WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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The idea was so appealing I immediately signed on to help. It would ferent spots. Worse, even to me, a history buff, the booklet be unchartered territory for both Stedman and me, but no worries: the tours were boring. Still, we all figured they could provide a project promised to be sweet and short. Sweet, because it is the kind of skeleton on which to build new tours. work that seems like play: walking, talking, and delving into history. By this time Stedman had attracted another committee And short, because the job was, in a sense, already done. In 1968 the member, who, as inexperienced in creating tours as Society had published a booklet, "Four Tours of Historic Wellesley." All the rest of us, pushed to consult an expert: her friend we needed to do was review and renew. Patty Sullivan, a Boston-By-Foot guide. Several weeks later, on a cold January day, Stedman and I, with the Good move. Right off the bat, Sullivan brought up help of Wellesley teacher Chad Harris, met to scope out the first route issues we didn't even know we needed to think about: park- from the old booklet. At this rate, our tours could be on the road by ing, street-crossing, traffic noise, participants' physical condi- the spring thaw, four months — max. tions, on-the-fly questions, and fee setting, to name only a few. But Sullivan's most significant contribution addressed content. We needed ized by neighborhood and held fascinating nuggets of information. to organize our material around specific subjects — be they architec- The tours meandered through picturesque areas of Wellesley that, on a tural periods, particular events, or famous people. Without that, the few occasions, none of us — despite decades-long residency — ever tours would be just like the booklets, a string of disparate facts. We knew existed: recommendation in itself. But there were major down- were immediately persuaded, yet, at the same time, doubtful. Would sides. The tours were not designed for walking. One was over ten miles such an idea work in spread-out Wellesley as well as it does in compact long; one followed busy Route 9; all of them started and ended at dif- Boston? And what kinds of subjects could we find? 109 f a l l 2 0 1 3 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e But there were problems. On the plus side, the booklet was organ-

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