Friday, November 29, 2002
CCHS takes on tough subject in "The Laramie Project"
The Concord-Carlisle High School drama department will present The Laramie Project, December 6 - 8. The Laramie Project is a dramatic play based on the true story of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay man, murdered in 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming. The play portrays the struggles of the townspeople and the nation's reaction to the murder.
"We are taking on some strong and tough subject matter in this production," says Chuck Brown, choral and drama director at CCHS. "Each scene that the students play makes the audience ask questions and face some ugly realities. But we know as a school that we have to ask the tough questions, discuss the tough subjects in order to make the kids find the strength in themselves to do the right thing."
CCHS's production is the first time a public high school has taken on this project. Matthew Shepard's mother has spoken to Chuck Brown in order to convey her sense of urgency in stamping out hate crime by educating young people.
Tickets are $10 and are available at Video Revolution, West Concord Five & Ten, Daisy's in Carlisle, The Toy Shop and The Cheese Shop. Performances are at CCHS on December 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m., and on December 8 at 2 p.m.
Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club coffee
The Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club will be hosting its monthly coffee on Tuesday, December 10, at 10 a.m. Come enjoy new friends and delicious goodies. If you have little ones, bring them — there will be information about children's activities through the Newcomers Club. Don't miss out on the morning fun. Call Judy Hoffman at 1-978-318-9695 to RSVP and for directions to the hostess' home.
Fenn School sports sale on December 7
The Fenn School, at 516 Monument Street in Concord, will hold its annual sports sale on Saturday, December 7, from 9 a.m. to noon in the new gym. Previously-owned sporting goods of all kinds will be for sale, including downhill and cross-country skis and boots, hockey and ice-skating equipment, roller blades, tennis racquets, bikes and football, soccer and lacrosse equipment. Used ski equipment, including some of last year's models, will be offered at low prices. Outgrown usable sports equipment and clothing are much needed and should be brought to the school on Friday, December 6, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sales will be divided evenly between the consignor and the Fenn Parents' Association, after a $5 handling fee has been assessed on the total. Unsold items from the sale must be picked up on Saturday, December 7, between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. or be considered donations.
For additional information, call 1-978-318-3603.
Arts and Crafts in Lexington
The Lexington Arts and Crafts Society will be holding its annual Holiday Marketplace at the Society, 130 Waltham Street in Lexington, from December 6 through 21. The hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The Marketplace will feature many examples of members work for sale. All the guilds, ceramics, painting, needlework, weaving, jewelry, woodworking, decorative arts, basketry, and miniature arts will be represented as well as a wide selection of jewelry. The Society is handicapped accessible with ample parking. Call 1-781-862-9696 with any questions.
Monument Square Association observes Pearl Harbor Day
On December 7, the Monument Square Association will commemorate Pearl Harbor Day with a special address by founder Commander John Burke, U.S.N., complemented by musical and poetic selections. Guest speaker will be Dr. Farouk El-Baz, research professor and director for remote sensing at Boston University. Egyptian by birth, Concord resident El-Baz served as science advisor (1978-1981) to the late Anwar Sadat, president of Egypt.
First Saturday Breakfasts are held at the Colonial Inn in Concord from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. All are welcome. Reservations are required by November 30; tickets are $20, $18 prepaid. Call Valerie DiRenzo at 1-978-371-2330.
The Old Manse celebrates winter
This holiday season, visitors to The Old Manse will be able to observe the season in many ways and many different eras in the Manse's "Winter Through the Ages" program, presented on Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, December 8 from noon to 4 p.m. "Winter Through the Ages" is a living history program that enables guests to travel through the ages from the Colonial era to the 1930s. Each room of the Manse is set in a different time period, and visitors can see how people celebrated the holidays in past times by meeting and talking with Ralph Waldo Emerson's extended family. There will be hands-on winter crafts to make, period refreshments to enjoy and even a sing-along in the parlor.
Admission is $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and students, and $5 for children 6-12. The Old Manse, a property of the Trustees of Reservations, 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.
Clare Beaton at Concord Library
Clare Beaton, an illustrator of handcrafted picture books, presently living in England, is making a rare appearance at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street in Concord on December 4 at 7 p.m. Beaton will give a workshop on making winter holiday decorations for children age five years and up. Participants will be able to create their own decorations under Beaton's instruction. All the materials will be supplied. This free workshop is being sponsored by Barefoot Books and requires no registration. There will be books available for autographing. For more information, call 1-978-318-3358.
Human Rights Day breakfast
On Monday, December 2, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Trinitarian-Congregational Church in Concord, the Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council will sponsor its annual Human Rights Day breakfast. At this year's breakfast, the council will announce the winner of its fourth Climate for Freedom Award. This bi-annual award is given to a group or organization that has contributed significantly to the climate for freedom within the two towns.
The name of the award refers to the Climate for Freedom Declaration written in 1978 after a community forum grappled with racial incidents that had occurred at the high school. The forum concluded that the climate of the community was the responsibility of the community. Several initiatives resulted, including the founding of both the Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council and the Cooperating Family Program for METCO. The Climate for Freedom Award was created to honor and affirm groups or organizations in our communities that continue to promote the ideals of the Declaration.
The terms of the award stipulate that the award winner and keynote speaker will be announced at the breakfast. A continental breakfast will be served. The breakfast is free and open to the public. Donations to the Human Rights Council are welcome.
New American Crafts on display in Concord
Through the month of December, the Concord Art Association on Lexington Road is exhibiting New American Crafts. Juried by Alice Chappell of Boston's Chappell Gallery, the show features work by over 20 artists. Crafts on display include wood furniture, glass, jewelry, ceramics and fibers. Prizes will be awarded at the reception on December 5.
In conjunction with this exhibit there will be a gallery talk by Alice Chappell on December 12 at 10 a.m. The talk will focus on the glass movement and more specifically on the background for the uniquely strong American market in this area. Louis Tiffany, Steuben Glass and Dale Chihuly have all played a significant role in preparing and mobilizing American collectors to be the first in the world to recognize and patronize this new movement. For information call 1-978-369-2578.
Public flu clinic on December 4
The Home Care and Public Relations/Marketing Departments of Emerson Hospital will be conducting a flu clinic for the general public (open to anyone 18 or over) on Wednesday, December 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Concord Elks on Baker Avenue in Concord. Registration is required. The cost of each vaccination will be $12. Call Jan Quinty at 1-978-287-3085 to schedule an appointment.
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