The selectmen meet Monday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Town House Lunch Room. On the docket is a hearing to increase the maximum seating at the Colonial Inn with 64 seats on the front porch seasonally. The board is also expected to discuss a “Concord on Tap” initiative by plastic bottle ban activist Jill Appel. Another item is an update on the plastic water bottle ban enforcement and a citizen petition concerning the bottle bylaw enforcement.
The Planning Board meets on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at 141 Keyes Road and the Natural Resources Commission meets on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at 141 Keyes Road. The NRC has new wetlands bylaw language it is proposing for the 2013 Town Meeting.
If you are looking for activities for the family over the Christmas break, consider borrowing a museum pass from the Concord Library. Most Boston-area museums are included on the list, and you can request a pass online.
The Concord Women’s Chorus is giving a Christmas Concert on Friday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 22, at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm St. Featuring seasonal works by Franz Schubert, Joseph Rheinberger, Stephen Chatman, and Ronald Perera. Ticket prices: $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, and $10 for ages 12 and under.
If you haven’t seen “Urinetown,” the smash-hit Broadway musical, you can catch it at the Emerson Umbrella this weekend. The Alexander Children’s Theater School, or ACTS, is staging the musical Friday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m at 40 Stow Street. Buy tickets here.
And speaking of unique gifts, two spots worth the drive include the store at the DeCordova Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road in Lincoln, and the Samuel Fitch House at 91 Power Road in Westford. DeCordova features work by local artists as well as children’s toys and books, jewelry, and household accessories.
At the Orchard House, 399 Lexington Road, take in the warm holiday beauty of the home of the Alcotts on Dec. 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Orchard House will be decorated for the holidays with the tasteful, festive simplicity that the Alcotts were noted for and come alive for the young and young-at-heart through evocative Living History portrayers. Program suitable for all ages. Activities for children and families and take-home mementos provided. (Reserved ticket tours scheduled hourly at quarter past the hour.) Adults: $12; seniors/college students: $10; youths (6 to 17 years): $8; children (ages 2 to 5 years): $4; under age 2: free. Members: 20-percent off individual ticket prices. Family rate (two adults and up to four youths): $30. Advance reservations strongly suggested and require pre-payment.
"Amahl!" What’s Christmas without the beloved Menotti opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors"? Dec. 16 at 2 and 4 p.m. A FOPAC (Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord) production of the poignant one-act opera, with dancing shepherds, a chorus, and orchestra conducted by Alan Yost. Soloists include Julia Shneyderman, Robin Farnsley, Ray Bauwens, Brad Amidon, Craig Tata, and Michael Prichard. Tickets are $20/$15. Call 978-369-7911 or buy tickets online.
From Nov. 21 to Jan. 1, 2013, bring the family and take in the Concord Museum Trees exhibit where beloved children’s books are brought to life as Christmas tree decorations. Visit here for more information. The annual exhibit has become a town favorite.
For an extra-special treat for the youngsters, go to the Nutcracker Suite “by and for children” until Dec. 21 at the Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord, 51 Walden St. Directed by Helena Doohovskoy, the performance features creative productions with movement and arts, intertwined to inspire young minds and hearts. Learning opportunities available for Junior Assistants (4th grade through high school). Check website for schedules. For 3-year-olds to 4th graders.
Sacred and Secular. Saturday, Dec. 15 4 and 7:30 p.m. The Concord Chorus at Middlesex School Memorial Chapel, 1400 Lowell Road; 978-287-6150. A seasonal program of sacred and secular music by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Randall Thompson, and John Rutter. The concert will also feature the exquisite "Oseh shalom bimromav" by Westborough native Michael Schachter. With Christmas carols and works for organ, this concert promises to be a delightful start to the holiday season. General admission is $25, seniors are $20, and children and students are $10.
Weekend Poetry Series: Josh Bell. Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m.
Concord Free Public Library -- 129 Main Street -- 978-505-2214 - www.concordlibrary.org. Come hear the edgy poetry of "one of the most tonally versatile young poets working today," according to Tanya Larkin of the Boston Book Review. Free and open to the public; book signing and reception to follow. Brought to you by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
Movie on Dec. 21. The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a showing of HOLIDAY INN! Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire star as a popular nightclub song-and-dance team who purchase a rustic New England farm and convert it into an inn, which they open to the public only on holidays. This delightful film includes many beautiful songs, including the Oscar-winning “White Christmas.” There is no need to sign up
Trinity Church Pipe Organ Concert, lunch at Durgin Park, and shopping at Quincy Market, Friday, Dec. 14: Jump on the COA van to travel to Boston to enjoy a lovely pipe organ concert, lunch, and holiday shopping! The group will leave HWCC at 11 a.m. and arrive in Copley Square before noon to get seats for the Trinity Church organ concert. Following the concert the group will be transported to Quincy Market where it will have lunch at 1:45 pm at Durgin Park, and then will spend an hour or so afterwards holiday shopping. Please note: There is no charge for the organ concert. Due to the 12:15 p.m. concert time, the group will be having lunch later than usual. Participants should either eat a late breakfast or bring a snack for the van. The group will arrive back in Concord by 5 p.m. Please call the COA at 978-318-3020 to reserve your spot. The cost of the van is $3 per person.
The Children’s Discovery Museum in Acton, 177 Main Street, has a wealth of kid-pleasing activities during the next week. Get in on some creative play:
Dec. 18: Tuesday at 10 a.m., make some holiday wrap! Don’t run out of wrapping paper during the season of giving! Use stamps, brushes, and fingers to make a one of a kind, personal, and beautiful sheet to wrap a special gift in.
- Dec. 19: Wednesday at 10 a.m. If you are expecting a visit from Santa, don’t forget to have a treat ready for the reindeer! Pack a bag of goodies that can be left out for a quick snack and energy boost for these hard workers!
- Dec. 20: Thursday at 10 a.m. Use frosting and sprinkles to decorate a cookie canvas. The museum will provide all you need to bring home a tasty masterpiece.
- Dec. 21: Friday at 10 a.m. Make a colorful and unique ornament to bring some cheer to cold and cloudy days!
- Dec. 21: Friday from 9:30 a.m. to- 5:00 p.m. Museum members enjoy a special, one-day 20-percent discount in the unique Concord Museum Shop. Plan a visit to Family Trees before or after shopping. Bring your Museum membership card and save on holiday gifts for your friends and family!
- Dec. 22 and 23: Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. Decorate a paper ornament with hopes and wishes for the approaching New Year to add to the museum's Wishing Tree. All wishes will stay on display through the holiday season.
Betsy Levinson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.