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Friday, April 16, 2010

Patriots Day, April 19

Once again the Carlisle Minutemen will rush to the Town Common early in the morning on Monday, April 19, upon hearing the church bells warn of impending peril. A short ceremony will be followed by a brisk march to the North Bridge joining other Minutemen Companies from the north and west, gathering above the bridge on Buttrick’s hillside. A battle on the bridge will then ensue, driving the Regulars back to Concord center.

This is an annual rite of spring and should not be missed. You cannot help but be transported back in time while hiking along the original route the Minutemen took that morning. You can feel the excitement build as you approach Buttrick’s and hear the fife and drum music, the amassing of other Minutemen Companies and distant musket fire.

If the water is still too high for the parade to cross the bridge, then the alternate parade route will be used. The parade will continue past Buttrick’s on Liberty Street, then turn right on Monument Street, crossing the river on the newly repaired bridge, then continuing past the North Bridge parking lot and on into Concord center.

Here is this year’s Patriots Day celebration schedule:

6:45 a.m.: Ringing of the meeting house bells, summoning the Minutemen to muster on the Common.

6:55 a.m.: Flag-raising and musket salute.

7:05 a.m.: Begin march to Concord, up School Street to Bellows Hill Road, onto Estabrook Road and through the Estabrook Woods.

8 a.m.: Five-minute stop at the cellar hole.

9 a.m.: Arrive at North Bridge hillside.

9:30 a.m.: Join parade.

11:30 a.m.: Conclude parade at Hunt Gym.

Growing herbs and container gardens

On Saturday, April 17, at 11 a.m., New England Nurseries, 216 Concord Road (Route 62W) in Bedford, will present Len Giddix who will lecture on the selection, planting, and use of herbs. Samples will be available for tasting, along with recipes and a list for companion planting. The seminar is free, and beverages will be available before the program.

On Saturday, April 24, at 11 a.m., Karen Fuller, greenhouse guru at New England Nurseries, will introduce the art of making those beautiful container gardens. She will cover pot selection, soils, plant selection and care. The presentation will be held at the Nurseries and is free to the public.

May 2: save the date for the candidates’ forum

The Concord-Carlisle League of Women Voters will sponsor a candidates’ forum on Sunday, May 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. Come learn about the candidates and ask questions before the Town Elections on May 18.

COA doings

Women’s breakfast: Come celebrate Earth Day with Lady Di on Thursday, April 22 at 9 a.m. at the Sleeper Room. Call 1-978-371-2895 by April 16 to register for this quarterly culinary event, a bargain at $3 per person.

Minuteman Regional Tech luncheon: Join the COA at Minuteman High School’s restaurant in Lexington on Tuesday, April 27 at 11:30 a.m. for lunch of either Scrod Scandinavian or Chicken Piccata along with all the trimmings. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to reserve your spot by noon on Thursday, April 22. The cost is $10 plus at least $1 tip, payable at the restaurant.

Student Council tea: The Carlisle Middle School Council invites all Carlisle seniors to an afternoon tea on Thursday, May 6 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Students will greet seniors at the Spalding Circle doors. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 by May 3 to sign up for this event. If you need a ride, call the van line at 1-978-371-6690.

Newsletter: Starting with the July/August edition, if you are not a Carlisle resident and would like to receive the Senior Connection, send a $5 check to help cover postage to Carlisle COA, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. If you would like to be taken off the mailing list, call 1-978-371-2895 or email

COA electronic help

If you need help in the new electronic world, call the Gleason Public Library (GPL) at 1-978-369-4898 to make an appointment with a high school student who will help you with basic computer, cell phone, iPod or digital camera usage. Most appointments will be Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 3 p.m. This support is co-sponsored by the COA and GPL.

Old Home Day scholarship program returns

The Old Home Day Committee is pleased to announce the continuation of its scholarship program for 2010. The scholarship program is funded through event-earnings generated by the volunteer efforts of Old Home Day (OHD) Committee members, and through generous donations designated for the OHD Scholarship program.

