Carlisle Farmers Market opens June 30

The Carlisle Farmers Market will be back again this summer starting on June 30. Under the leadership of Clovis Haynes, the market will have fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, crafts, music and more. The website has been updated and information and application forms are available for download. 

Now is the time to sign up to be a vendor, a musician or a volunteer at the market or to schedule your community group. Visit for all of the information and forms needed.

The Carlisle Farmers Market is held every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. until noon, beginning June 30 and running through October 13 this year, at the Kimball Farm Ice Cream parking lot at 343 Bedford Road (Route 225) in Carlisle.

Visit Carlisle Center Park on OHD

Come relax at Carlisle Center Park on Old Home Day, and listen to the Ancient Mariners Dixieland Band, from noon to 3 p.m.

Celebrate the Park’s 11th anniversary  and sing Happy Birthday. Bring your own lunch. Early photos of the Park will be displayed 

July 4 Declaration of Independence reading

This July 4 will be the 242nd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia by a group of revolutionaries who had a singular view of their own destiny, and the destiny of our country.   Each year we celebrate this with parades, fireworks and cookouts, but it behooves us to take a moment and consider again what they said and what they intended. In that spirit you are invited to join in a group reading of this Declaration in its entirety, and in the voices of the ordinary person. We will gather at noon in front of the First Religious Society on the Town Green on Wednesday, July 4 to read this together. Everyone is invited, from those who can trace their ancestry back to that time, to those who have just recently arrived. Families, newcomers and old timers are all welcome. We will invite people to read out names of any ancestors who participated in the revolution, and will honor those original Carlisle Minutemen. We have texts to share, so all you need to do is come join us. Show up at 11:45 a.m. to assure a place in the reading. If you have any questions, phone Tom Rourk at 1-978-369-5366.

Summer reading for adults

Summer reading at the Gleason is for all ages again this year. Adults may pick up a Book Bingo card at the library and start reading as of June 30 to fill in squares. Make “Bingo” by Saturday, August 25, and you’ll be entered in the raffle to win gift certificates for local restaurants. Try out some new genres or settings while you’re on the beach, at the cabin, reading with children or grandchildren or catching up on your “to-read” pile. Summer Reading for all ages is sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. For more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 or visit

Heald House open on Saturday, June 23

The Historical Society’s Heald House Museum at 698 Concord Street will be open on Old Home Day, this Saturday, June 23, 2-5 p.m. You can visit the site of the copper mine that operated here in Carlisle from 1840 until 1850. You can also see the loom, now in full operation—and try your hand at weaving, if you wish. There is more: rubbings from the Red Lion Tavern sign a musket used at the Battle of the North Bridge, a cannon captured from Fort Ticonderoga and many other artifacts that exemplify Carlisle’s history. Also bear in mind that if Saturday is not convenient for you, they are happy to open the Museum at other times—just call Phil Drew, president, at 1-978-369-9276 or Admission is free, refreshments available and all are invited.

Gleason Library events for children 

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party (All ages)

Thursday, June 28, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

Kick off summer at the library with some activities and games. After, make your way to the library lawn to watch the Little Red Wagon Theatre Troupe’s presentation “Through The Door: A Journey Through Fairy Tales By The Brothers Grimm” (all ages) on the Library Lawn (First Religious Society in case of rain). Each time the door opens, a new story begins. Follow the characters from all of the fairy tales you know and love, and perhaps a couple you don’t. Most are reimagined in ways you wouldn’t expect. The final product is a fast-paced play sure to enchant. 

Reading Raffle (for children entering grades 1-8) Saturday, June 30 – Saturday, August 4

Stop by the library to log your reading for the summer. Each book you read will get you a chance to win one of our prize baskets. Winners will be drawn on Monday, August 6, and will be announced at the End of Summer Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, August 7. If winners are not present, they will be contacted by library staff. This activity is for children in rising grades 1-8.

