Friday, April 19, 2002
Concord Players bring 'Little Women' to life
Every ten years since 1932, the Concord Players have honored one of their founders by bringing Louisa May Alcott's Little Women to their stage. This year, the show will run for twelve performances: April 19, 20, 26, 27, and May 3 and 4 at 8 p.m., and April 21, 28, and May 5 at 2:30 and 7 p.m., at 51 Walden Street, Concord. Tickets are $14 ($12 matinee) and can be reserved by calling 1-978-369-2990.
Directed by Carlisle's Dorothy Schecter, who also directed it ten years ago, the cast includes Katie Lynch, Tracy MacKenzie, Judith Broggi, Meg Streff, Susan Ellsworth, Jan Turnquist, Steve Barrett, Bill Maxwell, Sheryl Peters, Webb Tilney, Eric Ruben, Charlie Streff, and Fritz Kussin.
To find out more about Little Women or the Concord Players, check out their web site at www.concordplayers.org.
Stephen Webber performs in Westford
The Westford Museum Folk Music series presents Stephen Webber in a very special concert at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street, Westford, Friday, May 10 at 8:00 p.m. This Emmy Award winner, guitarist, composer, recording engineer and professor at the Berklee College of Music will jam with his musical friends, preceded at 7:15 by the Westford Academy String Quartet.
The cost is $8 for members of the Westford Historical Society; $15 for non-members,$5 for teens and free for children under 13. Reservations are recommended. Call 1-978-692-5550 for more information or check out Museum@Westford.com
Banjo extravaganza concert May 16
A cross-section of today's most renowned performers of old-time and bluegrass music will come together to give a comprehensive overview of banjo performance at the National Heritage Museum, 33 Marrett Road in Lexington on Thursday, May 16. The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $20. Doors open at 6 p.m. so ticket holders can tour the exhibit, "The Banjo: The People and the Sounds of America's Folk Instrument," which spans 200 years of banjo development. Call 1-781-961-6559 for more information.
Musketaquid Earth Arts evening
On Monday, April 22, Musketaquid will host an Earth Arts evening at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow Street in Concord. From 6 to 8 p.m. there will be a reception for the Earth Month exhibit followed by local poets reading "Poetry on the Wild Side" at 8 p.m. The Voices for the Earth chorus will provide musical offerings.
"Make Way for Wildness" is the theme of this year's Earth Month exhibit, a multi-media show with over 25 participating artists, that runs through May 13 in the Blanchard Gallery at the Emerson Umbrella. Musketaquid, the environmental arts program of the Emerson Umbrella, honors the origins of Concord, "the place where the water flows through the grasses," and is inspired by the many special natural places in and around Concord. For more information, call 1-978-371-1736 or e-mail email@example.com.
Celebrate the arts at Lowell Family Arts Day
Middlesex Community College is sponsoring Lowell Family Arts Day, an outdoor market celebrating the arts, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 4 on Middle Street in downtown Lowell. (Rain date: May 5.)
Amateur and professional artists of all ages who live and work in Lowell, as well as city schools, galleries and museums, will display, sell and demonstrate their handiwork and talents during the free, all-day festival. Middle Street, between Palmer and Shattuck streets, will be blocked off for the event and artists' tables and booths will line the roadway.
Restaurants and vendors will be selling family-friendly foods, and a stage at Shattuck Street (facing Middle Street) will showcase local performing artists throughout the day. In conjunction with Family Arts Day, the Downtown Lowell Business Association is also hosting its annual Antique Fair on Middle Street.
For more information about MCC's Lowell Family Arts Day, call Colleen Cox at 1-978-656-3284, Molly Sheehy at 1-978-656-3105 or Kent Mitchell at 1-978-656-3133.
Concord Earth Day celebration on April 27
On Saturday, April 27, hundreds of people will take to the streets of Concord for the annual Musketaquid celebration of the earth and the arts. The day-long event brings together artists and naturalists, performers and environmentalists, children and adults united in caring for the place where they live.
