The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 21, 2004

Hazardous Waste Collection tomorrow

CLEAN IT OUT! Does your garage or basement look like this? Safely dispose of hazardous materials on Saturday morning

The Spring Hazardous Waste collection will be held on Saturday, May 22, from 9-12 at the DPW Building behind the Transfer Station. The collection is sponsored by the Board of Health and paid out of transfer station sticker fees. Clean Harbors will conduct the collection which is free to residents who have a valid transfer station sticker.

What to bring: Oil-based paints, stains, thinners and strippers, solvents and varnishes, adhesives, glues, resins, waste fuels, (kerosene, gasoline) engine degreasers, brake fluids, poisons, cleaners, spot removers, pool chemicals, aerosol cans, pesticides, herbicides, creosote, moth balls, arts and crafts supplies, antifreeze.

What not to bring: Smoke detectors, compressed gas cylinders, ammunition, fireworks or explosives, prescription medicines/syringes, radioactive wastes, fire extinguishers, cathode ray tubes, biological waste, unknown materials. No latex paint. These paint cans should be opened, allowed to dry and disposed of in the regular trash collector. Adding kitty litter will accelerate the process.

CRT recycling: Computer monitors should be left in or near the swap shop for recycling.

Batteries: Batteries do not need to be brought to the hazardous waste collection. Residents can dispose of ordinary household batteries (AAA - D, Alkaline, nickel cadmium) by giving them to the attendant at the transfer station. There is a regular collection point for lead-acid or car batteries.

Swap table: A swap table for new and unused paint, motor oil, cleaners, etc. will be open from 9-11. Clean Harbors will select items appropriate for exchange.

Mercury: Thermostats and thermometers can be dropped off anytime with the transfer station attendant. The town is no longer doing a thermometer swap. (The board encourages homeowners to check with contractors they hire on how they plan to dispose of any mercury-containing products being replaced.)

Safety: Tighten caps and lids, leaving materials in original labeled containers. Sort and pack separately paint, pesticides and household cleaners. Avoid spills and do not place in garbage bags. Never mix chemicals. Cars should not block the entrance to the transfer station.

Hours: 9-12: The collection will close promptly at noon. Cars must be in line before noon. Once the hazardous waste containers are sealed they cannot be opened for latecomers.

For more information, contact the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283.

Pass-It-Forward Day

On June 12 from 10 a.m. to noon, the Household Recycling Committee will sponsor Carlisle's second Pass-It-Forward Day. Representatives from variouscharities will be at the transfer station to collect donated items from residents.Currently, participating charities include the Household Goods Recycling Ministry, the Host to International Students at MIT, and the Veteran's Administration. If you wouldlike to represent a charity, please contact Amy Fennick at 1-978-369-5291.

COA events

• June 3 Luncheon. Join the Friends of the COA on Thursday, June 3 for a luncheon and arts festival. There will be a wonderful display of art work from Carlisle's talented seniors - including paintings, photography, quilting and more. To include an item in the display, call 1-978-371-2895. Items can be dropped off at Union Hall on Wednesday, June 2 between 2 and 4 p.m. Reservations for lunch are also appreciated.

COA trips

Cheesecake factory tour. Come join the Carlisle seniors on a Charles Riverboat Co. and Cheesecake Factory trip, September 14 leaving Church Street at 9 a.m. The cost is $29 for Carlisle residents, $32 for non-residents. Flyers can be picked up at Town Hall at Carlisle COA office, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or e-mail to sign up.

Ireland trip. The Carlisle Council on Aging is sponsoring a 12-day trip to see the very best of Ireland, from November 2 - 13, 2004. The per-person cost is $1,839 + departure fees of $89.95.

The trip will include visits to Shannon, Killarney,Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry-Killarney, Blarney-Waterford, Dublin-Galway-Connemara, Cliffs of Moher-Ennistymon and more.

For Flyers call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or pick up flyers at the COA office in Carlisle Town Hall.

Carlisle chamber Ensemble concert tonight to benefit children with aids

The Arcturus Chamber Ensemble will perform in the First Religious Society and other Boston-area venues during the weekend of May 21. The Carlisle-based group, founded by violist Sarah Darling four years ago, includes an array of string and wind players from conservatories around the world. Performing several chamber music concerts yearly in the Greater Boston area, they have attracted an enthusiastic following. Their current program includes W. A. Mozart's Viola Quintet in C Major, the Horn Trio of Johannes Brahms, and the Piano Quintet of Dimitri Shostakovich. Admission is free. The Carlisle concert will benefit the Children with AIDS department at the Boston Medical Center, and donations will be gratefully accepted.

Performances will be held on Friday, May 21, 7:30 p.m. at the First Religious Society on the Green in Carlisle; on Saturday, May 22, 2 p.m. at Lawrence Library, 15 Main Street, Pepperell; and on Saturday, May 22, 8 p.m. at Lowell House JCR, Harvard University, Cambridge.For more information, call Margaret Darling at 1-978-369-1475 or visit

Everyday Life in Carlisle, 1800-1930

A small, exquisite exhibition on life in Carlisle in the 19th and early 20th centuries currently graces the first floor of Town Hall. Like many objects of beauty, this exhibit is on display only briefly — until June 7 — and it is well worth a visit.

Entitled "Among Friends and Neighbors: Everyday Life in Carlisle, 1800-1930," the exhibit was curated by Conni Manoli-Skocay and Stephanie Upton for the Carlisle Historical Society. Its two major areas document some of the relationships and events that shaped daily life in our rural town during the two previous centuries. The exhibition focuses on significant events in family life that parallel our own 21st-century lives — birth, childhood, school days, graduation, marriage and death. Reflecting these stages are photographs, documents and objects from the historical collections of the Gleason Public Library and the Carlisle Historical Society.

In the "Love and Loss" display, we see an invitation, dated September 14, 1882, to the wedding of Mary Heald and Addison L. Hutchinson. Also featured is a lovely breast pin given as a wedding gift by John Robbins to his bride Sarah Helen Morgan on June 19, 1853.

An infant's cap, striped stockings and a pair of child's shoes with fabric uppers and black patent leather toes are displayed in the "Growing Up" part of the exhibit, as are children's portraits and a birth announcement. Especially noteworthy is a large photograph of Mrs. Clara Belle (Adams) Nutting and her four beautiful young daughters.

This exhibition transports the visitor to a simpler time in Carlisle's history, and underscores the importance of family and community life. Well-known old Carlisle families are represented here, their names carried forward in some of our streets, buildings and public spaces.

Don't miss this exhibit. It is open during Town Hall hours, Monday through Friday.

Love to speed? Enter the OHD Soapbox Derby

Soapbox Derby committee co-chairman Michael Jackson, is looking for kids (10 years old and up) to build and enter their "soapboxes" in this years event."The Derby is new to OHD," says Jackson, "but basically the idea is, if you've got some scrap lumber in the backyard, and a few tools around the house, we want you to consider building a "soapbox" racer for the event."

There are three age groups with different starting points on Church Street hill. The youth division is for 10 to under 14 years. The teens division is for ages 14 to under 18, and the senior division is 18 to senior kid.In addition to awards for the fastest in each division, there will be awards for most creative, best engineering, and most in keeping with this year's "Rural Roots" theme. To top it all off, Carlisle's "finest" will have a police cruiser parked near the finish line to put a radar gun on the speedsters - and it's all legal!Full details and application forms are at the OHD web site, more information, one can also reach the Soapbox Derby subcommittee at, or by phone at 1-978-371-0045.

Enjoy Old Home Day events on July 2 and 3

Carlisle will have an Old Home Day (OHD) celebration again this year. To date about 20% of the funds needed to pay for the event have been raised, and the OHD committee is still asking town families to pitch in and contribute.

This year's theme is, "Carlisle's Rural Roots: a Salute to Carlisle's Agricultural Heritage." The committee hopes to see tractors, farm implements, and floats reflecting this year's theme in the parade. Farm animals, and other reasonably domesticated critters, are all welcome to join in the parade.

First, the Ice Cream Social will kick off Old Home Day on Friday evening July 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Town Green.

Saturday, July 3 starts early with a NEW event this year — tethered hot air balloon rides high above Spalding field, just in time to view the 1- and 5-mile road races. Then there will be the art show, the great parade, presentation of the outstanding citizen award, dunking booth, corn husking, egg toss, sack races, pet show, country fair, Boy Scout luncheon, music on the green, pie and cake awards, cake walk, chicken barbecue, etc.

Another new event this year is the soapbox derby (see press release above.)

Details regarding the schedule of events, new activities, old favorites, fund raising, etc., will all be found at:

Landscaping on the Town Common

A group of people interested in enhancing the Town Common landscaping are working to design improvements, and all town residents with ideas for the landscaping project are invited to attend a meeting on Tuesday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Heald Room at Town Hall.

