Scenes from Saturday’s Wellesley Wonderful Weekend activities. Thanks to roaming photographer Karen Griswold for sharing photos from the Art in the Park and World of Wheels events (we snapped a few shots at the Wellesley Police Department’s open house and grabbed lunch there).
Antiques at Elm Bank, the annual late spring/early summer event held under tents and in historic buildings at Elm Bank Reservation where Wellesley/Natick/Dover intersect, has been discontinued “due to circumstances beyond our control,” according to the organizer.
Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the greatest TV show of all time, Batman starring Adam West, the annual Wheels of Wellesley event on May 21 will feature the Batmobile and Bat Girl Cycle, and perhaps a special appearance by Cat Woman. The free event takes place at Wellesley Community Center (219 Washington St.) and is part of Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend of activities.
Wheels of Wellesley features dozens of antique and exotic vehicles, as well as a karate obstacle course and pinewood derby car track for kids, musical entertainment, a magic show and food/drinks.
The action starts at 10am, with music cranking up at 11am and magic indoors at 1pm. The free event ends at 2pm.
When we heard that the New York Public Library had released 180,000 high resolution digital images into the public domain our first thought was: Any Wellesley pics in there?
Sure enough, there are, mainly of Wellesley College, with a smattering of good old Hunnewell stuff. They even shared some shaky GIFS (moving images).
GIF of Hunnewell gardens estimated from 1870-95 made with the NYPL Labs Stereogranimator
Here’s a sampling of more images, and feel free to poke around in the database yourself if you’re interested in finding something in particular. If you think you’re seeing double with some of these, that’s because some of the images are presented in stereoscopic format.
Our family loves books, and our family loves Christmas. During the years when picture books and story time ruled our house, we never missed a December visit out to the Concord Museum in historic Concord, MA to see how volunteers had filled the museum’s galleries with over 35 trees as tremendous as a towering specimen in the front entryway to trees so tiny they can fit on a windowsill. All are decorated with original ornaments inspired by the storyline, illustrations, and characters or setting of a particular contemporary or classic children’s story book. If we happened to absorb some American history as we wandered from tree to shining tree, so much the better.
Here are some pictures of some of this year’s trees:
Admission to The Concord Museum is $15 adults, $10 seniors, $6 children (4–18); children under 4 and Members Free. Family Trees admission includes all of the Museum galleries and special exhibitions. The Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 9:00 – 5:00 and Sunday from 12:00 – 5:00 (winter hours begin January 4); the Museum will close at 1:00 on December 24 and will be closed all day November 26 and December 25.
More about my visit to Concord here:
I always feel so at home in Concord, and it’s no wonder. I counted 9 shops there that have locations in Wellesley: Irresistibles, J. McLaughlin, French Lessons, Comina, Sara Campbell, Lyn Evans, Winston Flowers, Comellas, and [Read more…]
A Swellesley reader has reached out for help in finding her family’s 14-year-old black cat, named Sasha. The cat has green eyes, short hair and thinning fur around his ears. He weighs about 13 pounds and is an indoor cat, having only snuck out a couple of times before.
Sasha has now been missing for 3 days, and possibly is wandering between Cliff Road and Standish Road, as his family moved to one from the other Wellesley location recently.
Please contact Katie here here if you have info on Sasha’s whereabouts.
The annual Antiques at Elm Bank Reservation show takes place on June 13 and 14 this year, with the show open from 9am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday.
Set on the grounds of Elm Bank Reservation, the educational center for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, the show is set within white tents and in 2 historic air-conditioned buildings. Show admission includes entry to any of the properties 9 beautiful gardens.
While taking a walk at Massacusetts Horticultural Society’s Elm Bank Reservation recently, I came across the sight of Weezie’s Children’s Garden, fenced off, in disarray, and full of heavy-duty equipment looking like it meant business. It all shouted out, “No fun to be had here,” to me. Considering things from a kid’s perspective, however, the garden in its current state of upheaval might actually be an improvement. Climbing over obstacles to get into someplace you’re not supposed to be is always fun. And what kid wouldn’t love to climb all over a front-end loader, working the steering wheel and stripping the gears?
Sorry, kids, such childhood fantasies must be tempered with adult notions of safety and education, however, and that’s the job of Katherine Macdonald, Executive Director of MassHort. She says the garden’s renovation will make the “…passive learning space into a more active garden for outdoor place-based youth education” through upgrading the aging exhibits.
She goes on to say that the 2015 installations will enable MassHort to work on water features, new points of entry/exit, hardscape, safety issues, pathways, exhibit panels, corresponding structures, furnishings, and an outdoor classroom. The horticultural society will also build upon themed garden beds with engaging, kid friendly landscape plants, new garden beds and teaching tools.
Designed by landscape architect Julie Moir Messervy, with the initial garden installation funding as well as the current two-year rehabilitation funds provided by the Weezie Foundation, the garden was intended to delight children and welcome them into a plant-filled environment where they could run around and explore. Indeed, the hardy plants and structures at Weezie’s Garden have taken plenty of wear-and-tear over the past decade-plus dished out by curious hands and heavy feet. I’ve watched my own kids play there for years and true, they were a bit rough on the original water-pump feature, a popular attraction that didn’t last long due to the combined efforts of many. But the giant birds nests have proven indestuctible, as has the hardscape in general. The twig fence is as sturdy as ever, and as for the plantings, the echinachea, honeysuckle, joe pye weed, herbs, shrubs, and trees come back year after year, epic snow notwithstanding.
The facelift will take advantage of all of the tried-and-true aspects of the garden that have survived the years of tough love and tougher winters while making room for improved education rooms and design areas that will include an Enchanted Woodland, a Tea Party Garden, a Pollinators Garden, Sandbox Archaeology, green arbors and plant tunnels, water features, and more.
Once the first part of the project is completed, Mass Hort will turn its attention to the second installment part of the project, scheduled to go forward in 2016. At that time, Mass Hort will consider other rustic structures, shed improvements, a green roof, new seating, art installations, potable water and additional exhibit supports.
Check out MassHort’s schedule of weekly classes, tours, walks and events at www.masshort.org
And go ahead and join Mass Hort while you’re at it. It’s a great way to support its mission of advancing the art and science of gardening and horticulture, all for a mere $55 for an individual membership.
Also of interest…
The season premiere for PBS show This Old House is tonight, and while the home in the spotlight this season is in Charlestown, the first episode actually features a 1905 Wellesley home (yes, there are still a few old houses left in town).
That home is the one that the show’s hosts are walking around in during this preview video of the first episode, says Christine Tuttle, a designer whose work has been featured on the PBS program and whose team is working on that Wellesley house.