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Concord Currents - What’s happening in Concord

Posted by Tom Coakley  May 10, 2013 03:50 PM

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There’s one more chance to see the Concord Players performance of The Sound of Music this weekend. Final performances are May 10 and 11 at 8 p.m.
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.

Community meetings: Tuesday May 14 at 8:15 a.m. at the Town House, the Town Governance Study Committee meets. This group will hold monthly meetings until mid-September, pulling together information about how Concord is governed and how it intersects with state law.
The School Committee meets on May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ripley building.

Are you interested in learning about the paleo diet that is sweeping the country? Diane Frampton, author of the cookbook, “Eat Well…Feel Good: Practical Paleo Living” is speaking on May 9 as part of the Thursday Author Series at the Concord Library, 129 Main Street. The original talk by Frampton was snowed out. It is free starting at 7:30 p.m. in the periodicals room on the second floor.

The Council on Aging, 1266 Main Street, is holding its Mother’s Day sale on May 10. Children from Carousel Preschool will be buying gifts in the gift shop for their moms. There will be baked goods and plants for sale too.

Do you have a green thumb, or want one? The Garden Club of Concord’s annual Plant Sale will be on Saturday, May 11 from 8:30 a.m. to noon, rain or shine in front of the Middlesex Bank on Main Street. A large variety of perennials dug from local gardens and herb and vegetable bedding plants will be for sale. The Garden Club donates several thousand dollars annually to worthy horticultural projects in the community such as Gaining Ground, Orchard House, Minute Man ARC, Emerson Umbrella and the Concord Housing Authority.

Volunteers are needed for the Emerson Umbrella’s “Artrageous Gala” on Saturday, May 11. If you can help (and get in free) you will help set up, pass hors d’oeuvres and greet guests, clear plates and glasses, move auction items and clean up. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and runs until 10:30 p.m. Volunteers can come as early as 5 p.m. to help with set up.

The Garden Club of Concord is hosting author, garden writer and blogger Margaret Roach as the guest speaker at the club’s annual meeting on May 15 at the First Parish, 20 Lexington Road at 7 p.m. Roach’s newest book is “The Backyard Parables,” focusing on non-stop plants: a garden for 365 days.

News from the MBTA: Track improvements on the Fitchburg Commuter Line, which runs through Concord, will require the suspension of weekend service from Fitchburg to South Acton through mid-November. In August, the weekend suspension will extend to Concord, Lincoln and Weston.

Work has begun on adding a “flyover” on Route 2 from Crosby’s Corner in Lincoln to Route 2 westbound in Concord. That means single-lane traffic along the heavily traveled highway, although MASS DOT is trying to limit the crunch to off-peak hours. Plan ahead for any trips that require you to traverse Route 2 to Route 128.

Hear the Concord Orchestra Pops Concert on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 17, 18, and 19 at 51 Walden Street. Friday and Saturday is at 8 p.m. and Sunday is at 2 p.m. You will be treated to the music of Lebedev, Sibelius, Dvofrak and Saint-Saens. Veronia Kenny plays Handel’s Oboe Concerto No. 3, and there will be a singalong to “My Fair Lady.” Tickets $30/$25/$10.

On Saturday, May 18 at 8 p.m. get a ticket for the Concord Chorus’ Spring Concert at 8 p.m. at St. Camilla Church, 1175 Concord Turnpike, Arlington. Ludwig van Beethoven's majestic and gentle "Mass" in C is an intimate testament to his personal faith and a work that he claimed was "especially close to my heart". The concert will also feature Joseph Haydn's rarely heard "Salve Regina" in E, a lyrical and spirited work for sopranos, chorus and strings. This concert marks the Chorus's first collaboration with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, one of only four cooperative orchestras in the country and an ensemble which has played a distinguished role in the history of the arts in Boston. General Admission $25; Seniors $20; Children and Students $10.

Astronaut: Paintings by Scott Listfield. Through 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.

There is a new exhibit at Gallery 111 inside Frame-ables at 111 Thoreau Street. Local painter Bobby C. Poole exhibits this month. His panoramic oceanscapes and strong angular scenes of nature reflect his lifelong fascination with the natural world. Early on his family was associated with the Wildlife Protection Agency in North Carolina, an influence which endured through to his professional work as an architect and exhibit designer. He’s become increasingly specialized in aquarium architecture and exhibit content, having been involved with the development and design of projects for aquariums beginning with the National Aquarium in Baltimore and subsequently progressing to facilities in such far flung cities as Osaka, Singapore, Genoa, and Lisbon, as well as aquariums closer to home such as the aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Alaska Sea Life Center; and the National Marine Life Center in Bourne, Mass. In his own words, “My professional architectural and exhibit design career developing major aquariums worldwide has reinforced my love for the natural world and the lessons it offers us about who we are as an integral component of the global ecosystem. This professional focus for almost 40 years has provided me the privilege to visit and study the elements of the natural world creating an abundance of conceptual and visual references for my paintings.” His work is on view until June 1, Tuesday - Friday 9:30 - 5:30, Saturday 9:30 - 5:00. For more information, look here. Meet Poole at the May 18 Art Walk from 2 to 4 p.m.

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.

Another CSA opportunity

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 30 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 $650 Extended 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 farm 955 Lexington
 Road Concord, 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 Rec.
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.

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