The Town Coordination meeting is on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. at the Town House Hearing Room. This is the time when various boards and committees present on possible warrant articles for the 2013 Town Meeting.
The Board of Selectmen meets Monday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Town House. The Historic Districts Commission holds a site visit to 276 Main Street on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 8 a.m. The Planning Board meets Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at 141 Keyes Road. For a complete rundown of meetings, go here.
From Nov. 21 to Jan. 1, 2013, bring the family and take in the Concord Museum Trees exhibit where beloved children’s books are brought to life as Christmas tree decorations. Visit here for more information. The annual exhibit has become a town favorite.
For an extra-special treat for the youngsters, go to the Nutcracker Suite “by and for children” from Nov. 26 to Dec. 21 at the Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord, 51 Walden St. Directed by Helena Doohovskoy, the performance features creative productions with movement and arts, intertwined to inspire young minds and hearts. Learning opportunities available for Junior Assistants (fourth grade through high school). Check the website for schedules. For 3-year-olds to fourth graders.
Take in the always-fabulous Concord-Carlisle High School drama department production of Neil Simon’s “Rumors” on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, plus a matinee on Nov. 30. The play is directed by Johnny Woodnal.
Shop at the Winter Market at the Emerson Umbrella Center, 40 Stow Street for its annual celebration of fine art and craft. It runs Friday, Nov. 30 from 1 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Hop across Sudbury Road the same weekend and select holiday gifts at the Concord Library’s semi-annual book sale. The sale, at 129 Main Street, is not to be missed. It runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. These gently used books are in prime gift-giving condition, and cover all genres from children’s books to fiction to cookbooks. New books are brought out continuously throughout all three days. Profits go to support programs such as museum passes, author talks, and more.
The next Thursday Author will present Mary Keenan on Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library Periodicals Reading Room. Lexington author Keenan will discuss her book "In Haste, Julia: 1819-1900, Julia Robbins Barrett: Abolitionist, Artist, Suffragist." Open to all. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
At the Albright Art Gallery on Main Street, you can buy artwork by emerging artists at the annual “Give Art” show and sale through the end of December. Some of the pieces are affordably priced, and always unique and exciting.
And speaking of unique gifts, two spots worth the drive include the store at the DeCordova Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road in Lincoln, and the Samuel Fitch House at 91 Power Road in Westford. DeCordova features work by local artists as well as children’s toys and books, jewelry, and household accessories. The Samuel Fitch House’s barn, featuring unique works by area artisans with an emphasis on “up-cycling” -- recycling found objects and recreating them into beautiful and useful items. Open Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.
Want to visit Santa Claus? The big guy in red will be at the Concord Museum on Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Enjoy a delightful visit and photo with Santa, as well as a number of engaging seasonal crafts and activities including face painting, treasure hunts, cookie decorating, letters to Santa, and more. Reserve early as space is limited. Members: $25/child, accompanying adults are free; non-members: $25/child, $10/adults.
Santa is making a second appearance in Concord on Dec. 1 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Road. Santa arrives for his annual visit to Verrill Farm. The decorated greenhouse provides a perfect setting for holiday photos, so bring your camera and a wish list for Santa when you come!
At the Orchard House, 399 Lexington Road, take in the warm holiday beauty of the home of the Alcotts on Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Orchard House will be decorated for the holidays with the tasteful, festive simplicity that the Alcotts were noted for and will come alive for the young and young-at-heart through evocative Living History portrayers. The program is suitable for all ages. Activities for children and families and take-home mementos provided. (Reserved ticket tours scheduled hourly at quarter past the hour). Adults: $12; seniors/college students: $10; youths (6 to 17 years): $8; children (ages 2 to 5 years): $4; under age 2: free. Members: 20-percent off individual ticket prices; family rate (two adults and up to four youths): $30. Advance reservations are strongly suggested and require pre-payment.
The United Women’s Club is holding its Scholarship Fair on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch available. The fair is at Harvey Wheeler, 1276 Main Street. The club members sell attic treasures, jewelry, hand-knit sweaters, mittens and hats, American Girl doll clothes, hand sewn and quilted holiday gifts, ornaments, live plants in the Garden Emporium, holiday and gift tags, home-baked delicious cakes, bread, cookies, zucchini relish, jams, candy, and every other sweet and treat you can imagine. Dot Higgins will preside over the raffle. All proceeds from this fair go towards the club's scholarship fund, from which the club gives $8,000 in scholarships to deserving high school seniors. The club is for retired women who also make the baby hats for newborns at Emerson and the teddy bears given to little ones who are ill.
The annual Tree Lighting takes place Dec. 2 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. This festive event includes a colorful parade down Main Street to the town tree. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, the parade begins at 4:45 p.m. with the tree lighting at approximately 5:15 p.m. Enjoy this annual event with the family. See Frosty, the Gingerbread Man, Mrs. Claus, Louisa May Alcott, and more, with Santa arriving by fire engine. Music under the tree will be provided by Sounds of Concord. Free. Please note, Sudbury Road and Main Street, from Keyes Road to Monument Square, are closed for this event during the parade and lighting times.
Don’t miss the Concord Orchestra’s performance of Lemony Snicket’s “The Composer is Dead,” narrated by Joyce Kulhawik at 51 Walden Street on Sunday, Dec. 2 with performances at 2 and 4 p.m. The orchestra, conducted by Richard Pittman, presents its annual family concert. The work is arranged for orchestra and narrator by composer Nathaniel Stookey. Members of the Westford Academy Honors Orchestra will join the orchestra for Aaron Copland’s Hoe-Down. The concert will conclude with "Meditation on an Old Bohemian Carol" by Josef Suk. Tickets are $20; $5 for children.
On Monday, Dec. 3, enjoy the Human Rights Day breakfast, sponsored by the Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden Street. The annual breakfast is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Monday, featuring "Climate for Freedom" Award winner, Jennifer Larson-Sawin, executive director, Communities for Restorative Justice. All are welcome. No charge.
If you want to make utterly unique holiday decorations, get to the Concord Library, 129 Main St., on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. Thy Toeum will lead a class on folding and cutting three-dimensional paper snowflakes. The workshop is for people over age 8. You won’t believe how easy it is, and how spectacular the snowflakes are! Over the years, Toeum has made hundreds of the colorful snowflakes in all sizes, some of which have been on display in the library.
The Concord Band holds its holiday concert on Dec. 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. Selections of the season, festive music from different countries, and an audience sing-along. Rene Pfister will be the guest vocalist. There will be table seating and light refreshments, with an appearance by Santa and a holiday raffle. Tickets are $25/$15. If either evening concert is cancelled because of inclement weather, a concert will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9.
The Concord Museum is holding its second annual Holiday House Tour on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring six of Concord’s most beautiful private homes that will be professionally decorated in the holiday spirit by local and well-known interior designers. Guests will tour ground-floor rooms in the homes with each house decorated in a different holiday theme. From Colonial to Victorian to Shingle Style and more, the houses present a variety of charming interiors sure to delight. Tickets may be purchased through Dec. 6: $40 for members, $45 for non-members; and after Dec. 6 or the day of: $50. No refunds; no photography.
Two classes of graduates of Nashoba Brooks School of Concord met for lunch recently. The Class of 2012 returned to campus for their first reunion, and the Class of 2008 sat down to celebrate their five-year reunion. Pictured below are the 2008 graduates and where they are now.