Emerson Hospital: Anchor Down

Behavioral Health concerns are at an all-time high in our communities.  Many Behavioral Health patients will be treated in Emerson Hospital’s emergency department  or, in the case of adult patients, the specialty floor. The Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital would normally support the needs of the Behavioral Health Department at Emerson Hospital by holding our annual fundraiser, EmerSong.  Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, we could not plan this event.  In its stead, we have produced Anchor Down – a campaign of videos and a website that will educate, inform and raise funds for specific needs within Behavioral Health at Emerson Hospital.

The Auxiliary’s flagship behavioral health fundraiser, EmerSong, was cancelled this year due to COVID-19. Yet we are proud to announce Anchor Down, our fundraising appeal designed to continue this vital mission of supporting mental health services — at a time when our community needs it most. We encourage you to watch these videos produced exclusively for the Auxiliary.

Our goal for this campaign is two-fold: first to raise funds to support those in our community struggling with mental health; and second to share with you a global view of the state of mental health services in Massachusetts, particularly the pandemic’s impact on it, and Emerson Hospital’s role in this crisis.

Join the Auxiliary, contribute to Anchor Down, and learn how your donations can fill the gaps to support inpatient and emergency Behavioral Health care.

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*Save the Date – EmerSong 2022 will be Saturday, March 19 at 51 Walden in Concord Center.


Wacky Wednesday: Artinian Jewelry

It is handcrafted by their goldsmith, Michael Artinian “bring your ideas in to us to make your dream a reality!”

Our specialty is creating original designs. Our creative process and know-how make it possible for us to visualize a customer’s dream, design it and make it come to life. Gary and his employees are known by customers for their patience, understanding and unmatched attention to detail.



Wacky Wednesday: Concord Bookshop has a fabulous selection for your summer reading!

Founded in 1940, the Concord Bookshop is your local resource for the best in books – including digital download audiobooks and e-books.

Our staff are enthusiastic readers with a wide range of interests. If you need suggestions for gift books, great vacation reads, or your book group’s next selection, ask us – or take a look at our staff picks and weekly bestsellers.

We’re open seven days a week – come in and browse the shelves, or order via phone or our 24/7 website. We offer in-store or curbside pick-up, and ship via USPS or UPS.

Dreaming of traveling again? The Bookshop has a wide selection of travel books, map & guides

You can also follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Looking for a great hostess gift or rainy day activity? Check out the wide selection of puzzles…

The Concord Bookshop has something for everyone – stop by, you’ll love this wonderful independent bookshop!

And please sign up for our weekly newsletter which highlights a handful of new books, upcoming events, and additions to our Signed Books Gallery.


Have a Ball this summer!

CCHS Varsity Basketball Coach David Cohen and the CCHS Boys Basketball Coaching Staff are back to run 3 weeks of Patriot Hoop Clinics this summer at CCHS. The first week starts next Monday, June 21st and there are openings available for boys entering grades 2-5. Patriot Hoop Clinics is in its 12th year and campers learn a ton about the game, have lots of fun and enjoy being around the Varsity team, which serve as junior counselors. Sign up today at patriothoopclinics.com!


Camps Overview:

High School Boys’ Summer Clinics

Who: Boys who will be entering the 8th – 12th grades in the (Fall of 2021)

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 15th – July 29th

Where: Concord and Wakefield Locations

Time: Concord: 5:00 – 7:00 pm

           Wakefield: 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Cost: $340.00

Week Long Boys’ Summer Camps:

Who: Boys who will be entering the 1st–10th grades (Fall of 2021)

When: Monday – Friday, August 2nd – August 6th

Time: 9-12:00 pm for 1st- 2nd, 9-3:00 pm for 3rd-10th Graders

Cost: $425; $250 for 1-2 grade half day program

Location : Concord-Carlisle High School

Week Long Girls’ Summer Camps:

Who: Girls who will be entering the 1st–10th grades (Fall of 2021)

When: Monday – Friday, August 2nd – August 6th

Time: 9-12:00 pm for 1st- 2nd, 9-3:00 pm for 3rd-10th Graders

Cost: $425; $250 for 1-2 grade half day program

Location : Concord-Carlisle High School

Led by the CCHS Varsity Girl’s Coach Peter Fischelis

High School Boys Preseason Academy:

Who: Boys who will be entering the 9th – 12th grades in the (Fall of 2021)

When: Monday – Thursday, August 9th – August 12th

Where: Concord and Wakefield Locations

Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Cost: $160.00

High School Girls Preseason Academy:

Who: Girls who will be entering the 9th – 12th grades in the (Fall of 2021)

When: Monday – Thursday, August 16th – August 19th

Where: Concord-Carlisle Regional High School

Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Cost: $160.00

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2021 Patriots Youth Football Fundamentals Clinic. The clinic runs from Monday, July 12-14, 8:45-11:45 a.m, and is for boys & girls entering grades 3-8.