This year’s program consists of two (2) scholarships for Carlisle residents graduating from area high schools, who have applied or intend to apply to an accredited college or recognized vocational technical school within 180 days of scholarship award. Interested students are encouraged to submit a completed application and a one-page essay on “The Meaning of Community and Volunteering.” The applicant must be a resident of Carlisle at the time of application. Applications are available at and at the Gleason Public Library Reference Desk. Completed applications are due no later than April 30, 2010 and essays should be mailed to: OHD Scholarship Program, 419 Maple Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Contact Pat Schannen at 1-978-369-1486 or with any questions about the application process. The 2010 recipients will be announced during this year’s Old Home Day celebration on Saturday; June 26.

CPC presents speaker on Haiti

The Carlisle Parents Connection presents the first event from their newly designed Speaker Series. Barbara Moloney (RN, MSN, DNP candidate) will share her knowledge and experience through a presentation entitled: “Reaching Across Borders: A Story of the Haitian Relief Effort in One Small Village.” This event is free of charge for all residents and will take place on Sunday, April 25, at 3 p.m. at the Carlisle Kids’ House. Childcare is available on site for $10 per family with a maximum of two children and $5 for each additional child. Your participation and support is greatly appreciated as their goal is to continue to enrich the community with events from the Speaker Series.

Red Balloon Open House May 2

The Red Balloon Preschool, a NAEYC accredited cooperative preschool located at 27 School Street in Carlisle Center, will be hosting an Open House on Sunday, May 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. The Red Balloon has been providing a nurturing, child-centered development program in Carlisle since 1971 for children ages three to five. Call at 1-978-371-7023 or send an e-mail to for inquiries, school tours, references and application materials.

CSA news

School supply sale coming soon: Why shop ‘til you drop?  Let the Carlisle School Association (CSA) do the school supply shopping for you.  This year they are partnering again with Staples/Schoolkidz with ONLINE (or paper) ordering. Order forms and information sheets will be sent home in backpacks at the end of April and will also be posted on the CSA website.  Order deadline is Friday, May 7.  All supply kits will be delivered to the classrooms for the first day of school. If you have any questions, contact Sandy Eisenbies at 1-978-254-5424 or href="">

Box tops deadline of May 14: Place your clipped General Mills box tops in the box labeled “Box Tops for Education” at the Carlisle Public Schools’ library by May 14. There will be a prize at the end of the year for the class that collects the most box tops.

Carlisle School Association book fair

Before you know it, May will be here, along with the Carlisle School Association (CSA) Book Fair. This year, the featured author is children’s author Jarrett Kroscozka. who will be speaking to classes on Tuesday, May 4, and will be signing books in the library in the afternoon. The book fair will run from Monday, May 3, to Friday, May 7. Volunteers are needed to be cashiers, run the raffle table and help children with book selections. If you would like to volunteer or need more information, email href="">

Second chance to view Gleason offerings

Missed a lecture series, author talk, or other event at the Gleason Public Library? Check it out on DVD, thanks to CCTV and producer Dave Ives. Features include: lectures by local favorites, Writer’s Spotlights with area authors, discussions from the annual Cover to Cover community read, including this past January’s panel discussion on “The Future of the Court” (featuring Justices Barbara Lenk and Mark Green of the Massachusetts Appeals Court) and the “Two Justices from Boston; Brandeis and Holmes” lectures by Professor Gary Hylander.

For more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 or visit the website

Carlisle bird walks

Carlisle birder Alan Ankers will be leading two upcoming bird walks in Carlisle. The first is at Great Brook Farm State Park on Saturday, April 24, meeting at the main parking lot off North Road at 7 a.m. The second will meet at Foss Farm parking lot on Bedford Road at 7 a.m. on Sunday, May 2. Both trips are free and all are welcome, including beginner birders. Bring binoculars if you have them. If you have any questions, contact the leader by e-mail at

Get On Board at Gleason

On Friday, April 30, all fifth through twelfth graders are invited to Get On Board at the Gleason Public Library as the library launches its new board game collection. Come from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Hollis Room for an afternoon of Apples to Apples, Monopoly, chess, checkers, and more. For more information, visit the library’s website at, or contact Cassandra, the teen librarian, at

Fishing Club will meet

The Concord Carlisle Fishing Club will meet on Thursday, April 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Union Hall. Local anglers from Concord and Carlisle will gather again for presentations and interactive discussions sure to delight novice and experienced anglers alike.

There will be two presentations, “Bass Fishing on the Quabbin Reservoir” by Jack Huntress, a local Carlisle resident, followed by “Your Dream Fly Fishing Trip to New Zealand” by Andy Bonzagni from Concord Outfitters.

Anyone interested in or just curious about fishing is encouraged to attend. For more information call Steve Kirk at 1-978-371-0176 or email A $4 donation is requested to help defray cost of the room rental.

Clematis, climate change and even carrots

On Tuesday, May 4, at 7 p.m., Dave Epstein will present “Growing Wisdom,” something for every gardener. Join the Garden Club and Friends of the Gleason Public Library for an interactive evening about climate trends and gardening. Questions welcome. Dave is a meteorologist and biologist. He has been an on-air meteorologist for over 20 years and hosted Extreme Garden Makeover. This program will look at how the earth’s climate has performed over the millennia and how factors such as CO2, volcanism, sunspots and more play a role.  Gleason programs can be found at or call 1-978-369-4898.

Come to the FRS service auction May 1

The famous First Religious Society service auction will be held May 1 at 6 p.m. in Union Hall. Come for a fantastic dinner and the opportunity to bid on a grand selection of items – from a tour of the Kennedy Library to fantastic dinners and wonderful vacation homes.

The theme is the sixties and the dinner is sure to be delicious.

The cost is $25 (BYOB) for what is bound to be a memorable and enjoyable evening. Come as individuals or sign up for a table. Tickets will be available at the door and can also be reserved by calling the FRS church office at 1-978-369-5180 or email

Hire a CCHS clean-up team April 24

Need some help with spring clean up? On Saturday, April 24, the Concord-Carlisle High School baseball teams will hold their annual work day. The players will rake, haul, spread mulch and perform light yard work for residents of Concord and Carlisle. The fee is $12 per player per hour and all proceeds go to the CCHS Baseball program. Shifts run from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., with a minimum of two players per three-hour shift. Call or email Lisa Koski to reserve your crew now at 1-978-287-5284 or

Woodcock walk

Join D’Ann and Tom Brownrigg on a trip to Foss Farm on Saturday, April 17 to observe American Woodcocks on their breeding grounds. The males perform spectacular flight displays, circling upward hundreds of feet before descending. These displays are believed to be a means of marking territories and attracting females. Males can be located by listening for their distinctive “peent” calls.

Meet at Foss Farm parking lot at 7:30 p.m.; the flight displays start shortly after dusk. Bring binoculars if you have them. In the event of rain, the walk will be cancelled. If you have any questions, contact the Brownriggs at 1-978-369-5609 or

Digital photography basics and more

Trainer Barbara Andrews returns to Carlisle for an encore presentation of her informative workshop on digital photography at the Gleason Public Library on Friday, April 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., plus new information on using the advanced features of your camera. This workshop will provide an overview of digital photography, such as selecting a camera and printer, editing photographs and image file formats. Attendees may bring their own cameras. Call the library at 1-978-369-4898 to register for this free program.

Aesop’s Fables at Union Hall

Come to Union Hall at the First Religious Society on Thursday, April 22 at 10:30 a.m. to see “Aesop’s Fables” put on by puppeteer Sparky Davis. Sparky has been delighting family and children audiences throughout New England for 30 years. Recommended for ages three and up, this program is supported in part by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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