Friday, November 21, 2003
Concord Players present Twelfth Night
The Concord Players will perform Twelfth Night on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. through November 22 at 51 Walden Street in Concord. The production features renowned British actor Patrick Tull. Tickets are available at the door.
Patrick Tull has worked extensively in theater, TV and film in the UK 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.
Off-Broadway he has appeared in productions at the Manhattan Theater Club, as well as in regional theaters all over the U.S. from Berkeley to Minneapolis to Syracuse.
Many in the audience may recognize Tull's voice from television voice-overs for products such as the Bermuda Travel Board and Hershey's Little Bites. 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 Old Bailey became a successful TV series. Tull has done the narration for over 100 books for Recorded Books, Inc., and recently narrated the 17-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 noted actor Donald Sutherland. He has played both Orsino and Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night.
River Trail walk on November 28
The public is invited to join the Carlisle Trails Committee for a post-Thanksgiving walk along the Concord River. The walk will follow the River Trail from the Bedford to theBillerica end, take a short rest to view Greenough Pond, then return through the large open fields of the former O'Rourke farm. The group will pass through the Foss Farm and Greenough town conservation lands and Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.The four-mile walk will take approximately two hours. There will also be a one-hour walk at a slower pace. Both walks will depart from the Foss Farm parking lot on Bedford Road at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 28. There will be refreshments at the end. Waterproof boots are recommended. Heavy rain cancels the trip. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.
Girl Scouts collecting food and winter coats
Girl Scout troop 2638 is conducting a food drive at the Carlisle School to benefit The Open Table. The girls have placed a donation box in the school cafeteria. Food supplies at The Open Table are down and contributions are needed. Especially appreciated are donations of cereal, coffee, canned fruit, pasta, tomato sauce, peanut butter, jelly, and personal care items.
Two Junior Girl Scout troops in Carlisle have teamed up to collect as many warm winter coats as they can in the few weeks left until Christmas. The coats will be donated to a local family shelter. Children's jackets and snowsuits, as well as adult coats, hats and mittens are all needed. If you can help, please drop off your gently worn coats in the big drop-off box at the Langrind-Murphy home, 8 Bedford Road in Carlisle Center (between the library and the Fleet Bank ATM). For more information, call Darragh Murphy 1-978-318-0319.
Parent's Night Out
Need some extra time to get ready for the holidays or do some shopping? The Friends of Carlisle Extended Day will be hosting a babysitting parent's night out on Friday, December 5, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Teachers and volunteer parents from the program will provide an evening of movies, pizza, drinks, popcorn and other activities, open to all Carlisle children grades kindergarten through sixth. Two age-appropriate movies will be shown. Sign-up is first-come, first-served and is limited to 30 children. A donation of $20/ child or $30/family (two or more children) is requested. Download a registration form at www.extendedday.org or contact Kathy, after 6 p.m. at 1-978-371-2130 for details.
Children's author to speak on tonight
Grace Lin, children's author and illustrator, will be presenting a program at the Gleason Public Library during Children's Book Week on Friday, November 21 at 3:30 p.m. Grace will read from several of her picture books which include The Ugly Vegetables and Kite Flying. After that she will lead a kite-making workshop. This event is for ages 5 to 10. Tickets, which are needed for this event, are available in the children's department. The Friends of the Gleason Public Library are sponsoring this program. For further information call 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department.
Thanksgiving event for senior citizens
Calling all senior citizens — the students and parents of the Concord-Carlisle Class of 2005 will be hosting the annual Thanksgiving Day Event where seniors are invited to come and enjoy a lovely meal on Saturday, November 22. This bountiful meal, which includes roast turkey, dressing, pumpkin pie and all the other delicious "Turkey Day" trimmings will take place at the Concord-Carlisle High School cafeteria, 500 Walden Street in Concord. Serving time will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Contact Carlisle Council on Aging (1-978-371-2895) to make a reservation.
Friends seek storage spot for books
The Friends of Gleason Public Library hope to hold their traditional used book sale in the spring, but this plan hinges on finding a storage space for books donated for the sale.The space needs to be fairly large and weatherproof, but need not be heated. Anyone willing to donate temporary space in a barn, dry basement, garage, or spare room, please contact Priscilla Stevens, Friends President, at 1-978-371-7282 or email@example.com.
Annual tree lighting ceremony December 1
The Red Balloon Nursery School invites Carlisle residents to the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony. Meet December 1 at 6 p.m. at the tree across from Union Hall on the town common. Refreshments will be served immediately following the ceremony.
