WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

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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186 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 6 / 2 0 1 7 the town of Manchester, Vermont is always a beautiful place to visit. But it is, perhaps, at the pinnacle of its beauty over the holidays, when its citizens are celebrating Manchester Merriment. Set in the southern hills of Vermont, Manchester is a three- and a half- hour drive by car from the Wellesley/Weston area. The roads are often mislabeled as "high- ways" when, in reality, many of them are two lane streets that wind through the center of one small town into another. Looking at the frozen brook along the drive will relax the most frazzled of holiday shoppers—as the driver and passengers stare at the ice fisher- men and their ever moving shacks. One might hope for a light snow to add even more to an already beautiful scene. Upon arrival in Manchester, there is much to do and ado in town. Manchester Merriment is a time that's acknowledged to start the day after Thanksgiving (or Black Friday, as the town's outlet shoppers will profess) and run through New Year's Day. All the events celebrate the community, Manchester's history, and its com- merce. There is the annual Holiday Tractor Parade, where different neighborhood farmers will donate their tractors to be decorated as floats. Children participate in the parade, usually help- ing to decorate and then ride on the floats, and it will end with a visit from jolly Saint Nick. C O U R T E S Y O F B R O M L E Y / J A M E S H S C H R I E B L journeys bon voyage trekking getaways escapes travel near and far Manchester Merriment and More N A Z S I O S H A N S I writer excursions

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