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Friday, June 28, 2002


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Concerts on the Concord Library lawn

National touring artists Lui Collins and Dana Robinson will present a family folk concert on the front lawn of the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord on July 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Singer, song writer and musician Lui plays the guitar and banjo and multi-instrumentalist Dana plays the guitar, mandolin and fiddle. Bring a picnic supper. This free concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library and is the first in the summer music series. The rain location for the concert is the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts at 40 Stow Street in Concord. For more information, call 1-978-318-3358.

P. J. story time in Concord

A drop-in P.J. story time will be held at the Concord Free Public Library children's room on Tuesdays from 7 to 7:30 p.m. beginning July 9. Children ages two-and-a-half and up are invited for stories, songs, finger plays, puppet tales and fun. Children are invited to come in their pajamas if they wish. No registration is needed for this free program and the sessions will run through August 13. For more information, call 1-978-318-3358.

Going to a Concord band concert

I've spoken to my friends on the other side of town. They'll bring potato salad and a bottle of wine. I'll bring a batch of cold fried chicken, fruit for dessert, as well as a supply of paper plates, cups and eating utensils.

You guessed it; we are heading out to a Thursday evening Concord Band concert on the grounds of the Fruitlands Museums in Harvard, Massachusetts. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., but we'll plan to arrive an hour ahead of time so we can spread out our blankets and enjoy our picnic supper while gazing across the beautiful Nashua River Valley at Mt. Monadnock. The concerts started last night (June 27) and will run every Thursday night through August 1.

I've been a Concord Band afficionado since the early seventies, when the band performed weekly during July and August on the grounds of the Buttrick Mansion overlooking the Old North Bridge in Concord. In those days our family would leave our house on Estabrook Road, joining the Liessner family from Bellows Hill Road for the three-mile hike through the Estabrook Woods into Concord and the park. Our two children and the Liessner's six had a wonderful time. Of course, we all enjoyed the good food we had brought along, while reclining on our blankets listening to those rousing and familiar band tunes. Sometime, I believe in the early eighties, the crowds attending the concerts had grown too large for the park to handle and the concerts were moved to Fruitlands.

For a taste of old-fashioned Americana, a Concord Band concert is an event that you and your friends and the whole family can share. The 70-member band, made up of musicians from 26 communities in the Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire area, will perform music that includes Dixieland, patriotic marches, great standards by George Gershwin and Richard Rodgers, and classics from British band music, with solo and ensemble selections.

The gates open at 5 p.m. There is a $12 parking fee. Grilled items and snacks may be purchased on site. Concerts begin at 7:30 and end around 8:45 p.m.

Directions: Take Route 2 west to Exit 38A to Harvard. Bear right off the exit ramp onto Route 110, crossing over Route 2. Then take the first right onto Old Shirley Road, which becomes Prospect Hill Road. Fruitlands is on the right about two miles from Route 110. Driving time from Carlisle is about 30 minutes.

'Series of Unfortunate Events' book party

Come if you dare to a party based on the popular series of books written by Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events. The book party will be at the Concord Free Public Library children's department at 129 Main Street on July 8 at 7 p.m. A short theater presentation will be given by members of the Concord Youth Theatre, horrible refreshments will be served, and participants will take part in pathetic activities. Count Olaf challenges you to come in costume. There will be a chance to win an autographed copy of book six. Readers eight years and up are invited to this free program sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. For more information, call 1-978-318-3358.

Music at The Old Manse on Sundays

Every Sunday in July and August, beginning July 7, visitors are welcome to The Old Manse to hear Pan Chan play an eclectic mix of folk and Celtic music. Chan will be joined by a varied group of guest artists, insuring that each afternoon will be a unique musical experience. The concerts will be held outdoors on the Manse grounds from 2 to 4 p.m. There is no admission charge for the concerts.

The Old Manse is located at 269 Monument Street in Concord, next to the Old North Bridge.

Openings in fall parent-toddler groups

The Parent/Child programs at Ripley School in Concord, offered by Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education, provide an opportunity for parents to share parenting concerns and learn about child development while the children play. There are still a few openings for fall in the popular Parent-Toddler Program.

This program meets once a week for 12 weeks. Openings are available in the Wednesday section, for parents with children ages 1 to 2 (as of the end of September). It will run September 11 to December 11 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. It includes a weekly discussion group/playgroup, with songs, finger games and gross motor play. Experienced early childhood teachers and parent Educators lead the sessions. The fee is $90. District residents (Concord and Carlisle) are given first priority to register.

Other classes in the Community Education Early Childhood Program, including Parent-Infant, Parent Preschool and Nanny-Toddler, are either filled for fall or close to capacity. Call to inquire about available spaces or to be placed on the waiting list. For more information or to register, call 1-978-318-1540.

Royal Lipizzan Stallions in Stow

The world-renowned Royal Lipizzan Stallions of Austria are coming to Stow for their only New England appearance with four performances during the July 4 holiday.

These stallions, with their great strength, intelligence and endurance, will perform classical dressage, exquisite Pas de Trois, dramatic Airs Above Ground—including such exceptionally difficult measures as the Courbette, the Capriole, and the Lavade, and conclude the spectacular performance with a complex military Quadrille.

The troop of horses is owned by Colonel Ottomar Herrmann, who, along with his family, tours the country supporting worthy organizations. The Lipizzan show is a benefit for the Eye of the Storm Equine Rescue of Stow. A non-profit organization, Eye of the Storm saves and rehabilitates abused and neglected horses and ponies that might otherwise be euthanized or continue to suffer. The other beneficiary of the event is the New England Center for Children in Southborough, an educational and treatment center for children with autism and other disabilities.

Ninety-minute performances will be held daily from Thursday, July 4, to Sunday, July 7, at 4 p.m. Gates will open at 1 p.m. on performance days for stable tours. In addition, there will be tours of the antique cars and airplanes. Performances will be held on the beautiful grounds of the Collings Foundation, the organizers of the event. Advance reservations are strongly recommended due to limited parking. Tickets for the performance are $18 for adults, $12 for children. Phone 1-978-562-9182 for tickets and directions.

Red Cross needs volunteers

The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers to help out at blood drives in this community. Help register donors or provide refreshments. Duties are light and the Red Cross will train. Daytime volunteers are needed. Call Laura O'Neal at 1-781-461-2086 for more information.

Red Cross needs volunteers

The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers to help out at blood drives in this community. Help register donors or provide refreshments. Duties are light and the Red Cross will train. Daytime volunteers are needed. Call Laura O'Neal at 1-781-461-2086 for more information.

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