Friday, March 28, 2003
Old Manse in Concord needs volunteers
In 1775, volunteers streamed into Concord to help in the fight against the British Regulars. While the Regulars may be long gone, volunteers are still needed at The Old Manse on Monument Street in Concord.
The Old Manse, a property of The Trustees of Reservations, was built in 1770 by Rev. William Emerson, grandfather of Ralph Waldo Emerson, who lived there for a time. Newlyweds Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne also lived in the house which, over the years, saw many famous people pass through its doors, including the Marquis de Lafayette, Henry David Thoreau, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Franklin B. Sanborn. The Old Manse was acquired by The Trustees of Reservations in 1939.
Volunteering opportunities abound at The Old Manse, in areas as diverse as gardening and landscaping, Living History, music, the museum shop, and the many special events held there. The Old Manse offers volunteers the chance to work at a beautiful home with friendly people and an abundance of history. People who are interested in being volunteers at The Old Manse should contact the historic site manager Laurie Butters at 1-978-369-3909.
C-C Scholarship Fund
The Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund has a new website. Visit ccscholarshipfund.org for all application instructions and forms, as well as crucial information about the fund.
Violinist Corey Cerovsek to perform in Concord
In its Second Annual Distinguished Artist Concert, the Concord Chamber Music Society (CCMS) will present internationally renowned violinist Corey Cerovsek and the Concord Chamber Players in a musical tribute to the legendary violinist-composer Fritz Kreisler at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center at 166 Main Street in Concord. Cerovsek is appearing as this season's CCMS Distinguished Artist, following another world luminary from the classical music stage, Gil Shaham, who performed in the same capacity last year.
Cerovsek was a child prodigy in two fields. At age 9, he won the grand prize at the Canadian Music Festival against 3,000 other competitors. He graduated from the University of Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music at age 12, earned bachelor's degrees in both music and mathematics at Indiana University by 15, master's degrees in both subjects at age 16 and doctoral degrees in both at age 18.
A pre-concert lecture will be given by musicologist Steven Ledbetter in the hall at 2 p.m. Tickets are online at: www.concordchambermusic.org, by phone: 1-978-371-9667, and at the door prior to the concert. All seating is reserved, and the Concord Academy is handicapped-accessible. A champagne reception to benefit the Fund will be held immediately following the concert at the Concord Art Association, located in Concord Center at 37 Lexington Road. Admission is $50 per person. For more information call 1-978-371-9667.
MCC concert series continues with classical Latin American music
"A World of Music," Middlesex Community College's Winter/Spring 2003 concert series, continues with a classical Latin American music ensemble comprised of MCC faculty members Tom Rohde, guitar; Johannah Segarich, mezzo-soprano; Wendy Allen, flute; and Anne Bennett, cello, to be held at noon on Monday, April 7 in MCC's Concert Hall on the Bedford campus. The ensemble will perform works by Lauro, Barrios, Villa-Lobos, Nazareth and Piazzolla. The concert is free and open to the public.
MCC's Concert Hall is located in North Academic Hall (Building 6) on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road. For information call 1-781-280-3923.
Patriots week activities at Concord Museum
The Concord Museum is the one place where Concord's remarkable past is brought to life through artifacts from the museum's outstanding collection, rarely seen images, period room settings, audio presentations, and creative hands-on activities.
View "Emerson and His Study: An Inside Look" through April 6. This offers a look at an icon of American letters who is without parallel · Ralph Waldo Emerson. As a part of a project to restore Emerson's study to its 1870s appearance, the exhibition is significant.
On Monday, April 21, from 9 to 5 p.m. make a visit to the Concord Museum a part of your Patriots Day tradition. Explore the museum's outstanding collection to examine the people, events and ideas that led to the start of the American Revolution and "the shot heard round the world." This Patriots Day, visitors will be able to see the museum's newest acquisition · a rare print of the Boston Massacre by the patriot and engraver Paul Revere (1735·1818) owned in Concord in 1775 by patriot and hat-maker Emerson Cogswell. "The Bloody Massacre" depicts a clash between several colonists and British soldiers in Boston, Massachusetts, on March 5, 1770 · one of several events leading up to the American Revolution.
At 10:30 a.m., following Concord's Patriots Day parade, enjoy fun, hands-on activities for children such as patriotic puzzles, craft projects and face painting, as well as activities for the whole family including dramatic "living-history" presentations in a tavern setting on the eve of the American Revolution (12:15 and 1:15), the "Exploring Concord" film, family treasure hunts, fascinating conversations with colonial characters "visiting" for the day and newly-designed, self-guided focus tours on colonial Concord, all included with museum admission.
Walking Tours will be offered from Tuesday, April 22 to Friday, April 25, ten to noon, "Back in Time: The Revolutionary Town of 1775." Step off in the museum's galleries exploring the people and issues that brought Concord into the swelling tide of 18th-century rebellion, then tour the Revolutionary town, focusing on present day reminders of the past. This guided experience is offered only during Patriots Week at a special price of $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 children ages 6·18, members free. Reservations are requested on a space- available basis.
On Saturday, April 26, from 9:30 to noon, join the museum educator for a close-up look at Emerson and Thoreau who were friends and neighbors in this small, 19th·century town. Start at the newly restored Emerson Study, then discover the many different ways of understanding Thoreau through artifacts in the museum's collection, and finally, explore the world of the authors, visiting both the town center and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. A walking tour is offered the last Saturday of each month April to October. By reservation, $20 adult, $15 senior/member; $7.50 child. Call for reservations.
A program designed especially for families will be held on Tuesday, April 22 from 1 to 3 p.m.: an 18th-century powder horn engraving demonstration. See the powder horns in the museum's collection once used in 1775 and then watch Jim Hayden's demonstration of the art of powder horn engraving. Free with museum admission.
On Friday, April 25 from 1 to 2 p.m. "Listen, My Children . . . A Museum Story Hour." In honor of Patriots Week, enjoy a story, snack and activity with a red, white and blue theme. This program is for children ages 3·5 with an adult. $7 child, $5 member's child; accompanying adult free; includes snack and book-related activity. Reservations are required.
For all reservations, call 1-978-369-9763.
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