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Concord Currents: What's happening in town this week

Posted by  July 10, 2013 01:16 PM

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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).

Southern Rail Bluegrass Concert On the Lawn
July 24 Wednesday, 7:00pm

The talented musicians will entertain with their music and good natured humor. Bring a picnic dinner, bug spray and a blanket and enjoy the lively music. The rain location for this concert is the Emerson Umbrella Theater, 40 Stow Street, Concord.

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.

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.

Concord Sonata Piano Concert

On Friday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m., Charles Ives' Concord Sonata will be performed at First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Rd. The four movements - Emerson, Hawthorne, Alcotts and Thoreau – will be performed by concert pianists Leslie Amper and Randy Hodgkinson. Special guest, opera singer Robert Honeysucker, will also sing Tom Bowling, Thoreau’s favorite song. Concert tickets are $20, and can be purchased in advance or at the door.

This event is part of The Thoreau Society’s Annual Gathering, July 10 – 14, a multidisciplinary festival that explores ways in which Henry David Thoreau inspires creativity in the 21st century. For information on all of the events, please see To register for the Annual Gathering, please see For concert information, email or call 978-369-5310.

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.

Concord Players - on the front lawn of the Concord Free Public Library

July 13, 14, 20, 21 Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a one-hour version of one of Shakespeare's most magical play. Free admission.

Special Summer Fridays
Fridays at the Concord Museum

July 19 & Aug. 9 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m Celebrate summer at the Museum after-hours at Special Summer Fridays. Learn more about why Concord is one of the best places in the world to study climate change on a tour of Early Spring, or sit back, relax, and enjoy our Exploring Concord film. Meet local nature photographer Alice Wellington, whose images are featured in Early Spring; signed prints will be available for purchase. Light refreshments provided; cash bar. No reservations required.

The Old Manse - 269 Monument Street

Free concerts under the tent. Join us for live music under the tent at the Manse. It's a lovely way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon. Schedule below:

July 14: Roaring Jelly
July 21 : Steve Rapson and Hatrack Gallagher
July 28 : Dan and Faith Senie, John Ferullo, and Dan Tappan
Aug 4: Deborah and Giovani Rocha
Aug 11: Woody Guthrie ‘Bound for Glory’ Concert
Aug 17: Woody Guthrie Rain Date
Aug 18 : Mark Hastings

You’re invited to the COA Ice Cream Social!
Thursday, July 25 at 2:30 p.m.

Come join us on the patio at the HWCC for our annual Ice Cream Social. We will have plenty of ice cream and toppings to “Make your own Sundae.” A jazz band from Wayland High School will perform a variety of music including swing, ballads, and bebop. Thank you to the Concord Friends of the Aging for providing the delicious treats - this event is FREE OF CHARGE to Concord seniors. Please call to reserve a spot.

Don’t Miss the COA Summer Barbeque!
Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 5 p.m.

Join us for our annual summer barbeque at the HWCC on Wednesday, August 21st at 5:00 PM. As always there will be delicious food and wonderful entertainment. Just like last year, we will have the Concord Rotary Club grilling our hamburgers and hotdogs, and there will be salads and yummy desserts. We will also have a band on hand to spice up the evening. This event will cost just $5 (cash) per person due to the generosity of the Concord Friends of the Aging who will be picking up the rest of the tab. Please note that due to this event, lunch will not be served on Wednesday, August 21. A van will be available to take people to the barbeque in the evening. Please call to sign up.

Free Concord River Pontoon Boat Rides
Wednesdays, July 17, Aug. 14 and Sept. 11 2:30 p.m. to 3:30pm
Martha Rohan has generously offered to take Concord seniors on a scenic ride on the Concord River in her pontoon boat. Three rides are scheduled - one each in July, August and September. Each ride will take one hour and Martha will provide lemonade and a cookie to each senior. The meeting place is the South Bridge Boat House at 502 Main Street in Concord. Each boat ride is limited to 20 people each, so please call the COA to reserve your spot. There is no charge and the ride will be cancelled in the case of rain. Please note there will be no COA staff on these boat rides.

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.

Al fresco dining
Verrill Farm is hosting events during July that will delight the whole family. The tents are set for al fresco dining all summer - with breakfast, lunch and dinner on the menu for July! First up, the annual Blueberry Pancake Breakfast and Pie Eating Contest on Saturday, July 20 at 9 a.m; the Field to Fork Crop Dinner follows on July 30 at 6 p.m. and lunch is available every day of the month - just stop at the farm stand and pick up a sandwich or salad to enjoy under the tents!

Free Farm Tour and Cooking Demo, Saturday, July 27, 9 a.m.
Learn about farm grown crops from Steve Verrill on a tour
followed by a cooking demo at the stand featuring just picked produce.

From Field to Fork - A Summer Crop Dinner, Tuesday, July 30, 6 p.m.
Verrill Farm chefs prepare a buffet dinner inspired by just-picked crops, served outside under the tents. Acoustic Guitar by Enrique. $40 per person. Call 978 369 4494.

Painting inside the Umbrella

The Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts on Stow Street is putting out a call for volunteers to spruce up the interior of the former school building. According to Kathy Warren, manager of volunteers, there are a couple of projects that require painting. If you are interested, email her at ”Put on a scarf and painting clothes and join an Umbrella artist spruce up our kitchen for two hours of "Tom Sawyer" type fun,” said Warren. ”Volunteer for a two hour slot of your choice. Help us spruce up our wonderful arts center.”
When: Wednesday, July 17 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Thursday July 18 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Another project? Painting the halls and Black Box Theater entrance. ”Join our Director of Performing Arts, Brian Boruta, to prepare the space for our new Black box theater offerings. Brian is sure to make this fun,” noted Warren. When: Monday, July 22 thru Wednesday, 24 in two-hour time slots from 9:30 am to 5:30 p.m.

An extraordinary travel experience

Continuing the tradition of placing a Concord resident in sister-city Nanae, Japan, for a year-long cultural exchange between the two towns, David Shoup, a recent Tulane University graduate, has been selected as the next liaison, and will depart for Japan in late July.

“I am very excited to live and teach in Nanae this year, representing Concord and this great century-plus connection that these two towns have shared,” said Shoup in an email. He referred to the original contact between Concord and Nanae which was made by Concordian William Wheeler in the 19th century. Wheeler helped found Hokkaido University.

Nanae is on the island of Hokkaido. It is slightly larger than Concord with about 28,000 people. Shoup will be teaching English and maintaining communication between the two municipalities. He will work in the Nanae Office of International Relations at its city hall.

“I had the great fortune at Tulane University to be able to study abroad three times, and teaching English overseas is an incredible post-grad job to follow that up,” he said. “Nanae really peaked my interest because of the connection that it has shared with Concord beginning in 1876 when our own William Wheeler helped found Hokkaido University.”

He said he will have to learn Japanese, but he is “optimistic that I can bring much of the town and nation's culture to Nanae while learning a great deal about the people, language and traditions of Nanae and Japan.”

“I believe I'll be the first (representative) in Nanae with a New Orleans background in addition to many years in Concord, so hopefully I can bring a little Cajun cooking into the mix as well,” said Shoup.

The COA 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. Upcoming Shutterfly classes will be held on the following dates: July 23, Aug. 27, and Sept. 24.

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