Friday, August 31, 2001
Westford Temple plans service
Temple Shir Hadash, 48 Main Street in Westford, will host its first Friday Night Family Service, complete with candle lighting, a light dinner and potluck desserts, on Friday, September 14, at 6 p.m. RSVP at email@example.com.
The Concord Madrigals, a 35-voice women's chorus directed by Jane Ring Frank, will hold open rehearsals on September 11 and 18 at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord. Brief auditions will be held at the end of each rehearsal. For information, call 1-978-369-8526.
Celtic music and poetry at Westford Museum
The Angel Band, playing works of Turlough O'Carolan and other Celtic tunes, will be at the Westford Museum, 2 Boston Road, Westford on Friday, September 14 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are: adults, $15; members of the Historical Society, $8; teens, $5; under 13 free. Season tickets are available. Call 1-978-692-5550 or email Museum@Westford.com for reservations.
The Angel Band features the works of Ireland's national composer, Turlough O'Carolan, and is recognized as a leading proponent of O'Carolan's music. In addition, the band delights in performing traditional jigs, reels, airs, and hornpipes along with contemporary compositions in the Celtic genre. The band also offers the spoken word in the poetry of W.B. Yeats, Donal McDonough and others, as well as stories and anecdotes concerning the legends surrounding the life of Turlough O'Carolan.
Highland School open studios to display range of arts and media
The art magazine Middlesex Beat is sponsoring a special Open Studios around the county on September 8 and 9. Carlisle studios in the 1908 Highland School building will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Among the represented artists there:
Imadiel Ariel is a Parisian silk-painter specializing in ancient textiles motifs, plants and animals, and Hindu miniature arts. Her harmonious and sophisticated colors appear in scarves, hangings, aromatherapy eye pillows and angel ornaments. A recently completed large Buddhist meditation painting will be displayed.
Katharine Bell will have a variety of panels, screens, shades and furniture painted on commission. Her decorative art is charming and colorful, and illustrates the life and family of the individuals who commission her work.
Illustrator and painter Wayne Geehan will have copies of some of his books to autograph. Famous for his knights and dragons, Geehan will welcome young readers and demonstrate how he makes medieval adventures come alive.
Phyllis Hughes of Carlisle will have her most recent paintings, the new edition of the Carlisle Center notepapers, the classic Carlisle sweatshirts, and matted and framed scenes of Carlisle, as well as the 1875 map.
Nina Nickles, a photographer, will display copies of her Things I Have to Tell You, a collection of poems and photos of teen-age girls from CCHS and other high schools, girls' voices from different cultures and backgrounds. She is assembling a volume of teen boys' pictures and thoughts also, and will have a portfolio of her other photographic work. Is this an idea for Carlisle's students? Come see her work.
Sally Ruby, who shares Phyllis Hughes' studio, also shares her love for the Grand Canyon, where her father did field work for the Park Service on the North Rim for many years. Sally creates paintings involving the Hopi culture and southwest landscapes that are compelling in their sweep and color.
Valerie Traynor will have a wonderfully painted picnic table on display, as well as her trompe l'oeil interior decoration. She will also have on hand an album of architectural decoration she has done to whet your imagination. A very personable expert, Valerie can advise on unique home projects.
Fall Yoga with Karen
A fall session of yoga (September 11 through November 1) is being offered by Karen Verrill on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in Union Hall in the First Religious Society, from 9:05 to 10:20 a.m. Kripalu Yoga is a wonderful combination of stretching, breathing techniques, postures and relaxation. Yoga teaches us about body and breath awareness, self-compassion, and inward focusing. A regular practice helps reduce stress, boost energy, increase flexibility and calm the mind.
You may register in person at the first class or by calling Karen at 1-978-369-7294. Enrollment in eight week session is $80 for one class per week, or $130 for two classes per week. Classes are ongoing; however, you may join a session at any time. Drop-in students are welcome and newcomers are invited to attend a complimentary class.
An evening class will be offered on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at Union Hall. The session will run from September 11 through October 30. Call in advance to register for this class.
Plentiful produce picking parties at Drumlin Farm
To celebrate the fall harvest, Drumlin Farm, an education center and wildlife sanctuary of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, is sponsoring four "Pumpkin, Potato and Plentiful Produce Picking Parties" on Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23 and September 29 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
The pre-registered program includes foliage hayrides to and from the fields, pumpkin and other vegetable picking, food and drink, photos with living scarecrows, demonstrations, cooking and tasting, folklore, farmland animal presentations and more. Fee for a picking pass, good for admission, hayrides and activities, is $5 per person in advance, $6 per person the day of the event (children under three are free). Your pumpkins, produce, photos and food are additional.
For information, call 1-781-259-9807, ext. 7701, or send check, payable to the Massachusetts Audubon Society and include a self-addressed stamped envelope to Picking Parties, Drumlin Farm, South Great Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.
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