The clinic is a non-padded, non-contact clinic focused on the instruction of the basic skills and strategies of football. Kids interested in Flag Football and/or Tackle Football will gain tremendous confidence by acquiring and building skills in a positive, supportive environment. Learning, improving, and having FUN are the primary goals of the Clinic! The cost is $125 and includes a clinic t-shirt and is held on Memorial Field at CCHS. We will comply with state and local Covid guidelines. Participants will be sent a list of protocols once we have more clarity this summer.

Please register at www.ccyouthfootball.com Click on the green login button on the top right of the home page and follow registration instructions.

For any questions about the clinic format/expectations, contact Coach Reed at jreed@concordcarlisle.org or (207) 337-1393.

The Concord Carlisle High School Field Hockey team is excited to announce the Summer Pre-Season Clinic for players entering grades 6-9.

The clinic will run August 18th, 19th and 20th, from 8:30am-12:30pm, on CCHS Turf 1. The clinic is $150.00 and the proceeds support the CCHS Field Hockey teams and coaches.

We are optimistic we will be able to run a larger camp this summer, but if numbers need to be limited, spots will be allocated on a first come basis, so please register early!

Registration for Pre-Season Clinic!

Concord Solstice!

Shop at least 10 Concord businesses either in person or on-line between June 21 – August 20th and you could win a weekly prize or the grand prize!

Visit shops & restaurants you haven’t been to & see all that Concord has to offer!

Weekly prizes! Gift cards to local spots like Comella’s & Thistle Hill!

Let the retailer know at check out that you would like  to enter the Concord Solstice.  Passports to be stamped in stores you visit (boards available in each store).

Wacky Wednesday: Reflections special – 10% off sandals & dresses this week

So much to celebrate  – time to get dressed up again!

No better spot than Reflections for a festive dress or cute pair of sandals. They have an extensive collection of designer clothes, shoes and accessories.

Great news – if you purchase a pair of sandals or a dress this week, you’ll receive 10% off that item!



Concord Museum presents Outdoor Film Screening “Summer Under the Stars Film Series: Women in History””

As part of the exhibition Every Path Laid Open: Women of Concord and the Quest for Equality the Concord Museum is hosting a three part film series Summer Under the Stars: Women in History starting on Thursday, June 10, 2021. The movies made by and about women, will address historical and contemporary issues of women’s rights, reform, and activism –

celebrating female heroes – the fictional, historical, and super!



On Thursday, June 10th the film series kicks-off with the 2019 film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel, Little Women. On the eve of Juneteenth, to celebrate and to continue the conversation raised by Harriet Tubman’s heroic efforts to free enslaved people through the Underground Railroad, the Museum will host Harriet, Thursday, June 17, 2021.


The heroes of Concord turn super with the screening of Captain Marvel on Thursday, August 19th the first female-led superhero movie to gross over $1 billion, and the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film led by a female superhero.


Concord Museum’s Summer Under the Stars movies will be held on the Museum’s lawn from 8:15 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. All of the movies are free with a suggested donation. Advanced registration is required www.concordmuseum.org 


All of the movies are in partnership with The Robbins House, Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, and The Umbrella Arts Center.


Summer Under the Stars is supported by Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area.

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Celebrates its Day of Giving!

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest was thrilled to host its annual Day of Giving event in person on June 3rd, outdoors at Verrill Farm. Nearly 100 Community Chest Board Members, recipient organizations, business supporters, donors, and community members attended the event where $488,393 in grants were awarded to 25 local organizations that serve Concord and Carlisle residents.

PHOTOS: Kate Eden Renyi Photography


Grant recipients for 2021 include: Carlisle Council on Aging, CCHS – Partners in Rhyme, Center for Parents and Teachers, Concord Area Preschool Association, Concord Children’s Center, Concord Council on Aging, Concord Prison Outreach, Concord Youth Theater, Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education, Cooperative Elder Services, The Decibels Foundation, Dignity in Asylum, Domestic Violence Services Network, Eliot Community Human Services, Gaining Ground, First Connections, Mass211, MetroWest Legal Services, Minute Man Arc for Human Services, Minuteman Senior Services, Nashoba Learning Group, The Nature Connection, Open Table,ThinkGive, Town of Concord Recreation Department.

In addition to grants to local nonprofit organizations, the Community Chest impacts the community through targeted funding opportunities such as their Camp Scholarship Fund, which is helping 18 children attend camp in 2021 with over $3,100 in scholarships; the When-In-Need Fund which distributed more than $15,000 in support for emergency needs such as rent, car repairs, and utility bills this year; and the Cornerstone Fund which established a Scholarship in collaboration with the Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle and awarded its inaugural $5,000 scholarship to a graduating CCHS student.


This past year also provided the Community Chest a unique opportunity to support the local business community by joining the efforts of Concord Together and establishing The Concord Together Business Fund to offset the costs incurred by the COVID pandemic. Through this short term fund the Chest provided 53 grants totaling $259,000 to local businesses.

The Community Chest was honored to celebrate its business donors at this event including longtime supporters Cambridge Savings Bank, Cambridge Trust Company, Middlesex Savings Bank, and Verrill Farm, as well as its newest business supporter, Suzanne & Company.

For more information about the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest, visit www.cccommunitychest.org.

PHOTOS: Kate Eden Renyi Photography

Wacky Wednesday Concord Toy Box 20% off Science Kits this week!

Have an aspiring scientist in your family or on your gift list?

The Concord Toy Box Science kits will inspire anyone to tap into their inner scientist! Stop June 9-12 and pick up a science kit or two, receive 20% off each kit when mentioning “Wacky Wednesday”!

Concord Art Presents Nature Redux, Exhibition on View June 17 through July 18, 2021

Concord, MA, May 14, 2021-


A new art exhibition is opening at Concord Art this month!


This exhibition in the Members Gallery features paintings by Marcia Crumley and Jane Henry Parsons, two artists with unique and colorful visions who present the natural world in ways that surprise and delight.


These two painters work primarily in different media (Jane in oils and cold wax, Marcia in acrylics and encaustics) but they share a love of color, layers and texture. In collaborating on this show, the artists created pairings of their works that clearly reveal their common love of nature, while also sparking a playful dialogue between the paintings.


Originally scheduled for May of 2020, this show was rescheduled due to COVID-19. The works in the 2021 exhibit are, however, all new, and reflect changes in both artists’ work during the pandemic. Like many artists, they responded to the pandemic, and related social isolation, by experimenting with new media and dimensions.


For Jane, the pandemic led her to incorporate more cold wax and texture into her pieces. The expanded studio time allowed for much experimentation with new tools and techniques. Each piece reflects some aspect of this. During much of the pandemic, Marcia shifted her focus to developing a series of smaller works in encaustics (essentially, painting with molten wax). She was drawn to encaustics because she found solace in the meditative processes of waiting for the wax to melt, slowly building up layer upon layer of paint, fusing the layers together with a blowtorch, and then carving into and scraping away differing layers.


For both artists, the resulting body of work was rich in color, depth, and texture. They did not coordinate the subject matters or palettes in advance, but later selected dynamic pairings and combinations of paintings that clearly complement one another.




Nature Redux
Paintings by Marcia Crumley and Jane Parsons June 17 through July 18, 2021


Concord Art
37 Lexington Road, Concord, MA 01742
11am – 4pm, Tuesday – Saturday; 12PM – 4PM Sunday


About The Artists:


Marcia Crumley’s art has been featured in publications including Art New England, The Boston Globe, Tourist & Town, and Maine Home + Design. Marcia was named one of “five standout artists to keep your eye on” by Maine Home + Design in September of 2017 and one of Maine’s “most collectible artists” in artmaine’s 2019 annual art guide. Her art is represented by Interiology Design Co. in Watertown, MA and the Candita Clayton Gallery in New London, NH.


Jane Henry Parsons began her painting career after working in Graphic design for 20 years. Her love of color, pattern, texture and unexpected composition translated into painting with oils, and she has never looked back. Her work has been shown in many galleries and is collected throughout the United States. Jane is represented at Powers Gallery, 144 Great Road (Rt. 2A), Acton, MA. She also has six paintings in Gallery Twist, show titled “Looking Up”, June 11-July 4, 1963 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA.