Friday, July 19, 2002
Civil War weekend at The Old Manse
"The past," said William Faulkner, "isn't over. It isn't even past." On July 27 and 28, the past will come to life again at The Old Manse in Concord when it presents "When Johnny Comes Marching Home AgainThe Old Manse and the Civil War."
Although most people associate The Old Manse with the Revolutionary War, the house was touched, as were so many homes, by the Civil War. Ezra Ripley II, born and raised at the Manse, marched off to the War and never came home again.
On July 27 and 28, the Manse will return to 1861. Soldiers from the 25th Massachusetts Regiment of Volunteers will be camped on the property, and family and Concord townsfolk from 1861 (including Ezra and his mother, Sarah Ripley, and family friend Henry David Thoreau) will stroll the grounds, glad to talk about the important events of the day.
There will be period music, games for the children, and demonstrations of drilling and weapons firing by the brave boys in blue. A recruitment rally will be held at the North Bridge at 11:15 a.m. and guests will be able to visit the Sutler's Tent to purchase books, toys, and refreshments.
"When Johnny Come Marching Home Again" will be run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. A donation of $1 is suggested. In addition, The Old Manse will be open for regular house tours.
The Old Manse is located at 269 Monument Street in Concord, half a mile from Concord Center, next to the North Bridge. For more information, call 1-978-369-3909.
Local residents to exhibit paintings
Carlisle's Gretchen Anderegg and D'Ann Brownrigg are participating in a group show of "Close- Ups" at the Concord Free Public Library from August 1 through 31. Six artists will share up-close and personal views of the world. The variety of styles and media provides a cool summer look at the world nearby. The public is invited to a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on August 1 in the library gallery. The exhibit will be open during regular library hours.
Gretchen Anderegg will exhibit portraits with a bright close-up focus done in oils. Her works have recently been shown at the Concord Art Association and Lexington Arts and Crafts Society. D'Ann Brownrigg will contribute watercolors of flowers and vegetables. She has had solo shows previously in the Concord and Carlisle libraries, and Seattle's Best Coffee in Lexington, among other exhibits. She will be having a solo show in Acton at The Inn at Robbins Brook in November.
Concerts on the library lawn closes season
The Bagboys, a six-member band, will present a concert of bluegrass and western swing on the front lawn of the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street in Concord, on July 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This popular group has been a regular fixture at the Plough and Stars Club in Cambridge. Bring a picnic supper.
Wildest Dreams, a multicultural group of musicians with members from Europe, South America, Japan and the United States, will present a concert on August 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The program will feature Afro-pop, reggae, and calypso. Bring a picnic supper.
These free concerts are sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library and are the last in the Concerts on the Lawn series. The rain location for the concerts is the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow Street, Concord. For more information, call 1-978-318-3358.
Major League Summer Soccer
The British coaches of Major League Soccer Camps return to Carlisle's Spalding Field the week of August 19-23. Join us for a week of soccer fun. Programs available for grades entering K through 8. Registrations available at the Carlisle Post Office and Gleason Library. For further details, call Karen Verrill, 1-978-369-7294.
MLS is hosting a women's soccer camp
Why not do something for yourself this summer? MLS will again be hosting its women's instructional soccer camp for women of all ages and abilities. Don't miss out on this chance to improve your game or become involved in the nation's fasting growing sport! Fun for all levels of players and coaches. The camp will be from August 26-30 at the Concord Road Field in Acton, from 6 - 8 p.m. The cost is $95/week (includes ball and T-shirt or coaching manual ).
Registration forms are available at www.mlscamps.com or by calling 1-800-680-6272. Call Dara Duhamel at 1-978-266-8972 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Music at The Old Manse on Sundays
Every Sunday in July and August, 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.
This Sunday, July 21, the music series will feature a Celtic-fiddling sister duo from Lincoln, who will liven up the sultry afternoon with their harmonies.
The Old Manse is located at 269 Monument Street in Concord, next to the Old North Bridge.
Strictly Sinatra dance party in Andover
Radio and TV personality Ron Della Chiesa will host an evening of dancing and entertainment on Friday, July 26, from 8 to 12 p.m. at the Ramada Rolling Green in Andover. The Strictly Sinatra MusicAmerica Dance Party will support programming for Strictly Sinatra Saturdays and MusicAmerica Sundays on WPLM FM.
