The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 27, 2001

Diverse Diversions

Spaghetti supper and video night for teens

High school students in Concord, Carlisle, and surrounding communities are invited to a spaghetti supper and big-screen showing of the film “Ma Vie en Rose” on Saturday, April 28, from 6 to 9:30 p.m., sponsored by Prism, PFLAG and the West Concord Union Church.

The supper will be held in the Fellowship Hall (basement level) of the West Concord Union Church at the corner of Main Street (Rt. 62) and Pine Street in West Concord. Dessert, the film and discussion will follow across the street at the Fowler branch of the Concord Public Library.

Signed permission slips are required for admission from everyone under 17 because the film is R-rated (it deals with gender issues but contains no nudity or explicit sexual content). Permission slips can be obtained at the Concord-Carlisle High School Guidance Office or from Kelli Kirshtein or Ben Kendall, Spectrum

‘Anne of Green Gables’ at Youth Theatre

The Concord Youth Theatre will hold performances on Fridays, June 1 and 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, June 2 and 9 at 4 p.m.; and Sundays, June 3 and 10 at 2:30 p.m. of “Anne of Green Gables.”

The show will be held at 40 Stow Street, the Emerson Umbrella. Tickets are $12 for Rows A—K and $8.50 for Rows L—U. Tickets on sale at Concord Youth Theatre weekdays 9 to 4 p.m at 40 Stow Street, Concord. Or call 1-978-371-1482 for reservations or information.

This story of a spirited orphan girl who rises from hardship to happiness by virtue of her own pluck and intelligence is told in a lively musical that will charm audience members young and old. Carlisle resident Maria Reed will perform in this show.

The show is family entertainment for ages four and up. The theater is wheelchair-accessible.

Murder mystery at Gleason Public Library

The Friends of the Gleason Public Library are sponsoring “Murder in the Library,” a sensational murder-mystery play this Saturday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the library’s third floor conference room.

The cast features eight prominent Carlisle residents: selectman Vivian Chaput as actress Alexa Dynasty; Marty Galligan as police inspector Sam Slayed; the Mosquito’s own Marilyn Harte as book critic Page Turner; Phyllis Hughes as librarian Lotta Books; candidate for selectman Tim Hult as publisher Dell Doubleday; Simon Jensen-Fellows as book seller Dalton B. Walden; Joan Parker as mystery writer Agatha Mystery; and Frank Rigg as mayor Ron Bonzo. None of the actors are professionals, but all enthusiastically have volunteered their time to help support this fundraiser of the Friends of the Gleason Public Library.

“I think this whole thing is a hoot!” says Vivian Chaput. “I’m playing a character [actress Alexa Dynasty] that’s way out there, compared to who I am in everyday life. I just hope the audience won’t go away thinking that’s what I’m really like.”

The play, directed by Carlisle resident Marilyn Cugini, starts with a book-signing by the famous author Agatha Mystery. It descends into a tale of deceit, suspicion, and murder. Along the way, the audience is invited to partake in light refreshments and participate in solving the heinous crime.

“This play is really fun,” Joan Parker comments. “It’s set in Carlisle and has lots of local references that people here in town will recognize and find amusing.”

The Friends of the Gleason Public Library are sponsoring this event, says president Teresa Kvietkauskas, because they want to raise awareness of the group and its support of the library. “The town budget supports the library’s operations, and the Friends provide funds for the little extras that add special interest, such as the summer reading program. We hope this murder mystery performance will draw people from all over town, so that more people will get involved with the library.”

Seating is limited to 50 people, so the Friends strongly encourage anyone who is interested in attending to purchase a ticket as soon as possible. Tickets are on sale at the library for $10 each, or by calling Lisa Jensen-Fellows, vice president of the Friends, at 1-978

Concord Madrigals sing to greet the spring

The Concord Madrigals will present “Songs of Spring” on Sunday, May 6 at 4 p.m. at the West Concord Union Church, 1317 Main Street, West Concord.

