What frog do you have?
Before you catch a frog for the frog jumping contest, make sure it is not an at-risk species.
Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife has listed the Northern Leopard Frog as “Population Decreasing.” This means the species is at risk of being listed as vulnerable, should the numbers grow smaller. There are plenty of Northern Green Frogs that frequent the Carlisle area, a species that is listed as “Population Stable.” To do your part, when catching a frog for the contest, know what species to look for, and let the Leopard Frogs, with their large spots, continue to have a chance to remain a part of the Massachusetts ecosystems.
Remember to release any frog you caught back to the same location you found it.
Summer Reading for adults
Book Bingo is for all ages at the Gleason Library this summer. Adults may pick up a Book Bingo Card at the library beginning Saturday, June 15, and start reading to fill in squares. Make “bingo” by Saturday, August 24, and you’ll be entered in the raffle to win gift certificates for local restaurants. Try out some new genres or settings while you’re on the beach, at the cabin, reading with children or grandchildren or catching up on your “to-read” pile.
Summer Reading for all ages is sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. For more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 or visit www.gleasonlibrary.org.
Old Home Day Weekend—June 21-23 Theme: “Sounds of Carlisle”
Old Home Day weekend returns to Carlisle starting Friday afternoon, June 21, at 4 p.m. with a Recreation Department family-friendly movie at the Carlisle School. At the First Religious Society that same evening, the Carlisle Cultural Council will sponsor a community sing-a-long at 6:30 p.m., followed by an Open Mic night where residents will be encouraged to showcase their performing talents; spoken or musical.
Starting early Saturday morning, there will be an explosion of OHD activities starting with road races and a free pancake breakfast starting at 8 a.m. at the Congregational Church. At 9:15 a.m., there will be some “speechifying” on the Common, and then Old Home Day scholarships will be awarded and several Carlisle citizens will be recognized for their outstanding service to the community. And now, a few details:
The 44th Old Home Day Road Races will be held June 22; 5 mile (check in: 6:15 a.m. – start 7:15 a.m.) & 1 mile (check in: 7:15 a.m. – start: 8:15 a.m.). Participants are strongly encouraged to register online in advance at http://www.lightboxreg.com/carlisle-5-mile_2019. Questions? See firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Great Parade will start Saturday morning at 10 a.m.. Entrants are encouraged to reflect this year’s theme, “Sounds of Carlisle.” A Grand Prize, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded based on best theme interpretation, originality, crowd response and other judging factors. Parade entries including all floats, horses and other critters, wagons, cars, trucks and walking groups should assemble in the school parking lot by 9 a.m. Access to the parking lot is only available from Church Street (by Green Cemetery) at its intersection with Bedford Road. All bicycles, scooters and other children’s entries should assemble in the Gleason Library parking lot at 9:45 a.m. Questions? Call Debbie Power or Bill Cooney at 978-369-0434.
The Art and Craft Show is scheduled Saturday 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Union Hall. Anyone may enter up to four pieces of original art or craft work. The entry fee is $1 per piece. Entries will be judged in categories of grades K-4, 5–8, 9–12, adult professional and adult nonprofessional. There will also be a Best in Show and a People’s Choice award. Artwork to be hung must be prepared with sturdy string, wire, hook or loop attached, and ready to hang. Deliver art or craft entries to Union Hall Friday (June 21) from 2 to 6 p.m. Pick up art work Saturday 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Artists and artisans of all ages, all levels of experience, all mediums of artistic pursuits and craftsmanship can be a part of this showcase of Carlisle creativity. During the show, music will be provided by a variety of students and adults who have offered to perform. If you would like to perform, or if you have any questions at all about the Art & Craft Show, email email@example.com, or call 978-287-0049.
The Dunk Tank, a perennial favorite, opens its doors, or tank, at 10:45 a.m. to about 1 p.m.
