Kicks for Cancer and The Mighty Moose are this weekend in Concord, MA

Many fundraising events are taking place this weekend in Concord, MA to support cancer research. If you have some time, please join!
Below is a brief description of how members of our community are
supporting cancer research.

The 13th Annual Lois Wells Memorial “Kicks for Cancer” event will
be held on Saturday, September 28, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. Please join us at CCHS on this exciting and meaningful day in support of women’s
cancer research.

Kicks for Cancer is this Saturday. Started in  20​07, Kicks for Cancer is played annually in support of all families who have been touched by this awful disease. All proceeds from the evening’s game will be
donated in memory of Lois Wells to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute to support women’s cancer research. Teams will wear pink or teal
uniforms to support breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

For the first three years of the event, only one game was played.
Starting in 2010, Kicks for Cancer expanded to 2 games. The
following year the event expanded again, featuring 6 games and now features 10 matches between some of the top high school soccer
teams in Massachusetts. The 2017 Kicks for Cancer event will see 7
recent state champion teams take the field.

“Kicks Weekend” now includes the Pink Dance (the all-school dance on Friday night led by CCHS students), the Saturday Sticks and Kicks for Cancer games (Field Hockey & Soccer), and the Mighty Moose 5K FunRun on Sunday. All three events during “Kicks Weekend” have
one goal – to raise money for ovarian cancer research. Total
donations from “Kicks Weekend” events will go directly to Dr. Kevin Elias’ lab at the Dana Farber Institute. Dr. Elias’ lab is developing a
groundbreaking new blood test for early detection and diagnosis of
ovarian cancer. This is on the forefront of ovarian cancer research
and we are all proud to contribute in support of this work.
Please plan to come out and be a part of Kicks for Cancer 2019!!!

Since it’s inception, Kicks for Cancer has raised $463,347.02 

2018 – $112,556.42
2017 – $62,642.30
2016 – $60,021.00
2015 – $46,940.00
2014 – $44,307.65
2013 – $33,409.01
2012 – $28,989.96
2011 – $28,273.27
2010 – $17,051.00
2009 – $10,124.25
2008 – $11,032.40
2007 – $8,000.00
The 2018 Kicks for Cancer raised $112,556.42

Turf 1 – UPPER Turf 2 – UPPER Field
9:30 AM Reading vs. Woburn (Boys) Newton South vs Westford (Boys)
11:45 PM Boston Latin vs Waltham (Boys) Acton-Boxborough vs Cambridge Rindge & Latin
2:00 PM Concord-Carlisle vs LS (Girls) Bedford vs Acton-Boxborough (Girls)
4:15 PM Concord-Carlisle vs LS (Boys) Bedford vs Wayland (Boys)

Lower Field – Stadium
9:00 AM Concord-Carlisle Field Hockey JV vs Lexington JV
10:30 AM Concord-Carlisle Field Hockey Varsity vs Lexington Varsity
12:30 PM Needham vs. Lexington (Boys)
2:45 PM Newton North vs. Brookline (Boys)

UPPER Grass Field
9:00 AM Concord-Carlisle v Lincoln-Sudbury JV Soccer (Girls)
11:15 AM Concord-Carlisle JV Soccer v Lincoln-Sudbury JV Soccer (Boys)
1:30 PM Weston vs Cambridge Rindge & Latin (Girls)
3:45 PM Burlington vs Wakefield (Boys)

Sunday is the Mighty Moose!

The Mighty Moose Fun Run/Walk is held in memory of Jenna Swaim, a loving mother and wife who lost her courageous four year battle
to ovarian cancer on July 3, 2018. She was 43 years old.  The name of the event is inspired by Jenna’s Alaskan roots, love for fun, and
strength! The event is part of the Kicks for Cancer weekend, which is the very successful Dana Farber fundraiser that Ray Pavilk and the
Concord Carlisle High School soccer team started several years ago.  

