WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 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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we're taking the time to review our archives, document the highlights, and celebrate with pride." Plans for the anniversary include hosting a high tea for members in September, creating a video documentary, and giving a gift to the town. and giving a gift to the town. Reviewing club archives has given members new appreciation for past contributions. In 1946, the first civic project, planting masses of daffodils on the slope from Town Hall to the Town Green, was so pop- ular the club continued it for years. For Weston's 250th anniversary in 1963, the club spearheaded the beautification of the town's business center, including improvements to facades and parking. Many citizens and organizations planted, painted, and cleaned. The club also con- tributed plantings in front of Town Hall in memory of Mrs. William Conant, a founder of the club and its first president, which included dogwoods, her favorite. dogwoods, her favorite. Some old-fashioned practices bring a smile. Nancy Bates, a member since 1967, can recall meeting in members' homes, which involved bringing lots of chairs, wearing suits and gloves, and taking roll call in the brown book and fining latecomers 25 cents. She's happiest that the the brown book and fining latecomers 25 cents. She's happiest that the practice of referring to a member by her husband's name has gone by. "I just always wanted to be Nancy," she says. In 1973, two competitions were established to raise members' profi- In 1973, two competitions were established to raise members' profi- ciency in horticulture and floral design. The Thrall Bowl, given in ciency in horticulture and floral design. The Thrall Bowl, given in memory of Helen G. Thrall, is awarded each year to the member with the highest number of points in the club's horticultural competitions. The Sweet Tray, in memory of Elizabeth L. Sweet, is given each year to the highest-scoring member in the club's floral design competitions. the highest-scoring member in the club's floral design competitions. 116 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 6 Weston Garden Club W E S T O N G A R D E N C L U B A R C H I V E S L Y N N T A F F

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