The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 27, 2003

SAVORING THE STRAWBERRIES. The weather cooperated, clearing just in time for the Strawberry Festival on June 19. (Photo by Rik Pierce)


ConsCom vacancy

The Carlisle Conservation Commission is seeking an individual with expertise, experience or interest in conservation or environmental protec-tion. Individuals should have a willingness to attend training sessions to gain the relevant knowledge in open space, land management and wetlands protection.

The seven-member commission is responsible for the protection of Car-lisle's natural resources through its ad-ministration of the Wetlands Protection Act. They meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Interested Carlisle residents please send a resume to the Conservation Commission at P.O. Box 827, 66 Westford St., Carlisle, MA 01741.

Kids: try Workreation

The Recreation Department's new Workreation program is offered June 30 to August 8. Projects will be organized and supervised by a recreation counselor. Participating youth will also have the opportunity to be trained in CPR and first aid and to spend a fun day bowling or seeing a movie and having pizza.

Brochures are available at Gleason Library and the Town Hall Recreation Office, or online at For more information call 1-978-369-9815 or email

Carlisle history book at Old Home Day

Carlisle: Its History and Heritage by Ruth Chamberlin Wilkins is the only complete history of the town from 1754 to 1975. The Carlisle Historical Society has printed a revised edition of this 1976 book, which will be available at Old Home Day at a discounted price of $30. Books may also be ordered online at

Gleason hosts yo-yo demonstration June 30

Larry Sayco will be demonstrating his art of the yo-yo at Union Hall on June 30 from 7 to 8 p.m as part of the Gleason Library's summer reading program. Come and experience this remarkable world champion's yo-yo tricks, maneuvers, and even a yo-yo story or two. The Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library are sponsoring this event. This demonstration is being recom-mended for grades one to six. For more information call the library at 1-978-369-4898.

Recreation programs offered this summer

The Carlisle Recreation Department is now accepting one-week registrations for grade four through eight programs. There are still some openings.

Session A: June 30 to July 11 (not July 4)
Session B: July 14 to July 25
Session C: July 28 to August 8
MLS Goalie Clinic: August 4 to 8
MLS Soccer Clinics: August 18 to 22

Brochures are available at Gleason Library and the Town Hall Recreation Office, or online at For more information phone 1-978-368-9815 or email

OHD needs volunteers

The Old Home Day Committee is looking for volunteers to help with the art show, parade and various other spots. Jobs slots last no longer than 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Teenagers and adults, interested in getting involved? Please call Susan Evans for more information at 1-978-371-0880.

Getting Together in Carlisle for a free breakfast on July 4

In keeping with this year's Old Home Day theme of "Getting Together in Carlisle," all residents are invited to a free breakfast in the new "home" of the Carlisle Congregational Church between 8 and 9:30 a.m. After a year off due to construction, it is a privilege for the church to open the doors once again for the traditional pancake breakfast. All are invited.

Got photos?

Pick up photos that you have sent to the Mosquito at our booth at the Old Home Day Country Fair.

Hip Hop at the Ice Cream Social July 3

Stop by the Town Green from 6 to 8 p.m. on July 3 for an ice cream sundae and enjoy entertainment by the Project Concern youth dance company at 6:30 p.m. Project Concern is a hip-hop dance company made up of inner-city teens from Boston. Their routines are energetic and upbeat and mix-up hip-hop dance with jazz, ballet, gymnastics, break dance and street free style.

This project was supported from a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council a local agency that receives funds from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Carlisle 28th annual Old Home Day road races

The Carlisle Road Races will be run Friday morning, July 4. The exact courses and prizes can be found on the entry blanks, which are available now at the Carlisle Library, Carlisle Post Office and Daisy's Market, or via e-mail request to For those running and wishing to pre-register, the signed entry blanks will have to be delivered to Ronald Kmiec at 94 Bingham Road by July 3. Please call first.

The only official runners (with numbers and eligible for prizes) are present and former Carlisle residents and town employees · no "friends and visiting relatives." All others are welcome to take part as unofficial runners and will be able to receive their time as they cross the finish line.

Entry fees are $6 for adults, $3 for youths (19 and under) for each race. Race day entries will be $8 for adults, $5 for youths. One of the impediments to a smoothly-run race, jeopardizing the Old Home Day timetable, is late registration. Runners are urged to enter as early as possible to facilitate data entry.

Race director this year will be Ronald Kmiec (1-978-369-6130, 94 Bingham Road). Additional volunteers are needed this year. Call for further information or to help on race day (all "jobs" are over by 9:30 a.m.).

OHD Parade Information

Parade entries, including all floats, horses, wagons, cars, trucks and other performing entries, should assemble in the school parking lot by 9 a.m. on July 4. All bicycles, scooters, the Red Balloon Nursery School and other children's entries should assemble in the Gleason Library parking lot by 9:30 a.m.

Meet at noon at the flagpole on the Town Green for presentation of awards for this year's best parade entries.

1st Place: Silver Trophy cup
2nd Place: Ride in Police Cruiser for Ice Cream
3rd Place: Gift certificate for Kimball's mini-golf/bumper boats

For last-minute inspiration and any questions about the parade, please call Debbie Power or Bill Cooney at 1-978- 369-0434.

Kindergarten bus volunteers needed for September

Volunteers are needed to ride on the Carlisle School buses on Wednesday, September 3, Thursday, September 4, and Friday, September 5 to help kindergarten students adjust to the school bus routine. Volunteers ride the bus for the entire route at 8 a.m., 12 noon or 3 p.m. on one of the three days of their choice. The time commitment is about one hour. The Carlisle School Association has provided this service to kindergarteners and their families for many years. The children are introduced to the bus driver, assisted to seats, and reminded when it is time to get off at their stop. In addition, the volunteers assist the bus drivers in locating new stops on their routes. Anyone willing to volunteer, contact Nina Anton at 1-978-369-8466 or e-mail

Student masterpieces wanted for art show

The Gleason Public Library is again looking for students to submit artwork for the annual "Art at the Gleason" student art show to be held mid-September through mid-November. Students residing in Carlisle, kindergarten age and up, are eligible to enter artwork, be it photography, oil, watercolor, charcoal, or sculpture in the library's annual student art show. Contact Brooke Cragan at 1-978-369-1196 or Andrea Urban at 1-978-369-4734 through June 30. The artwork will be collected in early September, but

plans are beginning now before everyone is off for their summer vacations.

Ode to the Old Home Day Pie Contest

by Nancy Shohet West

Summer's arrived! Just ahead lies the hour
To assemble your butter and sugar and flour
And answer the question that haunts many a dream:
Will this year be berry, chiffon, or cream?

On Carlisle's Old Home Day (that's the 4th of July)
We invite you to join this bacchanalia of pie.
Imagine how your friends will be impressed
When you enter the Old Home Day pie baking contest!

There's a class for berries, another for cream
Bake by yourself, or form your own team!
There's a category just for kids under fifteen
Where tomorrow's elite pastry chefs can be seen.

Whatever kind you consider most delightful
To deny us your talents would be simply spiteful.
Make an old favorite, or try something new
We'll welcome your entry, whatever you do.

So bring us your pies, no matter the flavor
The contest is an event for all to savor.
Roll out a crust; stir up a filling
Experiment with tastes unique and thrilling.

And if you say baking just isn't your thing
Stop and see us even if you've nothing to bring.
As soon as the labors of judging are done
Pie slices are sold to everyone!

Guidelines for the contest:

1. Please drop off pies to Union Hall at Old Home Day between 9 and 10:30 a.m.
2. Submit as many entries as you wish.
3. Pie judging will begin at 11 a.m.

Results will be announced at 12 noon, followed by the sale of pie slices. Questions? Contact Nancy West at 1-978-369-6515 or nancyswest@msn. com.


"Getting Together in Carlisle" · Old Home Day

PRESENT CHAIRS! Marshall Kathy Booth calls out the moves to her 18-member First Religious Society Precision Lawn Chair Drill Team. "Present chairs, sit, wave right, wave left," shouts Booth, to the delight of townspeople lining the parade route. This group won the grand prize in the Old Home Day parade. (Photo by Rik Pierce)

The theme for Old Home Day this year is "Getting Together in Carlisle." The Old Home Day Committee is going to present the first-place float winner with a silver cup which will be handed to the winner from year to year! It's not too late to participate. People have been known to build a float the night before.

Old Home Day begins on the eve of the 4th with an Ice Cream Social on the Town Green from 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy an ice cream sundae with your friends and neighbors while being entertained by the Hip Hop Dance group.

OHD pet show participants, 2002. (Photo by Lois d'Annunzio)
Old Home Day begins bright and early with two road races, a 5-mile and a 1-mile race. The Pancake Breakfast at the Congregational Church is back this year, running from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Don't miss it. Then head down to the center, watch the runners finish the race, saunter over to the flagpole on the green for the flag raising by the Carlisle Minutemen, followed by the Conservationist Award and the Honored Citizen Award.

Bake a cake to enter the cake decorating contest and a pie for the pie baking contest.

Kids, decorate your bikes, wagons and scooters and enter the parade. Or make plans with some friends to become entrepreneurs: sell lemonade, cookies, baseball cards, crafts, paint faces or fingernails.

There is still time to book a booth in the fair. Call Bob or Nancy Orlando at 1-978-369-1690 for more information.

Good old-fashioned games for kids are always a hit. These include a frog jumping contest, corn husking competition, and lots more. For the bigger kids and adults there will be a pick-up softball game on the Spalding Field.

The chicken BBQ, sponsored by the Carlisle Firefighters, is the grand finale to Old Home Day along with the ever-popular cake walk, both held at the fire station. Come and help make this Old Home Day the best one yet!

All ages enjoy the one-mile race on OHD 2002. (Photo by Mike Quayle)

An old Home Day favorite: the cake walk

The cake walk, which takes place at the end of the day, is by far the most popular event on Old Home Day. Young and old line up and wait patiently to be herded into the corral where they walk around while the music plays. When the music stops, the lucky couple underneath the arches wins a cake. The more cakes the longer the event lasts. Why not bake a cake for the cake walk this year? Cakes can be dropped off at the Fire Station beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Old Home Day. For more information, call Donna Cantrill at 1-978-369-4388 or Beth Clarke at 1-978-369-5190.

Tour Green Cemetery on Old Home Day

Green Cemetery is one of Carlisle's richest historical treasures, reflecting the burial styles of the Colonial and Victorian eras. Winged cherubs, hands and Lambs of God, floral images and period plantings have decorated the grave-stones since 1831, celebrating and memorializing unique Carlisle lives.

You can learn more about funerary practices and customs in old Carlisle when historian Sarah Brophy leads a tour of Green Cemetery at 3 p.m. on July 4, Old Home Day. Sponsored by the Carlisle Historical Society, the 45-minute tour (perhaps longer) will show how the cemetery reflects larger themes in American history: development of cemeteries from family plots to public gardens, changes in burial customs, records of war, and reflection of public celebrations. Tour members can also examine the lovely stones and decipher epitaphs of religious hope, family life and Civil War battles, while recognizing the names of old Carlisle families.

This tour will be one of the highlights of Old Home Day, but space is limited and reservations are required. To secure your spot, send a check, marked "Green Cemetery Tour," to the Carlisle Historical Society, Box 703, Carlisle, MA 01741. The tour is $10 for Historical Society members, $15 for non-members, and it's best for ages 12 and up.

Pesticide group plans OHD booth

Chris Chin, Lisa Wiesner and Deline Williamson of the Carlisle Pesticide Awareness Group suggested a draft statement to the BOH on June 19, that the group could use in its informational activities. The statement reads: "The Carlisle Board of Health encourages residents to learn about the hazards of pesticides and ecological approaches to landscaping and pest controls." The board appoved the statement.

The Pesticide Awareness Group will have a booth at Old Home Day to distribute pamphlets and information · and lemonade.

Pesticide Awareness Group meets July 1

The Carlisle Pesticide Awareness Group will meet at the Hollis room at the Gleason Library on Tuesday, July 1 at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome as the group discusses plans for the year. Stop by the Pesticide Awareness Group's booth at Old Home Day, where there will be organic lemonade provided by Whole Foods Market and pamphlets about organic approaches to lawn care and gardening.

Carlisle Community Blood Drive

The American Red Cross is conducting a blood drive at Union Hall on Thursday, July 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Complimentary t-shirts will be given to all donors. For an appointment to donate, call 1-800-448-3543. Walk-ins are also welcome.

CR advisory committee needs new member

There is an opening on the Carlisle Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee (CRAC.) This committee coordinates the negotiation, writing, approval and monitoring of conservation restrictions in Carlisle. It meets with land owners and developers to facilitate the legal process for approval of conservation restrictions by the town and state. This committee also walks each restriction area periodically.

Send a letter of interest and a resume to Sylvia Willard, Carlisle Conservation Commission and to Madonna McKenzie, Town Admin-istrator, P.O. Box 827, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle.

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