Spring into West Concord Junction Day!

 

West Concord businesses will be holding sidewalk sales, specials, a plant sale, food tastings, face painting, art activities, all sorts of happenings that will highlight our Village. Come join us for the Scavenger Hunt – find all of the flowers in the storefront windows, submit your entry sheet with the corresponding numbers, and possibly win one of many, many raffle prizes offered by the many businesses in the village. Enjoy the unveiling of the Fowler Garden of Verses mural as well at the mural being installed onto the outside wall of the Open Table on Beharrell St. (opposite the West Concord Post Office/Brookside Apartments)

TheWC Green Thumbs will be holding a PLANT SALE from 9am-4pm in the parking lot at A NEW LEAF – 74 Commonwealth Ave. Lots and lots of perennials, herbs, annuals, pollinators, and other plants will be available for reasonable prices. Come by and help support our group and our gardening efforts in the Village of West Concord – at Junction Park, Mandrioli Park, Crest Street, Fowler Library, and the Kenny Dunn Memorial Park gardens.
Participate in the Village-wide Scavenger Hunt and win a gift certificate to our supporting farms – Cucurbit Farm, Marshall Farm, and Scimone Farm! Lots of fun sidewalk sales.

Barefoot Books is hosting an event, in coordination with Spring into West Concord Day, this Saturday, 5/21 from 10-3pm!

 

Emerson Hospital 5k Run~Walk for Cancer Care – What does Care mean?

Providing compassionate CARE until there is a CURE

YOU MAKE THE DIFFERENCE. Your participation and support make this possible.

What does Cancer CARE mean to the Run~Walk?

Funding from this 5k provides CARE for our cancer patients in so many ways – financial, therapeutic, connection, nourishment, medical.

So many things in life can cause stress in our lives  – from daily tasks to responsibilities we each have. Sadly, if a person gets a cancer diagnosis, many of those everyday sources of stress don’t go away – they sometimes become all the more stressful or overwhelming.

One of the first things a patient is advised to do is eliminate as much stress as possible so he/she can focus on getting the care they need.

That’s where the Emerson Hospital 5k Run~Walk for Cancer Care can help. The funds raised from this event go to help patients with childcare, transportation to / from appointments, assistance in paying expenses, nutritional support, support groups and social connections & therapeutic support. This way, the patient can focus on what on what they need to do get healthy.

 

       

 

“I am very grateful that my chemotherapy was at the Naka infusion center. The nurses and administrators worked around all the challenges COVID ignited to provide expert, seamless, loving care at every step of my chemotherapy.  To have the expertise of MGH Cancer Center available so close to home makes a huge difference during cancer treatment because traveling is difficult and you often need to return to the center for additional treatment at very short notice.  They saved me from numerous trips to the Emergency Room and made the whole experience of chemotherapy as pleasant as possible.”

M. Cobb, Concord Resident

 

This year’s event is a hybrid event so provides you the opportunity to be involved even if you can’t make it in person on May 7th!

You choose – walk or run in person on Saturday, May 7th at Nara Park or participate in the Virtual event May 1-15, when you want & where you want!

Register today!

 

 

Shop & Support the Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle!

Shop and Support The Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle on April 29th and 30th!

 

Mark your calendars and make plans to shop and dine locally on April 29th and 30th. With Mother’s Day and graduations approaching, this will be the perfect time to support our local businesses and The Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle.

The fourth annual Shop & Support is a weekend of local shopping and dining promoted by The Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle, the largest source of need-based scholarships for students educated in Concord and Carlisle.

On April 39th and 30th, look for the for the maroon, white and silver ribbons adorning participating businesses throughout Concord. These businesses support The Scholarship Fund. Your support of these businesses will strengthen them and help students in our community achieve their dreams of post-secondary education.

 

 

Plan to shop at these businesses & check them out on Instagram!

Albright Art Supply @albrightartsupply

Artisan’s Way @artisansway

Barrow Bookstore @barrowbookstore

Belle on Heels @belle_on_heels

Brine Sporting Goods @brinesportinggoods

The Cheese Shop @concordcheese

Comina @comina.inc

The Concord Bookshop @concordbookshop

Concord Firefly @concord_firefly33

Concord Flower Shop @concordflowers

Concord Optical @concordoptical

Concord Outfitters @concordoutfitters

Concord Teacakes @concordteacakes

The Concord Toy Box #theconcordtoybox

Debra’s Natural Gourmet @debrasnaturalgourmet

Dunkin’

Fairbank & Perry Goldsmiths @fairbankandperry

Fiorella’s @fiorellascucina

Frame-ables @frameables

Grasshopper Shop of Concord @grasshopperconcord

Graem Nuts and Chocolate @graemroasters

JMcLaughlin @jmclaughlin

juju @jujuconcord

Loveday @lovedaylifestyle

Nesting @nestingconcord

Nosh by Concord Market

Patina Green @patinagreenshop

Sara Campbell @saracampbellltd

Reasons to be Cheerful @cheerfulreasons

Revolutionary Concord @revolutionaryconcord

Vanderhoof Hardware @vanderhoof_hardware_co

West Concord Wine & Spirits @westconcordwine

 

Since 1966, The Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle has supported more than 1,400 students from the Concord and Carlisle communities. For more information on The Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle, please visit our website: www.thescholarshipfundofcc.org

 

Emerson 5K Run~Walk: The GOOD you can do when you take 7,500 steps towards helping with care for cancer patients

Did you know that 5K is just 7,500 steps or 3.1 miles?

Did you know you can get your steps in, get some fresh air, be a part of the community and give to a great cause all by registering for the Emerson Hospital 5k Run~Walk for Cancer Care?

 

THERE ARE 3 GREAT WAYS TO BE INVOLVED THIS YEAR

1. Participate in the Run~Walk Virtually or In-Person!

Register Now! 

2. Ask your friends, family, relatives, and co-workers to sponsor you. Start a fundraiser on your own or as a team!

Start Your Fundraiser Today! 

3. Donate TODAY!

Find and Donate to a 5k Fundraiser! 

 

You Choose How You Complete the Run~Walk:

Virtually or In-Person

5k Run~Walk for Cancer Care In-Person at the timed event on Saturday, May 7 at 8:00 AM at NARA Park, Acton

It’s been years since we’ve celebrated a Run~Walk together. Join us as we welcome you back to NARA Park and enjoy a post-race breakfast courtesy of Tribute Sponsor and locally-owned Blackbird Cafe. Meet other participants and mingle with our generous sponsors.

8:00 AM – Registration Opens

9:00 AM – Kids Fun Run (1 Mile)

9:30 AM – 5k Run~Walk

10:00 AM – Family Fun (Food & Music)

10:30 AM – Awards Presentation

 

Can’t make it in person on May 7th? No problem – this years Emerson Run~Walk is a hybrid event which means you can run or walk the 5K any time between May 1-15, where you want and even with your dogs!

  

 

Register your dogs to do Virtual Run~Walk so they, too, can be a part of giving back!

 

  

5k Run~Walk for Cancer Care Virtual Event runs May 1-15, 2022

Run~Walk your 5k anytime, anywhere you choose between May 1 and May 15! This is your chance to schedule your fitness around your time and the weather!

By participating in the Run~Walk, you help patients receiving compassionate care until there is a cure.

Acupuncture Therapy * Massage Therapy * Educational Resources * Nutritional Strategies * Coping Support Groups * Transportation Services * Financial Assistance and More

Learn about “Concord for Ukraine” Group

Concord for Ukraine is a group of concerned Concord citizens who have come together to raise money and provide medical equipment to those on the frontlines in Ukraine through a Boston-based organization called Ukraine Forward.

Every One Needed.  Together – we can make a difference.

