OHD chairs say thanks
To the Editor:
All we can say is WOW! What a great Old Home Day! Dave Reed promised us great weather and it was fantastic-—even the hail-storm came at the most ideal time. From the start to finish, it was a series of great events, laughter, fun, and community. From a moving National Anthem, to seeing the town honor two truly great citizens, to watching laughing kids running around, sometimes for a mile, sometimes with three legs, and sometimes with cakes in their hands—it could only bring joy to your heart. Seeing friends, old and new, sharing time together, and hearing all the sounds of Carlisle (even a touch of thunder) made a day that will bring smiles and happy memories for years to come.
We want to especially thank our many volunteers—as Dave Reed said, Old Home Day is made possible by your generous spirit, time volunteered, and efforts great and small in putting on this fantastic event. This is a day celebrated by the town and something each one of you should be extremely proud of! Christie and I are humbled and grateful to work with such an amazing team of volunteers, and we hope you take pride in knowing that you did something truly great!
For everyone in town that came out and participated, you created memories that will live on in our hearts and those of your friends and neighbors for years to come. Thank you!
See you at Old Home Day 2020!
Niles & Christie Cocanour
Co-Chairs of the Old Home Day Committee
Thanks from FOGPL
To the Editor:
On behalf of the Friends of the Gleason Public Library (FOGPL), thank you for your help in making our Old Home Day Used Children’s Book Sale a big success. Thank you to all who donated books, the volunteers who helped to sort the books, set them up and then pack up the unsold books at the end of the day. To everyone who bought books, thank you and happy reading.
We sold over 350 books; the library will use the proceeds to help fund the many programs offered throughout the year. The books we did not sell were donated to More Than Words in
Thank you also to the staff at Gleason Library, who opened the library early so we could set up, provided crucial support throughout the day and allowed us to borrow many items.
Finally, thanks also to the Old Home Day team and the Mosquito for their efforts and publicity.
Thanks to the Carlisle Cultural Council
To the Editor:
I am writing to thank the Carlisle Cultural Council for recently awarding a grant to the Discovery Museum. This support is a wonderful reminder of the strong connection between the kids and families of Carlisle and the Museum. We particularly appreciate that the council’s leadership underscores the importance of increasing access to arts and culture organizations. We are proud and honored to have this support.
It is a priority for us here at the Museum to find ways to provide and encourage museum access for families that face obstacles to visiting—be they economic, developmental, or cultural—because we believe that the fundamental learning through play and exposure to STEAM concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) that happens here is critical to a child’s early development. Many opportunities for unstructured play and experiential learning have been squeezed out of children’s lives due to our busy, scheduled lifestyles—but those are foundational to healthy development.
The funds provided by the Carlisle Cultural Council support our Summer Friday Nights Free! program wherein the Discovery Museum is open from 4:30 to 8 p.m. every Friday night of the summer with free admission.
Thank you again to the Carlisle Cultural Council for this great support, of both the Museum and the families in our shared community.
Neil H. Gordon
CEO, Discovery Museum, Acton
Thank you, Carlisle, for the Race Amity Picnic
To the Editor:
The Race Amity Planning Committee would like to say “thank you” for the open arms with which Carlisle embraced Race Amity Day. Race Amity is about celebrating the “Other Tradition” of people building friendships and working together to heal racial and cultural injustice (learn more about Race Amity at https://raceamity.org). Race Amity Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in June, and Carlisle celebrated with a potluck picnic on the Common.
Our gathering included people of different racial and cultural backgrounds coming together to embrace friendship, family and food. It was an opportunity for the town to come together and affirm that diversity is something we value and celebrate, and we want to thank Carlisle for the wonderful showing.
Because of your generosity, we were able to donate leftover food to the Lowell Transitional Living Center. We are also proud to say that the picnic was environmentally friendly, with real silverware, recycling and composting!
The Committee would also like to express our gratitude to the following individuals and groups: Valerie Thomforde and the Carlisle Middle School Chorus for lifting our spirits with your lovely voices and multilingual songs; Carlisle Middle School Early Act Rotary Club for baking treats and raising money to support education in Uganda; Barney Arnold for reading the Proclamation; Clark Farm and Clark Farm Market for donating farm greens and for your support; Carlisle Police Department for your support; Gleason Public Library for screening the Race Amity documentary and for your support; Carlisle Board of Selectman for your support and for approving the Proclamation in perpetuity; and First Religious Society for your support, for generously allowing us to use the Common, and for providing tables and chairs.
Thank you again to this open and welcoming community! See you at our next Race Amity Day celebration on the second Sunday in June 2020!
The Race Amity Planning Committee