Volunteer for CSA staff and teacher luncheon

On Tuesday, June 8 the annual Spring CSA luncheon will again be held to honor the school's teachers and staff. The spring and fall luncheons are much anticipated and appreciated, and have become a wonderful tradition at the school. Volunteers are needed to help set up, serve and clean up at the lunch and to contribute a favorite homemade dish or monetary contribution to offset the costs of the decorations and paper goods. To contribute or participate, please contact Melinda Howe 1-978-371-1688 or INFMDMQ@aol.c om.

Annual Eco Fair June 9

All members of the Carlisle community are invited to the eighth grade's Annual Eco Fair to be held in the school library on Wednesday, June 9th, from 8:30 - 10 a.m. Students will be presenting research on various solutions to the problem of global warming. Come discuss issues with the students and give feedback on their projects.

Notes from the Buzz

Grade placement. Grade placement for the next year has begun for the students in kindergarten through grade 4. Although placement is a cooperative effort among the teachers, the administration and guidance personnel, parents have been given a form if they wish to express a voice in the process.

MCAS Tests. On May 21, 24 and 25 the MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) tests will be given to grades 4, 7 and 8.

Husky Handbook. Parents are asked to send any corrections to the Husky Handbook to Kim Rusling Flynn.

Not heading to CCHS? Parents of eighth-grade students who not planning to attend the ninth grade at Concord-Carlisle High School have been asked to notify Kimberly Reid.

Summer programs. Summer programs for elementary students are available at Community Education 1-978-318-1540 and at the Carlisle Extended Day Program 1-978-369-5558.

Carlisle Teachers' Association scholarships

Each year the Carlisle Teachers' Association awards two scholarships to graduates of the Carlisle Public Schools. Applications for the awards are now being accepted. For an application, read the qualification requirements and contact: Scholarship Committee, c/o Carlisle Public Schools, 83 School Street; 1-978-369-6550.

Marguerite Grant Scholarship

The recipient must be a 2003 graduate of Concord-Carlisle Regional High School or Minuteman Science Technology High School. Candidates should have a desire for further education and qualities of intellect and character that indicate success in their chosen field and future usefulness to society.

Amy Lapham Award for Continuing Education

This award is awarded to a student who has already begun his or her higher education. The applicant must be a current or legal resident of Carlisle, a graduate of Concord-Carlisle Regional High School or Minuteman Science Technology High School, and have successfully completed at least one year of study in his or her chosen field.

Applications should be returned to the above address by 3 p.m., June 4.

CCHS Senior Safari fundraiser May 23 - 29

The Senior Safari is a very special event in the lives of local high school students. Only hours after the Class of 2004 graduates, they return to the high school to spend their graduation night at this safe party, during a time that is known to be particularly hazardous for teens.

Many people have spent months in preparation for the June 5 Senior Safari, planning the entertainment, decorations, food, and teams of volunteers to put it all together. This event is supported by ticket sales, donations made by parents, and by the generosity of local businesses and community organizations.

During the week of May 23 to 29, Crosby's Market voucher program is a way for the communities to raise funds for the Senior Safari simply by shopping at Crosby's and submitting a voucher to direct a portion of the sale to the Senior Safari account. To obtain vouchers or to find out more about supporting the Senior Safari, contact the committee by sending an e-mail to SeniorSafari@, or by calling Susan Sharp at 1-978-371-3081.

Photos needed for 8th grade graduation

One of the highlights of the 8th Grade Graduation ceremony is the slide show that follows it.Parents are asked to provide photos of our graduates as they grew up.We'd like to make sure that all students are included.The kids really enjoy looking for themselves in the photos.

Go through your photo albums, and look for those that will be fun to display (but not embarrassing!).Group photos from Girl/Cub Scouts, sports teams, band, Outdoor Education, 7th Grade Play, field trips, parties — even preschool —are great.Be sure to write your name on the back of each photo so that they can be returned to you.

If you can scan in old photos and e-mail them, that would be great. If not, we can scan them and return the originals.All photos must be submitted by Friday, May 21 via e-mail to: or dropped off at the School Main Office in the Photo Collection Box.For more information, contact: Sue Kirk at 1-978-371-0176 or Mary Cheever at 1-978-369-6861 (

Doctor to discuss child development

First Connections welcomes Tom Collins, a pediatrician for 20 years and currently the Founder of Evolving Child Pediatric Consultants, to a free seminar relating to young children's development. The seminar will be held on Tuesday, May 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Concord Children's Center in West Concord .

Topics such as why children's development differs, whether a premature baby will always be behind, normal activity levels versus "too" active, and gender play issues will be addressed. There will also be time for questions. Call 1-978-287-0221 to sign up.

Lacrosse camp coming to Carlisle in July

Leading Edge Lacrosse is expanding into the Concord-Carlisle community. A Lax camp at the Spalding Field in Carlisle will be held the week of July 5 — July 9. Camp will focus on the basic fundamental skills of lacrosse. Boys and girls will work on skills in a variety of settings such as station drills, position specific drills, game situation drills as well as full-field scrimmages. Details of the camp can be found at: www.

Leading Edge was founded by Marc Moreau (CCHS '84, Rutgers '89 where he was a 2x All American) in the spring of 2001. In the spring of 2003, Lori Brown joined the company and developed the girl's side of the programming.

The Revolving Museum presents Subterranean Angels

An extraordinary group show of art and performances inaugurates a stunning underground space in downtown Lowell, MA. The opening festival is Saturday, June 5, from 4-10 p.m. The exhibit will be on view from June 5 — August 29. Local artists and experimental performing groups now have a new, architecturally-stunning space in which to present their work: the Revolving Museum's LAB. The Revolving Museum opens the LAB doors on June 5 with an outdoor festival that invites the public to tour and celebrate its new gallery, theater and workshop spaces.

At the opening festival and through August 29, visitors can explore the cutting edge of contemporary art in this cryptic and historic underground setting. Over fifty artists and teens present their multi-media installations, sculpture, video, photography, painting, drawing, and collaborative works that respond to the dramatic space.

Developers John DeAngelis and Karen Kolley of Earth Realty, Inc. donated the renovation and use of the LAB space, once the home of the Ayer Laboratories. The new space is located at 165 Market Street, one block away from the Museum. "We deeply appreciate Earth Realty's generous donation, especially in this hot economic market," notes Revolving Museum artistic director Jerry Beck. "John and Karen know the value artists bring to the downtown revitalization and they decided to do something about it. Now I believe miracles can happen that will be shared by thousands." The Revolving Museum anticipates that the multi-functional LAB will expand its own programs and attract partnerships locally and throughout New England.

During the June 5 outdoor festival, Second World will transform Downtown Lowell into an interactive microcosm of global indigenous culture. Sounds of Brazil, West Africa, Cambodia, Ireland and beyond will echo off of the area's historic mill buildings. The "Cultural Installation" artists will include: The O'Halloran Irish Folk Dancers, Acoustic guitar and bass duo Twiin, Artists Domnang Pin and Sokhoeum Pot from the Cambodian Artists Association, Filmmaker Tom Jackson presenting a clip from his new film about water privatization in Nicaragua, Bellydancer Michelle Pinage, Capoeira Regional (Brazilian martial arts and music), West African troupe Timinandi, Video installation artists Walter Wright and Tiffany Dumont, providing a backdrop to the evening's dance party.

Subterranean Angelsis supported in part by the City of Lowell. Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL), Earth Realty, Inc. Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center, and Revolving Museum members and volunteers.

Free Starting Point workshops

Considering college or a career change? Want to get back into the world of work? Get a head start with Starting Point at Middlesex Community College. This free program includes workshops on career planning, employment trends, goal setting, financial aid and admission information.

Starting Point workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, June 2 and 3 in the Lower Cafeteria on the Lowell Campus at 33 Kearney Square, and on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 8 and 9 in the Enrollment Center, Room 113 on the Bedford Campus located off Springs Road. To register, call Marilyn Yeo at 1-978-656-3257.

Nashoba Valley Chorale

Nashoba Valley Chorale Presents New England Music: In Full Bloom The Nashoba Valley Chorale completes its 28th season with a musical tribute to New England Composers. Eleven composers are featured, including both native sons and daughters as well as those who settled in New England as adults.

The eclectic concert program boasts 18 secular and non-secular musical pieces by a wide range of composers. Included are William Billings, Randall Thompson, Leonard Bernstein, Alice Parker, Alan Hovaness, Charles Ives, Gwyneth Walker, Irving Fine, Joshua Jacobson, Sandi Peaslee, and Rebecca Pressman. A portrait of musical contrasts, the program features love songs, choral settings from "Alice and Wonderland," music from a Broadway Show, patriotic songs, a madrigal, a folksong sung in Yiddish, traditional hymns, and a cappella pieces as well as one accompanied by two pianos!

The Concert will be held on Sunday, May 23rd at 4 pm at the Groton-Dunstable Middle School's Performing Arts Center on Route 119, Main Street in Groton. Performed by the four-part chorale of mixed voices, the program features Debra LeBrun, accompanist. Director, Brian O'Connell will be conducting his last concert with the group of more than 40 men and women of the Nashoba Valley Chorale. Tickets for the May 23rd Concert can be purchased at Action Music & Sound, 140 Main Street, Acton, and Main Street Cafe, Main Street, Groton. Adults are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Seniors and Children are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For more information, call 508-842-6209 or visit the web site at The Groton-Dunstable Performing Arts Center is wheelchair accessible and offers off-street parking.

Blessing of bikes and keys at Good Shepherd

On Sunday, May 23, at 6 p.m., we will celebrate a Blessing of the Bikes and Keys in the sanctuary of the church. Please wear your best and flashiest road gear, spiff upyour dirt bike, wash your cars, and join the celebration. The service will include hymns appropriate for the road, a few prayers, and then the blessing of the bikes and riders, and keys and drivers with holy water. An old-fashioned barbecue will follow the short service. The Parish will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, and veggie burgers with all the finings. Please bring drings and snacks.

The Church of the Good Shepherd is an Episcopal church located at 164 Newtown Road, Acton, corner of Arlington Street. The church may be contacted by phone: 1-978-263-5782, or by e-mail:, or the web site: www.

Open stage night in Westford

The Westford Historical Folk Music Series presents its annual Open Stage night On Friday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Westford Museum. Bring an instrument and your voice and show your stuff. Or just come to listen.

For information, call Bob Price 1-978-692-5157,check the Internet site: or e-mail The price for adults is $5, and children under 13 are free.

Lowell Summer Music Series anniversary season concerts

The Lowell Summer Music Series includes ten free children's shows and 21 low-cost concert events. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, pack a picnic supper or get refreshments at our Food Tent, and enjoy country, folk, blues, oldies, Irish, pops concert favorites and more.

The season opens on Thursday, July 1 with a folk concert by Eleni Kelakos as part of the Lowell Olympic Festival and ends with a free show, the Annual Banjo and Fiddle

Contests on September 11. A special presentation of Richard III by the New England Shakespeare Festival is featured on a special night, Thursday, July 29.

All show times are 7:30 p.m. except the Banjo and Fiddle Contests that start at noon. Affordable for the whole family, admission to the Lowell Summer Music Series is just $5 or $10 at the gate with children 12 and under always admitted free. Advance tickets may be purchased at our web site, Season passes are also on sale for half price. Just $70 gets you in to all paid admission shows.

Thursday, July 1: Eleni Kelakos presented by the Lowell Olympic Festival ($5). Six feet of presence, power and passion, singer and song writer Eleni Kelakos brings a warm and comfortable intimacy to her live shows, spinning her musical stories with humor and insight.

Friday, July 2: "Strictly Sinatra"—Artie Barsamian's Boston Big Band featuring Steve Marvin ($10) . A big band tribute to the greatest entertainer of the 20th Century, Frank Sinatra.

Saturday, July 3: Tommy Makem $10). The Irish Bard entertains with his stories, wit, musicianship and magnificent baritone voice.

Friday, July 9: Christine Lavin ($10). The funniest woman in folk music. Singer/songwriter/guitarist/comedienne/ concert artist..

Saturday, July 10: Marcia Ball ($10). This unabashed powerhouse is at home playing roadhouse rock, jump-blues, New Orleans second line syncopation, R&B, boogie woogie, deep soul, and ballads.

Friday, July 16: Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber ($5). A pops concert by the 50-member Lowell Summer Concert Band featuring soprano soloist Jean Danton with songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats" and "Phantom of the Opera" and the Broadway hits "Annie" and "Chicago."

Saturday, July 17: Solas ($10). The Boston Globe says, "Solas may be the best band in Celtic music; it is certainly the most adventurous." The Boston Herald raved, "Not merely America's best Irish traditional band, but maybe the world's."

July 23 — 25: Lowell Folk Festival. Find more info at

Thursday, July 29: Shakespeare in the Park ($5). The New England Shakespeare Festival production of "Richard III." Nothing, not even family ties, keeps Richard from taking the throne that he believes to be rightfully his. Seizing power is one thing, holding onto it is quite another, and he becomes more ruthless in the face of challenges to his rule.

Friday, July 30: The Days of Gilbert & Sullivan ($5). A pops concert by the 50-member Lowell Summer Concert Band featuring the music of Gilbert and Sullivan, including selections from "Pirates of Penzance" and other music of the era, including marches by John Phillip Sousa.

Saturday, July 31: Livingston Taylor ($10). Folk-singer/songwriter Liv Taylor is "one of the most consistently entertaining, tasteful and intelligent of songsmiths.

Friday, August 6: Eric Burdon and the New Animals ($10). Back by popular demand. Original Animals lead singer and Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Eric Burdon and his band return to play the hits: "House of the Rising Sun" to "Spill the Wine."

Saturday, August 7: ABBAmania! With Staying Alive ($10). A spectacular recreation of an ABBA live concert by this soundalike/lookalike version of the 1970's/1980's phenomenon. Hear 21 ABBA hits and guests, Staying Alive, a BeeGees tribute show.

Friday August 13: Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone ($10). Herman's Hermits has sold over 60 million recordings, 14 singles and 7 albums went gold. Lead singer Peter Noone is still going strong, bringing his showmanship, wit and charm to stages around the world.

Saturday, August 14: John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers ($10). John Mayall is a certified blues legend whose band spawned such major rock groups as Cream and Fleetwood Mac and has featured guitarists like Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones' Mick Taylor.

Friday, August 20: Tom Rush ($10). Tom Rush has made his reputation as a soft-spoken, powerful interpreter of traditional songs with tunes like "Urge for Going," "No Regrets," "The Dreamer," "Galveston Flood," and "Kids These Days."

Saturday, August 21: Herb Reed & the Platters ($10). Known for their many hits, including "Only You," "Twilight Time," "My Prayer," Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "(You've Got) The Magic Touch," and "The Great Pretender."

Friday, August 27: The Best of Beatlemania ($10). They look and sound amazingly like the Beatles. The show features over two dozen songs from throughout their career from "Meet the Beatles" through "Sgt. Pepper" to "Let It Be" with three costume changes.

Saturday, August 28: John Gorka & Cheryl Wheeler ($10). Two of the brightest lights in contemporary folk music playing together. These gifted singer/songwriters perform their exquisitely crafted songs.

Friday, September 3: An Evening of Patsy Cline starring Sandy Martin ($!0). Patsy Cline was propelled to fame in 1957 by a live radio performance of "Walkin after Midnight." Her unique sound was heard on such hits as "She's Got You," "Heartaches," "Sweet Dreams," "Back in Baby's Arms," and "I Fall to Pieces."

Saturday, September 4: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet ($10). BeauSoleil is America's premier Cajun band. At the helm is Michael Doucet, founder, fiddler extraordinaire, songwriter and lead vocalist.

Friday, September 10: Ronnie Earl ($10). Former Roomful of Blues guitarist Ronnie Earl has become known as the pre-eminent guitarist in all of blues and jazz today. He has won the 1997 and 1999 W. C. Handy Awards for Best Blues Instrumentalist.

Saturday, September 11: 25th Annual Banjo and Fiddle Contests (Free). Over 75 contestants compete for prizes in such categories as Bluegrass, Dixieland, old time mountain fiddling and ethnic dance tunes from countries all over the world.

A free Children's Series will feature music, magic, dance and lots more fun, most Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 11 a.m. at Boarding House Park.

Wednesday, July 7: Donna Miceli Teen Dance Studio.

Thursday, July 8: Massachusetts Birds of Prey—Live animal demonstration.

Wednesday, July 14: Marcus Gale—Musical humor.

Thursday, July 15: Bucky & Gigi—Circus slapstick.

Wednesday, July 28: Scott Kepnes—Songs for kids.

Thursday, July 29: Marvelous Marvin—The magic of science.

Wednesday, August 4: Rick Goldin—Kids songs.

Thursday, August 5: Angkor Dance Troupe—Kids show of Cambodian traditional dance.

Wednesday, August 11: L'il Iguana Traveling Safety Show—Kids safety through music and dance.

Thursday, August 12: Colombian Dance—Colombian Youth Dance Troupe.

The park is located at the corner of French and John Streets in downtown Lowell. In the event of rain, performances move to the newly renovated Lowell High School auditorium, across the street from Boarding House Park. Low-cost event parking is available at the John Street Garage. For further information, call our new direct infoline at 1-978-970-5200 or visit our web site for advance tickets at

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito