The Wellesley Department of Veterans’ Services is looking for volunteers to assist in placing U.S. flags on veterans’ graves at Woodlawn Cemetery on Monday, May 9t, starting at 3:30pm, weather permitting. (The rain date is scheduled for Wednesday, May 11 starting at 3:30pm.) If you are interested in helping or if you have any questions, please call the Wellesley Veterans’ Office at 781-489-7509.
The Wellesley Chamber of Commerce has named the winners of its annual Business Recognition Awards:
*Retailer of the Year: O’Neil Jewelers
*Business of the Year: Wellesley Toy Shop
*Professional of the Year: Sturdy Waterman, Page-Waterman Gallery
*Community Service Award: Lyn Evans for Potpourri Designs
*Special Recognition Award: Brad Perry, Holman Trust, Church Square
This year’s awards dinner and reception will be held on June 1 at 5:30pm at Wellesley College Club, 727 Washington St., and is open to the public. Tickets: $125 apiece; $875 for a table of 8. Reservations due May 16.
Meet Herlda Senhouse. At 105 years of age, she is Wellesley’s oldest resident, and earlier this week she had possession of The Boston Cane to prove it.
On August 2, 1909, Mr. Edwin A. Grozier, Publisher of the Boston Post, a newspaper, forwarded to the Board of Selectmen in 700 towns (no cities included) in New England a gold-headed ebony cane with the request that it be presented with the compliments of the Boston Post to the oldest male citizen of the town, to be used by him as long as he lives (or moves from the town), and at his death handed down to the next oldest citizen of the town. The cane would belong to the town and not the man who received it.
The canes were all made by J.F. Fradley and Co., a New York manufacturer, from ebony shipped in seven-foot lengths from the Congo in Africa. They were cut to cane lengths, seasoned for six months, turned on lathes to the right thickness, coated and polished. They had a 14-carat gold head two inches long, decorated by hand, and a ferruled tip. The head was engraved with the inscription, — Presented by the Boston Post to the oldest citizen of (name of town) — “To Be Transmitted”. The Board of Selectmen were to be the trustees of the cane and keep it always in the the hands of the oldest citizen. Apparently no Connecticut or Vermont towns were included (at one point it was thought that two towns in Vermont had canes, but this turned out to be a bit of a myth).
In 1924, Mr. Grozier died, and the Boston Post was taken over by his son, Richard, who failed to continue his father’s success and eventually died in a mental hospital. At one time the Boston Post was considered the nation’s leading standard-sized newspaper in circulation. Competition from other newspapers, radio and television contributed to the Post’s decline, and it went out of business in 1957.
The custom of the Boston Post Cane took hold in those towns lucky enough to have canes. As years went by some of the canes were lost, stolen, taken out of town and not returned to the Selectmen or destroyed by accident.
In 1930, after considerable controversy, eligibility for the cane was opened to women as well.
Mrs. Senhouse, who has called Wellesley home for 37 years and is a resident of Glen Grove, where the ceremony took place, was allowed to hold onto Wellesley’s Boston Cane for a minute or two before white-gloved Wellesley Historical Society representatives, familiar with tales of less-careful towns losing track of their cane, spirited it away for safekeeping. The 31st Wellesley recipient of the cane was instead gifted with a pin to commemorate the event, and was showered with roses, the camera clicks of the papparazi, and the attention of 30 well-wishers. Looking fabulous in a Persian blue pantsuit, pearls, freshly coiffed hair, and lipstick brightening up her features, there she sat in a wing-backed chair, receiving her admirers.
She cited wars and the current political climate as two of the most amazing things she’s lived through. “This is the most stupid campaign I’ve seen in my life,” she said. Her tips for living a long and healthy life: “Don’t get stressed out, and if you can’t fix it, forget it.”
The Woburn High School graduate and her late husband, William, never had children of their own during their 62-year marriage, however Mrs. Senhouse worked as a nanny, raising six children for three families during her career. Her spiritual life is taken care of by her church home at Myrtle Baptist Church in West Newton, and she takes care of her daily needs of this earth at Glen Grove.
“Herlda, I hope you life to be 120,” declared a well-wisher to unanimous agreement.
Hear, hear. The Boston Cane is historical, and well-crafted, and important and all, but the fewer times it changes hands, the better everyone likes it.
The MBTA — its struggles and recent improvements, along with the general topic of government transparency in Massachusetts — will be the topic of this month’s Wellesley Rotary Club’s speaker at the Wellesley Community Center on Tuesday, May 3, 6:30 pm.
Speaker Mary Z. Connaughton is the Director of Government Transparency and the Director of Finance and Administration for the Pioneer Institute. The Pioneer Institute is a privately funded research organization that seeks to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts through data-driven public policy solutions based on the ideal of limited and accountable government.
The Rotary Club of Wellesley is one of Wellesley’s oldest community service groups and conducts local programs to benefit the Town of Wellesley. The public is always invited to any Rotary program. Please make a reservation on the club’s website or call 781-591-0759 to speak with a board member.
Also of interest:
From the Wellesley Food Pantry:
Wellesley Food Pantry requests your continuing support to ensure we have adequate resources to offer our clients healthy options for food security during this new year. The pantry relies on—and is grateful for—the generous donations we receive from the community, as we are not eligible for any public funding. Wellesley Food Pantry only serves residents of our town.
Food items needed this week:
*Spaghetti sauce/pasta sauce
Non-food items needed this week:
*Diapers (larger sizes)
We have collection bins at both Whole Foods Market and Roche Bros. for your convenience, and are in need especially of the items listed below. Please note that low-sodium and sugar-free items are always welcome. We rely on private donations and volunteers to support our efforts. Thank you!
The Wellesley Food Pantry is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are located at 207 Washington St., in the basement of the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church. Donations may be dropped off at the pantry on Monday mornings between 8:45 – 10:00. For questions about food drives, please contact us at [email protected] For all other questions please contact us at [email protected] or call (781) 235-1188.
It used to be that a ticket to the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club semi-annual kitchen tour, which takes place on Saturday, May 7, 11am – 3pm, bought visitors a walk and gawk around the well-appointed kitchens of homeowners talked into it with the promise that “it’s for a great cause and it will be so fun.” And that was all true, and pretty much the end of it.
It’s still for a great cause (the proceeds benefit local non-profits and scholarship programs), and the fundraiser still promises to be a good time. However, this year’s expanded tour sounds more like a new and improved party, one where there’s no need for everyone to congregate in the kitchen. That’s because it’s been re-branded as the Wellesley Kitchen and Home Tour, thank you very much, and in addition to the kitchen, the first floor will be open in each of the six fabulous participating homes, ranging from the newly constructed to remodeled architectural gems.
This is welcome news for people like me, who have occasionally let their eyes stray from the sub-zero refrigerators, Viking ranges, and imported tile of the kitchens into cozy dens and show-stopping family rooms as I made my way from the front door to the exit. I have burned with the shame of it all. But no more. This year, such voyeurism is actually encouraged.
Tickets are $45 in advance and can be purchased here and at area locations. Day-of tickets can be purchased for $55 by showing up at one of the homes on tour: 100 Brook Street, 21 Cushing Road, 12 Greenwood Road, 8 Hamilton Road, 43 Highgate Road, and 89 Ledgeways Road.
Your ticket gets you access to the homes, of course, as well as the creative forces behind what looks effortless but actually takes a village of interior designers, kitchen designers, landscape architects and more to make the magic happen. Sometimes the homeowners are even lurking about, although they tend to keep a low profile, sort of like when royalty dons rags and walks among the commoners. So watch what you say. Also, gourmet bites will be served, and last-minute Mother’s Day gifts will be available via pop-up boutiques.
And a tip from a seasoned Wellesley Kitchen Tour guest: leave the complicated lace up, over-the-knee leather boots at home in favor of your trusty easy-on, easy-off Dansko clogs. You will be expected to take off your shoes at each residence and don provided booties to protect the homeowners’ floors.
It’s official: Wellesley Public Schools will let out this year on June 21, the day summer begins. And technically, it’s an early release day for make-up exams.
And for those who buy into “National Days,” know that it is also Go Skateboarding Day, Peaches ‘n Cream Day and National Daylight Appreciation Day.
A reminder, in case you notice discolored water at your house this week:
The Wellesley Water & Sewer Division of the Department of Public Works will be flushing water mains throughout the Town beginning Monday, April 25th through Friday, April 29th.
The purpose of flushing is to remove sediment buildup in the mains and to verify the safe operation of hydrants and valves. The flushing may result in temporary discoloration of the water, caused by small particles dislodged during the flushing as well as possible reduction in pressure. Therefore, the Division recommends restricting water usage. Discoloration of the water will be temporary and is not harmful. However, the discolored water might stain your laundry, especially white materials as well as the possible staining of plumbing fixtures. Therefore, please avoid doing laundry during the noted flushing period and certainly while such conditions exist. Prior to washing clothes, including times after the hours stated in this notice, please check the cold water for possible discoloration. If discolored, let the cold water run for a minute or two to begin clearing. If it does not clear at that time, try again later.
Unfortunately, the Town cannot fully guarantee the safety of doing laundry and/or the possibility of discoloration even during the evenings and other times of the day as the water system has been disturbed. Therefore, please check your water carefully prior to doing laundry and inspect the laundry before it is dried. Hydrant flushing is performed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The Wellesley Water and Sewer Division appreciates your patience as we work to improve the quality of the drinking water. If you would like additional information, please call the Water Division at 235-7600 ext. 3355
Monday, May 2nd 2016 @ 7pm
Come hear C. C. Humphreys read from his new book, Shakespeare’s Rebel. Humphreys will also be performing an entertaining and informative one-man show, “Shakespeare 1600,” that delves into what exactly was going on when William Shakespeare wrote Hamlet.
Tuesday, May 3rd 2016 @7pm
Mary Waters-Sayer will be celebrating the launch of her debut book The Blue Bath. Join us for some snacks and bubbly and hear the author read from this beautiful book about a middle-aged, married mom rekindling an affair that took place long ago.
Thursday, May 5th 2016 @7pm
Simon Van Booy reads from his moving, redemptive new novel, Father’s Day, a simple yet luminous novel of loss and transcendence, second chances and forgiveness.
Saturday, May 7th 2016 @ 10:30am
Childrens’ authors Deborah Sosin, Heather Lang, Jane Sutcliffe and Cheryl Lawton Malone will be reading from their newest children’s books, Charlotte and the Quiet Place, Fearless Flyer, Will’s Words and Dario and the Whale. Children are invited to participate in a craft after the reading and have their books signed by the authors.
Tuesday, May 10th 2016 @ 7pm
Young adult authors Harriet Reuter Hapgood, Cecilia Ahern, Marie Rutkoski and special guest Sandy Hall will be coming for The Fierce Reads Spring 2016 Tour moderated by local author Erin Bowman. Come meet the authors, take some #Fierce pictures, grab some exclusive giveaways, and have a lot of fun!
Wednesday, May 11th 2016 @ 7pm
Phil Odence shares the story of seven lifelong friends, including himself, and their annual retreat in his book, The Confluence: Fly-fishing & Friendship in the Dartmouth College Grant. Experience wilderness wonders through seven unique voices and learn how their friendships have grown deeper as the men grow older.
Thursday, May 12th 2016 @ 7pm
Middle grade writer Meg Cabot reads from Royal Wedding Disaster (From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess #2). Return to the world of Meg Cabot’s bestselling and beloved Princess Diaries series in Royal Wedding Disaster, this time through the illustrated diary of a spunky new heroine: Princess Mia’s long lost half-sister, Olivia!
Saturday, May 14th 2016 @ 4pm
Nathanial Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea and Mayflower shares his new novel, Valiant Ambition, a surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution, and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold.
This event is ticketed. Tickets are $5 and can be used as a coupon towards Valiant Ambition from Wellesley Books. This event will take place at: The Wellesley Community Center | 219 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02481
Saturday, May 21st 2016 @ 10am
Prepare for the summer season with authors Joan Duris and Joanne Roach-Evans as they host a child friendly activity and reading. Kids will be asked to draw or write about their favorite thing to do during the summer. The authors will host a story hour reading from their new books, B is for Berkshires and Seashells: Treasures from the Northeast Coast.
Wednesday, May 25th 2016 @ 7pm
Join us as we host bestselling authors Richard Russo and Jennifer Haigh as they introduce their latest books, Everybody’s Fool and Heat and Light. Everybody’s Fool is classic Russo—and a crowning achievement from one of the greatest storytellers of our time. Jennifer Haigh returns to the Pennsylvania town at the center of her iconic novel Baker Towers in this ambitious, achingly human story of modern America and the conflicting forces at its heart in her book, Heat and Light.
This event is ticketed. Tickets are $5 and can be used as a coupon towards Everybody’s Fool or Heat and Light from Wellesley Books.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Katherine L. Babson, Jr. Auditorium
Wellesley High School
Admission is free, but seating is limited so please come early
Rice Street Singers
Members of the Wind Ensemble
Chad Weirick, Pianist
Dr. Sergey Khanukaev, Orchestra
Steve Scott, Band
Under the Direction of Dr. Kevin McDonald
MICCA Festival choral works
Masterwork: Old American Songs by Aaron Copland