, still-lifes and daffodils. A reception takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Visit thebrush.org for details.

SALEM SOJOURN: How about a day trip to seaside Salem for some fun during April School Vacation Week? Besides witches, the North Shore community is home to the acclaimed Peabody Essex Museum and a new historical maritime experience called “Real Pirates Salem.” It features real pirate treasure recovered from the shipwrecked Whydah, discovered by underwater archaeological explorer Barry Clifford. Exhibited objects include coins, jewelry, a cannon and other weapons retrieved from the wreck and last touched by pirates over 300 years ago. Also in the exhibit is the real story of Pirate Captain “Black Sam” Bellamy, one of the youngest, most successful pirates, his love Maria Hallett, the “Witch of Wellfleet” and stories about the Whydah’s crew. And there’s a Discovery Lab to explain the preservation process, plus hands-on activities for kids. Located in Charlotte Forten Park, 285 Derby St., on Salem’s waterfront. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Best suited for ages 5 and up. Visit realpiratessalem.com for tickets. … The Peabody Essex Museum offers an array of interesting exhibits and interactive activities. Of note is “Down to the Bone: Edward Koren and Stephen Gorman,” on view through February. The exhibit, featuring works by award-winning nature photographer Gorman and beloved New Yorker artist Koren, addresses their response to climate change and our planet’s urgent crisis. Visit pem.org for info, hours and cost.

Nancye Tuttle’s email address is nancyedt@verizon.net.

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