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Friday, April 26, 2002


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'Meg's' great-grandson appears in 'Little Women'

The way he figures it, Fritz Kussin of Concord was on stage ­ in a sense anyway ­ the first year the Concord Players presented Little Women in 1932. As he puts it, he was "in the works" as his mother, Louisa Alcott Kussin, took the stage to play the role of Meg March, the character created after her real-life grandmother, Anna Alcott Pratt.

The Concord Players' production of Little Women, by Davgid Fielding Smith, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, run weekends now through May 5 at 51 Walden St., Concord. Shown here are (clockwise from left): Katie Lynch, Meg Streff, Tracy MacKenzie, and Judith Broggi. (Photo by Rik Pierce)

This year, Kussin takes the stage of his own accord in the role of Mr. Dashwood (Jo's first publisher), to help honor the memory of Louisa May Alcott, as well as his great grandmother. The Concord Players have brought Little Women to their stage every ten years since 1932.

It is particularly fitting for a descendant of Anna Alcott Pratt to appear in this play because she and Louisa May are the sisters who founded the Concord Dramatists Union ­ now the Concord Players ­ in 1858. In fact, Anna, who was known for her acting talent, met her husband, John Bridge Pratt, while performing with the group. The two fell in love while playing opposite one another in a play called The Loan of a Lover.

Little Women, written by David Fielding Smith specifically for the Players, continues its run of twelve performances on: April 26, 27, and May 3 and 4 at 8 p.m., and April 28, and May 5 at 2:30 and 7 p.m., at 51 Walden Street in Concord. Tickets are $14 ($12 matinee) and can be reserved by calling 1-978-369-2990. The performance on May 5 will be a benefit for the Orchard House, which is undergoing a major and costly renovation, in part because powder-post beetles have eaten away at the 300-year-old wood holding up the house.

Directed by Carlisle's Dorothy Schecter, who also directed it ten years ago, the play's 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 the play or the Concord Players, check out their web site at


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." 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.

For more information about the celebration or other programs offered by Musketaquid, call 1-978-371-1736 or e-mail

Concord Pops offers a 'Mediterranean Cruise'

For its Pops season this year, the Concord Orchestra, with conductor Richard Pittman, will take you on "A Mediterranean Cruise" with music of Rossini, Ravel, Strauss, Offenbach, Tchaikovsky, Sousa and Chabrier. Featured vocal soloist Monica Hatch will sing arias of Puccini and Verdi and lead a sing-along of music from Richard Rogers' South Pacific.

The May 10, 11, 17 and 18 concerts begin at 8 p.m. and take place at 51 Walden Street, Concord. Friends of the Orchestra serve refreshments with cash bar and snacks. Tables are available at $18 per person. Group rates are also available. For tickets or information call 1-978-369-4967.

Remembering Thoreau

In commemoration of the 140th anniversary of the death of Henry D. Thoreau, historian Richard Smith will lead a memorial service at Thoreau's gravesite in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord on Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m. Participants are asked to bring their favorite quote or passage from Thoreau's writings which will be read during the memorial service.

Meet in the parking lot behind St. Bernard's Church on Bedford Street in Concord, rain or shine. If you need further information, call the Concord Chamber of Commerce at 1-978-369-3120.

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.

Tower Hill garden sale on June 1

Tower Hill's seventeenth annual plant sale on June 1 from 11 to 5 p.m. will offer a great selection of perennials, herbs and everlastings, shrubs and trees including Cary Award winners, native plants, houseplants, annuals, vegetables, and easy-to-grow plants for children. Also for sale will be Tower Hill souvenir plants ­ divisions from those beautiful garden plants that you have admired at the garden. Knowledgeable volunteers and staff can help with information about the wide variety of plants offered. Admission is free and parking costs $1.

A silent auction features a variety of choice, hard-to-find plants and garden ornaments. The Bamboo, Begonia, Cactus and Succulent, Conifer, Daffodil, Daylily Epimedium, Heather, Hosta, Iris, Magnolia, Orchid, Rock Garden and Rose Societies along with J.C.C. Horticultural Therapy and the Indoor Gardeners of New England will also be offering their specialties as well as valuable how-to-grow information. Refreshments are available. And don't forget to shop for tools and supplies, garden gifts and a great selection of new and used gardening books in The Shop at Tower Hill. It is also a great time to visit Tower Hill's 132 acres of gardens and natural beauty. Become a member of the Worcester County Horticultural Society and receive early admission and a 10% discount on sale purchases from the main sale.

For more information contact: Worcester County Horticultural Society, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, P.O. Box 598, Boylston, MA 01505-0598. 1-508-869-6111.

Carlisle writer offers writing class

Carlisle copywriter, editor, and freelance feature writer, Nancy Shohet West, returns to Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education this spring with her workshop, Circle of Writers. This class, oriented toward writers of all levels, will meet for six Wednesdays, May 8 through June 19, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Concord-Carlisle High School. Students will take turns reading and critiquing one another's works-in-progress. In addition, there will be in-class free-writing exercises. This course is especially appropriate for those who have participated in a writing group and are looking for a more intensive experience. Fiction and non-fiction writers are welcome. The fee is $59. Community Education spring/summer catalogs are available at the library. For more information or to register, call Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education at 1-978-318-1540.

Concord and Carlisle girls are invited to a tea party

Concord and Carlisle girls in grades K through 3 are invited to bring their teddy bears or other stuffed animals to "tea" and make craft projects, decorate cookies, play games and have refreshments. The tea party will be hosted by Concord's sixth-grade Girl Scout troop 2705 on Sunday, April 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. It will be held at the Scout House at 74 Walden Street in Concord. Admission is $5 if you pre-register and $7 at the door. If you have questions contact Janet at 1-978-371-0350.

Saturday Night Live for eighth graders

All eighth graders of Carlisle are invited to Saturday Night Live in Concord on April 27. This event, which is for eighth graders only, runs from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. and presents deejay Chris Allan, who comes equipped with a fabulous light show and takes requests all evening. There are also games, a movie, and refreshments (sorry, no pizza!). Saturday Night Live is held at the Hunt Recreation Center at 90 Stow Street in Concord and is sponsored by the Concord Recreation Department. Chaperones are always needed, so parents are asked to call the recreation department to volunteer at 1-978-369-6460.

Spring Fling concert in Concord

Calling all eighth graders of Concord and Carlisle ­ on May 11, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Concord Recreation Department will be sponsoring "Spring Fling," a new and exciting outdoor concert. There will be live music from the rock and roll band Eclipse, volleyball, pizza, and a "Battle of the Bands," all at the beautiful facility of the Concord Rod and Gun Club on Strawberry Hill Road in Concord.

We are currently looking for bands for this event . Entrants must have at least one eighth-grader in the band from Concord or Carlisle. Call the Concord Recreation Department for information at 1-978-369-6460 and ask for Laura or T.J. to sign up your band.

Pre-registration for this event is required. Tickets are $10, which includes everything, so call now to be included in this great event. Come meet your future high school classmates of Concord while supporting your local band. There is no rain date.

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.

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.

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