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Friday, June 25, 2010

Old Home Day news

Old Home Day begins tomorrow, June 26. Come have fun with your friends and neighbors.

OHD Dunking Booth

Visit Old Home Day’s dunking booth on the school plaza. Try your luck at dunking one of Carlisle’s “Honorable Dunkees” as they take their repose upon the dunking booth’s “Seat of Honor.” One dollar buys you three chances to immerse the esteemed Carlisle citizen or public servant of your choice.


11 a.m. Martin Clements, Karate Instructor

11:15 a.m. Peter Scavongelli, Selectman

11:30 a.m. David Collins, Carlisle Public Schools

11:45 a.m. Drew Kissinger, Citizen

12 noon Rick Amodei, Coach

12:15 p.m. Larry Bearfield, “Mr. Ferns”

12:30 p.m. Rich Sibley, Carlisle Fire Department

12:45 p.m. Michael Clapp, Carlisle Public Schools

1 p.m. John Gorecki Selectman

1:15 John Sullivan, Carlisle Police Department

Cake Decorating and Pie Baking

It’s not too late. Bake those cakes and pies. On June 26, deliver all cakes and pies (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.

OHD Geocache

There is hidden treasure in each geocache; you just have to find it. To participate in OHD’s geocaching, find the cache in the hidden location. Take one small treasure, add your name on the provided notepad, and you’ll be awarded a ribbon at OHD! If you wish, you may leave a small treasure for others to find. The first two geocaches have been hidden and are available now. Their locations are disclosed at

The third geocache location is 42.524564° N - 71.343978° W. Hint: This cache requires a trip through a Carlisle landmark - a swamp. Use the secret boardwalk trail and find this treasure. For those without a GPS, there is a geo track available at:

The fourth geocache location is 42.53036° N - 71.35468° W. Hint: Kings and Queens may call this a home although a bit rugged. Hike the land from Rockland Road, from the Town Hall base, do not slip or fall from heights upon this famous cliff face. Happy hunting! If you get stuck or do not have a GPS, check for hints.

Donations still needed

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, MA 01741.

Old Home Day Schedule

Friday, June 25

Deliver Art Entries – Union Hall – 4: to 7:pm

Saturday, June 26

6:30 a.m. Check in - 5 Mile Road Race school plaza

7:15 a.m. Check in - 1 Mile Road Race school plaza

7:15 a.m. 5 Mile Road Race begins

8 a.m. Pancake Breakfast - Congregational Church

8:15 a.m. 1 Mile Road Race begins

9 a.m. Assemble Entries for The Great Parade

(School Parking Lot – cancel if rain)

Deliver all Pies and Cakes – 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

(Corey dining Room. Judging for awards begins at 11 am.)

Art Show Opens - Union Hall – Closes at 1:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m. American Flag Raising and National Anthem by the Savoyard Light Opera Company

Old Home Day Scholarship Awards

Conservationist Award

Outstanding Citizen Award

Announcements – on the Town Green

Assemble Bicycles - Gleason Library-(cancel if rain)

Road Race Awards – school plaza

10 a.m. The Great Parade begins. Theme: “The Treasures of Carlisle”

10:15 a.m. Bicycles, Carriages & Soapbox Racers enter parade at Gleason Public Library

10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Country Fair – Church Street (rain or shine)

Used Book Sale - Gleason Public Library lawn, if rain - Corey dining room

11 a. m.

Dunking Booth – school plaza – closes 2 p.m.

Middlesex 4-H Fife & Drum - school plaza

Frog Jumping – Town Green – (cancel if rain)

Boy Scout Luncheon Barbeque-Town Green (closes 1 p.m.)

Pie Baking & Cake Decorating-Corey dining room


Presentation of Awards – Town Green – The Great Parade - Pie Baking - Cake Decorating

12:15 p.m. Radar Gun Speed Throw – school plaza

12:30 p.m. Fun and Games on the Green - (cancel if rain)

Three-Legged Race - Sack Race - Egg Toss

1 p.m. Children’s Pet Show – by The Carlisle Castle

1:30 p.m. Pick up Art Show Entries – Union Hall

Softball – Spalding Field - (cancel if rain)

Corn Shucking – on the Green - (cancel if rain)

2 p.m. Heald House Guided Tours – (Information at Historical Society booth)

Center Park’s 3rd Birthday Party (Enjoy Kimball’s ice cream, cake & Ancient Mariners Dixieland Concert)

2:30 p.m. Soap Box “Derby” – Top of Church Street. hill - Reschedule if rain.Helpers needed. “Paid” with free ice cream.

4 p.m. Barbeque – Fire Station - until 6:30 - rain or shine

5 p.m. Cakewalk – Town Hall – (if rain, Corey dining room) Please bring donated cakes to Town Hall between 4 and 5 p.m. Music provided by “Two for the Show.”

Sunday, June 27

11 a.m. Double Sundae Saunter –School Street parking lot

1:30 Pickup Softball on Spalding. Free ice cream to the winners!

4:30 p.m. Picnic & Family Fun Times – Spalding Field

Twilight Music Cavalcade – Spalding Field (both canceled if rain)

5 p.m. Ice Cream Social – Spalding Field, Ice Cream Sundae Special $2, (Corey dining room if rain)

Hot Air Balloon Rides – Spalding Field, first come, first served. $1/person. Rides until dark. Ground crew needed. Please report to sound stage. Helpers get free ice cream! (Hot air balloon provided by ReMax)

Ultimate Frisbee – Spalding Field

Treasure Hunt - Pick up kit at admin tent on Green.

“Double Sundae Sunday Saunter” June 27

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 back 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 Kimballs, buy ice cream, and eat it at leisure on the picnic table or on the grass.

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

• 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. Questions? Contact Kevin Smith at 1-978-318-7919 or

Learn the ins and outs of babysitting

The babysitter training course offered through Concord-Carlisle Community Education provides students entering grades five through nine with the knowledge they need to get started.

They will get hands-on training with an American Red Cross certified instructor and learn all about characteristics of children: basic care, accident prevention; emergency response and standard first aid. Students will earn certification in Infant & Child CPR, First Aid, and Babysitter’s Training. Participants must be at least 11 years old. The class runs three days, Tuesday through Thursday, July 13 to 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. The course costs $125 and is held at the Alcott Elementary School in Concord. Reference Course #1291. For more information or to enroll, call 1-978-318-1432 or visit

CCHS suggestions for summer reading

Looking for ideas for summer reading? Check out the CCHS Learning Commons and our paperless reading list. (There is a pdf download if you want to carry a copy with you when you go to the public library or bookstore.)

You will find suggestions for high interest titles in a number of genres, links to suggested reading lists from various CCHS departments, and also the College Board list of classics for the college bound student.

Check out a new program designed especially for teens called tnkgrEn (Thing Green) organized by the Massachusetts Public Library System.

Tech Petting Zoo at the Gleason Library

Can I put books from the library on my iPhone? What’s the difference between a Kindle and a nook? What’s the right device for me?

On Friday, July 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Gleason Public Library will host a tech petting zoo, where residents can get a hands-on look at some of the devices that are proliferating today, from ebook readers to mp3 players to netbooks. Library staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about these devices and what the library has to offer in online, downloadable, and mobile resources. If you’d like to see a demonstration of downloading audiobooks or ebooks through the library, ask questions about accessing online tools like Value Line or Consumer Reports, or find out where to go to learn more about the changing landscape, stop on by!

This free program is supported by the Friends of Gleason Public Library. The event will be a drop-in open house; no registration is required. For more information about this and other library events, please visit, call the Library at 978-369-4898, or stop by the reference desk.

The Creature Teachers present “The Rainforest”

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, visit the library’s website,, or call 1-978-369-4898.

The Friends of Gleason Public Library generously fund all of the library’s summer reading crafts and programs, including this event.

Fly to Australia

Come join the Carlisle and Concord adults on a trip to Australia on April 9 through May 1, 2011 for 23 days of sightseeing. Some places we will see are Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Christchurch, Rotorua, Auckland, Melbourne, Canberra. Sidney and much more.

The price starts at $5,799.00 (double occupancy). For information, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023, or pick up flyers at the Carlisle COA office. The deposit is due by August 1, 2010.

Expressive pastel painting explored at GPL

The Gleason Public Library will host award-winning artist Gregory John Maichack on Wednesday, July 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. for a free hands-on pastel painting workshop for adults. Space is limited, and available seating may fill quickly, so call 1-978-369-4898 to pre-register for this free class.

This pastel painting workshop is designed for adults and teens, both beginners to advanced participants who want to paint expressively. Maichack will explain exciting Post Impressionist concepts and share approaches to drawing. The participants will expressively draw Starry Night with white charcoal pencils on black paper.

Van Gogh’s painting Terrace of a Café at Night (Place du Forum) will be explored and displayed in a large format to paint from, enabling further mastery of van Gogh’s unique vision. Participants will develop their own pastel paintings while understanding decorative qualities such as energetic line and bold color.

This project 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. To learn more about other library events, visit or call 1-978-369-4898.

“Raise The RUFF” at Gemstones tonight

Gemstones is hosting a charity concert for The Lowell Humane Society. Come out tonight at 7 p.m. to “Raise The RUFF” and help The Lowell Humane Society put a new roof on their building. This 21+ event will feature five bands and raffles to benefit The Lowell Humane Society roof project.

Starting the evening off will be Emma Ate The Lion followed by Deep Sea Parachute, Vent and The Darker Hues; wrapping up the set is Red Quiet from Cambridge. Admission to this event is $10 and tickets can be purchased online at or at the door.

Gemstones is located in Downtown Lowell at 105 Market Street.

Mike Bent presents “EcoMagic!”

The Gleason Public Library continues to celebrate the magic of summer reading on Tuesday, July 20, with a performance by award-winning magician Mike Bent at 7 p.m. at The First Religious Society’s Union Hall. This family-friendly program uses amazing magic, storytelling, puppets, and hilarious comedy to teach children about reading, recycling, and the environment. “EcoMagic!” is recommended for kids in grades K and up. No pre-registration is required. Call 1-978-369-4898 or visit the library’s website at for more information. Funded by The Friends of the Gleason Public Library.

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

• 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.

• 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.

• Bridge group: The bridge group will continue on Wednesdays, July 14 and 28 and August 18 and 25 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. For more information, contact Dot Milne at 1-978-369-1834.

• Monthly coffee: On Thursdays, July 1 and August 5, come have breakfast at 9 a.m. in the Sleeper Room at Village Court hosted by Joanne Willens. No fees and no reservations, but good food and conversation. Call the van line if you need a ride. A free blood pressure clinic will be held during the coffees.

• 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

Magical musical tours with the COA

Come to hear Patsy Cline at the Stoneham Theatre on Wednesday, July 14. Only a few seats are left on the COA vans; others will have to car pool.The group will leave at 10:30 a.m. from Carlisle Congregational Church

On July 21, see Gypsy at the North Shore Music Theatre (lunch on your own). The cost is $55.

On August 18, see Joseph and the Amazing Techincolor Dreamcoat.

On September 22, see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

On November 17, see A Chorus Line.

All plays are at the North Shore Music Theatre, and all tickets are $55, including the van charge.

Playgoers will eat lunch on their own at the Sylvan Grille and will get home around 5 p.m.

Payments for Gypsy and Joseph are due now. To sign up, call Carol or Joanne at 1-978-371-8023.

A message from the Carlisle Council on Aging

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

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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, 1-978-369-0599 or Gale, 1-978-371-1925.

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.

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.

Swinging on the Green

Mark your calendars: the Friends of the Council on Aging and the Carlisle Cultural Council will sponsor “Swinging on the Green,” a performance by the Indian Hill Big Band on Sunday, August 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. on the Town Common.

Declaration of Independence reading

A group of Carlisle residents will meet at the Revolutionary War Memorial on Sunday, July 4 to thank those from Carlisle who fought for our freedom from England during the Revolutionary War by reading their names and the Declaration of Independence.

Everyone who wants to read part of the Declaration should meet on Sunday, July 4 at 11:45 a.m. for distribution of parts. Those who would like to join us to listen to the Declaration should arrive by noon. The reading will commence after the bells toll at noon. Contact Cynthia Schweppe, 1-978-369-5738, for more information.

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 Commission 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.

Arcturus performs July 3

On Saturday, July 3, at 7:30 p.m., the Arcturus Chamber Ensemble will celebrate its tenth season with a concert at the First Religious Society in Carlisle. Led by violist Sarah Darling, the ensemble unites area colleagues and out-of-town musicians (this time, clarinetist Thomas Weisschnur returns from Germany, via Hong Kong) for a week of music-making that results in an intimate and powerful concert experience. The program features Beethoven’s playful “Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano,” as well as a klezmer-inspired “Overture on Hebrew Themes” by Prokofiev, a rarely heard fragment of an unfinished “Clarinet Quintet” of Mozart and, to top it off, the wild and rambunctious “String Quartet No. 2” by Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera. Reception with the musicians to follow. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, seniors, and starving artists. More information is available at

Summer Reading program for grown-ups

Why should kids have all the fun? The whole family can join in the summer reading excitement this year – go to to sign up and start logging what you read, now through July 29. Reading for work or for pleasure, print books or magazines, audiobooks, or online and electronic reading – everything counts. Be a role model for children or grandchildren, challenge others to read as many pages as possible, and relax with a good book. Prizes will be given to the most voracious readers/listeners in town and by random drawing.

Events will include a technology petting zoo on July 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (open house), where you can ask questions about digital downloads, the latest devices, and more; and a family concert on the lawn. The Summer Reading program is sponsored by Friends of the Gleason Public Library.

GPL summer concert

On Tuesday, July 13, from 7 to 8 p.m. Carlisle’s own family band, Leafy Dale, performs on the lawn of the Gleason Public Library as part of the Go Green at Your Library summer reading program. Back by popular demand, the group comprised of mom, dad and the kids (one’s off to college next year) will perform familiar tunes. Their music is an eclectic blend of light rock, folk and country that is sure to please any crowd. Bring the family, a blanket and a picnic and enjoy this summer treat. If it rains, the concert will be held in the Hollis Room. To learn about this and other great events, visit

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