Friday, January 31, 2003
Concord Players present comedy
The Concord Players are presenting DiPietro's comedy Over the River and Through the Woods on February 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and March 1 at 8 p.m., and a Sunday matinee on February 23 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $14, and $12 for the matinee. The theatre is handicapped accessible. For more information, call 1-978-369-2990 or visit www.concordplayers.org.
Burlington Temple hosts Tot
Temple Shalom Emeth, Burlington, Massachusetts, will host a Tot Shabbat program on Saturday, February 1, at 10 a.m. at the temple. Following the service there will be a craft project and snacks. The theme of this month's service is "Bring a Friend Day." We encourage everyone to introduce a friend to our special service for little ones and to our temple community.
Tot Shabbat is open to all families with children ages five and under. Older siblings are always welcome. The Shabbat service, craft activities, and snacks are free of charge, but donations are always welcome and help to support this wonderful program.
Temple Shalom Emeth, located at 16 Lexington Street, Burlington, is a reform synagogue, serving Burlington and the neighboring communities. For additional information, please call 1-781-272-2351 or visit the temple's web site at http://www.uahc.org/ma/tse. For more information or to be added to the mailing list, call Michelle Fox at the temple at 1-781-272-2351.
Ann Geisinger Scholarship offered
Kerem Shalom is accepting applications for the 2003-2004 Ann Geisinger Scholarship. One scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior who plans to attend an institution of higher education within two years of graduation from high school, who is Jewish and who has an affiliation with Kerem Shalom, either individually or through his or her family. The second scholarship will be awarded to a Concord-Carlisle High School senior regardless of race, religion, residency or affiliation with Kerem Shalom.
Both scholarships will be awarded to individuals whose high school experiences reflect the Jewish tradition of Tzedakah, or good works. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to community service through volunteer work, service to the school or paid work experience. Requests for applications may be made either by calling 1-978-369-1223 or by writing to Kerem Shalom, P. 0. Box 1339, Concord MA 01742. The application may also be downloaded at www.keremshalom.org. The deadline for applications is March 3.
Update on C.C. Pool fundraising
Danny and Michael Costa, owners of Concord's Thoreau Street Dunkin' Donuts, have pledged $25,000 toward the construction of the Concord Carlisle Swim and Health Center. The Center is being designed and built by non-profit C. C. Pools, Inc., using private donations. Upon completion, it will be given to the Town of Concord.
Pete Funkhouser, president of C. C. Pools, Inc., said, "We are very grateful for their commitment to the Concord Carlisle Swim and Health Center."
The Concord Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center will be located across the main driveway from Concord-Carlisle High School. Its programs will be open to residents of Concord and Carlisle, as well as town employees and their families.
To date, over $5.8 million has been raised through private donations and from the Alfred Sawyer Trust. Cambridge Trust Company, Middlesex Savings Bank and Welch's are among the Center's other business sponsors.
Information about the Center may be found on the Web at www.ccpools.org, or by calling 1-978-371-4936.
CCHS to present Ragtime
Concord-Carlisle High School presents an extravagant production of the musical Ragtime. The cast is comprised of award-winning, talented students and faculty from the high school. Ragtime tells a complex story about race, stereotypes, love and passion.
The production is a demanding one with over 80 cast members singing and dancing to music of the early 1900s in the United States. There is also a 35-piece band providing the toe-tapping music. The show will be presented at CCHS on Friday, February 28, Saturday, March 1, Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a matinee on Sunday March 9 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale in Concord at The Cheese Shop, The Toy Shop, Video Revolution, West Concord Five and Dime and in Carlisle at Daisy's or call 1-978-318-1417 ext. 151. Tickets are $12.
Chinese New Year festival
The Concord-Carlisle Chinese Club welcomes the Year of the Lamb with a program at the Concord Free Public Library Children's Department, 129 Main Street, Concord, on February 8 from 2 - 4 p.m. This festival will highlight the young talent of the club's members with performances of dance, music and song. All are welcome to this free event. For more information please call the Children's Department at 1-978-318-3358.
Black History Month at historical park
To honor Black History Month, Minute Man National Historical Park will present An Impressive Lesson for My Children, a dramatic presentation involving Louisa May Alcott and her sisters in conversation with a runaway slave. The program, which was officially recognized as a unit of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, will be presented on Saturday, February 22 at 1 and 3 p.m.
Set on the eve of the Civil War, An Impressive Lesson examines the Abolitionist movement from the perspective of the Alcott family. Bronson Alcott was among the leaders of the local Abolitionist movement. He offered his home to organizers of the Underground Railroad that provided runaway slaves safe passage to freedom in Canada.
Documentary evidence suggests that the Alcott family provided refuge for at least two slaves, though undoubtedly assisted many more. Because runaways were advised never to reveal their names, the name of the runaway slave portrayed by former park ranger Bruce Harris is unknown. However, program organizers have developed a composite "biography" of a slave named "John," enroute to Canada from Maryland when he seeks the aid of Bronson Alcott and family.
The program showcases Harris, an accomplished musician, singing traditional African-American spirituals. The lyrics of spirituals often contained embedded messages sung by slaves to pass along information from one to another. Performing in the roles of Louisa and her sisters are members of the Concord Junior Volunteers, an organization of young women from the Greater Boston area, who serve in a number of volunteer capacities supporting area museums.
An Impressive Lesson will be held at the Minute Man Visitor Center (exit 30B off Route 128 along the Battle Road/Route 2A). For more information, call 1-978 369 6993 or visit the park's web site www.nps.gov/mima.
'Meet Musketaquid' on February 6
"Meet Musketaquid" means meeting artists involved with Emerson Umbrella's Arts and Environment program. The Umbrella is a nonprofit community arts organization in the old Emerson School building at 40 Stow Street in Concord opposite the library parking lot.
They will show how to use art projects to learn more about the natural world right here. So come to Union Hall in the First Religious Society on February 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for an evening of hands-on fun. Suitable for families with children ages 6 and up. This is the first of three Carlisle Cultural Council-sponsored free programs for February.
Musketaquid, (pronounced in four syllables, just as it is spelled), is the Algonquin Native American name for Concord and means "the place where the water flows through the grasses." The program was started 12 years ago by Ellie Bemis, Deb Richardson Beinecke and C.C. King, all of Concord, to honor the 20th anniversary of Earth Day. Over the years, it has grown to a year-round nature and arts program for children, culminating in an Earth Day Festival for all. It begins with a sunrise ceremony, then launching of earth floats on the Concord River. A parade of handmade giant critter puppets, all native species, wends its way from the river, through Concord to Emerson Umbrella, where an environmental expo/celebration is held on the front lawn and an art exhibit, the Earth Month Art Show, is in the Blanchard Trust Gallery upstairs.
Each year the collaborative effort grows. Puppeteer Mark Dannenhauer explains it this way, "Musketaquid is devoted to connecting people and place in the local landscape .... Musketaquid provides ways for them to communicate their experiences on both individual and community levels .... The method is to create a rough framework, a set of tools, techniques and design parameters in which participants have a wide latitude for creating their own works within a community of artists and environmentalists."
So come learn how to take a closer look at the place you live and at the critters you share it with on February 6. For questions, please call Bonnie Miskolczy at 1-978-369-2647 or Musketaquid at 1-978-371-0820 or visit www.emersonumbrelia.org.
Call for chocolate desserts
St. Mark's thirteenth annual Chocolate Festival will be held at the Westford Academy, Patten Road, Westford, on Sunday, February 9, from 1-5 p.m. Professional and amateur bakers are invited to submit their favorite chocolate dessert recipes for judging at the event. First, second and third place, as well as "People's Choice" awards will be presented in both professional and homebaked categories.
The public is invited to help judge this "all-you-can-eat" dessert buffet and vote for their favorites. Live music, door prizes and children's entertainment promise to make this a fun and festive occasion for all. All proceeds benefit the Westford and Lowell Open Pantries.
Admission: "All You Can Eat" is $10 for adults, $6 for children & seniors. Children 4 and under are admitted free. To request an entry form for your favorite recipe call the festival sponsor, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, at 1-978-692-7849. And may the best dessert win!
For more information regarding publicity for this event, contact Bill Donohue at 1-978-692-2990 or BillD@Accutest.org or Lisa Bert at 1-978-692-0669 or opsmom@hotmail. com.
CCMS in concert
On Sunday, February 9, the Concord Chamber Music Society will feature Boston Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Thomas Martin in concert at 3 p.m. at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center. Cellist Michael Reynolds and pianist Robert Merfeld join Martin in a program of works by John Knowles Paine, Debussy and Brahms. A pre-concert lecture begins at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $25, $20 and $15. For more information, call 1-978-371-9667 or visit www.concordchambermusic.org.
Westford Museum folk music series
On Friday, February 14, at 8 p.m., Oen Kennedy joins a dual bill with Cece Borgeson and Ruth George in a folk concert at the Westford Museum, 2 Boston Road, Westford. The concert will feature traditional ballads, contemporary folk songs, Celtic music, love songs and original compositions. Cece has a pure, melodic voice with a broad range from soprano to a deep contralto. Oen is a singer-songwriter of great originality and artistry. Matt Smith of Club Passim says, "Oen has a gorgeous voice, and gorgeous songs, and is just the most genuine person I know." Reservations are recommended 1-978-692-5550 or Museum@Westford.com. Admission is $8 for members of the Westford Historical Society; $12 for non-members, $5 for teens and under 13 are free.
Hypnotist at CCHS on February 1
Hypnotist Russ Burgess will be mesmerizing the masses on Saturday, February 1 at 7 p.m. at Concord-Carlisle High School. The Class of 2003 is sponsoring Burgess' third visit to CCHS. In addition to seeing your friends and neighbors do things you never thought they would, you won't believe who is going to be hypnotized this year! Tickets will be $10 before February 1, and $12 at the door. Buy your tickets through a CCHS student or by calling Paula Trebino at 1-978-369-9001.
