Constance Reed “Connie” Wright
Artist and equestrian
Constance Reed “Connie” Wright, 99, formerly of Peter Hans Road, died peacefully August 7, at Hospice House in Auburn, Maine.
Connie was born October 10, 1919, to H. Chandler Reed and Lulu Foster Reed in West Boothbay Harbor, Maine. She had a heart attack at age 16 and missed a year of school. She attended Lewiston High School for a year on account of their short school day, which was less taxing to her health. Connie then graduated from Boothbay Harbor High School, Class of 1938.
Connie went to Mount Holyoke College for a year, then transferred to Cornell University, where she majored in hotel management. Her family owned and operated the Oake Grove Hotel in West Boothbay Harbor for many years.
At Cornell, she met J. Richard “Dick” Wright and they were married in July 1943. Their education was interrupted by the war. Dick was a geologist and was involved with oil exploration as part of the war effort, before going into the infantry in 1944.
Connie and Dick returned to Cornell after the war, graduating in 1948. Connie belonged to the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority at Cornell.
They built and ran Seawinds coffee shop in West Boothbay Harbor before moving to Connecticut in 1956. Connie lived in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Texas as Dick changed jobs or was transferred over the years until moving to Carlisle in 1966. She lived in Carlisle for 46 years and had many wonderful friends here. She raised her children here, explored and shared her passions of painting and horse riding, and kept an open and welcoming home, where a plethora of neighborhood children were always appreciated.
Connie was also an artist, commencing to paint and do pastels in 1965. She derived tremendous pleasure from painting and made many friends through art. She had a show at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library in 2012. Connie was a longtime member of the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society.
Connie was also an avid horseback rider and owned horses for more than 30 years. She took her last ride at the age of 95! She had many friends from that activity, too.
Connie made lifelong friends wherever she was—from Lewiston to Mount Holyoke to Cornell to Connecticut and Texas, as well as her old friends from Boothbay Harbor and Carlisle. She cherished her friendships and was not happy that she no longer had the energy for correspondence in her extreme old age. Aside from that, she enjoyed life right to the end.
Connie is survived by sons Kenneth of Gilsum, New Hampshire, and Chandler of Boothbay Harbor and Hanover, Maine, as well as seven grandsons and one granddaughter.
She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Dick Wright, sons David T. Wright and Stephen W. Wright, and granddaughter Lee Wright.
There will be a memorial service next June. Details will be announced at that time. ∆
Local residents featured in Art Show
|Joan Konuk with her painting “Homer.” (Photo by Sarah Hart)|
Joan Konuk of Davis Road and Nancy Roberts of Autumn Lane are both featured in the Concord Art Association’s 20th annual Frances N. Roddy Exhibition. The exhibit is juried by Josephine Halvorson, Professor of Art, Chair of Graduate Studies in Painting at Boston University.
Konuk’s 2018 painting “Homer” is a watercolor of a statue of Homer. Roberts’ 2018 photograph is titled “Before Surgery.”
The exhibit will run at the Concord Art Association on Lexington Road until October 18.
Local orchestra earns second place in competition
|The Carlisle Chamber Orchestra. (Courtesy photo)|
The Carlisle Chamber Orchestra has been selected as Second Place Winner in the Community Orchestra division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. The first place winner is Springfield/Drury (Missouri) Civic Orchestra and third winner is the Austin (Texas) Civic Orchestra.
The American Prize is the nation’s most comprehensive series of contests in the classical arts. It is unique in scope and is designed to evaluate, recognize and reward the best performers, ensembles and composers, attracting hundreds of qualified contestants from all 50 states.
The Carlisle Chamber Orchestra was formed in 2014 by Richard and Kathleen Chick of Suffolk Lane. They reasoned that a community ensemble composed of carefully vetted volunteers performing works accessible to the players and audience would achieve community acceptance and recognition. Furthermore, the successful establishment of a new classical ensemble and growth of a suitable audience in a town of under 6000 would not only serve the membership and community but would potentially foster the appreciation of classical music generally.
Now as the orchestra approaches its sixth season there is a continued increase in an enthusiastic audience attendance. There are many examples of “significant others” new to classical concerts and many on fixed income, attracted by the orchestra’s donation-based admissions. For more about this award-winning community ensemble visit www.CCOrch.org.
The Fall opener concert will be on Friday, November 1, at 8 p.m. at the Carlisle Congregational Church. This concert features the violin/viola duo, Anton Miller and Rita Porfiris from the Hartt Music School performing the Max Bruch Double Concerto, and the Sibelius Symphony No. 2.
Garden Club receives Civic Development Grant
The Carlisle Garden Club is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a $1,000 Civic and Historic Landscape Grant from the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts (GCFM). This grant will support the club’s project to upgrade plantings in the Carlisle Town Center rotary.
The Carlisle Garden Club has planted and maintained the rotary for over twenty years. At the current time, some plantings have become overgrown and could block sight lines, and others have become unhealthy due to age and a harsh, dry environment. After the town’s Complete Streets project to improve road safety is finished next summer, the Garden Club will begin to upgrade the rotary with small-sized cultivars, emphasizing native shrubs and perennials that are colorful and attractive in all seasons.
The Carlisle Garden Club was one of only two recipients out of 14 applicants. GCFM Grants Chair Leslie Frost noted the visibility of the site, the historic importance of the Civil War statue and the intent to involve the entire club and community in further fundraising were the key elements making the Carlisle proposal stand out.
A wine tasting event to benefit the rotary is being planned in conjunction with Ferns, at Center Park on Saturday, October 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. Please see carlislegardenclub.org for more information.
Eleven CCHS seniors earn academic recognition
The following CCHS students are National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists: Charles Crounse, Carson Detweiler, Sarah Hoover, Cynthia Li, Harriet Martin, Madeline Mueller, Olivia Mueller, Elizabeth Rennert, Maisie Spofford, Heather Szczesniak (Carlisle) and Lucas Wilbur.