The Concord Orchestra has a concert this weekend, Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m. at 51 Walden St. Soloist Peter Zazofsky will play the violin Concerto in G minor by Sergei Prokofiev and with the orchestra in Symphony No. 6 in A major by Anton Bruckner. Go here for ticket information.
The Concord-Carlisle High School spring musical, “A Chorus Line,” continues its run on Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m.; March 16 at 8 p.m. and the final matinee on Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m.
The town election is Tuesday, March 19. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. There are two unopposed candidates for selectman (Carmin Reiss and Alice Kaufman) and four candidates for two spots on the School Committee (Kathi Snook, Johanna Boynton, Cynthia Rainey and Patricia Bergen.) Check here for polling information. Moderator Eric Van Loon is running for moderator for another one-year term and Dennon Rodrigue is seeking a spot on the Housing Authority.
Town Clerk Anita Tekle provided information about voting absentee: Availability of Absentee Ballots. If you are unable to get to the polls in person on Election Day due to absence from Concord during polling hours, disability, or religious beliefs, then you are eligible to vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots are not available just for convenience in Massachusetts. Ballots are now available in the Town Clerk’s Office. The deadline for applying for a ballot is noon on Monday, March 18. Absentee balloting may be done either in person at the Clerk’s Office during office hours, or by mail. No ballots may be carried out from the Clerk’s Office. The Clerk’s Office is open Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Completed ballots must be received in the Town Clerk’s Office by 8 pm on Election Day, so if the ballot is to be mailed, be sure to allow ample time for delivery both ways. Do not return absentee ballots to the polls. An absentee ballot application may be downloaded from the Clerk’s web site, or you may send a fax or e-mail requesting that a ballot be mailed to you—use of the form is not required. Family members may apply on behalf of another family or household member who is unable to get to the polls in person.
Enjoy Jazz and Tea In The Afternoon – Tuesday, March 19 starting at 3 p.m. sponsored by the Women's Parish Association of First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Rd. The world renowned Fernando Holz Band is sure to bring great musical joy to all in attendance. One of the finest singer/songwriters Brazil has produced, Fernando Holz is in a class with Caetano Veloso, Ivan Lins, Djavan and Jobim. Fernando and his band are comprised of veterans of the Boston jazz and world music scene: Jon Simmons on trombone; Molly Flannery on piano; Jose Pienasola on bass; Steve Rose on drums. From Latin inspired American favorites, from samba to Brazilian pop, from jazz to bossa novas, the Fernando Holz Band charms everyone. They are frequent entertainers at music spots in Boston and Cambridge and the Acton Jazz Cafe. There is no charge and reservations are not necessary.
Do you love classical music? Performances of the Concord Chamber Music Society are a must. The next concert is March 24 at 3 p.m., featuring cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han. Named Musical America's 2012 Musicians of the Year, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han rank among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. Their appearances take them to the world's most prestigious concert series and festivals as soloists and as a duo. See here for more information and tickets. A pre-concert lecture is at 2 p.m. by musicologist Steven Ledbetter.
The community is invited to a reception to welcome back the treasured oil painting, “Memories of Antietam,” by Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts, to the second floor hearing room. The newly restored work will once again hang in its honored spot. The town-wide reception is on April 6 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. to be held at Concord’s Town House along with a special exhibition at the Concord Art Association honoring the monumental painting. The Art Association reception is follows the Town House event on Lexington Road.
“Memories of Antietam,” which has hung in the large hearing room of Concord’s Town House for nearly 40 years, has undergone extensive conservation to remove years of discolored varnish and correct for paint loss,” wrote Melissa Saalfield in an email. She and colleague Rebecca Purcell pushed the project through to completion after about a year of work. “The once nearly opaque surface of the painting now comes alive after months of painstaking work by conservators of the Williamstown Art Conservation Laboratory. The work is a group portrait of Civil War veterans captured on canvas by Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts, a distinguished American artist and founder of the Concord Art Association.”
She continued, “The painting is one of the best visual records that remain of the 400 Concordians who fought in the Civil War, 43 of whom died. It depicts 16 veterans reviewing a map of the infamous Battle of Antietam, which remains today, the bloodiest single-day battle in American history with 22,717 dead, wounded or missing. This group portrait was offered to the town as a gift in 1928 by the Concord Art Association and accepted by vote at the Town Meeting of 1929. In conjunction with the painting’s return, the Concord Art Association is presenting a special exhibition of Robert’s artistic career, A Breathing Bigness: Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts’ Life and Work, as well as a self-guided tour of other Robert’s paintings located in Concord. The exhibition will be on view from March 21 to May 5.”
Funding for the conservation of *Memories of Antietam* was provided by the
Community Preservation Fund. In 2011 Saalfield’s grant proposal for $47,000 was approved by the Town’s Community Preservation Committee to cover conservation, shipping and installation costs.
Special guest speaker at the Town House will be Jayne Gordon, director of public programs for the Massachusetts Historical Society. At 6 p.m., all are invited to go to the Concord Art Association at 37 Lexington Rd. to view other paintings by Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts, including a preliminary sketch for “Memories of Antietam” and a video about her life and work.
Be sure to catch Andrea Wulf, acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation and the Shaping of the American Nation, at the Concord Museum for the 2013 Mary M. Lesneski Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, March 19. In addition to her lecture, Andrea will also be spending the week in Concord as a Scholar in Residence of the Concord Museum. She is beginning research on a new book about the German explorer Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) and his influence on people such as George Perkins Marsh, John Muir, and Henry David Thoreau.
Tickets are still available for Andrea's lecture on Founding Gardeners. As is tradition, Afternoon Tea organized by the Museum’s Guild of Volunteers follows the lecture. Tickets to the lecture and tea are $30; $25 Concord Museum Members. Reservations are required; (978) 369-9763, ext. 216. Books will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop, with a book signing to follow the lecture.
Have you wanted to try a community-sponsored agricultural (CSA) program? First Root Farm in Concord has CSA shares available for the 2013 season. We farm on 2.5 acres of historic farmland in Minute Man National Historical Park using organic and sustainable growing practices. We grow over thirty different kinds of vegetables including pick-your-own peas, cherry tomatoes, and flowers. We are looking forward to an exciting season full of delicious produce and we hope that you will join us! Regular CSA share: 21 weeks June- October $650; Extended CSA share: 25 weeks June- November $750. With additional flower bouquet share and winter share options. Pick ups Tuesdays 3-7 pm or Saturdays 2-5 pm on the farm 955 Lexington Road, Concord, MA 01742. For more information and to sign up, please visit us or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in playing rugby? The Lincoln Sudbury HS Girls Rugby club is welcoming new members, including high school girls from Concord and Carlisle! LSRHS Rugby founded a girls team in the spring of 2007. They are actively recruiting young, athletic, high school aged girls to join the team. For more information: Check out the team website or Contact Head Coach Sarah Greeley at email@example.com . There will also be Rookie Rugby (flag rugby) this spring, offered through Sudbury Parks and Rec for any kids in grades 5-8. You have to register through Sudbury Parks and Rec.
In preparation for this year’s 23rd annual Musketaquid Earth Day, Musketaquid Arts & Environment is hosting weekend workshops in March and April. These hands-on workshops provide instruction and materials for making large and small puppets, costumes, instruments and more as Musketaquid prepares for its Earth Day Celebration on Saturday April 27. The Parade Making Workshops, led by artist and environmentalist Morningstar Medaye along with the Musketaquid Parade Team, will be held from 1- 5 p.m. at Emerson Umbrella on the following Sundays: March 17, and 24. Suggested donation for each workshop is $5-$25.
