Wellesley High’s “The Drowsy Chaperone” nears

(l-r)  Carl Richardson, Peter Gilleran, Taeghan Hagood, Mary Moynihan, Zoe Lloyd, Drew Hawkinson, Katrina Kincade.

(l-r) Carl Richardson, Peter Gilleran, Taeghan Hagood, Mary Moynihan, Zoe Lloyd, Drew Hawkinson, Katrina Kincade.

Wellesley High is making a big push this week to sell tickets for its fall play, a musical called The Drowsy Chaperone.

The Tony Award winner, which first hit Broadway in 2006,  tells the story of  a theater fan whose favorite 1920’s musical comes to life in his apartment while he plays the original Broadway cast recording and offers wry commentary.

Drowsy Chaperone Wellesley

(l-r) Sam Weinberg as Man In Chair, Zoe Lloyd as The Chaperone.

Led by veteran director and WHS drama specialist Stephen Wrobleski, music director Kevin McDonald, choreographer Lauren Schneider, and Technical Director/Theater Manager Brian McManimon, the cast and crew have been hard at work rehearsing The Drowsy Chaperone since early September. The production will feature a pit orchestra of Wellesley High School musicians conducted by band director Steven Scott.

The show will be performed at Wellesley High School, 50 Rice St.

Performance Dates and Times:

Thursday, November 6 at 4:30pm

Friday, November 7 at 7:30pm

Saturday, November 8 at 2:00pm

Saturday, November 8 at 7:30pm


For tickets and more information:

Go to www.wellesley.k12.ma.us; click the “Online Fee” payment button (lower left side); click on the “Tickets” tab at the top of the page and select your performances and seats.

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Wellesley Players present “A…My Name is Alice: A Musical Revue”

AMyNameisAliceThe Wellesley Players’ next show is called “A…My Name is Alice,” a musical revue that will be performed at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, Black Box Theatre, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, Mass.

Shows take place November 7, 8, 14, 15 at 8:00 P.M, November 13, 7:00, November 8, 9, 15, 16 at 3:00 P.M.

Seating for this show is general admission.  Tickets are $25 for adults; $22 for students/seniors/youth.  Purchase tickets online now!  You can also send in your order by filling out and mailing in our order form Alice Ticket Order Form.A my name is alice wellesley players

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Classic movie night in Wellesley: Seven Samurai

Seven SamuraiFans of the western The Magnificent Seven might enjoy catching a showing at Wellesley Free Library on Wednesday night of the movie it was based on: Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. (Not to be confused with the more recent Seven Psychopaths. The action starts at 6:45pm.

This epic tale concerns honor and duty during a time when the old traditional order is breaking down. Attendees will be joined via Skype by film editor Richard Pepperman, author of the forthcoming book “Everything I Know About Filmmaking I Learned Watching Seven Samurai.’

This film is too big to be contained in one session; so a viewing and discussion of the second half will be held on Tuesday November 18th.

Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.

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Wellesley outdoor basketball courts: Now and then

wellesley basketball court reopening october 2014Lots of kids and adults turned out on sunny Saturday to officially christen the new outdoor basketball courts near the Wellesley High School track/football field.

Wellesley Youth Basketball orchestrated games and activities for those who attended.  The courts, which had been replaced by a parking lot during the building of the new high school, are now back and better than ever thanks to the work of recreation, Natural Resources Commission, the town engineer and other town officials. (Photos via Linda Chow)

Among those in attendance and happy to see the new courts in use was Paul Cloonan, whose dad — still a Wellesley resident — spearheaded the building of the original court.

The elder Cloonan, whose grandson also took part in the opening celebration, shared some of his memories of the original court development with me via email (he didn’t have any photos of the old court handy…if anyone does and wants to share them with us, please email us here: [email protected]).

“Myself and a small group of other Wellesley parents that had children involved in basketball programs heard in 1988 that the Town was contemplating building a new basketball court.  I believe that the estimated cost for the court would be $10,000, At that time there were no decent outdoor basketball courts in Town. We approached Town officials and indicated to them that we would raise an additional $10,000 so that the Town could construct 2 courts side by side. The town officials agreed to this plan and we formed a non- profit corporation called the Wellesley Basketball Association to begin our fundraising.”

wellesley basketball court reopening october 2014Cloonan, who ran the CYO basketball program at St. Paul’s for years, says residents were generally supportive of the effort, and Roche Bros., made a significant contribution as well, enabling the group to hit its $10K goal.

Originally, the town planned to build the courts on a site at the high school where an outdoor hockey rink once stood. But things started to go south during Cloonan’s presentation at Town Meeting, where some neighbors and abutters spoke out against the courts, suggesting that there would be boozing and carousing at the site.

“The mistake we made was not consulting with the neighbors before the meeting. It is very difficult to accomplish anything in Wellesley if the neighbors do not approve of the project,” Cloonan said. Certainly, the same is true today.

Despite the opposition, Town Meeting approved the construction of the courts (here’s a link to an old Townsman article on the courts being okayed), but the location was changed to where the courts currently stand. That resulted in increased costs, however, so additional funds were raised. In fact, some of those living near the old hockey rink agreed to chip in to help fund construction in the new location. Call it a NIMBY tax.