The day begins with a 9 a.m. river ceremony at the Lowell Road Bridge. Earth floats, handcrafted sculptures made of all natural materials, are launched into the river, carrying the hopes for the planet. At 10 a.m., the procession flows from the Lowell Road Bridge through the center of Concord. Giant puppets, colorful banners, and musical groups create an artistic celebration of Concord's local environment. The parade ends at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts at 40 Stow Street, for an arts and environment festival that includes entertainment, food, arts activities, and information about local environmental groups.
Concord's annual Earth Day celebration is organized by Musketaquid, the arts and environment program of the Emerson Umbrella. This year's celebration explores the theme "Make Way for Wildness." All around us animals are moving, seeking food, finding shelter, creating new life. Human habitation has forever altered the natural landscape and ecologists are identifying wildlife corridors connectors between open spaces as a means to preserve and protect places for wildlife. Through art of all sorts, Musketaquid is discovering how to sustain wildness in the nearby world and in our own lives.
Additional Earth Day activities include the Earth Month exhibit at the Blanchard Trust Gallery at the Emerson Umbrella,from April 12 through May 14. On Monday, April 22, from 6 to 8 p.m., there is a reception for the 25 artists who have contributed to this multimedia show. Following the reception, at 8 p.m. local poets will read "Poetry on the Wild Side" and Voices for the Earth chorus will provide musical offerings.
For more information about the celebration or other programs offered by Musketaquid, call 1-978-371-1736 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roundtable to make Mother's Day baskets
The Concord-Carlisle Domestic Violence Roundtable invites you to participate in a Mother's Day event to benefit The Second Step, a transitional living program serving women and children who have been displaced by domestic violence, on May 7 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Trinity Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord. The program will consist of a presentation by a representative from Second Step, and assembling Mother's Day baskets for the women at the residence. Light refreshments will be provided.
You are welcome to bring pre-paid phone cards, disposable cameras and CVS gift certificate cards to be included in the baskets. Please call 1-978-318-3441 if you have any questions.
Madrigals will sing of spring
The Concord Madrigals will present "Songs of Spring" on Sunday, May 5, at 4 p.m. at the West Concord Union Church, 1317 Main Street in West Concord. Directed by Jane Ring Frank, the program will feature Britten's "Missa Brevis," Perera's "Three Night Pieces," Ysaye M. Barnwell's "Lessons (Sweet Honey in the Rock)," as well as folk songs and madrigals. Timothy Evans will be 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 Beatrice Shneider, Priscilla Stevens and Cynthia Sorn.
Eagles program on May 11 in Sudbury
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), headquartered in Sudbury, will host a free, public event on Saturday, May 11 from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. at the Sudbury site. The event, the "Bird-Day" party, celebrates International Migratory Bird Day, as well as serving as a kick-off to draw attention to the 2003 National Wildlife Refuge System Centennial, as recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service.
Among the many special activities at the Big "Bird-Day" Party, professional wildlife photographer Bill Silliker, Jr., will give a 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. slide program and photo workshop, "Just Eagles." Having photographed eagles all over North America for his book, Just Eagles, he not only shows the beauty of the bald eagle, but also stresses the importance of continuing to treat our national bird with the utmost care, despite our success at bringing them back from near extinction. The Maine photographer will also give tips on how to capture eagles and other birds on film.
There is no charge to attend the May 11 program. People may come for all events, or only one. Family groups with children are especially welcome. There will be something for everyone. Two large tents will be set up for exhibits and a dinner break. Food will be for sale at that time, or people may bring their own.
All parking will be at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, at the junction of Lincoln and Concord Roads. A free shuttle bus will run continuously on the 1 1/2-mile route between L-S and Great Meadows.
More details about the Big "Bird-Day" Party on May 11 at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge will be forthcoming. To receive a brochure with parking directions, call the Refuge at 1-978-443-4661.
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