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Concord Currents, What’s happening in town this week

Posted by Laura Gomez  March 27, 2013 01:55 PM

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Dispatch from China!
Here’s a chance to donate to a program that provides eye glasses to young students in China. This effort is spearheaded by Caitlin Moss, CCHS Class of 2007 who is currently a 2011 - 2013 Teaching Fellow at Manghuai Middle School as part of Teach for China.

“This is my last semester teaching in China, and I am also participating in a
project that is happening at 12 Teach For China schools, which will bring
free eye exams and glasses for those who need them to our elementary and
middle school students,” Moss writes. “We are partnering with an organization called Education in Sight, and are fundraising so that we can provide exams and
glasses for free. Eye care is unavailable in many areas of rural China, and
what's more, most of our students can't afford glasses anyway. Unfortunately, this becomes a major challenge for them in the classroom if they can't see the board!”

Moss writes that the program has reached 60 percent of its $1,000 goal, “and a
number of wonderful folks from Concord have donated, including friends and
teachers from high school. Here is the link to the fundraising website.

“We've got a few more weeks to go until we will start eye exams at our school,” said Moss.

A lecture for the health of it.
Saturday, March 30 from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Harvey Wheeler Center, 1276 Main St. The Healthy Concord planning project is bringing together community members to identify a shared vision for Concord that promotes community health and well-being. Join us to develop responses to issues identified through Healthy Concord discussions and surveys in recent months. Come to share your ideas on issues such: Social and emotional supports; Enhancing community programming; Creating support systems for our senior citizens; Growing up in Concord—support for youth and families; Getting around town—bikeways, walkways, transportation. Pre-registration is appreciated; walk-ins are also welcome. Childcare will be available. Community Service credit provided to CCHS students.

Tickets to the arts:
On stage at the Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow St., “Jesus Christ Superstar,” March 29 and 30, April 5 and 6, April 12 and 13 - Fridays and April 7 and 14, Sundays, Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.; April 7 at 6 p.m.; April 14 at 3 p.m. Propelled by a stirring score, the musical illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart. Tickets $22/$25. See here.

Margaret Fuller in Love, a special presentation by author and Pulitzer finalist Megan Marshall will be held on Friday, April 5 at 7 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]

Beloved painting is back!
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.

League of Women Voters Concord-Carlisle House Tour
April 6 Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Starting at the Alcott School, 93 Laurel St.
Spend a day touring seven unique Concord homes that highlight new concepts in energy efficiency, accessibility and design. Pick up your map/guide and then chart your own course among the houses. Enjoy displays on technologies for sustainable and comfortable living. Get inspiration to improve and beautify your own home. Tickets $30 in advance, $35 on April 6. Sponsored by: Barrett & Company, Basnett Plumbing & Heating, Concord Lamp and Shade, Concord Solar Challenge, CMC Elevator, Elm Bank Studio, J.W. Adams Construction, Nashawtuc Architects, RES Solar, Woodmeister Master Builders. See here for ticket information.

Rep. Cory Atkins congratulates Concord poet Jonathan Weinert as the recipient of a “highly competitive” grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Atkins is chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development. On March 21, she joined with artists from across the state at the annual recognition of the council’s Artist Fellowship program.

At the event, Weinert of West Concord was recognized as a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow. Jonathan received a Fellowship in recognition of his poetry.

“This event was a tremendous success,” Atkins said. “The arts are a strong revenue-producing industry, and these grants allow local artists to continue their craft. The work these artists do is critical to the vitality and culture of our state.”

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.

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.

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.”

Betsy Levinson can be reached at

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