The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 22, 2002

Ten artists to exhibit at Highland Open Studios

Once again the Highland Studios will be open to the public. Visual arts fans, former students, newcomers and all are invited to prowl the 1906 Highland School building which was converted to brightly lighted art studios in 1994 and meet the very talented group of artists who work there now.

Newcomers Lonnie Harvey and Helen Citron Boodman are long-time printmakers whose works are fascinating in their expertise and complexity. Helen shares a studio with Wayne Geehan, illustrator and painter. Several of Wayne's wonderful books will be for sale and he has many of the original illustrations framed and hung. His Hindenberg painting is mesmerizing.

Katharine Bell is hard at work designing for Upstairs at the Pi, a gourmet restaurant opening this fall in the former location of Grendel's Den in Harvard Square. She did all the marvelous designs of gold and rose, morning glories and crocodiles at Upstairs at the Pudding. She also does commissioned work for private clients as well. She gathers data from a family and creates personalized panels, screens, and shades for their home.

Sally Ruby, who grew up at the Grand Canyon, paints desert landscapes, authentic Hopi Indian dancers, and is now becoming fond of New England seashores. Her cloudy skies establish mysterious and threatening moods with earthy mesas and spirit birds.

Nina Nickles has published a new book of teen-age girls' photos and their innermost thoughts, a project for which she received a grant, and is working on another similar project in her studio/darkroom.

Silk painter Imadiel Ariel exhibits her considerable photographic acumen with a selection of elegant notepapers. Of course her silk lavender-filled eye pillows and remarkable angels will be there too.

D'Anne Bodman has just completed a fine arts letterpress book, published at Firefly Press. Arranged by numbers of stars, Casing the Light is beautifully illustrated by Barbara Bosworth, head of photography at Mass. College of Art; the collaboration is serendipitous. Barbara and D'Anne will be there to sign copies.

Phyllis Hughes promises to have a full selection of black and white and hand colored prints of the traditional Carlisle Center scene featuring the horse Midnight and the trees and buildings around the town green. Also on hand, the 1875 map which shows the scenic roads and old family farms with familiar names. The annual March of the Minutemen and Townspeople on April 19 will be there too as well as Phyllis' new paintings in oils and acrylics.

The Highland artists especially invite you to come see what art is being made in a grand old school.

Charles Hughes will be displaying the fascinating series of rough woods to smooth salad sets and long handled spoons at the Concord building, Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts at 40 Stow Street, across from the library. Again accepted to DeCordova's Art in the Park, he is producing woodware, but will accept orders. Seventy-five other artists there make it an Art Day and stop in at the Walden Grille to see Carlisle's Kathy McDonough's latest works.

Spring story times at the Gleason Library

This spring the Gleason Library will offer four story-time sessions for ages ranging from two to six years old.

The session for children who will be 5 years old before August 31, will meet on Monday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. For children who will be 3 years old by April 2, there will be a choice between Tuesday mornings at 10:30 or Thursday afternoons at 1:30. A special six-week session for children ages 2 to 3 will be held on Friday mornings at 10:30. For this group, children must be two by April 5 and must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. In addition, a special drop-in PJ story time for ages 3 and up will continue to be held on the first Wednesday night of the month at 7 p.m. No registration is necessary for this group only.

Registration for these spring sessions will begin on Saturday, March 23. From 10 to 11 a.m., registrations will be in-person only; after 11 a.m., telephone sign-ups will be accepted. For more information, call the library 1-978-369-4898.

Premier DJ Heather at FNL on March 29

The second Friday Night Live this month (due to no FNL in April) will be held on Good Friday, March 29 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Premier DJ Heather, a favorite with students last year, will return to play great music in the exercise room. The gym will be available for basketball, ping pong and just hanging out with friends. The spacious hallway will be available for chess or checkers. Pizza and soda will be offered for a small fee.

Carlisle students (public or private) in sixth to eighth grades are welcome. Anyone who has not yet filled out a permission form must bring a parent or guardian with them to fill one out. A $3 contribution at the door allows the program to be self-supporting. Students leaving before 9:30 p.m. must be signed out by a parent. All others should be picked up at 9:30 sharp. Call Kathy Hassey at 1-978-287-4284 with any questions.

Spring egg hunt Saturday

The Carlisle Parents Connection cordially invites all Carlisle children, age 5 and under, for the Annual Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 23. The Egg Hunt will begin promptly at 10 a.m. at Diment Park toddler playground. Please bring a basket for gathering eggs. Suggested donation is $5 per family.

