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Friday, June 11, 2010

Old Home Day News

Old Home Day (OHD) is June 26 and 27, 2010. This year’s theme is “The Treasures of Carlisle.”

Join the Great Parade

The parade starts at 10 a.m. on June 26 in the town center. This year’s Great Parade theme is “The Treasures of Carlisle.” Everyone is encouraged to showcase the “treasures” they find in every day living in Carlisle.

A grand prize, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded based on the best “Treasures of Carlisle” 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. All bicycles, scooters and other children’s entries should assemble in the Gleason Library parking lot at 10 a.m. Questions? Call Debbie Power or Bill Cooney at 1-978-369-0434.

Kids’ Treasure Hunt

Hey kids! Make sure you stop by the Administration Tent on the Town Common on Saturday, June 26 to pick up your Old Home Day Treasure Hunt. If you can find all of the Old Home Day “treasures” on the list, you’ll get a special ribbon!

New this year - OHD Geocache!

The first of several caches has been hidden. Find the cache in the hidden location, take one small treasure, add your name on the provided notepad and win a ribbon at OHD! You can optionally leave a small treasure for others to find. This location was identified as a Carlisle ‘hidden treasure’ in the May 28 Mosquito. Note: it is heavily guarded by mosquitoes - be prepared! Location: 42.537481 71.326286 (See the OHD website for more info and a method for finding this if you do not have a GPS.)

Soapbox Derby

Time is limited. Start building your soapbox racer now and be ready for a thrilling ride down Church Street hill on June 26. Awards will be given for fastest and best design. Carlisle’s finest will have a radar gun on the speedsters - and it’s all legal! Details and an application can be found at the OHD web site:, or contact Michael Jackson at or Claude von Roesgen at,, or 1-978-405-2524.

OHD Art Show

Artists may enter up to four pieces of original artwork which must be delivered to Union Hall on Friday, June 25, between 4 and 7 p.m. Artwork to be hung must be framed or mounted on cardboard with sturdy string or wire attached to the back. There is an entry fee of $1 per piece.

Entries will be judged and ribbons awarded for age groups: grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12 and adult. The judges will select one piece to receive a Best in Show ribbon, and a vote will be taken during the exhibit for a People’s Choice Award. A special award will be given to the artist whose work best represents the Old Home Day theme “The Treasures of Carlisle.” Professional artists’ artwork will not included in the judging.

There will be a special pottery exhibit for students of Karin Lemmermann. Current and past students are welcome to display their pottery created in one of Karin’s workshops. Look around your home for the pottery “treasures” your children have created, and bring them to the Art Show this year. All Art show entries must be picked up on Saturday, June 26, between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Used Book Sale

Friends of the Gleason Public Library’s Annual Used Book Sale will be held Saturday, June 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring gently used books in good condition, donated by generous Carlisle residents. Come browse the tables and find just the book you were looking for ... and two that you weren’t! Books are sorted into over 15 categories and priced to sell quickly. Tables are replenished throughout the day. Shop early, go enjoy other Old Home Day activities and then shop again in the afternoon. Book donations are accepted until June 22, at the Gleason Library. If you are interested in volunteering, either before or on the day of the sale, contact Seema at

Center Park birthday

Center Park, one of Carlisle’s newest treasures, will celebrate its third birthday on Old Home Day with a concert featuring the Ancient Mariners Dixieland Band in the park. Maria von Brincken, the park’s landscape garden designer, and Lowell Robinson who created the overall park design, will be present to answer questions about Center Park’s creation and what’s planned for the next two years. Tim Hult will open the celebration at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 26; Kimball Farm ice cream as well as a birthday cake will round out the party.

Calling all cakes

Attention Carlisle cake bakers/decorators! Get out your best recipes and cake baking paraphernalia, because the cake-decorating contest and Cake Walk are looking for lots of good cakes. On June 26, deliver all cakes (for either the Cake Decorating Contest or the Cake Walk) to Corey dining room between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. You can also bring Cake Walk cakes to Town Hall between 4 and 5 p.m.

At 5 p.m., the Cake Walk will begin at Town Hall with Live musical entertainment. The Cake Walk needs your cakes to continue its tradition as one of OHD’s premier events. Bring your cakes, folding chairs or blankets, and enjoy the show.

Pie baking

An honored Old Home Day tradition. Are you a pastry-crust wizard? Do you make the best blueberry pie around? Have you invented the most delicious filling ever? Our panel of expert judges will settle the score among Carlisle’s many talented bakers! With 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 26, between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. After judging, slices are available for sampling. Whether you’re a pie baker or just a pie eater, be part of this old-fashioned country fair tradition! Questions? Call Nancy West at 1-978-369-6515.

Community Service volunteers

Adult or student volunteers are needed for the following OHD activities. Art Show, Country Fair, Set Up/Clean Up, Library Book Sale, Great Parade, Fun & Games, Pet Show, Pie/Cake Judging, Soap Box Derby, Barbeque, Cake Walk, Fun & Games, Ice Cream Social, Hot Air Balloon rides. Community Service credits will be awarded to students. Shifts are about two hours long. For information, please call Bill Cooney or Debbie Power at 1-978-369-0434.

Firefighters Barbecue Dinner

Don’t miss the Chicken Barbecue at the Fire Station between 4 and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday June 26. Tickets are available now at Ferns and the Dispatch Center. Tickets are $8, first come, first serve and often sell out early. This is a great way to enjoy the day, support the town and not have to make dinner! Menu includes a hearty half chicken, sides, beverage and dessert and supports the Carlisle Firefighters Relief Association as well as OHD.

Ultimate Frisbee

Come to Spalding Field on OHD Sunday, June 27, at 5 p.m. and learn about the fun and exciting sport of Ultimate Frisbee. Learn different throws, catches, rules and play a little game! Everyone can play – young/old, boys/girls, experienced or not. Kids learning Ultimate now can give them a chance to play for CCHS. Questions? Contact Sandy Eisenbies at 1-978 254-5424 or

To get information about other Old Home Day activities, see the Old Home Day ad on page 9 of this week’s Mosquito, or visit the Old Home Day website,

Old Home Day is funded entirely from tax deductible contributions from Carlisle residents. Please help by sending your contribution to: Old Home Day, 90 Page Brook Road, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Tour Heald House on Old Home Day

Why not include a tour of Carlisle’s Historical Society’s Heald House in your Old Home Day plans? Take a break from the day’s activities to learn more about how we became the town we are today. Heald House, located at 692 Concord Street, will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 26. Tour guides will be present to offer you glimpses into Carlisle’s past, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call 1-978-369-3577.

Five days left to register for road races

To participate in the 35th Annual Carlisle Road Races, The Carlisle 5 & Family Fun 1, you must register by June 16. There will be no race day entries. Complete Race details can be found on the entry blanks, which are available at Ferns, the Library, Post Office and Transfer Station bulletin board, or electronically at (click on Schedule tab).

Special commemorative t-shirts will be provided to all entrants registering for the races. Participants must specify a shirt size on their entry forms. Additional shirts can be purchased on race day.

Also new this year is the addition of a Push Rim Wheelchair division (these individuals must provide their own motive power in special wheelchairs), with a start 15 minutes before the main field of runners begins. All other entrants being pushed in a stroller or other wheeled vehicle also must begin in this division. All will finish in an enlarged designated finish area. The primary consideration is the safety of all participants.

Additional volunteers are needed. Contact race directors Ronald or Leslie Kmiec (1-978-369-6130/ for further information or to help on race day. All “jobs” are over by 9:30 a.m.

Used Book Sale

The Friends of Gleason Public Library will be holding their annual Used Book Sale on Saturday, June 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Old Home Day. Your donations to the sale are greatly appreciated. Bring your gently used books, CDs, DVDs and videotapes to the library from June 1 through 22. (No magazines, textbooks or encyclopedias, please.)

Volunteers are needed for sorting donated books during the month of June as well as volunteers to assist with the day of sale. Community service hours will be awarded to student volunteers, including rising freshmen (current eighth graders). Contact Seema Peterson at or 1-978-369-3288 if you can help.

COA doings

One year to live: Carlisle resident Charlie Dee will speak at the First Religious Society on Monday, June 14 at 7 p.m. in Union Hall. He will be the guest speaker for the “One Year to Live” class led by Rev. Diane Miller. All are welcome to this free program.

COA chat: Join director Debi Siriani on Wednesday, June 16 at 12:30 p.m. at the Sleeper Room to talk about issues affecting all seniors. This month’s big question is: How can Carlisle seniors be a greater asset to our town?

Monthly luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, June 17 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall for lunch followed by a talk about fishing by Steve Kirk. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up, no later than noon, on Monday, June 14. There will be a free blood pressure clinic from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Call the van line if you need a ride. The cost is $3 or more per person.

COA day trips

Upcoming plays at the North Shore Music Theatre include Gypsy on July 21 (payment due now), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on August 18 (payment due by June 18) and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels on September 22 (payment due by July 8). Additional plays include A Chorus Line on November 17. The cost of each trip is $55, including transportation. Eat lunch on your own at the Sylvan Street Grille. Checks should be made out to the Friends of the Carlisle COA and sent to COA Sponsored Day Trips, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Join the COA on October 20 for a day trip to Sturbridge. The cost is $60, which includes van transportation, Oktoberfest luncheon, one free glass of beer or wine/person and Bavarian music performed by the Oberlaendler Hofbrau Band. Payment is due by July 5. Checks should be made out to the Friends of the Carlisle COA and sent to COA Sponsored Day Trips, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Take a walk across the solar system

Gain an understanding of the enormous size of space by exploring a scale model on foot. Join amateur astronomer and Carlisle resident Steve Golson for a walk across the solar system. Meet on the Carlisle School plaza Saturday, June 12, at 2 p.m. and walk from there and end up at Kimballs for ice cream. The whole tour will take less than an hour. All ages are welcome. For more information, call Steve Golson at 1-978-371-9959.FCOA Annual Meeting

The Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging (FCOA) invite the community to their Annual Meeting to be held on Sunday, June 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. at  Carol and Dick Shohet’s Mill Iron Farm, 299 Bedford Road. Tammy Erickson will be the speaker. R.S.V.P. Estelle Keast at or 1-978-369-2445.  

Riverfest canoe trip

Celebrate the SuAsCo Wild and Scenic Riverfest with a sunrise paddle and birding along the Carlisle section of the Concord River and the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Meet to sign in at 5:15 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, at the Bedford Boat Landing on Route 225 at the Carlisle/Bedford town line. Launch time is 5:30 a.m.

Upcoming COA podiatry clinic

The next podiatry clinic is on Tuesday, July 6, at the Sleeper Room. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to make an appointment. Checks for $20 made out to the Friends of the COA (FCOA) or cash are payable the day of the clinic. The clinic is sponsored by the generosity of the FCOA, Timothy Wheeler House Fund and the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

Pools needed

The Carlisle Recreation Summer Fun Program uses 2 to 3 private pools in town that are generously donated by resident homeowners for the purpose of teaching children to be safe around water. We are still in need of pools for the summer 2010 season.

  The pool needs to be well-maintained, have access to a bathroom, have area cell-phone coverage or access to a telephone, have access to a covered shelter area and be available between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m Monday through Friday from June 28 to August 6. If you can help, call 1-978-369-9815.

Lacrosse players wanted

Wanted: Concord-Carlisle (C-C) youth athletes with a desire to play the fastest game on two feet. Come join the fun and the fever of C-C youth lacrosse. Registration is now open and you do not want to miss out. Visit to learn more.

This summer, go green

The Gleason Public Library’s 2010 Summer Reading Program, “Go Green at Your Library,” will run from June 21 through July 29. New and exciting this year is the addition of grades 7 to 12 to the reading program. All children entering grades 1 to 12 are enthusiastically encouraged to participate.

Sign up for the summer reading program begins on Saturday, June 12. All first through sixth graders are required to sign up in person at the library, while seventh through twelfth graders are encouraged to sign up online at For more information about registration, as well as a full summer reading calendar of events, please visit the library’s website at, or call the library at 1-978-369-4898.

Register early for fall in-town soccer

Concord Carlisle Youth Soccer is currently accepting registrations for our fall in-town program. We offer outdoor soccer for players in Pre-K (age five by September 1, 2011) through Grade 6. Games are played on Saturdays from early September to mid-November with weekly practices scheduled for most groups. The program is run by volunteers and parents are encouraged to sign up to help when registering a player. More information is available at the CCYS website at Register early to be assured a team for fall.

Seeking host families

CCHS is in the unique position as the first high school in the U.S. with a sister school in Turkmenistan, a traditionally insular Central Asian country that is just starting to open up to the rest of the world. For two years, the school has hosted exchange students from Turkmenistan.

Your family can be a part of this ground-breaking program. Two new exchange students have been selected from CCHS’s sister school to come attend CCHS for the fall semester (August 27, 2010 through February 1, 2011).

The students speak English and will be enrolled as juniors. CCHS is seeking two caring, cosmopolitan host families who are interested in representing America to one of these two young people, and who in return would get a rare chance at up-close cultural education with someone from a country that almost no Americans ever interact with.

The U.S. State Department has provided funding and support for this program, and many supports exist at the school as well. For more information, contact Dr. David Nurenberg at

Field hockey clinic offered

A Field Hockey Clinic will be offered Tuesday through Friday, July 13 through 16, from 9 a.m. to noon. This course is for grades six through nine and costs $150. CCHS coaches and varsity players will meet at Banta-Davis to teach everything from the basics to specialized skills and rules. Drills will focus on dribbling, passing, offensive and defensive strategies, and goal-tending. Call 1-978-369-9815 for more information.

Free hay rides Saturday

Enjoy a free hay ride on Saturday, June 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Great Brook Farm State Park, then stay a while. Bring a lunch, go on a barn tour, take a hike, or have some ice cream.

Hay rides start at the Great Brook Farm State Park’s Interpretive Center, 165 North Street, Carlisle, MA. For more information, call 1-978-369-6312, voice mailbox #3.

Dads and Donuts redux

The Carlisle Parents Connection invites all fathers and their children to a rescheduled coffee and donuts gathering on Saturday, June 12, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Diment Park on Church Street.

Visit Australia

Join the Carlisle and Concord seniors on a trip to Australia on April 9 to May 1, 2011. The cost of the 23 day trip includes 31 meals, airfare, hotels and sightseeing. Some places they will see are Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Christchurch, Rotorua, Auckland, Melbourne, Canberra, Sidney and much more. Prices start at $5,799 (dbl). For a flyer, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or pick up flyers at the Carlisle COA office or the Concord COA office.

A slide show describing the trip will be held in the Harvey Wheeler building in Concord on June 16 at 1 p.m. All are invited, whether you want to go on the trip or just see the beautiful South Pacific photos.

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