CNS Newsletter Week of 1/30/17

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‘Twas the fortnight before the Snow Ball and all through CNS
People could be heard screaming, “Holy cow, YES!”
Yes to food, conversation, a night without kids
Yes to raffle and auction items and drink-induced high bids

Yes to mystery surprises in envelopes and song
So many great prizes – the list is too long!
Elegant date-night restaurants and more casual fare
Museum, theater, play passes – go forth from your lair!

From wine and photography to sports tickets and sneakers
Framing, jewelry, and classes for fitness- and fun-seekers!
Gift baskets and goodies – some edible, some not
Even some for your four-legged tot!

Hotel stays, skiing, adventures on land and sea
Enjoy ice cream in your freshly-washed car or canoe with a ukulele!
Indulge in a massage, salon visit, and custom clothes
Win amazing artwork from our little Picassos!

In the midst of this winning, merriment will abound
And did I mention a song?  Glorious, the sound.
Upbeat and hopeful, reflecting the mood
Although if I told you the name, I could be sued.

February 4 at 7:30 – the time draws near!
So wear whatever you want; just bring your good cheer
And some room in your trunk for your mighty haul
Come one, come all to the CNS Snow Ball!


Calling all photographers!
We are hoping to put together a photography exhibit in the CNS studio that showcases children from around the world. In an attempt to help connect our kids globally, the thought is that we could decorate the studio with photos of children from other countries and other cultures that demonstrate both the beauty of diversity and also that, no matter where you go, children are also all connected by the same joy, wishes, playfulness, you name it.
We are hoping that many of you have photos to share from your travels around the world. We also think that photos from home that showcase cultural diversity are also so important to share – it could be a picture of your own kids celebrating culture in any way that seems right to you.
Our goal is March of this year for the exhibit. Please consider lending us your photographs to decorate the studio. Thoughts are brewing on how to connect this to a special CNS event celebrating global diversity.
Please contact Autumn Cohen at if you are interested in sharing your photographs or joining this project.


LexFUN! presents Tanglewood Marionettes Production – The Dragon King

February 11th at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Clarke Middle School

A terrible drought has overtaken the land, and all the world has turned brown and lifeless. Dragon King is ruler of the waters, and the people are beginning to wonder why he has not brought
the precious rains in such a very long time. An underwater fantasy based on Chinese folklore,Tanglewood Marionettes’ latest production tells the tale of a wise Grandmother who journeys to the
bottom of the sea to seek the Dragon King, and the answers to why he has forsaken the land above. With colorful sea creatures, an exciting adventure, and all the visual splendor that audiences have
come to expect from a Tanglewood Marionettes production, The Dragon King is a heart-warming tale that will thrill young and old alike.

Tickets are $9 for LexFUN! members, $10 for non-members. Children under 12 months are free and can sit on an adult’s lap.

Tickets can be purchased on BigTent, plus at Michelson’s and Catch a Falling Star in Lexington, with cash or check, or they may be purchased at Clarke Middle School on the day of the show. Get your tickets early as it can sell out! Also, we are collecting canned goods at the event to donate to the local food pantry. So please bring canned goods.


I am looking for old CNS t-shirts (without stains by the logo, if possible!) for a quilting project. If I am successful the product will be available for a future auction. Please email me before leaving your donations.This will allow me to keep count of how many I have rather than just burying Robbie!  Thanks, Stacy Chandler



Organic, pasture-raised eggs for sale
An abundance of eggs at Meadow Mist – consider an egg share!  
E-mail Lauren Yaffee to start today

At Meadow Mist, we do not like to bombard our customers with tons of emails. But today we have a little news about the weather:
Did you notice the days are getting longer?  The shortest day of the year comes about December 21st with the winter solstice. However, the earliest sunset does not occur on that date. This winter it came about
December 7 when the sun set at 4:12 PM. Similarly, the latest sunrise did not occur until about January 3rd, when the sun rose at 7:14 AM. In sum, we have gained more than 50 minutes of daylight since the shortest day.
As for temperatures, if you look at the charts you will see that the lowest average temperatures do not come on the solstice either, but almost a month later, about January 18 to January 20. After that date, on average, things gradually begin to warm up.
We may still have plenty of cold and snow coming in February, but there is no doubt we are over the hump of winter. Whether or not you have noticed these subtle changes in the weather, our hens have definitely noticed. And they are responding accordingly by laying more eggs. Lots more eggs.
And since we have not always had enough of these delicious eggs to sell to everyone, we are letting everyone know these eggs are here and available––for direct sale, or even better, for CSA sign-ups. Just give us a call and let us know you are interested. And please tell your neighbors too.
In addition to eggs, we are well stocked with true grass fed beef in the full range of cuts, raised right here on the farm. And, we have pastured chickens too––but not for much longer.
It is almost time to come out of hibernation; so give us a call and re-connect with your local small farm. We are here to provide you with the best food we can.
Meadow Mist Farm
12 Bacon Street
Lexington, MA 02421
(BTW – Meadow Mist Farm is off of Marrett Road in Lexington and is a great place to visit with the kids, esp in the Spring and Summer)
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Are you searching for something to buy or borrow? Do you have something to give or sell? Is there something going on in the Lexington or surrounding community you’d like to share with the CNS community? Here is the place to share it. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Have ideas or submissions for the CNS Newsletter? Email Julie LippertCNS clerk. Please send submissions as you would like them to appear in the Newsletter by Friday afternoon.

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