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Friday, July 2, 2004

Old Home Day schedule

Friday, July 2
4 p.m. Deliver art entries to the school
6 to 8 p.m. Ice Cream Social on the Green. Live entertainment by "Dot-n-Doc."

Saturday, July 3

6 a.m. The balloon crew arrives to inflate. Purchase time-assigned tickets for a tethered ride. Rides begin at 6:30 a.m.
6:45 a.m. Check-in for the five-mile road race.
7 a.m. School Street closes to vehicular traffic until 9 a.m. and then closes again at 10 a.m.
7:30 a.m. Check-in on the school plaza for the one-mile race.
8 a.m. Pancake breakfast at the Congregational Church.
8:30 a.m. One-mile road race begins.
9 a.m. Art show opens; assemble entries for the Great Parade in the school parking lot; deliver cakes for the cakewalk to the Town Hall and deliver pies, breads and decorated cakes for judging to Union Hall. School Street is opened for one hour to vehicular traffic for Country Fair vendors and floats to move into position. Coffee and donuts at the side of Union Hall

9:30 a.m. Flag raising on the Green by the Carlisle Minutemen. Members of the Concord-Carlisle High School Choir will lead the singing of the National Anthem, followed by the Outstanding Citizen and Conservationist Awards. Bicycles start assembling at the Library for the Parade. Road race awards will be presented on the school plaza.

10 a.m. The Great Parade begins.
10:15 a.m. Decorated bicycles and soapbox entries join the parade at the library.
10:30 a.m. The Country Fair opens on Church Street.
11 a.m. Lawn dominoes, frog-jumping contest, Boy Scout BBQ luncheon, pie, bread and cake-decorating contests all begin, and the remote controlled NASCAR racing track will start their engines. The Dunking Booth will also open at 11 a.m. This year's "Dunkees" are: Jic Davis, Tim Hult, Josh Klein, Larry Bearfield, John Lee, Doug Stevenson, Roy Watson, David Freedman, Marty Galligan, Tim Jenson, Steve Tobin, and Jason Reed.

12 noon. Awards for the parade, pie and bread-baking, and cake-decorating contests.
12:30 p.m. Fun and Games on the Green. Three-legged race, sack race and egg toss. Prizes will be awarded.
1 p.m. Children's pet show at the Carlisle Castle.
1:30 p.m. The annual town officials versus other townsfolk softball game begins.
2 p.m. The first annual Soapbox Derby takes place on Church Street by Spalding Field.
3 p.m. Historical Society Barn tour. Tickets available at the Historical Society booth.
4:30 p.m. Chicken BBQ at the Fire Station.
5 p.m. Cakewalk at Town Hall with live musical entertainment.

More information is available at the OHD web site,

DERBY DREAMS. Lara Lofdahl (right) pounds in the final nails in her Soapbox Derby racer, the "Rural Router," while her brother Conner takes measurements.(Photo by Lois d'Annunzio)

Generations: stories and dance from vaudeville to hip-hop

Bob Thomas, a nationally-known dancer and storyteller, will perform at 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 12 at Saint Irene parish hall. Sponsored by the Carlisle Cultural Council, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, this is a joint venture of the Gleason Public Library and the Council on Aging.

Thomas tells stories and illustrates them with dances from the 1890s to the present; the buck-and-wing to hip-hop. Audience participation is encouraged. For more information, call the library, at 1-978-369-4898.

Drop-in story times offered at Gleason

Drop-in story times for ages three and up will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday mornings at the Gleason Library for the month of July. Escape the heat and listen to some cool stories.

Join the Gleason Library Friends

The Friends of the Gleason Library are seeking members to join in their activities for the fall. The Friends sponsor activities and fundraisers to enhance the library's ability to reach all of Carlisle's citizens. The book sale, authors' series, and museum passes are among the many events and services the Friends have sponsored, and the group is looking to expand its activities. Anyone with ideas and enthusiasm is invited to contact Anjli Trehan at 1-978-371-0374 or

Ray Offenheiser to speak about humanitarian crisis in Palestine

Ray Offenheiser, Carlisle resident and president of Oxfam America, will return on July 9 from an extended trip to Israel and Palestine. On Sunday, July 11 at 9:30 a.m., he will talk about the humanitarian crisis in that region at the

First Religious Society. This is a unique opportunity to get a timely first-hand report on this important and volatile subject from an expert, and all are welcome. After his presentation, Ray will answer questions.

Carlisle Democrats host Senator Fargo

The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee is sponsoring an opportunity to meet Senator Susan Fargo on Monday, July 19, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Ann and John Ballantine's home, 268 Fiske Street. It will be one in a series of events when Carlisleans can meet and talk to our representatives in the General Court this summer. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Cynthia Schweppe, 1-978-369-5738.

OHD bread contest

Entries are judged in the following groups: savory yeasted breads, savory quick breads, sweet yeasted breads and sweet quick breads. Youth division prizes will also be awarded.

Entries will be accepted between 9 and 11 a.m., Saturday July 3 at Union Hall. Judges will start sampling at 10:45 a.m. Entries will be scored on the basis of eye appeal, aroma, taste, texture and originality. Following the judging, bread will be sold by the slice or hunk. Call Michael Holland at 10978-287-4091 for more information.

Cats need trumpets

The Carlisle Cats need a couple of good trumpeters during the July 3 parade. We play from 10 a.m. to noon on the green near the flag pole. Other instruments are welcome. Call Walt Woodward at 1-978-369-5893 to play Dixieland and other band music for the Old Home Day celebration.

Tour Heald barns

Join members of the Historical Society for a tour and discussion on the history, renovations, and future uses of the two neighboring Heald barns on 698 Concord Street on Old Home Day at 3 p.m. Architect Larry Sorli will lead the tour. Cost is $1 for children, $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

For more information, see the Hostorical Society Booth at the OHD Country Fair.

Lemonade at OHD

The Carlisle Pesticide Awareness Group (CPAG) will again have its lemonade and water stand at the Country Fair for Old Home Day. The Whole Foods company donated the organic lemonade and water. It is the primary fund raising event by CPAG and everyone is invited to come by and purchase a beverage, look at the literature and consider buying pesticide awareness lawn signs.

Local women's soccer

Players are wanted for the Acton/Concord area local women's soccer league. Refereed 11x11 games play on Sunday afternoons. More info can be had at or call Miriam at 1-781-442-0750 weekdays.

Middle school parent surveys due July 12

Calling all Middle School parents for their participation in a survey of interest in a middle school community center to provide after-school activities relevant to grades 6-8 and a place to meet with friends. Surveys, forms and a drop-off box are available at Gleason Public Library, near the reference desk. The deadline is July 12. This effort is supported by Carlisle Extended Day, the Carlisle School, Carlisle Recreation Department, Gleason Public Library, the Carlisle Police Department and the Carlisle Youth Commission.

Town Common Committee forming

The Board of Selectmen is forming a committee to review the current condition of the Town Common and make recommendations for improvements. Anyone interested in being part of this committee is asked to send a letter of interest to the Board of Selectmen, 66 Westford Street, by July 12.

CCHS fundraiser at OHD

The Concord-Carlisle High School field hockey team will be selling Krispy Kreme donuts by the dozen or individually at Old Home Day.

Support Carlisle's 200th birthday

Want to help in the 2005 Carlisle Bicentennial celebration? The Bicentennial Committee is selling t-shirts for $15 at Old Home Day, and all profits will finance the costs

of upcoming events, contests, and decorations planned for the year-long celebration by the town's Bicentennial Committee. The effort is being developed by volunteers, and will not use tax money. For more information about t-shirts or the committee, contact chairman Anne Marie Brako online at or call 1-978-369-9598.

Last chance to pre-register for the Carlisle Road Races

The deadline for pre-registration for the Road Races is today. The entry blank may be downloaded from the Road Races link on the Old Home Day Web site ( and copies are still available at the Carlisle Library, Carlisle Post Office and Ferns Country Store. Please do not mail. Call Race Directors Leslie or Ronald Kmiec (1-978-369-6130) to drop off forms at 94 Bingham Road.

The five-mile race will begin at 7:30 a.m. (registration and number pickup from 6:45 - 7:15), followed at 8:30 by the one-mile race (7:30 - 8:15 registration). Registration and awards are at the entrance to Corey Auditorium.

Ice Cream Social tonight

Kick off Old Home Day celebrations with a relaxed Ice Cream Social on the Town Green tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. Carlisle Girl Scouts will help serve ice cream with hot fudge, strawberry and whipped cream toppings supplied by Mark and Tamma Duffy of Great Brook Farm. Entertainment will be provided by local performers.

In case of rain, the event will be moved inside into Union Hall, located adjacent to the Town Green.

Town committee openings

The Carlisle Board of Selectmen announces that there are openings on the following boards and committees: Cable Communications Advisory Committee, Celebrations Committee, Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee, Finance Committee, Historical Commission, Long Term Capital Requirements, Personnel Board, and Youth Commission.

Residents who would like to become involved in town government are asked to send a letter to the Board of Selectmen indicating their areas of expertise and interest.

OHD Cake Walk moved to Town Hall

This year, OHD's Cake Walk is walking from the Fire House, right next door to Carlisle's Town Hall. There will be more room and more shade. There are other changes too, so come see the new and improved Cake Walk. Still the same great music. Still a lot of fun. Still the same great cakes.

As in previous years, the Cake Walk still needs lots of cakes donated. The more cakes donated, the longer the Cake Walk will run. If you and/or your children feel inspired, please deliver a cake to Town Hall Clark Room from noon until 5 p.m. on the big day, Saturday, July 3. For more information, call Donna Cantrill at 1-978-369-4388.

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