Featured musicians include Al Vega, pianist and music director, Dick Johnson, reeds; vocalists Jack Alessi, Dolly Baker, and Cassandra McKinley; Ted Casher, saxophone; Marshall Wood, bass; Kenny Wenzel, trombone and Gary Johnson, drums.
Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-617-633-5100 or emailing email@example.com for more information. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available.
The event is presented in cooperation with WPLM FM Easy 99.1, WGBH FM 89.7, the WGBH Educational Foundation and Ramada Rolling Green in Andover.
'Look good, feel better' seminar offered
The Walden Unit of the American Cancer Society will hold a "Look good, feel better" seminar on Monday, August 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Emerson North Three Conference Room located at Emerson Hospital, 133 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner in Concord.
This is a free program, which teaches cancer patients hands-on cosmetic techniques to help them cope with appearance-related side effects from chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Cosmetologists who are certified or trained by the American Cancer Society provide the service, which is a non-medical and does not promote any product line.
Pre-registration is required. To register, call Allison Richardson 1-978-287-3237.
Spotlight on daylilies
The season for daylilies (Hemerocallis sp) is now approaching its peak at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Thousands of blossoms will unfold over the next month in a kaleidescope of colors, from palest lemon yellow to scarlet, and rose-pink to deep grape. Many varieties are also fragrant.
Daylilies make the perfect perennial because they are available in a rainbow of colors and a variety of shapes and sizes; they survive with little care, are drought-resistant and almost disease and insect-free. The daylily display at Tower Hill is a perfect opportunity to become acquainted with these garden gems.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, located at 11 French Drive in Boylston, is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 to 5 p.m.; admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for youths 618, and children under 6 are admitted free. Additionally, on Wednesday evenings through August, the garden is open free to the public from 5 to 8 p.m. Call ahead for directions, group rates, and special tours. The main information line is 1-508-859-6111, or visit the website at 222.towerhillbg.org.
Study skills course begins at Minuteman
Last minute registration is being accepted for Making the Grade with Study Skills, offered at Minuteman High School in Lexington. Two one-week sessions are still available for students entering grades 8 through 12: Session 3, July 22 through 26 from 8:30 to 11:30 .m. and Session 4, July 29 through August 2 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
This confidence-building enrichment course is ideal for students needing to develop efficient, time-saving study techniques. Learn strategies that improve test taking, test preparing, listening, note taking, reading, memorizing, and much more.
The instructor, Roberta Wolman, is a Study Skills and SAT preparation expert. Additionally she is a full-time Reading and Learning Specialist at Minuteman and a registered educational tutor.
To enroll and obtain additional information, call Minuteman Community Education at 1-781-861-7150 or 1-781-861-6500, ext. 240 from 8 to 4 p.m. For course information you may also contact the instructor in the evening at 1-781-721-1065. The course fee is $180 per session; materials $25.
Cool off with skating lessons in Acton
Learn to Skate lessons begin on August 7 at the Colonial Figure Skating Club in West Acton/Boxborough. The Colonial Figure Skating Club is located at the Nashoba Valley Olympia on Route 111 and has a learn-to-skate program for beginners, starting at the age of three-and-a-half through advanced skaters. To learn more about Colonial's Learn to Skate Basic Skills program, check out the Colonial website at www.colonialfsc.com or call the coordinator at 1-978-263-9579.
Financial planning for parents of disabled children
Parents now have a free resource available to help plan the financial future for children with disabilities.
Easter Seals and the National Endowment for Financial Education have developed a 72-page booklet that covers all the steps parents need to take to address the financial challenges that come with raising a disabled child. The booklet is titled With Open Arms: Embracing a Bright Financial Future for You and Your Child with Disabilities and Other Special Needs. It includes information on government benefits, estate planning, finding the right lawyer or knowledgeable financial planner, wills, special-needs trusts, savings options, insurance plans and other available resources.
To order a free copy, send a $5 check (payable to Easter Seals) for shipping and handling to: With Open Arms/Easter Seals, 230 W. Monroe, Suite 1800, Chicago, IL 60606 or visit the Easter Seals web site at www.easter-seals.org.
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