Friday, April 13, 2001
Let's do something! It's school vacation week
Friday the 13
Watch the sun rise
On Easter Sunday, April 15, join any of a number of sunrise services that take place in Carlisle. Saint Irene Catholic Church (978-369-9863), the First Religious Society (978-369-5180) and the Congregational Church (978-369-7830) all have special services planned.
There are dozens of ways to celebrate Patriots Day this week in Concord, Carlisle and other nearby towns. Here in Carlisle, the fun starts on Monday, April 16, at 6:45 a.m. with the ringing of the church bells, which calls the local minuteman to a muster on the Town Green. March with the militia through the woods to Concord's Old North Bridge where the Carlisle Minutemen join Concord's militia for a reenactment of the battle that began the Revolutionary War.
After the reenactment and parade, meet John Hancock (portrayed by Frank Chamberlain) at the Concord Museum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Make a Concord Museum day of it by visiting the Old Manse at 269 Monument Street, the Wayside at 455 Lexington Road, the Orchard House, 399 Lexington Road, and the Thoreau House Replica at Walden Pond, 915 Walden Street.
It's adults only at the annual Patriots Day Ball (which is not a bad idea after a week with the kids) on Saturday, April 21, from 7:30 to midnight at the Concord Armory. There will dancing and live music from the band "The Classiques" as well as traditional fife and drum tunes from the Concord Minutemen, refreshments and a cash bar. Formal dress is suggested, but powdered wigs, breeches, and petticoats are even more suggested. Call 1-978-369-9599.
Eat ice cream
Any day or every day this week, stop at Kimball Farms or the Great Brook Dairy Farm for sundaes, banana splits, etc.
Build a bird's nest
Join naturalist Julie Anand on Monday, April 16, for an in-depth exploration of nest-building at the Science Discovery Museum in Acton. Call 1-978-264-4200.
Let's go to Lowell
Lowell National Historical Park is hosting family events every day during vacation week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 1-978-970-5000 for a full schedule. Following are a few highlights:
Pet a snake
Turtles, frogs and snakes will be on hand for your viewing pleasure on Tuesday, April 17, at the Visitor Center Theater in Lowell's National Historic Park at 1 p.m.
Meet a mascot
Bring your camera to meet Allie-Gator and the Canaligator, mascots of the famous Lowell Spinners, Wednesday, April 18, at the Visitor Center, Lowell National Historic Center. 10 a.m. to noon.
Build a plane
You gotta know when to fold'em. Get serious and try a high-flying paper airplane game on Thursday, April 19, at the Visitor Center, Lowell National Historic Center. 2:00 -3:30 p.m.
Fly a kite
Learn how to construct a great, easy-to-build kite and then try your hand flying it on Friday, April 20, at the Visitor Center, Lowell National Historic Center. 10-11 a.m.
Have a tea party
Dress up and join the high-society fun at a real Victorian Tea on Friday, April 20, at the Whistler House Museum of Art. Learn about table settings and manners and the art around you as you sip cinnamon apple tea and enjoy scones and jam. 3:00-4:30 p.m. Call 1-978-452-7641.
Join magician Steve Lechner for an evening of magical excitement geared for ages 3 to 8. Enjoy light refreshments and meet the magician after the show. Thursday, April 19, 6 p.m., at 51 Walden in Concord. Call 1-978-264-4200.
Break a leg
Just kidding. The children's theater scene is hopping during vacation week. Here are a few ideas:
· "The Wizard of Oz" presented by Boston Children's Theater at the Media Arts Center in Boston. Through April 29. Call 1-617-424-6634.
· "The Monkey's Heart" and other traditional tales presented by Palm of the Hand puppeteers at the Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline. Call 1-617-731-6400.
· "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse." Kevin Henkes' beloved, not-so-mousy heroine comes to life in this production by the Wheelock Family Theater. Through May 6. Call 1-617-734-4760.
· "A Midsummer Night's Dream," presented by Brandeis University's Department of Theater Arts at the Spingold Theater. April 17-29. Call 1-781-736-3400.
· "Big Apple Circus," New York's original one-ring circus and an annual favorite in Greater Boston. This year's production, "Clown Around Town," is at Boston's Fan Pier through May 3. Call 1-617-931-2787.
Let's go to town
Venture into Boston and take a ride on the Swan Boats, opening for the season at the Public Garden on Saturday, April 14. Also, be sure to stop in at the Museum of Fine Arts, where the new Americana exhibit, "American Folk," recently opened. Special hands-on activities are planned for families during vacation week. Kids will love the carousel exhibit as well as the furniture, jewelry, and weird clothes and games that are on display. Call the MFA at 1-617-542-4632.
Also in Boston, you can visit the Museum of Science's Omni Theater and trace the journey of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the legendary explorer whose 1914-1916 "Endurance" expedition is one of the greatest survival stories of all time. This Omni Theater production has received rave reviews from viewers from all continents. Call 1-617-723-2500 for advance tickets. Their Web site, firstname.lastname@example.org, has all the info you could want and more.
And finally, don't forget all the fun things you can do at the drop of a hat, such as:
· Take a nap
· Have a picnic
· Rent some Shirley Temple and Three Stooges movies and have your own film festival.
· Ride a bike
· Plant flowers. Don't rake or clean up. Just buy some seedlings or seeds and plant themoutside. See what happens.
· Break the rules. Go to McDonald's for dinner, cancel bedtime, sleep late, and eat ice cream for breakfast.
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