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Friday, June 18, 2010

Strawberry Festival

Be sure to be at this year’s Strawberry Festival at the First Religious Society on Thursday, June 24, 6 to 8 p.m. Strawberries and homemade biscuits will tempt young and old at Carlisle’s traditional kickoff to the summer season. Cost is $5 for an adult serving, $3 for kids. Call 1-978-369-5180 for more information.

Farmers Market opens, vendors needed

Carlisle Farmers Market opens for the season on Old Home Day, June 26, on the Town Common. On Saturday, July 3, Farmers Market will open at Kimball Farm Ice Cream on Bedford Road,  from 8 a.m. until noon, continuing throughout the summer and fall.  Inviting all enthusiastic farmers, bakers and “candlestick makers,” we look forward to our sixth season with locally grown vegetables and hand crafted items. If you would like to participate at Farmers Market, call for booth information:  Annette, 1-978-369-0559 or Gale, 1-978-371-1925.

Magic for all tomorrow

On Saturday, June 19, at 1 p.m., there will be a magic show at St. Irene church. The show will be one hour long and there will be door prizes, refreshments and a chance to participate in the magic personally. Children of all ages are welcome, as this is a family-oriented show.

Proceeds will be used by a 4H group, headed by Elaine Shirron, to purchase items such as stationary, stamps and toiletries to send to the troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Dick O’Shea (aka Mysterio) is an accomplished magician who enjoys sharing his art with anyone interested in the entertainment value of magic.  He is a long-standing member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and classified within that organization as belonging to the “Order of Merlin.” He has performed at Children’s Hospital, Mass General and the Sydney Farber Cancer Institute in Boston for 20 years.

For those who want to see a local magic show of professional quality, this should not be missed. Tickets will be sold at the door, but seating capacity is limited to 150.

Eagle Scout ceremony Sunday, June 27

The community is invited to celebrate with the families of Dillon Mariano and Timothy Lamere to honor their accomplishment of achieving the rank of Eagle Scout at a ceremony on Sunday, June 27, at 2 p.m. in the Carlisle School Auditorium. Many people have contributed their time and talents to make these awards possible and we hope you can all join us to recognize the scouts. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

Dillon Mariano’s Eagle Scout community service project combined his interests in architecture and athletics. With the sponsorship of the Carlisle Recreation Committee and help from Boy Scout Troop 135 and members of the community, Dillon designed and constructed a sports backboard on Spalding Field. The backboard is designed to serve as a multi-sport training aid for sports such as lacrosse, soccer, baseball and tennis.

Tim Lamere’s Eagle Scout Project was the design and construction of the Greystone Trail from the end of Captain Wilson Lane in Greystone Crossing to Bingham Road. Tim was granted permission from the Conservation Commission and the Carlisle Conservation Foundation for the project. With the help of Boy Scout Troop 135 and members of the community, the trail, which contains a small loop, was completed in the fall of 2009.

Upcoming Gleason events

One small robot with one big heart holds the future of earth and humankind in the palm of his metal hand. Cleaning up the trash takes on a whole new meaning in this cosmic comedy adventure. Going green has never been so much fun! Date: Tuesday, June 29, Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Place: Gleason Public Library, third floor, Hollis Room. Movie rating is G. All ages welcome. For further information on the movie, check out the following website: Any questions, call the Gleason Public Library at 1-978-369-4898.

To celebrate the Gleason Public Library’s summer reading program, Go Green at Your Library, a group of rainforest animals is coming to Carlisle.Join The Creature Teachers as they hold their signature show, “The Rainforest,” on Thursday, July 8, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Union Hall, First Religious Society. Come meet several rainforest animals and learn all about their habitat.

“The Rainforest” is for kids in grades K and up, is free and open to the public and requires no pre-registration. For more information about “The Rainforest” and all summer reading events, visit the library’s website,, or call 1-978-369-4898.

Summer Reading Program performance

“Wild About Weather” is jam packed with funny demonstrations, audience interaction and solid meteorological science. Air cannons, tornado generators, hot air balloons, soap bubbles and enlightening experiences are unleashed to investigate the awesome forces of nature.

