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Friday, July 21, 2006

Cultural Council seeks grant applications

The Carlisle Cultural Council is seeking grant applications for 2007. The Cultural Council awards small grants (averaging $250 to $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.

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, science and environmental education projects

• involve children, families, adults, and seniors

• introduce cultural traditions from around the world as well as explore aspects of our own diverse culture

• have a direct relationship to the town (historical, restoration, preservation, agricultural, local artist)

• propose a collaborative effort by Carlisle organizations

• take place in Carlisle.

An application form is available at or at Gleason Public Library.

Eight copies of the grant proposal applications are due by October 16. Grants will be awarded by December 31. For questions or to discuss proposal ideas, contact Elissa Abruzzo at 1-978-287-4811.

Junior Ranger programs begin in August

Discover nature and science through fun and informative Junior Ranger programs for ages 8 to 12 that run every Thursday in August from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Interpretive Pavilion at Great Brook Farm.

This year's programs include pond studies, butterfly hunting, gathering wild edibles and tree identification. A special program called Junior Farmer will take place on Saturday, August 19, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The entire family is invited to join the Junior Rangers to learn about dairy farming.

These programs, sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, are free to the public. Group size is limited, so early registration is necessary. Contact Rebecca at 1-978-369-6312, box 3, for information and to register.

Carlisle Police defense class begins August 18

The Carlisle Police Department will conduct a Rape Aggression Defense System (R.A.D.) class on August 18, 19, 25 and 26. The R.A.D. system is a comprehensive program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women and children. The program is 12 hours long, held over four classes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each. It is open to women ages 13 and up. Those interested, call Officers Andy Booth or Haylie Boutwell at 1-978-369-1155. For information about R.A.D., visit

Rain forest reptile show July 27

Set aside Thursday, July 27 at 7 p.m. to attend the Rain Forest Reptile Show. Come meet some inhabitants of our hemisphere's endangered rainforests. A trained herpetologist will show us a large snake, alligator, lizard, tortoise and a mini-zoo of smaller reptiles and educate us about preserving reptile habitats and their role in their ecosystems. (Reptiles listed are subject to their availability that day.)

This program, suggested for grades K-6, is part of the library's Summer Reading Program, "Reading is Natural," funded by the Friends of the Gleason Library, and will be held at Union Hall. Call 1-978-369-4898 for information.

Participate in CRAC activities

Over 500 acres of Carlisle's most scenic land and trails are protected by Conservation Restrictions (CRs) donated by generous landowners over the last 30 years. The Conservation Restrictions Advisory Committee (CRAC) regularly walks these CRs and helps landowners to set up new CRs.

The committe seeks non-voting affiliate members who would like to participate in the committee's work and take part in an activity that contributes vitally to making Carlisle a truly unique town in the Boston area.

The committee's seven regular members are appointed annually. They meet monthly for about two hours and usually do one or two CR walks a month on Saturday mornings or summer evenings.

For information on affiliate membership, contact Sylvia Willard, Conservation Administrator, at 1-978-369-0336 or Dave Kelch, chair of CRAC, at 1-978-369-1358 or, or just come to the next meeting on August 16 at Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.

COA doings

Blood pressure clinic: On Thursday, August 3, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., a registered nurse from Emerson Hospital will provide blood pressure screening at the Sleeper Room. No appointment is necessary.

Town employee appreciation picnic: On Thursday, August 3, at 11:45 a.m. at Carlisle Village Court, 145 Church Street, rain or shine, seniors are invited to come out and thank all the town employees who make Carlisle such a wonderful place in which to live. Firefighters, police officers, DPW workers, town hall employees, library staff and others will join the COA for food and conversation.

Ice cream social: Join the Carlisle COA on Thursday, August 10, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Sleeper Room for ice cream and music. Make your own ice cream sundae or enjoy a sugar-free, lactose-free alternative treat. There will be a sing-a-long led by Santo Pullara.

Burlington Mall shopping trip: On Friday, August 11, join the COA for a trip in the COA mini-bus to the Burlington Mall for shopping and lunch on your own. The mini-bus will leave Carlisle at 9:30 a.m. and return by 1:30 p.m. Call 1-978-371-6690 to sign up for this trip.

Board of Health issues family disaster plan information

The Carlisle Board of Health has sent to every household a packet of information about planning for disasters involving the cutoff of basic services like water, gas, electricity and telephones. Carlisle is part of Region 4A in the newly-organized state health regions under the Center for Emergency Preparedness. Region 4A has 34 communities that are working together on regional readiness planning. The Board of Health, Carlisle's Emergency Planning Committee and the Board of Selectmen are collaborating on local emergency preparedness, as each community is responsible for the well-being of its residents during public health emergencies.

Senior citizens and those in need of special assistance may register with the Council on Aging (1-978-371-2895) and/or the Carlisle Police Department (1-978-369-1155). Those who wish to volunteer assistance may join the Carlisle Medical Reserve Corps, which will hold training sessions in the fall. Call the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283 if you are interested.

Carlisle citizens are advised to fill out the family disaster plan and keep the special phone numbers provided in the packet in an accessible place.

CSA House Tour

September 29

Save the date. The CSA House Tour will be held on Friday, September 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The committee is still seeking volunteers for the event. If you are interested in helping, call Cathy Poirier at 1-978-371-9139. Also needed are sponsorships, family artwork and quotes for the House Tour Booklet. Contact Sharyl Stropkay at 1-978-369-9641 if you would like to contribute.

Summer offerings at Lowell National Historical Park

Lowell National Historical Park, one of 388 units of the National Park Service, preserves and interprets the history of the American Industrial Revolution in Lowell, Massachusetts. The park includes historic cotton textile mills, 5.6 miles of power canals, operating gatehouses and worker housing. Turn-of-the-century trolleys operate March through November.

Visitor Center at Market Mills

Begin your visit at Market Mills, the former Bigelow Carpet Company complex located on the site of one of the city's original textile mills. At the Visitor Center, you can plan your exploration of the major park sites and the city's rich industrial past. "Lowell: The Industrial Revelation," an award-winning multimedia presentation, introduces visitors to the story of how people, technology and capital came together to revolutionize textile production — and a way of life — in Lowell and other American cities. Also on view in the Visitor Center is "Lowell Blues," a film by Henry Ferrini, about author Jack Kerouac and his native city. Make reservations for park tours and other programs, visit the Children's Corner, sign up for the Junior Ranger Program and shop in the Museum Store. Learn about Lowell's many cultural instituitions and the diverse array of special events that celebrate the city's rich ethnic heritage. General information on area dining is also available. Now to September 4, daily 9 to 5:30 p.m.; September 5 to October 9, daily 9 to 5 p.m.

Trolley Rides

Ride on a turn-of-the-century trolley from site to site during your visit. The trolley provides transportation to the Visitor Center, Suffolk Mill, Boott Mill, Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit and other attractions in Lowell. The trolley runs daily through November and is free.

Guided Tours

Pawtucket Canal and Pawtucket-to-the-River Tours: These 90-minute tours travel by foot, trolley and boat along the Pawtucket Canal. Discover how the demand for waterpower forever changed the river and the city of Lowell.

July 1 through September 4:

Pawtucket-to-the-River (90 minutes). Daily 11 a.m., 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m., noon, 4 and 5 p.m.

Mill and Canal Tour (120 minutes). Daily 12 and 1 p.m.

September 5 through October 9:

Pawtucket to the River (90 minutes). Sunday, Saturday and Columbus Day 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Mill and Canal Tour. Sunday, Saturday and Columbus Day, 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. (Boats will be unavailable during the 2006 Lowell Folk Festival, July 28, 29 and 30).

Canal Tour Tickets Costs: Pawtucket Canal Tour and Pawtucket-to-the-River: adults, $8; seniors, $7 (ages 62+); youths $6 (ages 6—16); children free (ages 5 and under)

Mill and Canal Tour: adults, $10; seniors, $9 (ages 62+); youths, $8 (ages 6—16); children free (ages 5 and under). Reservations are required for all canal tours. All canal tour reservations must be ticketed and paid for no later than thirty minutes before the start of the tour; at that time, unclaimed reservations will be released and sold to waiting visitors.

Buy a "Park Package" — Combine a Canal Tour with a visit to the Boott Cotton Mills Museum and receive a discount.

On August 19, the boats will provide environmental education and interpretation programs, including boat tours on the river in partnership with the Southeast Asian Water Festival and will be unavailable for our regularly scheduled programs. Canal tour times and schedules may be modified at any time depending on water levels.

Museum Talks

Join a park ranger for a 10- to 15-minute program at the Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit and at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum. Learn more about cotton cloth production, capital, labor, "mill girls," mill machinery and more. Ask a ranger for daily topics. Free with admission to the exhibit.

Children's activities

Become a Junior Ranger. Pick up a Junior Ranger Activity booklet at either the Visitor Center or the Boott Cotton Mills Museum. As you explore the park, complete the series of activities presented in the booklet and turn it in to a ranger at the desk before you leave to become a Junior Ranger — badge, certificate and all. Answers to the activities can be found throughout the park. Free.

Boott Discovery Trail. Discover the story of Lowell's mills, their machinery and their workers through the Boott Discovery Trail during your visit to the Boott Cotton Mills Museum. Children of all ages can pick up their work aprons and time cards at the museum entrance and through hands-on activities explore how cotton cloth was made from raw cotton to finished cloth. Experience the roar of a 1920's weave room and learn what working in a textile mill was like. Available during regular museum hours. Free with admission.

Children's Corner. Visit our Children's Corner in the park's Visitor Center. Participate in hands-on activities to explore Lowell's technology through gears and pulleys, read a book together to learn about immigration, machinery and much more. Self-guided during regular Visitor Center hours. Free.


Boott Cotton Mills Museum. Do not miss the roar of a 1920's weave room with operating power looms. The park's primary exhibit includes the weave room plus interactive exhibits and video programs about the Industrial Revolution, labor and the rise, fall and rebirth of Lowell. Adults, $6; youths,6—16 and students $3; senior discount; children 5 and under, free. Call to inquire about special group rates and annual passes. Also at the museum, check for programs at the Tsongas Industrial History Center, Lowell Historical Society and shop at the Museum Store for a large selection of mill-related books for all ages, cloth from our weave room and other items. Daily 9:30 to 5 p.m.

Mogan Cultural Center. The Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center, a program of Lowell National Historical Park in partnership with University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Saint Patrick Parish — Our Story: Celebrating 175 Years. From the treasury of the Archives of Saint Patrick Parish, this exhibit explores the history of Lowell's first Catholics. Stories of the people and those they served will be told through photos, artifacts and narratives of the Irish, French, Vietnamese, Latino and other parishioners. Exhibit runs through September 15.

Syrian—Lebanese—Arabic Community Exhibit. This exhibit will document the history of the communities in the Greater Lowell area. Metropolitan Opera star and Lowell native Rosalind Elias will be joining everyone at the exhibit opening Sunday, October 8 at 2 p.m.

Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit. Explore the history of "mill girls" and immigrants in a Boott Mill boardinghouse. The Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit, located in the Mogan Cultural Center and the Boardinghouse, tells the human story of the Industrial Revolution by concentrating on the working people of Lowell. Free. July 1 to October 9: daily 1 to 5 p.m.

Boston & Maine Railroad Exhibit. Learn the history of the B&M Railroad, successor of the Boston and Lowell, New England's first steam railroad. Featuring B&M steam locomotive #410 and a B&M combine car (combining passenger and freight space in the same car), this exhibit is managed by the volunteers of the Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society. At the Visitor Center trolley stop, the exhibit is viewable at any time; additional exhibits in the combine car are open Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m., through to August 26, free.

Moody Street Feeder Gatehouse—Information Center. Join a VIP at the historic 1848 Moody Street Feeder Gatehouse for a glimpse of the historic gates and their unique function in the waterpower canal system of Lowell. Visitor orientation and information regarding the downtown historic district are available at this site. Accessible by foot and by trolley, staffed by "Adopt-A-Gatehouse" park volunteers, it provides a unique opportunity to see this historic treasure and learn more about park programs and resources. Open now to September 3, Friday through Sunday, 11:30 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Check at the Visitor Center for additional hours.


All tours begin at the Visitor Center unless otherwise noted. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather — tours take place rain or shine. All Canal Tour reservations must be ticketed and paid for no later than thirty minutes before the start of the tour; at that time, unclaimed reservations will be released and sold to waiting visitors. For more information on park programs and reservations, contact Lowell National Historical Park, 67 Kirk Street, Lowell, MA 01852 or call 1-978-970-5000 (1-978-970-5002 TDD/Hearing impaired only please). Groups: Please call for advance reservations.

Make it to Middlesex this fall

Learn more about Middlesex Community College's fall-semester programs at one of the coming Admissions Special Events. MCC offers 79 degree and certificate programs — including our revolutionary new RFID Technician Training Program. Classes are held on campus in Bedford and Lowell, online and at Woburn High School. Make it to Middlesex this fall: classes begin September 6.

An information session for MCC's new Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technician Training Program will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, August 3, in the Bedford Campus Center, 591 Springs Road.

Find out why it is smart to start or finish your degree at MCC at two Admissions Information Sessions to be held on our Bedford and Lowell campuses. The Bedford Campus Information Session will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 10, in the Bedford Campus Center, 591 Springs Road. The Lowell Campus Information Session will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, August 16, in the Lowell Campus Cafeteria, 33 Kearney Square.

Iris sale this Saturday

Devotees of irises will find great bargains at the iris sale, sponsored by the Iris Society of Massachusetts, at the Waltham Field Station (U Mass Extension Center), 240 Beaver Street, Waltham, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow. Species include Tall Bearded, Median Bearded, Dwarf Bearded, Siberian and more. For information, call Barbara Schmieder at 1-978-369-3383.

Earn your Middlesex degree at Woburn High School

This fall, students can start or finish their Liberal Arts or Liberal Studies degrees by taking evening courses at Middlesex Community College's satellite campus at Woburn High School (WHS). To learn more about MCC's degree programs, as well as fall-semester evening courses at WHS, attend an MCC at WHS Information Session, to be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8, at The Career Place, 100 Sylvan Road, Woburn.

Liberal Arts degrees provide valuable skills that employers are looking for. Middlesex admissions representatives will be available at the information session. Bring your transcripts and find out how close you are to an MCC degree.

Middlesex accepts up to 45 transfer credits, and you can earn credits for relevant life experience. Learn about the value of a Liberal Arts or Liberal Studies degree at the info session, and explore career opportunities.

MCC offers a selection of credit courses at Woburn High School, including courses in computers, English, mathematics, science, social science and Spanish. Fall-semester courses at WHS begin as early as September 7, meeting once a week for 13 weeks, on Tuesday or Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. All credit courses offered in Woburn are the same as those offered on MCC's Bedford and Lowell campuses, and are taught by regular college faculty. Tuition and fees are also the same.

For reservations or information, e-mail or call 1-800-818-3434.

Bees pose winged danger

Although we are in the midst of the "dog days of summer," Postmaster William J. Ponte reminded customers that sometimes letter carriers face threats through the air.

"Bees and wasps can inflict pain and suffering on our employees and for those allergic to bee venom, the sting can prove to be fatal," he said, prompting a call for customers to watch for and remove bee nests at or near mail receptacles.

"Bee stings can be very painful," he said, and depending on the type of bee, it is possible that more than one sting can be inflicted.

"Our letter carriers want to provide the best service possible to customers. At the same time, they should not be subject to situations that endanger them. That is why we ask customers to restrain their dogs during mail delivery times and why I am now reminding residents that bees also present dangerous situations," he said.

He asked customers to try and keep bees from settling in or near mailboxes and to be especially vigilant if they have flowers in the general vicinity of mail receptacles.

He said if a large number of bees hover near flowers, trees or shrubs, it is possible a nest is nearby. He urged customers to use caution when dealing with bees and wasps and noted that his letter carriers would be "most appreciative" if the hazard is removed, reducing the threat of a sting.

Seminar for cancer patients August 7

The Walden Unit of the American Cancer Society will hold a Look Good . . . Feel Better seminar on Monday, August 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Bethke Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital, Lovejoy Conference Room, fourth Floor, 133 ORNAC, in Concord. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Lori Noonan at 1-978-287-3237.

Look Good . . . Feel Better is a free program that teaches cancer patients hands-on cosmetic techniques to help them cope with appearance-related side effects from chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Wig care, scarf and hat use, skin care and nail care will all be discussed, and all participants will receive a free makeup kit. Cosmetologists who are certified or trained by the American Cancer Society provide the service, which is non-medical and does not promote any product line.

The seminar will be a free, supportive, informative and enjoyable first step toward renewed self-esteem, self-confidence and emotional recovery for cancer patients undergoing radiation or chemotherapy. For more information on local programs of research, detection, education and patient services, contact the American Cancer Society's cancer information line, 1-800-ACS-2345, or visit

CSA House Tour

Save the date. The CSA House Tour will be held on Friday, September 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The committee is still seeking volunteers for the event. If you are interested in helping, call Cathy Poirier at 1-978-371-9139. Also needed are sponsorships, family artwork and quotes for the House Tour Booklet. Contact Sharyl Stropkay at 1-978-369-9641 if you would like to contribute.

CCTV seeks executive director

CCTV Inc. is a young PEG access television group in Concord and Carlisle. The executive director is responsible for all aspects of station management. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to training, production, programming and staff/volunteer management. Send resumes to: Executive Director Search, CCTV Inc., 500 Walden Street, Concord, MA 01742, Court Booth, President. E-mail applications invited at CCTV is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong commitment to diversity.

CCTV seeks administrative assistant

CCTV is looking for an administrative assistant. Are you energetic? Do you like a busy and stimulating work environment? Are you good at multi-tasking? Visit the CCTV web site ( for the job description and more details.

GPL announces NewsBank database

Full-text newspapers from the present back to the 1980s (and a few to the '70s) are available online from home. The Gleason Public Library's latest electronic database, NewsBank, contains over 1,800 newspapers, newswires, transcripts and news magazines. International and national papers are included. Examples are, New York Times, Boston Globe, National Public Radio, The Times (London) and the Irish Times. There are also many business papers. Individual or multiple titles can be searched at once, making it convenient to search for a particular article or several articles on a subject. For access, go to the Library's website,, and click on "Research Databases." Scroll down to NewsBank. A Gleason Public Library card number will be required to gain access. Call the library with any questions: 1-978-369-4898.

Colonial Spirit Choruscrafters wanted

The Colonial Spirit Chorus of Sweet Adelines is sponsoring a craft fair at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Route 38 in Tewksbury, onSaturday, September 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call Peg at 1-978-658-5083 or e-mail or for registration and information.

Like to sing?

Summer is here!Give yourself a treat and come to an open rehearsal of the Colonial Spirit show chorus.We are looking for women of all ages who enjoy singing and would love to meet you and introduce you to four part a cappella singing, barbershop style.We meet on Thursdays at 7:15 p.m. at The Church of the Good Shepherd on Newtown Road in Acton (off Route 27).CDs are available for easy learning.For information, call Norma at 1-978-692-2270 or Noreen at 1-978-263-0562 or visit

Queen Bee workshop August 2

A Queen Bee workshop for children ages five to seven at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street Concord, will be held on Wednesday, August 2, at 7 p.m. Concord artist Paula Slovenkai will lead the children in a magical program, including a peek into bee products, decorating a pair of wings and a crown, and a dress-up session complete with music and dance. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library and does not require registration. For information, call 1-978-318-3358.

Concord Library's Concert on the Lawn series continues July 26

The summer Concert on the Lawn series at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord, continues on July 26 at 7 p.m. with the band Banda Ponto Com. This talented group will play a wide assortment of Bazilian music, featuring samba, forro music, and folk songs. Bring a picnic supper and enjoy this free concert, sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.

Lowell's Revolving Museum offers programs all summer

Tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m., viewers may experience the Short Attention Span PlayFEST, one of the most competitive festivals of its kind, at Lowell's Revolving Museum, 22 Shattuck Street, Lowell. Audience members will vote for their favorite short plays, and two Audience Awards will be given to winning entries. Tickets are $12 in advance, and $18 at the door.

On July 27, Philippe LeJeune, Herman Hampton, and Stanley C. Swann III will perform boogie woogie, jazz, and blues from 8 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10. Information about this group is available at

During the Lowell Folk Festival, July 29 and 30, the museum will host a series of free puppet shows, puppet-making workshops, live performances and a puppet parade.

For tickets and information about all programs, call 1-978-937-2787.

Concord area blood drive to be held August 7

A Concord area blood drive will be held on Monday, August 7, at the Concord Elks, 221 Baker Avenue, Concord, from 2 to 7 p.m. All presenting donors will receive a buy-one-get-one-free pass to Six Flags New England, good for up to four offers.

Anyone who is 17 or older, in good health, weighs at least 110 pounds and who has not given blood in the last 56 days may donate. The American Red Cross requires a positive ID before donating. For information or to make an appointment for any Red Cross blood drive, call 1-800-448-3543. Appointments are preferred, but walk-in donors are also welcome.

Turtle Lane Playhouse is "in season"

The Turtle Lane Playhouse, 283 Melrose Street, Auburndale, is in production now until August 13 with Lucky Stiff, and announces the rest of the 2006-2007 season. A 1940s Musical Revue will follow Lucky Stiff from September 15 to October 15 and Little Shop of Horrors will run from November 17 to December 17 with additional performances December 26 to 29. The 2007 season will open on February 2 with Tommy, which will run until March 11, and continue with The Secret Garden, from April 27 to June 3 next year. For information, Call Turtle Lane at 1-617-244-0169, or visit

Farmers Market 2006

Bakers and artist/craftpersons are invited to participate in the Carlisle Farmers Market 2006.

All are encouraged to feature locally grown produce and goods to represent "Massachusetts grown — Massachusetts made".

The Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at Kimball Farms Ice Cream, Rt.225, Carlisle, MA.

The vendor fee is $20.00 for the season. To register for space or for information, call Gale Constable at 1-978-372-1925 or Annette Lee at 1-978-369-0599.

Linux demonstration on July 26

Tom Hedden will run a computer demonstration of Linux and answer questions about it in the Hollis Room at Gleason Public Library on Wednesday, July 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Participants may possibly try it out themselves. No background is assumed except the ability to use a mouse.

Upcoming COA trips

Join the Carlisle Council on Aging for some great plays at the North Shore Music Theater:

Jesus Christ Superstar: October 4. Cost is $45 with lunch on your own.

• A Christmas Carol: December 9. Cost is $45 for the play plus $19 for lunch. All seats are Inner Circle, rows d,e or f.

On March 16, 2007, the COA will be sponsoring a trip to Italy. Flyers are available at the COA Office in Town Hall. Anyone who is interested should call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023. Space is limited and payment must be made to hold your place.

Lowell Folk Festival begins July 28

The largest free folk festival in the nation, the Lowell Folk Festival, is three days of traditional music, dance, craft demonstrations, and more. Tap your toes to zydeco, mariachi, bomba, the blues and more with traditional music from all over the world. Dance through the streets with the New Orleans Brass Band, savor the taste of ethnic food, witness master craftsmen at work. Bring the family because there is something for everyone, all on six outdoor stages throughout Lowell. The festival is Friday, July 28 from 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday, July 29, noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday, July 30, noon to 6 p.m. For information, contact Lowell National Historical Park, 67 Kirk Street, Lowell, MA 01852; visit or call 1-978-970-5200.

Enter the Country Gardens tour

Would you like to show off your beautiful garden in a way that contributes to a worthy cause? The Carlisle Garden Club's bi-annual Country Gardens tour is next year on Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16, 2007. The Garden Club is looking for a range of types and styles, not just perfect landscapes. The tour raises funds for civic programs that include town beautification, scholarships, and contributions to the Gleason Library. You do not have to be home during the tour. The club provides all staffing and oversight. For more information, or to leave a tip on a garden owner we should get in touch with, contact Susan Pepple at or phone 1-978-371-2674.

Music at the Manse continues this Sunday

July 23 - "Notorious" duo Eden MacAdam-Somer and Larry Unger

"Notorious" musicians Eden MacAdam-Somer and Larry Unger bring together traditional and contemporary acoustic music from around the world, creating a dynamic, swinging sound that is sure to get you on your feet. Seasoned dancers know Larry Unger not only as a performer who sparks nationally renowned bands but also the composer of countless fiddle tunes and lilting waltzes. Unger brings along exciting and versatile young fiddler, MacAdam-Somer whose classical and jazz background merges with Larry's driving style to push the envelope towards swing, blues and Gypsy modes.

August 6 - Leslie Fuller leads an open session

August 13 - Leslie Fuller leads an open session August 20 - "Bob and Friends" performance and open session

Bob Phillipps and Linda Abrams are two-thirds of Blue Parrot, which regularly performs in metro-west venues. The afternoon will consist of both a performance and open session. The first hour, Bob and Linda will perform some of their favorite pieces, with several of their musical friends. Then they will open it up to a general traditional session (old time, contra, Celtic). Bring your instrument, and join in.

August 27 - Laura Leibensperger and Jim Ventola lead an open session

Laura Leibensperger (fiddle) and Jim Ventola (concertina, flute), along with jammers-in-residence at the Arlington Traditional Music Sessions, will host a session of traditional tunes from New England and its musical "parents". This is participatory music the way your great-great-grandparents did it in the good old days, so feel free to join us with your instrument, sing a song or request a tune, or just enjoy the historic ambience of the Old Manse.

Built in 1770, The Old Manse is a property of The Trustees of Reservations. This National Historic Landmark is open for tours through October 31. Visit or call 1-978-369-3909 for information about the site.

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