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Concord Currents, What’s happening in town this week

Posted by Laura Gomez  March 20, 2013 05:54 PM

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Congratulations to the winners of the town election! Johanna Boynton and Kathi Snook will join the School Committee and Alice Kaufman and Carmin Reiss are selectmen. Eric Van Loon is moderator for another year, and Dennon Rodrigue is a member of the Housing Authority. Roughly 24 percent of the eligible voters took part, which is rather high considering the snowstorm.

The third Annual West Concord Give Back Day will take place this Saturday, March 23. Participating shops include: All Ways Organic and Natural, Concord Firefly, Concord Flower Shop, Concord Teacakes, Dabblers hobbies + cafe, Debra's Natural Gourmet, Enclave, Merlin's Silver Star, Nashoba Brook Bakery, noa jewelry, fine handcrafts and gifts, Reasons To Be Cheerful, Reflections, West Concord 5 & 10.
All shops will donate 5 percent of their sales to the following non-profits:
Concord Carlisle Community Chest, Concord Conservatory of Music, Concord Youth Theatre, Domestic Violence Services Network, Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, Friends of the Playscape, Gaining Ground, Marie Strain International Peace Foundation, Minute Man Arc, Open Table. 

You are invited to a Benefit for the Domestic Violence Services Network on Saturday, March 23 from 6-9 p.m. at Concord Art Association - 37 Lexington Road - 978-318-3421. A Reception and Auction Includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, desserts, wine, beer, and live music. Meet the artists, bid on what inspires you, and learn more about the important work of the DVSN. Tickets: $35 in advance; limited tickets at the door are $45.

Celebrate with the 2013 Honored Citizens: Ned Perry and Cynthia Wood. Reception on Sunday, March 24 at 1:30 p.m. at the Town of Concord Town House, Monument Square. The Honored Citizen is a resident of the Town of Concord who is not a Town Employee or an Elected Official. Selection is based upon significant volunteer service to the Town and/or fellow citizens which is above and beyond any remuneration. The Honored Citizen is the one-year steward of the Boston Post Cane and the Commemorative Clock and is asked to lead the Patriots Day Parade. Perry was town moderator for many years and Wood has served on the Finance Committee, among other commitments.

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 selectmen meet on Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m. in the Town House and the School Committee meets Tuesday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ripley Building. Agendas are posted here a day in advance.

Sign up for a Chinese Music Night on Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library Lobby. The GBCCA Music Ensemble and Boston GuZheng Ensemble will perform Chinese music in celebration of the Year of the Snake. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. Free admission. Advance registrations are strongly encouraged. Click here to register online or call 978-318-3301.

Friday Flicks at Fowler will present a 2006 Indian film on March 22 at 7 p.m. at the Fowler Branch Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, the series features unique and critically-acclaimed international films. Free admission. Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Margaret Fuller in Love, a special presentation by author and Pulitzer finalist Megan Marshall will be held on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Lobby. Book signing and reception will follow. Open to all. [View More Info]

The next Music from the Library concert will feature Josh Quillen, steel drum and Adam Siwinski, marimba of SO PERCUSSION on Saturday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Library lobby. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, the concert is free and open to all. But advance registrations are required and will begin on March 23. [Register Online]

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.

At the Albright Art Gallery, see the work of John Lobosco through March 30. Lobosco is an abstract artist, musician (clarinet/ sax), builder/tinkerer of things, and educator. The work in this exhibit moves away from gestural abstraction and into more contemplative geometric spaces emphasizing the flatness of the canvas and slow movement. Color was used with restraint to create balance and warmth. The play of symmetry/asymmetry and pacing (as meter in music) as a way to move through each work were important ideas in the subconscious development of this work. John has exhibited his work at the Attleboro Museum, Brown University, Massachusetts College of Art, New Jersey Print Council, as well as the MPG, Mark, and Kingston Galleries in Boston. In 2009 John was awarded the Andy Warhol Artist in Residence in New York to continue his artistic explorations.

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 $650Extended CSA share: 25
weeks June- November $750With additional flower bouquet share and
winter share options
Pick ups Tuesdays 3-7 pm OR Saturdays 2-5 pm on the farm955 Lexington
RoadConcord, MA 01742
For more information and to sign up, please visit us or email

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
. 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 Sunday March 24. Suggested donation for each workshop is $5-$25.

With the arrival of spring, 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.

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 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.

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.

Concord Gallery 111, inside Frame-ables at 111 Thoreau St. in Concord, is featuring celebrated watercolorist Jing-hua Gao Dalia, now through April 6. Having trained from age nine under her father, Chinese watercolor master Gao Yi-hung, Dalia's work combines meticulous traditional Chinese techniques with a western use of saturated colors and shading. For more information on Dalia and her exuberant depictions of nature visit here, email, or call 978-369-5053. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday 9:30 - 5:30, Saturday 9:30 - 5:00. Free and open to the public.

Representative Cory Atkins is pleased to announce that the Concord Housing Authority has received $132,030 from the Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development.

The formula funding (FF) program is an annual allocation of money given to local housing authorities (LHAs) based on a detailed and thorough Capital Investment Plan (CIP). The FF program is devoted to awarding state aid in an equitable, transparent, and predictable manner. Funds are given to CIPs which make preservation, stabilization, and modernization of existing state-aided public housing a priority, as well as CIPs that address core capital components, important health and safety needs, technical innovations, and projects that generate water and energy savings.

“I am proud of the Concord Housing Authority for winning this grant,” Atkins said. “Affordable housing strengthens our community by creating a viable option for those who would otherwise have to move away.”

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