December 2019 Volume 2 Issue 12
December 2019 Newsletter
‘The hard soil and four months of snow make the inhabitants of the northern temperate
 zone wiser and abler than their fellow who enjoys the fixed smile of the tropics.’
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We’re not so sure about that, Ralph. We hear and see on social media that our friends in the tropical and snow-free climates are doing just fine in wintertime. No selfies with snowblowers coming out of the Bahamas. Some of us find that rather wise. 

But we are not here to question Ralph’s (slightly-edited-for-the-times) excerpt from ‘Nature.’ We’re here to welcome you to December and to rap up 2019, a very good year for us at Beede. It was good because we got to welcome you, your family and friends here nearly every day of 2019 and it has been our pleasure to assist you on your journey to fitness and good health. 

We wish you all a peaceful holiday season and may we be here for you throughout 2020.

  • December 1 - Holiday Parade/Tree Lighting and Open Table Food Donation
  • December 2 - Beede and Books
  • December 2 - CCHS Swim and Dive Team Begins 
  • December 10 - Concord Womens Holiday Concert
  • December 24 - Christmas Eve-Open 7:00am-12:00pm
  • December 25 - Christmas-Closed
  • December 26 - Beede Hours-7:00am-6:00pm
  • December 31 - New Years Eve-Open 7:00am-4:00pm
  • January 1 - New Years Day-Open 12:00pm-6:00pm

Pool and Fitness schedules are posted at and thoughout the Beede Center

...than a holiday parade and lighting ceremony? We can’t think of anything, either. So, we’re pleased to announce the time, date and place or our annual Holiday Parade and Lighting Ceremony. Meet us in Monument Square and in front of the shops along Main Street at 3:00pm, Sunday, December 1 for a fun, free and
super-family friendly celebration of Winter. 

We’re ringing it in big-time with a parade, festive storefronts, song, warm treats and a sparkling tree and menorah lighting ceremony. Everyone is welcome to line the streets and wave at the parade, which will include an ensemble of our Otters, Santa hitching a ride with the Concord Fire Department, and a Beede food and donation parade truck and a table at the Town House.

The Beede Center is once again working with the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest to ensure all young residents are fondly remembered this holiday season. Our drop box is located in the upstairs lobby and big enough to accept brand new and never used gifts for newborns through older teens. Some ideas are baby socks, earbuds, Boston sports team paraphernalia and Barbie. Many thanks in advance for your contribution. 

You pulled the name of the one person in this year’s Secret Santa who has everything, Chill. We are here for you (and them.) 

We’re betting they don’t have one of our cozy and oh-so-stylin’ Champion hoodies. These sharp poly/cotton pieces from the Beede exclusive fall/winter collection come in a beautiful shade of Beede blue and four adult sizes, S, M, L and XL. They are $30 each and available at the front desk.

Our 10-visit pass is another great gift idea and will keep your recipient fit and trim. The passes cost $100, are good for 10 visits to access the whole facility within six months. Passes are also ideal to hand off to holiday guests who want to workout and can’t coordinate a time to do so with a member.  

Personal Training is ideal for anyone 14 and over - even if they are not already a member of the Beede Center. Our trainers are certified and ready to help your loved one with their fitness goals. Rates and Trainer bios are here  . 

Swim lessons are the perfect way to say: “May you always be safe.” Knowing how to swim, and confidence in the water automatically reduce the national drowning rates. We offer classes for children as young as six months to those ready to jump off the blocks at a swim meet. Parents will forever thank you for your foresightedness.
Trainer Laurel Dewolf-Grise gives Blazepods a go. 
Speaking of another ceremony of lights, sort of, we’re pumped to introduce our latest fitness opportunity. Blazepods are a techno-spin on that fun game of our youth, Twister. 

Blazepods are six blinking lights that your trainer lays on the floor within your arm’s reach. You follow the flashing cues and press the lights off. Sound simple? Maybe we should mention that you do this while planked, or in a squat position - and the clock is ticking. 

"It’s a lot of fun so you don’t realize how much you’re expanding your range of motion, improving your joints, muscle tone and strength. That’s just the physical side of things. The strobes help stimulate your brain and improve your cognitive skills. "

Wanna play? Sure you do. Meet with your trainer to get your game started. 

The Concord Women’s Chorus will be performing a selection of holiday songs here at Beede on Tuesday, December 10 at 12:30pm.

Workout or just sit and absorb the lulling soprano, mezzo-soprano, and contralto voices as they grace our upstairs lobby.  

We are honored to host this select group of elite singers who perform locally and abroad. You’ll want to hear more, so here is a link to their upcoming concert, “The Harps Eternal,” December 21 at Trinity Episcopal Church.  

