WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2016

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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this month ' s cover brings back warm memories of summers past when our children were younger and we owned a home on a small lake in Maine. One of our favorite adventures was to pack a picnic and hop on our boat with visiting friends for a leisurely cruise up the Songo River, through the historic Songo Lock, and onto much larger Sebago Lake for a day of tubing and exploring. Along the "lazy river" was the highlight of our day: The Rope Swing. Kids, dads, and even moms would take their turn unleashing their inner Tarzan or Jane. Occasionally, swimsuit bottoms would fall off, a belly flop would result in temporary tears, or someone would be playfully pushed into the river before he or she was ready to jump, but it was all in good fun. Quite simply, the rope swing was the culmination of a perfect summer day. Another memorable family time was the trip we took when our kids were in middle school and we spent a long weekend in Paris celebrating a friend's birthday. It was an incredible opportunity and festive celebra- tion that our now adult children still talk about today. I'll never forget standing on the front steps of Notre Dame Cathedral and running into a family from Wellesley! Paris is a magical city, and if you're thinking about visiting with younger children, you'll definitely want to read Naz Sioshansi's article in our Excursions department where she shares first-hand knowledge about her family's visit to the City of Lights. Summer is clearly the time for fun with family and friends, and I hope you have some adventures planned with your favorite people. If you're thinking about taking a trip closer to home and bringing along a much- loved furry friend, be sure to read our Ten Tips for Stress-Free Travel with Your Pet. More and more people are taking pets with them on vacation and our tips will make your life easier if you opt for this. Summer is also the season when we tend to drink more water and use more water in general. With the bad press about water supplies across the country, especially in Michigan, one might think twice before turn- ing on the tap. Hop on board our mini submarine as we follow a drop of water from its source to the faucets in your home. It really is remarkable — and reassuring. Wherever your travels take you this summer, may they be fun and festive, and create meaningful memo- ries in the years to come. Happy Summer! 14 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 6 editor's letter J I L L N I L S E N jill@wellesleywestonmagazine.com C A R O L Y N R O S S

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