Beatles tribute concert rained out in Wellesley, so settle for beetle pictures

Click beetleHelp!, a Beatles tribute band, was schedule to play Wednesday night, July 16, at Wellesley Town Hall Green starting at 7pm. But the concert has been nixed due to a forecast for poor weather. (Morses Pond is also closed Wednesday due to “severe weather”.)

So instead, enjoy the other kind of beetles at our Bob’s Bugs page.

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Wellesley’s favorite groundhog rears her head again


Ms. G groundhog parade

Ms. G groundhog parade

“Ms. G for State Groundhog” campaign manager Mish Michaels informs us that Wellesley’s favorite rodent will be the topic of discussion this Thursday at the state Senate. A group of Hunnewell Elementary School students has been invited by Senate President Therese Murray to attend a formal session at which senators will be discussing the Ms. G Bill and the students will be able to listen in. If the senators approve, the Ms. G Bill will be one step closer to becoming a law, with the potential for Governor Deval Patrick to sign it sometime this fall.

Ms. G resides at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln.

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Here’s the deal with that Belvedere Abbott Road sign

Belvedere Abbott Road sign, may 2013The slow news days of summer are good for little Wellesley history lessons. Ever wondered about that nice wooden Belvedere Abbott Road sign at the corner of Abbott Road and Washington St. in Wellesley Hills?

Wellesley’s Tory DeFazio explains:

The Belvedere-Abbott Road sign was originally designed and placed at the entrance of Abbott Road in Wellesley Hills in the 1920′s.  It designates the entrance to Wellesley’s first large-house residential development.  Known as the “Belvedere” (Italian for “beautiful to see”) after Judge Josiah Abbott’s home, the area is now considered part of the Wellesley Country Club neighborhood.

The original sign was done in wood with carved wood lettering.   Wrought iron brackets forged by the Frederick Krasser Company in Roxbury attach the sign to a vertical post.  It is considered an excellent example of colonial revival craftsmanship of the period.  The Krasser Company was an important part of the Society of Arts and Crafts movement in Boston and was influential in the revival of the blacksmith’s art during the turn of the 19th century.  Krasser died in 1913 but his shop was kept going under Frank Koralewsky.   Another of his works hangs in the entryway of the Sprague School in Wellesley, an interesting lantern depicting symbolic representations of the five members of the school’s building committee in 1924.

The sign has been repaired many times over the years but in July 2009 it collapsed because of rot.   Through funds raised by neighbors and matched by the Community Preservation Committee, a new restored sign in gold leaf was erected in December 2010.  Cost was about $6,000.

RELATED: Wellesley Historical Society

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Pouring it on: Drizly to bring booze to Wellesley doorsteps

Wellesley has suddenly become awash in alcoholic beverage options.

Not only are retailers like Fells Market and Roche Bros., gaining permission to sell beer and wine, and new restaurants like Juniper opening with bars, but now mobile app maker Drizly has begun making available the delivery of beer, wine and liquor to people in Wellesley (and Wayland and Weston).

DrizlyDrizly, available on Apple and Android devices, currently serves consumers in the Boston area as well as in NYC, Chicago and Los Angeles, with plans to expand beyond those cities. The venture-funded Drizly says it does not mark up the prices on drinks it delivers, though charges a small fee for bringing them to your mansion’s doorstep.

Drizly isn’t the first to offer doorstep delivery in town. In fact, Fells Market and some of the others looking to sell beer/wine in Wellesley will provide home delivery. Also, Metro West Wines offered an alcoholic beverage delivery service in town in recent years.

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Movie “The Greens are Gone” filming in Wellesley

The Elm Bank Reservation neighborhood on the Wellesley/Dover/Natick line has been starry-eyed this week about movie trailers rolling through the area. Here’s the scoop:

A film called The Greens are Gone is filming at Elm Bank and it sounds like Thursday will be the crew’s last day here.

Supposedly, they’ll be working some Hollywood magic to blow up the Cheney Bridge without really blowing it up (which is a good thing since the back entrance to the park on Turtle Lane is off limits except to only the privileged).

This Instagram picture appears to be of the crew on the Cheney Bridge.

The Peer Pedersen-directed movie stars Catherine Keener, Cary Elwes (most famous for his role in The Princess Bride and who apparently hasn’t been in the Boston area in 26 years), and Maya Rudolph of Bridesmaids and SNL fame, among others. The film, a drama about what else…a dysfunctional family, is slated to arrive in theaters next year. We’re not sure which, if any, of the big name actors are on location.

Some  wondered whether the Whitey Bulger movie Black Mass, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Depp, might have bullied its way into Wellesley this week, as it has been filming in Massachusetts. But that doesn’t seem to be the case at least at this location.

Wellesley has been the location of movie-making in the past, including for The Company Men and Mona Lisa Smile. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past was also filmed in part at Elm Bank.

RELATED: Mass Horticultural Society at Elm Bank

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Be well at the Wellesley Community Center

The Wellesley Community Center in partnership with the One for Health Foundation and Wellness 101 will present the Wellness 101 Health Challenge at the Community Center on Thursday, July 10, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Their goal is to change the focus of healthcare in America from sickness to wellness by using a holistic approach through  seminars, games and other events.

Wellness 101 is on a 50-state tour and will present their material in a game show format during their Wellesley stop, promising plenty of opportunity for audience participation.

Admission is free and the doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:00 p.m. presentation. The Community Center is located at 219 Washington St.

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Explaining the Wellesley Sleepwalker’s over-the-top media coverage

Wellesley Sleepwalker

Sculpture magazine and the associated website have meticulously sifted through 5,000+ articles and 800 TV broadcasts from around the world to sum up the media frenzy spawned by the arrival of Tony Matelli’s Sleepwalker statue on the Wellesley College campus in February:

“[T]he extensive media coverage compilation is a case study that shows an example of the current state of art in the age of mass/Internet media. In particular, the coverage shows how far and wide an art story can travel when journalistically packaged in a certain way and when pushed through various news distribution channels. Diverse photo-based and Internet-based video distribution— and social media— are key elements. 

Very kindly, the publications give us a nice amount of credit for breaking various elements of the story, including the student petition against the statue and the emergence of a Sleepwalker Twitter account.

The media frenzy didn’t begin until after word of the student petition started to spread— and Sleepwalker photographed vulnerably in the snow helped. Boston TV and newspapers were the first networked outlets to break the story, which quickly led to text, photos, and broadcast footage for national and international distribution. However, it was a local blog, The Swellesley Report, that first saw Sleepwalker’s media appeal on February 3, [and later announced] the student petition and the sculpture’s social media accounts.


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Jungle Book coming to Wellesley this weekend

Jungle Book summer theatre

Wellesley Theatre Project (WTP) will present the musical, Disney’s  Jungle Book, Kids! Friday, July 11 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, July 12 at 2:00 PM.  All performances will take place at the Katherine L. Babson, Jr., Auditorium at Wellesley High School, 50 Rice Street, Wellesley.  Tickets are priced $12 for adults and $6 for students and seniors, and may be purchased online at in advance, or at the door for $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.   


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Juniper restaurant to open Wednesday in Wellesley


Juniper, the new Wellesley restaurant from Sweet Basil owner Dave Becker, is slated to open for dinner only beginning this Wednesday, July 9. The restaurant, at 13 Central St., will serve dinner six nights a week, skipping Mondays.

JuniperThe 110-seat restaurant, which has a bar and patio, will serve Eastern Mediterranean fare.  So it will provide a smooth segue from the Milestone restaurant that previously occupied the spot. (Milestone’s owner was planning to devote time to Maugus, also run by his family.)

Executive Chef Tim Fichera, a longtime Sweet Basil employee, leads the kitchen at Juniper. As for the menu, dips start at $6, starters like Chilled Asparagus Soup at $11 and entrees such as Vegetable Ragu at $23. At the high end, a Grilled Skirt Steak will run you $30, putting it in the company of the most expensive dishes in town. (Yes, looks to be a bit of a “Wellesley Tax,” as Sweet Basil apps start at $10 and entrees at $20.) According to a Juniper press release, one difference between this restaurant and Sweet Basil, is that the Needham restaurant features “savory-only fare” and Juniper will offer up sweets like Pecan Pie Baclava and Revani. More on the menu from Boston Magazine.

Dave Becker, Juniper owner

Juniper owner Dave Becker (Photo credit: David Salafia)

Like pretty much every business in Wellesley, Juniper is playing up its sustainability. One cool feature: A custom cork floor.

Juniper does not take reservations, so tables are first come, first served.

Juniper Menu

RELATED: Where to eat in Wellesley


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New England Aquarium critters to visit Linden Square

The New England Aquarium Traveling Tidepool will come to Linden Square Courtyard on Saturday, July 12, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Lobsters, hermit crabs and other tidal creatures will be on hand for kids to handle or just observe.  Spongeboy and his mermaid friend will be on hand, too.  The event is free and includes treats and a sun catcher craft for each kid to take home.


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