Everyone’s favorite mischief makers, the Minions, are coming to Bach to Rock Wellesley (B2R) in Linden Square on Saturday, Jan. 21, 11am – 1pm, where they’ll be on hand to help celebrate the Wellesley music school’s 1-year anniversary and Open House. The Minions will happily meet & greet, pose for pictures, and put on a special show complete with music, dancing and more. Parents, families, and kids can tour the facility and get information on early childhood music education, lessons, birthday parties, summer camps; instrument demonstrations, special enrollment discounts, and a chance to win prizes all day.
At a time where I’m exposed to so many tweets I’d just as soon ignore, this one from Wellesley Repertory Theatre (WRT) was welcome: “We are SOLD OUT for today’s matinee…” of Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight.
Phew. Because when I attended WRT’s Saturday evening performance of Emilie, “sold out” was not the adjective I would have put before the word “performance.” Call it the Tom Brady effect. When he takes the field, as he dared to do smack dab during the WRT’s Saturday night performance of Emile, I don’t care how handsome the swoon-worthy Woody Gaul, who plays Voltaire, is (and he really is very handsome), or how how much fight Emilie had in her. It will always be Patriots 34, cool play 16.
But football games end, and the shows go on. Emilie, the lead played with intelligence, wit, and sheer force by Molly Parker Myers, would understand. Emile, too, was one to keep score. Love was on one side of the stage, Philosophy and Science were on the other, each written in capital letters on a transparent walls, and Emilie had a tally going. And I’ll confess, there’s a whole lot of science covered in this play that I just didn’t get. When I think of Newton, I envision him lolling under an apple tree, about to discover gravity. When Voltaire comes to mind, which is only ever at at a WRT performance, I think, “Oh yes, French.”
Then, when the characters got going on mass, velocity, and the equations that explain it all, yup, well, I couldn’t quite keep up. Even if I’d had a [Read more…]
When a snowstorm strikes on the night that a fabulous party is planned, it’s never an easy decision to say whether revelry should bow to the weather. Last Saturday Cotillion organizers decided that the show would go on and all the special snowflakes would be allowed to dance the night away.
A Wellesley tradition since the 1940s, Cotillion is a formal dance to which all Wellesley public and private school juniors and seniors are invited. This year’s event, a year in the planning, took place at Boston University’s George Sherman Union Building. It helped the decision-making process that B.U. said they were ready to roll and all walkways would be cleared of snow and safe for their elegant guests. Also the policy, in its second year, of all guests arriving at the high school and from there boarding buses driven by professional drivers who took everyone there and back, helped set most minds at ease.
Still, some in town pointed out that the roads were dangerous and many kids would still be on them as they were getting themselves to the school and then back home (or to after-parties) in their own cars. Indeed, many shop managers throughout Wellesley had closed their doors by mid-afternoon, sending their employees home before the worst of the snow piled up. The salons were open, however, because primping waits for no storm. Pretty girls emerged, their mothers holding umbrellas over complicated up-dos.
It wasn’t an easy decision, but parent volunteers and organizers made the call at 3pm saying on Facebook, “The Cotillion is going ahead as planned. Obviously safety is our #1 priority. Several committee members have driven down to BU, and while the road conditions are not ideal and we will likely get more snow over the next few hours, the Mayor has not issued a snow emergency, and BU assures us they will remain open and will continue to plow. If a snow emergency is issued we will cancel the event.”
The snow emergency didn’t come to pass, therefore Cotillion did.
I don’t envy the parents who had to make this call. Whether it’s Cotillion, or the Hunnewell Fun Fair, or the Fiske Wild West Round-Up, weather can and does interfere, wreaking havoc with the stress levels of parent organizers. I’ve seen good women go gray straight through double-process bleach jobs over having to give the thumbs up or down armed with information from meteorologists who will concede only that things might be “unsettled.”
As I once heard one mom say when asked if she would consider chairing a particular event next year: “I’d rather have my fingernails pulled out.”
This time, it was organizers 1 point, weather zero. According to parent organizer Annie Cohen, “It was a spectacular affair!”
Here are some pics to back that statement up: