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Friday, June 17, 2005

"Carlisle Cats" need musicians for Old Home Day
The "Carlisle Cats," the band that traditionally plays at Old Home Day is looking for additional musicians. All instrumentalists — junior high school through adult — on all instruments are welcome. The Cats will play during the Parade, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, and at the Ice Cream Social at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 26.
Call Alyn Rovin at 1-978-369-6351 for information, and to sign up.

Magician to perform

Scott Jameson will perform a free magic show as the kick-off to the Gleason Library Summer Reading Program on Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m. at the First Religious Society. "Magic by Scott Jameson" is not a magic show in the typical "pull a rabbit out of a hat" sense. Scott's shows artfully combine magic and juggling with clever characterizations, physical skill, music, mime, storytelling, and plenty of audience participation.
This program is suitable for children in grades K and up. This project is supported, in part, by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural council. For more information call the Library at 1-978-369-4898.

CSA teacher and staff retirement reception

The community is invited to a retirement reception on Monday, June 20, at Union Hall from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. to celebrate and thank fifth-grade teacher Bill Tate, Special Educator Ann James, and Assistant to the Superintendent Peg Lynch for their many years of service at the Carlisle School. Have some refreshments, show your appreciation, and find out what plans they have for their retirement.

Enter the OHD pie baking contest

Old Home Day is quickly approaching and it is time to prepare for the pie baking contest. Enter in the contest and maybe you will bring home the Blue Ribbon. Young and old are urged to try. Pies will be judged on their appearance, taste and originality. Contestants from 15 years and under are entered in the Junior category. It is always best when the judges have many choices, so don't be shy, bake a pie.
The Pie Baking Contest will be held at Union Hall on Saturday, June 25 at 11 a.m. All entries should be brought to Union Hall between 9 and 10:45 a.m. Any questions, call Kathleen Marsh 1-978-287-5664 or email:

Old Home Day Events

The following list of events is from the Old Home Day web site: (X: canceled if rain)
Friday, June 24
2 - 10 p.m. Deliver art entries to Corey dining room
Saturday, June 25
5:00 a.m. Hot Air Balloon rides (X)
6:45 a.m. Check-in for 5-Mile Road Race
7:30 a.m. Check-in for 1-Mile Road Race, 5-Mile Road Race begins
8:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast
8:30 a.m. 1-Mile Road Race begins
9:00 a.m. Art Show opens
9:30 a.m. Flag raising, award ceremony
10:00 a.m. Parade begins
10:30 a.m. Country Fair
11:00 a.m. Frog Jumping contest (X), Lawn Dominos (X), Boy Scouts Barbecue (X), Dunking Booth, Pie, Bread and Cake Decorating, Young Children's Events (X)
12:00 p.m. Awards for: Parade, Pie and Bread Baking and Cake Decorating
12:30 p.m. Radar Gun Speed Throw (X), Fun and Games: Three legged Race, Sack Race, Egg Toss
1:00 p.m. Children's Pet Show (X)
1:30 p.m. Softball (X), Corn Shucking (X)
2 - 4 p.m. Historical Society Tours of Heald House
2:30 p.m. SoapBox Derby (if rain, moves to Sunday)
4:00 p.m. Barbeque at the Fire Station
5:00 p.m. Cakewalk (If rains, moves to Sunday to Spalding)

Sunday, June 26
11:00 a.m. Trails Committee 7-Mile Walk and Ice Cream Extravaganza, meets at Carlisle School parking lot (X)
4:00 p.m. Family Picnic on Spalding (if rain, moves inside to Corey Dining Room)
6:00 p.m. Ice Cream Social and Welcome Home Reception (If rain, moves to Corey)
6:00 p.m. Twilight Music Cavalcade (If rain, moves to Corey Auditorium)
9:30 p.m. Bi-Centennial Fireworks (If rain, moves to Monday)

ConsCom seeks new member

The Conservation Commission has one opening on its seven-member board. The board has two major areas of responsibility which include administration of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and protection of the town's natural resources.
Under the Wetlands Act, permits are required for projects for development in or near wetlands or other water resource areas. The Commission also manages the town's conservation land, undertakes conservation planning and land acquisition, operates the cranberry bog, presents an annual conservationist award, and helps provide an environmmental educational role in the community.
The Commission is particularly interested in people with a legal or civil engineering background, as well as the geological or other earth sciences. The Commission is seeking a member who is willing to work for the town. Those who have an interest in conservation and environmental issues, and are willing to actively work in resource protection will be considered.

