Friday, June 30, 2000
Carlisle Cultural Council Opens Town Doors
How does it feel to stride the solid floorboards of a former Revolutionary tavern? Are daydreams any different when gazing through an intricate Victorian window? What can the interior of that impossibly modern contemporary be like? And what lies at the end of that long driveway anyway?
The Carlisle Cultural Council may ameliorate some of your curiosity with the Art of Living tour scheduled for Saturday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees will receive a guidebook with descriptions of fourteen properties. Some of the sites will feature demonstrations in music, spinning, story- telling, poetry-reading, and Spencerian writing.
"Architecture is clearly important, but the focus of this tour is living with the arts in Carlisle," said Chairperson Joan Goodman. "The demonstrations of music and crafts are a big part of this." Other committee members include Maria Conley, Bonnie Miskolczy, Nancy Stadtlander, Andrea Urban, and Malcolm Walsh.
The event will run in conjunction with town exhibits. These include opening of local art studios in the Highland building on School Street, displays of watercolors and nature photography, and a viewing of artifacts from the Carlisle Historical Society.
Admission to the Art of Living tour will cost $10 per adult and $5 per senior or student (14 or under), with a $25 ceiling per family.
Cost of doing business
The Massachusetts Cultural Council awarded the Carlisle Cultural Council a grant of $3,300 this year. Most of the funds will subsidize the cost of creating the Art of Living event. The local council has also renewed two outstanding proposals: $300 to the Old Home Day Association for music, and $200 to the Gleason Library for a storyteller at its annual Halloween pumpkin-decorating gala.
"One of the reasons we decided to do the tour was to create high visibility for the arts council," said Goodman. She explained that the council is not interested in promoting itself per se, but as a resource for cultural grants. "There are a lot of hidden talents and hidden abilities in town. We saw this as a way to bring these people forward."
Goodman expects about 1,000 people may attend the September event. With the funds raised from admission fees, the council plans to apply for matching state monies, and then be able to award more local grants. The council still needs volunteers to staff
"There are a lot of hidden talents and hidden abilities in town. We saw this [high visibility of the tour] as a way to bring these people forward."
- Joan Goodman,
Chairperson, Carlisle Cultural Arts
various sites. Please contact Goodman for more information at 371-0724 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In selecting the properties, the Carlisle Cultural Council wanted to show as broad a range of history and representative styles of houses as possible. Of course, the council could only feature properties that the current owners would make accessible. Several homeowners declined the honor.
If that property you're wondering about isn't on the tour, you still may be limited to your imagination. But this year's Art of Living tour can at least give you a glimpse how it might feel to live somewhere very different in Carlisle.
Art of Living in Carlisle 2000 TourSeptember 23
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