It’s simple: Citizens purchase medical supplies through a carefully cultivated and monitored Amazon WishList. The supplies are collected at Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church in Jamaica Plain where packages are boxed and shipped via Air Poland for distribution by Ukrainian volunteer university students in Kyiv. Already this organization has supplied nearly $400,000 in needed medical supplies directly to Ukrainian soldiers and citizen fighters. This war is devastating and senseless. We hope you will join us in this effort.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Ukrainian Egg Decorating

Saturday, April 9: 10-1

The Umbrella Arts Center

40 Stow St – Room 224

Free – all materials provided

Donations to UkraineForward most welcome

Attendance limited to first 25 who register (must be over 15 years)

Masks Required

To Register: Click Here

This event is being offered by Sonia Kowal (daughter of Concord residents Irene and Igor) and sponsored by The Umbrella Arts Center to promote the new community initiative – Concord for Ukraine –  providing medical equipment to Ukrainians on the frontlines through the Boston-based volunteer organization Ukraine Forward.  Ms. Kowal has conducted pysanky workshops at Boston Adult Education Center and Boston College.

A pysanka is a Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist method. The word pysanka comes from the verb pysaty, “to write” or “to inscribe,” as the designs are not painted on, but written (inscribed) with beeswax.

OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT:

RSVP through this form so we know we have your support and can get you the materials to…

Post this Flier

Plant this Sign

 

Together – we can make a difference! It takes a village – our village.

 

 

 

 

Concord Businesses offering special meals & sales to benefit Ukraine

Nesting selling hand made pins (made by Concord resident, Carol Wipper) and sunflower seed packets to support Sunflower of Peace and World Central Kitchen.

Carol Wipper is also making bracelets, t shirts, & stickers which are also for sale at Nesting – 44 Main Street, Concord (owned by Wendi Snider.) These items sell out every week and Carol is trying to keep up with the demand ! Visit Nesting soon to pick up some of these items.

 

 

The Concord Flower Shop is selling Bows for Ukraine, $5. The money raised will be donated to an organization helping Ukranians / Ukraine.

 

Verrill Farm is offering Chicken Kyiv to Support Ukraine. From March 18th-31st Verrill Farm will be donating all sales of our Chicken Kyiv to the Children’s Emergency Fund with Save The Children to assist with their humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. Chicken Kyiv is a boneless breast of chicken stuffed with a fragrant garlic herb butter and accompanied by creamed spinach and egg noodles. All online orders will also include a bag of Ukrainian flag sugar cookies. This special will be available for pickup from 3/18-3/31 and also in the prepared foods case.

 

 

During the week of March 14 – March 21, Tina Labadini Designs donated 100% of profits from website sales to Church of Evangelical Christians in Lviv Ukraine. Read more  about details of their efforts.

Saltbox Kitchen cooked up a special Ukranian dish called “Holubtsi” which is  stuffed cabbage filled with rice, beef and warm spices and braised in tomato sauce. 100% of the sales of this dish will be matched by SaltBox Kitchen and sent to humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.

 

Thistle Hill is hosted a bedding mini warehouse sale, 100% of proceeds will be donated directly to World Central Kitchen & International Fund for Animal Welfare as well as shelters on the ground in Poland and Ukraine.  In addition to wide range of of linens, there will also be a few racks of clothing – tops, jeans, sweaters, coats and housewares.

 

 

 

Stay tuned for more news next week on what other local businesses are doing to help Ukraine!

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February STAYcation Ideas

Staying home for February Vacation?

Here are a few ideas of fun things to do and see during the week:

 

February Vacation Family & Children’s Walking Tour of Concord

Concord 101 Walking Tour This engaging 45 minute walking tour is designed to make the history of Downtown Concord come alive for elementary-aged children. Learn about everything from the indigenous people who populated Concord to a notorious bank robbery on the Milldam.

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The Old Manse transforms after dark. This winter, visit the Old Manse for a special candle-lit tour at twilight!

Wander the halls and explore the chambers of the Old Manse lit by candles and the setting sun.

Saturday, February 19th, 5-5:45pm

 

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A Visit with President Lincoln!

The Museum is pleased to again host Steve Wood and his amazing performance as Abraham Lincoln. Wood’s first-person historical interpretation, “A Visit with Abraham Lincoln,” includes stories of Lincoln’s early life, campaign debates, the Civil War, and concludes with a stirring reading of the Gettysburg Address. Accompanying President Lincoln’s visit, families can participate in a President’s Day craft to learn about how we celebrate and remember past leaders. Included with admission. Reserve tickets here. Monday, February 21st, 1-2pm

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Concord Players presents Harvey 

The Concord Players are pleased to present live theater with Mary Chases’s Pulitzer Prize winning comedy “Harvey”. Elwood P. Dowd is a middle-aged, somewhat eccentric, amiable man whose best friend is an invisible 6 foot tall rabbit named Harvey.

Performance dates: February 18, 19, 24, 25 & 26 at 8:00 pm with matinees on February 20 & 27 at 2:00 pm.


African-American History of Concord Walking Tour

Learn about Concord’s African-American history on this 90 minute walking tour (about 2 miles). Guests will visit sites around town highlighting Concord’s history around slavery, the first generation of freed African-Americans and Abolitionism in Concord. Sunday, February 20th, 2pm

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Maple Sugaring Open House @ Gaining Ground

Thursday, February 24, 2-3:30pm: Enjoy a steamy wintery day with friends and supporters of Gaining Ground  – and learn about sugaring as our farmers boil local maple sap into syrup! They are also doing this on Sunday, March 6th, 2-3:30pm.

RSVP for Thursday or Sunday (the6th) by emailing maple@gainingground.org


Visit Concord Art!

Members Juried 2 Exhibit: Collage, Crafts, Drawing, Graphics, Mixed Media, Photography, Printmaking and also see the work of Alexandra Sheldon and Steve Imrich  – all opens February 24th!

 

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Pick up some treats at local restaurants and markets!

Concord Market has some delicious offerings!

Homemade pasties every Tuesday beginning at noon! Pasties are first come first serve, so snag one of these flaky, filled pastries while you can!

And Ramen Thursdays – Ramen kits are available to pre-order or pick-up in-store. 

Flatbread Fridays and Dan’s Donut Domingo on Sundays!

Verrill Farm is celebratingMardi Gras Week – February 25th – March 1st

Stop by the farmstand and enjoy Mardi Gras themed food and dessert specials including: Popcorn shrimp, Cajun Shepherd’s Pie, Blackened Salmon, Seafood Jambalaya & more!

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Visit the ArtSpace Maynard Exhibit@ The Umbrella

The Umbrella Art Gallery is delighted to host a new exhibition of works by artists from ArtSpace Maynard, which has been temporarily closed for exhibitions. Work representing a variety of styles and media will be on display in their first group exhibition since the pandemic, with most work available for purchase through The Umbrella’s Art Cloud online art market gallery.

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Purchase a day pass and enjoy the Beede Center!

One day passes are available for a fee of $20 per person, $30 per couple or $40 maximum per family and will grant access to the center and all the amenities the facility has to offer.

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So much happening at the Fowler & Main Library!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19th:

10:30-11:30AM: Story/ Craft with Crossroads Students from Concord Carlisle High school

11-11:30AM: Saturday Studio at Fowler!

3:00—4:45 PM: Chess Club at Fowler, Ages 10-100

LIBRARY CLOSED MONDAY  for the Holiday

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22

10:30—11:30 AM: Children’s Songs & Singing Games with Roger Tincknell

1:00—2:00 PM: Stitch Circle at Fowler

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23

10:30—11:00 AM: Alphabet Storytime at Fowler

2:00—3:00 PM: Craft Lab at Fowler, Ages 12 and under

4:00—6:00 PM: Girls Who Code, Grades 5-8: In-person, Outside Meeting!

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24

10:00—10:30 AM: ZOOM Storytime from Fowler, Ages 5 and under

11:00 AM—12:00 PM: Messy Fun at Fowler, Ages 5 and under

4:00—5:00 PM: ZOOM Origami Club, Ages 8 and up

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25

10:30—11:00 AM: Concord Puppet Theatre: Live! at Fowler

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26

11:00—11:30 AM: Saturday Studio at Fowler, Ages 5 and under

2:00—4:00 PM: Seed Packing Party at Fowler! All Ages

 7:30—9:00 PM: Music from the Library: Thomas Meglioranza and Reiko Uchida, baritone and piano

 

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Take a hike and enjoy some of the local trails!

ENJOY YOUR WEEK!

 

 

 

 

Local sources for Valentine’s Day Celebration!

Farfalle is offering a Valentines Day Dinner for 2 with wine! 

Beet Salad followed by a Duo of Duck with poached cherries in a cassis reduction, Wild rice casserole with mushrooms and almonds, petite haricot vert with lemon chive butter, vanilla cheese cake with chocolate ganache and strawberries. Bottle of wine included. 135.00

Order by Saturday February 12th for the meal!

The pick-up location is Farfalle, 26 Concord Crossing in Concord,  pick-up time is 2-4 on Monday February 14th.

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Verrill Farm Valentine’s meals are made to serve two people and include a seasonal Winter Salad, choice of two entrees, a dessert sampler and one long stemmed rose. Order by February 8th. $100

Meal can be picked up in-store on Monday 2/14 from 12-6pm.

Verrill Farm is also offering Valentine’s Day Gingerbread Houses!

Looking for a fun and festive Valentine’s Day activity? We’ve “Valentine’d” our classic Holiday gingerbread houses- pink frosting and perfectly themed candies to decorate! $35

Please select a pickup time at checkout- these awesome houses are available for pickup from 2/5-2/14.

 

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Rapscallion Kitchen & Bar is offering a five-course, romantic wine dinner on Valentine’s!  Rapscallion Chef Ryan Flisher’s custom-created menu will be paired with Dough Wines. Ticket price of $100 is all inclusive, including all taxes and gratuity. Snow date February 15.  6:30-9:30pm

Make your reservation now!

Rapscallion Kitchen & Bar, 208 Fitchburg Turnpike

 


Round out your Valentine’s with some festive cocktails and sweets – Saltbox Kitchen is your source for both!


Woods Hill Table invites you to Enjoy a cozy Valentine’s dinner at home with crispy Duck Confit Valentine’s Dinner for two! Their take out meal includes crispy Duck Confit with sweet potato gnocchi, maitake mushrooms and broccoli rabe, dark chocolate pot au creme for dessert and a bottle of 2020 Stafford Hill Holloran Pinot Noir. Order by 2/10 for pick up on 2/12 or 2/14. Heating & preparation instructions included. Order here.

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Concord Market’s Valentine’s desserts are the perfect way to finish Valentine’s meal… Chocolate dipped strawberries, heart shaped macaroons, Love is in the Air” cake or a red velvet cake roll are available if you order by February 12th!

 

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No Valentine’s is complete without chocolate and there is plenty of that right here in Concord…..

Step into Gräem and the smell of chocolate and roasted nuts surrounds you. This beautiful shop is a feast for the eyes and taste buds. The packaging is as incredible as it’s contents!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Priscilla’s is another local spot to pick up special something for the Valentine’s in your life. They have a wonderful selection of Valentine’s candy and cards and everyone loves a treat from Priscilla’s!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cooperative Elder Services Valentine’s Challenge!

At Cooperative Elder Services, we love LOVE! Join us in a handmade Valentine project/challenge! If you or someone you know would enjoy the chance to create a valentine (or a few), we know some wonderful people who would love to receive them. Simply send your creations by snail mail by February 5th postmark to:

Cooperative Elder Services

2352 Main Street

Suite 108

Concord, MA 01742

 

Valentine creations can also be emailed to outreach@elderdayservices.org. Share the LOVE and this message with local groups such as: schools, daycares, youth groups, companies, etc. We can’t wait to see your valentine creations!