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Friday, June 19, 2009

Senior tax relief

Are you 60 years old or older?  Would you like to earn up to $700 to help reduce your Property Taxes?  Contact the COA at 1-978-371-2895.

Strawberry Festival is Thursday, June 25

Be sure to be at this year’s Strawberry Festival at the First Religious Society on June 25, 6 to 8 p.m. Strawberries and whipped cream will tempt young and old at Carlisle’s traditional kickoff to the summer season. Call 1-978-39-5180 for information.

Old Home Day goes “Back to Basics”

Old Home Day will start early on June 27 with one and five mile road races, followed by a free pancake breakfast at the Congregational Church. Following some “speechifying” on the Common, Old Home Day scholarships will be awarded and some Carlisle citizens will be recognized for their outstanding service to the community. Then The Great Parade will wend its way up Bedford Road to pass before the reviewing stand. If history repeats itself, showers of candy will erupt from the parade to the delight of expectant observers. And so, another Old Home Day will begin.

All the old favorites will be back, plus a few new ones. All the Country Fair booths are reserved. Llamas, horses, goats, dogs and children are all being groomed for The Great Parade. Honorable Dunkees are looking for their best waterproof attire to wear in the dunking booth. Pie, bread and cake bakers are consulting their favorite recipes. Soapbox racers are taking shape in back yards. Works of art are being completed for the Art Show. Books are being sorted and categorized for the Gleason Library Used Book Sale. Musicians are rehearsing for the Cake Walk at town hall and for Sunday’s Music Cavalcade. Boy Scouts are planning their luncheon on the Common – and the firemen their barbeque. The Girl Scouts are practicing scooping up mounds of ice cream for the Sunday Ice Cream Social. The Trails Committee is planning its Sundae Sunday Saunter. Frogs are being hunted in bogs for the frog-jumping contest – all to be returned to their habitats with their ribbons - and much, much more. And now, a few details:

Soapbox Derby: Time is limited. Complete your soapbox racer now and be ready for a thrilling ride down Church Street hill. Awards will be given for fastest, and best design. Details and an application can be found at the OHD web site:, or contact Claude von Roesgen at,, or 1-978-405-2524.

Art Show: Any resident of Carlisle is eligible to enter up to four pieces of art. Professional artists, children and adults – all who have a passion to express their creative side, are encouraged to participate. Watercolors, pen and ink drawings, photographs, paintings, jewelry, stained glass, scrapbooks, poems, quilts, ceramics, Lego sculptures, woodwork and more are all welcome. A special award will be given to the one work of art that best reflects this year’s OHD theme, “Back to Basics.” Drop off your work of art Friday, June 26, 4 to 7 p.m. at Union Hall. Contact: Peggy Wang at 1-978-369-4660.

Attention Carlisle cake bakers: The Cake Decorating contest, and Cake Walk are looking for lots of good cakes. For the Cake Decorating contest, please deliver your cakes to Corey dining room on June 27 between 9:00 am and 11:00 a.m. Ribbons will be awarded in several categories.

The Cake Walk is one of Old Home Day’s premier events and needs your donated cakes to continue this fun tradition. Please bring your donated cakes to Town Hall between 3 and 5 p.m. The fun will begin promptly at 5 p.m. with live musical entertainment. So, bring your cakes, folding chairs or blankets, and enjoy the show. In case of rain, the Cake Walk will be held in the Corey dining room. Questions? Call 978 369-4388.

Another honored Old Home Day tradition is the Pie Baking contest. There will be categories for fruits/berries, creams/chiffons, and junior bakers (15 and under); there’s room for everyone who loves to bake. Bring your finest efforts to the Corey Dining Room Saturday, June 27, between 9 and 10 am, and let our panel of expert judges settle the score between Carlisle’s many talented bakers! After judging, slices are available for sampling. Questions? Call Nancy West at 1-978-369-6515.

Community Service Volunteers: Adult or student volunteers are needed for many Old Home Day Activities. Community Service credits will be awarded to students. Shifts are about 2 hours long. For information, please call Bill Cooney or Debbie Power at (978) 369-0434.

Firefighters Barbecue Dinner. Don’t miss the Chicken Barbecue at the Fire Station between 4-6:30 p.m. on Saturday June 27. Tickets are available now at Ferns and the Dispatch Center. Tickets are first come, first serve and often sell out early: $9 before the 27 and $10 if any are remaining on Old Home Day.