If you would be interested in serving on the Conservation Commission, please send a brief resume and cover letter immediately to both the Conservation Commission, and to the Selectmen who are the appointing authority, addressed to the Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle. If you have any questions, call the Conservation Office at 1-978-369-0336.

Double Sundae Sunday saunter on June 26

As part of OHD weekend the Trails Committee will lead an historical walking and ice cream-eating extravaganza, starting at 11 a.m. at the Carlisle School parking lot and returning to the school around 4 p.m. Questions, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

The schedule, for those preferring to do only part of the seven-mile walk is:

11 a.m. Meet at Carlisle School parking lot. Walk to Kimball's (0.6 mile). Buy ice cream.
11:45 a.m. Talk by member of Historical Society about history of Bates Farm area.
12:30 p.m. Leave Kimball's and walk 2.8 miles to Great Brook Farm Ice Cream via Cutter's Ridge, Heartbreak Ridge, and Pine Point Loop, arriving around 1:30 p.m.
2 p.m. Talk by Great Brook Farm interpreter Rebecca Markey on history of the farm area, Native American to present, on the grassy slope by the pond.
2:45 p.m. Leave pond area at Great Brook. Walk 3.5 miles to Carlisle School parking lot via Ferns Loop, Old Morse Road, and Conant Land.
4 p.m. Arrive back at Carlisle School parking lot.

Cakewalk - June 25 at Town Hall

Starting at 5 p.m.on Saturday, June 25, Hatrack Gallagher and Seth Connelly will provide live musical entertainment for this year's Old Home Day Cakewalk.
The Cake Walk needs your cakes to continue its tradition as one of OHD's premier events. Bring your folding chairs or blankets, and enjoy the show. Most importantly, bring your cake either to Union Hall between 9 a.m.and noon, or to town hall after noon.
Cakes which are entered in the Cake Baking contest should be delivered to Union Hall by 9 a.m., and will be sent to their great reward, directly after the judging is completed.
Carlisle folks, get out your best recipes and cake-baking paraphernalia, because the cake-judging contest, and cakewalk are looking for a few good cakes.

Cultural Council seeks new members and grant applications

The Carlisle Cultural Council is currently seeking new members to join a small but dedicated group committed to supporting the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences in Carlisle. The committee meets four to six times a year to evaluate grant applications and plan for cultural activities. Committee members are appointed by the Board of Selectmen. If you are interested in getting more involved in the cultural life in Carlisle, contact Elissa Abruzzo 1-978-287-4811 for more information.
The Cultural Council is also seeking grant applications for 2006. The Carlisle Cultural Council awards small grants (average grants are $250-$400) to individuals and organizations that provide a unique cultural experience to a broad spectrum of the citizens of Carlisle. The Council funds grants in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. Funding to support this program comes from the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as local fundraising.
The Council is particularly interested in proposals that:

• explore art forms such as visual arts, music, dance, theater, storytelling, poetry and literature;
• engage the community in nature, and environmental education projects;
• involve people of all ages,
• introduce cultural traditions from around the world,
• have a direct relationship to the town,
• propose a collaborative effort by Carlisle organizations.
An application form is available at:

Applications are due October 17

Applications will be evaluated in the fall and grants will be awarded by December 31, 2005. For questions or to discuss proposal ideas, contact Elissa Abruzzo.
Grants awarded in 2005 include: Patty Carpenter, Music for Seniors Concert; Scott Jamison and "Summer Reading Magic," Gleason Library; Chiao Bin Huang, Chinese New Year Celebration; Davis Bates, "The Places You Go," Stories and Songs for Everyone; Carlisle Bicentennial Committee, Historic Heald House Launch; Carlisle Bicentennial Committee, Carlisle Town Flag; Carlisle Historical Society, Archival Storage; Carlisle Historical Society, "Celebrating Carlisle's Past," Exhibits; Gleason Library, "Stairway to the Past" Photos and Reproductions; Gleason Library, "Pinocchio" — Hampstead Players; Poetry Night at Gleason Public Library.

Just arrived at Gleason

The following titles are available at Gleason Library, in time for warm weather reading: Act of War, Dale Brown; Bad Girls, A novel, by Alex McAulay; Work Your Way Around the World, by Susan Griffith; 44 Scotland Street, by Alexander McCall Smith; and Dance of Death, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
For more information, visit the web site:

Picnic in the park volunteers needed

Volunteers are welcome to join in making Concord's Fourth of July celebration, Picnic in the Park, a success. Please call Rebecca Purcell at 1-978-369-5961 if you can help with staffing of the event. There are many opportunities, including setting up for the event, helping launch the children's parade, acting as greeters at our information tent and staffing the moonwalk, to name a few.
Volunteers are also needed to help with the Minuteman Classic Road Race, sponsored by the Concord Recreation Department, immediately preceding Picnic in the Park on July 4. Contact Danner De Stephano at 1-978-369-6460 for more information.

Volunteering to help with these events is a great way to contribute to this important community celebration.

Hear James Levine at Tanglewood

Acton-Boxborough Community Education is running a bus trip to Tanglewood on Saturday, July 23, leaving at 3 p.m. from the tennis courts at the Acton-Boxborough Junior High off Rt. 111. The trip will take an air-conditioned motor coach to Tanglewood in the Berkshires, stopping at the Cranwell Resort for a dinner before the 8:30 p.m. all Brahms program of Symphonies No. 1 and 4. Participants will have reserved seats in the shed; so you'll be comfortable regardless of weather. This is James Levine's first season as conductor of the Boston Symphony, this is an opportunity to hear the world-renowned conductor in the beautiful Tanglewood setting. Price is $90 for adults and $85 for seniors and children under 18 which includes reserved shed seat, dinner and transportation. Tickets are limited so call early to register, 1-978-266-2525.

Kmiec piano students to perform June 18

The Thirty-Seventh Annual Recitals by pupils of Ronald Kmiec will take place at the Carlisle Congregational Church on Saturday, June 18. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. Kmiec will perform the Chopin Ballade No. 4 in F minor at the end of each recital.
Carlisle pupils performing at the Elementary through Early Intermediate Recital (1p.m.):

Lucas Hickman, Katherine Innamorati, Anna & Laura Kolstad, Grace & Isabel Materne, Ian Sampson, Nikita Singhal, Katie Travisano, and Ileana Wu.
Early Intermediate through Early Advanced Recital (3:30 p.m.):
Dan Abel, Daniel Balles, Caroline Materne, Kevin Halvorsen, Nathan & Raffi Hsieh, and Stephan Wu.
Advanced Recital (6 p.m.)
Kathryn Balles, Jack Bondurant, Laura Halvorsen, Alec & Michael Hutson, Mary Roberts, and Priyanka Singhal.

Bicentenial birthday breakfast at OHD

Hear ye . . . hear ye . . . the Carlisle Congregational Church, in honor of the town's 200

Enter the OHD Art Show

Local artists young and old are encouraged to enter the Old Home Day Art Show to be held on June 25, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Corey dining room at the Carlisle Public School. Art may be submitted under the following categories: paintings, photographs, jewelry, needlepoint, pottery, scrapbook pages, textiles, crafts, drawings, and the professional gallery.

How to enter
You may enter up to four pieces of original artwork. The entry fee is $1 per piece. All artwork must be delivered to the Corey dining room on Friday, June 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. All artwork to be hung must be framed or mounted on cardboard with sturdy string or wire attached to the back. Lightweight entries may be hung from a paper clip secured to the back with strong tape.

Entries will be judged and ribbons awarded in each of the following age groups: grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12 and Adult. A Best in Show and Best Theme ribbon will be awarded by the judges to one piece.

Professional artists' artwork will not be included in the judging. Votes will be taken during the exhibit for a People's Choice Award.

The Old Home Day fund will receive 10% of the sale price for artwork sold.

Entries must be picked up on Saturday, June 25, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Entry forms - attach one to each item

Grade______Adult or Professional_____

Grade______Adult or Professional_____
Grade______Adult or Professional_____
Grade______Adult or Professional_____

Drop off books by next Wednesday

Wednesday, June 22 will be the final day the library will accept books for the Friends of the Gleason Public Library Book Sale. So please drop off your books, videotapes, CDs, DVDs (please no magazines, textbooks or encyclopedias) at the library this week or next.
The actual book sale will be held on Old Home Day, Saturday, June 25, and if you can help to transport, set up, or otherwise help the day before or during the sale, contact Karen Trittipo ( or contact Nancy Pierce at 1-978-371-7491 (

Check out Gleason's paperbacks this summer

Longing for the perfect book to read while lounging in the hammock? Roughing it on the beach? Plan accordingly and stop by the Gleason Public Library where one will
now find paperbacks in an area all their own. On the 2nd floor, west end, browse over 500 titles from classic to contemporary, romance to science fiction. Ask a librarian for a recommended read or dive in to unknown waters and try a new author. Search the catalog at

OHD Chicken BBQ tickets on sale now

Tickets for the Carlisle Firefighter's Relief Association Old Home Day chicken barbecue are now on sale at Ferns Country Store and the police dispatcher's window. The barbecue will be held at the fire station on June 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets cost $8 in advance, or $9 on June 25. For more information, call Richard Sibley at 1-978-287-4142. Proceeds benefit the Carlisle Firefighters Relief Association. There is limited seating. To avoid disappointment, get your tickets now.

Join the Old Home Day parade

In celebration of our town's incorporation in 1805, this year's OHD Parade theme is "Happy 200th Birthday." Everyone is encouraged to participate in this year's OHD Parade on Saturday, June 25

A Grand Prize, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded based on "Happy 200th Birthday" theme interpretation, originality, artistry, crowd response, and other judge-fudge factors. The Grand Prize winner will have the name of its entry engraved on a trophy, now prominently displayed in the Tax Collector's office at Town Hall.

Parade entries, including all floats, birthday cakes, horses, wagons, cars, trucks and walking groups should assemble in the school parking lot at 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. start. Those with animal entries please note that the hot-air balloon rides will be suspended by 8:45 a.m. All bicycles, scooters, other children's entries and Soap Box racers should assemble in the Gleason Library parking lot at 10 a.m. Call Debbie Power or Bill Cooney at 1-978-369-0434 with any questions about the OHD Parade.

30th annual Carlisle road races

Following past tradition, the Carlisle Road Races will be one of the opening events on Old Home Day on Saturday, June 25. The distances and routes will remain the same: five-mile and one-mile loop courses, starting and finishing at the entrance to elderly housing on Church Street, both passing through Carlisle Center, and beginning at 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. respectively. Registration and number pickup are at the entrance to Corey Auditorium from 6:45 — 7:15 for the 5 mile race, and 7:30 — 8:15 a.m. for the 1 mile race. Awards presentation follows at 9:30 a.m.

Pre-register to guarantee your medal. In addition to the trophy and medal prizes awarded annually, local artist Phyllis Hughes has designed a special limited edition medal to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the races and Carlisle's 200th. These will be presented to the first 200 entrants and will make nice souvenirs of this special town celebration. The exact courses and prizes can be found on the entry blanks at the Carlisle Library, Carlisle Post Office and Ferns Country Store, or electronically via the web site (

The only official runners (with numbers and eligible for prizes) are present and former Carlisle residents and town employees. Pre-race entries must be postmarked no later than June 22, or hand-delivered by June 24. are $8 adults, $5 youth (19 & under) for each race. Race day entries will be $10 adults, $7 youth. Unofficial runners have been the cause of many problems and delays in the results' tabulation. They are responsible for their own times and must not enter the finish chute.

Come to the Country Fair on Old Home Day

The Country Fair begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 25. Come visit the Fair and bring your wallet. Some of your old favorites will be back again as well as some new, soon-to-be favorites. Groups represented include the Carlisle Trails Committee, Historical Society, Minutemen, Agricultural Committee, Recreation Commission, not to mention the Carlisle Mosquito. There will be children selling snacks and crafts, as well as adults selling their wares. Participating local artisans include: Charles Hughes - hand-carved hardwood spoons and salad sets, Phyllis Hughes - watercolors, D'Ann Brownrigg - greeting cards, Nancy Roberts - photographs, Pam Brewster - jewelry, Shiela Luther - blankets, and Diane Delgado - ceramics.

Students can earn Community Service Hours during Old Home Day - June 25 and 26

Carlisle's Old Home Day Committee is looking for Community Service volunteers to assist in all Old Home Day events. Shifts will be approximately 2 hours long. For more information, please call Debbie Power or Bill Cooney at 1-978-369-0434.
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2005 The Carlisle Mosquito