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Friday, October 31, 2003

The Savoyard Light Opera Company to present
Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe

The Savoyard Light Opera Company is pleased to present Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe, with stage direction by Donna Dewitt and music direction by Fred Frabotta. This light-hearted musical features Strephon, a shepherd who is half man and half fairy, who wishes to marry a young ward of chancery named Phyllis. Matters are complicated when his mother Iolanthe, a fairy who looks too young to be anyone's mother, appears to plead his case to his beloved. Things are further complicated when romances spark between the fairy women and members of the House of Lords. The music in Iolanthe is both amusing and moving, and includes the famous patter number "The Nightmare Song." The cast includes Carlisle residents Phillip Drew and Larry Millner both in the men's ensemble.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on November 14, 15, 21 and 22; and at 2 p.m. on November 16 and 23 at the Corey Auditorium in the Carlisle School. Tickets are $18 for adults; $15 for students and seniors; $12 for children under 12. For tickets, caII 1-978-371-SLOC or visit

Twelfth Night opens with
British actor Patrick Tull

The Concord Players plan a gala opening night for Shakespeare's Twelfth Night or What You Will on Friday, November 7, with a 6:45 p.m. reception, refreshments, and discussion with British actor Patrick Tull. Lucky first-night ticket holders will also meet the actors at a post-performance party. Tickets are $15. For reservations, call: 1-978-369-2990 or choose seats and order tickets online at Tickets are also available (in person only) at the Harness Shop in Concord Center. The show continues Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through November 22, with a matinee on November 16 at 2:30 p.m. Performances will be at 51 Walden Street in Concord.

Patrick Tull has worked extensively in theater, TV, and film in the U.K. and the U.S. where he is now based. On Broadway, he was a founding member of Tony Randall's National Actors' Theater, appearing in all three productions in the opening season at the Belasco. He played Collins in Shaw's Getting Married at Circle-in-the-Square with Lee Richardson, Elizabeth Franz, and Linda Thorson. He also appeared in Amadeus with Frank Langella, and in The Astrakhan Coat with Roddy MacDowell, James Coco, Brian Bedford, and Carole Shelley.

He is one of the foremost narrators of recorded books in the country and has recorded authors as diverse as George Orwell and John Mortimer, whose Rumpole of the Bailey became a successful TV series. Tull has done the narration for over 100 books for Recorded Books, Inc., and recently narrated the seventeen-part TV series Sea Tale for A&E.

Patrick Tull trained in drama at the prestigious London Academy of Dramatic Art where his classmates included actor Donald Sutherland. He has played both Orsino and Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and will speak about his experiences with the play, as well as the value of theater in a community. The opening night audience will have a unique beginning to the Players' new season.

CSEM to perform in Carlisle next Thursday

The Cambridge Society for Early Music will open its 23rd season of "Chamber Music by Candlelight" concerts in Carlisle with a performance entitled "Heights and Depths of the Soul: Songs by Byrd, Campion, Dowland, Morley, Schutz and Sweelink." The concert will take place on Thursday, November 6, at 8 p.m. at Saint Irene Church, 181 East Street.

Performing will be Alastair Thompson, tenor, and James Nicolson, double virginal.In this program the virginal fills two roles in support of the voice: it takes the role of the lute in the English songs, and that of the basso continuo in the sacred pieces by Heinrich Schutz.

Thompson has enjoyed widespread success as a soloist, and has performed widely in Europe.

Nicolson has been a long-time participant in Boston's Early Music activities. In addition to touring annually with his instrument in Europe, he teaches privately and is on the faculty of the Longy School of Music. He is also the president of the Cambridge Society for Early Music.

Tickets for this concert are $25 general admission, $20 for students and seniors. Subscriptions for the three-concert season are $60 each. Tickets and subscriptions, along with free brochures and other details about the season, are available by telephoning 1-617-489-2062.

Friday Night Live on November 7

The first Friday Night Live got off to a great start with almost 250 middle school students in attendance. The November Friday Night Live (FNL) will be held on the 7th with more ping pong, chess, basketball, pizza and, of course, dancing to the latest tunes.

Many thanks go out to all the parents who chaperoned the first FNL. Without parents' help, FNL couldn't happen. All Carlisle students (public or private) in grades six to eight who did not attend the first FNL are welcome to attend in November, but must remember to bring a parent or guardian to fill out the required permission form. Students will not be permitted to attend without a form.

A $3 contribution is collected at the door to keep the program self-supporting. Pizza and soda are also available for a small fee. Students who leave prior to 9:30 p.m. must be signed out by a parent. All others should be picked up at 9:30 p.m. sharp! For more information call Kathy Hassey at 1-978-287-4284 or any other member of the Carlisle Youth Commission.

PJ Storytime on Wednesday evening

Wednesday, November 5 is the date for the next PJ Story time. The place is the Gleason Public Library, and the time is 7 p.m. Aimed at ages 3 and up, the story time will feature classic picture books as well as newer ones. Children are welcome to come in their PJs and bring a stuffed animal.

Newcomer's Club Coffee

This month's Welcome Coffee will be held on Tuesday, November 4 at 9:30 a.m. Come and meet some neighbors. Call Rosie Oberg at 1-978-371-1923 or Andrea Swerling at 1-978-369-5313 for directions and/or more information.

Influenza shots for Carlisle seniors

Carlisle residents 65 years of age or older will be eligible to receive an influenza immunization on Friday, November 7, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Sleeper Community Room. Pneumonia and tetanus vaccines will also be available. All residents should bring their Medicare and/or HMO insurance cards to the clinic. For more information, call Emerson Hospital Home Care Department at 1-978-287-0122.

C-PAC to meet on Wednesday

The Carlisle Parents Advisory Group will be meeting in the Hollis Room of the library on November 5 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Candidates interested in representing C-PAC on the superintendent search will speak from 7:30 to 8 p.m., and voting will take place at 8 p.m. Discussion of issues to be addressed by the representative will follow the vote.

COA Thanksgiving luncheon November 6

Join the Carlisle Council on Aging for its annual Thanksgiving luncheon on Thursday, November 6 at 11:45 a.m. in the Sleeper Room at 146 Church Street. Enjoy a delicious traditional Thanksgiving meal with all of the fixings. Following lunch there will be a special musical performance featuring John O'Neil in "So Kaye: The Songs of Danny Kaye." Hear the songs that helped make Danny Kaye one of the world's most beloved entertainers. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council. Reservations are appreciated at 1-978-371-2895. A donation of $2 is suggested for the lunch.

Friends of Gleason Public Library to hold annual meeting

The Friends of Gleason Public Library will hold their annual meeting on Wednesday, November 12 at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room of Gleason Library. There will be a business meeting followed by a social hour with refreshments. Anyone interested in the Friends' activities is invited to attend. Information about Friends' projects will be available throughout the meeting.

CCHS parents and faculty take to the stage to raise money for CCHS performing arts

As school budget crises continue to plague Concord and Carlisle, the faculty and parents at CCHS are determined to preserve the performing arts of drama, dance, choral and orchestral music at the high school. On November 8 CCPOPS (Concord Carlisle Patrons of Performing Students) will host "A Time to Shine" at CCHS. The fund-raising evening, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at CCHS, includes a complete dinner, a full cabaret show and a silent auction.

Performances from parents and faculty from both towns headline the evening with a featured performance by "Aural Fixation," the award-winning women's a cappella group from Boston University, featuring CCHS alum Carolyn Barnes.

The evening includes a delicious homemade dinner cooked by Chuck Brown, CCHS Choral and Drama Director; a silent auction that includes a wide variety of items such as hot air balloon rides; use of CCHS Principal Art Dulong's parking spot; weekend get- aways on the ocean in Maine; and wine and merchandise donations from Concord merchants.

"This evening is so inspiring! The community comes together to have fun to sing, to dance, to play instruments all so the kids can have workshops, perform and put on the musical at CCHS. Without the money raised on this night there would not be a musical or half of the programs that the kids need. The folks who attend completely understand that performing arts form life-long skills and passions for kids. Like everything CCPOPS does, this is all about the kids," says Brown.

To get tickets to "A Time to Shine" visit West Concord 5 and 10, Video Revolution, the Cheese Shop, the Toy Shop or Daisy's . You can also buy tickets on line at Tickets are $35 and tables are $280. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets is encouraged to purchase soon as the event will sell out.

Girl Scout square dance on November 16

All Carlisle Girl Scouts are invited to "swing their partners" over to the annual fall social square dance on Sunday, November 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. The event, hosted by the girls in second grade Brownie Troop 2650, will take place at the Scout House, 74 Walden Street in Concord. The cost is $8 per adult/child and tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are encouraged, so e-mail Maria Balboni today at or call her at 1-978-369-8678.

CSA Book Fair on Saturday

The annual fall Carlisle School Association (CSA) book fair will be held on Saturday, November 1, at The Concord Bookshop at 65 Main Street from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A portion of the day's receipts go to benefit the CSA and the Carlisle Schools. Also available are Book Sense gift certificates which can be used at other independent bookshops across the country. Most purchases can be made over the telephone at 1-978-369-2405 on the day. There will be delicious baked goods to taste and some wonderful reading suggestions from school librarian Sandy Kelly.

Skate park field trip

The Skate Park 2004 Skate Board Committee invites middle and high school students who are interested in skateboarding and in-line skating to visit a new Skate Park in Charlestown. On Tuesday, November 11, the community bus will leave CCHS at 9 a.m. and return at 1 p.m. There is limited space; first come, first served. A $10 donation per person will help defray the cost and will also support the planned Concord park. Make checks out to: The Alliance for TeenSafety, Inc. and mail to: 120 Meriam Road, Concord, 01742. Permission slips are available at the main offices at the Middle Schools in Concord and Carlisle, and at CCHS. All students must have a completed form in order to board the bus. For more information, or to volunteer to chaperone this trip, call Barbara Howland at 1-978-369-3113.

Adult and Community Education offerings

Carlisle resident Mary Zoll, a freelance technical, medical, and scientific writer now working in the MIT writing program, will be offering a course entitled "Technical Writing Workshop," beginning on Wednesday, November 5, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Concord-Carlisle High School. Students will read and discuss pieces of their professional and technical writing, giving constructive feedback. Zoll will introduce basic skills of technical writing for new technical writers, and provide a review for those with experience. Students should bring pieces of writing for discussion, each 3-5 pages long, about any aspect of science, technology, medicine, law, or finance. The fee is $29.

An American Heart Association "Heartsaver AED" course will be held at Carlisle Middle School on Tuesday, November 4, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. This course teaches the basic techniques of adult CPR and use of the lifesaving automatic external defibrillator (AED). The fee is $50.

Classes are open to residents and non-residents. Register with Community Education, 1-978-318-1540.

"Exploring Lowell" tours and programs

Join a Ranger for a program exploring places in Lowell's history. All programs are free of charge and begin at 2:30 p.m. Most programs are 90 minutes in length and are conducted rain or shine. Reservations are recommended. Call 1-978-970-5000. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Saturday, November 1: Lowell Cemetery. Visit this wonderful example of the garden cemetery movement of the 19th century, which evokes memories of Lowell's past and the lives of its citizens. Tour begins at Lowell Cemetery, Lawrence Street Gate, 1020 Lawrence Street, Lowell.

Sunday, November 2: Dickens Comes to Lowell or Expectations Great and Small. Lowell's reputation as an industrial, social, and economic wonder was at its height when Charles Dickens visited in 1842. Trace his footsteps to reveal if all was truly as it seemed. Tour begins at Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street, Lowell.

Saturday, November 8: The Mill Girls of Lowell. What would make a young woman leave her New England farm and come to work in the mills of Lowell? This tour explores the reasons why countless women streamed into Lowell and the many benefits and opportunities offered them. Tour begins at the "Mill Girls and Immigrants" Exhibit, Boardinghouse, 40 French Street, Lowell.

Saturday, November 15: When Cotton Was King. Why did moderate New Englanders avoid the slavery issue and what happened to shift their viewpoint to become supporters of abolition? This walking tour explores the role of cotton in the world economy and how it influenced New England manufacturing and labor. Tour begins at Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street, Lowell.

Sunday, November 16: Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest. Join us for a tour of the forest, located just minutes from the downtown, where we will explore the natural and historical features of this 1,000-acre public resource. Meet at the National Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street at 2 p.m. or at the end of Trotting Park Road off Varnum Avenue in Lowell at 2:30 p.m., where the tour will begin.

Saturday, November 22: The Keeper of the House.Businesswoman, head cook, house cleaner and mother-away-from-home: the boardinghouse keepers wore many hats. Program will begin in the Mill Girl and Immigrant Exhibit, 40 French Street, Lowell.

Sunday, November 23: Suffolk Mill Waterpower Tour. Ride the trolley to the old Suffolk Mill. Follow the transmission of waterpower from the Northern Canal through the turbine to an operating power loom. Tour begins at Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street, Lowell.

Embroiderers' Guild welcomes new members

The Merrimack Valley Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America holds monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of the month at Tewksbury Congregational Church on Main and East Streets.TheJanuary 20program, which begins at 7 p.m., introduces the student to basic Hardanger concepts and techniques while making a lavender sachet designed by Janice Love. A brief introduction and pre-class work will be discussed at the meeting held on December 16. As a result, pre-registration is required by November 18. The cost for materials is $6, plus $15 for the book by Janice Love, Hardanger Basics and Beyond.

To register, contact Pat Timpanaro at or 1-781-665-4118.New members are always welcome.Contact Rosemary Carter at or 1-781-893-0959. Visit their web site at Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc. is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the teaching and preservation of needlework as an art form. The Merrimack Valley Chapter is a lively group with members spanning a wide range of ages and abilities.

Concord Chorus joins with viols and recorders for early music concert

The Concord Chorus begins its season with a concert of early music presented in collaboration with Phillips Consort of Viols and the Concordia Consort. The concert takes place on Saturday, November 8, at 8 p.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord.

This program offers an opportunity to hear the lush and extravagant sonorities from the early baroque/late renaissance period with full chorus and instruments of the period. The ensembles will perform music strongly centered in the Venetian tradition.

Tickets to this concert are available at $15 and $12 for seniors and children. To reserve tickets , call 1-781-646-7186.

Enjoy a free recorder concert

Middlesex Community College's fall concert series continues with a recorder concert by the Concordia Consort, with guest lutenist William Good, to be held at 4 p.m., Sunday, November 16 in MCC's Concert Hall on the Bedford campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Sheila Beardslee, the Concordia Consort is a small group of recorder players. For this concert, the group will perform 17th

MCC's Concert Hall is located in North Academic Hall (Building 6) on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road.

BSO oboist performs in free concert

"A World of Music," Middlesex Community College's fall 2003 concert series, continues with a performance by John Ferrillo, principal oboe of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with Judith Kellock, soprano, and Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta, piano, to be held at 8 p.m., Friday, November 21, in MCC's Concert Hall on the Bedford campus. 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 more information about MCC's "A World of Music," call Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta, series director, at 1-781-280-3923.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito