I adore traipsing around town in the snow, taking pictures of Wellesley’s beauty spots. When the snow is falling all is pristine, and I become immersed in wanderings my soul must have. You stay inside and stay warm, Swellesley readers. I got this.
The Wellesley Historical Society‘s Winter Wednesdays program, a free and interactive offering for elementary school age kids, starts up on Jan. 4 at Wellesley Free Library (1-3pm) and runs through Feb. 8. (Registration is not necessary.)
Here’s a look at the schedule:
Advertisement: Exploring the changing methods and trends in advertising from the colonial period through today.
Children will view advertisements from various time periods, and discover how they have changed, and what advertisements can tell us about people and their communities.
Clothing and Fashion: Children will explore how fashion, types of garments, and clothing manufacturing practices and materials have changed over the years using primary sources.
Transportation: Wellesley has changed tremendously since it was settled, and that change is due in a large part to advancements in transportation. Discover the various ways people traveled to and from Wellesley and within Wellesley over the years since the town’s founding in 1881.
Maps and Atlases: Maps and atlases have been used for centuries, and can give us quite a bit of information about towns and cities today. Looking at old ones can tell us a lot about the past too. Children will view copies of old maps and discover Wellesley’s past through these significant primary sources.
Food: Food is a part of everyday life. Though people have always eaten food, the types of foods and the way foods were obtained have changed significantly over time. Children will learn about the history of food preparation, consumption, and trends over the last two centuries.
Buildings of Wellesley: Wellesley has lots of buildings that have been around for 100 years or more. How have the buildings in Wellesley changed over the years, and what do they teach us about the history of the town? Children will explore the buildings of Wellesley using old photographs and other primary sources.
Here’s a Wellesley Public Media video that previewed Winter Wednesdays last year…
Here’s our curated list of the most-read stories of 2016 on The Swellesley Report (minus the really sad and ugly ones):
Introducing our re-imagined Summer Camps. Don’t be fooled, some of these camps may look familiar, but we have re-designed them to be even more fun and exciting than before. Camps will include more field trips, swim lessons, bigger and better special events, super creative activities, and much more. Find our more about our KinderCamp (ages 4 – 5); Camp Joey (grades K – 2); Camp Q (grades 3 – 8); Camp Adventure (grades 6 – 8); Counselor in Training program.
Registration for Wellesley residents starts January 5, 2017, starting at 9am; Non Residents: January 19, 2017, starting at 9am.
Please feel free to contact the office with any questions 781-235-2370.
Thursday, December 1, 7pm
Dorie Greenspan, Dorie’s Cookies
$10 ticket includes Dorie’s presentation at Wellesley Books plus a food tasting of recipes from the book.
Buy tickets in the store or online.
Over the course of her baking career, Dorie Greenspan has created more than 300 cookie recipes. Yet she has never written a book about them—until now. To merit her “three purple stars of approval,” every cookie had to be so special that it begged to be made again and again. Some of the recipes: Portofignos, with chocolate dough and port-soaked figs; lunch-box Blueberry Buttermilk Pie Bars; They Might Be Breakfast Cookies, packed with goodies—raisins, dried apples, dried cranberries, and oats; and dozens of Christmas cookie recipes.
Sunday, December 4, 10am onward, during Wellesley’s Holiday Stroll
Multiple authors will be joining the festivities and visiting throughout the day.
10am: Ellen Mayer, author of Cake Day
Jane Sutton, author of What’s Up with This Chicken?
11am: Joannie Duris, author of “B” is for Berkshires
Nancy Tupper Ling, author of The Story I’ll Tell
Anna Staniszewski, author of The Dirt Diary series
12:30pm: Keri Boyle, author of Teddy the Dog: Be Your Own Dog
Heather Lang, author of Fearless Flyer
Joan Paquette, author of the Princess Juniper series
2pm: Lauren Stein, author of Fresh Made Simple
Sebastian Smee, The Art of Rivalry
Author appearance, discussion, Q&A, and book signing
This event will take place at Wellesley Books
Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Sebastian Smee presents The Art of Rivalry, the fascinating story of four pairs of artists—Manet and Degas, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, Freud and Bacon—whose fraught, competitive friendships spurred them to new creative heights.
Make your home the envy of all your guests this holiday season! From the editors of domino magazine comes Your Guide to a Stylish Home, an essential guide to discovering your personal style and creating a space you love.
Neal Shusterman, bestselling author of the Unwind dystology, shares Scythe, the first in a chilling new series about two teens forced into murder. Please note that this is a ticketed event. Your $5 ticket can be used as a coupon toward the price of the book. Buy tickets in the store or online.