Friday, August 2, 2002
Lowell quilt festival to be August 15 to 18
Quilters and tourists from New England and around the world will flock to Lowell from August 15 to 18 for the second city-wide Lowell Quilt Festival. Six exhibition sites, vendors, classes, auctions, food and concerts will fill the city. The centerpiece of the Festival is New England Images 2002, a biennial quilt show sponsored by the New England Quilt Museum Auxiliary to be held at the Paul Tsongas Arena. The show contains over 300 quilts from every New England state, a student show, and thirty vendors selling everything from fabric to hand-made gifts. Fifty classes will be held at Middlesex Community College featuring such well-known instructors as Eleanor Burns, Jo Diggs, Trudi Hughes, and Paula Nadelstern. Evening events, including speakers, a quilt concert slide show and an auction, will be held at the Double Tree Hotel in Lowell.
A complete schedule of events and activities is available by calling the New England Quilt Museum at 1-978-452-4207 or visiting the web site at NEQuiltmuseum.org.
Book group evening at Concord Bookshop
Geraldine Brooks, author of two acclaimed works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence, comes to the Concord Bookshop, 65 Main Street in Concord, for a book group evening to discuss her first novel Year of Wonders. The story tells of the fateful plague year of 1666, seen through the eyes of a housemaid in an isolated village.
The meeting will take place on Thursday, August 8, at 7:30 p.m. The Concord Bookshop is wheelchair-accessible. For more information, call 1-978-369-2405.
'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.
Concert on the library lawn closes season
Wildest Dreams, a multicultural group of musicians with members from Europe, South America, Japan and the United States, will present a concert on the front lawn of the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street in Concord, on August 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The program will feature Afro-pop, reggae, and calypso. Bring a picnic supper.
This free concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library and is the last in the Concerts on the Lawn series. The rain location for the concert is the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow Street, Concord. For more information, call 1-978-318-3358.
Music at The Old Manse on Sundays
Every Sunday in 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 Old 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.
Concord Museum events
August 6 is free night
A summer evening is the perfect opportunity to come to the Concord Museum. Visit for the first time or revisit favorite galleries and the special exhibitionsall free on Tuesday, August 6 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Enjoy the special exhibit, "Illustrating Little Women: Louisa May Alcott and Frank Thayer Merrill," with 65 illustrations by Frank Merrill for the 1880 edition of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, many with penciled editorial comments by Alcott.
Children's nature workshop
The education staff of the Concord Museum will lead children ages 8 and up on an exploration of the natural world of Concord from the grandest trees to the smallest plant during the museum's week-long summer workshop "From Millstreams to Meadows: A Workshop for Young Naturalists." Using maps and compasses, participants will observe, record and enjoy nature during visits to the North Bridge, Concord River, Great Meadows, Walden Pond, the Great Fields and Fairyland. The children will compare today's environment with Thoreau's Concord.
The program is offered from August 26 through 30, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 1-978-369-9763. The cost is $135 child, $120 member child.
The Concord Museum is located in Concord at the intersection of Lexington Road and Cambridge Turnpike. For further information, call 1-978-369-9609 or go to www.concordmuseum.org.
Sign-up time for Easter Seals Softball for Independence
It's time to register for Easter Seals Softball for Independence, to be played at sites all over Massachusetts. In Acton games are scheduled for Gates School on August 24. Any team ready to raise money to help local people with disabilities expand their independence is welcome to join the fun. The event is sponsored by Marshalls.
Each team receives a trophy and a chance to win prizes ranging from T-shirts to Red Sox tickets.
Proceeds from Easter Seals Softball for Independence helps bring Easter Seals services to disabled children and adults. Services include summer camp, physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, technology for independence and information and referral service.
Any business or group can register a team by calling Easter Seals Softball Hotline, 1-800-922-8290, ext. 409 or 1-508-751-6325 for information. Or hit the Easter Seals web site: www.eastersealsma.org and click onto events.
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