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Concord Currents, What’s happening in town this week

Posted by Laura Gomez  April 11, 2013 12:34 PM

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It’s all about Patriots Day this week. Soak up the local color as events in Concord and Lexington impart the flavor of the American Revolution. The official observance is Monday, April 15 but on April 19, Concord holds its traditional Dawn Salute at 5:45 a.m. with a muster and firing of muskets and a cannon in observance of the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

On Friday, April 12, take in “Early Spring: Henry Thoreau and Climate Change” at the Concord Museum, 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord. Explore the seasonal changes in Concord’s natural environment and the work of scientists in Concord today. Examine Thoreau’s original field notes, journal, seasonal charts, and botanical specimens, together with his Walden desk and tools that he used to observe the flowering plants and birds of Concord. Free with Museum admission.
Through September 15.

Saturday, April 13, the “Bloody Angle Battle Demonstration” – Hartwell Tavern area, Lincoln. Nearly 300 Colonial and British reenactors demonstrate tactics used during the running fight back to Boston on April 19, 1775. The action will occur between “Bloody Angle” and the Samuel Hartwell House site along the Battle Road Trail.

2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, Parker’s Revenge Battle Demonstration – Minute Man National Park. Parker’s Revenge Site, near Minute Man Visitor Center, 250 Great Road, Lincoln. The Lexington Train Band (militia company) will demonstrate an ambush on the British column, as occurred on April 19, 1775 as Captain Parker’s Lexington militia company took revenge on the British for their losses earlier that morning.

2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. Gallery Talk – Concord Museum, 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord. Join Guest Scholar Dr. Richard Primack of Boston University and David F. Wood, Curator of the Concord Museum, to learn more about Early Spring: Henry Thoreau and Climate Change. By reservation.

The town offices and library are closed on Monday, April 15. The selectmen meet Tuesday, April 16 at 6 p.m. in the run-up to Town Meeting which starts on Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at the high school.

Bright and early on Monday, April 15, go to the pancake breakfast hosted by the Lions Club at Monument Hall (6 – 10 a.m.) The parade steps off at 9 a.m. for its three-mile route through town, stopping at the North Bridge before winding back to the Concord Armory.

Other events include the Patriots Day Open House – The Old Manse, 269 Monument Street, Concord. Everyone is invited to visit The Old Manse first floor free. Donations accepted to view the attic and second floor and see where the Emerson family’s own “Battle in the Backyard” took place on April 19, 1775. Grounds open at dawn.

April 15, Patriots Day at the Concord Museum – 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord. Explore the Museum’s outstanding collection of treasures from April 1775. Try your hand at patriotic crafts, meet living history characters, and learn more about powder horns, muskets, and the Revere lantern. At 1 p.m., listen to the Middlesex County 4H Fife & Drum Corps, then ask your questions about fifes and drums in 1775. All family-friendly activities are free with admission.

April 15, noon to 2 p.m., learn about “Thoreau and the Two Revolutions” at Walden Pond, Concord. Learn from historian Richard Smith portraying Henry David Thoreau, about the two revolutions of Concord: the Revolution of 1775 and the literary revolution of the 19th century. This is a program for visitors of all ages. The program is free. $5 parking fee. No pets allowed.

Tuesday through Friday, April 16 – 19, go to “Welcome to Our Home” Living History Tours at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, 399 Lexington Rd., Concord from 1 to 2 p.m. Embark on a trip into the past during an interactive tour with an expert, authentically-costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends! Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about the lives and times of this talented family.

While you are in Concord Center, be sure to visit Marie Foley’s newest endeavor. The intrepid co-owner of Concord Hand Designs, which is having its store-closing sale now, is starting a new venture at the Visitor Center on Main Street next to Bank of America. Foley has erected a showcase of Concord souvenirs and memorabilia for tourists who stop in for a map or directions, or for longtime residents who want a gift from Concord. Foley has everything from Concord-themed coasters, mugs, shot glasses, key rings, glasses, throws, playing cards, games and more all stacked up neatly in the display case.

Schools are closed for the traditional April vacation from April 15 to 22.

April 12 and 13 Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m. Concord Band - 51 Walden Street. Featuring vocalist Amanda Carr. Friday, Rotary Club Sponsor; Saturday, Emerson Auxilliary sponsor.

Vacation week at the Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow St.: April 16-19. Children ages 4-12 are welcome to join us for Art Adventures around the World. We will visit China, Brazil and Ireland through art – exploring the relationship between nature, art and culture along the way. We will look at the animals and habitats found in these countries, historic representations of nature in various media, and the work of current artists. Students will have the opportunity to try Drawing & Painting, 2D Mixed Media, 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics and Woodworking. April 16-19, 2013; half-day, full-day and extended day options available. The week includes a special interactive storytelling session on Thursday, April 18 at 1:30 p.m. with Jackson Gillman; open to all students enrolled in April Vacation Week art classes.

Do you want to help service dogs? And have a fun night of shopping too? Then join Lyn Evans at Lyn Evans Potpourri Designs, 29 Main St., and Barrett & Company for the second annual night of food, fashion and fundraising! April 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. Raffles and auction items to help raise funds for this wonderful cause. Ten percent of sales from the evening donated directly to NEADS, the National Association for Service Dog Services.

The Sound of Music playing April 26, 2013 – May 11 by the Concord Players. Maria, an exuberant novice in an Austrian abbey, isn't fitting into somber convent life. To give her an opportunity to get away from the abbey to think her future through, the Mother Abbess sends her to the lavish household of widower, Captain Von Trapp, to be governess to his seven children. As Maria reconciles her growing love for the children's father with her desire to become a nun, the looming Nazi menace in nearby Germany threatens to overwhelm them all. The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical.

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.

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
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 $750 With 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

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.

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 Recration.

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.

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.

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, or call 978-369-5053. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday 9:30 - 5:30, Saturday 9:30 – 5 p.m.

i>Betsy Levinson can be reached at

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