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Concord Currents, What’s happening in town this week

Posted by Laura Gomez  May 15, 2013 04:39 PM

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Get set for the 7th annual Concord ArtWalk on May 18 Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Concord Center, Thoreau Street Depot District and West Concord Village - 978-369-3120. Visit the 45 participating businesses to see displays of art, demonstrations, receptions, and enter drawings. Music on the lawn at the Visitor Center at 58 Main Street by "Them City Ducks" at 11 a.m. and "Snow Crow' at 2 p.m. Visit the shops, galleries and studios of the three villages in Concord and be inspired by the arts. Sponsored by Cambridge Savings Bank.

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. See here for more information.

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. See here for more information. 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.

May 19 Sunday, 7 p.m. Sarasa at First Parish - Parish Hall, 20 Lexington Road - (617)429-0332 - Music of Dvorák and other folk inspired works. Tickets $27 General Admission; $20 Senior; $12 Student; Free for Children.

May 19 Sunday, 2 p.m. Period music from the Haydn and Handel Society. Concord Museum, in Daniel Chester French Hall - Cambridge Turnpike at Lexington Road - 978-369-9763 - Inspired by Thoreau’s flute in the Concord Museum collection, the performance features works for flute and strings, including the Mozart Flute Quartet No. 1. Founded in Boston in 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society is America’s oldest continuously performing arts organization. By reservation; $25; $20 Concord Museum Members. Register online or by phone.

The selectmen meet on Monday, May 20 at 7 p.m. at the Town House.

At the Council on Aging:

Join in on the Fun at the WIQH - COA JazzFest! Friday, May 17 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Remember the “Good Old Days” when music was simple and you enjoyed Jazz artists like Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey? We’re going to bring you back in time this month with a fun-filled afternoon of good food and great music. WIQH, Concord Carlisle High School’s radio station, will be broadcasting from the auditorium here at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, while the popular jazz band, The Russ Wilcox Jazz Group, performs. The Russ Wilcox Jazz Ensemble is comprised of upcoming musicians who have been featured at many prominent venues, including The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center. Come and enjoy a catered lunch while the band plays and WIQH disc jockeys broadcast! This delightful afternoon is being partially funded through a generous contribution from the Concord Friends of the Aging. Cost to attend will be $5 (cash) per person. Seating is limited, so please call, as soon as possible, to sign up and to let us know if you will require our van.

COA CINEMA Friday Afternoons at 2 p.m. in the Lecture Hall.
May 24 – FLIGHT
An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashes, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling. Starring Denzel Washington; directed by Robert Zemeckis. (Drama, 138 minutes, 2012; Rated R for language, substance abuse and nudity)

A small town choir sets out to win The National Joyful Noise competition despite overwhelming odds. A story of faith and determination by the choir leaders, Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton, and the young talent who give their all to beat the competition for the grand prize. (Comedy/Music; 118 minutes, 2012; Rated PG-13)

Lunch Bunch to Burton’s Grill, Westford Tuesday, May 21, Leaving HWCC at 11 a.m. Join us for lunch at Burton’s Grill, located in Westford’s new Cornerstone Square Shopping Center (near the new Market Basket). Burton’s prides itself on using only the freshest, most premium ingredients, never compromising commitment to quality. They make the best burgers! Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available. Cost of the van is $3 and everyone will pay for lunch on their own. Please call to sign up.

Playscape at Ripley Presentation and Discussion at COA Friday, May 24 at 1 p.m. The Playscape at Ripley is a nature park for all ages and abilities being built in Concord on town land in the historic East Quarter. It will be a unique, special spot that invites all to play, relax and interact with their environment. Its design will purposefully connect individuals of all abilities with nature, and encourage young and old to get outside! On May 24 representatives from the Playscape will show the acclaimed movie "Mother Nature's Child," at the COA. Afterward, Al Robichaud will lead a discussion about the benefits of outdoor activity for seniors and the role grandparents can play in connecting children to the natural world. Participants will be invited to share their input and suggestions. Please call to sign up. No fee.

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.

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.

Plan ahead! The library book sale on the lawn is June 1.

Concord Carlisle High School will dedicate a day of Community Service in honor of the late David Prifti, a former teacher at the High School on June 3. Several volunteers will plant the flower boxes and fix shrubs and bushes for the Summer months.

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 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 $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
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 Recreation.

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.

Betsy Levinson can be reached at

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