Cake Decorating contest. Attention Carlisle cake bakers. This year’s OHD theme is “Sounds of Carlisle.” Join in the fun. Bake a cake, decorate it and enter it in the OHD Cake Decorating Contest. Bring your cakes to the Union Hall basement Saturday morning, between 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. Decorated cake judging will begin at 11:30 a.m., and awards presented on the Common at 12:15 p.m. An apron will be awarded for a special, unusual, or best interpretation of the “Sounds of Carlisle” theme. Cakes will later carefully be transported to Town Hall to be awarded as prizes in the Cake Walk.
The Cake Walk and music start promptly at 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Town Hall. This is one of Old Home Day’s premier events, and needs your donated cakes to continue this fun tradition. Donated cakes may be brought either to Union Hall basement Saturday morning between 8:15 and 10:30 a.m., or from 2 to 5 p.m. at Town Hall. The more cakes you bring the more fun we have. So bring your folding chairs or blankets, and enjoy the show. In case of rain, the Cake Walk will be held in Union Hall. Questions? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling All Pie Bakers—Kids and Adults: The Old Home Day Pie Baking Contest needs you. Bakers of all ages are encouraged to get baking and bring your best efforts to the FRS basement between 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. Saturday. There’s room for everyone who loves to bake, with categories for junior and adult bakers. Gluten free pies are also welcome. After the judging, slices of pie will be available for a donation in the foyer of FRS. Besides the traditional ribbons, an apron will be awarded to the baker whose pie is most unusual, special or on theme. Questions? Contact: email@example.com.
The Country Fair is Carlisle Village’s “High Street.” It’s a great place for young entrepreneurs to showcase their wares, and for you to buy locally-produced honey, maple syrup or cotton candy. There are only a few booths still available. To reserve yours, visit: www.carlisleohd.org/country-fair for a space reservation form.
Friends of the Gleason Library Used Book Sale—10:45 a.m.- 12:45 p.m.: Gently used books for children for sale on the library lawn (indoors if there is rain). Proceeds benefit library activities.
At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, rocketry demonstration at Spalding Field.
The Ice Cream Social has moved to the FRS outdoor playground (former Red Balloon) area, Saturday starting at noon. Enjoy some ice cream while wandering over to the Town Common for Fun and Games, or visiting the Children’s Pet Show next to Carlisle Castle.
Firefighters Barbecue Dinner. Don’t miss the Chicken Barbecue at the Fire Station between 4-6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Spaces are limited—first come, first served.
Community Service Volunteers. Adult or student volunteers are needed for many Old Home Day Activities. Earn Community Service hours while helping this year’s OHD festivities. If you can help, sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c49aaaa2a1-2019. Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Old Home Day is funded entirely from tax deductable contributions from Carlisle residents. Help by sending your contribution to: Old Home Day, P.O. Box 54, Carlisle, MA 01741.
Ask A Nurse
The last Ask a Nurse session before the summer will be held on Monday, June 17, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. in the Nickles Room at Town Hall. You can meet Tricia McGean, Carlisle’s new Public Health Nurse, from Emerson Hospital Home Care. The sessions are not intended to diagnose or treat new illnesses. Ask a Nurse is funded by CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey and Winchester Hospitals. No appointment for these individual sessions is necessary.
Get ready for the Library Used Book Sale
The Friends of the Gleason Public Library will hold a Children’s Used Book Sale on Old Home Day, Saturday, June 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the library lawn.
In preparation for the sale, gently used books, suitable for infants through teens, can be dropped off at the Library on these dates: Wednesday, June 19, from 4 to 8 p.m.; Thursday, June 20, from noon to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.; Friday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Proceeds from this sale will help fund library programs.
Come paint outer space
Come enjoy Teen Painting 101: Painting Outer Space on Tuesday, June 18, at 4 p.m. This class is for grades 6–12.
Paint an outer space scene with step-by-step instructions from local painting instructor Sherry Hoffman! We will provide you with all the materials, and you will leave with a finished masterpiece. We will be painting on a round wooden pallet and using acrylics and brushes, as well as various surprise tools. Registration is required and can be done by visiting gleasonlibrary.org or calling 1-978-369-4898.
Cookbook Club at the Gleason Library
Welcome to long summer days, sharing food with friends and making the most of the season. This month we are visiting Scandinavia. Sign up online or call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and come discuss Scandinavian Comfort Food by Trine Hahnemann and Fika & Hygge by Bronte Aurell, on Tuesday, June 18, at 12 p.m. The books will be waiting for you at the circulation desk.
Confident cook or not, all are welcome. Let us know which finished dish you will bring by calling the library or emailing Emma at email@example.com.
This is the last Cookbook Club for a while, so make a note in your diaries to join them again in September when they will be debuting their new blog.
Cookbook Club is sponsored by Friends of the Gleason Public Library.
Democratic Town Committee, June 20
The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee (DTC) meetings are open to all. Several votes are scheduled including our recommendation for the open town registrar position.
Come on Thursday, June 20, to the Hollis Room of Gleason Library. The meeting at 7 p.m. is preceded by informal conversation at 6:40 p.m.
Visit their website which is being updated now: www.carlisledems.org. DTC is seeking new members but you can come to get educated or volunteer for something without being a member.
Come for a sunrise paddle
Celebrate the SuAsCo Wild and Scenic Riverfest with a sunrise paddle and birding along the Carlisle section of the Concord River and the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, June 23. Meet to sign in at 5:15 a.m. at the Bedford Boat Landing on Rt. 225 at the Carlisle/Bedford town line. Launch time is 5:30 a.m. A stop is scheduled half way through the trip at a casual riverside restaurant for a hearty breakfast and to compare notes. An optional stop at the protected Elliott Concord River Preserve is also planned near the end of the trip.
Bring your canoe or kayak, life preserver (PFD), weather-appropriate clothing for a 2-3-hour paddle, binoculars, money for breakfast, drinking water and nature guidebooks for identifying river edge birds, plants, insects, etc. In the case of inclement weather, a message will be available by calling 1-978-369-0336.
Carlisle Dance June 14
Come to the last dance of the season. Enjoy a welcoming potluck supper, followed by contra and square dancing, in Union Hall, First Religious Society, 27 School Street.
Supper begins at 6:30 p.m.; bring a dish to share. Dancing runs from 8 to 10 p.m. The dances are mostly traditional contra dances, along with an occasional square and a waltz to end. Lively music is provided by the Carlisle Band, with David Titus, Debby Knight, Beth Murray and many talented sit-ins. Dances are taught, and all are welcome. A $2 contribution is requested for the potluck, and the charge for the dance is $6.
Desperate need for pools
Since the 1960s, Carlisle Recreation has run a summer swim program using residential swimming pools in Carlisle for the purpose of teaching children to swim and be safe around the water. The Carlisle Swim Program is only possible when town residential pool owners donate the use of their pool to the program for one to six weeks in the summer.
This year the program will run from June 24–August 2. Generally, two to three pools are needed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. You will be added to the Town’s insurance for the duration of the time that your pool is in use.
If you have a pool that can be used for swim lessons or you have any additional questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRS Strawberry Festival, June 20
Come enjoy an evening of sociability and fine old-fashioned shortcake at the First Religious Society’s 66th annual Strawberry Festival, Thursday, June 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. The berries are local, the biscuits homemade and the cream freshly whipped. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for kids. All are invited—seniors, babes in arms, everyone in between. Rain or shine.
Want to practice your hulling skills with a friendly group? Come to Union Hall between about 9:15 and 11 a.m., Thursday morning. Just bring a small knife. There will be 170 quarts to prepare. Many hands make light work.
Farmers Market opens
The Carlisle Farmers Market will be back again this summer starting on June 15. Under the leadership of Clovis Haynes, the market will have fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, crafts, music and more. The website has been updated and information and application forms are available for download.
Now is the time to sign up to be a vendor, a musician or a volunteer at the market or to schedule your community group. Visit www.carlislefarmersmarket.org for all of the information and forms needed.
The Carlisle Farmers Market is held every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. until noon, beginning June 15 and running through October 12 this year, at the Kimball Farm Ice Cream parking lot at 343 Bedford Road (Route 225).
Be a Mosquito friend
Like what you’ve seen in The Mosquito? We could use your help. We are a non-profit paper and every contribution, no matter the size, helps. So please consider a donation to The Carlisle Mosquito Fund, 662A Bedford Road, Carlisle or online at www.carlislemosquito. org.
Double Sundae Sunday Saunter – June 23
On Sunday, June 23, the Trails Committee will lead a marathon walking and ice-cream-eating extravaganza starting 11 a.m. at the Carlisle School parking lot and returning to the school at around 4 p.m. Here is the schedule for those preferring to do only part of the seven-mile walk: 11 a.m.: Meet at Carlisle School parking lot. Walk to Kimball’s, buy ice cream, and eat it at leisure at a picnic table or on the grass. 11:45 a.m.: Walk 2. 8 miles to Great Brook Farm ice cream stand via Cutter’s Ridge, Heartbreak Ridge, and Pine Point Loop trails, arriving around 1:30. Buy ice cream and relax on the grassy hillside by the pond. 2 p.m.: Leave Great Brook and walk 3. 5 miles back to the Carlisle School parking lot via Fern Loop, Old Morse Road, and Conant Land trails. 4 p.m.: Return to Carlisle School parking lot. Spot a car or meet at Great Brook Farm to do only half the walk. Sunscreen, drinking water, trail lunch, and bug spray are recommended. For more information, contact Steve Tobin at email@example.com.
What's new at the Gleason Library?
Pre-reader Summer Reading Bingo! Saturday, June 15 – Saturday, August 24
For the first time ever, Gleason Library is launching a monthly book bingo exclusively for children Kindergarten-aged and younger. A unique bingo sheet will be available in June, July and August. Bingos will open on June 15, and all bingo prizes should be claimed by August 24. Limit one bingo per child per month.
Storytime Yoga with Annie Vigne (Ages 4-7): Tuesday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m.
In this storytime, children will retell stories through dramatic movement and playful yoga postures, and relaxing yoga breath is incorporated to calm the mind and body. Afterwards, all the kids will rceive a memento to take home. Space is limited to 12 registrants; register beforehand by calling the library at 978-369-4898 or via the library website.
Kick-Off Party: Thursday, June 27, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
Kick off summer at the library with some activities and games. Afterwards, make your way to the library lawn to watch the Hampstead Stage Company’s “Stories in the Stars” at 6 p.m. on the library lawn.
Soar through the stars in this compilation of Greek Myths. Travel the night sky and explore various constellations and legends about why they are in the sky. This show will follow the kickoff on the library lawn; in case of inclement weather, the show will be moved to the Corey Auditorium in Carlisle Public School. Registration for this show is required; call the library at 978-369-4898 or sign up on our website.
Drop-In Story Times: Fridays, June 28-August 2, 10:30 am, Ages 3+
Listen to some stories, and then do a fun craft. No storytime July 12.
Drop-In Family Movie Wednesday, July 3, 2019, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Can Emmet, Lucy, Batman, and their friends save Bricksburg and the rest of the LEGO universe from LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space? Find out at our drop-in family movie. Refreshments will be served, and all ages are welcome.
ScienceTellers: Aliens! Thursday, July 11, 2019, 7 – 8 p.m. (Union Hall at First Religious Society)
Don’t miss this action-packed and educational alien adventure using science experiments for special effects. It’s totally out of this world! Registration for this program is required; please sign up starting June 27 via our website or call the library at 1-978-369-4898.
Morning Music with Jeff Jam (Ages 0-4) Friday, July 12, 2019, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Union Hall at First Religious Society)
Jeff Jam is a friendly, goofy guy--as well as a certified Music Together® teacher--who brings songs and smiles to children everywhere with his acoustic guitar. Come for this interactive music show for kids aged from birth to four years old. Registration for this show is required; sign up starting June 27 via the website or call the library at 1-978-369-4898.