Friday, October 18, 2002
CROP Walk set for Sunday
The 22nd annual CROP Walk for the Hungry in Concord will be held on the afternoon of Sunday, October 20, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at First Parish Church in Concord Center. This walk is the oldest sponsored walk in Concord. It has been a major and growing interdenominational and community effort for forty to fifty churches, temples and schools in the towns of Concord, Bedford, Acton, Sudbury and Maynard for the past twenty years. Part of the proceeds from the walk goes to help support food pantries and suppers in those five towns.
Walk activities begin at 1:30 p.m. These will include a short concert before the walk by the Concord-Carlisle High School Pep Band and music in the middle of the walk at the Buttrick Mansion in the Minuteman Historical Park area by the Yankee Stompers. Colorful banners showing work funded by the money raised are brought to the walk by various school and religious youth organizations. After the banners have been judged, the walkers will step off at 2:15 p.m. led by religious leaders from the five towns. After the walk, an art contest will be held at First Parish for children and youth who would like to create a design for next year's T-shirt.
For more information on participation and/or sponsorship, call Carl Miller at 1-978-369-3755 or Gail Kearns at 1-978-369-3090.
Community Chest hosts Pumpkin Festival
Join in on Sunday, October 20, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Emerson Field in Concord to celebrate "Everything Pumpkin."
Highlights include a pumpkin procession, a pumpkin recipe coantest, a pumpkin pie eating contest, pumpkin carving and decorating demonstrations, entertainment, raffles, old-fashioned games and craft activities, refreshments and more.
The Pumpkin Festival will open with a grand pumpkin procession during which children and adults will parade with their carved, unlit pumpkins and place them on a stage. At dusk all of the pumpkins will be lit for a grand pumpkin illumination event.
Individuals who wish to volunteer their time in planning or staffing the event should contact Karen Long, Pumpkin Festival co-chair, at 1-978-318-7910. The festival is co-sponsored with the Concord Recreation Department. For more information about the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest, visit http://www.cccommunitychest.org.
'Over the River...' with the Nashoba Players
The Nashoba Players is presenting "Over the River and Through the Woods" by Joe DiPietro on November 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. at the Parish Center for the Arts, at the corner of Lincoln Street and Boston Road in Westford. Tickets are $14 for general admission, $12 for seniors and students. To order tickets, call the box office at 1-978-392-8555 or visit the web at www.nashobaplayers.org
CCMS in concert October 27
The Concord Chamber Music Society (CCMS) will present the first concert of its 2002-2003 season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 27, at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center, 166 Main Street in Concord. The internationally acclaimed piano trio Triple Helix will perform an all-Beethoven program featuring the Ten Variations in G Major on Mueller's Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu Op. 121a, the Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70 no. 1, Ghost, and the Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97, Archduke.
This season is the third for the Concord Chamber Music Society and follows a remarkably successful 2001-2002 season that culminated in a spectacular performance by violinist Gil Shaham, one of the world's most celebrated soloists, with the Concord Chamber Players, Concord Chamber Music Society's resident musicians. Founded in 2000 by Boston Symphony Orchestra violinist Wendy Putnam, CCMS's mission is to present the highest quality professional chamber music performances and to connect with classical music lovers and students in the Concord area through educational outreach. In addition to the October 27 concert, four other performances are scheduled over the course of the 2002-2003 season, including a special family concert in June. Call 1-978-371-9667 for more information.
Origami fold-a-thon to benefit cancer research
In Japan there is a long tradition of combining the folding of paper cranes with hopes for health and peace. Sasuga Japanese Bookstore is carrying on that tradition with its fourth annual Origami Fold-A-Thon scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at three locations: Sasuga's Cambridge store, 7 Upland Road in Porter Square, the Kaji Aso Studio Institute for the Arts, 40 St. Stephen Street in Boston, and The Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street in Concord.
Participants in the Fold-A-Thon raise funds by having friends, neighbors, and co-workers pledge a certain amount for each crane to be folded at the event. Those who do not have a pledge sheet can participate for a $10 contribution on the day of the event. All proceeds from this event will go to the Boston-based Dana Farber Cancer Institute's Jimmy Fund to help fulfill the universal wish for a cure for cancer.
"Folders" may come any time and stay as long as it takes them to complete their cranes. Sasuga will provide all the paper and have instructors on hand to teach and assist participants, so that people of all ages and abilities can join in.
Origami is one of Japan's oldest and most popular handicrafts. It is also intrinsically tied to the concepts of peace and healinga connection created through the story of Sadako. Struck by leukemia as a result of radiation from the bombing of Hiroshima, 12-year-old Sadako battled fiercely against her disease, and folded origami cranes as a talisman. Sadako died before completing her goal of 1,000 cranes, but her friends, schoolmates, and neighbors took up the task and completed the chain of cranes. Sadako is memorialized today in Hiroshima Peace Park, where all the cranes folded at this event will be sent.
Sasuga has sponsored the Origami Fold-A-Thon since 1999 and has raised more than $10,000 for the Jimmy Fund. Call 1-617-497-5460 or check www.sasugabooks.com or www.jimmyfund.org for more information.
Halloween at Concord's Old Manse
"Our ghost," wrote Nathaniel Hawthorne, "used to heave deep sighs in a particular corner of the parlor, and sometimes rustle paper in the long upper entry, where nevertheless he was invisible, in spite of the bright moonlight." Come to The Old Manse, a property of The Trustees of Reservations, on October 25 and 26 for an evening of Hawthorne's "ghosts," both real and literary.
This year, The Old Manse Mystery takes on several short stories that Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote while living here. Shadows and clues abound in every corner as your team hunts for clues and other information to help identify a lost character from one of Hawthorne's stories. You must then go on to create the rest of the story. Will it be anything like the original? Will you be able to identify our ghost's character? Will you have gathered enough of the correct clues? How did the story originally end? These questions and more will be answered as you search through the house.
If you like mysteries, treasure hunts or story-telling, join us Friday, October 25 or Saturday, October 26, 6 to 8 p.m. Mysteries begin every twenty minutes and run approximately forty-five minutes. Fun for family and friends of all ages. Reservations are requested. Please call 1-978-369-3909 for more information.
Drumlin Farm's tales of the night
On Wednesday, October 23, and Thursday, October 24, come to Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 South Great Road (Route 117) in Lincoln between 6 and 8 p.m. to meet engaging costumed animal characters as you wander along jack-o-lantern-lit paths. Visit with live night creatures whoooo knows what lurks in the shadows? Taste witches' brew and sneaky snacks. Take a spooky hayride and visit an eerie garden graveyard. Hear creepy tales and uncover myths and mysteries of the dark. Come dressed in costume for this thrilling event. Bring a flashlight to light your way.
Tickets cost $12 for members, $14 for non-members, and children under age three enter free. Fee includes all activities snacks and witches brew are sold separately.The event runs rain or shine. Pre-registration is encouraged. Tickets are night-specific and non-refundable.
For ticket information, contact Diane Nockles at 1-781-259-2204 or visit www.massaudubon.org.
Armchair Travels explores South Africa
Armchair Travels, a weekly slide show and presentation hosted by the Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education Advisory Committee, presents Carlisle resident Ellen Huber's "South African Travels," on Monday, October 21, from 7 to 8 p.m.
The hour-long presentations are held in the Duvall Chapel at Rivercrest Deaconess Homes, just past the Emerson Hospital entrance on Old Road to Nine Acre Corner. They are free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information, call Community Education at 1-978-318-1540.
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