Together, we will continue Jenna‘s legacy and vision to raise crucial
funding for this cause on Sunday, September 29, 2019. Last year in
our first year, we were able to raise over $63,000 and had over 1,200 race registrants.  This year, our new goal is $150,000! All funds raised will support the ovarian cancer research of Dr. Kevin Elias of
Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Verrill Farm Hosts its 12th Annual Stone Soup Farm to Table Event in Concord MA

Verrill Farm hosted its 12 Annual Stone Soup Farm to Table Event this Sunday and Mother Nature was there to support it. It was a beautiful evening to spend time with friends while enjoying incredible food, music, and drinks. 

This event supports Concord agriculture and 100% of the “profits” are donated to the Concord Agricultural Committee to help keep farming alive and well in Concord. 

What’s unique about this event is the food is donated by the Concord farms and then prepared by the local chefs of your favorite restaurants.

Some highlights from this year’s menu include:

  • 80 Thoreau: Chilled corn soup with tomato jam and crispy ham
  • Adelita: Pollock ceviche with fresh cilantro and peppers
  • Concord Market: Salmon and Shrimp poke bowl with cucumber and radishes
  • Debra’s Natural Gourmet: Butternut hemp pesto delight
  • Fiorella’s: Roasted butternut soup with sage
  • Haute Coffee: Tomato gazpacho with corn, peppers, and onion
  • Papa Razzi: Braised duck with carrot and sage maltagliati
  • ReasonsTo Be Cheerful: Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Verrill Farm: Grass fed beef enchiladas wrapped in a white corn tortilla

The local farms participating include:

  • Barrett’s Mill Farm
  • Brigham Greenhouses
  • Hutchins Farm
  • Kenney Farm
  • Macone Farm
  • Marshall Farm
  • Saltbox Farm
  • Scimone Farm
  • Silfer Leaf Farm
  • Verrill Farm

Other participants of the event are The Concord Cheese Shop, Woods Hill Table, and Trail’s End Cafe.

This is an incredible community event that began in 2007. The idea was to celebrate “community, respect for the land, and gratitude for what it provides”. Plus the food is delicious and it’s a lot of fun catching up with neighbors on a Sunday afternoon.

If you missed it, mark your calendar for next year’s Stone Soup Farm to Table Event!

The Umbrella Arts Community Center is adding many “Things to Do” in Concord Ma!

The Umbrella had its grand reopening this weekend in Concord MA.  It was amazing. If you weren’t able to make it, you need to stop in. The building is beautiful and The Umbrella is offering amazing opportunities for our community to enjoy the arts! 

Here are some of the highlights from the Grand Reopening:

They had many activities throughout the afternoon. These included:

  • Open rehearsals of the upcoming theater performance 42nd Street
  • A woodworking and furniture making demonstration
  • Bollywood Dance: Don’t know what this is? Contact the Umbrella to find out!
  • A weaving workshop
  • A ceramics demonstration
  • Tours of the new classrooms and Makerspace

We were able to visit many of the studio artists. They were very welcoming and we loved looking at and hearing about their work. 

If you brought your children, there were activities for all ages related to The Umbrella’s current exhibit in conjunction with the National Park Service. The Gallery contained an exhibition of works by Nicholas Mancini, the 2018-2019 Umbrella Artist in Residence. We were able to meet Jess Muise, the curator of the exhibit and Visual Arts Manager. We visited the box office where we could purchase tickets to Greater Boston’s Newest Professional Theater The Umbrella Stage Company and the upcoming Lyle Lovett Concert. And on our way out, Reasons to be Cheerful was serving ice cream in an ice cream truck, courtesy of the Umbrella. Great way to top off a great afternoon!

The Umbrella has A LOT of upcoming events so keep reading Living Concord’s weekly email so you don’t miss any of them!

If you want to mark your calendar here are some highlights:

  • September 22: Artist Demo Nancy Winship Milliken
  • September 27: 42nd Street Opens
  • October 5: Family Drop-In Activity Day

And you can always Make a Night of It in Concord! The Umbrella would like you to make the most of your night out in the historic Concord Center Cultural District. Find special Dinner-and-a-Show and Hotel partner offers from Trail’s End Cafe, Adelita, Concord’s Colonial Inn, Best Western Concord, and more at