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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26 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 one Look at it as a fresh start Although winter officially begins on December 21, the darkest day of the year, it often doesn't really feel like winter until the buzz of the holidays is over. Rather than dreading January, view it as a fresh start. Resolutions are made. Holiday decorations get put away. Life gets back to normal. You start eating sensibly again and return to your old routine, which feels really good after weeks of indul- gence. Consider trying a new form of exercise that will motivate you to hit the gym more often. two Get some good gear If you're going to enjoy winter, you need to be prepared. Invest in a seriously warm coat — down, wool — whatever suits your fancy. But don't skimp. A warm hat, mittens or gloves, and a scarf, as well as good waterproof boots, are required for taking on Old Man Winter with a vengeance. Dress in layers to retain body heat and invest in long underwear or a base layer that wicks to release moisture. three Become a movie buff The best movies of the year are often released in December, so they are fresh in people's minds when awards season comes around. So this winter, hit the theater for a peek at the next Oscar winner. Even bet- ter, watch it in one of those fancy theaters that offer reclining seats and dinner while you watch the film. Chestnut Hill's Showcase SuperLux theater offers plush leather seats that electronically recline and include a call button so you can reach your personal server to order dinner, snacks, and beverages whenever you like. AMC Framingham's premium cinema also offers in-theater dining options and reserved seating. And don't miss the opportunity to be entertained at home during "awards season," which starts with the Golden Globes and ends with the Academy Awards. four Get outside There are so many great things to do outside in the winter — downhill skiing, cross-country (Weston Ski Track offers night skiing under lights), snowshoeing, ice skating, hiking, paddle tennis, sledding (at Wellesley College, Elm Bank, and Bates school) which make the season really bright. Even if these winter sports aren't for you, a brisk walk with the dog or an afternoon at a Pats game will get your blood pumping. New England winters are some of the most brutal in the country, yet all of us have chosen to live in this area where blizzards and nor'easters are just part of the package. Here are ten ideas for not only getting through the winter, but actually enjoying it. ( G E T T I N G T H R O U G H T H E W I N T E R ) 10 tips for… P E T E R B A K E R S T U D I O S ( PAT T Y L E N Z B O V I E writer )

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