The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 6, 2002

Christmas Eve carols on the Town Green

Young and old are invited to dust off their instruments and voices, and join the carolers on the Town Green under the lights between the trees on Christmas Eve, December 24 from 6:15 - 6:45 p.m.

The instrumental group the Carlisle Cats is always seeking new members, and even has a few extra instruments that players can borrow. Available instruments include the famous Charley Horn, a pre-Sousaphone helicon that served the Carlisle Music Department in the 1960s under Mrs. Peckham. Another odd instrument available for a B-flat baritone player is a baritone trumpet. Call Walt Woodward, 1-978-369-5893, to borrow instruments and to allow the Cats to plan for all harmony parts. The Glockenspiel needs an amplifier to compete with the brass section, and the group is seeking someone to donate one for the evening. There will be a rehearsal this Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

C-C Youth Soccer's free winter clinics

Hank George, CCYS director of coach and player development, will direct skills training and mini-games in the CCYS "Have Fun with Soccer" free clinics. The clinics are available to the youth of Concord and Carlisle but space is limited to the first 20 people who sign up per session.

The schedule for the December clinics is as follows: Grade 2 (co-ed) from 1-2 p.m. Grades 3 and 4, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. (boys 12/8 and 12/22; girls 12/15 and 12/29). Grades 5 and 6, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. (boys 12/8 and 12/22; girls 12/15 and 12/29). The January and February program dates and times will be forthcoming.

Contact Cathy Farrell at 1-978-369-6204 for information and to register.

CPC sponsors new 'Drop Out' events

A "Drop Out" is a new way to informally join other Carlisle families with young children while enjoying out-of-town activities. Participants are to identify themselves to others by wearing homemade, pinned-on name tags clearly mentioning the Carlisle Parents' Connection. Meet at the designated time and location to find other Carlisle friends. Those who arrive late, just go in and have fun, and keep an eye out for the name tags. Assume outdoor activities are canceled in the case of inclement weather. The following "drop-outs" are planned for December:

Sunday, December 8, 6:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.: Brickstone Square. In Andover's Brickstone Square they erect and illuminate a giant tree and have a Santa's Village.

Tuesday, December 19, 6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.: "Zoolights" show. Meet at the entrance to the Stone Zoo in Stoneham. Call Nancy Szczesniak at 1-978-369-6194 for more information, or visit the Carlisle Parents' Connection web site at

Carlisle dancer to appear in Nutcracker

Brittany Fay, a Carlisle youth, will be appearing in the Northeast Youth Ballet Company's professionally staged production of The Nutcracker during a two-week Christmas holiday engagement. The production runs from December 13 through 22 at the Chevalier Theater in Medford on Forest Street. A total of 175 dancers from northeastern Massachusetts will be appearing in the production.

Northeast Youth Ballet, a non-profit ballet company, is dedicated to providing quality performance opportunities for dancers with varying levels of technical expertise and years of experience. Their purpose is to encourage young dancers to fulfill their dreams and realize their potential. For more information or for tickets, call Northeast Youth Ballet at 1-781-665-2236 or visit www.northeastyouthball.

Learn-To-Skate registration in January

The second session of the Learn-To-Skate program, sponsored by Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey (CCYH), will begin Saturday, January 4, at 11:20 a.m. at the Valley Sports Arena on Route 62 in West Concord. Registration will take place beginning at 10:20 a.m. in the back rink. The cost is $150, which includes ten sessions and a hockey-style practice jersey. Warm clothing and gloves are recommended. A HECC-approved hockey helmet and face mask are required.

Skaters must be five years of age by January 1, 2003. On-ice volunteers are welcome. More information can be obtained by calling the registrar of CCYH at 1-978-369-6759 or the president of CCYH at 1-978-897-7680 or LTS director of CCYH at 1-978-369-4664. Visit for up-to-date information on all CCYH activities.

Carlisle school auction seeks donations

The Carlisle Education Foundation and Carlisle School Association have joined forces to hold a fundraising auction benefiting the Carlisle School. This auction will be held at the Middlesex School on March 15. They are seeking donations of goods or services to be auctioned. Anything that would be perceived to be of value by attendees of the auction is needed. Examples include the use of a vacation home, donations of sports memorabilia or tickets to sporting events, craftwork, artwork and personal services.

If you have something to offer, contact Jeff Brown at 1-978-287-0980 or send an e-mail to Marty Blue at

CCHS takes on tough subject in "The Laramie Project"

The Concord-Carlisle High School drama department will present The Laramie Project, December 6 through 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.

Citrus sale to benefit school music program

Winter is starting out on too cold and snowy a foot this year. For several years the Carlisle Senior Band has had just the prescription for dealing with the next few months. Band members are offering juicy, just picked citrus shipped direct from Florida. It is the next best thing to a winter vacation! The band members are now taking orders for a quality selection of fresh fruits: Indian River red grapefruit, Florida navel oranges, Red Delicious apples and D'Anjou pears. The fruit is offered in an assortment of packages, and at competitive prices. It will be delivered to your door less than 100 hours after it has been picked, in early February.

There will be several opportunities to order fruit. The first will be at the two evening concerts, December 10 and 12. And, so you do not have to go looking for band students, they will be selling fruit at the transfer station on December 14 and January 11. Extended family members can share this infusion of sunshine through our "drop ship" program.

Proceeds from the sale this year will be used for private music lesson scholarships, instrument repair and purchase, and travel expenses. You can place an order with any Senior Band member or Mary Cheever at 1-978-369-6861.

Conservation morning coffee on Tuesday

On Tuesday, December 10, 2002 at 7:30 a.m. the Carlisle Conservation Commission will sponsor another of its morning Conservation Coffees. It will be held in the Clark Room at the Town Hall. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for informal gathering of individuals interested in conservation and land related issues as they pertain to Carlisle.

Coffee and muffins will be available to help make this informal gathering a sociable exchange. There will be an opportunity for an around-the-room discussion allowing anyone to ask questions, make suggestions, share information about upcoming events, good birding spots, great books and articles and discuss future possibilities. The coffee will last about one hour, will have no set agenda and attendees may arrive and leave as their time allows.

Future Conservation coffees will be held on January 14, 2003; February 11, 2003; March 11, 2003; April 8, 2003; May 13, 2003 and June 10, 2003.

Assistance available for heating costs

Through the Community Teamwork Fuel Assistance Program, Carlisle's elderly may be able to get help with the following heating expenses: gas, oil, electric, kerosene, wood or money towards your rent (if your heat is included).

If your income is not more than the guidelines below, call Susan Evans at the council on aging at 1-978-371-2895. Many people who are eligible for assistance do not take advantage due to a resistance to accept help. If you are eligible, call us. All information is strictly confidential.

Household Yearly gross

size income

1 $17,720

2 $23,880

3 $30,040

4 $36,200

5 $42,360

6 $48,520

Recreation news

The winter brochure has been mailed to all households. Classes fill quickly so sign up now.

Keep in mind

December 11 Professional Day (Create and Play from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) has space available.

Lacrosse registration is ongoing. Forms are available at the recreation office.

SKI Nashoba is full. SKI Wachusett, for grades five through eight, has some openings.

Basketball starts this week.

T'ai Chi will hold an extended session for five weeks, beginning this week. Sign up now.

All field and gym usage must be scheduled through the recreation office.

Brochures are available at the Gleason Library and at the Town Hall recreation office. Call 1-978-369-9815; e-mail; fax 1-978-371-6686; or visit

COA travels

Join the Carlisle Council on Aging on the following upcoming trips:

• NYC Rockettes. Travel to New York City December 12 - 13 to see the Radio City Music Hall's Rockettes in the annual Chistmas show. The group will stay overnight at the Hotel Wellington. Dinner and breakfast are included in the cost of $295 per person (double occupancy.)

• Rhine cruise. The COA will offer an 11-day Rhine River cruise October 2 - 12, 2003. The trip will include two nights in Amsterdam, and seven nights spent aboard the M/V MR. Jan Elshout. There will be plenty of stops to visit castles and churches, and a full day of leisure in Cologne. All meals on the cruise are included in the price, which starts at $1999 per person.

For more information, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023, (e-mail address, or pick up a flyer at the council on aging office in the Carlisle town hall.

COA holds Lowell shelter fund drive

The council on aging is holding its annual drive for the Lowell Transitional Living Center, a homeless shelter for men and women. This year the COA is collecting much-needed toiletry items — such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes — for the facility. If anyone in the community would like to donate items for the drive, bring them to the COA office in the Town Hall and leave them in the available box. The collection will be held until December 20. Last year the Lowell Transitional Living Center provided shelter and food to over 100 individuals daily, and transitioned 200 individuals out of the shelter and into permanent housing. The facility also gave safe shelter to more than 30 elders. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 with any questions.

Free dance class benefits Sylvia's Haven

A class in stretching, yoga and low-impact exercise is open to anyone bringing a toy or a nonperishable item to benefit Sylvia's Haven at Fort Devens for homeless women and children. Led by Carlisle resident Linda Myers-Tierney, a certified Kripalu Yoga Center Danskinetics instructor, the class is at Union Hall at the First Religious Society on Thursday, December 12, from 10:45 a.m. to noon for adults, and Friday, December 13, from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. for girls in grades five through eight.

For more information, or to register for Linda's other classes, call 1-978-287-4455 or e-mail

Post Office says mail early

With the volumes of cards, letters and packages expected to mushroom as we count down to the holidays, Postmaster William J. Ponte advises customers to mail early.

He says, "Although we have taken extra measures to handle the added volume, we are asking customers to mail early to avoid a backup of mail the last days before Christmas."

U.S. Postal Service customers will bring nearly 20 billion mailpieces to post offices during the holiday season, which lasts from November 29 to December 31.

Don't let an incorrect ZIP Code delay delivery of cards and letters. Local post office and the Postal Service website,, offer ZIP Code information, as does the National Call Center, 1-800-275-8777.

When writing to Santa, be sure to use a return address. Santa may write back. Also, when writing Santa, please do not include any cookies for Santa or hay for his reindeer, as this can gum up our mail sorting equipment and delay delivery.

"The holidays are here, and we want to make sure your mail flies like an eagle and is delivered on time. Just help us by mailing early," Ponte says.

COA Holiday Party December 17

Carlisle seniors are invited to the council on aging annual holiday party on Tuesday, December 17 at 11:45 a.m. in Union Hall in the First Religious Society on the town common. There will be a hot luncheon, music and line dancing. The suggested donation will be two dollars. There will be an optional collection of toiletry items for the Middlesex Homeless Shelter of Lowell. Donations of soap, toothpaste or shampoo are appreciated. For reservations, call 1-978-371-2895.

Art Corriveau, author of Housewrights, to speak at GPL Friends' Annual Meeting

The Friends of Gleason Public Library announce that Art Corriveau, whose novel, Housewrights, was published in July to excellent reviews, will be the featured speaker at their annual meeting on December 8 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library.

Corriveau has worked as a travel writer and published short stories in several fiction journals and anthologies, and brings to Gleason Public Library his reputation as a dynamic and compelling speaker. Housewrights, his first novel, concerns the relationships between a set of twin brothers, one shell-shocked in World War I, and Lily Willard, a headstrong and independent young woman who struggles against the social limits of their small Vermont farming community.

The Friends' annual meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to enjoy Corriveau's talk and some home baked refreshments, and to take home a book or two for winter reading or holiday giving.

Gleason Library Book Group tackles Interpreter of Maladies on December 12

The Gleason Book Discussion Group will meet on December 12 to discuss Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies. Book group meetings are held in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Library from 7 - 8:30 p.m.; coffee and dessert is served from 6:45 p.m. The library has arranged for several copies of the titles in the book list to be made available to individuals wishing to attend the discussions. These copies will be held in a big plastic box on the reserve shelf behind the circulation desk.

Following this, the book discussion group will meet on January 16 to discuss E=MC

Fun for kids at CPC holiday open house

All families with young children are invited to the Carlisle Parents' Connection's holiday open house on Monday, December 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a cookie exchange for those who wish to participate. There will be singing with piano accompaniment, dancing with the kids, and refreshments will be provided. The open house will be held at the home of Nancy Szczesniak, at 124 Aberdeen Drive. For information, call 1-978-369-6194.

Ladies Spring Tennis

Carlisle women who are interested in trying out for openings in the local spring league (April-June) should call Bobby Lyman: 1-978-369-6185, or email her at bobbylyman Play is normally twice weekly. Those who prefer to play less often may substitute. Spring league is a low key, social competition with morning lessons and games; days depend on skill level.

FRS holiday greens sale and craft fair this Saturday

Enjoy the seasonal aromas and the feast for the eyes while shopping at the First Religious Society's annual holiday greens sale and craft fair on Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be tables of boxwood trees decorated with tiny bows and ornaments, baked specialties, delicious homemade pies, handmade Christmas ornaments, Art Turner's woodenware, Ernie Huber's creamed honey, Kerri Piette's soaps and Judy Wang's notepaper. Nancy Hendrie and Judy Jones will again offer lovely handcrafts from Cambodia. There will also be undecorated wreaths, lovely bows, plain and variegated holly and boxwood, plus a raffle with more than twenty terrific items.

Gingerbread house kits will be sold again, a perennial favorite prepared under the direction of Jennine Blum. Each kit comes complete with instructions, candy and frosting along with the house pieces. Mr. and Mrs. Santa will make an appearance, and children can have their pictures taken with Santa.

New this year will be a table full of colorful hand puppets provided by the Puppet Showplace Theatre. Puppets can bring out inner thoughts and are also wonderful in encouraging child-to-child interaction and play.

After shopping, do plan to stop and enjoy the holiday cafe's lobster rolls, roast beef with boursin croissants and a dessert with friends, while enjoying the music of The Second Wind Quartet. The First Religious Society is located in the center of Carlisle on the town common. For more information, call 1-978-369-5180.

New walks about town

Meet in front of the First Religious Society at 12:15 p.m. every Sunday (weather permitting) for a vigorous walk along the streets and trails of Carlisle. The walks will last

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