Downtown: A sculpture’s journey, roller skating, special elections, Memorial Day

  • 'The Tennis Player' sculpture by Judith Peck sits in the flower beds in front of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 in downtown Concord. The sculpture was originally going to be placed at 58 North Main but it could not be secured on the sidewalk so it was placed in the flower beds. GEOFF FORESTER

  • 'The Tennis Player' sculpture by Judith Peck sits in the flower beds in front of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 in downtown Concord. The sculpture was originally going to be placed at 58 North Main but it could not be secured on the sidewalk so it was placed in the flower beds. GEOFF FORESTER

  • “The Tennis Player,” a sculpture by Judith Peck, has found a home in the flower beds in front of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce. The sculpture was originally going to be placed at 58 North Main but it could not be secured on the sidewalk so it was placed in the flower beds. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • GEOFF FORESTER

Monitor staff
Published: 5/26/2019 5:31:38 PM

Like love, art usually ends up finding its way home.

The newest sculpture on Concord’s Main Street just took the scenic route.

An email from Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Tim Sink tells the story of “The Tennis Player,” a sculpture by Judith Peck that has taken up residence in front of the Chamber’s office on South Main Street.

Getting there was no easy feat. Sink wrote that the sculpture first made its way to Concord, Mass., on Tuesday, the day the art was supposed to be installed. Rush-hour traffic from Boston delayed its journey further.

Then there was the problem of finding a place to put the racket-wielding heroine. Unable to stand freely on the city’s sidewalks, she eventually found her home in the flowerbed outside the Smile building by 7:30 p.m. that night, Sink wrote.

All’s well that ends well, said the sculptor.

In a Chamber video about the piece produced by John Gfroerer, Peck said the statute is meant to evoke joy while commenting on the spirit of tennis. Its curvy form fits perfectly among the flowers, she said.

Rolling into summer

Roller skating at the Douglas N. Everett Arena returns next week.

Adult skating hours have been added on Thursdays from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Public skate will take place on Fridays and Sundays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

June 6 will be opening night and feature an ‘80s theme. Admission is $5 and skate rentals are available for an additional $5 at the skate shop.

Skating will continue through July 28. There will be no skating on July 4 due to the holiday.

Elections are coming

Ward 4 residents, don’t forget to grab an absentee ballot if you won’t be in town for the June 4 special election. You can pick those up at city hall.

Edith Chiasson, John Cook and Meredith Hatfield are looking to fill the spot left open when current At-Large Councilor Byron Champlin vacated his seat.

If you want to do a little research, ConcordTV has some candidate clips on YouTube. As always, we’ll be putting together an election primer in the coming weeks.

Happy holiday

City offices and the library will be closed all day Monday due to the Memorial Day holiday. Trash pickup will be delayed by one day as well.

It’s this writer’s opinion that no holiday is complete without a parade. Concord’s offering will start at 9 a.m. on Monday at the Capital Shopping Center.

It will go up Pleasant Street Extension, north on Main Street to Bouten Avenue, turn onto North State Street, pause at Old North Cemetery to lay a wreath and then make its way to Capital Street where the parade will end with a ceremony at the City Plaza war memorial. Various streets along the route will be closed.

Any and all veterans are invited to march/walk in the parade with the veteran organizations.

(Caitlin Andrews can be reached at 369-3309, candrews@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @ActualCAndrews.)



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