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Concord Currents: What’s happening in town

Posted by Leslie Anderson  April 5, 2013 02:32 PM

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Bike Rack Contest

Ever wanted to park your bike in West Concord and not found suitable racks?
Well, Concord is now in second place in a bike rack photo contest from Saris
Bike Corral to have one parking space devoted to 10 bikes on Commonwealth
Avenue in front of Reasons to be Cheerful.

“Thanks to all of the public support received, the Town of Concord has made it to
the Final Three and the final round of voting is taking place from April 1 through
April 5. There is still time to vote here. The link takes you to the Saris Facebook page.

Among the top 10 reasons to support the contest is that the Planning Division
recommended more bike spaces in that part of town. The 2013 Parking
Management Plan “reveals that there is an abundance of parking in West
Concord, so devoting one space to bikes makes sense.”

Another reason, according to the town web site, is a “desire for bike racks
expressed by businesses in this area tired of bikers leaning bikes against their
storefronts for lack of a better place to stash them. [Not to mention support from
Police Department looking to reduce store-owner complaints of bikers doing this.]

Solar roof installations

And in another community-wide question, have you considered installing solar
energy collector panels on your roof?

That’s the topic of a study done by the Comprehensive Sustainable Energy
Committee, ConcordCAN, the Town and the Environmental Field Studies Group
of Concord-Carlisle High School.

The Concord Solar Challenge is a program to help homeowners, businesses and
nonprofits use solar energy “at a very affordable price,” the website states.

Concord-Carlisle High School students found about 700 homes in the town
eligible for rooftop solar panels.

ConcordCAN’s site says, “A combination of low PV panel prices and generous incentives makes going solar now a compelling, surprisingly affordable, profitable and low-risk investment. For homeowners, these incentives include a 30 percent federal investment tax credit, a $1,000 Massachusetts state tax credit and a Concord Light rebate of up to $3,125.”

“Residential systems with good sunlight should see annual rates of return in
excess of 15 percent and payback periods in the four to five-year range for a
system that will last 25 years or more.”

The first five participants will receive $250 in Concord gift certificates and
there is a bonus of $100 for every referral.
As well as the financial benefits to
citizens, the Solar Challenge enables the community to come together to help
the environment. The Challenge will run until July 31. The goal is to achieve 100
more residential solar PV installations and a significant increase in installations
at local businesses and nonprofits. To sign up for a free site evaluation (available
right now), please access the Concord Solar Challenge. To learn more come to
the Kickoff Workshop on Thursday, April 4 from 7pm to 8:30 pm in the Hearing
Room at the Town House.

Mandrioli supermarket closes

Another small locally-owned business is gone. The West Concord Supermarket,
in the Mandrioli family for years, has closed and is up for sale. The market
attracted a lunchtime crowd with hand-sliced meats, and homemade soups and
salads, as well as an array of wine, beer and gourmet food. The market was also
the first to carry the hometown-inspired Cool Dogs ice cream sandwich that are
sold at Fenway Park and other outlets. The Mandrioli brothers’ familiar presence
will be missed indeed.

CSA Shares at Verrill Farm

Verrill Farm’s new Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program
offers ‘shares’ of the farm’s fresh produce for $25 per week for 20 weeks, June
20 – Nov. 21, with an up-front payment of $500.  As a welcome for joining, every
new CSA member will receive a coupon for a free 8” fruit pie.

“We are introducing a Verrill Farm CSA this year and have designed it so
members will benefit from the variety of our crops,” says farm owner Steve
Verrill, “and, because of all that we do at the farm, we are able to add extras
unique to our CSA.”  

CSAs have become popular because they provide an opportunity for consumers
to partner with a local farmer by committing to purchase a ‘share’ of the farm’s
crops ahead of the season. Some weeks, Verrill Farm’s CSA will offer choices
including baked goods and other items made in the stand kitchen. CSA members
will also receive weekly recipes and tips on handling produce as well as
exclusive farm tours and pick-your-own opportunities. To join, pay by phone, mail
or in person using a credit card or check. Information here.

Another CSA opportunity

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
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

Concord Flea Market/Recycle Sale

The Women's Parish Association of First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington
will hold its Flea Market/Recycle Sale on Saturday, April
6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There are still a few tables left to
rent. If you
would like to rent a table, contact
Pat Kane at 978-369-8418 as soon as possible. Tables are going fast! Table
are $35 per table. Snacks and lunch items will be sold throughout the
There will be several vendors selling a wide variety of household items, jewelry,
children's items, antiques. This
event will be held - rain or shine. Open to the
public. Handicapped accessible. 

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
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

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.

Tickets to the arts:
On stage at the Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow St., “Jesus Christ Superstar,” 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.

Thrive: Healthy Concord Community Forum
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 6, 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

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.

Trio Cleonice
Concord Chamber Music Society performs at the Emerson Umbrella, Stow
Street. April 7 Sunday at 2 p.m. The Annual Community Concert.

New Concord Museum Exhibit
Starts April 12 – Sept. 15
A ground-breaking exhibition, “Early Spring: Henry Thoreau and Climate
Change,” explores three centuries of careful observation of seasonal natural
phenomena in Concord, which has made it one of the best places in the world to
study climate change. The exhibition also provides an extraordinary opportunity
to examine the Concord Museum’s renowned Thoreau collection that includes
the desk on which Thoreau wrote Walden, together with examples of his original
field notes, journal recordings, seasonal charts, and botanical specimens;
much of which has never before been exhibited together. Free with Museum

Spring Pops Concert
Concord Band Spring Pops Concert
April 12 & 13 Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m.
Featuring vocalist Amanda Carr. Friday, Rotary Club Sponsor; Saturday,
Emerson Auxilliary sponsor.

The Board of Selectmen

Monday, April 8 at 7 p.m. at the Town House. Town Meeting begins on Monday,
April 22 at the high school.

Author Talk

On Thursday, April 11, the Friends of the Concord library are presenting Michelle
Coughlin, author of One Colonial Woman’s World: the Writings of Hehetabel
Chandler Coit. “What exactly were the day-to-day details of the traditional female
in Colonial America?” posits the Friends newsletter. “Pretty much the same
as they are now. There was heavy focus on family, both being part of one and
raising one. Marriage and religion were also primary concerns, as were finances.
Social, community, business and political connections were also vital. There is
truly little difference between women of the 1600s and today, except what society
limited our foremothers in their roles outside of the family home. Historian and
local author Michelle Marchetti Coughlin discovered many of the hidden details
of a Colonial Woman’s life while looking through the diary of Mehetabel Chandler
Coit. She became fascinated in how well Mehetabal wrote about the daily minutia
of the Colonial women’s day and how closely it paralleled women of today.
Michelle transcribed the journals and compiled them in a book One Colonial
Woman’s World.”

Astronaut: Paintings by Scott Listfield

From April 3 - May 26 at the Albright Art Gallery, 32 Main St.
Listfield juxtaposes serene daily settings with humanity’s technology and
offenses. His vignettes of modern society and post-apocalypse serve as entry
points into thoughtful sociological observation. These vignettes reveal our
quotidian from the perspective of an ideal outsider/insider: the anonymous
astronaut. This exhibit reminds us that even when treading familiar ground, we
never experience the same moment twice. And the viewer is left wondering
“What would Astronaut do?” Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through
Sunday 12:00 - 5:00 pm, and also by appointment. Opening reception: Thursday,
April 11 from 6-98 p.m.

Patriots Day is around the corner

April 15 Monday, annual Parade starts with the 8:15 a.m. Muster; then parade
from 9 a.m. – 12 noon. Armory on Everett and Stow Streets, to Monument

Square, Lowell Road to Liberty Street to North Bridge and back. Participants
include musicians, Minuteman companies, color guards, cultural and youth
groups and dignitaries from neighboring towns, the State, the nation, and several
foreign countries with ties to Concord. At the North Bridge there is a ceremony to
commemorate the engagement between the Minuteman companies and British
troops with a wreath laying ceremony. The parade continues across the North
Bridge and returns to Concord Center

April 15 Monday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
At the Concord Museum, after the Patriots’ Day parade on Monday, April 15, or
anytime throughout the Patriots’ Day weekend, visit the Concord Museum’s six
history galleries and experience a hands-on orientation to Concord’s remarkable
history; see the “Exploring Concord” film, and join in special family-oriented
activities. Make the Concord Museum part of your Patriots’ Day tradition.

April 19 Friday, 5:45 a.m. Dawn Salute
Buttrick Hillside and The North Bridge - Monument Street
Church bells at First Parish toll at 5:45 a.m. to sound the alarm. “Dr. Prescott”
arrives at the North Bridge after riding across the fields calling out the warning
to towns and villages that the Regulars were on the march and that their
destination was Concord. The Concord Minutemen fire salutes and the Concord
Independent Battery fire several volleys from the field at the Old Manse.

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

In preparation for this year’s 23rd annual Musketaquid Earth Day,
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.

Seed sharing

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.

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 9, 23, and 30. This series is
being presented free of charge through a generous contribution by the Concord
Friends of the Aging.

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.

“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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