The Carlisle Mosquito Online


Friday, June 28, 2002



O L D   H O M E   D A Y   D O I N G S

Chicken barbecue to cap off OHD

The Carlisle Firefighters Relief Association is once again sponsoring the Old Home Day Chicken Barbecue to be held on July 4 from 4:30 p.m.to 6:30 p.m. Firefighters, their families and friends will serve a meal of half a chicken, corn on the cob, tossed salad, cranberry sauce, watermelon and drink at the fire station. Tickets are on sale at Daisy's Market (checks only) and at dispatch center (at the police station) for $7; the price increases to $8 on the day of the barbecue. Get your tickets early; the last few years have been sellouts. Come and participate in a Carlisle tradition.

Parking is limited near the station. Park elsewhere in the center.

Old Home Day art show and events

Once again, the art show will be held in the Corey dining room at the school on Thursday, July 4, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. New this year will be a craft corner where everyone is invited to create their own art, bookmarkers, pencil cans and binoculars, and have their face painted, at no charge. Don't forget to stop and sign the card for our active military heroes, Commander Josh Klein and Private Neil Fantasia.

Entries welcome

Carlisle adults and students of all ages, amateur and professional, are invited to enter their original work. Up to four pieces will be accepted from each entrant, with an entry fee of $1 per piece. Entries will be judged and ribbons awarded in the following categories: grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12, and adults. Categories include painting, drawing, photography, prints, sculpture, mixed media, textiles and crafts. Best of Show and People's Choice rosettes will also be awarded.

How to enter

Artwork must be delivered in the Corey dining room between 4 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3. Artwork to be hung must be framed or mounted on cardboard with sturdy string or wire attached to the back. Lightweight entries may be hung from a large paper clip secured on the back with strong tape. Entries must be picked up on July 4 between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Artwork may be offered for sale, with 10% of the proceeds donated to the OHD fund or marked NFS (Not for Sale). A portion of this year's art show will be funded by the Carlisle Cultural Council.

Bread baking contest

Bring your favorite bread(s) to Old Home Day to share with others! All types of bread welcome — from muffins to popovers, from a crusty French loaf to cinnamon raisin bread for breakfast. Use a favorite recipe from a book, or your own invention. We'll pass out copies of your recipe if you'd like to bring them.

Entries will be accepted between 9 and 11 a.m., Thursday, July 4, upstairs in Union Hall. Judges will start sampling at 10:45 a.m. Entries will be scored on the basis of eye appeal, aroma, taste, texture and originality, with separate categories for young bakers. Following the judging, bread will be sold by the slice or hunk.

Volunteers are needed to help with the sale and this year's volunteers can judge next year! If you are interested in helping, call Michael Holland at 1-978-287-4091.

Old Home Day bits and pieces

Ice cream social

After months of work, the Old Home Day committee is ready and raring to go beginning on July 3 with the ice cream social. Keep Wednesday evening open because the always-popular ice cream social will be back again this year, running from 6 to 8 p.m. Come meet your friends, enjoy the music of the "Second Wind," a barbershop quartet, and have dessert. The Girl Scouts and their parents, for $2 per serving, will serve Great Brook Farm ice cream. It is sure to be a good time and a great way to kick off the 4

Frog-jumping contest

Catch a frog in the morning and enter it into the frog-jumping contest! First, second and third prizewinners receive prizes generously donated by Mike Kimball: gift certificates for mini-golf, bumper boats and ice cream cones. The Duffy Family of Great Brook Farm has also donated ice cream gift certificates. Check the OHD program for time.

Coming to Old Home Day? Bake a cake

The Cake Walk is the most popular event on Old Home Day! If you are planning on attending, please bring a cake or two. The more cakes we have, the longer the fun will last. Cupcakes are also gratefully accepted. The Cake Walk is good old fashioned fun and takes place at the fire station beginning at 5 p.m. You can deliver your cake to the Fire Station beginning at 9 a.m. on the 4th.

Coffee and donuts

There will be no pancake breakfast again this year due to the construction at the Carlisle Congregational church, but there will be coffee and donuts for sale on the 4th beginning at 8 a.m. at the First Religious Society.

Come to the Country Fair

Do some shopping at the Country Fair. Crafts people from all over will be selling their wares. There will be local maple syrup, local honey, lemonade, items from Central America and much more. Jake's Boss BBQ from Jamaica Plain is returning and will be cooking up some delicious food. Refer to the program that was mailed out by the OHD committee. In case of rain, many events will still take place.

Dunking booth

Hey, kids, young and old, come dunk your favorite Carlisle Police officer or firefighter! The fun begins at 11 a.m. in the parking lot at 50 School Street; the cost is $1 for three balls. The dunking boothe roster includes:

11:00 Karate teacher
11:15 Selectman John Ballantine
11:30 ConsCom member and Carlisle Firefighter Roy Watson
11:45 Carlisle Police Department's DARE Officer Scott Barnes
12:00 FinCom member Larry Barton
12:15 OHD committee's David Reed
12:30 OHD committee's Jason Reed
12:45 OHD committee and Great Brook Farm's Peter Duffy
1:00 Carlisle resident John Lyons
1:15 Selectman Tim Hult
1:30 Boy Scout leader Marty Galligan
1:45 Carlisle School Kindergarten teacher Karen Morse

Police radar pitch

How fast can you throw? Let the Carlisle Police tell you. You throw the ball and the radar will acurately detect the speed. This event is generously sponsored by The Carlisle Police Department and will be located on School Street across from #50.

Cake decorating contest

Use your imagination and this year's Old Home Day theme "American Heroes" and decorate a cake to enter into the contest — then let the public decide. For $.25, you can cast your vote for what you think is the best. After the contest, the cakes are taken to the fire station, where they will later become prizes in the Cake Walk. The contest will be held in Union Hall. Cakes should be delivered beginning at 9 a.m.

Keep up the pressure for the OHD parade

You'd best check the tire pressure and roadworthiness of your float vehicle before heading to the OHD parade, otherwise you may need to perform heroic acts on your float vehicle as the crowd cheers you on.

Yes, there's still time to honor the American hero of your choice. This could be someone highly acclaimed or an unsung hero deserving of your recognition - school teachers, fire department, postal workers, hospital volunteers, etc. These people have made many sacrifices and contributions to our lives.

Parade entries, including horses, wagons, floats, cars, trucks, lawn chair drill teams and other performing entries, should assemble in the school parking lot by 9 a.m. All bicycles, scooters, the Red Balloon Nursery School and other children's entries should assemble in the Gleason Library parking lot by 9:30 a.m.

For last minute inspiration and any questions about the parade, call Debbie Power or Bill Cooney at 1-978-369-0434.

Donations needed

If you haven't made a donation to help sponsor Old Home Day, stop by the town green at the information tent on July 4, or send a check payable to The Old Home Day Association, c/o Susan Evans, 299 Heald Road, Carlisle, MA or stop by Daisy's Market and contribute to the donation jar. Old Home Day is not funded by town funds. It is an event that depends on donations from townspeople to make it happen.

OHD road races

The Carlisle Road Races will be run Thursday morning, July 4. The exact courses and prizes can be found on the entry blanks, available at the Carlisle Library and Post Office and Daisy's Market. For those running and wishing to pre-register, the entry blanks will have to be delivered to Ronald Kmiec at 94 Bingham Road by July 3. Please call first.

The only official runners (with numbers and eligible for prizes) are present and former Carlisle residents and town employees, no friends and visiting relatives. All others

are welcome to take part as unofficial runners and will be able to receive their time as they cross the finish line.

Entry fees are $6 adults, $3 youth (19 & under) for each race. Race day entries will be $8 adults, $5 youth. One of the impediments to a smoothly-run race, jeopardizing the Old Home Day time-table, is late registration. Runners are urged to enter as early as possible to facilitate data entry. Pre-race entries must be received by race director no later than July 3.

Race director this year will be Ronald Kmiec, 1-978-369-6130, 94 Bingham Road. Additional volunteers are needed this year. Call Kmiec for further information or to help on race day (all jobs are over by 9:30 a.m.).

Old Home Day games for kids

For some good old fashioned fun on Old Home Day, meet on the Town Green at 1:30 p.m. for children's sack races, three-legged races, and egg toss. Prizes! Prizes! Prizes! Don't miss it!

High school students needed

Looking for opportunities to perform community service hours and have fun at the same time? The perfect place is Old Home Day! Call Susan Evans at 1-978-371-0880 for more information.

Calling all pets — it's your time to shine

Once again it is time to spruce up the spaniel, tuxedo the terrier, comb the cat and polish the turtle. The Old Home Day pet show will be returning this year on July 4, at 1 p.m. at the Carlisle Castle.

Your pet will be judged on appearance and behavior, and you will be asked to show off your "pet knowledge." The contest is low-key and fun, so come and let your favorite pet enjoy the limelight. Call Sarah Zezima at 1-978-369-8941 if you have any questions.

FESTIVE FOOTWORK. The Rose Galliard Dancers entertain townspeople at the Strawberry Festival on June 20. (Photo by Mike Quayle)

 

 

Revised edition of Carlisle history book

Who was the first settler in Carlisle? What was the Noon House? Where were the old blacksmith's shop and the old lime kiln?

These answers, and hundreds more, are found in Ruth Chamberlin Wilkins's acclaimed book, Carlisle: Its History and Heritage. Published in 1976 as part of the American bicentennial celebration, it remains the only complete history of the town from its establishment in 1754 until 1975.

By the end of 2001, the Carlisle Historical Society, the book's publisher, was down to its last five copies and its officers decided not to let such a valuable resource go out of print. A revised edition is now in production, which has not only corrected the printer's errors in the first edition but has also electronically enhanced many of the book's archival photographs. The revised edition, whose cover reproduces Phyllis Hughes's drawings of Carlisle's old houses, will be sold at Old Home Day on July 4 for $30. Thereafter, the price will be $35, with a $5 discount for members of the Carlisle Historical Society.

If you can't be at Old Home Day, you can order a copy of Carlisle: Its History and Heritage by calling Charles Forsberg at 1-978-369-3577. If you own the first edition, it's probably well-thumbed and ragged by now, and deserves to be replaced!

Parents Connection walk in the parade

Come one, come all citizens of Carlisle with children five and under and join the Carlisle Parents Connection to walk or stroll in the Old Home Day parade. The group will meet at the library parking lot at 9:25 a.m. on July 4. Wear patriotic clothes and sunscreen. For more details, call M. J. Austin at 1-978-318-9028 or e-mail at mj@austinhill.com.

Library book sale and silent auction on OHD

This year the annual book sale will be held on Old Home Day at the school's exercise room. The Gleason Public Library Endowment Fund will be raising money for the library landscaping that will begin this summer. Book donations in boxes may be left at the library during regular business hours. No textbooks, magazines, or Reader's Digest Condensed Books will be accepted. Book sorting at the school will be on July 3, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Help would be appreciated, both with the sorting and with one-hour selling shifts on the Fourth of July. If you would like to help, contact Mary Cheever at 1-978 369-6861. There will also be a silent auction of several solid oak doors, chairs, and chandeliers left over from the library renovation project at the OHD sale.

Highlight your summer with rhythm and dance

A summer African Dance Workshop will be held on Thursday, July 18, from 7:15 to 9 p.m. at the First Religious Society of Carlisle church. All are welcome.

Dancer Alice Heller has been teaching in the area for over seven years. She is joined by live drummers. For more information or to register, call Alice Heller at 1-617-547-4480 or aheller@attbi.com. Starting in September, there will be Thursday night weekly classes at the Concord Thoreau School. These classes will be open to the public.

Calling all high school students

Looking for opportunities to perform community service hours and have fun at the same time? The perfect place is Old Home Day! Call Susan Evans at 1-978-371-0880 for more information.

Informal Sundays

at FRS at 9:30 a.m.

It is important to our well-being that we find ways and take the time to nourish ourselves in body, mind and spirit. Come join the First Religious Society in an informal church service on Sunday, July 7 at 9:30 a.m.

On July 14 at 9:30 a.m. the topic will be: "Can't We Make Moral Judgements?" Drawing from a book of this title by British philosopher, Mary Midgley, Paul Morrison is interested in exploring how all of us make moral judgments frequently, on large and small issues, and yet some of us commonly get tongue- and brain-tied trying to explain how we can defend making these judgments living as we do in a culture which often places a very high value on "moral relativism" or on varieties of uncritical acceptance. The First Religious Society is a fully accessible building. For more information call 1-978-369-5180.

