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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Even the kids have to admit that it's fun, if awkward…which is a word that comes up a lot. Molly Plenge, 11, participated in the Wellesley program last year. "It was all sort of awkward," she laughs. Asking boys to dance, assuming the correct hand positions, and actu- ally dancing? "All awkward," she pronounces. But as the classes went on, she enjoyed it. "You're hanging out with your friends more than anything else. You also get to know kids in your grade better and meet people from other schools." And her favorite part? The Jolly Ranchers. Contests (not based on dancing skills) are held every week, and the hard candy is the coveted prize. By the end, was it less awkward? No. But she'd still recommend it to a friend, she says. The Jolly Ranchers seem to have universal appeal. Ben Sacher, 13, who participated in 2014, also remembers this as a highlight. But even better than that was time spent with his friends. The instructors also made it easy. "There was a lot of hype before we started. You're at that age when you get nervous around the opposite gender. They made us feel comfortable with who we are, and we'd have confidence to just have fun with it." He notes, "When I look back on it, I think it was good because you practice etiquette, which you need later in life. It allowed kids to get out of their comfort zones and try something new." Like Plenge, Sacher would recommend it. He says, "Every kid I know had fun doing it and will look back on it and think it was fun and a Wellesley tradition." Caroline Jolley, 12, attended last year and says the classes were often a topic of conversation in school the next day. What did they discuss? "Awkward moments." One can't discuss Boston Assemblies without hearing about its matriarch, Juliet Snow Ferguson, who started the school in 1929. She was by all accounts a regal woman and imposing presence, who taught 52 Boston Assemblies 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 " W H E N I L O O K B A C K O N I T , I T H I N K I T W A S G O O D B E C A U S E Y O U P R A C T I C E E T I Q U E T T E , W H I C H Y O U N E E D L A T E R I N L I F E . " – B E N S A C H E R –

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