Turning toward spring, as March begins, Concordians with a green thumb can take advantage of the, dare we say, groundbreaking new Seed Lending Library, and learn about this first-in-the-state initiative. The mission of the Concord Seed Lending Library is to collect and share bio-diverse, locally-adapted plant seeds, cultivated by and for area residents. There is an active advisory board and a strong commitment to ‘grow’ the Seed Library starting this season with easy-to-grow varieties that thrive locally. See here for more information.
Concord businesswoman and health care advocate Pam Ressler, owner of Stress Resources on Lowell Road, has written an online continuing education course on social media for nurses. It launched Feb. 28. Ressler said, “It is amazing that social media is now a large part of our lives and it is necessary for nurses and others to learn to use it effectively to communicate, collaborate and engage with colleagues and the public.” She said social media “has a bad name,” but with patients connecting through blogs, Facebook, Twitter and similar platforms, she feels nurses need to be educated.
“It’s a tool for patient engagement,” said Ressler. The nine-hour course took her about nine months to write. “We don’t hear the good useful side around social media,” she said. “I see great potential in communication and nurses need to understand social media to communicate better.” Click here for more information.
You are invited to watch two new “Video Exchanges” from the Concord-Nanae Connection. The videos are a project between the Concord-Carlisle Sci-Fi Club and the Nanae (Concord’s Japanese sister city) High School English Club to create an ongoing video exchange. See the first one here. The video was created by David Nurenberg, Sci-Fi Club faculty representative. Visit Concordnanae.com to learn more about this intercultural program between sister cities. There is a second video here.
Check out the new exhibit at the library on the antislavery movement in Concord. Look here for details. The online exhibit contains scores of documents about leading abolitionists, lectures and correspondence.
At the COA, take in the Gary Hylander Lecture series on The Roaring Twenties, “Flivvers, Flappers and Fitzgerald,” which covers the prosperous period in US history from the end of World War I to the beginning of the Great Depression. The lectures are on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. on April 2, 9, 23, and 30. This series is being presented free of charge through a generous contribution by the Concord Friends of the Aging.
There’s a new art exhibit at the COA. A new display of large, colorful photographs from around the world by journalist/author/photographer Robert Cooke, is now available for viewing at the Concord Senior Center, at 1276 Main St. The photos were taken in recent years during trips to exotic locations such as India, Bhutan, China, Cambodia, Iceland, Italy, northern Canada, and various parts of the United States -- including Concord and Sudbury. The Senior Center is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is no admission fee. The show will continue through April 4.
Verrill Farm has some yummy things on hand for St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and Passover. St. Patrick’s Day is a three-day celebration at Verrill Farm.
From Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17, Chef Kevin Carey is preparing a traditional Irish boiled dinner of corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and carrots. The meal will be available packed to go in the cold case. On St. Patrick’s Day only, the meal will also be available hot, to go, from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and 4:00 - 6:00 pm. Hot or cold, each dinner is $10.95.
Easter Sunday, March 31, the Verrill Farm stand open 9 am – noon offering spiral cut ham, quiches, side dishes and desserts. Easter and Passover are at the end of March and some items are suitable for both celebrations including Potato Latkes and Flourless Chocolate Cake. Passover items will be available at the stand first come, first served; the Easter menu will be available online and at the stand in early March, orders must be placed by March 28 for pick up on March 30.
The gallery Artisans Way, 18 Walden St., has a new exhibit featuring the work of artist Nan Hass Feldman. Since 1981 Ms. Feldman has had more than 40 one-person shows, numerous museum exhibits, and scores of group exhibits. She has received many awards on the national, state, and local levels. She has also continued to teach at the Worcester Art Museum, the DeCordova Museum, and the Danforth Museum of Art (which she helped found) as well as at Framingham State College. Since 1999 she has been teaching painting in France and Italy, a source of inspiration for many of her recent landscapes.
And if you like art from the East, check out the exhibit at Gallery 111 in Frame-ables on Thoreau Street by Chinese artist Jinghua Gao Dalia. Delicate watercolors in pastels are featured in the collection. Take a peek here.