The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 4, 2004

SuAsCo Wild and Scenic Riverfest

Celebrate the SuAsCo Wild and Scenic Riverfest with a sunrise paddle and birding along the Carlisle section of the Concord River and the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. The trip is sponsored by the Carlisle Conservation Commission. Meet to sign in at 5 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, at the Bedford Boat Landing on Route 225 by the Carlisle/Bedford town line. Launch time is 5:30 a.m. A stop is scheduled halfway through the trip at a casual riverside restaurant for breakfast and to compare notes.

Bring a canoe or kayak, life preserver (PFD), weather-appropriate clothing for a two-hour paddle, binoculars, money for breakfast, drinking water, and nature guidebooks for identifying river-edge birds, plants, insects, etc. Your own equipment, including a wearable PFD in good condition for each participant is required. For the enjoyment of all participants, bring only boats that use oars or paddle(s) in order to keep noise to a minimum.

In the case of inclement weather or flood conditions, this trip will be canceled. Ken Harte will be the on-board wildlife specialist.

Wash a Fire Truck Day

The Carlisle Parents Connection will host the Wash a Fire Truck Day on June 5 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Carlisle Fire Station. Children (and their families) are invited to bring their pails and sponges to wash one of Carlisle's fire trucks, hear a demonstration on fire safety, and enjoy snacks and refreshments. The event is free, and all families attending should park at the Town Hall. If you would like more information about the event or are interested in volunteering, please feel free to email Ali Walsh at or call 1-978-287-9593.

Final contra dance of season June 11

The last Second Friday Contra Dance of this season will be held in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on Friday, June 11. Before the dance, everyone is invited to a potluck supper that will begin at 6:30 p.m. The dance starts at 8 p.m. A $5-a-person collection will be taken at intermission. Beginners and singles are welcome. Call Ellen Huber at 1-978-369-6678 with any questions.

Library card time for kindergartners

All kindergarten students may now receive their very own Gleason Public Library cards. If other family members have missed out on obtaining their library cards, they are also welcome to get a card. They'll be getting the best bargain in town.

Golson to speak on recipe design

Food writer and cookbook author Terry Golson will give a talk on recipe writing on June 9 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library. Golson will show her system for developing a recipe from conception to publication. She will go though the process of testing and tasting, and will also talk about how to write it so that others can use it. She will also prepare a recipe and hand out samples as she works.

A Carlisle resident, Golson is the author of three cookbooks, has been a James Beard Award nominee, has written a food column in the Boston Herald, and has had articles in national magazines such as Cooking Light. Please join the Friends of the Gleason Public Library as they host this author's evening in the Hollis Room at 7 p.m.

Sing-along for young children at Gleason

Children's performer Liz Buchanan will return to the Gleason Library on June 4 at 10:30 a.m. for the last sing-along of the season for children ages 0 - 4. Liz has been leading programs for young children in public libraries and elementary classrooms in Massachusetts for five years. Her engaging manner and crystal-clear voice enthrall the younger set. She will present a half-hour program of some of her original tunes and classic favorites. This program is free for children and their parents or caregivers. The Friends of the Gleason Public Library are providing funding for this event.

Conservation Coffee on June 8

The June 8 Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Bring questions and ideas for future land use in Carlisle.

The Conservation Coffees are held on the second Tuesday of the month. Their purpose is to provide an opportunity for residents to meet and discuss a wide range of conservation issues . The coffees end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Continental breakfast provided.

Ceremony to honor retiring Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson

Please join the Carlisle School Association in thanking retiring Superintendent of Schools Davida Fox-Melanson for her years of service to the Carlisle School. Everyone is invited to the presentation of a beautiful pear tree (to replace the one blown down last winter) and a redwood bench in honor of Davida in a brief ceremony on the Carlisle School Plaza on Wednesday, June 9 at 3:15 p.m.

Teachers' Retirement Party June 15

Join the Carlisle School Association in celebrating the many years of service of six teachers and staff who are retiring this year: Ann Cussen (C.A.S.E.), Linda Clark (second grade), Jim Trierweiler (eighth-grade science), David Negrin (middle school art), Paula Ewers (eighth-grade language arts), and Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson. Come to Union Hall on June 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. and find out what their future plans are. Former students are especially welcome!

Explore other worlds at Gleason Library

"Explore Other Worlds" at the Gleason Library this summer. The six-week program, which aims to encourage reading in a relaxed and fun environment, will be highlighted by a series of special events and performers. Wingmasters will present "Birds of Prey"- a program that includes live hawks. Henry the Juggler returns for another performance and workshop for aspiring jugglers, and Bob Thomas will present "Generations: Grandma and Me" in story and dance. A star party will provide the opportunity to view the summer sky through telescopes and special crafts will be offered throughout the program for grades one through six.

Registration for "Explore Other Worlds" must be done in person and will begin on Saturday, June 12, 10 a.m. at the Gleason Public Library in the Children's Department. While the summer reading program is open to all who register, sign-ups are necessary for the activities which must be limited in size.

A special story-time-plus-craft for children entering kindergarten will be offered on July 13 at 1:30 p.m. Register for this event starting on June 12 at 10 a.m. by calling the library at 1-978-369-4898. Storytime for ages 3 and up will be held on six consecutive Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning on June 24. No registration is needed for this drop-in series.

Recycle old video cassettes

The Carlisle Household Recycling Committee is collecting old, unwanted black video cassettes for a special project. The tape can be in any condition as it will not be used.Deposit old video cassettes at the Swap Shed at the transfer station or call Lois d'Annunzio at 1-978-371-0083 for pick up.

Book talks at the Concord Museum

On July 21, Gerald Foster, author of American Houses: A Field Guide to the Architecture of the Home, will discuss the styles of American domestic architecture from Monticello to Frank Lloyd Wright and the cultural, geographical, and historical origins of each style.

George Howe Colt, author of The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home, will speak August 16. His intimate and poignant history of a sprawling century-old summer house on Cape Cod, built by his great-grandfather, inventor Ned Atkinson, reveals not just one family's fascinating story, but a vanishing way of life.

A reception and book signing follows both talks, which begin at 7 p.m. Books are available through the Museum Shop. Cost is $7.50 per talk, $5 for members; reservations at 1-978-369-9763.

Venus to transit the sun

Venus has been rewarding us with its brilliance in the western sky in the early evenings the past several months and soon it will pass into the morning sky by passing directly in front of the sun. The Venus transit is a rather rare event, the last one occuring in 1882. At the present time there is no particular scientific value to this event, but historically it has the significance of being the first method devised to determine the distance from the earth to the sun. Modern technology has allowed the use of radar reflected from Venus and satellite communications to determine this value.

The first known observation of a transit was in 1639, while the next ones happened in 1761 and 1769, and then in 1874 and 1882. The next two are June 8, 2004 and in 2012. In 1716, Edmond Halley, best known for his prediction of the return of the comet that bears his name, proposed using the transit of Venus as a method to determine the earth-sun distance. In its simplest form the technique involves measuring the length of time it takes for Venus to transit the sun as seen from two observation points widely separated in latitude, converting these time spans into angles using simple trigonometry, and combining the results with Kepler's third law which states that the cube of a planet's mean distance from the sun is proportional to the square of its orbital period.

Venus is only about three percent of the diameter of the sun so will appear as a small black spot. Unfortunately for the eastern United States, the transit will be well under way by sunrise so that only about the last third will be visible. Boston sunrise is about 5:08 a.m., with Venus predicted to first touch the sun's edge on its egress at 7:05 and to fully leave the sun at 7:25 a.m. So if you want to observe this rare event and see a simple chart of how the earth-sun distance was first measured, come to the state park ski barn parking lot on the morning of Tuesday, June 8 sometime after sunrise. At least two telescopes will be set up, weather permitting, to offer a safe view and a chance to see another planet actually moving in real time.

For more information on this event check out: and Sky & Telescope magazine, February, p. 46, May, page 32, and June, page 73, all in 2004.

June school events

June 5 — Concord-Carlisle High School graduation, 2 p.m., in the field. In case of rain, it will be held in the gym.

June 9 — Ceremony to honor Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson, 3:15 p.m., Carlisle School Plaza.

June 15 — Carlisle Teachers' retirement party, 3 - 5 p.m., Union Hall.

June 18 — Carlisle eighth-grade graduation, 7 p.m., Carlisle School Plaza.

Towels for terriers

Fourth-grade Carlisle Girl Scout Troop 2644 is collecting used, clean blankets and towels to be given to the Bay Path Humane Society in Hopkinton. Drop donations in the boxes located at the Carlisle Transfer Station or Ferns on Saturday, June 5.

Don't miss the final FNL tonight - it's free

It is hard to believe, but the final Friday Night Live of the year is on June 4. Attention all eighth graders, this is your last chance to attend Friday Night Live in Carlisle. Congratulations to the graduating class of 2004 and good luck in high school.

Admission to the June Friday Night Live is free, and each student will receive a ticket for a free slice of pizza and a free soda!

Joe and Brian will be back and ready to rock. As always, Friday Night Live is open to any and all sixth, seventh and eighth graders (with completed parental permission slips on file).Students who are not from the Carlisle School District are also welcomed, but must have a chaperone present. No students will be permitted to attend without a signed form.

The Youth Commission thanks all the parents who have chaperoned FNL throughout the year. Without parental help, FNL could not happen. FNL is held at 7:30 p.m. in the gym and exercise room at the Carlisle Public School.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 sharp! For more information please feel free to call Kathy Hassey at 1-978-287-4284 or any other member of the Carlisle Youth Commission.

Calling all parents:

Anyone interested in being a Carlisle School room parent for next year (2004-2005), call the appropriate room parent coordinator soon. Volunteers are especially needed for middle school. Call Janet Gilles (1-978-287-5107) for PreK, K and 1st Grade; Sue Struss (1-978-369-4632) for Grades 2 & 3; Marcy Guttadauro (1-978-371-9710) for Grades 4 & 5; and Francesca Bjork (1-978-287-5093) for Grades 6, 7, & 8. The coordinators will need to know the name and grade of the child for whom you wish to be a room parent, your e-mail address, any previous room parent responsibilities and your phone number. Assignments will be done after move-up day. For overall room-parent questions contact Susan Mills, head room-parent.

Free newsletter for parents of young children

First Connections produces a newsletter for parents of children under four every three months. The newsletter lists upcoming seminars, playgroups, moms' groups, community activities, parent-child activities, and information relevant to raising young children. The newsletter will be mailed free of charge to residents of the 11 towns served through the Mass. Dept. Of Education grant: Acton, Bedford (including Hanscom AFB), Boxboro, Carlisle, Concord, Harvard (including Still River), Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Stow and Sudbury. Residents outside these towns may receive the newsletter for $15 per year. To be added to the mailing list, please send your name, address, telephone number and birth month/year of your children to or call 1-978-287-022 1.

Tour Clark Farm

The Carlisle Conservation Foundation and the Carlisle Land Trust are holding their annual meeting on Sunday, June 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Carlisle's historic Clark Farm, 185 Concord Street. Everyone is welcome to attend. There will be a tour of Clark Farm and nearby trails at 4 p.m. followed by the annual meeting at 5 p.m. to be held in the Clark Barn. For more information, contact Art Milliken or Sally Swift.

Upcoming Council on Aging events

COA Men's breakfast. On June 10, join chef Ed Lemire for a delicious breakfast and good company. A $2 donation is appreciated. Call 1-978-371-2895 with any questions.

Peabody Essex Museum trip. Join the Carlisle COA for a guided tour of the Yin Yu Tange Chinese House and Gallery Thursday, June 17, leaving Carlisle at 8:50 a.m. There will be a 30-minute tour of this exhibit and then time to explore the rest of the museum. The cost for the museum and transportation is $14. Lunch, on your own, will follow at Red's, a popular inexpensive Salem restaurant within walking distance of the museum. If you prefer, you may explore other restaurants on your own. Call 1-978-371-2895 for reservations.

Day in Marblehead. On June 24, weather permitting, Bert Williams has offered an excursion in his 30-foot sailboat. Transportation is by private car-pool, leaving Carlisle at 10 a.m. Visit "The Landing," the town docks, small plaza and general meeting place in the heart of Marblehead's Old Town district. Bert will take six people at a time for a one-hour sail through the harbor and waters just outside the harbor. No sailing experience is required but some physical agility is needed. There is no cost for sailing; lunch is on your own and a gas contribution to drivers is appreciated. RSVP to Bert at 1-978-287-0707 or as soon as possible. Let him know if you are willing to drive. Many thanks to Bert for volunteering his time and boat for this trip.

COA fitness class. The COA fitness class will meet only on Tuesdays throughout July and August. If you would like to join the class, call 1-978-371-2895 for information. There is no class during the week of June 15 and June 22.

Friday shopping trips. Shopping trips to Bedford and Westford continue on Fridays. Call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 for pickup arrangements.

Calling chess players. The chess group meets every Tuesday from 2 - 3:30 p.m. in the Sleeper Room at 145 Church Street. Call 1-978-371-2895 for more information.

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 Old Home Day (OHD) 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.

Concord Museum's admission-free evenings

On June 16, July 14 and August 18, admission to the Concord Museum is free for Carlisle residents. Summer evenings are a perfect time to visit the Concord Museum. Bring family, friends or out-of-town guests to linger in the engaging galleries and enjoy the historic beauty of the period rooms. Family-friendly hands-on activities will be available from 5 to 8 p.m.

Burlington Temple hosts Tot Shabbat service

Temple Shalom Emeth, Burlington, will host a Tot Shabbat program on Saturday, June 12, at 10 a.m. at the temple. This month come and play games with your friends at the Maccabiah Games - a special finale to Tot Shabbat.

Tot Shabbat is open to all families with children ages five and under. Older siblings are always welcome. The Shabbat service, craft activities, and snacks are free of charge, but donations are always welcome and help to support this wonderful program.

Temple Shalom Emeth, located at 16 Lexington Street, Burlington, is a Reform synagogue, serving Burlington and the neighboring communities. For additional information, please call: 1-781-272-2351, or visit the temple's web site at: For more information or to be added to the mailing list, call Michelle Fox at the temple at: 1-781-272-2351.

River Solstice celebrates the solstice

On Sunday, June 20 celebrate the longest day along Concord's rivers with the fourth annual River Solstice. The evening festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with a picnic on the grounds of the Old Manse, 269 Monument Street in Concord. Bring food, drink and a blanket and enjoy musical offerings by Snow Crow, Dillon Bustin, and Voices for the Earth starting at 7 p.m.

At 8 p.m. launch a canoe, rowboat, or kayak for an illuminated flotilla up the Concord River to the confluence of the Assabet and Sudbury rivers at Egg Rock. Bring along a candle lantern to attach to the boat. In previous years canoes were festooned with Chinese lanterns, decked with smiling suns and moons and covered with garlands. Over 50 vessels are expected to take part in the illuminated parade. Simple lantern-building instructions can be found at Also, beginning at 8 p.m. there will a participatory Drum and Dance Circle at the Old Calf Pasture.

For those who plan to join the flotilla, please arrive at the North Bridge area for the picnic and music and in time for the 8 p.m. launch. Canoes and kayaks can be rented at the South Bridge Boat House in Concord at 1-978-371-2465. Ask for Solstice group rate.

For those who want to participate without getting wet, the best viewing spot is from the Lowell Road Bridge, just outside Concord Center, past Concord Oil and Concord Lumber.

River Solstice is presented by Musketaquid Arts & Environment at the Emerson Umbrella, the Organization for the Assabet River, Sudbury Valley Trustees, Wright Tavern Center, Earth Drum Council, the Old Manse, and Minuteman National Historical Park. For more information call Organization for the Assabet River 1-978-369-3956 or go to

Visiting Thoreau's Walden: a summer lecture series

On June 15 at the Concord Museum, Clare Walker Leslie, co-author of Keeping a Nature Journal, the 2003 John Burroughs award winner, wiill lead those interested in the idea of keeping a journal, as Thoreau did, through simple techniques for starting and maintaining a journal that will enhance their appreciation of the natural world through the seasons. Ms. Walker Leslie is a nationally recognized wildlife artist, naturalist, educator and author of seven books.

On June 22, Joy Ackerman, faculty member in the Department of Environmental Studies at Antioch New England Graduate School, presents an illustrated lecture on "The Place of Pilgrimage: Alternative Geographies of Walden." Walden has been a pilgrimage destination for over a century, one marker of its enduring status as sacred ground.

All lectures are at 7 p.m. The cost is $7.50 lecture, $5 members. Reservations are requested; call 1-978-369-9763.

Local rink offering public skating

The Chelmsford Forum, conveniently located on the Chelmsford and North Billerica line in North Billerica, is currently offering daily Public Skating and Open Hockey times four days a week. Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, public skating is held from 10:30 to 11:50 a.m., followed by open hockey from 12 to 1:20 p.m. Admission for public skating is $3 and open hockey costs $6. Rental skates are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be borrowed for $4. For a complete skating schedule, visit or call 1-978-670-3700. Schedule is subject to change.

Walk for Cancer on June 13

The Emerson Walk for Cancer will be held on Sunday, June 13. Registration is at 10 a.m. at the Concord Health Center (corner Route 2 across from the Emerson Hospital) and the walk begins at 11 a.m. All proceeds go to Emerson Hospital's Cancer Programs. Sponsor forms are available at Ferns. For more information check the web at

Honored Citizen nominations due June 19

Nominations for Carlisle's thirty-second honored citizen award are being accepted by the celebrations committee. The deadline for nominations is Saturday, June 19. Please fill out the coupon provided or send a letter to either Scott Evans or Judy Larson.

The award will be presented at 9:30 a.m. on Old Home Day during a special ceremony by the flagpole. The nomination criterion is, according to the committee, "those persons who have given of themselves unselfishly to make our lives richer and Carlisle a place to call home, proudly." No past recipient or town employee is eligible. The full form is available in the May 30 edition of the Mosquito, or on-line at nomination will be treated confidentially by the committee.

Return your nomination, and the reasons why, by Saturday, June 19, to Judy Larson, 36 Forest Park Drive (1-978-369-6503) or Norman Fredkin, 105 Virginia Farme (1-978-369-2195).

Nomination criteria: Those persons who have given of themselves unselfishly to make our lives richer and Carlisle a place to call home, proudly. No past recipient or town employee is eligible.

Judy Larson, 36 Forest Park Drive (1-978-369-6503) or Scott Evans, 299 Heald Road (1-978-371-0880.)

Send in Conservationist Award nominations

The Carlisle Conservation Commission is accepting nominations for the annual Conservationist of the Year award to be presented to the winning candidate on Old Home Day. Nominations should be submitted to the Commission by Thursday, June 17.

This award has been established to honor the person who has demonstrated a high regard for the environment. The winner will be presented at the Olde Home Day ceremonies on Saturday, July 3.


I WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE_____________________________



Please return to: Sylvia Willard, Conservation Administrator

Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford St., Carlisle or FAX (978) 369-4521. Email:

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 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

Calling all gardens for 2005 garden tour

The Carlisle Garden Club is looking for several gardens for the June 2005 tour, and hopes to showcase a range of plantings, styles and features. Participating gardens may be classic or funky, small or large, shady or sunny. There may be a spot for your garden on next year's tour.

The tour takes place over a Friday and Saturday in June from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During that time club members are posted at each garden. The tour is the major fundraiser for the Garden Club, which uses proceeds for town beautification projects, lectures, and college scholarship awards.

To inquire about participating, contact Susan Pepple (susanpepple@ Tour-garden owners receive two free tickets.

To learn more about joining the Garden Club, contact Holly Salemy ( You don't need to be a prize-winning gardener — just someone who likes to get down and dirty.

CSA annual meeting

The annual meeting of the Carlisle School Association (CSA), at which new board members will be elected, will be on Monday, June 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Joan Konuk's house, 37 Davis Road. All CSA members are welcome. For questions, contact Dale Ryder at 1-978-371-9673.

Watch for OHD balloon rides

In addition to the new Soapbox Derby, the Country Fair, and all the old favorites, Old Home Day '04 will feature tethered hot-air balloon rides at Spalding Field.

Starting at 7 a.m., one can board the gondola of a hot-air balloon, and go up for a bird's eye view of Carlisle. All the while, passengers will be in the capable hands of an FAA licensed balloon pilot. Rides will last about ten minutes and will be available at a modest cost — just enough to make a small donation to support Old Home Day, and pay for fuel for the hot-air balloon. For more information, visit the OHD web site or contact the OHD committee at: oldhomeday04@

One can support OHD by sending a donation (checks, payable to Old Home Day) to Dave Reed at 90 Page Brook Road, or by contributing to the OHD donation bucket at Ferns Country Store.

The Lowell Summer Music Series includes 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 Broadway.

Saturday, July 17: Solas ($10). The Boston Globe says, "Solas may be the best band in Celtic music; it is certainly the most adventurous."

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

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

Walden Pond exhibit at the Concord Museum

Henry D. Thoreau (1817—1862), one of the most read, beloved and influential of American writers, famously made both a real and a metaphorical home at Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. The Concord Museum's new exhibition, "Visiting Thoreau's Walden," explores the generations of other visitors for whom Walden Pond has also been home, workplace, playground and sacred ground. The exhibition celebrates the 150

"Visiting Thoreau's Walden" draws on the museum's unparalleled collection of Thoreau artifacts, including the desk on which Thoreau wrote Walden, together with rarely-seen images and incomparable works of art by N. C. Wyeth and Edward Steichen, to gain a new perspective on a variety of these Walden visitors — ice-cutters and wood-choppers, poets and philosophers, children, picnickers, environmentalists, artists, ordinary citizens from around the world and Thoreau himself. The exhibition runs through September 19, and is free with Museum admission.

Thoreau walking tours

On July 8 and August 19, the Concord Museum will sponsor "The Town of Henry Thoreau: A Walking Tour. Explore the places where Thoreau lived, schools where he taught, town hall where he lectured, the jail site where he was imprisoned overnight, and more. Refreshments served in the courtyard. 9 as.m. to noon. $15 adult, $10 child and members; by reservation.Children's programs at the Concord Museum

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito