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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Beyond Bingo In Weston, seniors are at the cutting age of a music craze that's already sweeping the West Coast: the resurgence of the ukulele. "It has attracted such a diverse group of people and they have so much fun," said Eileen Bogle, executive director of the town's Council on Aging. "Ukulele is not that difficult. You can play it with not that many chords. You would be amazed at how many people have ukuleles in their attics and their basements." Among the participants are Mary Rossi, 90, and son Arthur, 62. "It's a great way for her to get out of the house and socialize," says Arthur, who lives in South Natick. Inspired by its neighbor, the Wellesley Council on Aging is offering ukulele lessons this fall. This comes on the heels of another music initiative, one inspired by Herbert Gliick, a resident who started taking trombone lessons after he turned 70. The Wellesley Town Band, whose members range from teenagers to octogenarians, rehearses weekly at Wellesley Middle School. Neighbor to neighbor Sidney Friedman's lecture on "What Actors Do" was presented by Wellesley Neighbors, which sponsors educational, cultural, and social activities in addition to vetting support services to help member sen- iors live independent lives. Originally known as Wellesley at Home, it has grown to nearly 140 members and expanded into Dover, Natick, Needham, and Weston. The group has partnered with Wellesley College, which offers its facilities for programs. They have collaborated on a seminar program, funded by a grant the college received to hire retired professors. Last spring, Alan Schechter, who for nearly half a century taught American politics and Constitutional law at Wellesley, presented the course "1964-2014: 50 Years of Conflict and Social Change" for Wellesley Neighbors members. "They were as serious as the most serious Wellesley college students in terms of really doing the homework and coming to class prepared," says Schechter, 78, who mentored Hillary Clinton when she attended Wellesley in the 1960s. "In almost every class, somebody told of an experience," he says, "such as women recalling how the feminist movement transformed their professional lives in the 1960s and '70s." Wellesley Neighbors promotes socializing by breaking its member- ship into neighborhood clusters; sponsoring groups based on common 98 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 M A R I E C R A I G C O U R T E S Y O F W E S T O N C O U N C I L O N A G I N G

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