Friday, January 18, 2002
Lecture series considers Thoreauvian values
The 2002 Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the Concord Museum, the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods and the Thoreau Society, is held at the Concord Museum and is free and open to the public. This year's series explores the often fractious subject of values. Through the five lectures, presenters and participants will investigate a sampling of the unusual individuals whose character traits caught Henry Thoreau's attention.
On January 25, "Ellery Channing, Concord's Lost Poet" will be discussed. Ellery Channing, Thoreau's friend and walking companion, poet and philosopher, is presented by Robert Hudspeth, professor of English at the University of Redlands in California.
Then, on February 28, "Seeking Edmund Hosmer" is the topic. Jayne Gordon, education program director of the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods, considers how the traits that Thoreau, Emerson, Hawthorne, Channing, and the Alcotts admired in Concord farmer Hosmer reflect the similarities and differences in their values.
On March 14, "John Brown: Thoreau's Literary Remains" will be presented. Bruce A. Ronda, associate professor of English and American Studies and director of the American Studies program at Colorado State University, presents Thoreau's imaginative portrait of John Brown as the first of many verbal and visual representations of Brown which reflect on changing societal values.
On April 11, "Thoreau's List of Worthies, Part II" is the lecture. In response to popular demand as a continuation of last year's lecture, Robert Finch, nature writer and essayist, presents those lesser known and sometimes obscure acquaintances of Thoreau.
Finally, on May 23, "A Visit between Solitaries: Mary Moody Emerson and Henry David Thoreau" will be discussed. Phyllis Cole, Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies at Delaware County campus of Penn State University, presents Mary Moody Emerson, whose combination of skepticism and faith intrigued and challenged Thoreau.
Concord Youth Theatre offers winter program
Concord Youth Theatre (CYT) announces the winter line-up for the Ship Ahoy© Saturday morning theatre. Every Saturday at 10:30 a.m., from January 1 to March 23 (excluding February 23, March 9 and 16), the CYT Ship Ahoy© ensemble will present a different live theatre performance for all ages aboard the Kathryn W. DeFord stage at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow Street in Concord. Tickets are $5 general admission on the day of the show (no advance purchase). Groups are welcome. For more information, call 1-978-371-1482.
Panel discussion on domestic violence
The Concord-Carlisle Domestic Violence Roundtable invites the public to attend a panel discussion on the mandated reporting of abuse and neglect on Tuesday, January 29, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Trinity Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord. The discussion will feature representatives from the Department of Social Services, Elder Protective Services, Disabled Person's Protection Commission and the Department of Public Health. Admission is free.
Lowell presents Winterfest 2002
The city of Lowell presents Winterfest 2002, the second annual celebration, which transforms downtown Lowell into a Winter Wonderland, consisting of numerous outdoor activities and concerts, theme contests, food and outrageous stunts. Some of the featured events include human dog sled racing, ice-sculpting competition, bonfires, a snowman-making contest, soup bowl contest, hayrides, arctic grill, arctic circle night club, penguin playhouse and a fireworks display to be lit off from the Tsongas Arena and City Hall. All these events take place on Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2 and are free and open to the public. For more information, call 1-978-264-0707, ext.202.
Textile Learning Center welcomes children
From January 26 through May 27, the Textile Learning Center (TLC) at One Shuttle Place in Lowell will feature displays and activities for families with children 12 and under, inspired by the Textile Museum's special exhibition "All for One & One for All!: Uniforms in Fact and Fantasy."
Special displays will include whimsical photographs from William Wegman's Wegmanology, and eight of Hasbro's most recent G.I. Joe action figures.
Children's activities include a dress-up corner with a variety of military and public service uniforms, a magnetic doll-dressing exercise and a "Design An Action Figure" contest. Story hours are held every Saturday at 2 p.m., and on Saturday, April 6, Emily Chetkowski will read excerpts from Amasa Walker's Splendid Garment followed by a book signing.
For more information on the TLC, including the weekly story hour, birthday parties, and school vacation events, phone the education department at 1-978-441-0400 ext. 244.
Westford Museum folk music concert
Laura Risk, fiddle, and Jacqueline Schwab, piano, are performing at the Westford Museum folk music concert on Friday, February 8 at 8 p.m. Risk's fluency in fiddle styles from Cape Breton to Appalachia is remarkable. Filmmaker Ken Burns calls her playing a revelation and achingly beautiful.
Jacqueline is the featured pianist on nine of Ken Burns' TV documentaries including The Civil War, Baseball, and Mark Twain. Burns said her playing is insistent, physical, heartfelt and unusually moving.
Doors open at 7:15 p.m. at the Westford Museum, Two Boston Road, Westford. Reservations are recommended. Call 1-978-692-5550 or send e-mail to Museum@Westford.com. Tickets are $8 for members of the Westford Historical Society, $15 for non-members, $5 for teens and under 13 are free.
Concord Players one-night stand
The Concord Players will present, for one night only, The Many Loves of Will Shakespeare Love Poems and Sonnets by William Shakespeare. The performance will be held on Saturday, January 19, at 8 p.m. at 51 Walden Street in Concord Center. Suggested donation is $5. Call 1-978-369-2990 for reservations.
Modern film classic series begins
From January 17 to May 16, the third Thursday evening of each month at the American Textile History Museum will be a special occasion with dinner and a movie. The movies are Mrs. Brown (January 17), The Three Musketeers (February 21), Up at the Villa (March 21), Tea with Mussolini (April 18), and Remains of the Day (May 16).
The movie package includes general museum admission, 5:30 p.m. buffet supper in the Gazebo Cafe, 6:45 p.m. introduction of the featured film and explanation of the movie's costumes' significance by a museum host, and 7 p.m. movie. Packages cost $15, $5 for movie only. Discounts are available for advance purchase of full series, museum members and groups of 15 or more. Reservations are accepted; walk-ins are welcome, space permitting. Contact Tracy Green at 1-978-441-0400, ext. 244, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Author Diamant to speak in Concord
Anita Diamant, author of The Red Tent, will discuss her latest book Good Harbor on Thursday, January 24, at 7:30 p.m. Presented by the Concord Bookshop, this event will be held at the First Parish Church, 20 Lexington Road in Concord. Advance complimentary tickets are available at the Concord Bookshop.
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