Goalie/soccer camp coming to Carlisle

The British coaches of Major League Soccer return to Carlisle for two weeks of soccer fun: July 15 through19 for goalkeeping camp and August 19 through 23 for soccer camp. Registration forms are available in Gleason Library and the Carlisle Post Office. The programs are open to children entering grades K-8. For further information, call Karen Verrill at 1-978-369-7294.

Parents Connection walk in the parade

Come one, come all citizens of Carlisle with children five and under and join the Carlisle Parents Connection to walk or stroll in the Old Home Day parade. The group will meet at the library parking lot at 9:25 a.m. on July 4. Wear patriotic clothes and sunscreen. For more details, call M. J. Austin at 1-978-318-9028 or e-mail at mj@austinhill.com.

ConsCom seeks a new member

The Carlisle Conservation Commission has one opening on its seven-member board. The board has two major areas of responsibility which include administration of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and protection of the town's natural resources. The commission also manages the town's conservation land, undertakes conservation planning and land acquisition, operates the cranberry bog, presents an annual conservationist award, and helps provide an environmental educational role in the community.

The commission is particularly interested in people with a legal or civil engineering background, as well as the geological or other earth sciences. Those who have an interest in conservation and environmental issues, and are willing to actively work in resource protection will be considered.

If you are interested, send a brief resume and cover letter immediately to both the commission and to the selectmen, who are the appointing authority, addressed to the Town Hall, P.O. Box 827, Carlisle. If you have any questions, call the conservation office at 1-978-369-0336.

Town committees and boards need volunteers

The board of selectmen wish to announce that there are openings on the following boards, committees and commissions: cable communications advisory committee, conservation commission, cultural council, household recycling committee, scholarship advisory committee, trails committee, youth commission, school building committee, SuAsCo representative and Hanscom Field advisory committee.

If you would like to become involved in town government, send a letter to the board of selectmen indicating your area of interest. Call Madonna McKenzie, town administrator, with any questions.

More OHD activities Revised edition of Carlisle history book

Who was the first settler in Carlisle? What was the Noon House? Where were the old blacksmith's shop and the old lime kiln?

These answers, and hundreds more, are found in Ruth Chamberlin Wilkins's acclaimed book, Carlisle: Its History and Heritage. Published in 1976 as part of the American bicentennial celebration, it remains the only complete history of the town from its establishment in 1754 until 1975.

By the end of 2001, the Carlisle Historical Society, the book's publisher, was down to its last five copies and its officers decided not to let such a valuable resource go out of print. A revised edition is now in production, which has not only corrected the printer's errors in the first edition but has also electronically enhanced many of the book's archival photographs. The revised edition, whose cover reproduces Phyllis Hughes's drawings of Carlisle's old houses, will be sold at Old Home Day on July 4 for $30. Thereafter, the price will be $35, with a $5 discount for members of the Carlisle Historical Society.

If you can't be at Old Home Day, you can order a copy of Carlisle: Its History and Heritage by calling Charles Forsberg at 1-978-369-3577. If you own the first edition, it's probably well-thumbed and ragged by now, and deserves to be replaced!

Parents Connection walk in the parade

Come one, come all citizens of Carlisle with children five and under and join the Carlisle Parents Connection to walk or stroll in the Old Home Day parade. The group will meet at the library parking lot at 9:25 a.m. on July 4. Wear patriotic clothes and sunscreen. For more details, call M. J. Austin at 1-978-318-9028 or e-mail at mj@austinhill.com.

Library book sale and silent auction on OHD

This year the annual book sale will be held on Old Home Day at the school's exercise room. The Gleason Public Library Endowment Fund will be raising money for the library landscaping that will begin this summer. Book donations in boxes may be left at the library during regular business hours. No textbooks, magazines, or Reader's Digest Condensed Books will be accepted. Book sorting at the school will be on July 3, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Help would be appreciated, both with the sorting and with one-hour selling shifts on the Fourth of July. If you would like to help, contact Mary Cheever at 1-978 369-6861. There will also be a silent auction of several solid oak doors, chairs, and chandeliers left over from the library renovation project at the OHD sale.

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