WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2015

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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158 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 If Candlemas be fair and bright, Winter has another flight. If Candlemas brings clouds and rain, Winter will not come again. — Old English Saying after the winter that the Boston area expe- rienced in 2014/15, any forecast of spring is listened to with care — particularly one that predicts a faster return to warm weather. And that is what Massachusetts' state groundhog, Ms. G, did! Unlike her pessimistic friend in Philadelphia, Punxsutawney Phil, who saw his shadow, Ms. G, a resident of Drumlin Farm, did not — giving all of her fellow state residents a sigh of relief. (Granted, Groundhog Day 2015 wit- nessed another major snowstorm for the Boston area — making all shadows hard to see. Perhaps this can be seen as the silver lining?) Ms. G became the official state groundhog for Massachusetts on July 31, 2014, when Governor Deval Patrick signed the "Ms. G Bill" into law. But her journey to legal fame started seven years earlier when Mish Michaels, meteorologist and Wellesley resident, first suggested to the Drumlin Farm staff that they consider creating a Groundhog Day festival. "I have always loved the purpose of Groundhog Day. It was brought to the colonies by German settlers who substituted the traditional Candlemas hedgehog with a groundhog. It is the celebration of the midpoint of winter within a community. Everyone comes out to check in with each other and think about spring. There is a real beauty in it," shares Michaels. W A T E R C O L O R / I L L U S T R A T I O N B Y K A T H L E E N J A M E S O N library reading belles-lettres literature bestsellers media authors Ms. G's Shadowy Road to Fame N A Z S I O S H A N S I writer books

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