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Friday, May 31, 2002


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Shakespeare under the stars at CCHS

Outdoor performances of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will cap an outstanding year for Concord-Carlisle High School's performing arts department. The delightful comedy will be presented in the CCHS courtyard on Friday, June 7, Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at $8 each are available at the door. Carlisle seniors Sydney Holleman, Irene Schmidt and Valerie Schmidt will be appearing in their final CCHS production.

"These seniors have made significant contributions to our growing performing arts program and are really going to be missed. We're glad we can share this last special event with them," said Chuck Brown, CCHS music teacher and the play's director.

This is the first time CCHS has staged an outdoor production. Area residents are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and enjoy an evening under the stars.

RiverFest at the Old Manse Saturday June 1

The Concord River has long been a witness to history and recreation. On its banks American militiamen stood firm against British Regulars and in its waters people have found relaxation, swimming and boating. History and recreation will join together on Saturday, June 1, as The Old Manse celebrates RiverFest. RiverFest is a celebration of our Concord, Assabet and Sudbury Rivers as part of the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System. The event is co-sponsored by Minute Man National Historical Park, Eastern National, the Minute Man National Park Association and the Wild & Scenic River Stewardship Council.

The Old Manse, a property of the Trustees of Reservations, stands hard by the banks of the Concord River next to the North Bridge. Built c.1770 by William Emerson, Ralph Waldo Emerson's grandfather, the house witnessed the battle at the North Bridge on April 19, 1775, and was home to generations of Emersons and Ripleys, as well as to Nathaniel Hawthorne and his wife Sophia.

In conjunction with RiverFest, The Old Manse will celebrate the dedication of its new boathouse, a reconstruction of the original boathouse which stood in the 1890s. Events will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the dedication ceremony taking place at 1 p.m. Visitors can inspect the new boathouse and learn the history of the original while enjoying interactive Living History with folks from across the 19th century. Henry D. Thoreau will even be on hand to talk about his adventures with Nathaniel Hawthorne and his boat in the 1840s. A variety of historical children's games will be available. Admission to these RiverFest events is free.

Additionally, The Old Manse will be open for its regular guided tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets for tours are $7 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and $5 for children, with special rates for families. For more information, call The Old Manse at 978-369-3909. The Old Manse is located at 269 Monument Street, Concord.

Hanscom's Air Show 2002 takes off June 1-2

The Air Force Thunderbirds soar high above Hanscom Air Force Base on Saturday and Sunday June 1 and 2 at the Hanscom Air Show 2002.

The free family-oriented event will feature the world-renowned U.S. Air Force Thunderbird Flight Demonstration Team. The show will feature the world-class U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team. Spectators will also enjoy the Red Baron Squadron, the only civilian team ever to perform formation aerobatics using four World War II Stearman bi-planes. Air Show 2002 will include many other acts, displays and attractions.

The gates at Hanscom will open at 8 a.m. each morning and the aerial activities will kick-off at 10 a.m. both days. Air Show officials are asking people traveling from points North of Hanscom to take Route 128 (I-95) south to exit 31B towards Bedford and those traveling from the South, West or East of Hanscom to access the show from Route 128 (I-95) North exit 30B (Route 2A Hanscom AFB and Concord.) There will be signs and law enforcement personnel on hand to direct people to designated air show parking areas.

Car pooling is encouraged to reduce traffic congestion.

Bicycles are welcome, and areas have been set aside for attendees to park and lock their bikes. Bicycles will remain in these designated areas, as no bicycles will be allowed on the flight line.

There will be base parking and seating set aside for the disabled, but guests should keep in mind that some walking will be required to get onto the flight line for the show.

Security for the air show will be very tight. All vehicles and persons entering the base will be searched by security personnel. Because of heightened security, backpacks, coolers, and large tote bags will not be allowed into the air show area. Security personnel will permit small purses, diaper bags, baby strollers and wagons after they are hand searched at the gate. Attendees are welcome to bring their cameras, but scanners will not be allowed.

Seating at the air show is limited so people are encouraged to bring folding chairs. For more information, go to or call 1-781-377-5287.

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