The foul weather date is Saturday, March 30 at 10 a.m. Volunteers to assist with the event would be greatly appreciated. Please call Elizabeth Hughes at 1-978-371-2573 to volunteer or with any questions.

Annual Library Friends' potluck supper

Don't miss the annual potluck supper, sponsored by the Friends of Gleason Library, at 7:30 p.m. on March 23 at the home of Enis and Joan Konuk, 37 Davis Road. Everyone is welcome and this year's supper promises to be a highlight on Carlisle's calendar. Come and meet your old friends and make new ones. If you'd like to attend, e-mail Kate Bauer Burke at or call her at 1-978-371-0925 and leave word as to what your comestible contribution will be (hors d'oeuvre, salad, entree/vegetable, or dessert). Great food, great fun, come one, come all.

Developing resiliency in children

The Carlisle PAC (Carlisle Parent Advisory Council), a support organization for parents who have children with special education needs, will offer a talk by Bill Gresser on April 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the school library. He will focus on developing resiliency in children with social, learning, or physical differences. The talk will include recommendations on handling peer pressure, developmental challenges during elementary and middle school, and how to help children feel included in school activities, among other topics. All are welcome Refreshments will be served A $5 donation per family is suggested. Call Joan Hoffman at 1-978-318-7075 for more information.

'Bye Bye Birdie:' a rock-n-roll spectacular

Rock-n-roll lovers won't want to miss the upcoming production of "Bye Bye Birdie." The seventh grade production of this captivating musical will be performed on April 4, 5, and 6. The play tells the story of a rock-n-roll singer, Conrad Birdie, who is about to be inducted into the army. Albert, his agent, and his faithful secretary, Rosie, concoct a publicity stunt as a send off to Conrad. He will honor one All-American girl, Kim, with one last kiss on an episode of the Ed Sullivan Show. The play features well known songs such as "Put on A Happy Face," "The Telephone Hour," and "A Lot of Livin' To Do."

The seventh graders have been working hard to make this an outstanding production. Tickets can be purchased from any seventh grader. The play, which runs for about an hour and a half, will be performed Thursday April 4 at 3:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, at 7:30 p.m.

Bagpipes wanted!

Looking for bagpipers to march in the Old Home Day parade. If you are a bagpiper or know someone who is, call Susan Evans, OHD Chairperson, at 1-978-371-0880.

The Mosquito is throwing a Trash Party and you're invited

Like peepers and skunk cabbage, sure signs of spring in Carlisle, the annual Mosquito Trash Party is scheduled to take place on Saturday morning, April 6, from 9 to noon.

The town-wide event, sponsored by this newspaper, is a cooperative roadside clean-up effort of Carlisle residents and Scout groups. Everyone is invited to scour the streets in their neighborhood for the past year's accumulation of cans and cups, bottles and bags, as well as the occasional stray tire and sofa cushion.

As has been the tradition, local civic-minded Scouts divvy up the off-road public areas of town and work their magic as equally caring adults concentrate on the major refuse-ridden routes within our borders. Contact Bob Orlando at 1-978-369-1690 or e-mail and let us know where you'll be working so we can retrieve the litter-laden bags around noontime.

If you live on a "low trash" or better yet a "no trash" street, but would still like to help, call or come by the booth in the parking lot next to Daisy's that morning and we'll suggest a stretch of street needing extra attention. Complimentary trash bags and refreshments will be available for all who stop by.

Volunteers with trucks or trailers are needed as well, and for students this is a great opportunity to earn a few hours of community service credit.

So, RSVP, find those work gloves who-knows-where-you-left-them last fall, and be seen at the major social event of the spring.

Attention eighth-grade parents

Just a reminder that the next meeting for the 2002 graduation committee chairs only will be on Wednesday, March 27, at Marguerite Widell's house., 898 Maple Street at 7 p.m. The work day committee still needs a chairperson(s). If you are interested, contact either Marguerite Widell at 1-978-369-0912 or Mary Murray at 1-978-371-7127.

COA museum trip on April 11

Join the Carlisle Council On Aging (COA) on Thursday, April 11, for a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts to view the new "Impressionist Still Life" exhibit. This is the first major exhibition devoted to French Impressionist still-life painting. Ninety spectacular works reveal the surprising innovations in late 19th century still life by such masters as Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cassatt, Cezanne, van Gogh, and Gauguin. The bus will leave Church Street (park at soccer fields) at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $20, lunch on your own. For reservations, call Liz Jewell at 978-371-2895.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito