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Friday, August 13, 2004

Free dairy barn tours at Great Brook Farm

Great Brook Farm is now offering public barn tours every Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m. There will also be milking tours given at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The guided tour explains the life of a Holstein cow on Great Brook Farm and the dairy process. Each tour brings participants through the barn where the cows are milked twice daily. Visitors will meet the farm's newest calves and learn about the production of milk that goes into cheese, yogurt and ice cream.

This program is free. Anyone wishing to book a private tour or bring a school group, may schedule a tour for Monday, Thursday or Friday with Jessica Kimbrell, Park Interpreter.

Steinbeck's East of Eden begins third year for the Gleason Library book group

Join the discussion of John Steinbeck's best-selling novel East of Eden on Thursday, September 9 from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. The group will also determine the reading list for the upcoming year and welcomes input.

An ambitious novel by a quintessential American novelist, East of Eden wrestles with classic themes of good and evil, while pushing against the common structures of the modern novel. Lest that sounds too much like a boring high school reading assignment, it also has a meaty narrative, full of enough murder, sex and rags-to-riches story lines to qualify as a beach novel.

There's still time to read the novel (held on reserve at the library) and bring your reactions and opinions to the group. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Contact Anjli Trehan at atrehan.massed or Karen Trittipo at with questions.

Carlisle School calendar changes

Due to the observance of Rosh Hashanah, the Parent Coffee for grade 4, originally scheduled for 8:20 a.m. on September 16, has been postponed to September 20 at 8:20 a.m. The Parent Coffee for grade 5 has been postponed from September 17 at 8 a.m. to September 21 at 8 a.m.

Ice cream bash for Carlisle 2004 grads

Attention allrecent graduates ofCarlisle PublicSchools class of 2004: this is a reminder of the ice cream bash you are invited to attend before freshman orientation atConcord-Carlisle High School. Come to Kimball's, in Carlisle, on September 1, between 6:30 and 7:45 p.m.You will receive $2 toward the purchase of delicious ice cream.Stop by for a few minutes or for the entire time, and enjoy the opportunity to get together with yourclassmates to talk about the summer and the start of your high school days.

Rain date is September 2.If there are any questions, callthe Blairs at 1-978-369-6269 or the Hedbloms at 1-978-369-8254.

Carlisle bird outing

D'Ann and Tom Brownrigg, Carlisle birders, will lead a Brookline Bird Club outing in Carlisle the morning of Saturday, August 28. The trip is free and open to the public. Meet at Foss Farm Conservation Land parking lot at 7 a.m. Bring binoculars if possible. In the event of rain, the trip will be cancelled.

For more information, call the Brownriggs at 1-978-369-5609, or e-mail them at

Yoga in the park

Escape from the stress of work and life for an hour of relaxation on Saturday, August 14, at 9 Great Brook Farm State Park. This program is free and open to all levels. This is an opportunity for those who have never tried yoga to test it out. An instructor from Shakti Yoga will lead in basic techniques.

The group will meet at the Interpretive Center and then move down to a grassy field where the yoga presentation will take place. Please bring a yoga mat from home or a beach towel.

The Great Brook Farm Interpretive Center is located on North Road. For more information call Jessica Kimbrell, Park Interpreter, at 1-978-369-6312. Anyone interested in participating weekly is asked to call to express interest.

Recreation news

August 16 — 19 Field Hockey Clinics 10 a.m. — noon, $10/day. Call 1-978-369-9815 and leave your name and phone number and the clinic days you are interested in attending.

Watch for the SKI Nashoba and SKI Wachusett registration forms in the fall brochure that will be mailed during the week of August 30.

Youth Ice Hockey fall registration

Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey (CCYH) will open its 32nd season the first week of September. Sign up for competitive and non-competitive hockey levels: Mosquitoes, Mites, Squirts, Peewees, Bantams and Midgets. Check the web site to print the necessary forms to register, and send them in by August 21.

COA weight strengthening class

The Council on Aging weight strengthening class meets on Tuesdays at 9:45 a.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. Interested in joining the class in September? Then come out and try one of the classes this summer! The 45-minute class is led by a certified fitness instructor. For additional information, call 1-978-371-2895.

Carlisle Parents' Connection Ice Cream Social

Young families in town with children age 0 - 5 are invited to enjoy the outdoors, kiddie pools, sprinklers and slip and slide while eating lots and lots of ice cream. The event is free, and will be held in the Szczesniaks' front yard at 124 Aberdeen Drive on Monday, August 30 (rain date is Tuesday, August 31) from 2 - 4 p.m. Bring the kids, bathing suits and an appetite. For more information, call or e-mail Nancy Szczesniak at 1-978-369-6194 (

Newcomers invited to tour Carlisle School

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) invites all parents to tour the school campus on Friday, August 27 at 9:30 a.m. Any parent of a new kindergartner or a student new to town is especially invited to take advantage of this opportunity to get oriented and ask any general questions regarding school routines, policies, etc. Carlisle School's principal along with representatives of the CSA will conduct this short and informative tour. This is also a great opportunity to meet others in the community who will be entering the Carlisle School system for the first time. Meet at the flagpole outside the Wilkins Building (center building across the plaza). Any questions can be directed to Liz Bishop at 1-978-318-0778.

Outdoor concert August 19 at the Discovery Museums

Carlisle teacher Gene Stamell returns to The Discovery Museums this summer for a free family concert on Thursday, August 19 at 9:30 a.m. In case of rain on August 19, call for the raindate. The concert is sponsored by Party Tunes of Arlington.

Revolutionary activities are at Minute Man Park

Minute Man National Historical Park hosts a variety of events during the summer and fall.

Saturday, August 14. Battle Road Trail Walk. Meet at the Minute Man Visitor Center. Time: 12:30 p.m. Join Park Ranger Jim Hollister for a 3 1/2- hour guided walk along historic Battle Road Trail. Learn about the events of April 19, 1775, landscape changes, past, present and future and the American Revolution from the perspective of the Concord authors. Meet the Ranger at the Minute Man Visitor Center at 12:30 p.m. and bring plenty of water.

Saturday, August 21. Meet Captain John Montresor at the Minute Man Visitor Center. Time: 10 am to 2 p.m. Meet Captain John Montresor and his wife Frances. Montresor speaks of his role as Chief British Army Engineer in Boston and his march to Lexington with Earl Percy's relief column in April, 1775. See the tools of an18th-century engineer and surveyor.

Saturday, August 21. An Afternoon with the Barrett Women at the Major John Buttrick House - (across from the North Bridge Visitor Center.) Time: 1 to 4 p.m. Join park volunteers for interactive living history presentation at the Major John Buttrick House in Concord in portrayal of Barrett family women. Rebecca (Hubbard) Barrett and Colonel James Barrett (of North Bridge fame) had nine children. Their daughters-in-law (and their children) discuss 1776 life in Concord, reflecting on the events leading up to and beyond April 19, 1775.

Saturday, August 28. Meet Captain William Smith at the Captain William Smith House. Time: 2:30 p.m. Park Volunteer Michael Ryan as William Smith, Captain of the Lincoln Minute Men on April 19, 1775, recounts his life story and the events of that memorable day. The Smith house, built in the late 1600's, is preserved as part of Minute Man NHP.

Sunday, August 29. The Concord Minute Men at the Old North Bridge. Time: 1 - 4 p.m. The Concord Minute Men lived up to their role as defenders of hearth and home as they marched against the soldiers of King George III on April 19, 1775. Today, the Concord Minute Men are dedicated to honoring the heroes of 1775.

Saturday, September 4. Colonial Tunes with the Hartwell Players at the Hartwell Tavern. Time: 3 to 4 p.m. Join the Hartwell Players in this period-setting for an afternoon of tavern and social dance songs from 18th-century colonial America.

Saturday, September 11. Colonial Dye Program at the Hartwell Tavern Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. History and science combine as Park Volunteer, Val Wilcox demonstrates how fabric was dyed in 18th-century New England.

Sunday, September 12. Battle Road Trail Walk. Meet at the Minute Man Visitor Center at12:30 p.m. Park Ranger Jim Hollister repeats the 3 1/2 hour guided-walk along the historic Battle Road Trail, much of which runs through the town of Lincoln which celebrates its 250th anniversary this year.

All programs are subject to cancellation or delay due to inclement weather. If there is any question regarding a program or time, check with Park Rangers at the specific site, or call park headquarters at 1-978-369-6993.

CCHS teams start training in August

CCHS fall sports teams will begin practices on the following dates:

Varsity and jv football. August 23 - 25, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Three days of conditioning practice. Thursday, August 26, double sessions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Freshman football. August 30 and 31, equipment and practice from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. September 1 and 2 - 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, September 3 - 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Varsity and jv boys soccer. August 26 at Emerson Playground 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Freshman boys soccer. August 26 and 27. Emerson Playground — 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Varsity and jv girls soccer. August 26 — Emerson playground track 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and afternoon, 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at CCHS.

Freshman girls soccer. August 30, Emerson playground — 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Varsity and jv field hockey. August 26, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at CCHS.

Freshman field hockey. August 26, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at CCHS.

Varsity golf. August 27, 3:30 p.m. — Concord Country Club. No blue jeans — collared shirts required.

Varsity and jv volleyball. August 26, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. — CCHS upper gym.

Varsity boys cross country. August 26, 9 a.m. — Lower gym parking lot at CCHS.

Varsity girls cross country. August 27, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Lower gym parking lot at CCHS.

Free museum night for all Carlisle residents

On Wednesday, August 18 from 5 to 8 p.m., the Concord Museum will be free to all Carlisle residents. This summer marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Henry David Thoreau's Walden; or Life in the Woods. 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. "Visiting Thoreau's Walden" draws on the Museum's collection of Thoreau artifacts, including the desk on which Thoreau wrote Walden, together with objects from other collections and rarely-seen images. "Visiting Thoreau's Walden" runs through September 19.

For information contact the Concord Museum at 1-978-369-9609 or

Discover rare plants and big bugs

The Garden in the Woods, at 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, is the New England Wild Flower Society 45-acre botanical garden and native plant nursery.

Hours are, until October 31, Tuesday through Sunday: 9 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, children and young adults (6-18 yrs) are $3, members and children under 6 are free. There are daily tours at 10 a.m. except Sundays at 2 p.m. No reservations are required.

Events include a Big Bugs Sculpture Exhibition and Web of Life Extravaganza. A Big Bugs butterfly festival will be held on August 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 1-508-877-7630 or visit

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