Friday, December 7, 2001
Past and present meet in The Trojan Women
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, The Trojan Women has even more relevance to today's society, according to Ben Kendall, who will direct Concord-Carlisle High School's modern interpretation of the ancient play on Friday, December 7, and Saturday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 9, at 2:30 p.m.
"There are so many parallels between the past and present. It is interesting how relevant the play is in a modern context," said Kendall, a CCHS history teacher who acted when he attended Weston High School and Oberlin College and has been a director for several area productions.
"The Trojan Women is also very thought-provoking. It asks the audience to explore the consequences of war. I hope everyone leaves questioning. I was anxious to direct the play because it is a mixture of two things I am passionate about history and politics," added Kendall.
Euripides wrote the play in 415 BCE to criticize the Athenian government's conduct in the Peloponnesian War against Sparta that began in 431 BCE. Motivated by anti-war sentiments, he focused on the horrors of the destructive conflict and the injustices suffered by its victims. This differed from the stories of patriotism and heroics depicted by most Greeks of his time.
The link between ancient and modern times will be emphasized in the CCHS production through the use of contemporary costuming and the projection of images of recent wars and current events. A thrust stage raised up in the pit of the auditorium will bring the audience much closer. Also, some of the actors will emerge from the audience making everyone part of the action.
Tickets at $8 each are available at the door or in C
oncord at Video Revolution, West Concord 5& 10, The Toy Shop, The Cheese Shop, and at Daisy's in Carlisle.
Air Force Band of Liberty in holiday concert
The Warner Free Lecture series in Harvard, MA continues on Friday, December 14, with an evening of music by the United States Concert Band of Liberty, at the Cronin Auditorium of the Bromfield School. This outstanding group of 45 professional musicians will present an exciting winter holiday program which highlights America's musical diversity.
The concert band is the flagship of the United States Air Force Band of Liberty. Under the baton of Captain Scott A. Guidry, the commander and conductor, the band has been entertaining audiences with over six hundred performances throughout the New England region and NY for over twenty years including in New York City at the Lincoln Center, and in Boston at the Hatch Shell. The band's mission is to promote America's national heritage while supporting Air Force community relations, troop morale, and recruiting programs through live performances.
The Warner Free Lecture Series will host this holiday concert in conjunction with the Harvard Town Library, Fanfare, the Bromfield Music Department and the Harvard Historical Society. The December 14 concert is free to the public and starts at 8 p.m. The Cronin Auditorium is located at the Bromfield School on Route 111 in Harvard and is handicapped-accessible. For further information, call 1-978-456-3454.
WBN holiday meeting at Air Field Café
The Women's Business Network will meet on Thursday, December 13, at 7:15 p.m. for our annual holiday networking meeting at the Air Field Café in Stow. WBN member Marilyn Jenney, and Air Field Café owner Nancy McPherson, are hosting this event. Members are encouraged to bring snacks to add to the festive air.
This is a wonderful opportunity to update us on your business successes and concerns; help us plan future programs for WBN; meet new friends and reacquaint yourself with old ones. Bring your business cards and brochures. Contact Marilyn Jenney at 1-978-456-9375 or MBJenney@netway.com with questions or for directions.
Regular meetings are held at 7:15 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in Harvard's public high school (Bromfield). Meetings are open to anyone wishing to visit or considering membership. For more information call Renee Senes-Goldsmith at 1-978-456-9600.
'Tastes of our Towns' moves to bigger venue
Ming Tsai, chef/owner of Blue Ginger Restaurant and award-winning host of two TV Food Network cooking shows, will again serve as Honored Emcee of "Tastes of our Towns." The event, hailed as "metro-West's premiere food event" supports the programs of Concord Family and Youth Services (CFYS).
Tsai, whose acclaimed Wellesley restaurant, Blue Ginger, gained him Best New Restaurant honors from Boston Magazine and notice as 1998 Chef of the Year from Esquire Magazine, was Honored Emcee at last year's record-breaking event which raised over $120,000 for CFYS. Tsai is host of The Food Network's "East Meets West" and "Ming's Quest," where he serves as a proponent of "living the East-West way."
Tastes of our Towns 2002 will be held on Sunday, February 10, at the Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough. Because of the waiting list of over 100 people for the sold-out event last year, the event will be held at this new, larger venue to accommodate those wishing to attend and to allow participating restaurants and caterers more room to prepare and show their offerings.
Area restaurants and caterers donate their culinary creations for the enjoyment of over 400 Tastes participants. Last year, over 35 food purveyors donated an appetizer, entree or dessert enjoyed by the supporters and judged by a panel of distinguished food experts.
There are still volunteer opportunities for Tastes 2002. Those interested in volunteering for the event are urged to contact the development office at 1-978-264-3602.
Information on ticket availability for the event (which has sold out every year) will be mailed to area homes in early December.
Madrigals 'Rejoice' on December 16
The Concord Madrigals will present "Rejoice! Carols and Songs of the Season" on Sunday, December 16 at 4 p.m. at the West Concord Union Church, 1317 Main Street in West Concord. The program will feature works by John Rutter, Benjamin Britten, Johann Hermann Schein, Michael Praetorius and others, plus a traditional holiday carol sing. Timothy Evans will be the piano accompanist.
Tickets are $10, $5 for children, and are available at Brooks Pharmacy in Concord, or by calling 1-978-369-8526. Refreshments will follow the concert.
Singing with the Madrigals, from Carlisle, are Wendy Davis, Beatrice Shneider, Cynthia Sorn and Priscilla Stevens.
'A Christmas Carol' at Lowell Discovery Series
The Center for the Arts in Lowell announces the family Discovery Series' holiday show, "A Christmas Carol," on Sunday, December 16. Using song, humor and suspense, this timeless classic is offered at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Fifty cents from each ticket sold will be given to the Lowell Sun Santa Fund.
Performances last approximately one hour, with no intermission. They take place in Durgin Hall, 35 Wilder Street on UMass Lowell's south campus. The theatre is handicapped-accessible and there is free parking nearby. Tickets are $9 per person, with discounts for purchasing four shows in the Discovery Series. For more information, to request a brochure, or to order tickets with MasterCard or Visa, call the box office at 1-978-934-4444, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Tickets are also available in the lobby, one hour before each show.
Learn-To-Skate begins second session
The second session of the Learn-To-Skate program, sponsored by Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey (CCYH), will begin Saturday, January 5, at 11:20 a.m. at the Valley Sports Arena on Route 62 in West Concord. Registration will take place beginning at 10:20 a.m. in the back rink. The cost is $125, which includes 12 sessions and a hockey-style practice jersey. Warm clothing and gloves are recommended. A HECC approved hockey helmet and face mask are required. Skaters must be five years of age by January 1, 2002. On-ice volunteers are welcome. More information can be obtained by calling the registrar of CCYH at 1-978-369-6759 or the president of CCYH at 1-978-897-7680 or the LTS director of CCYH at 1-978-369-4664. Visit our website (www.ccyh.org) for up-to-date information on all CCYH activities.
Indoor soccer skills program offered
Michael Brophy is again offering a winter indoor soccer program focused on quickly developing children's soccer abilities through focused skills, exercises and five-a-side soccer games. The program starts December 9 and runs on December16 and 30; January 6,13, 20, 27 and February 3 (8 weeks.) It takes place at the Concord-Carlisle High School lower gym and the cost is $60. Session times are as follows: K-1-2, 1p.m. - 2:15 and 2:15 - 3:30 p.m.; 3-4 grade boys 3:15-4:45 p.m.; grade 3 and up girls 4:30 - 6 p.m.; 5-6 grade boys 5:45-7 p.m. Please make check payable to CCYS and send to Michael Brophy, 570 West Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. If you have questions, please email Michael at email@example.com
FRS Greens Sale draws a crowd
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