Directed by Jane Ring Frank, the program will feature Poulenc’s “Litanies ˆÝ la Vierge Noire,” “Hymns from the Rig Veda” by Gustav Holst, traditional spirituals, madrigals and work songs. Timothy Evans is the piano accompanist.

Tickets are $10 and are available at Brooks Pharmacy in Concord or call 1-978-369-8526. Refreshments will follow the concert.

Singing with the Madrigals from Carlisle are Wendy Davis, Beatrice Shneider, Priscilla Stevens and Cynthia Sorn.

Walk conserved landscapes in Concord

On Saturday morning, May 5, from 10 to noon, join Marion Thornton, former chairman of the Concord Land Conservation Trust and former board member of The Trustees of Reservations, on an informative and enjoyable Morning Walk of conserved land in Concord, sponsored by the Concord Museum. Meeting place and directions provided at time of registration. The cost is $7.50; $5 member/child; reservations required, 1-978-369-9763.

The Concord Players present ‘The Rivals’

The Concord Players close out their season with “The Rivals,” an hilarious classic costume drama by Lord Richard Sheridan. The show runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., April 27 to May 12, with a matinee on Sunday, May 6 at 2:30 p.m., at 51 Walden Street in Concord. Tickets are $13 ($11 matinee) and may be purchased at the Harness Shop in Concord or by calling 1-978-369-2990.

Written in 1775, “The Rivals” is a riotously funny tale of lovers and deception, disguises and duels. To find out more about “The Rivals,” or the Concord Players, check out their web site at

New Song Coffeehouse’s last event of the spring

A New Song Coffeehouse, at the First Church of Christ Congregational, 25 The Great Road (Route 4¬‚—225) in Bedford (1-781-275-1135) presents Brooks Williams with Alice Peacock opening on Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12.

A direct and soulful singer, Brooks Williams is also a multi-faceted guitarist and an insightful and powerful songwriter. His vocals have been likened to James Taylor’s, but add to his bag of tricks an array of styles¬‚—British fingerstyle, Delta slide, Hawaiian slack key, Bahamian calypso—and the effect becomes vintage Brooks. Alice Peacock opens with an edge and attitude that make one think of the Dixie Chicks.

Advanced sale tickets for a New Song Coffeehouse event are available (cash or check only) at MotherEarth Natural Foods in Lexington and at One Hour Video & Photo in Bedford or by sending a check and your SASE to: Jerry Christen, 3 Robinson Drive, Bedford, MA 01730.

Lighten up

at DeCordova’s annual benefit and auction sale

Join DeCordova for an evening of fine art, delightful dining, swing dancing, and spirited bidding at “Lighten Up: The Benefit” on Saturday, June 2 from 5:30 to midnight. Guests can enjoy an evening full of exciting events—including the cocktail reception, dinner, live and silent auctions, desserts, and dancing—or they can select to participate in just part of the evening’s events.

At 5:30 p.m., “Lighten Up: The Benefit” patron and sponsor guests will begin their evening with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as they enjoy the extraordinary artwork that surrounds them. At 6:30 p.m. a scrumptious dinner by East Meets West will be served under an elegant canopy tent. During dinner, charismatic auctioneer Karen Keane of Skinner, Inc. will auction a choice of selected items. After the live auction, patron and sponsor guests can join the gala party and place their bids for the silent auction items. Patron tickets are $500 per person; sponsor tickets are $175 per person. Dress is black tie and tickets are limited.

Beginning at 8 p.m. “Lighten Up” gala party guests will dance the night away to the swinging sound of Didi Stewart and Friends while sampling a wide array of hors d’oeuvres and desserts from East Meets West. In between the dining and dancing, guests can place their bids on over 250 silent auction items. Tickets are $65 per person (or save with six tickets for $360). Dress is black tie or creative black tie. A cash bar will be available.

For “Lighten Up: The Benefit” tickets and information, call 1-781-259-3615.