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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says Katherine McDonald, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. "There are all these villages that work together and we plan on highlighting different parts over the years. It's going to be great." THE FESTIVAL OF TREES will run from November 28th through December 14th. Check www.masshort.org for ticket information and event schedules. Luminary Night The materials in the Wellesley Junior League's Luminary Night kits are simple ones: white paper bags, plastic food containers, tea candles, and foam stickers. But when you add in the participation of hundreds of Wellesley residents with quite a few matches, these kits transform an ordinary December evening into a magical one. Entire blocks glow with flickering candles inside bags and families take to the streets to enjoy the view and the company of neighbors. "It's such a nice event because it's non-denominational, it's so pretty, and it gets everyone into the spirit of the holidays, "says Christina Ely Loftus, co-chair of the event this year with Marijoy Bertolini. "Anyone can do it, but what's also really nice is that people buy kits for their elderly neighbors as a gift and set them up for them." In some neighborhoods the night is particularly festive, with horse- drawn carriage and trolley rides, as well as food and hot drinks. Now in its eighth year, the event is an important fundraiser for the Wellesley Junior League, with around $18,000 being raised last year in support of the group's charities. "This event really brings Wellesley together," says Loftus. "But our goal is to eventually light up the entire commu- nity. We want this to grow and grow." LUMINARY NIGHT starts at sundown on December 7th. Kits can be purchased online at whjwc.org or several locations around town, including the Wellesley Marketplace. 149 w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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