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Friday, August 16, 2002

FRS chancel choir looking for singers

The Carlisle First Religious Society Chancel Choir, now entering its second year under the direction of Alison Reid, is accepting new members for the upcoming fall semester. The Chancel Choir is open to children in grades 2-8, regardless of church affiliation, and performs music from varied musical and cultural traditions. Choir rehearsals are from 6:30-7:15 each Wednesday night in Union Hall at the First Religious Society. The first rehearsal will be Wednesday, September 18.

The Chancel Choir will perform at some Sunday services and at the Winter Holidays concert on December 8. Their first Sunday performance will be on September 29 (Neighborhood Sunday), continuing with one performance per month after that.

Auditions for vocal placement (no singers will be turned down) will be held on Wednesday, September 4. All voices are welcome. Parents of interested children should schedule an appointment by calling Alison at 1-617-633-0518. A $30 materials fee will be charged per semester, payable in September and January.

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Library discussion group seeks new members

The Friends of Gleason Public Library Book Discussion Group (BDG) resumes on September 12 in the Hollis Room at 7 p.m. After a summer hiatus, the group will discuss David McCullough's bestselling biography John Adams, and choose a syllabus for the new season. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend and enjoy refreshments and good conversation.

Whether you've read John Adams or not, you'll come away from the discussion with renewed impetus to expand your intellectual and cultural horizons. You'll also have a voice in choosing the books the BDG will tackle this year. Think about the books you enjoyed this summer, or this past year: was there an especially absorbing one among them? The group is looking for easily obtainable books, preferably in paperback, on any subject in any genre. Choices will be voted on by the group, and hopefully the resulting syllabus will contain something for everyone.

The BDG meets in the Hollis Room during the school year on the second Thursday of each month. Discussions are always lively, and the book choices range from New Yorker contributor Adam Gopnik's delightful essay-memoir From Paris to the Moon, to journalist John K. Cooley's penetrating study of the development of Middle Eastern terrorism, Unholy Wars. The group tries to serve many areas of interest. Books range from "heavy" to "light" so that everyone has a chance to read a variety.

Start a list of your recommendations, and bring them to the first meeting on September 12.

Summer parables at FRS

On Sunday, September 1 at 9:30 a.m., Steve Bagshaw will lead a service at the First Religious Society titled "Summer Parables — Stories for All Ages". We've all heard stories for as long as we can remember We tell them at home, and work and at church. This service will have stories for everyone, spoken and sung come and join us as we say "Once upon a time."

Girl Scout orientation training August 19

The Concord-Carlisle Girl Scouts will offer orientation training in Carlisle on Monday, August 19 at 7 p.m. This training is required for all Girl Scout leaders and all adult volunteers in co-op troops. For more information or to sign up for the training, call Cathy Galligan at 1-978-369-5003. (Exact location to be determined).

Boy Scouts meet Tuesday evenings

All boys who are at least eleven years old or in the sixth or higher grade, are welcome to join the Boy Scouts. Meetings are held Tuesday evenings from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the exercise room at the Corey Gym. The Carlisle Boy Scouts run a program focussed on monthly campouts, rank advancement, and community service projects. The first meeting of the year is on September 10. For more information, call Martin Galligan, the Scoutmaster, at 1-978-369-5003.

Bird outing planned in Carlisle

D'Ann and Tom Brownrigg, Carlisle residents and birders, will lead a birding trip in Carlisle on Saturday, August 24. The trip is sponsored by the Brookline Bird Club and is free and open to the public. This is a morning trip and they will bird one or two areas in Carlisle.

Meet at Great Brook Farm State Park main parking lot on North Road at 7 a.m. Bring binoculars if you have them. The trip will be cancelled in the event of rain.

If you have questions, call the Brownriggs at 1-978-369-5609, or e-mail them at

Yankee Notions to perform in Carlisle

The Carlisle Cultural Council will present a concert by the acoustic folk music duo Yankee Notions on Saturday, September 7 at 2:30 p.m. The concert will take place at Great Brook Farm, and will be performed rain or shine. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the barn. This project is supported, in part, by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Widely known for their high-spirited programs, Yankee Notions performs traditional and contemporary music of New England. Whether it's an old song in praise of a farmer's life, a rollicking sea chanty, a tandem telling of a tall tale, toe-tapping dance tunes, or a recent song about the character and characters of New England, Yankee Notions promises to "please the ear, inform the mind, and warm the heart."

The folk duo consists of Jim Douglas on vocals, guitar, and concertina, and Tim Van Egmond on vocals, hammered dulcimer, and limberjack (a small wooden puppet that taps out a rhythm on a paddleboard). Each is accomplished in his own right.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito