Monday, December 3, 2012
This week’s library Author Talk features a book about a local suffragist; Louisa May Alcott has tea in Japan; and a local mom sees her son’s work lauded.
Good morning and welcome to the first full week of December – a month full of holiday cheer, unbridled present-buying, and copious nog. I have no doubt you’re all chomping at the bit to get out there and do your part to keep the economy moving. But first, a little bit on local going global. Jan Turnquist, the executive director over at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, recently had the opportunity to bring Louisa May and Little Women over to Japan. She spent three and a half weeks in several Japanese cities, including Concord’s sister city Nanae-Cho. Believe it or not, Little Women is very popular in Japan, and in fact is a huge favorite of Empress Michiko – so much so, that she and her husband actually visited Orchard House when they …
Monday, April 23, 2012
Come see great theater, sign your kid up to fish, and check out Decibels Foundation and the Concord Museum’s Annual Garden Tour.
Hello, friends, and welcome. For those of you who had the week off from school who decided to stay around, I hope you kept busy, taking advantage of all the cool things going on around town. There’s a lot coming up, so let’s jump in. Little Women March On Awhile back I told you about the Little Women Spring we’re having – well, the next event is the production of Little Women itself. It starts next Friday, April 27, and runs four times each weekend over the next three weekends: Friday and Saturday nights and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. It’s a show the Concord Players do every 10 years, in tribute to Concord’s own Louisa May Alcott, and their script, which hews closely to the book, is an original adaptation by local playwright David …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Rotary Club sponsors Spring Pops, auditions for summer Shakespeare are this weekend, and there’s another Little Women lecture next week.
Hello, people, and welcome to Thursday! Just one more day stands between you and the weekend – and if you’re Christian, Easter candy. I’ve got my chocolate bunny all picked out and ready to eat. Here’s my question: do you start with the ears or the tail? Oh, who cares, it’s all good. We’ve got a bunch of good stuff coming up here in town so let’s get started. First up is the Rotary Club of Concord’s 37th Annual Pops Night on April 13, featuring renowned jazz vocalist Amanda Carr along with our own Concord Band. Here’s what Roger Crane, writing for the International Review of Music, has to say about Carr: “She is a singer who deserves to be heard, a singer who revives the finest qualities of the jazz vocal art. In fact, if we lived in a …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Come hear Mark Leidner recite his poetry and check out other events.
Good morning and welcome to Thursday! We’re now two full days into spring, and I’m a happy girl! This mild weather makes me think this is what March should always be like – and what it’s like every year further south. Good news is if the fantastic weather has inspired you to spruce up the yard, you’re in luck because the composting site is now open on Saturdays from 9 to 3. I’m always surprised that, with all the raking I did last fall, it still needs to be done all over again come spring. So this weekend, once you’ve done your raking and you’re looking for a little respite, head over to the library for this month’s poetry reading. Mark Leidner’s poems are contemporary and accessible; he likes to inject a little humor into his poetry, so…
Thursday, March 1, 2012
The Concord Players kick off Little Women Spring with a Costume Parade.
Welcome to March! Yes, it’s the first day of March, the month that heralds spring. And if by some miracle it didn’t snow last night, it would mean only the third snowless February since the late 1800s, the other two being 1925 and 1937. But even if it DID snow, it’s supposed to get up to 50 degrees on Saturday, which means I don’t really have to shovel it because it will melt. Right? Please tell me I’m right. But today I want to talk about spring, specifically Little Women Spring. I’m sure you haven’t heard of this, because it’s unique to this year. A little background: you’re probably aware that Concord has a storied literary past, and that one of our more famous authors is Louisa May Alcott, the gal who lived at Orchard House and wrote …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Auditions for Little Women and a film series.
Good morning and welcome to Thursday! Before we get down to real business, I’d like to take a moment to wax rhapsodic about my sheets. Yes, my sheets. For a number of years now, I’ve had flannel sheets for the winter months – we like to keep the heat down at night – because it’s a little easier to slide into the warmer flannel than the cool cotton ones. But this year, I discovered fleece sheets, and I have to tell you, they are deliciously warm and lovely. Makes getting into bed on a cold winter night pure heaven. Only downside is it’s a little harder to get out of them in the morning. Even so, you really should check these out, particularly if, like me, you need some incentives to get through the winter months here in the northeast. Ok…
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
There was plenty to do in Concord this past weekend – did you get to any of it?
Last week I told you about a whole lot of holiday happenings here in town, and I’m happy to say I managed to check out a few of them. It helped me get into the holiday spirit, and jump-started my holiday shopping, so all in all it was a big success. But honestly, I expected nothing less. I started with the Holiday Book Sale at the library on Friday. I volunteered to help out – really, the best way to be in the know is to volunteer – and it was an eye-opening experience. First off, there was a line of people waiting to get into the book sale before it even opened. These were serious shoppers, some with empty bags waiting to be filled with excellent quality used books. The Friends of the library, who were in charge of this event, did a …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Lots of holiday stuff going on this weekend.
Hey, it’s the first day of December! A month filled with holiday happenings, friend gatherings, and eggnog. Of course, that also means holiday shopping, card sending, and food hangovers – dang, I think I’m already behind! I’m still coming off my Thanksgiving food coma, don’t have a picture for the holiday card, and haven’t gone up to the attic for the decorations. I think I may need a kickstart to get me into the spirit; luckily, there are a lot of great activities starting this weekend that will do just that. We kick off the season locally on Sunday, with the tree lighting in Concord Center at 5:15 p.m. I do love this event: walking up and down Main Street, visiting shops, eating cookies and sipping hot chocolate, imagining what I’ll do …
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Concord Players kick off 2011-2012 season with their annual meet-and-greet.
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players…” At least, that’s what Will Shakespeare said in his play As You Like It. And I think he was right. Only I would add that some people like to be front and center, while others prefer to hang at the back, and maybe even stay off the stage altogether. We have our own stage here in Concord — it’s at 51 Walden Street, and it’s the home of The Concord Players, our own theater troupe. Every fall, they open their season with the Fall Huddle. Not to be confused with a football huddle, but similar in that the team of people who are interested in putting on plays huddle up and hear all about the season. It’s this Sunday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m., and there will be food. And this season, …
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Theater troupe performs Alcott at historic Orchard House.
A group of performers from the Wellesley Players visited the historic Orchard House recently for some scenes from — of course — Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women." The troupe was in town giving a sample of their upcoming production, Little Women, the Musical, which will run from Oct. 7-9 and 14-16 at Arsenal Center for the Arts black box theater in Watertown. The players, featuring Jan Turnquist, entertained a local audience with their intimate performance, and photographer Frank Breen was on hand to capture all the fun.