The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 12, 2003

Congregational Church Christmas Fair is tomorrow

There's still time to find that special gift or decoration at the Carlisle Congregational Church's Christmas Fair. Rescheduled due to last weekend's snowstorm, the Fair will be held at the Congregational Church, at 147 School Street, this Saturday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be handmade crafts and ornaments, home-baked goodies, gifts and jewelry, kids crafts, attic treasures, and lots more. While there, don't forget to enjoy the homemade soups and sandwiches.

Donate toys at the police station

The true spirit of the holidays has always been helping those less fortunate than ourselves. The staff at the Carlisle Police Department is asking for help again this year with the Christmas for Kids program. The greater Lowell area is in need of donated children's toys this Christmas. Without this community's help, many of these children will likely do without on Christmas day.

Officers and staff will be collecting toys at the police station. These toys will then be delivered to the Lowell office of the Department of Social Services in time for Old Saint Nick's arrival. To donate, drop off a new, unwrapped toy at the police station no later than 8 a.m. on December 18.

Annual Christmas contra dance/potluck tonight

The Christmas contra and square dance will be held in Union Hall at the First Religious Society tonight, December 12, at 8 p.m.

Dudley Laufman will make his annual pilgrimage to Carlisle from New Hampshire to join in the festivities. He will join Sue Rosen in calling the dances, will lead carol singing and play the fiddle and concertina. Dudley's wife Jacqueline will join musicians Debby Knight, Bruce Rosen and Walter Lenk.

All dances will be taught; no partners or experience necessary. Everyone is welcome. A $5 contribution is requested at intermission. A potluck supper before the dance will begin at 6:30 p.m. Call 1-978-369-6678 for more information.

Christmas eve carols on the Green

Everyone is invited to join in Carlisle's traditional singing of Christmas Carols with the usual volunteer band on December 24 at 6:30 p.m. on the Town Green in front of Union Hall.

Everyone interested in joining the band are invited to the rehearsal on Sunday December 14 at 2:30 p.m. indoors at 423 South Street. Music will be distributed at the rehearsal. Instrumentalists of all kinds are welcome, and there is a need for more trumpet players. The band is usually large, and there is good music available that features a trumpet quartet. The glockenspiel should have ampification, so it is hoped that someone can provide that, or a keyboard with bells or chime stops. The band music includes the Salvation Army library of 70 carols. For more information, call Walt Woodward at 1-978-369-5893. Dust off those old brass instruments, and practice for this once per year celebration.

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 need is urgent! 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, contact Priscilla Stevens, Friends President, at 1-978-371-7282 or

Caroline Hill Scholarship applications

Applications for the Caroline Hill Scholarship are available to Carlisle current high school seniors and students in college for continuing post secondary education. The awards, which are need-based, typically range from $500 to 2000. The awards are made in late spring. Caroline Hill left money to residents of the Town of Carlisle for financial need. Applicants can pick up the applications from the registrar's office at Concord-Carlisle High School, the Gleason Public Library or the selectmen's office at the Carlisle Town Hall. If questions, contact Sally Coulter, 369-6637.

Concord-Carlisle Community Chest accepting applications

Human service organizations that serve residents of Concord and Carlisle are invited to submit applications to the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest for the funding cycle from July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005. Applications are due January 16, 2004.

Each year the Community Chest supports local programs with individual grants ranging from $500 to $75,000. Member agencies provide a variety of services for children, youth, families, and senior citizens. First-time applicants should contact Community Chest staff prior to submitting an application.

For more information about the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest call 1-978-369-5250 or visit

Madrigals to present holiday concert

The Concord Madrigals will present "Alleluia," a holiday concert, on Sunday, December 21 at 4 p.m. at the West Concord Union Church, 1317 Main Street, West Concord.

Directed by Jane Ring Frank, the program will feature Michael Hayden's Laudate Pueri Dominum and Andrew Carter's A Blake Triptych. Also included are works by Mendelssohn, Holst, Durante, Callahan, and MacIntyre as well as a traditional carol sing. Timothy Evans will be piano accompanist.

Tickets are $10, $5 for children and are available at Brooks Pharmacy, Concord, or call 1-978-369-3369. Refreshments will follow the concert.

Singing with the Madrigals from Carlisle are Wendy Davis, Cynthia Nunan, Priscilla Stevens, Cynthia Sorn and Karen Taylor.

"Cinderella" at the Concord Youth Theatre

The Concord Youth Theatre opened its performance of Cinderella last weekend to sold-out crowds. The show is running through December 14, tickets are still available by calling 1-978-371-1482. The performance is the stage version of the fairy tale story of Cinderella. Cinderella triumphs over her nasty stepmother and stepsisters and marries her prince charming, thanks to a zany fairy godmother, a trip to the royal ball in an enchanted coach, and a glass slipper. Shown above are (left to right) Lucas Abend and Amy Nosowitz of Carlisle, playing Lord Camembert and Lady Mascarpone in the production.

The show is at The Concord Youth Theatre in residence at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the arts. Call for information and tickets at 1-978-371-1482.

Emerson Umbrella holiday sale extended

Due to last weekend's snowstorm, the Holiday Sale at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts has been extended to Saturday December 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The art center is located at 40 Stow Street in Concord center. This special snow sale is an opportunity to meet artists, visit their creative working environments and purchase unique holiday gifts of art.

Whatever your interest or budget, you will find beautiful artwork including the work of potters, jewelers, woodworkers, writers, weavers, painters, photographers, fabric artists and sculptors. Artists from the Highland School studios in Carlisle will participate as well. Of special note is a collection of small framed works created especially for the holiday sale as a benefit for the Emerson Umbrella.

Call 1-978-371-0820 for further information.

Annual senior/faculty/staff/alumni tea

The Concord-Carlisle High School senior class would like to extend a warm invitation to all alumni to attend the Annual Senior/Faculty/Staff/Alumni Tea. This special event will be held in the school library on Monday, December 22, at 2:10 p.m. Come visit with friends and former teachers who are all interested in finding out how well you are doing these days. If you are a college student, the high school students will surely welcome the chance to hear what college life is like. This is a golden chance to connect with classmates as well.

COA Holiday Coffee

ARTISTIC DIRECTION. Pamela Roles helps Ed Claypool at the Carlisle Council on Aging's werath-making workshop (photo by Ellen Huber)
Thursday, December 18, the Carlisle Council on Aging will provide breakfast treats in the Sleeper Room at 9:30 a.m. Santa will also leave door prizes for some lucky winners. Additionally, volunteer Peggy Wang will be on hand for holiday cookie-decorating for those wishing to participate. Call the COA office to register for cookie decorating.

Junior Girl Scouts collecting winter coats this Saturday

The Carlisle Junior Girl Scouts are working together to collect as many warm coats as they can before the holidays to benefit a local family shelter. Gently worn jackets, coats, snowsuits, hats and mittens are all needed, especially children's sizes. The Scouts will be at the transfer station on Saturday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. offering hot cocoa and cookies to anyone who brings in a donation. For more information, call Grete Langrind at 1-978-318-0319.

Concord Chorus to present "Into the Light"

The Concord Chorus presents "Into the Light," a Christmas concert of warmth and hope with the music of Praetorius, Monteverdi, Mozart and Respighi, with readings and carols on Saturday, December 13, 4 and 7 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord. Tickets are $15, seniors and children $12, children under 12 free. For tickets/information, call 1-781-646-7186 or visit

Citrus sale to benefit Carlisle School band

Place an order today for juicy fresh citrus fruit shipped directly from Florida. Carlisle Senior Band members are taking orders for a selection of fresh fruits: Indian River red grapefruit, Florida navel oranges, red delicious apples and D'anjou pears. The fruit is offered in an assortment of packages, and at competitive prices. It will be delivered to your door less than 100 hours after it has been picked, in time for President's Day, or can be drop-shipped to anywhere in the U.S.

Proceeds from the sale this year will be used for instruments and equipment, bus transportation and a visiting musician program. Band members will be taking orders at the Carlisle Transfer Station on Saturday, December 13, and on January 10. You can also place an order with any senior band member or by calling Melinda Howe at 1-978-371-1688.

Learn how to tackle invasive plants

On Monday, December 15 at 7 p.m. at the Carlisle School's Corey Dining Room, the Carlisle Cub Scouts invite interested citizens to learn about the threat to Carlisle's native plants, animals and entire ecosystems.

Over a dozen trees, shrubs, vines, grasses and flowers from continents far away have escaped from nurseries and home gardens. They are reproducing like imported Kudzu in the South and are spreading through wildlands and roadsides. Each one is free from natural enemies in its new environment and is rapidly killing or replacing native flora upon which native animals (including birds and butterflies) depend.

Peter Alden, a Concord naturalist and author of the National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England, is spearheading a number of battles in Concord's emerging war on invasive plants. He has organized hundreds of volunteers to battle the Monarch Butterfly-killing Black Swallow-wort at Walden Pond and the Old North Bridge area. He is now with Concord Public Works censusing all roadside invasives in Concord and labeling Oriental Bittersweet vines that are overwhelming roadside trees and likely to impede public safety and traffic in the next ice and wind storms.

He will give a spirited slide show on the worst problem plants and suggest ways that students and landowners can organize themselves and turn back this scourge.

Ladies spring tennis

Carlisle women who are interested in trying out for any openings in the local spring league (April-June) should call Bobby Lyman at 978-369-6185, or email her at Play is normally twice weekly. Those who prefer to play less often may substitute. Spring league is low key, with morning lessons and games; days depending on skill level.

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