WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 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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and yet evenings may call for a sweater for a stroll on Main Street. Everything is still open but the island slows down a bit making it easy to appreciate the beauty of the extraordinary landscape." Nantucket is ideal for relaxing and doing things on your own time. But for those of us who enjoy a bit more structure or are looking for an excuse to get away, there are plenty of organized events and activi- ties for all ages. Let's take a look at a few of them. Learn Before becoming a favorite tourist destination, Nantucket was one of the most prosperous whaling capitals in the world. This rich heritage is being celebrated this year in full Hollywood style with the premier of Ron Howard's movie, In the Heart of the Sea, based on Nathaniel Philbrick's bestselling book. The book tells the story of the whaleship Essex and its unfortunate crew whose boat sank after being rammed by an angry whale. The tale that unfolds makes for compelling reading, and will undoubtedly make a splash as a movie starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, and Brendan Gleeson. To learn more about the whaling industry and Nantucket's role, visit the WHALING MUSEUM on 13 Broad Street. Sponsored by the Nantucket Historical Association (NHA), the exhibit "STOVE BY A WHALE: 20 MEN, 3 BOATS, 96 DAYS" follows the journey of the 1820 Essex crew, many of whom were residents of the island. Follow the journey of the 20 sailors as they attempt to sail thousands of miles across the Pacific in tiny lifeboats with limited resources. Also at the museum, view "THE MIGHTY MISTY MONSTER" exhibit featuring embroidered narra- tives by artist Susan Boardman. Boardman adapts the techniques of 17th-century raised embroideries to create a visual history of the ocean, whaleboats, and their prey. Another fabulous learning opportunity is found in the NHA's IN THE HEART OF THE SEA WALKING TOUR. The 90-minute tour focuses on the Essex survivors and their lives on the island after the disaster. A NHA guide will teach you about the important role the whaling industry played on Nantucket and provide insight into the social structure of 19th-century Nantucket. See www.nha.org for a tour schedule. Harvest Have you ever witnessed the beauty of cranberries being harvested? Most likely not, but here's your chance to do so and enjoy a day filled with interesting activities and lots of fun. Like whaling, cranberry har- vesting was once an important part of Nantucket's economy. The industry diminished just before the Second World War, and today the Nantucket Conservation Foundation owns the last two cranberry bogs on the island and hosts what is known as the CRANBERRY FESTIVAL. Held this year on October 10 from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm, rain or shine, this island favorite takes place at MILESTONE BOG, one of the oldest, continually-operating farms on Nantucket. With 195 acres under cultivation, the area is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places on the island and the autumn colors should be magnificent. Take a self-guided or guided tour and watch the cranberries being harvested from several bogs throughout the day, or ride a bike down six miles of paths. Children will enjoy sack races, face painting, hayrides, and a petting zoo. There will also be live music by Four Easy Payments, a variety of food options including B-ACK Yard BBQ, and plenty of 200 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 5 excursions " interesting activities and lots of fun" P H O T O C O U R T E S Y O F N A N T U C K E T C H A M B E R O F C O M M E R C E / M I C H A E L G A L V I N

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