It’s rummage sale season in Wellesley

Wellesley Hills Church Rummage SaleAfter a two-year hiatus, the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church (a.k.a the Hills Church, located at 207 Washington Street) will again open it’s doors to bargain-hunters and treasure-seekers alike on Saturday, May 2 from 8a-Noon.Departments include: sporting goods, fine treasures, linens, toys, housewares, men’s, women’s and children’s apparel.

The Hills Church Rummage Sale, organized by the Women’s Ministry, donates 100% of the proceeds to local, national and international charities with an emphasis on the needs of women and children. Admission is $1 at the door.

That same day St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Denton Road in Wellesley is having its annual Bargain Haul, kicking off at 8:30am and going past noon.

In a similar vein, the Friends of Wellesley Free Libraries are having their annual Spring Book Sale that same weekend, tarting on Thursday April 30 for members at the main library.

Members Preview, Thurs, April 30, 5:00 -9:00 pm (Not a member? Join that day!); Public Sale, Fri, May 1, 9:00 am-6:00 pm & Sat, May 2, 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Bag Sale, Sun, May 3, 1:00-5:00 pm ($7 per bag).

There any other big ones we’re missing here…?

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Susmann, Klehm are Wellesley’s fastest 2015 Boston Marathon runners

2015 boston marathon wellesley scream tunnelAustin Susmann wins the title of Wellesley’s fastest Boston Marathon runner in 2015, finishing the race in 2:48:49. That’s a swift sub-6:30-minute-per-mile pace throughout.

Among women, ex-Wellesley High runner Rachael Klehm zipped through the course at a sub-6:50-minute-per-mile pace to finish at 2:58:23.

So yes, those are at least 2 of the people you might see running past you on the streets of Wellesley.

Check out other Boston Marathon finishing times here.

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Running timeline of Boston Marathon in Wellesley

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Wellesley Square mainstay Abigail’s is closing

abigail's wellesley square closing in april 2015Abigail’s Children’s Boutique, which has been at 93 Central St., in Wellesley Square for at least the past 20 years, is shutting down.

The store, which sells clothes and gifts for infants to pre-teens, will be be closed Monday through Wednesday this week, then re-open Thursday, April 23 at 10am for a big store-wide retirement sale.

Abigail’s got its start on Cape Cod when a mom with a child named Abigail wanted to dress her daughter in classic-style clothes and figured others wanted the same for their kids. Two young moms assumed ownership of the store in 1995 and launched an e-commerce site in 2005 that served customers around the world.

Marathoners can bid the store farewell on Monday as they run by. We wish the owners best of luck in whatever comes next.

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Calm before the storm (literally) along Boston Marathon route in Wellesley

Downtown Wellesley is busy on Boston Marathon morning, as police, military personnel, volunteers and others prep for the big stopping marathon sign
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Boston Marathon: Many Wellesley angles

halfway point of boston marathon in wellesleyHopkinton and Ashland can fuss about where the Boston Marathon began or begins, but there’s no arguing the fact that Wellesley is smack in the middle of the 26.2-mile course. We own from about mile 12 to 16, traversing Rte. 135 at the start and crossing over to Rte. 16 for the rest (this zippy Motiv video from Wellesley High grad and app developer extraordinaire Nicholas Peretti takes you down the course a lot faster than even the fastest runners will go).


Familiar faces of female runners lacing them up for the Marathon this marathon runners town hall


2012 Boston Marathon smoochAmong the highlights of the course is the Scream Tunnel at the Wellesley College entrance, where students get loud, make custom signs and even smooch the sweaty hoards. The students used to actually form a narrow tunnel around the runners, squeezing them in, but now barriers keep the students to one side of the road.

Another highlight this year will be the thousands of special daffodils planted along the course as a living memorial  to those who were killed or injured during the 2013 race. This is the second year of daffadil plantings.daffodils wellesley square

The serious side of the Marathon: See something, say something signs dotting the course, including in Wellesley Square.see something say something

More than 80 Wellesley runners are on the official entry list, which you can access here.

Here’s the 2015 Big Town Marathon Photo, in front of Wellesley Town Hall. More info on runners’ charities here.Big Town marathon photo

MORE: Wellesley bank robbery reported during 2012 marathon

Wellesley roots on Army Capt. Jake Murphy as he wheels across course


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