Wellesley Free Library is showcasing Scholastic Art Award-winning works by local 7-12th grade students this month. Some really imaginative pieces to check out…
Sunday, May 8th: Meet at the parking lot next to the Main Library at 7am to go to Mount Auburn Cemetery with Alice Cestari.
Sunday, May 15th: Meet at the parking lot next to the Main Library at 8am to bird locally with Dan Kemp.
Sunday, May 22nd: Meet at the parking lot next to the Main Library at 8am to bird locally with Natalie Starr.
Sunday, May 29th: Meet at the parking lot next to the Main Library at 8am to bird locally with Alice Cestari
Nobel Laureate Dr. Craig C. Mello is coming to Wellesley Free Library on Thursday, April 14 at 7pm to deliver a talk called “A Worm’s Tale: Secrets of Evolution and Immortality.”
Mello, of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Dr. Andrew Fire of Stanford University were awarded the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work relating to RNA interference. The result is a revolution in molecular genetics that promises to help unlock the secrets of life, and to speed the discovery of new medicines.
Mello’s talk will describe how organisms use these remarkable mechanisms of RNAi to program gene expression, and how scientists and physicians are learning to use them as tools.
This program, which is free and open to the public, is part of Wellesley’s Evening-and-Weekend Lecture Series sponsored by the Council on Aging in partnership with the Library.
Following the talk on Paul Revere, the Historical Society will wrap up their lecture series on May 19 before taking a break for the summer with The History of the Quabbin Reservoir, 7pm, in the Wellesley Library’s Wakelin Room.
Anita Diamant, author of The Boston Girl, The Red Tent, Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown, and Day After Night, speaks at Wellesley Free Library on Tuesday, March 22 at 7pm. The Annual Arnold Lecture is free and open to the public.
I recently came across Ghosts in the Burbs, this creepy little WordPress blog about paranormal activity, set in Wellesley and written by Liz Sower, a Wellesley mom of two girls and a former Wellesley Children’s Room librarian. If you’re going to read it — and you should — be ready to be get the chills. Sower introduces readers to incredibly believable characters. I swear I know that real estate agent who’s kind of full of himself and has an eye for the well-toned Pilates ass as it passes by him at Quebrada. Ditto the mom at the playground with her minimal makeup and hair pulled back in a bouncy ponytail, her beat up Chuck Taylors offset by her slouchy grey cashmere turtleneck. After that, things get weird.
Sower tells readers that she’s interviewed and tape recorded actual Wellesley residents who unwittingly bought a haunted house or who somehow invited spirits into their home by using a Ouija board or even simply being in the room while one was being used. Readers who have always suspected that the old houses of Wellesley are surely full of ghosts will be spellbound. Her stories are so rife with possibility, that I knew I couldn’t blog about her blog without talking to her first. I had to know: Are these stories true?
Sower set me straight: “These are all fictional stories. I have not interviewed people,” she said firmly. There’s no flyer on the community message board near the front entrance of the library asking people to contact her with their ghost stories, and she’s not concerned that the houses of those who shared their stories with her might get added to some New England ghost tour. She assured me that the only spirit she’s found here in Wellesley is the creative spirit, and she’s channeling it into a forum for all manner of eerie stories that rattle around in her head. She has always been into tales about the spirit world and the idea of paranormal activity, and her blog is simply a way for her to unchain her active imagination.
So far she’s written two posts. The first one is the type of ghost story where dolls start moving around, and a mom is freaked out because she says the thing “wasn’t a ghost…I don’t know what it was, but I know it had never been human. It didn’t want us there, but it got some kind of power out of scaring us.”
Yikes. I’m terrified right now, and that wasn’t even the scariest part of the story. I won’t spoil it for you, but I’ll just ask you this: Are you sure your marriage is strong enough to make it through a haunting?
Her next post is about a guy who talked his dinner guests into a little Ouija board activity, and nothing was the same for any of them after that. Rather than fearing the spirit unleashed by careless people who have had a [Read more…]
Fifth generation painter Chelsea Sebastian will be playing to the home crowd when she debuts her Expressive Wellesley exhibit next month at Wellesley Free Library.
“Inspired by the community and beauty of Wellesley, I’ve created numerous 2- and 3-foot paintings depicting everyday scenes. I’ve recorded my love for places such as cafes, the train station, Lake Waban, and have given them a visual boost,” Sebastian writes.
Artist Deborah Friedman will show and discuss her latest work, including colored pencil drawings, at Wellesley Society of Artists’ annual Margaret Fernside Memorial Talk at Wellesley Free Library on March 9. Refreshments will be served at 6:30pm, with the talk to follow at 7pm.
Friedman’s award-winning drawings feature subjects such as stones and birds. Before she became involved in creating these works, she earned a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and went on to work in several media, including graphite, pastels, oils, acrylics, charcoal, and lithographs.
The WSA was founded in 1933 for the purpose of encouraging and supporting artists who reside in Wellesley and surrounding towns.
Tanglewood Marionettes present “The Fairy Circus”
Wednesday, February 17
7:00-8:00 pm, Wakelin Room, Wellesley Free Library
Featuring over twenty beautifully hand-crafted marionettes, The Fairy Circus is a showcase for turn-of-the-century-style trick puppetry. The puppets will dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform, and fly through the air with the greatest of ease, all to the best-loved music of favorite composers. The presentation includes a lively puppetry demonstration prior to the show, and a Question and Answer session following the performance. This show is perfect for families with younger children.