Friends of COA hold annual meeting Dec. 2
The Carlisle Friends of the Council on Aging (COA) will be having its annual meeting at 7:15 p.m., on December 2, at the Town Offices during the regular COA meeting. All are invited to attend. The Friends of the COA wishes to show its appreciation to the response to its annual appeal.
Town government needs volunteers
Anyone interested in serving on a town committee or board is asked to send a letter to the Selectmen indicating one's areas of interest, name, address, occupation, background and phone number. Send to: The Board of Selectmen, P.O. Box 827, Carlisle.
School cancellation information
As the winter arrives, note that "no-school" or "school delayed start" announcements will be broadcast on the following TV and radio outlets:
(Radio) WBZ 1030 AM
(Radio) WBUR 90.9 FM
(TV) WBZ Channel 4
(TV) WHDH Channel 7
(TV) WCVB Channel 5
Adult soccer program still kicking around
Saturday, November 29, from 2 to 4 p.m., Spalding Field will be the site of the annual "Thanksgiving Holiday" soccer game for high school students and adults. This game has become an annual tradition, one in which many veterans return to Carlisle to join the regulars, making their only appearance for the year. This pool of former participants runs deep, since the adult soccer program has been active for more than 20 years. Today, as at the inception of the league, the goal remains the same, to provide a recreational outlet for adults.
All interested high school kids and adults are encouraged to come and participate.
Games are regularly scheduled for Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. at Spalding Field. As stated, there will also be a game Saturday, November 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Spalding Field. Please bring a dark shirt and a white shirt.
On a similar note, the Town Recreation Committee is offering a program of indoor soccer on Wednesday nights, starting December 3 and running through April 14. Information for this and for the adult program is available by calling Scott Forsberg at 1-978-369-1631.
Middle school basketball try outs
Basketball tryouts for the girls and boys middle school teams will be held on the following days. Please make note of the date and time. Any student in grades six through eight is invited to attend. Tryouts will begin promptly at 3:25 p.m. and will conclude at 4:30 p.m.
Boys: Monday, November 24 and Tuesday, November 25.
Girls: Monday, December 1 and Tuesday, December 2.
Kindergarten for September 2004
For those families with a child who will be eligible for kindergarten in September 2004 that have not received a postcard from the school, it is time to contact the Carlisle Public School's Registrar, Joanne Graziano.
The Carlisle Mosquito's holiday plans
The Mosquito will publish the day after Thanksgiving, but the deadline for news and press releases will be Sunday, November 23, at noon. In December, the paper will publish through December 19. There will be no issues on December 26 and January 2.
Donations sought for MSPCA
Girl Scout Troop 2646 is collecting donations for the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. Items include new cat and dog toys, grooming brushes, paper towels, liquid hand soap, used and cleaned towels and blankets. To donate, call Lee at 1-978-369-0454 or Peg at 1-978-369-1576, or for a complete list see the web site: www.nevinsfarm.org.
Domestic violence prevention group seeks volunteers
Do you want to help stop domestic violence? If so, join the Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program (DVVAP) in their efforts to create safer communities and become a volunteer advocate to serve victims of domestic violence.
All volunteers will participate in a 30-hour advocate training program that will begin on January 20, 2004. Training will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Concord Police Department.
The Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program is a community collaboration among the Acton, Bedford, Carlisle, Concord, Lincoln, Maynard and Stow Police Departments and the DVVAP Citizen's Council. If you would like to join these highly committed volunteers, or would simply like to learn more about what DVVAP is doing to end the violence in your community, call 1-978-318-3421 for more information.
Spelling bee promises to be an evening of humor and hubris
Students of spelling may be feeling roseate, ebullient, insouciant, or sanguine in anticipation of the Concord Spelling Bee. It matters not how they're feeling — it matters only that they can accurately spell their words. On Saturday November 22 from 6 to 9:30 p.m., more than 120 spellers — ranging from 10 to 80 years young — will gather in the CCHS auditorium for the tenth annual Concord Spelling Bee.
The Concord Education Fund (CEF) sponsors the event, together with a Silent Auction. Spellers represent Concordians from all walks of life, including: teachers and students from both public and independent schools; local athletes, artists, authors, and farmers; firefighters, police officers, and members of the clergy; business owners and managers; and elected town officials and Finance Committee members.
The defending champions, Polly Attwood, Caroline Birdsall, and Penny Staples of the legendary Alcott School, are in pursuit of a hat trick for their spelling acumen. However, several challengers are anxious to unseat the trio, including CMS Principal Arthur Unobskey, who notes "the CMS teachers are studying lists of words; we'll be ready to challenge."
In addition to the trials and tensions that characterize the spelling challenge, the evening includes a great silent auction. The CEF has assembled an array of wonderful bidding opportunities, including: vacation homes on Martha's Vineyard for the beach lover, in Stowe Vermont for the skiers, and more; hard-to-get tickets to the Bruins, Celtics, and Red Sox for the sports fan; gourmet meals served in your home — ranging from an Italian wine tasting to vegetarian Indian dinners — for the entertainers; a William Ciccariello lithograph, a David Sibley print, and stained glass art for art aficionados; and more than 100 other items.
The CEF will use all proceeds from the Spelling Bee and Silent Auction to benefit students and teachers in Concord and Concord-Carlisle Public Schools. Since 1994, CEF has made more than 100 grants valued at over $510,000 for initiatives that enhance and extend the curriculums in the Town's public schools. The CEF provides grants to teachers and administrators who have innovative ideas but difficulty finding funding.
Antiques boutique at The Old Manse
The Old Manse presents a holiday antiques boutique on Saturday, December 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Antiques dealers will feature collectibles and eclectic curiosities at this holiday sale. Musicians will perform 18th and 19th century music on the Manse's historic piano.
The house will be decorated for the season and the museum shop will feature Christmas items, small gifts and books. A $5 admission includes access to the boutique, self-guided tours of the house and musical offerings. The Old Manse is located at 269 Monument Street in Concord. For more information, call 1-978-369-3909.
'Winter Through the Ages' at The Old Manse
Journey through time from the Colonial Era to the 1930s at the Old Manse's holiday program entitled "Winter Through the Ages." Experience the delight of wandering through a cozy antique house hearing music in the parlor, listening to excerpts from the "latest" books, meeting Ralph Waldo Emerson's extended family, and munching on old-fashioned cookies in the summer kitchen.
The Old Manse will spring to life with holiday decorations and activities on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7. The Junior Volunteers of Concord, who portray various former inhabitants of the Manse, will be dressed in period costumes and will help you travel through time to enjoy the pleasures of the past.
The hours on Saturday are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and on Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7.50 for students and seniors, and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Members of The Trustees of Reservations receive a 50% discount. The Old Manse book shop and Christmas boutique will be open throughout the weekend.
The Old Manse, home of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Ralph Waldo Emerson, is a National Historic Landmark and a property of The Trustees of Reservations. It is located at 269 Monument Street adjacent to the North Bridge. For more information on the program, contact Laurie Butters at 1-978-369-3909.
Remember prisoners in holiday gift-giving
Concord Prison Outreach (CPO), a group of local citizens whose mission is to foster good relations between the community and Concord's two prisons, urges those who wish to practice acts of charity to include prisoners in their gift-giving plans. For the past 30 years, the group has been soliciting small gifts for inmates and overseeing their distribution. These seemingly trivial items are a seasonal reminder of human kindness and an assurance that people, even strangers, are willing to extend a generous hand.
Unlike shelters or other institutions that can accept almost any item offered as a gift, the prisons maintain strict rules as to what possessions prisoners are allowed. For that reason, CPO provides a "wish list" of items from which it compiles gift bags for inmates. CPO's goal is to provide gift bags for 1600 prisoners, with each bag containing the following: 1 white facecloth, 1 4-to-6 oz. tube toothpaste, 1 bar of soap, 1 toothbrush, 5 disposable shavers, 1 pair large flip-flops, eight first-class stamps, 1 pack envelopes, 1 writing pad (no wire bindings), smaller than 8x11, a greeting card (homemade if possible) signed by first name only. Donors may choose to fill one bag with each item on the list or just donate a few select items; CPO volunteers will ensure fair distribution of any items provided.
Drop-off dates are Sunday, November 16 through Wednesday, December 3 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord (River Street entrance). Call either of the following with questions: Joan Kaufman at 1-978-369-8487 or Joanne Mente at 1-978-369-4479.
Annual Human Rights Day Breakfast
Come help the Concord-Carlisle Human Rights council celebrate the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights on Monday, December 1 at 7:30 a.m. Listen to historian and educator Elliot Lilien speak on the question of: What happens to civil liberties in a wartime atmosphere? The public is invited to join in the discussion, and share a continental breakfast. The event is free, and open to all. The event will be held at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden Street, Concord.
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