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Friday, May 11, 2001

Diverse Diversions

Writing workshop at Concord Museum

On May 21 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., extend your personal view of landscape through writing in this workshop for adults with local writer Richard Fahlander, coordinator of the Musketaquid Arts and Environment Program. Using the photographs in the museum’s special exhibition, “Extending the View: Photographs by Richard Cheek of Conserved Landscapes of Massachusetts,” to inspire a dialogue about personal experiences in nature and the power of special places in our lives, participants will learn new ways of seeing by way of the written word.

All levels of experience and abilities are welcome. Cost for the workshop is $12.50. There are member discounts. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Concord Museum at 1-978-369-9763.

Canoe the Assabet and Sudbury Rivers

On Saturday, May 19, from 10 to 2 p.m., the Concord Museum, the Organization for the Assabet River, The Trustees of Reservations and Sudbury Valley Trustees will co-sponsor a leisurely guided canoe trip (bring your own, or rentals available) on two rivers in one day. The Sudbury and the Assabet rivers originate in swamps two miles apart, southwest of Concord. The placid Sudbury, lined with meadows, meanders downstream through Fairhaven Bay, past the Southbridge boathouse. The swifter, deeper Assabet once powered the mills in Hudson and Maynard and the Damon Mill in West Concord. The rivers come together at Egg Rock to form the Concord River.

The guided trip begins at Egg Rock, explores the Assabet and Sudbury Rivers, and includes a stop for lunch at the historic conserved landscape of the Calf Pasture. Detailed information and directions will be provided upon registration. The cost is $10 with your canoe, $45 with rented canoe and $10 for a box lunch. There is a ten percent OAR, SVT, The Trustees of Reservations and Concord Museum members’ discount. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 1-978-369-9763.

Concord Museum hosts David Foster lecture

On Wednesday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. David Foster, professor of ecology at Harvard University, director of the Harvard Forest in Petersham, a 3,000 acre ecological research and educational institute, and author of Thoreau’s Country: Journal through a Transformed Landscape, shares his thoughts on interpreting and conserving the cultural landscape of New England.

Foster’s interests focus on understanding the changes in forest ecosystems that result from human and natural disturbance processes and applying the knowledge to the conservation and management of natural resources. At Harvard University, he teaches courses on forest ecology and environmental change and directs the graduate program in forestry.

Admission for the evening with refreshments is $10; member discounts are available.

Park hayrides resume

Due to popular demand, Great Brook Farm State Park is now offering weekend hayrides! As of May 19, hayrides will be available several weekends through the end of October.

Jim and Nancy Burnham offer horse-drawn wagon hayrides to the general public beginning and ending at the animal pens near the kiosk. All rides will be offered from 1-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer months as listed below, A $2 fee will be charged per person per ride.

For groups larger than 20, contact the Burnhams for reservations. For confirmations or questions, telephone the park office at 1-978-369-6312. Upcoming hayride dates are May 19, 20, 26 and 27, and June 16, 23 and 24.

Concord Orchestra to hold pops concert

This season’s Concord Orchestra Pops will be performed at 8 p.m. on May 18, 19, 25, and 26. The program is “An American Salute,” featuring the music of Gershwin, Copland, Gould, Porter, Youmans, and Sousa. Friends of the Orchestra will serve refreshments.

Join the Concord Orchestra for Pops at the Friends of the Performing Arts Center, 51 Walden Street, Concord Center. Tables are available at $15 per person; $12 for groups of 12 or more; $10 for groups of 30 or more. For tickets, call 1-978-369-4967.

Carlisle’s first MusicFest set for May 26

Who says there’s nothing to do in Carlisle? On Saturday, May 26, from 4 to 10 p.m., a wide array of musicians will be on stage at Union Hall for a fun-loving festival for young, old, families and teens. Starting at 4 p.m., there will be balloons, face-painting, storytelling and other activities for the young at heart before one and all can grab their partners for an exhilarating round of contra dancing. As the evening progresses, the music will heat up. Snow Crow of Groton will have the audience smiling when they perform their unique folk-rock repertoire, which is a balance of acoustic and electric. Listeners will swoon as Deja Blue breathes new life into the classic Chicago blues. Then, the rafters will be shakin’ and the audience jumpin’ as Fuze, a terrific group of young musicians from Concord-Carlisle High School, blasts through until the party winds down at 10 p.m.

Admission will be $5 (one-half of a uniform for a student at The Sharing Foundation School in Cambodia). Pad Thai and other Cambodian fare will be on sale, as well as pizza for the less adventurous. All proceeds benefit The Sharing Foundation.

Auditions for Savoyards’ ‘Kiss Me Kate’

The Savoyard Light Opera Company invites all who enjoy performing on stage to consider auditioning for a role in its fall production of Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me Kate,” directed by Sharon Bisantz and Fred Frabotta. Auditions will be held at Carlisle Congregational Church, 147 School Street, Carlisle on May 14 and 15.

Lead auditions are scheduled by calling 1-978-371-SLOC or sending e-mail to to request an appointment. Ensemble auditions will start promptly at 7 p.m., and no prearrangement is required.

This spectacular show will be produced with a cast of outstanding vocalists and actors, a full orchestra and magnificent stage sets and scenery. There will also be opportunities to perform backstage in roles such as lighting, set construction, costumes, makeup, painting and production.

Rehearsals will start on September 4. Production is scheduled for the second and third weekends in November. For further information, please call 1-978-371-7562 or visit our website at

Barn and nature tours are back

Great Brook Farm State Park is conducting Sunday barn tours at 12:30, 1:30 and 4:30 p.m., milking tours at 6:15 p.m., and guided trail walks at 3 p.m. Weekday tours are given by reservation only. Barn tours originate at the gate next to the ice cream stand. Nature walks originate at the kiosk in the parking lot.

Tours are limited due to shortage of staff. We hope to introduce Saturday tours by July. At that time, Sunday tours will be given twice instead of three times. Milking tours will remain the same.

EMLC to hold

benefit concert

The Eastern Massachusetts Literacy Council (EMLC) is gearing up for an outstanding benefit concert, “An Evening of Song,” with Jonathan Boxer, tenor, and Kaeza Fearn, pianist, to support our annual budget. The event is set up to be an entertaining evening with classical, modern and show tunes.

The concert will be on held Friday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the West Medford Congregational Church, 400 High Street (Route. 60) in West Medford. Tickets may be purchased at the door for a suggested donation of $10 per ticket. Call the EMLC office at 1-781-395-2374 for advanced purchase or with questions.

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