We are again offering an American Red Cross Certified course in First Aid/CPR/AED. This class trains you to recognize and provide basic care for victims of illness and sudden injuries. It also covers basic care for life-threatening or cardiac emergencies in adults and children. 

The class is held at the Beede Center on Monday, January 20 10:00am - 1:00pm. You must complete an online component to this course before the end of the business day, Friday, January 17. Certification is good for two years. Registration is required and space is limited. Member cost is $75 and non-member cost is $85. Sign up online, at the front desk or over the phone.

We extend a warm welcome back to our friends on the Concord Carlisle High School Swim and Dive Team. The girls team placed 2nd at the MIAA Division 1 2018 Swim and Dive Championship. Their season begins Monday, December 2 and runs through February school vacation. 
Patriot team members and their coaches bring an affinity of team spirit and camaraderie to the Beede Center. They are a great group and inspiring to watch. Join us in wishing the Patriots another healthy and winning season. 

Monday - Friday 3:00pm - 5:00pm 6 lanes, dive well
Monday 7:15pm - 8:45pm 4 lanes, dive well
Wednesday 7:15pm - 8:45pm 4 lanes, dive well
Saturday 7:00am - 8:30am 5 lanes, dive well 
Friday, December 6 @ 7:00pm
Tuesday, December 17 @ 4:00pm
Friday, January 3 @ 7:00pm
Friday, January 10 @ 7:00pm
Friday, January 17 @ 7:00pm
Tuesday, January 28 @ 7:00pm
Welcome Master Swimmers Coach

Mei Han, a record-holding swimmer and former member of the professional team of Beijing, China, began coaching our early morning Master swimmers this fall. Mei (pronounced May) and her family are recent transplants to Lincoln after three decades in Western Mass. 

Before relocating to the United States in 1991, Mei swam a year professionally for Beijing and earned a four-year degree in swimming and coaching from the Beijing University of Physical Education. Mei set a women’s national university record for the 800-meter freestyle. After graduating, Mei coached the professional swim team of Henan Province for five years. Two of her students were selected to the national swim team of China. 

Mei and husband Ben Li had their first child Tommy, now 29, in China then moved to the United States so Ben could earn a graduate degree at Springfield College. Once settled in Longmeadow, Mass., Mei blended her swim career, growing family and adopted culture into a swimming career as an assistant coach of Springfield Jewish Community Center before organizing her own USS youth team in 2001- Mei’s Typhoons Swim Club. Many of Mei’s athletes went on to compete in Junior National and National competitions and the NCAA, which led to Mei being awarded the 2005 Coach of the Year Award by the USS New England Coaches’ Association 

Daughters Sara, 26 and Jerrica, 21, continued their mom’s tradition of setting swim records. Sara set records for Harvard College’s women’s team (3 individuals and 4 relays) and her 22.48 seconds for 50-yard freestyle still stands. Jerrica’s record for the New England Swimming 10-under 100-meter breaststroke and the 15-16 age group 100-meter freestyle also remain untouched. Jerrica also holds three relay records for Harvard College. 

Mei and her family moved to Lincoln in 2017. Though she dissolved the western chapter of Mei’s Typhoons, she set it up with local children, who practice here at the Beede Center. Upon learning of a coaching spot opening up for the Master swimmers, Mei excitedly took on the challenge. The Masters team meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:45 a.m. to 7 a.m. Mei arrived Day One with a finely tuned 4,000-plus yard workout to sharpen techniques for butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle. 

She quickly learned that her adult swimmers - all strong and most with a competitive edge - responded differently than their younger counterparts. Youths, Mei said, never question the coach. Many of the adults are more comfortable with swimming 75 minutes of freestyle, she said. 

“But you need to practice kicks and other strokes,” she added. “My philosophy is that if you always do freestyle, you will injure yourself easily. My students never have injuries because I am always alternating arm and leg workouts.”  

Mei and the Masters have found their rhythm, and she is modifying the workouts as she gets to know them better. 
“I can feel their energy. They are so self-motivated. I really like them,” she said. “They’re a very nice group. I am very impressed that they start their workout before they start their busy day.”

Snow is coming, and that could mean the possibility of late openings, early closings and closures.
We will keep you updated on any schedule changes.Check ahead before you come, or call 978-287-1000.

We would love to display your family’s Holiday card in our lobby. Send us your holiday card. We’re so excited to put them all on display! Our address is Beede Center 498 Walden Street, Concord, MA 01742. But save yourself a stamp and drop off your card at our front desk. 
Once again, wishing you all a wonderful holiday season.
We look forward to meeting up again in January. 

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