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Friday, June 29, 2007

OHD held this weekend, June 30 and July 1

Please see last week's Mosquito for a complete Old Home Day schedule, or visit the Old Home Day web site at

Starting Saturday at 6:15 a.m., there will be road races, pancake breakfast, parade, art show, pies, cakes and breads, Inventors Showcase, awards, speechifying by notables, scholarship award, library "pre-read" book sale, country fair, dunking booth, frog jumping, Boy Scouts barbeque, radar gun speed throw, three-legged races, egg toss, corn shucking, sack race, children's pet show, softball, Center Park dedication, Historical Society Heald House tour, soapbox derby, fireman's barbeque, and Cakewalk at Town Hall.

Sunday's activities begin when the Trails Committee leads its Double Sundae Sunday Saunter — a 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. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Picnic and Family Fun Times will follow Sunday on Spalding Field at 5:00 p.m. along with tethered hot air balloon rides. The Ice Cream Social will top that off at 5:30 p.m. with some delicious ice cream sundaes with your choice of toppings. Spalding Field will be virtually mosquito free thanks to an environmentally friendly garlic application which keeps away both mosquitoes and vampires. So come early. Bring your blankets or folding chairs — and get a good spot on the lawn.

From 5 to 8 p.m., the Old Home Day Twilight Music Cavalcade will hold center stage. Some ol' favorite bands will be back, including Second Wind, Dot-n-Doc, Alex Kinmonth, and the Angry Clapping Monkeys. Newcomers welcomed to the Cavalcade stage this year are The Algorhythms and The Lonesomes, featuring Andy Hackbarth. With such a star-studded line-up, you won't want to miss a single note. For more information, contact Lisa Lofdahl at 1-978-369-8767 or

CPC toddler events at Old Home Day

Pick up your Carlisle Parents Connection (CPC) Old Home Day passport at the Toddler Art Show at 9:30 a.m. The passport is a document that the kids carry around to the different OHD events. At each event listed below, a CPC volunteer will be there to distribute a sticker. When the kids have visited all the events and collected all the appropriate stickers, they gain free entry into the Cake Walk and become eligible for a prize.

Toddler Art Show at Union Hall/Red Balloon classroom:

9:30 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.

Drop off your toddler's art work (any medium) on Friday between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to 60 Fern Lane or on Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. to the Red Balloon classroom (Union Hall basement). Art work will be on display during OHD and all participants will receive an honorary ribbon!

The Big Parade — 10:15 a.m. Gleason Parking Lot

Meet in the Gleason Library parking lot at 10 a.m. to pick up a fire or police hat and join in the main parade as we thank our fire fighters and police officers for keeping the town safe. Ride tricycles, strollers or your feet along with the CPC.

Look for the CPC volunteer at these events to collect stickers:

Council on Aging: 10:30 a.m. — 1 p.m.

Used Book Sale: 10:30 a.m. — 2:30 p.m.

Baking Contest: 11 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

Inventors: 11 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

Speed Throw: 12:15 a.m. — 12:45 p.m.

Games on the Green: 12:30 — 1 p.m.

Pet Show: 1 p.m. — 1:30 p.m.

Present your completed passport book, at the Cake Walk at Town Hall at 5 p.m. for free entry and a chance to win a prize. If you have questions, visit our web site for a complete schedule:

OHD view from the dunking booth

On Saturday, June 30 look for the Old Home Day Dunking Booth at its new location on the School Plaza. This year there will be an exciting line-up of "Honorable Dunkees" who have generously consented to grace the precarious Dunking Booth "Seat of Honor." Volunteers include a Selectman, schoolteachers, coaches, OHD committee members, a member of the Conservation Foundation as well as "Mr. Ferns" and our Chief of Police. Only one dollar buys three chances to dunk these esteemed citizens and public servants.

Honorable dunkees:

11:00 Peter Darasz CPS Teacher

11:15 Jason Reed OHD Comm.

11:30 Jenn Durkin CPS Teacher

11:45 Doug Stevenson Selectman

12:00 Otto Judicke Coach

12:15 Gene Stamell CPS Teacher

12:30 Larry Bearfield "Mr. Ferns"

12:45 Lynne Carmel CPS Teacher

1:00 Heidi Harring CCF

1:15 Chris Denaro CPS Teacher

1:30 John Sullivan Police Chief

1:45 Rick Amodei Coach

Volunteers needed for OHD

Community Service Volunteers are essential to many Old Home Day activities, and several volunteers are still needed for this year's Old Home Day(s). Earn Community Service hours while assisting with this year's OHD festivities. Both adult and school age volunteers are helpful. Shifts will be approximately two hours long. If you can help, call Bill Cooney or Debbie Power at 1-978-369-0434.

Date Event June 29/30 Art Show June 29/30 Country Fair June 29/30/July1 Set Up/Clean Up June 30 Book Sale Gleason

June 30 Parade June 30 Fun & Games (kids) June 30 Pet Show June 30 Food Judging

June 30 Soap Box Derby June 30 Barbeque June 30 Cake Walk

July 1 Fun & Games (family) July 1 Hot Air Balloon Rides July 1 Musical Cavalcade

July 1 Ice Cream Social

Last chance to pre-register for road races

Pre-registration for the OHD road races is encouraged, but please do not mail. Forms should be delivered to 94 Bingham Road. Please deposit in the cardboard box at the front door. Entry blanks are available at the Carlisle Library, Carlisle Post Office and Ferns Country Store, or electronically via the Old Home Day web site ( Remember to sign your entry form. Call race directors Leslie or Ronald Kmiec (1-978-369-6130) for more information.

Old Home Day pancake breakfast

The Pancake Breakfast will be held at the Congregational Churchfrom 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 30. There is no charge for this event.

Stock up for summer reading

Come browse and find the perfect books for summer reading at the Friends of Gleason Public Library Used Book Sale on June 30 (rain date July 1), Old Home Day, on the library lawn. Proceeds from the sale fund the many fine programs offered by Gleason Public Library for all ages throughout the year. See you there.

RecCom needs pools

For over 40 years, swimming lessons for children have been offered by the Carlisle Recreation Commission in private pools generously donated by town residents. The pools are insured by the Town of Carlisle during lesson times. Certified Swim Instructors and Swim Aides as well as a counselor are at the pools with the children, who are given lessons in small groups and in a safe and quiet environment. Thousands of children have learned to swim and be safe around water in this program. The program cannot happen, however, without residents coming forward and donating the use of their pool for swim lessons. Right now, two pools are needed for the summer of 2007. If you have a pool that is available during the hours of 9 a.m. to noon and/or noon to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday during all or some of the weeks from July 9 to August 10, please call the Recreation office at 1-978-369-9815.

Buddhist monk offers retreat in Carlisle

The Prajnopaya Institute for Buddhist Studies in Carlisle presents "Stage One of Meditation: Introduction to Mindfulness" (a one-day retreat with Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi, a Buddhist monk who is chaplain at MIT) on Saturday, July 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 60 Hartwell Road. This retreat will be an excellent introduction to the traditional meditative methods and taxonomy of mindfulness. The retreat will include a balance of lecture, practice, and discussion. No prerequisites are necessary. The cost is $60 (which includes vegetarian lunch). All proceeds to benefit the TB clinic in Bihar, India. For information and registration call 1-978-287-5967 or visit

Double Sundae Sunday Saunter, July 1

As part of Carlisle Old Home Day 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. If you have 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 Anne Marie Brako of the Historical Society about history of the 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 on the 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 Fern Loop, Old Morse Road, and Conant Land.

4 p.m. — Arrive at Carlisle School parking lot.

One could spot a car at Great Brook Farm, for example, to do only half the walk, or just walk to Kimball's and back to the school. Sun screen, drinking water, and bug spray are recommended.

Adult co-ed softball

Play softball this summer.Casual, noncompetitive and fun weekly softball games for Carlisle adults. These games will be held every Thursday evening, July 12 to August 30at 6 p.m. at Spalding Field in July and at Banta-Davis in August. No commitment is required.If you have questions, contact Rick West at 1-978-369-6515 or

Share some poetry

We'll experience poetry (not analyze it) on Sunday, July 8, from 9 to about 10 a.m., in Union Hall at the First Religious Society in Carlisle. Bring a poem (or poems) you care about, read it, and describe your response (or not). All are welcome to participate in or just listen to this informal discussion. No previous experience with or knowledge about poetry required. Light refreshments. Free. For questions or encouragement, call Mary Zoll at 1-978- 369-5236.

Local Farmers Market seeks vendors

Carlisle Farmers Market invites the community to participate in the Saturday morning market.Mass. made, Mass. grown is our local theme. Those who would like to participate as vendors should call to reserve a space or for more information. The market opens July 14 at Kimball's Ice Cream, Route 225, Bedford Road from 8 a.m. to noon.For more information, call Gale Constable at 1-978-371-1925or Annette Lee 1-978-369-0599.

Harry Potter writing contest at GPL

Write your own ending to the final Harry Potter book. Gleason Public Library invites all Harry Potter fans to submit their predictions in writing for the final 250 to 500 words that end the final book of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. What do you think will happen? Submissions begin July 2 and the deadline is Friday, July 13. Entries, which must be 250 to 500 words, will be judged by a panel of Mosquito editors and librarians in several categories and by age group, including children and young adults up to grade 12 and adults. Prizes for the best entries will be awarded at the Harry Potter party or mailed to participants and announced in the Mosquito. Stop by or contact the library at 1-978-369-4898 for details.

