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Friday, June 26, 2009

Farmers Market opens

Carlisle Farmers Market opens for the season on July 4. It will be open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Stop by Kimball’s Ice Cream Stand on Bedford Road for homegrown fare all summer long.

Police Station open house

The Carlisle Police Station will have an open house on Saturday, June 27 from noon to 4 p.m. Come for tours, refreshments or just to say hello.

Line dancing demonstration at OHD

Come see the Carlisle COA line dancers on Saturday, June 27, at Old Home Day at 9 a.m. at the Carlisle School Plaza. Line dancing is an affordable way to have fun, meet new friends and laugh while exercising both the body and mind. The line dance instructor is Katrina Rotondo and all are encouraged to participate in the dances after a brief demonstration.

Double Sundae Sunday Saunter

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

OHD pancake breakfast

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.

Last minute road race pre-registration

Pre-registration for the Road Races is encouraged, but please do not mail. Forms should be delivered to 94 Bingham Road. Deposit them in the cardboard box at the front door. Entry blanks are available at Ferns, the Library, Post Office or electronically at (click on Schedule tab). Remember to sign your entry form.

Race day registration and number pickup are at the entrance to Corey Auditorium from 6:30 to 7 a.m. for the five-mile race and 7:15 to 8 a.m. for the one-mile race. Awards presentation follows at 9:30 a.m. The five-mile race will begin at 7:15 a.m. and the one-mile race follows at 8:15 a.m. Call Leslie or Ronald Kmiec (1-978-369-6130) for more info.

OHD serves up music

The melodies begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at the pancake breakfast. The FRS Union Hall Coffee House is gifting performances by The City of Roses folk group during the day. They will start the day for us, performing again on the Town Common during the day and they will provide the pacing tempo for the Corn Shucking Contest.

Then the Middlesex County 4-H Fife & Drum Corps will be on hand for this year’s Great Parade and playing on the plaza afterwards. Formed in 1972, its members come from over a dozen different towns in eastern Massachusetts. Members range in age from eight to 17. The 4-H corps has marched through the hallways of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, participated in living history days at our National Historical Parks and performed for crowds in Market Square in Colonial Williamsburg.

The Art Show will also be enhanced by some performing arts this year: instrumental music performed by Carlisle students between 10:45 a.m. and noon (after the parade but before the band City of Roses plays on the Common). Elementary, middle and high school students with at least two years experience/intermediate level are welcome to perform on the piano in Union Hall or bring their own wind, brass or stringed instruments to play solos or duets. This is an opportunity for talented youth to play recital pieces to the general public. No accompanist will be provided, however. Sign up in advance at the Art Show check-in Friday evening, between 4 and 7 p.m., or call Heather Hedden (home 1-978-371-0822, cell 1-978-467-5195).

On Sunday, the music keeps on flowing at the Ice Cream Social, beginning at 5 p.m. This year’s Twilight Music Cavalcade is a musical feast with something for every taste bud. Start with salad, as Leafy Dale (formerly known as Dot-n-Doc) kicks off the program with their eclectic blend of folk, rock, country and sing-alongs. Next, a future American-Idol-hopeful Erika Hedden will be our palate-cleansing sorbet before The Algo-Rhythms serve up a healthy portion of old-time rock ‘n’ roll. The rock-jazz fusion of House Red will complete the meal. Since presentation is everything, Greg Hanawalt of Strand Sound will once again be our “chef” at the soundboard. And for dessert… ice cream, of course.

Guided tours of Heald House on OHD

Come visit – or revisit – historical Carlisle on a guided tour of the Carlisle Historical Society’s home at Heald House, 698 Concord Street on Old Home Day (OHD). The house and barn will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 27. On this special day, take a few minutes to reflect on former Carlisleans and their life here as you walk through the 1742 house. The barn features a special collection of farming tools and the famed Carlisle hearse.

CSA offers waste-free lunchbox systems

Did you know that each child who takes a disposable lunch to school creates between 45 and 90 pounds of garbage per school year? The CSA is running a fundraiser that will both raise money for our schools and help our families reduce our carbon footprint by creating waste-free lunches. You can do this by purchasing Obentec’s Lunch System products, whose containers are BPA- and lead-free, dishwasher-friendly and easy to use. The Complete Laptop Lunch System (310030) includes the Laptop Lunchbox, with all containers and utensils, an insulated carrying case, a water bottle and the Laptop Lunch User’s Guide (with wholesome lunch ideas). To see the many color options and additional products, visit Obentec’s website

To purchase this novel lunchbox system, complete the order form found at, make your check payable to Town of Carlisle, and mail to Carlisle School Association, PO BOX 4, Carlisle, MA 01741 by August 1. Volunteers will deliver your order to your home in mid to late August, based on your schedule. For each Complete Laptop Lunch System sold, the CSA will receive $8 to help the school. Other product purchases also benefit the school.

Laughter is the best medicine

On Monday, June 29, at 7 p.m., mime and comedian Robert Rivest will present “Laughter is the Best Medicine” at Union Hall, First Religious Society, as part of the Gleason Public Library’s summer reading program, Starship Adventure at the Library.

This free program is open to children from kindergarten up; no registration is required.

COA doings

• Cardio-boost class: This exercise class for seniors, taught by Karrie Stang, gives you a good heart healthy workout. The cost is $30 for one class/week for eight weeks, starting Tuesday, June 30 at 10:45 a.m. at the Congregational Church Fellowship Hall on School Street. This class is sponsored by the Friends of Carlisle Council On Aging (FCOA).

• Summer fitness class: This class meets on Tuesdays from 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. The fee is $30 per person for one class/week. No registration is necessary. Bring weights and bands. This class is sponsored by the FCOA.

• Tall Ships cruise: Call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 to find out if there is still space, on this July 10 trip.

• Fife and Drum lunch: Join the COA for a three-course lunch at the Fife and Drum Restaurant at the Northeastern Correctional Center just off the Concord Rotary on July 16 at noon. The cost is only $2.10. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 no later than noon on July 6 to register.

• Live longer, eat healthy and eat local: Come join the COA on July 23 from 1 – 3 p.m. at St. Irene Hall, 181 East Street to learn about ways to stay healthy through the food you eat. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 for more information or to sign up for this event. Tricia Smith of Carlisle Farmstead Cheese, Carolyn Shohet of Mill Iron Farm, members of Carlisle’s Farmers’ Market as well as an Emerson Hospital dietician and Debra Stark of Debra’s Natural Gourmet will be in attendance.

Remembering Ellen Miller

Interested town residents that met at Town Hall this past Wednesday decided that the most appropriate location for a memorial to the late Ellen Miller would be the Carlisle Historical Society.

The society will house a framed photograph of Miller in the board room of the Heald House. Miller, a board member at the time of her death, had led public relation efforts for the society, including regular publication of the newsletter and event publicity. The society will also create an archival book storing Ellen’s historical articles from the Carlisle Mosquito, her pieces from North Bridge magazine, and a bibliography of her published works at the Gleason Library. The society also plans to run the oral history videos that she videotaped at the Heald House. If you are interested in continuing the oral history work, contact Anne Marie Brako (

If interested in contributing financially to the memorial efforts, visit the Historical Society’s booth on Old Home Day (10 a.m. -1:30 p.m.) or the Heald House during the Open House that day (2-4 p.m.), or write a check to the Carlisle Historical Society (with “memorial” written in the recording blank), P.O.Box 703, Carlisle, Massachusetts 01741.

COA Tanglewood overnight trip

Come Join the Carlisle seniors on an overnight trip to Tanglewood, August 2-3 for only $298 (including bus driver’s tip). The bus will pick up seniors at 8 a.m. at the Carlisle Congregational Church, 147 Church Street. Park in the back lot.

We will stay at the Williams Inn (which has an indoor pool). The cost includes two complete meals and reserved seats inside the Shed, as well as a trip to the Norman Rockwell Museum  or Chesterwood and extensive sightseeing throughout the trip. Flyers can be picked up at the Carlisle COA office or contact Joanne at 1-978-371-8023 or

Checks should be made out to Gateway Tours and sent to Joanne Willens, 145 Church St  B-12, Carlisle, MA 01741 by July 10.

Carlisle residents get composters at low cost

There’s no better time than now to start composting. The Carlisle Household Recycling Committee is pleased to announce that it can provide easy to assemble, high-quality composting bins to residents at cost through a program offered by the Massachusetts DEP. Kitchen scrap collector and two outdoor bin styles are available. Samples of the bins will be on display at the Carlisle Household Recycling Booth during Old Home Day, June 27. Bins may be ordered at the Recycling Booth on Old Home Day. Can’t wait to get started? Place an order by calling 1-978-287-4270 or emailing

Gleason Library used book sale

Come stock up on the best of summer reading at the Gleason Library used book sale, this Saturday, June 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the library lawn.

Cover to Cover 2010: Planning Underway

Carlisle’s successful inaugural community read event “Cover to Cover” 2009 was great, but 2010 will be even better. The Gleason Public Library has an enthusiastic planning team already brainstorming the next book and potential programs to offer in January 2010. But, we want ideas from you. The more input, the better the event. We are looking for interested volunteers and/or interesting books titles. Stop by the library, visit or email to share ideas today.

Gently read book sale

Come and start the summer reading season at a “gently read” book sale. Hundreds and hundreds of books for all ages at rock-bottom prices. Sunday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Congregation Shalom, 87 Richardson Road in North Chelmsford (

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