The fifth annual TEDxNatick will take place on January 25, 2020 at Natick High School. The event will feature 11 speakers who will tell their stories live and on stage, TED-talk style.
We’re most excited about investigative journalist and award-winning mystery author Hank Phillippi Ryan. Ryan is an on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV, and winner of 36 Emmy and 14 Edward R. Murrow awards. A nationally bestselling author of 11 mysteries, she also has won five Agathas, three Anthonys, and the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Hank’s 2018 Trust Me is an Agatha Nominee. Her newest novel is The Murder List. Critics call her “a master of suspense”.
An all-volunteer, community-driven initiative, TEDxNatick brings together 800 community members, civic leaders, business leaders, technologists, artists, educators, and other professionals for a full day of thought-provoking talks, inspiring music, conversations and networking. This year’s event will have over 20 corporate and individual sponsors, and 12 fantastic speakers. Those interested in volunteering may contact [email protected]. Tickets are on sale at tedxnatick.org. Buy your tickets soon, every previous TEDxNatick event has sold out in advance.
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The Swellesley Report’s Summer Camps page is now updated with over 75 camps in Wellesley and beyond. It’s time to sign your child up for the summer camp experience of a lifetime. Whether they’re into coding, arts and crafts, sports, drama, or nature, the perfect camp is out there for them.
Swellesley’s camps page is sponsored by LINX Camps. Over 40 Premier Camps. Perfect for your family.
Contact Deborah for more info on inclusion of your camp located in Wellesley or elsewhere, or for advertising on Swellesley. Camp parents and guardians: Please let camps know that you found them here, if you did…thanks.
Wellesley High School’s team earned a spot on High School Quiz Show Season 11, and taping of its first match (vs. Andover High School) takes place on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3pm.
You can attend for free, but should RSVP here.
The show will air on March 28 at 6pm.
Wellesley’s own Payton Moran gave it her best shot as one of 30 contestants selected to try and win the heart of Bachelor Peter Weber on season 24 of the popular ABC TV show The Bachelor.
Sadly, true love wasn’t meant to be between Weber and Moran. Although the 2014 Wellesley High School graduate made it through the first episode of the popular reality show, she did not receive a rose on Monday, January 13. Perhaps Moran will resume her pre-Bachelor life working in business development for IBM.
In a post on her Instagram account Moran said, “Thank you to everyone, but especially to my mom, for all of the support.”
Two other contestants were also sent home.
Not that we’re biased or anything, but we think the beautiful Payton was the best of the batch on The Bachelor. #journey #single #onethatgotaway
Wellesley Repertory Theatre, the award-winning professional theatre company in residence on the Wellesley College campus since 1998, will bring playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s boom to the Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre at Wellesley College on January 16 — February 9, 2020.
The three-person show hilariously explores the relationship between the two survivors of a global catastrophe and what it means about our modern world
At an evolutionary museum far in the future, a curator tells the story of two present-day people on a first date interrupted by a comet hitting the Earth, with globally catastrophic repercussions. This couple soon finds themselves as the last two people on the planet; the fate of humanity suddenly lands on their shoulders as they realize they could be the new Adam and Eve. Spanning billions of years, boom riotously looks at the depths of humanity – what we want from one another, how we take care of each other, and how our stories become important.
I already had a tear in my eye after watching the Celtics fall to the lowly Washington Wizards on Monday night, and then one of the Swellesley Jrs., reminded us to tune in to “The Bachelor” to catch Wellesley’s Payton Moran in action as one of those vying for the heart of dreamy pilot Peter Weber. I don’t think we were watching the ABC TV show for more than about 10 minutes and at least a half dozen of the contestants were weeping along with me.
I saw early on that Moran made the first cut, while 8 of 30 contestants did not receive a precious rose.
“Whew, we’ve still got a Swellesley story,” I said to myself.
Then I checked on the bread we had cooking in the kitchen… dozens of times. I peeked at the TV, then took a shower. I peeked at the TV, then did some paperwork that I’d been putting off. Then I put new ink in the printer. Been meaning to do that.
I hung in there during an airport-themed obstacle course and a bitter debriefing by those not chosen to go on a romantic flight with Weber.
But after hearing either the bachelor and the women refer to their time on this unreality show as a “journey” for about the 10th time (and there’s that dreaded word again in the tweet below, too), I couldn’t take it any more.
I parachuted outta there, no great loss to ABC (not their demographic).
Peter the Pilot’s journey as #TheBachelor has begun! Tweet us your reactions to the premiere episode for a chance to see your responses on #RealityCheck. Watch our full recap Tuesday at 4:30pm ET/1:30pm PT. pic.twitter.com/REV232Ii0D
— People (@people) January 7, 2020
But I was happy to see when I checked in the morning that Moran had made it through the entire 3-hour premiere. A cliffhanger ending had Moran and others waiting to share an intimate story in front of a live audience.
I’m told that those who make it further along get to host a hometown date. I’ll be appalled if I find out this happened under our noses in Wellesley.
So I guess we’ll have to stay plugged in to find out…or at least check social media following future episodes.
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Wellesley Theatre Project (WTP) presents Impact! Throwback!, a concert presentation of classical musical theater, Jan. 10 – 12 at the WTP Studios at the Wellesley Community Center, 219 Washington St.
General admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors in advance or $18 for adults and $12 for students and seniors at the door.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.wellesleytheatreproject.org or by calling the box office at 781-235-1550
Senior IMPACT! will perform selections from classical musical theatre including favorites from Oklahoma, Kiss Me Kate, Guys and Dolls, Peter Pan, My Fair Lady, and many others.
Junior IMPACT! will present a selection from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, which they will perform at the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, January 17th-20th.
There are lots of opportunities around Wellesley to get into the holiday spirit:
Holiday worship schedules in Wellesley, 2019
Happy holidays, Wellesley. By now you’re probably ready to slow down, set aside the to-do list, and contemplate the reason for the season. Some of Wellesley’s houses of worship celebrate with all the formality you might expect from historic churches with Puritan roots, while others have a more casual flair or take a non-denominational approach to the holidays. All the services bring people together, and all are welcome. Here’s a list of upcoming Wellesley services.
Town of Wellesley, Holidays schedule
Town of Wellesley has kicked off the festivities
The Town of Wellesley has draped trees with holiday lights from the Hills to the Square. The tree lights and wreaths throughout Town are made possible by very generous donors and businesses in the community and are hung by Wellesley’s own Municipal Light Plant workers, all to make Wellesley festive during the holiday season.
In addition, look in front of Town Hall for the menorah, the Christmas tree, and the crescent to appear soon. And of course, the high holy tradition of free metered parking has been put in place.
Details on free 2-hour parking in Wellesley:
The Board of Selectmen has waived parking fees at all two-hour street meters in Town through Tuesday, December 31. This includes two-hour meters in all municipal-owned parking lots.
Parking fees are NOT waived at four-hour meters, private parking lots and commuter rail lots.
Wellesley Free Library activities for kids, teens, and adults
The Wellesley Free Library has a full roster of fun holiday activities planned including a holiday wrapping station at the Hills branch; a holiday jazz concert with the Kareem Sanjaghi Band; gingerbread houses construction with graham crackers and icing; Sankta Lucia story and craft; holiday sing-a-long with David Polansky; a LEGO Winter Village set-up; Giant Snowpeople craft; and more.
MassHort Festival of Trees
December 27 – 29, Snow Village and garden lights
DATES FOR TRAINS AND LIGHTS: December 27 – 29
LOCATION: Massachusetts Horticultural Society, 900 Washington St., Wellesley, MA