Cloonan says that what he thought would be a 6-month project for him turned into a 2-year one. “The completed courts were worth the effort we put into it [adult leagues were quite active back then]. The town’s DPW did a great job in constructing the courts.”

wellesley basketball court reopening october 2014

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They grow mushrooms big in Wellesley these days

giant mushroomIf you glance across the yard and see what looks like a stray soccer ball, take a closer look.  Could be that it’s actually a giant puffball mushroom, or in technical terms, a Calvatia Gigantea.

This one was seen in a wooded part of a Wellesley yard, but they are also commonly found in meadows, typically in the late summer and into autumn.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, they are edible when young, but we’re scaredy cats about mushrooms in the wild, even if the wild in this context means tame old suburbia. We’ll let Whole Foods continue to supply us with our fungi needs.



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Wellesley Society of Artists Presents Fall Library Art Exhibit and Demonstration

“Mahogany Sunset” by Nan Rumpf

“Mahogany Sunset” by Nan Rumpf

The Wellesley Society of Artists (WSA) is a community of artists founded in 1933 for the purpose of encouraging and supporting local artists. Member Artists works will be on display in the lobby and Wakelin Room at the Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington Street, Wellesley, from November 1 through November 28.

On Thursday, November 6, the Society will have a reception with light refreshments at 6:30 pm and present awards for the library jury exhibit at 7:00 pm. Following the Awards presentation, a demonstration will be given by local artist, Nan Rumpf. The subject of Ms. Rumpf’s demonstration will be “Line Resist with Watercolor Technique (Paul Klee inspired).

Ms. Rumpf graduated from the University of Iowa. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Danforth Museum, The Center for the Arts in Natick, The Attleboro Arts Museum and many other venues throughout New England. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and has taught as a visiting artist at Framingham State and Medfield High School. She teaches water media classes and workshops

at the Danforth Museum School and at the Concord Art Association. She is an exhibiting member of the Wellesley Society of Artists and a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society. For more information, visit her website at www.NanRumpf.com

All are welcome to this free and informative event. If you are interested in learning more about WSA , please visit our website for information and membership at www.wellesleysocietyofartists.org.

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Wellesley Historical Society walks: The Rise & Fall of Industry in Lower Falls

Charles River Wellesley Lower Falls

The Wellesley Historical Society presents: The Rise and Fall of Industry in Lower Falls 

Saturday, November 1, 9:30 A.M. 
and Thursday, November 13 at 9:30 A.M. 

Tour meets at the rear of Starbucks, 2322 Washington Street, Newton Lower Falls. This is a 90-minute, one-mile guided historic walk, recommended for adults and interested teens. For more information or to reserve your spot, please call 781-235-6690 or email our Executive Director, Erica Dumont, at [email protected]

Cost: Free for Historical Society members, $5 for non-members

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Dana Hall exhibit features student art from South Africa

The Dana Hall School Art Gallery presents Ubuntu: Art from Students at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls through November 21 with an opening reception Tuesday, October 28 from 5-7:30 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Over the past six years, Dana Hall has developed a relationship with the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG) in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dana Hall students and faculty visited the OWLAG campus during their spring breaks in 2009, 2012 and 2014. Similarly, OWLAG students spent time at Dana Hall while touring American colleges in 2011 and 2012.

While visiting South Africa in March 2014, Visual Arts Department Head Michael Frassinelli and Social Studies Teacher Heather Panahi, impressed by the artistic talents of the young women of OWLAG, thought of how to bring their work to the Dana Hall gallery. The result is this installation, which features photographs of student work in a variety of mediums—clay, acrylic paint, cloth, and wire, to name a few. Also included are poetry, essays and videos of musical and dance performances by OWLAG students.

In addition to works of art done by students at OWLAG, the show also features photographs by Dana Hall students and faculty members who have visited OWLAG.

The Dana Hall School Art Gallery, located on the Dana Hall campus on the second floor the classroom building, located at 45 Dana Rd. in Wellesley, provides a program of exhibitions by local and visiting artists for the Dana Hall and surrounding communities. The Gallery is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. It is closed weekends and school holidays. For more information, visit www.danahall.org/arts or call (781) 235-3010.

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“Ether Dome” play recalls famed Wellesley dentist

Morton rock, Wellesley Town HallHuntington Theatre Co’s new “Ether Dome” play, which recalls the early days of medical pain relief, has a solid Wellesley angle. It tells the story of Wellesley dentist William TG Morton, who took part in the first public demonstration of ether used as a surgical anesthetic in 1864and wound up being quite the controversial figure.

You can see a marker recognizing Morton’s role in medical history in front of Wellesley town hall.

The play’s reviews so far haven’t exactly been glowing (Globe, WBUR, Wicked Local) .

We did, however, give a solid review a while back for the Ether Dome itself at Mass General Hospital, which we recommend as a fun and free field trip if you’re ever in that part of Boston with a few minutes to spare.

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You’ll be POed at yourself if you miss “Urinetown” at Babson

The Empty Space Theatre presents “Urinetown” at Babson College’s Carling-Sorenson TheateBabson urinetownr on Oct. 30-Nov 1 at 8pm in Wellesley. The summary: “Imagine a dystopian world where water is so scarce the population has to ‘pay to pee.’ Join TEST for this comedic romp with its outrageous perspective and wickedly modern wit, an irreverent satire that has reinvigorated the very notion of what a musical can be.”

General admission: $20; Babson faculty/staff $10; Babson students: $5

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