Friday, April 18, 2003
CCHS plant sale
Come buy highest quality annuals and perennials at great prices and help CCHS raise money for student activities at the Concord-Carlisle High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. There will be a wide selection of plants, as well as painted pots and other garden decorations. Potting service will be available. For information call 1-978-371-0865.
Candlelight remembrance on April 19
Ralph Waldo Emerson's famous "Concord Hymn" debuted at the 1837 ceremony commemorating completion of the obelisk monument at The North Bridge in Concord. This monument honored those that had fought there on April 19, 1775, the onset of the American Revolution. The Old Manse continues to honor those brave with the second annual Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 19.
This program of music and remembrance will be held by the North Bridge, which will be illuminated by approximately 600 luminaries placed on both sides of the Concord River. Each one on the far side of the river represents a Minuteman and each of those on the near side represents a British Regular who participated in the battle.
There will be song performances and a singalong for everyone to join in on (please bring a flashlight.) Short readings that highlight the events of April 19, 1775 and music by the Concord Minutemen will round out this commemorative event.
The program is free to all and will be followed by refreshments at The Old Manse. For more information, call 1-978-369-3909.
Springtime for authors at Concord Bookshop
The Concord Bookshop, at 65 Main Street in Concord Center will host a variety of authors this May, beginning with Alex McLean, on May 4, at 3 p.m., discussing his book of aerial photography Designs on the Land. On May 14, David Sibley will sign his field guides to North American birds at 4 p.m. Alan Furst will be featured in a 7:30 p.m. meeting on May 16, talking about his new work, Blood of Victory/Book of Spies. Lawrence Buell will discuss and sign his book, Emerson, on May 18 at 3 p.m.
Two bestselling authors will also visit the Bookshop in May. Alexander McCall Smith, who has written the popular series The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, will be featured on May 20 at 7:30 p.m., talking about his newest release, Kalahari Typing School for Men. Ann Packer, whose Dive from Clausen's Pier had just been reprinted in paperback, will discuss and sign her book on May 30 at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, call 1-978-369-2405.
Celebrate the Earth with Musketaquid
The annual Musketaquid Earth Day Celebration has become a Concord spring tradition and everyone is invited to step right up and join the fun. Preparations are well underway for the Saturday, May 3 celebration with the theme "Make Way for Wildness."
The day begins at 10 a.m. with the Concord River Ceremony at the Lowell Road Bridge, (one-quarter mile from Concord Center on Lowell Road). We will launch with ceremony and song a flotilla of Earth Floats, sculptural tributes to the Earth made of natural materials. The floats will carry with them our hopes and wishes for all living things.
Following the river ceremony join the Giant Puppets Parade. The participatory procession steps off from the Lowell Road Bridge following the Earth Float launch. Hundreds of giant critters, colorful banners, musicians, and dancers take to the streets of Concord Center to celebrate our place on the planet.
After the parade the festivities continue at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow St. During the Arts & Environment Festival you will enjoy good food, music, and earthy entertainment. Express yourself through art activities.
For more information about the Musketaquid Earth Day Celebration call 1-978-371-0820 or visit www.emersonumbrella.org Musketaquid is the arts and environment program of the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts and honors the origins of Concord..."the place where the water flows through the grasses."
Dyan deNapoli, penguin aquarist at the New England Aquarium, will give a slide presentation on May 3 at 2 p.m. at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord, about her part in the massive rescue effort to save 40,000 penguins impacted by a huge oil spill off Cape Town, South Africa, in June of 2000. This talk is part of Concord's Musketaquid Earth Day program and is appropriate for adults and children ages ten years and up. This free event is being sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
Rex Trailer to speak in Concord
Rex Trailer, former cowboy star of "Boom Town," will be the featured speaker at the Monument Square Association's First Saturday Breakfast on May 3. The breakfast will be held at the Lexington Sheraton Inn, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Cost is $20 at the door or $18 in advance. Call Valerie DiRenzo at 1-978-371-2330 for more information.
Help AIDS shelters
Boston AIDS Shelters need gently used and clean clothing (newborn to teen); baby crib/baby items, car seats; portacribs; hands-on kits; art supplies; legos/Brio; educational games and blocks. All drop-offs go to the Grasshopper Shop or call Mary for a Thursday pick-up at 1-978-369-8295.
Christopher Lydon to lecture at the Concord Museum
On Sunday, May 4, at 4 p.m., Christopher Lydon, a distinctive voice in print, television and radio journalism for more than 30 years, presents "Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Global Consciousness. A Culture Trying to Happen," as part of the Concord Museum's commemoration of the bicentennial of Emerson's birth. The lecture is co-sponsored with the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association.
Seating is by reservation only; $15 per person. Call 1-978-369-9763 for reservations. The Concord Museum is located in historic Concord, Massachusetts at the intersection of Lexington Road and Cambridge Turnpike, with free parking available on Cambridge Turnpike. The Museum is wheelchair-accessible. For further information, call the Concord Museum at 1-978-369-9609 or visit the Museum at: www.concordmuseum.org.
Kipling stories performed in Concord
Concord Youth Theatre, 40 Stow Street (Emerson Umbrella), Concord, presents Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories. The performance date is April 24 at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $8.50 each. Reservations are suggested. Appropriate for ages 4 and older.
For information, call 1-978-371-1482. The theatre is handicapped accessible.
Drumlin Farm plans for April vacation
April vacation week activities run from Saturday, April 19, through Sunday, April 27, at Drumlin Farm. Learn about livestock, crops, native wildlife, local natural history, and environmental concerns as you engage in a variety of activities and observe informal demonstrations, led by our engaging teacher-naturalists. You may get to assist with farm work, meet some live animals or go on a guided trail walk. These activities are free with admission and take place from 9:30 a..m. to 3 p.m. each day. Hayrides will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.(weather permitting). Hayrides cost $2 for adults, $1 for children. For details about daily programs, call 1-781-259-2200 the morning of your visit.
Drumlin Farm is open Monday, April 21, for the Patriot's Day Holiday. Regular farm spring hours are Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admissions for adults is $6, children over three and seniors is $4, Mass. Audubon members are free.
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