Good morning and welcome to Friday. Happy Birthday to my good friend Gari Palmer. Hope you and your family have a wonderful day today. You’re such a warm-hearted person, you deserve gobs of good things.
For the rest of us, there is lots of great live music on tap this weekend. Here is the lineup from the Colonial Inn, which by the way, is beautifully decorated for Christmas, so stop by and check out the festive decor. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m., in the Village Forge Tavern. Sunday entertainment begins at 7 p.m. There is no cover charge.
Tonight, Dec. 16, Phyllis Fallon with the Workingman's Band perform swinging jazz standards. Tomorrow, Saturday, Henri Smith with the Workingman's Jazz Band play New Orleans jazz rhythm and blues. Sunday, put aside your stage fright and share your musical talents with the world at the Acoustic Open Mic, which is hosted by Lexingtonian Ken Selcer.
Around the corner at Main Streets Market and Cafe, The Revolutionary Road performs blues, funk, R&B and contemporary pop tonight at 8 p.m. Tomorrow, tune into Soul Custody for a tasty blend of jazz, funk, Latin, and blues. Show starts at 8:30 p.m.
If you can make it to Main Streets on Saturday or Sunday morning, definitely stay for a steaming bowl of John McCann’s Irish Steel Cut oatmeal. OMG, OMG, OMG is this delicious, especially when you add craizins, walnuts and steamed milk! Amy, my weekend walking partner/therapist, and I have treated ourselves to a serving of this scrumptious, hearty and heavenly concoction. It’s the perfect reward for getting yourself up and out the door in the chilly temps of the early morning.
Amahl and the Night Visitors
If you’re in the mood for musical holiday entertainment, don’t forget that Amahl and the Night Visitors, the opera by Gian Carlo Menotti, is being performed Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m., at 51 Walden. Alan Yost conducts. Musical direction is by Robin Farnsley and stage direction by Robert Runck. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students. Call 978 369-7911 or buy on-line.
A Christmas Carol Connection
Regular readers know I love to find local connections with Concord and the rest of the World. Tomorrow, Dec. 17 is the anniversary of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” one of my all time favorite stories, holiday and otherwise. The novella was published in London in 1843, but Dickens’ public reading was held in Boston in early December 1867. Two days before, on Nov. 30, the renowned British author practiced for the event with The Saturday Club, an all-male society of Boston writers and intellects. Guess who was in the audience? Our very own Ralph Waldo Emerson!
Remembering another wonderful Concordian
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Joe Fasano this week. I did not know Joe well, but I knew him well enough to know he was probably one of the happiest people in town. Always smiling and joking around and shining a bright light on even the most mundane situations. I always felt Joe’s presence was a gift. You may read his obituary here
Shift your shopping
As promised, I continue to post the top 10 reasons we need to frequent our local merchants, collectively known as the Concord Indies. Here is reason 7.
7. Public Benefits and Costs
Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services compared to big box stores and strip shopping malls.
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
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