Frank McCourt to speak in Lowell
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt will speak on Monday, February 10, in the ballroom at the Lowell Doubletree Hotel on Kearney Square. A book signing will follow the talk.
The event is sponsored by Middlesex Community College, and is free and open to the public on a space-available basis. Call 1-978-656-3238 for more information.
Concord land use fair
The public is invited to a land use fair sponsored by the Concord-Carlisle League of Women Voters, and held on Saturday, February 1, in the Concord-Carlisle High School cafeteria, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The fair is focused on the town of Concord, with a panel discussion and information booths on various aspects of land use. However, topics which may be of interest to Carlisle residents include affordable housing, wastewater treatment, open space and recreation.
Half price admission to Discovery Museum
The Children's Discovery Museum is housed in a wonderful 110-year-old Victorian home filled with hands-on, interactive exhibits. Rooms, corridors and even closets are creatively transformed into intimate areas appealing to young children. On Tuesday, February 11, a limited number of families with at least one child under 6 years old from Concord or Carlisle will be admitted to the Discovery Museum in Acton from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. for half price. Admission will be $4 for anyone over 12 months. If you would like to attend the museum on this afternoon, call First Connections at 1-978-287-0221 to register any family members that would like to attend with you.
Join an owl prowl
Drumlin Farm on Route 117 in Lincoln will host an "Owl prowl" on Friday, February 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. Follow moonlit paths and listen for hoots through the frosty air. Enjoy a twilight owl-inspired hayride and visit with live owls to learn how they live, and then warm up with hot chocolate and treats. Tickets cost $9 for members and $12 for non-members. Children under three can join in for free. Pre-registration is required. Event runs rain or shine.
Winter weeks of wonder at Tower Hill
Just because winter is here doesn't mean you can't enjoy and experience the love of gardening! Tower Hill Botanic Garden, centrally located in Boylston, Massachusetts, is the perfect getaway for those wanting to chase away the winter blues.
This winter, the gorgeous orangerie (18th century style greenhouse) will be the focal point for Winter Weeks of Wonder, a series of horticultural theme weeks in January, February and March. Included will be "Passionate Plants Week" and "Children's Gardening Week", when special groups of plants will be displayed and interpreted for the public. The orangerie was first opened in 1999, and has several benches for sitting and enjoying springtime in the middle of a New England winter. Twigs Café serves lunch Wednesday through Sunday and holiday Mondays throughout the winter, and visitors would not want to miss the Gift Shop, full of garden-related items for birthdays, Valentine's Day, and more.
Admission to Tower Hill Botanic Garden is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+) and youth (Under 19), and free to children under 6. Members enjoy free admission throughout the year. Tower Hill is open Tuesday-Sunday and holiday Mondays (such as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Presidents' Day) from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The Garden is located at 11 French Drive in Boylston, exit 24 off Route 290. For directions or more information, call 1-508-869-6111, or visit the website at www.towerhillbg.org.
Final days for youth baseball and softball registration
The deadline for Concord-Carlisle Youth Baseball and Softball Registration is Saturday, February 1. Registrations are online via credit card at www.ccyb.org. Boys and girls from age 5 (must be in kindergarten) through age 15 (as of July 31) are eligible. If you can't register online, you may download registration forms via the website or obtain them from the Concord Recreation Department. While registrations may be accepted after February 1, they are subject to a $25 late fee, and placement in a league cannot be guaranteed.
Register for spring recreational soccer
Register by February 1 for Concord-Carlisle Youth Soccer spring recreational soccer.
CCYS is a community-based, not-for-profit, volunteer organization that organizes school and community soccer teams and games in Carlisle and Concord. We offer a balanced approach to skill development and the pure rush of playing the greatest game in the world with school friends. We serve children who are currently enrolled in Kindergarten and grades 1 - 7. Games begin in late April. Children are assigned to teams based on school, age group, and gender.
Registration forms will be available at Gleason Library and Hunt Gym as of January 6. Forms can be downloaded from www.ccysoccer.org. You may also register on line at www.ccysoccer.org using a major credit card. Registration deadline is February 1.
The ultimate tea couple at Concord Museum
On Sunday, February 9, from 2•4 p.m., Donna and Ron Lasko, nationally acclaimed lecturers and tea consultants, present The Nineteenth-Century Language of Flowers, Fans and Calling Cards. The "ultimate tea couple" bring to life the rituals of 19th-century etiquette and the art of communication through lively discussion and fascinating history, accompanied by delicious sweets and their own signature blend of Courtship Tea.
Admission is $25 for members and $30 for others. Call 1-978-369-9763 for reservations as space is limited. The program is presented in association with the Concord Museum's new exhibition marking the bicentennial of Ralph Waldo Emerson's birth. Emerson and His Study: An Inside Look, a privileged look at an icon of American letters • the Study of Ralph Waldo Emerson, examines in a gallery setting some of the study's most significant paintings, prints and books. The exhibition runs from January 25 to April 6.
The Concord Museum is located in Concord at the intersection of Lexington Road and Cambridge Turnpike. The museum is wheelchair accessible and has ample free parking on Cambridge Turnpike.