The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 25, 2002

It's all in the family! While Carolyn Armistead and her daughter Nikki Armistead rehearse their roles for The Savoyard Light Opera Company's November production of Gilbert and Sullivans "Mikado" here in Carlisle, next door in Acton, Tedford Armistead is preparing for The Theater III production of the musical "1776." Tedford will play the lead role of John Adams in performances held on the first three weekends of November.

Kate McCandless, second from right, of River Road held a benefit at her home for Pine Street Inn earlier this month. About 50 of her friends, mostly Carlisle and Concord residents, joined her. It was a lovely evening, featuring an outdoor tent, music, cocktails and a sit-down dinner. Pine Street president Lyndia Downie spoke about the street outreach, shelter, health care, job training and permanent housing programs serving 8,000 homeless men, women and children each year. One of the guests at the shelter for women also shared her story.

50th Wedding anniversary
Fred and Ruth Abrahamson
celebrate 50th anniversary

Fred and Ruth Abrahamsen, formerly of Partridge Lane until they moved in 1976, celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary on September 27. Their children — Dr. Valerie Abrahamsen of Boston, Dana Abrahamsen, Esq., of Vienna, Virginia and Laurel Ditson of Littleton, Colorado — organized a party for the couple, which was held on September 28 at the home of the Rev. and Mrs. Kenneth Garrett in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. The Rev. Mr. Garrett, former rector of Grace Church (Episcopal) in New Bedford, officiated at the renewal of the couple's wedding vows. His wife, Mary Lou (Chubbuck) Garrett, is one of Mrs. Abrahamsen's first cousins.

Approximately 35 relatives and friends of the Abrahamsens attended the festivities, coming from as far away as Colorado and North Carolina. Friends hailed from several towns in which the couple had lived: South Weymouth, where they met and dated; Westwood, their children's first home; and Bedford, New Hampshire where the family lived in the 1960s. They lived in Carlisle from 1966 to 1976.

Mr. Abrahamsen retired in 1990 after working 35 years for the Raytheon and Amana companies as an electronics engineer. He helped to invent the microwave oven and managed the development and production of other home appliances. Mr. and Mrs. Abrahamsen now live in Ashland, Virginia, where they enjoy gardening, attending cultural events, doing genealogical research and traveling. They have one granddaughter and three grandsons.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito