WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2013/2014

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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editor's letter are you old enough to remember the day President Kennedy was assassinated? I know I'm dating myself, but I recall the day fairly vividly. I was in the living room of my home playing quietly with my dolls while my baby brother napped. My mother was ironing and watching Hawaiian Eye on our black and white television set. I became very frightened when I heard my mother begin to cry after seeing the news bulletin on TV. I asked her what was wrong and she said, "Honey, President Kennedy has just been shot." Chilling words that I have never forgotten. Diane Speare Triant never forgot that day either. She remembers where she was and what she was doing C A R O LY N R O S S when the President was shot and in the dark days, weeks, and months that followed that fateful day, she collected every bit of information she could find about the president, his family, and the details surrounding his death. The result was a trove of 1960s publications that included newspapers, magazines, books, quotations, stamps, and even a comic book. This collection was sitting in a box in Diane's attic until now, fifty years later, JILL NILSEN jill@wellesleywestonmagazine.com when she shares her memories and memorabilia with you in her fascinating retrospective, "Four Dark Days in November." On a much lighter note, I have wonderful memories of very special outings with my mother when we would leave my dad and little pest of a brother and enter the magic world of opera. My mother, a classically trained singer, was (and is) an opera buff, and I was indeed fortunate to be exposed to this medium at a young age. The costumes, the drama, and the powerful voices were mesmerizing, even at age seven when I saw my first opera, Madame Butterfly. If you've never been to the opera, I have a feeling you'll be inspired to do so after reading "Opera Stars in Our Midst" that features two talented singers, Alex Lawrence and Joanna Mongiardo. Alex and Joanna talk about their lives when they lived in Weston and Wellesley respectively, and describe their rise to the top of this very challenging art form. 'Tis the season, and this issue has plenty to help you get into the holiday spirit. Local residents of Scandinavian heritage discuss their holiday traditions and share some special recipes that you can try on your own. This is also the time of year to splurge a bit when selecting wines for holiday tables and for gifts. Our Food and Wine department consults local wine experts who provide their recommendations for special wines for festive occasions. We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 3 / 2 0 1 4 I hope you enjoy all of the articles in this issue and that your holiday season is a happy and healthy one. 18

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