The real Patriots Day commemoration is Friday morning, April 19, with the Dawn Salute at 5:45 a.m. at the North Bridge.
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, has started 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 will reopen on Monday, April 22, coinciding with the first night of Town Meeting. There are several contentious articles this year, so be sure to inform yourself and make an effort to vote at the high school. Parking is scarce at the Walden Street school, so either get there early and score one of the remaining spots, or take a shuttle bus from Alcott School on Laurel Street. Town Meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. Article 12, the landfill conservation restriction article, is expected to be on the agenda Monday night. Article 12 seeks to sell a conservation restriction for about $2.8 million to Walden Woods in Lincoln for town-owned land at the former landfill site. But another high-interest article, Article 13, asks the town to vote on whether to construct a temporary parking lot for school buses on the landfill site as well. So if Article 12 passes, Article 13 will be moot and the acreage will be placed in permanent restriction by Walden Woods. If Article 12 fails, citizens will then be voting on whether to keep the school buses garaged in Concord, the subject of Article 13, or outsourced, as the School Committee has suggested it would do.
On another night of Town Meeting, April 24 at this point, voters will be asked to overturn the water bottle ban that went into effect Jan. 1. What do you think? Is the ban an infringement on consumer choice, or a way to steer the town to drink tap water?
For a complete rundown of the warrant, go here, read up and participate.
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 – 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.
If you’ve ever thought about giving blood, why not make the 12th annual Nick Ressler Blood Drive your chance? Donate on Saturday, April 27 at the Hunt Recreation Center, 90 Stow St. from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. A bloodmobile from Massachusetts General Hospital will be there, and you will be among the 300 others who have made this an annual tradition. Nick was a popular middle schooler in Concord when he died of cancer at age 14 in 2001. According to his mother, Concord business woman Pam Ressler, over 1,600 individuals benefit from this blood drive. So roll up your sleeves and share the gift of life. Email Pam at email@example.com or Cindy Tenner at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
Rory Block in Concert. Get your ticket to “one of the best femaie blues musicians of her time,” according to the New York Times. Block will be at the Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow St., at 8 p.m. Go here for more information.
Earth Day is Saturday, April 27 this year. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. you can celebrate the planet at the Emerson Umbrella. Join the staff for a day of music, dance, wildlife puppetry and sculpture, local food, and kids activities! 10 a.m. River Ceremony at the Lowell Road Boat Launch; 11 a.m. Parade from Lowell Road Bridge to Emerson Umbrella; Noon– 2 p.m. Arts and Environment Festival at Emerson Umbrella Grounds with music, dance and children’s activities.
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.
Poetry reading at Concord Library, 129 Main St., on Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m.
Physician/Poet Rafael Campo will read from his award-winning poetry collection. The multi-talented Campo teaches and practices internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is on the faculty of Lesley University’s Creative Writing MFA Program. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Poetry Series award, and a Lambda Literary Award, his third poetry collection, Diva, (Duke Univ.Press, 2000) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and his most recent, The Enemy, ( Duke, 2007), won the Sheila Motton Book Award from the New England Poetry Club. A book signing reception follows the reading. Free.
Mandrioli supermarket; Serafina Ristorante close
The West Concord Supermarket, and Thoreau Street’s Serafina restaurant have both closed. Concord Currents has heard that a new “farm to table” restaurant is slated for the West Concord site. No word on what will replace Serafina. But another restaurant owned by Sam Cannarozzi, Sierra’s, on Route 117, is also closing its doors.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
. 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.
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.
Betsy Levinson can be reached at email@example.com.