Friday, August 17, 2001
Annual banjo and fiddle contests at Boarding House Park
The sounds of bluegrass, dixieland, old time mountain picking, and the strains of ethnic dance tunes from all over the world will flow from Boarding House Park in Lowell on Saturday, September 8, during the banjo and fiddle contests. The public is invited to a full day of music, food and family fun. The event is free, but donations will be accepted. Workshops on Mountain Dulcimer, Oldtime Fiddle, Oldtime Banjo, Twin and Bluegrass Fiddle, and Bluegrass Banjo begin at 10 a.m. The contests begin at noon and continue throughout the afternoon. Pre-registration for contestants is suggested. A printable contestant registration form is available at www.nps.gov/lowe/banjofiddle.
For information, please call 1-978-970-5000/5002 (TDD). Boarding House Park is located at 40 French Street, Lowell.
Rocker Nils Lofgren and country singer Guy Clark at Lowell Series
E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren and country star Guy Clark will be featured on Friday and Saturday evenings, August 24 and 25, at Boarding House Park in downtown Lowell. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, pack a picnic or buy refreshments at our food tent, and see great shows all summer at very low prices. Admission is $5 for Guy Clark and $10 for Nils Lofgren. Children 12 and under are free at both shows, which start at 8 p.m.
Boarding House Park is on the corner of French Street and John Street. In the event of rain, performances move to the newly renovated Lowell High School auditorium, across the street from the park. Parking is available across the street at the John Street Garage for just $2 for the evening shows. Find further information at 1-978-970-5000 or www.lowellsummermusic.org.
August programs for children at the Concord Museum
Pottery Pictures will be held on Monday, August 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Here at the museum, join the staff of Thoreau n' Clay, a paint-your-own pottery studio, to paint your own piece of pottery. Be inspired by the wonderful souvenir china in the museum's exhibition "Everything Old is New Again." All ages are welcome. The cost is $15; $12.50 member; reservations are required (1-978-369-9763).
Participate in the program "Allice (Sic) Stearns is my name, at ten years old I rote (Sic) the same:" An Adult-Child Sampler Workshop on Wednesday, August 22 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Alice Stearns' little rhyme, patiently cross-stitched by her ten-year-old fingers into a sampler in 1774, reaches across the years with a touching immediacy. In this adult-child workshop conducted by needlework enthusiast Stephanie Upton, participants are introduced to basic cross-stitch techniques and together create a sampler just as children like Alice Stearns did in the colonial period.
Journal entries and other writings from the past about needlework, particularly by young people, will help make the work come alive for today's children. The fee is $20 child; $15 member child; adult companion free; reservations are required 1-978 369-9763.
Nineteenth-century pastimes will be held from 9:30 to noon, Monday to Wednesday, August 27 to 29. Discover the pastimes of young children in Concord in the 19th century during three mornings of hands-on fun. Make paper and fashion it into a journal, try stenciling and theorem painting, decorate with shells, cut paper dolls, make a painted lampshade and become an expert at some 19th-century games.
The program is for children nine and older and is $40 child; $35 member child; reservations are required 1-978- 369-9763.
'Muscling Out Myositis' walk-a-thon
Mid-September marks the occasion of two important events. On September 21, a small ceremony at the state house in Boston will formalize the proclamation by Governor Jane Swift establishing "Myositis Awareness Day in Massachusetts." On Saturday, September 22, the first annual "Muscling Out Myositis" walk-a-thon will take place in Harvard, Massachusetts at 1 p.m. The walk-a-thon will start and end at the Bromfield School. All proceeds will go to the Myositis Association of America.
Inflammatory myopathies (myositis) are a group of muscle diseases involving the inflammation and degeneration of skeletal muscle tissues. They are thought to be autoimmune disorders. In myositis, inflammatory cells surround, invade, and destroy muscle fibers as though they were defective or foreign to the body. This eventually results in discernible muscle weakness. There are four forms of myositis: dermatomyositis, polymyositis, inclusion body myositis, and juvenile dermatomyositis.
The loss of the ability to perform many of the activities taken for granted by otherwise healthy adults is the grim reality for people suffering from this disease. You can help raise awareness and fund research to find a cure by joining the walk on September 22.
Register for the walk online at www.myositis.org/myositisday, or by contacting Janice Goodell by phone at 1-978-456-8090 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contacting Bette Silver at email@example.com.
More information about myositis can be obtained by contacting the Myositis Association of America at 1-540-433-7686 or by visiting their web site at www.myositis.org.
Admission-free evening at the Concord Museum
Summer evenings are the perfect opportunity to come to the Concord Museum with family, friends or out-of-town guests. Visit for the first time or revisit favorite galleries and the special exhibitionsall free on Wednesday evening, August 29 from 5 to 8 p.m.
This summer's special exhibition "Everything Old is New Again: Recent Acquisitions at the Concord Museum," offers an opportunity to enjoy a broad spectrum of recently acquired historic artifactsfrom a bass drum and music used by the Concord Junction Brass Band in the early 1900s to an elegant 1812 silk needlework made by a Concord schoolgirl. Specially designed children's explanations and hands-on activities throughout the exhibition engage visitors of all ages. Come hear an audio of Concord Junction Brass Band music, design your own sampler, examine up close the work of joiners and turners, and try your hand at a popular nineteenth-century form of entertainmentthe stereoscope viewer.
For information 1-978-369-9609 (taped information); 1-978-369-9763 (reservations);e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; web site: www.concordmuseum.org
Tanglewood Marionettes to perform in Concord
The Tanglewood Marionettes will present " An Arabian Adventure" in the children's department of the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord on August 29 at 7 p.m. This tale of a prince who is thrown into a dungeon because of his love for a princess is appropriate for children ages five and up.
The free final program of the summer requires no registration. For information, please call 1-978-318-3358.
Westford's Parish Center for the Arts fall 2001 classes and events
Check out the all-new line-up of children, teen and adult art classes, workshops, concerts and events happening at Westford's Parish Center for the Arts (PCA) for Fall 2001. All About Me is a new class for toddlers and their caregivers. Children can sign up for classes such as Let's Draw Animals, Painting Pandemonium, Funky Furniture Painting, Pottery Adventure and more. Older kid and teen offerings include Art Mania, Funky Furniture, and Creative Drawing. Adults can enroll in Advanced Watercolor, Art Quilt and Fabric Collage, Creative Drawing, Art Studio with Live Models, yoga and many more. The line-up includes not only weekly classes but one and two day workshops as well.
Class registration began on Monday, August 13 and most classes begin the week of September 4. There are five easy ways to register: 1. by phone (1-978-692-6333), 2. by mail (PCA, PO Box 411, 10 Lincoln Street, Westford, MA 01886), 3. via our website (www.westford.com/pca), 4. via email at email@example.com, 5. during our drop-in registration times: on August 29, September 5, and September 7 from noon to 3 p.m., and on Saturday, September 8 from 10 a.m. to noon.
In addition to our class and workshop offerings, the PCA is hosting many special events such as the Westford Regional Art Event, monthly gallery exhibits, comedies, a Broadway Sing-a-long, Chamber Concerts, Folk Concerts, Film Festivals, teen coffeehouses and much more. Join the fun and contact us today.
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