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Concord Currents, What’s happening in town this week

Posted by Laura Gomez  June 19, 2013 04:26 PM

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Ask the Selectmen Thursday, June 20 at 4 p.m. Selectmen Carmin Reiss and Alice Kaufman, have agreed to answer questions you may have on the role of the selectmen, as well as questions on hot topics the Town is currently facing. Reiss has been a practicing lawyer and professional mediator, and Kaufman is Operations Manager for the Environmental Protection Agency's Region I Office, professional backgrounds which no doubt have come in handy in their roles as selectmen. Please call to sign up.

An opportunity to celebrate the local Wild and Scenic Rivers at the 12th annual RiverFest is coming June 21 to 23. Enjoy the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord rivers at free events all weekend. More than 45 events in 10 communities are planned. From Hopkinton to Lowell, take in boat rides, bird watching walks, canoe trips and historical reenactments. The U.S. Congress designated 29 miles of the three rivers as part of the national Wild and Scenic River System in 1999. For a full schedule of events, click here.

Patriot Basketball Camp is June 24-28 at CCHS for boys entering grades 3-9. This is a great camp with great coaches and CCHS student athletes. Every year, the feedback from campers and parents about the program is overwhelmingly positive. Campers learn new basketball skills, improve their individual and team play, and have a great time! Call Concord Recreation or visit Concord Rec at 90 Stow St. in person and register. There are two sessions, first one next week and Session #2 on July 29-August 2. 
Aaron Joncas, CCHS Varsity Basketball Asst. Coach and David Cohen, CCHS Varsity Basketball Head Coach.

Make sure you vote in the upcoming special election for U.S. senator on Tuesday, June 25. Polls open at 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. The election is to replace John Kerry who became secretary of state. Rep. Ed Markey (D) is running against businessman Gabriel Gomez (R).

The Council on Aging’s Lunch Bunch is venturing to the Chateau Restaurant in Burlington on Tuesday, June 25, with a van leaving Harvey Wheeler at 11:15 a.m. Call 978 318 3020 to reserve a spot. Lunch is on your own. $3 van fee.

The joint Concord and Concord-Carlisle School committees are holding a rare 4 p.m. Open Meeting on Thursday, June 27. The meeting will be at the CCHS library, 500 Walden Street. Check for the agenda here.

Art Space News. COA artist, exhibiting through June 28, is Carol Keller. Carol lives in Winchester. Sun, sea, spruce trees and fishing towns are the themes of her artwork. Carol has exhibited nationally and is an artist member of the Cambridge and Concord Art Associations. Carol says that North Haven, an Island 12 miles off the coast of Maine, has been a major influence on her art. She enjoys the peace and quiet found on the islands, and the lack of commercialization. The island’s peace and naturalness, its beauty, and the desire to preserve this for the next generation all influence her art.

Shutterfly group at the COA. Our Shutterfly group will continue to meet once a month during the summer. Shutterfly makes it easy to enhance, share and store your digital photos. Classes will meet in the library here at the HWCC from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. one Tuesday a month. This class is open to all; but please do call to let us know that you will be coming so we can give instructor Bob Bratzler a head count. Upcoming Shutterfly classes will be held on the following dates: June 25, July 23, August 27, and September 24.

COA Cinema. June 21– Lincoln. Steven Spielberg's Lincoln chronicles the final four months in the life of the man regarded as America's greatest President. As the Civil War continues to rage, the President struggles with his roles as commander-in- chief of a country in chaos, and a man guided by his conscience to end slavery. Facing fierce opposition, he wages a battle of strategy, persuasion, and political muscle to build political consensus that will change history. The movie stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field. (Drama; 150 minutes, 2012; Rated PG-13)

It’s not too early to plan your summer evenings to include Summer Concerts on the Library Lawn: All concerts take place at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street. Bring blankets, chairs, bug spray and a picnic supper! The rain location for the series is the Emerson Umbrella Theater, 40 Stow Street, Concord. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library with additional help from the Emerson Umbrella (rain location).
1. The Series begins with Los Sugar Kings on Wed, July 10 at 7:00pm. The Cuban Ensemble creates music that blends salsa and merengue to create a danceable music.
2. Southern Rail will play on Wed, July 24 at 7:00pm. The members of the band will play both original and traditional bluegrass. This exuberant group will entertain with their music and their incredible wit.
3. The Boogaloo Swamis will play on Wed, August 7 at 7:00pm. The New Orleans music of the group combines Zydeco and Cajun pieces that will create a lively, foot tapping concert.

Looking ahead: Get in on the theatre excursion with Sudbury Senior Center Lake Winnipesaukee with Dream Girls theatrical performance Wednesday July 10 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Travel with Sudbury Senior Center to Lake Winnipesaukee. Enjoy a stroll on the shore and a picnic lunch of your own or from the snack bar. In the afternoon, enjoy Dream Girls, which won 6 Tony Awards in 1981. The glitzy costumes and catchy numbers will surely enthrall you. Cost is $52.50, including transportation. The coach will pick up in Concord for this trip. Checks payable to “Sudbury Senior Trips”, are due at the time of reservation – sorry, the cost is non-refundable. Reservations are being taken for both shows now!! Call 978- 318-3020 to reserve.

A Day at Tanglewood Sunday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. leaving from Concord.
Travel with the Berkshire Tour Company to beautiful Tanglewood in Stockbridge. Bring your own picnic lunch to eat on the grounds, and then enjoy a BSO concert in the Tanglewood Music Shed with a selection of works from Stravinsky, Haydn and Beethoven. After the concert, you will have dinner at the Appletree Inn in Stockbridge before returning to Concord. The cost of this trip is $115. The package includes dinner, a Tanglewood ticket inside shed (section 11-14), luxury motorcoach transportation, and all applicable taxes and gratuities. We need a minimum of 25 people to run this trip. Call 978- 318-3020 to reserve your spot. Checks, payable to the “Town of Concord”, are due at the time of reservation. Sorry, no refunds unless the trip is cancelled.

June 22 Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Go to Verrill Farm - 11 Wheeler Road to pick-your-own strawberries and enjoy strawberry shortcake; Hot dogs, hamburgers and other food served a la carte. Entertainment - Ben Rudnick & Friends. Giddy Up Ponies with pony rides. Hay rides. Dessert Contest: Free entry: Enter your best/favorite strawberry dessert 2 categories: Baked & Non Baked 2 groups: Adults & Children. 

It’s not too early to dust off your red, white and blues! July 4 Thursday, you’ll want to get the family to Emerson Field for Picnic in the Park starting at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. All are invited for the festivities that include all day music, food tables, and activities for all ages. Tethered balloon rides begin at 10am; the decorated bicycle parade takes place at 11:30am (children gather at 11:15am). Celtic and Cape Breton Music by Annalivia (11:45 am-1:00 pm); bluegrass music by Southern Rail (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm); concert music by the Concord Band (3:15 pm - 4:30pm). Activities for families will include field games (12:30 – 1:30), balloon twisting (1:00 – 3:00), the popular Fire Department 911 House, the Police Department radar toss, a demonstration by Concord’s K-9 police officer, Officer Sylvia Toumayan and her dog Charik (1:00 –1:30), juggling by Peter Panic Juggler (2:00 – 3:00) and, for teens, a henna artist will make temporary tattoos. In case of rain, the music will be moved indoors.

From July 10 -14, The Thoreau Society - 341 Virginia Road is holding its annual meeting. Events taking place throughout historic Concord as well as at the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods in Lincoln. You won't want to miss our Keynote Speaker, Robert D. Richardson Jr, who has written biographies on Henry D. Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and William James. Also included in this year's program will be a performance of Charles Ives' Concord Sonata in four movements: Emerson, Hawthorne, Alcotts and Thoreau, with highly acclaimed musicians Leslie Amper, Randy Hodgkinson, and special guest, Robert Honeysucker, who will sing Thoreau's favorite ballad, Tom Bowling. There a number of outdoor activities and several special events and film presentations as well as a public program for Sunday, July 14 at Walden Pond State Reservation, sponsored by the Friends of Walden Pond and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, with Thoreau Scholar Tom Blanding, who will speak on Thoreau and the perennial philosophy.

At the Concord Museum, there is a ground-breaking exhibition, “Early Spring: Henry Thoreau and Climate Change,” exploring 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 admission. The exhibit runs through Sept. 15.

First Root Farm in Concord is offering “farm bucks” to the public. The CSA organic farm at 955 Lexington Road is selling the “bucks” as an alternative to joining the community-supported agriculture program.

Farm bucks are sold in $5 increments, and for every $50 spent at the farm you get a free farm buck. Bucks can be redeemed at the farm stand stocked with fresh produce and flowers. See here for more information.

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.

Have you been noticing the roadwork along Route 2? All those trees and vegetation taken down? If you’re a regular commuter, of course you have because traffic backs up on the single-lane portion of the thoroughfare. 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.

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