The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 6, 2003

RiverFest events in town this weekend

In honor of RiverFest, Carlisle will hold a River Walk on June 7, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Join the Carlisle Trails Committee on a 3.5 mile walk through meadows and forests on trails paralleling the Concord River. Start at the Foss Farm conservation land and pass through Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge and the O'Rourke farm on the way to scenic Greenough Pond in the Greenough conservation land. If the water level is low enough, walkers will return via the River Trail, or else retrace their steps. Meet at the Foss Farm parking lot, 0.3 miles west of the Concord River bridge on Rte. 225. Waterproof shoes and insect repellent are recommended. Refreshments will be served at the end of the walk. For information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Also on June 7, a sunrise canoe/kayak paddle for bird and wildlife observation on the Concord River will be held from 5:15 to 7:30 a.m. Celebrate RiverFest with a sunrise paddle and birding along the Carlisle section of the Concord River and the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Naturalist Ken Harte will come along to identify the birds. Meet to sign in at 5:15 a.m. at the Bedford Boat Landing on Rt. 225 at the Carlisle/Bedford town line. Launch time is 5:30 a.m. A stop half-way through the trip at a casual riverside restaurant for breakfast and to compare notes is planned. Bring a canoe or kayak, life preserver (PFD), weather-appropriate clothing, binoculars, money for breakfast, drinking water, and nature guidebooks for identifying river-edge birds, plants, insects, etc. For the enjoyment of all participants, bring only boats that use oars or paddle(s) in order to keep noise to a minimum.

Great Brook Farm State Park will be the site of a walkabout on June 7 at 9 a.m. Historic Native-American sites located in Carlisle's 1,000-acre state park are the focus of this three-mile walk led by forests and parks supervisor Ray Faucher. The 90-minute itinerary will include Indian Hill Trail, the Stone Row, and the Great Stone Turtle · a 15-foot-long Native-American sculpture. The walk will begin at the visitor center on North Road. The parking fee is $2. For information call 1-978-369-6312.

DARE GRADUATION. Officer Scott Barnes autographs DARE program t-shirts for fifth-graders Daniel Bryant and Elise Ruan. (Photo by Lois d'Annunzio)

Kids can wash a fire truck this Saturday

Calling all children up to age five. The Carlisle Parents Connection annual Wash-a-Fire-Truck-Day is Saturday, June 7, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Carlisle Fire Station on Westford Street. Bring buckets and sponges and be prepared to get wet as participants help the firefighters wash the engine. For more information call Mary Beth at 1-978-369-6892.

CCF annual meeting will include walking tours and guest speaker

The annual meeting of the Carlisle Conservation Foundation (CCF) will be held on Monday, June 9, at the home of Mary Zoll, 225 School Street. Walking tours of the Zoll and Clark Farm properties begin at 5 p.m. followed by the annual meeting at 6 p.m., with remarks by Bernie McHugh of the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition, titled "Conservation and the Romney Administration." A light supper and social time will follow. Celebrate the successful completion of conservation restrictions on Clark Farm and hear about the return of the sheep-grazing project this summer. All are invited to attend.

Friday Night Live is free tonight

Middle schoolers, it's time to get out and enjoy the last FNL of the year. The fun will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 6.

This year-end FNL is free and all students will receive one ticket for a free slice of pizza and another ticket for a free soda. Put on summer duds and come out for a final FNL extravaganza.

Friday Night Live is open to all sixth to eighth graders (with completed parental permission slips on file). Students leaving before 9:30 p.m. must be signed out by a parent. All others should be picked up by 9:30 sharp. Call Lynne Carpenito with any questions at 1-978-371-7508.

Summer reading program at Gleason

Activities at this year's Gleason Library children's summer reading program will include a visit from a children's book illustrator, a professional yo-yo demonstration, a folk concert, crafts, and other activities. Sign-up starts June 14, at 10 a.m. Look for more details in next week's Mosquito.

SPRING HAS SPRUNG. A newly hatched robin impatiently awaits its next meal in a lilac bush on Litchfield Drive. (Photo by Jan Hall)

Travel with the COA

Join the Carlisle Council on Aging in a New York City Christmas "Show Tour" trip on December 2-4. The trip includes the Hotel Wellington, Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show with reserved seats, shopping, sightseeing and browsing.

The trip includes two breakfasts and one dinner plus charter motorcoach transportation. The price is $430 for twin occupancy room. For a flyer or additional information, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or pick up a flyer at the COA office at Town Hall.

June COA doings

Men's Breakfast: Join Chef Ed Lemire for his last monthly men's breakfast of the season on Thursday, June 12 at 8 a.m. in the Sleeper Room.

COA book club: The June book group will meet on Wednesday, June 11 at 9:30 a.m. at Florence Newman's to discuss Enemy Women: A Novel by Paulette Jiles.

Evening Coffee: Join the Carlisle COA on the patio at 145 Church Street on Thursday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. for coffee, lemonade and delicious desserts.

Lunch at Zia's Trattoria: The next stop in the international luncheon series will be at Zia's Trattoria, 174 Littleton Road, Westford on June 24. Meet in the Sleeper Room at 11 a.m. Call Jim and Betty Elgin at 1-978-371-0728 or Tom and Karen Dunkers at 1-978-369-5681 for more information or reservations

A new twist on the Gleason Book Sale

The annual Friends of the Gleason Public Library Book Sale will have a new look this year while waiting for the front lawn of the library to become established, so it can support the heavy foot traffic of book sales. Books and audio/visual material will be sold from specially marked shelving in the foyer areas of the library during the month of June.

The Friends would appreciate donations of gently used paperbacks, hardcover books, audio/visual cassettes, and DVDs, and donations will be accepted at the circulation desk. Do not bring textbooks, magazines, or damaged items. Shelves will be regularly restocked, so stop by often for the best opportunities. The prices, at $.50 for a paperback and $2 for a hardcover, cassette, tape, or DVD, are a great bargain. Payment will be by the honor system. Bring small bills, as there will not be the opportunity to make change.

Tour formal and natural Carlisle gardens

Wander through enchanting and spectacular gardens in Carlisle at the Country Gardens Tour and Plant Sale on Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour, sponsored by the Carlisle Garden Club, is self-guided through seven never- previously-seen gardens, running in style from traditional, formal structures to casual woodland settings, all reflecting the owner's passions, and Carlisle's natural beauty. Tickets are available for $12 in advance at Daisy's Market in Carlisle Center, New England Nursery in Bedford, and Agway in Chelmsford. Tickets can be purchased on day of the tour for $15 at the First Religious Society, 27 Church Street, Carlisle (follow the signs from the Carlisle rotary). Seniors may purchase tickets at any time for $10. The tour starts at the First Religious Society, where locally-grown plants will be available for sale. Proceeds of the tour and plant sale benefit the many community-related activities of the Carlisle Garden Club. For more information, call 1-978-369-7727 or 1-978-371-2674.

Carolyn Shohet speaks on June 11 at Gleason

The Friends of Gleason Public Library present Carolyn Shohet as part of their Authors' Series on Wednesday, June 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room. Carolyn has lived in Carlisle since her marriage in 1962, and became a writer for the Carlisle Gazette and Carlisle Mosquito. Her culinary skills, honed through classes and her catering business, are well-known in town, and she has conducted a cooking class in her house, sponsored by Concord-Carlisle Community Education, for twenty years. Carolyn is the author of two cookbooks: Carolyn's Kitchen and Carolyn's Kitchen Revisited.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito