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Friday, June 5, 2009


Cultural Compass

Carlisle Cultural Council 2009 grants

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place. - Margaret Mead

The Carlisle Cultural Council is charged with annually distributing grant money from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to a variety of applicants who offer projects or programs to interest the Carlisle community. Each member of the council evaluates every applicant individually and then in an open meeting, the council compares notes and establishes a slate of recipients for available funds. The guidelines for judging are that the grantees may not be school-affiliated (schools have their own grant opportunities), they cannot be “dependencies,” (annually repeating applicants), and their programs must benefit and broaden Carlisle’s cultural horizons.

This year, there were 20 applications. Of these, the Carlisle Cultural Council selected nine applicants to share the Massachusetts Cultural Council grant of $4,300. The grant recipients do indeed have diverse gifts and provide the community with an array of cultural enrichment designed to instruct, entertain, and inspire. Here is a summary of this year’s awards:

• The Middlesex Fife and Drum Corps, which will participate in Carlisle’s Old Home Day parade, will offer a question- and-answer session as well as lessons on the fife and drum and on marching. The corps is led by children and teens.

• The Carlisle Land Stewardship Committee offered a program on May 24, presented by an Audubon Society naturalist at Foss Farm Field, on birds of prey. Feathered visitors on site during this program were owls, a kestrel and a broad-winged hawk. Attendees participated in a workshop about collecting and distributing nesting materials for songbirds. (See photo on page 9)

• The Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra received a grant to help sponsor their youth concerto competition for students up to age 18 who live within 75 miles of Lowell. The performance of the winning piece, at Pawtucket Congregational Church in Lowell, was on May 8.

• The Carlisle Historical Society received funding to preserve and archive documents and photographs pertaining to the town’s history and people. Some of these items, dry-mounted and framed, were displayed at the society’s March 1 open house and are being displayed, as well, at Gleason Public Library and Town Hall.

• Josée Vachon will offer a concert of French songs and dance, including anecdotes in English and songs played on guitar, with “foot percussions.” Vachon is a Franco-American, originally from Quebec, Canada, now residing in Maine. The concert will take place in Union Hall or Corey Auditorium.

• The Justice Resources Institute, coordinated by First Connections, offered a family cabaret aimed at families with children from birth to three-years-old, in March. The cabaret show featured family comedian Jackson Gilman.

• The Pied Potter of Hamlin will present a demonstration workshop with rare stories and interesting pottery, including Lebanese samovars and melon pots, as well as figures ranging from gnomes to chickens. This is upcoming. • Gary Jackson, classical guitarist and composer, will present a program of Medieval and Renaissance music with flute accompaniment for all ages. This program is upcoming.

• Biologist/explorer Phil Buck will offer a multi-media preview of Buck Expeditions’ 2010 Boston-to-Egypt voyage, in a primitive reed ship, built by ancient methods. This voyage will be Buck’s third, in a primitive craft, built in a traditional manner. The program is upcoming.

Dates and some venues for upcoming programs are yet to be determined. Keep a weather eye on the Mosquito for notices of these rich and varied cultural experiences.

Carlisle Cultural Council members are Patricia Koenitzer, Seema Peterson, Alyssa Abruzzo, Kathy Coughlin Horvath, Terry West and Claudia Veitch. ∆

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