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

Summer fitness classes: Classes start on Tuesday, July 10 from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall and meet once per week all summer. The fee is $30 for one class/week for the summer. Bring your check, payable to the Friends of Carlisle COA, who sponsor this program. No mat is needed; if you have hand weights, bring them.

Sedona, Arizona trip: Discover Sedona on a 7-day trip from September 28 to October 8. The COA trip costs $1,699 per person for a double room. The trip includes air fare, hotel, breakfasts and four dinners, sightseeing trips to Scottsdale, Phoenix, Grand Canyon and much more. Send your deposit to Joanne Willens by July 1. For more information, call Joanne at 1-978-371-8023 or e-mail her at

Mystery van trip and lunch: On July 11 and August 22, join the COA for a day trip and lunch with one of our friendly van drivers. Call Carol Nathan at 1-978-371-6690 at least 48 hours in advance if you are interested. Only 12 seats are available. The cost is $10; lunch is on your own.

Spinners baseball game: Join the COA on Friday, July 13 to see the Lowell Spinners play ball. The cost is $7.50 per person for premium box seats for the first 12 people calling 1-978-371-2895 before July 9. The game starts at 6 p.m. and the van leaves Village Court and Town Hall starting at 4:30 p.m.

Tour of Carlisle Historical Society plus lunch: Join the COA for a guided tour of the Carlisle Historical Society Heald House on Thursday, July 19. The tour starts at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by a box lunch of roll-up sandwiches, salads, chips, juice and peach crisp. A donation of at least $2 is requested. Call the COA office (1-978-371-2895) no later than July 5 if you would like to join the fun. If you would like to ride the van (since parking is limited), call the van line for reservations before July 16.

Plays: Upcoming plays at the North Shore Music Theater include Forever Plaid on October 3 (deadline is July 20) and Les Miserables on October 31 (deadline is July 25). All seats are inner circle and cost $45 per person. Lunch is on your own at Sylvan Street Grille. The first 13 people get to ride the COA van; others need to carpool. All checks must be made out to the Carlisle COA and sent to Joanne Willens, 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741.

N.E. Quilt Museum tour and lunch: On Friday, July 27, the COA van will leave Town Hall at 9:30 a.m. for a 10:30 a.m. guided tour of "Uncovered in New Hampshire," an exhibition of quilts selected from the first 1000 brought to the New Hampshire Quilt Documentation Project. Following the tour will be a catered lunch of sandwich, soup or salad, desserts and beverages. The cost is $20. The COA van will transport the first 13 people sending in their check made out to the Carlisle COA no later than July 17. Mail check to Kathy Mull, Carlisle COA, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Mohegan Sun: On August 7, the COA will be chartering a bus for a day trip to the Mohegan Sun. The trip is limited to 42 people, so sign up ASAP. The cost is $18 per person, which includes coupons for food and gambling worth at least $20. The bus will leave from the Congregational Church at 8 a.m. Checks made out to the Friends of the COA must be received by Joanne Willens, 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741 by July 15.

Day at the beach: During the summer, the COA van will be offering a few days each month to the beach at your request if there are at least six people interested. The cost will be $10 to cover gas, etc. Call the transportation line at 1-978-371-2895 if you are interested.

Gleason jazz series airs on CCTV

Enjoy jazz music and films? A special eight-part series "Jammin the Blues" will air on CCTV's Channel 8 starting Monday, July 9, at 6 p.m. with encore presentations Tuesday at 3 p.m., Wednesday at 8 p.m., Thursday at 9 a.m. and Friday at 9 p.m. Popular jazz musician and Connecticut College Professor John Clark, Ph.D., leads this discussion about some well-known and virtually unknown representations of jazz music and artists on film before the coming of television. From the earliest experiments with sound film in the early 1920s, to the Vitaphone revolution that ended the Silent Movie era, through the age of Hollywood musicals, jazz has been an important element to the movies and vice versa.

This series is presented through a partnership of CCTV, Friends of the Gleason Public Library, and Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging. For a current schedule of CCTV programs visit

Celebrate summer and history at The Old Manse

An assortment of exciting events is happening soon at The Old Manse, a property of The Trustees of Reservations at 269 Monument Street in Concord.

With Nathaniel Hawthorne soon turning 203 years old, a celebration called "Happy Birthday, Hawthorne!" will be held in his honor. On Saturdays, June 30 and July 7, at 12 noon and 3 p.m., visitors can savor some delicious birthday cake and then travel back to the 19th century with members of the Hawthorne family on a 45-minute guided house tour. Spaces are limited. Please call 1-978-369-3909 to reserve your spot. Fees: $10/adult, $6/child. Members of The Trustees of Reservations (TTOR) are $5/adult or $3/child.

River and literary enthusiasts will want to sign up for "Paddling Back in Time," a guided paddling trip down the Concord River on Saturday, July 14 from 10 to 12:30 p.m., ending on the grounds of The Old Manse. Participants will enjoy the same scenes that inspired Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and will learn about the growth of the conservation movement that ultimately led to the establishment of The Trustees of Reservations. Cost for the Paddling Back in Time program is $16/adult, $10/child, or $8/$5 for members of TTOR. Call 1-978-369-3909 for reservations. If needed, canoe or kayak rentals are available at a discounted rate thanks to the generosity of the South Bridge Boat House in Concord.

On Saturday, July 21 at 6 p.m., adults will love "A Little Ro-Manse," which focuses on the love stories at The Old Manse. This 45-minute tour will be led by Nathaniel Hawthorne, as he tells of the great romances of the house and reflects on his own writings about love. Spaces are limited. Call 1-978-369-3909 for reservations. Fees are $10/adult, or $5/adult for members of TTOR.

Visit for information about these and other Old Manse events. Regular house tours are conducted seven days a week through October 31. Hours are Monday-Saturday 10 to 5 p.m., Sundays and holidays 12 noon to 5 p.m. (last tour by 4:30 p.m.). Guided tour rates are $8/adult, $7/senior/student, $5/child. Members of TTOR are admitted free.

ConsCom seeking new member

The Conservation Commission has one opening on its seven-member board. The board has two major areas of responsibility: administration of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and protection of the town's natural resources. 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 environmental educational role in the community.

If you are interested, send a brief résumé and cover letter immediately to both the Conservation Commission and to the Selectmen, addressed to the Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle. If you have any questions, call the Conservation Office at 1-978-369-0336.

Harry Potter Film Festival at the Emerson Umbrella

On July 5 through 8, The Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord. will host a Harry Potter Film Festival. The first four movies in order of release dates will be shown, one each evening beginning at 5:30 p.m. As everyone arrives, we will discuss pizza varieties and then once the film starts, pizza will be ordered. For children aged 12 and under with an adult. We respectfully suggest no more than four younger children to one adult. A suggested donation is $7 at the door. Come and refresh your Harry Potter memory before the release of The Order of the Phoenix.

Small wonders

Let's play and sing together in the children's room of the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord on Wednesdays, July 11 through August 15 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Young children age 18 to 24 months along with an adult are invited to join the Children's Librarian for a story, a song, a dance and lots of fun. For more information, call 1-978-318-3358.

Origami presentation

Origami master Michael LaFosse will present a talk and workshop on origami at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord on July 18 at 7 p.m. Young adults age 10 years and up are invited to create origami objects under Michael's direction. This free workshop is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library and does not require registration. For more information call 1-978-318-3358.

Drop In storytime

Drop In storytime will be held in the children's department of the Concord Free Public Library on Thursday mornings July 12 through August 16 at 10 a.m. Children age three years and up are invited for stories, puppet tales, songs, and fun. For more information call 1-978-318-3358.

Concord Library pajama storytime

Pajama Storytime will be held in the Concord Free Public Library Tuesday nights July 10 through August 14 at 7 p.m. Children age three years and up are invited for stories, puppet tales, songs and fun. Children can come in their pajamas if they wish. For more information call 1-978-318-3358.

Concord celebrates Fourth of July

Celebrate Independence Day in Concord at the 26th annual Picnic in the Park on Wednesday, July 4 at Emerson Field on Everett Street from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Picnic in the Park activities begin in the morning with a doll carriage and bicycle parade and the Recreation Department's yearly Fun Runs. The Tuxedo Classic Jazz Band will kick off the afternoon activities with a concert beginning at noon. With music as the background (bring your lawn chair and umbrella if it's a hot, sunny day), participants will engage in our traditional field games and sporting events for children of all ages. Again this year, Concord Children's Librarian Karen Ahearn has arranged a special afternoon treat for the kids. The Tanglewood Marionettes will perform "An Arabian Adventure." Popular bluegrass band Southern Rail will entertain, as will the Concord Band. Also returning this year will be the Concord Police K9 Unit with their exciting demonstration. Activity booths and food concessions sponsored by local non-profit groups will be open throughout the day.

Dogs are not permitted on Emerson Field during the event.

Congressional Candidates Forum on July 15

Carlisle residents will have a chance to meet and question all six announced candidates running for election to the U.S. Congress seat vacated by Massachusetts Representative Marty Meehan. This public forum will be hosted by Ferns and co-sponsored by the Carlisle Town Democratic and Republican Committees. Tom Raftery will moderate the event, to be held Sunday, July 15 at 2 p.m. ouside Ferns Country Store. If it rains, the event will be held at Union Hall at the First Religious Society on Church Street.

Volunteers needed

The Melanoma Education Foundation is seeking volunteers who have two or more weekdays free per month and are willing to plan and organize fundraising events. Call 1-800-259-1633, e-mail, or visit

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