To get information about other Old Home Day activities, visit the Old Home Day website,

Bins and light bulbs at OHD

Compost bins will be on display at the Carlisle Household Recycling Booth on Old Home Day, June 27. These high-quality bins are made of recycled material and very easy to assemble. Bins will be offered at cost, courtesy of the Massachusetts DEP. An indoor kitchen scrap collector and two outdoor bin styles are available. Bins may be ordered at the Recycling Booth on Old Home Day or pre-ordered by calling 1-978-287-4270 or emailing Pre-payment by check or cash is requested. Bins will be on sale through July 4. A minimum order is required to qualify for the state contract price.

CFL bulbs will also be available at the booth at no charge to residents, with bulbs provided by NSTAR. First come, first served.

OHD line dancing demo

Come see the Carlisle COA line dancers on Saturday, June 27 at 9 a.m. at the Carlisle School plaza. The line dance instructor is Katrina Rotondo and all are encouraged to participate in the dances after a brief demonstration.

Double Sundae Sunday Saunter on June 28

As part of Carlisle’s Old Home Day weekend, the Trails Committee will lead a marathon walking, history, and ice-cream-eating extravaganza starting at 11 a.m. at the Carlisle School parking lot and returning to the school at around 4 p.m. The schedule for those preferring to do only part of the seven-mile walk is as follows:

• 11 a.m.: Meet at Carlisle School parking lot. Walk to Kimball’s and buy ice cream. Anne Marie Brako will share some tales of the history of the Bates Farm area.

• 12 p.m.: Walk 2.8 miles to Great Brook Farm Ice Cream via Cutter’s Ridge, Heartbreak Ridge and Pine Point Loop trails, arriving around 1:30. Buy ice cream and relax on the grassy hillside by the pond.

• 1:45 p.m.: Optional car shuttle back to Carlisle center for those wanting to attend the 2 p.m. dedication of the veteran’s memorial.

• 2 p.m.: Leave Great Brook and walk 3.5 miles back to the Carlisle School parking lot via Fern Loop, Old Morse Road and Conant Land trails.

• 4 p.m.: Return to Carlisle School parking lot.

Spot a car or meet at Great Brook Farm to do only half the walk. Sunscreen, drinking water and bug spray are recommended. And remember the Ice Cream Social on Spalding Field at 5 p.m.!

Questions? Contact Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680 or

Free pancakes on OHD

The Carlisle Congregational Church invites the town of Carlisle to a free pancake breakfast on Saturday, June 27. Pancakes, juice and coffee will be served from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Swanson Fellowship Hall.

Heald House tours on Old Home Day

Come visit or revisit historical Carlisle on a a guided tour of the Carlisle Historical Society’s home at Heald House, 698 Concord Street on Old Home Day. The house and barn will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 27.

Pre-register for OHD Road Races

The deadline for pre-registration by mail is Wednesday, June 24. Entry blanks are available at Ferns, the Library, Post Office, Transfer Station bulletin board, or electronically at (click on Schedule tab). Remember to sign your entry form. Contact Leslie or Ronald Kmiec (1-978-369-6130/ for further information or to help with the races.

Join the OHD Parade

This year’s Old Home Day Great Parade theme is “Back to Basics.” Everyone is encouraged to demonstrate good old-fashioned simplicity in this year’s OHD Great Parade on Saturday, June 27 at 10 a.m.

A Grand Prize, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded based on the best “Back to Basics” theme interpretation, originality, crowd response and other judging factors. The Grand Prize winner will have the name of its entry engraved on a trophy to be prominently displayed in the Tax Collector’s office at Town Hall.

Great Parade entries including all floats, horses and other critters, wagons, cars, trucks and walking groups should assemble in the school parking lot by 9:30 a.m. for the 10 a.m. start. Access to the parking lot is only available from Church Street. (by Green Cemetery) at its intersection with Bedford Road.

All bicycles, scooters and other children’s entries 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 Great Parade.

Honor Roll Memorial dedication on June 28

The official dedication of the new Honor Roll Memorial will take place on Sunday, June 28, at 2 p.m. and will feature a keynote address by honored guest speaker Lt. Gen. Ted Bowlds, Commander, Electronic Systems Command, Hanscom Air Force Base, as well as participation by a Military Honor Guard and the Carlisle Minuteman Battalion. Ceremonies will be held rain or shine. A reception in Union Hall will follow. The general public is invited.

Keep up with OHD

To get information about Old Home Day activities, visit the Old Home Day website,

Sign up for summer reading at GPL

Sign-ups have begun for Gleason Public Library’s (GPL) summer reading program, “Starship Adventure at Your Library,” which will run from June 23 through July 30, and all children entering grades one through six are enthusiastically encouraged to participate. The library will provide a Starship Adventure reading log to all participants to track the number of books and pages read.

GPL will host themed craft events for grades one through four and space-related science experiments for grades five and six, as well as introductory sessions and concluding celebrations for each age group. In keeping with this year’s theme, GPL will host special events throughout the summer reading period: Robert Rivest, a mime who studied with Marcel Marceau; Casey Carle of Bubblemania will create beautiful, intricate bubbles and Davis Bates and Robert Tincknell will present riveting stories and songs. Wall-E and Star Trek: the Wrath of Khan will be shown and a family concert for all ages will be presented by local favorites, Leafy Dale on the library lawn.

For more information about registration, as well as a full summer reading calendar, please visit the library’s website: www/ or contact Nancy Boutet or Erica Wing at 1-978-369-4898.

Making your college space work for you

Mystical Pizza author Mary Roberts will present tips to help college students take charge of their college living spaces on Tuesday, June 23, at the Gleason Library, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Hollis room. Call 1-978-287-5980 for more information.

RecCom News

Night Sky

A Museum of Science Program,

Friday, June 26 at 6:15 or 7 p.m.

Discover which stars, planets, and other astronomical wonders are visible this evening. Using our portable planetarium, we will take you on a tour of the solar system and beyond, and provide useful tips on how you can navigate the night sky from your own backyard. Ages six and up. Call 1-978-369-9815.

Fathers Day at The Discovery Museums

Bring dad or grand-dad for a fun day of learning and exploration this Sunday, June 21, at The Discovery Museums in Acton. That special man in your life can enjoy free admission. You can sail the Seven Seas together, save a sinking ship and check for approaching pirate ships, all at our new outdoor exhibit, Bessie’s Cove. For all program information, visit

Antiques Roadshow host in Westford event

An Antiques Appraisal Show will feature Skinner Appraiser Stuart Whitehurst, one of the hosts of TV’s Antiques Roadshow. The show will be held on June 24, 7 to 9 p.m. at the First Parish Church United, 48 Main Street Westford.

The price for an appraisal at the show is $20 and general admission tickets are $10. Appraisals are limited and must be registered prior to the show by calling Debbi at 1-978 -937-2343. Items cannot be coins, stamps, jewelry or musical instruments.

The Merrimack Valley Rotary Club is a part of Rotary International. For more information write to Rotary at

Summer Solstice on the Rivers, June 21

  Celebrate the arrival of Summer along the Assabet, Sudbury and Concord Rivers with Musketaquid Arts and Environment and Organization for the Assabet River (OAR) on Sunday, June 21. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a musical picnic on the grounds of the Old Manse, 269 Monument Street in Concord. Bring food, drink, and a blanket or lawn chairs, and enjoy the music of Snow Crow and Voices for the Earth.

At 8 p.m. launch your canoe, rowboat, or kayak from the Old Manse dock for an illuminated flotilla up the Concord River to the confluence of the Assabet and Sudbury rivers at Egg Rock. Voices for the Earth will serenade the flotilla, and invite you to sing along!

The best flotilla viewing spot is from the Lowell Road Bridge just outside Concord Center, near the participatory Drum and Dance Fire Circle with Earth Drum Council at the Old Calf Pasture, which will also begin at 8 p.m.

All are welcome to come for the picnic, the music, the flotilla, the drumming, or all four.

For more information, call Organization for the Assabet River at 978-369-3956 or Musketaquid Arts and Environment at 978-371-0820.

Woodworkers exhibit

From June 23 through July 5, an exhibit at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society will showcase a variety of furniture, as well as woodcarvings, handcrafted toys, trays, and boxes of all shapes and sizes. For more information call: 1-781-862-9696 or visit

Men and women: divorce support group

Are you looking for a peer-support group for men and women who are thinking of separating or are going through the divorce process? We are an informal, confidential group with no religious affiliation. We meet every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. downstairs at the South Acton Congregational Church, 35 School Street (off Route 27 near the bridge and traffic light). For more information, call Brian at 1-978-369-7346.

“The Ups and Downs of our Birds”

Join the Friends of Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge for their annual meeting featuring Peter Alden speaking on “The Ups and Downs of our Birds.” This will be a lively overview of how and why our local birds have responded to huge changes in our landscapes over the years.

Peter Alden of Concord is a past president of both the Brookline Bird Club and the Nuttall Ornithological Club and a founder and current co-compiler of the Concord area Christmas Bird Count, the nation’s largest.

The annual meeting will start at 7 p.m. followed by the guest speaker. The meeting will be held at the Great Meadows NWR Headquarters on Weir Hill Road in Sudbury and is free and open to the public. For more information, go to .

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