Book Bingo and Black (for children entering grades 1-8) Saturday, June 30 – Saturday, August 25

Read your way to a bingo and win a prize. Fill all the squares on your bingo card for a blackout and win a bigger prize. Pick up your bingo card from a staff member in the Children’s department. *Limit one bingo and blackout per child. This activity is for children in rising grades 1-8.

Family movie (all ages)

Tuesday, July 3, 3 p.m. Come to the library for a showing of a film following a 12-year-old boy who is accidentally transported to the Land of the Dead, where he seeks the help of his deceased musician great-great-grandfather to return him to his family among the living. Refreshments provided.

Ed Popielarczyk’s Magical Flea Circus (All ages) Wednesday, July 11, 6:30pm @ First Religious Society

View hilariously spectacular feats featuring Ed’s brand of flea entertainment featuring magic, humor and balloons! But please, do not arrive wearing any flea offends the fleas.

Story Times

Drop-In Story Times are on Fridays, July 6-August 3, 10:30 a.m., Ages 3+. Listen to some stories and then do a fun craft.

Great entertainment with your library card

The Gleason Public Library is excited to announce the addition of thousands of books, movies, television shows, music albums, comics and audiobooks, all available for instant mobile and online access through a new partnership with Hoopla Digital. Patrons can begin enjoying thousands of titles—from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers—available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers. Hoopla Digital is offered at no cost to patrons via browser, Android and IOS and requires only a Gleason card to access. 

To get registered, visit For more information, stop by the library or call 1-978-369-4898. The library will also hold a Hoopla demonstration session on Friday, June 29, at 10:30 a.m. Bring your questions, your library card number and your own device if you wish. Registration suggested at; drop-ins welcome.

Reading poetry anew

Dip or dive into the pleasures of poetry. This informal course, led by Mary Zoll, will include poetry readings and reactions, discussions of the patterns and techniques used in the poems, and perhaps some intellectual understanding of the poems. Mary Zoll has published a few poems and read a multitude of poems. The next class will be Tuesday, June 26, at 10:30 a.m. at the Gleason Public Library. Open to anyone interested in experiencing poetry; preregistration is not required. 

Mystery Book Club 

The “Mysterians” will be meeting at the Gleason Library on Monday, June 25, at 7 p.m., to discuss The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz. Copies are available at the library for check out; contact Janet Hentschel at 1-978-369-4898 or with any questions.

Celebrate OHD with the Trails Committee

This weekend is Carlisle’s Old Home Day, and the Trails Committee has exciting news: the 2018 edition of Trails in Carlisle will be available. The new book contains updates including several new trails added since the publication of the 2010 edition, and the new trail intersection numbering system. Visit the Trails Committee booth at the Country Fair on Church Street on Saturday morning to purchase your copy.

And the following day, they will have their traditional, decadent walking event, which fits perfectly with this year’s OHD theme “Carlisle Olympics.”

On Sunday, June 24, the Trails Committee will lead a marathon walking and ice-cream-eating extravaganza starting 11 a.m. at the Carlisle School parking lot and returning to the school at around 4 p.m. Here is the schedule for those preferring to do only part of the seven-mile walk: 11 a.m.—meet at Carlisle School parking lot. Walk to Kimball’s, buy ice cream and eat it at leisure at a picnic table or on the grass.  11:45 a.m.—walk 2. 8 miles to Great Brook Farm Ice Cream via Cutter’s Ridge, Heartbreak Ridge and Pine Point Loop trails, arriving around 1:30 p.m.  Buy ice cream and relax on the grassy hillside by the pond. 2 p.m.—leave Great Brook and walk 3. 5 miles back to the Carlisle School parking lot via Fern Loop, Old Morse Road, and Conant Land trails.  4 p.m.—return to Carlisle School parking lot. Spot a car or meet at Great Brook Farm to do only half the walk. Sunscreen, drinking water, trail lunch and bug spray are recommended. For more information, contact Steve Tobin at