WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

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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awarded prizes in four different categories: The Griswold Award, Best Theme, Judge's Choice, and Traditional New England Theme. "Wellesley's so pretty, especially around the holidays," says Melissa Roy, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator at the Wellesley Recreation Center. "We have so many different people that celebrate all different holidays and we thought this contest would be a great way to build a sense of community here in town." Residents can nominate their own homes, or those of their neighbors, by sending a nighttime photograph of the home to the Wellesley Recreation Center. With a range of award categories encompassing the most elegant of garland wrapped in twinkly lights to the most enor- mous of blow-up snowmen, there's something for everyone. "It's a fun, easy way for people to participate in a community activity," says Roy. "We just want to bring people together and have some fun." TO NOMINATE A HOME, send an email with a picture to recreation@wellesleyma.gov by December 15th. Judging will take place on December 21st. 144 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 Merry and Bright Weston Garden Club Wreath Making "Twas the night before Christmas and all through the yard Not a vegetable was growing, not even Swiss chard." So begins the Gardener's Night Before Christmas, the holiday anthem of the Weston Garden Club (WGC) that is recited every year on the first Thursday in December to the approximately 100 WGC members who meet to construct over 80 wreaths that are distributed throughout Weston. A tradition decades in the making, the day is a festive one; filled with good food, conversations among old friends, and, of course, lots of instruction in wreath making. But the event is not all fun and games. Preparations begin in November, when members of the WGC spend three frigid days pruning trees and collecting over 40 bags worth of greenery. And then there's the actual hanging of wreaths. "It's a little P A T R I C K N O R M A N / C O R B I S top: A photo submitted for the 2013 Wellesley's Winter Wonderland Holiday House Decorating Contest; bottom (l and r): Members of the Weston Garden Club hard at work creating wreaths; center: One of the Weston Garden Club's holiday creations

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