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Hammond Castle Museum Fall Events
October 12, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until October 28, 2021
One event on November 12, 2021 at 7:00 pm
One event on October 11, 2021 at 10:00 am
One event on October 19, 2021 at 6:00 pm
One event on October 23, 2021 at 6:00 pm
One event on October 26, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Thursday Night Spiritualism Tours by Candlelight at Hammond Castle Museum
Oct. 7, 14, 21 & 28 – Tours at 7, 8 & 9 p.m. – $20 tickets
The American Spiritualism Movement enthralled America’s upper and middle class during the late 19th and early 20th centuries – John Hays Hammond Jr. and his wife Irene included. Both Hammonds took an active role in the movement, contributing to the body of work vastly in different ways. In honor of their involvement and interest in psychic capabilities, we offer the Spiritualism Tour.
Spiritualism Tours are offered alongside our Thursday Night Candlelight Tours Program. These special tours delve into the history of the American Spiritualism Movement and the culture that formed around it, as well as the contributions of both Hammonds. We will discuss cultural phenomenon such as spirit photography and séances as well as the more scientific aspects of the movement such as Hammond’s research in ESP.
Fall Movie Series at Hammond Castle Museum
Oct. 17 & 24 and Nov. 12 & 21, 7 p.m.
The Fall Movie Series is generously sponsored by the Institution for Savings.
Hammond Castle Museum is once again teaming up with Cape Ann Cinema as we present a “Fall Movie Series” of four classic movies. Internationally acclaimed silent film live accompanist, Peter Krasinski returns to perform during three silent movies this season. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Parking is always free.
- Oct. 17: Nosferatu with Peter Krasinski
- Oct. 24: The Phantom of The Opera with Peter Krasinski
- Nov. 12: Robin Hood with Peter Krasinski
- Nov. 21: Highlander: 35th Anniversary Showing
Oct. 17 – NOSFERATU: A SYMPHONY OF HORROR (1922)
An unofficial (and unauthorized) adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel “Dracula,” this German Expressionist masterpiece from F.W. Murnau features Max Schreck’s patently creepy performance as the iconic “Count Orlok.” (The production company, Prana Film, declared itself bankrupt after the film’s release to avoid paying for copyright infringement to Stoker’s widow).
Oct. 24 – THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925)
Horror icon Lon Chaney, known as “The Man of 1,000 Faces,” plays the frightful titular character in this spectacular (but legendarily troubled) production adapting Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel about a deformed organist who lurks about the Paris Opera House, smitten by a beautiful singer (Mary Philbin). While the film is in black-and-white, various scenes are tinted to convey various moods, and the haunting “Bal Masqué” scene was highlighted by using an early 2-strip Technicolor process.
Nov. 12 – ROBIN HOOD (1922)
The swashbuckling Douglas Fairbanks stars with Wallace Beery in one of the most expensive movies of the 1920s (and the first to have a glitzy Hollywood premiere). The swashbuckling Fairbanks plays the dashing Earl of Huntingdon, who, after returning from the Crusades, adopts the moniker Robin Hood in order to defeat the treacherous Prince John, who has usurped the throne of the kind King Richard the Lion-Hearted.
Nov. 21 – HIGHLANDER: 35TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING (1986)
While this 1980s video store staple spawned many sequels and TV series, “There can be only one,” to quote the movie’s most quoted line. This modern sword-and-sorcery stars one-time Tarzan Christopher Lambert as Connor MacLeod (of the Clan MacLeod!), an immortal 16th-century Scottish Highlander living in 20th-century New York, who becomes embroiled in a fight to the death with other immortals, with the ultimate prize being the mysterious “Prize” (the power of all the immortals who have ever lived. Great performances by bad boy Clancy Brown as the evil Kurgan, and Sean Connery as MacLeod’s friend and mentor, Ramírez (a Spaniard… with a Scottish accent… but born in ancient Egypt). Featuring a great soundtrack by Queen.
Oct. 11, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Life in the Medieval Castle came with all sorts of critters, large and small from snakes in the moat to (as legend has it) to dragons in the towers!
Join us for this program hosted by Rainforest Reptile Shows to see all sorts of creepy crawlers like snakes, alligators, and even a bearded dragon! Let your little one’s imagination soar high!
A Live Presentation of Hammond’s Genre Writings
Oct. 19, 23, & 26 – Cost from: $18.00
The Creature Feature is a two-part program that opens with a reading of “The Pet,” and spotlights a live adaptation of John Hays Hammond, Jr.’s never-before-seen play, “The Termite Monster,” both of which are a part of Hammond’s collection of creative stories.
“A Wondrous New Species” (aka The Pet) tells the story of two intrepid explorers who discover a strange creature in the jungle. At first intent on taking her back to their museum as a new specimen, it soon becomes clear that there is more to her than meets the eye.
“The Termite Monster” is a sci-fi horror comedy written in the style of the classic “B-movie” genre popular in the 1950s. It is a tale of the brilliant-but-obsessed termite scientist, Dr. David Pius. When he experiments with a serum to enhance his physical abilities, he accidentally transforms himself into the most frightening monster imaginable.
The entire Creature Feature program will run approximately 45 minutes in length, taking place inside the Museum’s Great Hall and Courtyard.
Performances will be held:
- Tuesday, Oct. 19
- Saturday Oct. 23
- Tuesday, Oct. 26
Four performances will be offered each night at: 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are $18 each.
- Various Locations
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