As part of the Gleason Library Summer Reading program, Keith Michael Johnson will perform this on Monday, June 21, at 7 p.m. at the First Religious Society. Sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Library, it is recommended for ages six through grade six.

C-C Pop Warner cheerleading registration

Regstration is open for children interested in cheerleading for Concord-Carlisle (C-C) Pop Warner football. This program is offered for children between the ages of eight to 13 (by July 31). There are no tryouts. The program runs from mid-August through October/early November. Games are on Sundays. To register or find out more information, go to or contact Mary Ahn at

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

FRIENDS OF THE COUNCIL ON AGING. FCOA board members at their annual meeting at the home of Dick and Carolyn Shohet are (front row, left to right) Ray Taylor, Santo Pullara; (middle row) Holly Salemy, Betty Lang, Carolyn Shohet, Estelle Keast; (back row) Kerry Kissinger, Janet Lovejoy, Alan Cameron and Jace Tilton. Missing from photo is Tim Hult. (Photo by Jane Hamilton)

Exercise classes: Call the COA office to find out more about the ongoing cardio-boost class on Tuesdays at 10:45 a.m., the fitness class on Tuesdays at 9:45 a.m., inside walking each weekday morning and yoga in Concord on Fridays at 11 a.m. The Concord COA also has a new stress reduction class on Fridays from 10:30 – 11 a.m. at the Harvey Wheeler Center.

Bridge group: The bridge group will continue on Wednesdays, June 23 and 30 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. For more information, contact Dot Milne at 1-978-369-1834.

North Shore Music Theatre trips: Upcoming plays 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). 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.

Oktoberfest in Sturbridge trip: 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.

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. ∆

Senior Tax Worker program needs you

Seniors, do you want to earn up to $700 to help reduce your Carlisle property taxes?

If you are a Carlisle property owner and 60 years old or older, you are eligible to apply for our Senior Tax Worker Program. Approved applicants provide work assistance to town departments such as the Council on Aging (COA), school, police, library and more. Currently tax workers can earn up to $700 credit on their property taxes by being matched with a town department’s needs and working up to a maximum of 87.5 hours between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011. This program has limited slots; therefore, sign up early. Assignments will be made in July. If you would like to apply or learn more about this program, contact the COA at 1-978-371-2895.

Old Home Day June 26 and 27, this year’s theme: “The Treasures of Carlisle”

Old Home Day will start early on June 26 with one and five mile road races, followed by a free pancake breakfast at the Congregational Church. Following some “speechifying” on the green, 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. Country Fair booths are available by reservation. 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 Friends of the Gleason Library Used Book Sale. Musicians are rehearsing for Center Park’s Birthday Party, the Cake Walk at Town Hall and for Sunday’s Music Cavalcade. Boy Scouts are planning their luncheon on the green – and the firemen their barbeque. Great Brook Farm is preparing mountains of ice cream for the Sunday Ice Cream Social. The Trails Committee will conduct 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. New this year is a Kids’ Treasure Hunt. Materials can be picked up at the Administration Tent on the Town Green Saturday morning. Those finding all the Old Home Day “treasures” on the list will get a special Treasure Hunters ribbon!

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 Michael Jackson at, or Claude von Roesgen at,

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, “The Treasures of Carlisle”. Drop off your work of art Friday June 25, 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 26 between 9:30 and 10:30 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 1-978-369-4388.

Friends of the Gleason Public Library’s Annual Used Book Sale on Saturday, June 26, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the library lawn. It will feature 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 up to June 22, at the Gleason Library. If you are interested in volunteering, either before or on the day of the sale, please contact Seema at

The Pie Baking Contest is another honored Old Home Day tradition. 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 26, between 9 and 10 a.m., and let our panel of expert judges settle the score among Carlisle’s many talented bakers! After judging, slices are available for sampling. Questions? Call Nancy West at 1-978-369-6515.

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.; Kimball’s ice cream and a birthday cake will be served to round out the party.

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 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 $8 and are available now at Ferns and the Dispatch Center. First come, first served. Spaces are limited and tickets often sell out early. Get yours now.

The Old Home Day Great Parade will start at 10 a.m. on June 26. The theme is “The Treasures of Carlisle.” Entrants are encouraged to reflect all the things we prize here in our town. 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. Please call Debbie Power or Bill Cooney at 1-978-369-0434 with any questions about The Great Parade.

Old Home Day festivities continue on Sunday June 27, with the Trails Committee Double Sundae Saunter starting in the School Street parking lot at 11 a.m. Picnic & Family Fun Times starts on Spalding Field at 4:30 p.m., followed at 5:30 by the Ice Cream Social (courtesy of Carlisle’s Brownie troop) and the Twilight Music Cavalcade. This year’s performers include Erika Hedden, Leafy Dale, The Algo-Rhythms and Band of Brothers – guaranteeing another stellar performance for all to enjoy. To top it off, tethered hot air balloon rides (courtesy of ReMax) will once again be offered. First come, first served, $1/person. Rides offered until dark. Ground crew needed - please report to the sound stage.

Multi-part Geocache (or compass point) treasure hunt. Join us at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, on the Town Common at the admistration tent. If you have a GPS and/or compass, bring them along and find your way from site to site, takes about an hour! Clues/treasure maps available at each site if you don’t have equipment! Note: Requires road crossings and good walking shoes so please monitor your children and be prepared. Collect a prize at each site you find and have fun! Starting Location: N(+) 42.52858 by W(-) 71.34972., check out OHD website if you need more information on this first site or contact

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

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

Free pancake breakfast

The Carlisle Congregational Church invites the town of Carlisle to a free pancake breakfast on Saturday, June 26. Pancakes, juice and coffee will be served from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Swanson Fellowship Hall.

Road race deadline extended

Entries received by Wednesday, June 23 for the Carlisle 5 & Family Fun 1 Road Races will be accepted, but there will be no race day entries. However, the Commemorative T-Shirts, designed by Ferns Country Store, can only be guaranteed to those entrants who registered by June 16, the deadline for ordering the shirts. Entry blanks are available at Ferns, the Library, Post Office, Transfer Station bulletin board, or electronically at (click on Schedule tab). Additional volunteers are still needed. Contact race directors Ronald or Leslie Kmiec (1-978-369-6130/

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.

New trails book goes on sale at OHD The Carlisle Trails Committee is pleased to announce the publication of the latest edition of the “Trails In Carlisle” trail guide.  This new anniversary edition celebrates 50 years since the founding of the Carlisle Conservation Foundation as well as 25 years since the establishment of the Carlisle Trails Committee, and was produced as a collaboration between the two groups with CCF generously funding all the printing costs. This edition features new and updated color maps, a Mylar cover, trail and parcel descriptions, and tips and facts about flora, fauna, ticks, poison ivy, and all those things that distinguish our beautiful town. The Carlisle Trails Committee will start selling the book at its booth on Old Home Day, and it will subsequently be available for purchase at Ferns and Town Hall. “Double Sundae Sunday Saunter” The Trails Committee will lead a marathon walking, history and ice-cream-eating extravaganza on Sunday, June 27, starting at 11 a.m. at the Carlisle School parking lot and returning back to the school at around 4 p.m. For more information, contact Kevin Smith at 1-978-318-7919 or Gardens needed

The Garden Club is seeking gardens for their 2011 Garden Tour which will take place Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11 of next year. They hope to find a variety of types and styles, from cottage gardens, to woodlands, to expansive landscapes. Perfection is not expected, and there is no obligation for an owner to be present during the tour. Proceeds benefit town beautification and scholarships. Help them out by volunteering your garden or suggesting a garden you know. Contact Judy Blaikie Lane at 1-978-369-4419 or Jane C. Williams at 1-978-369-7601

Veronica Robles Band

The Veronica Robles Mexican Band will play on the front lawn of the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord on Wednesday, July 14, at 7 p.m. The colorful Mariachi Band will highlight traditional Mexican music, original melodies and dance. The rain location is the Emerson Umbrella Theater, 40 Stow Street, Concord. For more information please visit the Library’s website at or call 1-978-318-3358

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