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Friday, December 17, 2004

Carols on the Green

The singing of Christmas carols on Christmas eve is being planned for 6:15 p.m. All instrumentalists are welcome, so come and bring your own music stand. Anyone who wants music to practice ahead, please call the Woodwards' at 1-978-369-5893.

CCHS presents Steel Magnolias

Concord-Carlisle High School presents Steel Magnolias, a drama set in a small-town Louisiana beauty parlor. This play, which has also been made into a popular movie, centers on a group of six southern women who share the ups and downs of life with wit and tenderness. The characters all have idiosyncrasies that create some hilarious moments, but tragedy brings out their strength and love.

Directed by Chuck Brown (CCHS Choral and Drama Director), assisted by Alex Spence (CCHS English Department) and Sam Charm '05, this play features a cast of new talent and some faces you've seen before in new and different roles. Take a break from your holiday shopping and come share the laughter and tears of Steel Magnolias.

Steel Magnolias will be performed December 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m., and December 19 at 2:30 p.m., in the CCHS Little Theater. Tickets are $12 and will be available at the door or at

Carlisle Democrats to hold caucus January 29

The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee will hold a caucus on January 29 to elect delegates to the Democratic State Convention, scheduled for May 14. All Carlisle Democrats are welcome to participate in the caucus and run for delegate. Any Carlisle resident who wishes to participate in the caucus must be registered as a Democrat with the town clerk by December 31. For more information, call or e-mail Susan Stamps, Chair of the Carlisle Democratic Town Committee at 1-978-369-8462 or

Christmas Eve church services in Carlisle

Carlisle Congregational Church, 147 School Street — The service will be at 7:15 p.m.

First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, 27 School Street — 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and an 11 p.m. candlelight service.

Saint Irene Catholic Church, 187 East Street — Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. A service of lessons and carols at 11:30 p.m. will precede midnight mass at 12 a.m. Christmas Day. Later on Christmas Day Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m.

Reserve your space in the Bicentennial Art Show

The Friends of The Gleason Public Library will sponsor a two-month-long bicentennial exhibit entitled "The Essence of Carlisle" as part of their "Art at the Gleason" program. The Carlisle bicentennial year begins on February 18, and the show will take place in the months of March and April. The show will highlight all Carlisle artists, young and old, and will enable the community to view the creativity of local town talent.

The Friends welcomes a variety of entries: an oil painting, a photograph, or a piece of sculpture. In addition to the creation, exhibitors must provide a personal biography and information about the entry: title, date created, medium (oil, acrylic, charcoal, photography, or sculpture), and whether it is for sale and for how much. Ten percent of the proceeds will benefit the library. Entrants are also asked to include a description of why they love art and how they got started.

Call now to reserve a space. The Friends will take reservations up through Monday, January 20 and will be collecting entries at the library beginning Tuesday, February 15. Call Brooke Cragan, at 1-978-369-1196, or sign up at the library in person.

Carlisle Police sponsor Christmas for Kids

The true spirit of the holidays has always been helping those less fortunate than ourselves. The staff at the Police Department is asking for Carlisle's help again this year. The greater Lowell area is in need of donated children's toys. 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. Anyone interested in helping is asked to drop off a new, unwrapped toy at the police station no later than December 19.

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 1-978-369-6185, or e-mail 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 depend on the skill level.

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots is underway in Carlisle. The nationwide program, operated by the United States Marine Corps, relies on local businesses Coldwell Banker Real Estate and Ferns Country Store to assist in the effort.

New toys of any type for all age levels may be dropped off at Ferns any time during regular store hours. Toys should not be wrapped but must be in their original packaging. The collection will continue through December 18.

COA Holiday Concert

Join the Carlisle Council on Aging for a concert of festive music performed by Carlisle Public School students in the Sleeper Room at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 22. The concert will include a variety of choral and instrumental works. Refreshments will be served after the concert.

Master Singers in concert December 18

The Master Singers will present a concert on Saturday, December 18, at 8 p.m. in the First Parish Church, 7 Harrington Road in Lexington. "Christmas: the Sounding Joy" will feature the Triton Brass Quintet as special guests. Tickets are $16, $14 for seniors and students. For reservations, call 1-781-862-6459.

New Year's weekend at Concord Museum

On Saturday, January 1 and Sunday, January 2, celebrate New Year's with a visit to the Concord Museum. Their holiday exhibit, "Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature," which presents 40 trees whimsically decorated with inspiration from classic and contemporary children's picturebooks, will be on display for one last weekend, as will the special exhibit, "American Writers at Home," which features portraits of the homes of some of America's prominent literary figures and thei original manuscripts.

The museum will be open on New Year's Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, January 2, from 12 to 5 p.m. Admission to the museum is $12.50 for adults, $10 for seniors (62 and over), $6.50 for children 4-18, and members are free. Call 1-978-369-9763 or check out for more information.

Sketches of Carlisle — Stone walls

sketch by Joan Allen
Pine needles on the floor need vacuuming, cards are not yet started, holiday activities fill the calendar. Time for a walk outdoors to clear the mind.

Every winter they stand out again. Tall, wide ones, strong and proud, traveling along the side of the road. Low ones, tumbling and moss green, holding onto the only bright color in the landscape this time of year. Stone walls emerge when the leaves fall.

These days stone walls are often overgrown with brush. The farm fields they once marked are filled now with houses, yards, and in Carlisle, lots and lots of woods. But when the brush is cleared and small saplings are removed, their beauty is revealed again.

Following their long, stony spines turning into the woods, you wonder when they were built and who built them. Each farmer had his own style: some grand and imposing, others more utilitarian and practical. Unlike wooden structures, stone walls are very long-lived and require little maintenanceremoving brush and replacing stones that fall every so often.

Old walls were never perfectly constructed, never meant to be square and level. Sometimes a boulder too big to move was left in place to become part of the wall running on either side of it. With weathering, even the most ramshackle walls gain the patina of age.

Towle Field has some great stone walls. Flocks of sheep grazing there over the last two summers have done wonders. No machine can strip the invading shrubs, Virginia creeper, and poison ivy off the vertical walls quite like the sheep.

Stone walls are always with us, silent and permanent, in a disposable world.

Providence Whompers to perform in Westford

On Friday, January 14, the Westford Historical Society presents the incomparable Providence Whompers, featuring the virtuosic harmonica of Chris Turner and the groovy old-timey fiddling of Rachel Maloney, with Jay Atwood on didgeridoo and accordion, and Mance Grady on bodhran and bones. This is a sure sellout; reserve your ticket early. Doors open at 7:15 p.m.

Opening, at 7:15, will be Susan Mater, in an a cappella performance.

Refreshments are potluck and BYOB. Bring something to share. The concert is at the Westford Museum, 2 Boston Road. Tickets are $9 for members of the Westford Historical Society; $15 for non-members, $5 for teens, under 13 is free.

Reservations are recommended by calling 1-978-692-5550 or by e-mail at For more information, see web page

Ed Sundin exhibit at Hudson Town Hall

The Arts Alliance will display the lovely acrylics and monotypes of Ed Sundin of Framingham at its Art in the Hall exhibit, December 14 to March 11, Hudson Town Hall, 78 Main Street, Hudson, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Some paintings will be available for purchase. Mr. Sundin's work can be viewed at For more information, call the Arts Alliance at 1-978-562-1646.

CC Pools sponsors raffle fundraiser

Buy a raffle ticket that both gives the recipient a chance to win a red MINI Convertible and benefits the Concord Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center. The Concord Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center is being designed and built with private donations by non-profit group C. C. Pools, Inc. Upon completion, it will be given to the Town of Concord and run by the Concord Recreation Department. It will be available to everyone in the towns of Concord and Carlisle, as well as town

employees and their families. The Center, currently under construction, will be located across the main driveway from CCHS on the high school campus.

Only 999 tickets are available, priced at $100. To purchase tickets, call the C.C. Pools' office at 1-978-371-4936.

The winner of the MINI Cooper OPEN will be drawn at C.C. Pools' "Spring Splash," Saturday, May 21, 2005, at the Collings Foundation Museum in Stow. The MINI OPEN was donated by Concord residents, Liz and Warren Waugh of the Lyon-Waugh Auto Group.

To learn more about the project, visit the CC Pools web site at

Concord Madrigals present holiday concert

The Concord Madrigals will present "Dancing Day," a concert of carols and songs of the season.

The concert, at 4 p.m. Sunday, December 19, will be held at a new location this year: Trinity Episcopal Church at 81 Elm Street in Concord. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children and seniors are available at Brooks Pharmacy in Concord, or by calling 1-978-369-7718 or 1-978-369-3369. The Concord Madrigals is a women's chorus whose Carlisle members include Wendy Davis, Cynthia Nunan, Stephanie Smith, Cynthia Sorn, Priscilla Stevens and Penny Zezima.

January contra dance in Westford

On Sunday, January 9, from 3 to 5 p.m., the Parish Center for the Arts is presenting a family contra/square dance at the PCA. Oh, CONTRAire! provides live music and Marcie Van Cleave is calling. No experience is required; all dances are taught. Adults are $5; kids are $3; the maximum is $12 per family.

The Parish Center for the Arts is at the corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street on Westford Common, P.O. Box 411, Westford, MA 01886. Contact them at 1-978-692-6333, e-mail, or check the web page

Concord Band salutes America with its third CD

The Concord Band has released its third CD entitled The Concord Band Salutes America. The CD is a collection of 17 patriotic songs including marches such as "Stars and Stripes Forever" and "Washington Post," armed forces songs such as Semper Fidelis, and patriotic favorites such as "God Bless America" and "America the Beautiful." The CD is available for purchase at local retailers in Concord and surrounding communities for $15, or contact The Concord Band at 1-978-897-9969.

The Concord Band, founded in 1959, is one of the leading community concert bands in the United States. It is well known for its innovative programming and the exceptional quality of its commissioned pieces. It presents both formal and Pops concerts throughout the year. Its summer concerts at Fruitlands Museums in Harvard are attended by more than 10,000 people each year. The band's music director is Dr. William G. McManus. Visit our website at

Postpartum depression support group

The next monthly meeting of "This Isn't What I Expected" at First Connections will be Monday, December 20, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Moms whose experience of motherhood has been colored by some degree of depression, either postpartum or ongoing, will find the group helpful. The group shares strategies to develop, support and affirm parenting efforts. There is no fee to attend the group. Call Ellen at 1-978-287-0221. Childcare is available for children over six months during the meeting, which takes place at Emerson Hospital.

Time to apply for the Caroline Hill Scholarship

Applications for the Caroline Hill Scholarship are available to current Carlisle high school seniors and students in college for continuing post-secondary education. The awards, which are need-based, typically range from $500 - $2000. The awards are made in late spring. Caroline Hill left money to the Town of Carlisle for continuing education of Carlisle residents as well as for other 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. Questions? Call Sally Coulter at 1-978-369-6637.

Citrus sale to benefit Carlisle Band

Carlisle Senior Band members are now taking orders for fresh fruit to benefit the band program. The package assortments include Indian River red grapefruit, Florida navel oranges, red delicious apples and D'Anjou pears, all offered at competitive prices and delivered to your door in time for President's Day. The fruit can also be shipped directly anywhere in the U.S.

Proceeds will support the purchase of instruments and equipment, bus transportation and a visiting musician program. Place orders at the Winter Concerts, with any senior band member, or by calling Melinda Howe at 1-978-318-9582. Band members will also be taking orders at the Carlisle Transfer Station on Saturday, January 8. Support the school's excellent band program, treat friends and family and counter the winter doldrums with fresh fruit delivered to your doorstep.

A riddle and survey

What has only 17 questions and takes about 3 minutes? The survey is at It is presented by the Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System and contains questions that will help the Gleason Public Library. The Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System provides assistance to libraries across the region. In particular, the region helps libraries share materials by providing and coordinating deliveries. The region also funds access to databases, professional development, and resource sharing, among other things. The above link has a couple of questions and offers the opportunity for people to share thoughts and ideas about library services. The Gleason Public Library appreciates your participation in this survey.

Ski/SB Nashoba

Now is the time to sign up for the Recreation Commission's Ski and Snowboard Program at Nashoba Valley. The program will be held Fridays, starting January 7 for grades 2-4 and grades 5-8. Space is limited — register early. Chaperones are needed, and a discount is available. For information, call the Recreation Office at 1-978-369-9815.

Conversation with area school superintendents

On Wednesday, January 12, at 7 p.m. in Carlisle School's Corey Auditorium, the superintendents of the Carlisle, Concord/Regional, and Middlesex School Districts will be gathering with all interested residents to discuss the future of education in our towns. Save this date and come contribute to, and learn from, this event, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Concord and Carlisle.

CCHS volleyball team works to raise funds

Need baby-sitting services or help with a home project? The Concord-Carlisle High School Girls Volleyball Team is enthusiastically offering their services to raise funds to support the team. If interested in hiring the volleyball team members to help with baby-sitting or any other project, call Bill or Nancy Risso at 1-978-369-8321.

Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey program still has openings

The CCYH Organization still has openings in their Mosquito program for children born on or after 1998. It is not too late to join in the fun of learning how to play hockey. For more information, please contact the registrar of CCYH at 1-978-369-6759 or the president of CCYH at 1-978-897-7680.

Visit the web site ( for up-to-date information on all CCYH activities.

Concord Carlisle Youth Lacrosse

Now is the time to register for the spring season of CC Youth Lacrosse. Registration forms can be picked up at the Gleason Library (on the shelves in the back with the other community brochures) and at the Hunt Recreation Center. Youth lacrosse is open to girls in grades 5 through 8 and to boys in grades 3 through 8. Early discount registration period ends on December 31. Direct any questions to Lorraine Stone (

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito