A short and wicked late afternoon storm that blew through Wellesley on Tuesday, July 18 downed numerous trees, damaged homes and knocked out power in parts of town. One minute a friend and I were sitting in my family room sipping tea and commenting on the hail coming down outside (“Oh my, do you think those nasty flying ice chunks will chip the paint on the Subaru, dear?”). An hour later I stopped by that same friend’s house, not even a mile away, to survey her hard-hit home in the Cottage St. area.
As you can see from the Wellesley Square bulletin board, things are pretty quiet so far in town this summer…
The Davis Museum at Wellesley College has revealed a handful of exhibits slated to open in late-September and run through mid-December.
The Davis Re-Discovered—Opening Celebration!
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
6:00pm – 9:00pm
We are delighted to announce a major reinstallation of the Davis permanent collections galleries. Highlighting an array of exceptional objects, many unknown to the Wellesley community and the public at large, this project will reveal artworks of the highest quality from the Museum’s encyclopedic holdings and foreground Wellesley College’s rich legacy of collecting and philanthropy.
Curatorial Gallery Talk: Anni Albers Connections
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | 4:00pm | Davis Galleries
Exhibition curator Claire Whitner will discuss Anni Albers’s autobiographical silkscreen series Connections in relation to her career as a designer from the Bauhaus to her late work from the 1980s.
Film Series: Museums in Motion
All films take place in Collins Cinema beginning at 6:30pm.
In honor of the Davis’s newly installed permanent collections galleries, uncover the secret life of museums through this selection of recent cinematic masterpieces. These contemporary films pull back the curtain on unique, behind the scenes views of museum activities and characters, both real and imagined.
October 12 The Great Museum (Dir. Johannes Holzhausen, 2014)
The Great Museum reveals the inner workings of Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum.
November 2 Russian Ark (Dir. Alexandr Sokurov, 2002)
Filmed in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, this breathtaking film recreates 300 years of history and culture.
November 16 National Gallery (Dir. Frederick Wiseman, 2014)
National Gallery takes the audience behind the scenes of a London institution.
November 30 Museum Hours (Dir. Jem Cohen, 2014)
Museum Hours is a tale of two strangers who find refuge in Vienna’s grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum. Johann, a museum guard, spends his days silently observing both the art and the visitors. Anne, suddenly called to Vienna from overseas, has been wandering the city in a state of limbo.
Picturing the Sixties: Photojournalism in the Age of Picture Magazines
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Former Look and Life magazine staff photographer John Shearer joins Annie Segan, daughter of renowned photographer Arthur Rothstein, for a panel discussion about picture stories, photojournalism, and political change moderated by exhibition curator Ileana Selejan.
Join Maureen Cassidy-Geiger ‘78 for an illustrated presentation of her new book, The Philip Johnson Glass House: An Architect in the Garden, the first comprehensive history of the architect’s sublime 49acre suburban estate, evolved between 1946 and 2005.Family Day: Around the World in 6,000 Years
Sunday, November 5, 2016, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Davis galleries, lobby, plaza; Collins Cinema and Cafe
Travel through time and around the globe via this experience designed for visitors of all ages. Discover a world of art through treasure hunts, art making, performances, visiting artist demonstrations, guided tours and more.The Davis Reimagined
Saturday, November 12, 2016 | 11:00am – 4:00pm
Explore our extraordinary permanent collections through a new lens as we activate the galleries with a day of performances, talks, art making, and workshops. Create your own program: drop in for one presentation, or stay for more.
New! Delve Into the Davis for Visitors with Memory Loss and their Caregivers
Thursday, November 17, 2016 | 10:00am | Davis Galleries
The Davis invites visitors with memory loss or early Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers for a guided exploration of our permanent collections. Each thematic program encourages discovery through discussion and multisensory experiences. Individuals are invited to join us for the pilot program on November 17 with advance registration; private groups are encouraged to book a custom program on a separate date. Visit www.thedavis.org for more information and to register.
In an effort to discourage those parking at the State Street lot next to the currently torn up Wellesley High School track from having their cars’ front ends or back ends overhanging the trail, the town has erected signage reading “Keep yah bumpah off the curbin!” Hard to argue with that.
If you’re still wondering what to do with the kids when school lets out, check out our Summer Camps page. It’s got everything from camps for the artsy to camps for the outdoorsy to camps for the sporty, both here in Wellesley and beyond. It’s not too late to save yourself from that most plaintive of summer cries, “Mom, I’m bored.”
Do it today.
It’s Red Apple Season at Wellesley Education Foundation (WEF), and WEF is asking every family in the district to consider participating in this program that both supports and encourages educator innovation and creativity.
The Red Apple Program allows Wellesley public school students and their families to recognize a Pre-K through high school educator and/or staff member of their choice by making a donation to WEF. This simple online giving program can be allocated to multiple recipients across multiple schools, and WEF volunteers will send a Red Apple thank you e-card that includes your child’s name (but not the amount of your gift) and a display magnet to those you are recognizing.
Claire Lee, a long-time English teacher at the Middle School and Red Apple grant recipient says, “The WEF Red Apple Donation is a wonderful way to support teachers at Wellesley. When I’ve received magnets in the past, I’ve felt recognized and deeply honored as a teacher. These grants make a difference in our ability to try new ideas and grow in our learning in ways that we wouldn’t be able to otherwise. I’ve had opportunities to take professional development classes as well as pilot new curriculum through the WEF grant. This summer through the WEF grant, I have the chance to attend a conference on journalism in order to teach journalistic skills to my 6th grade students in English. I’m excited and eager to learn from this conference, and I know it will shape how I teach my students.”
The bond between families, students and the teachers and staff distinguishes Wellesley as a district where educators like to work and children love to learn. The WEF partnership helps cement these relationships from Pre-K through 12th grade with this simple, tax-deductible, direct giving opportunity. Click here to find out more information.
First came the teaser: a sign on the recycling wall area that said “Remodeling this area — new product coming soon.” The RDF didn’t make us wait long. The new product being accepted for recycling is, wait for it, Rigid Plastics. According to RDF Superintendent Jeff Azano-Brown, “The Rigid Plastics will get turned into other plastic products (just like the other plastics we recycle). Last year we collected about 60 tons and we’re hoping that with the promotion of the new area that we will generate more. The town will generate revenue for them; in today’s market and last year’s tonnage that would be about $7,000 per year (and another $5,000 in avoided landfill costs). It was hard to carve out space because we’re limited on the recycling wall. We sacrificed one of our newspaper collection areas that didn’t see a lot of activity. We still encourage residents to recycle newspaper because it’s one of our most voluminous and profitable products.”
Here’s what qualifies for the Rigid Plastics area;
5 gallon buckets
This isn’t to say that any of the Rigid Plastic items listed above are now being refused by the Give and Take area. If there’s a hole in the bucket, dear Eliza, dear Eliza, drop it off at Rigid Plastics. But if the kiddie pool still holds water, Reusables is the place for it.
Here’s what you might be tempted to toss in there, but that does not qualify:
Oil and fuel containers
Here’s what you might be tempted to toss in there, but should be recycled elsewhere:
Plastic food containers
And of course, keep it tidy by removing dirt and metal parts such as handles and axels. And do so with good cheer. Remember the unofficial dump motto:
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The beauty of late spring has hit Wellesley hard, bringing with it the pastel colors of peonies, early roses, false indigo and more. Wellesley gardens are at their absolute finest right now. Homeowners here tend to put most of their gardening efforts into ensuring plenty of flowers from April through June, reasoning that since they’re down the Cape all summer anyway, why plant heat-loving perennials they’ll never see? Here are a few pictures:
Also of interest…