WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2017/2018

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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William Meagher and his Snow Village Department Store. Located in an amusement park, a theater cycles through six scenes of The Nutcracker, the ballerinas and sets changing with each. The Tchaikovsky score competes with carnival rides play- ing "The 12 Days of Christmas" and other carols. The ceramic buildings come fully assembled, often with lights and mechanical figures. Most are manufactured by Minnesota-based Department 56 (visit its website to find out how it got its name). They come in a variety of sets, such as New England Village, North Pole, and Dickens' Village. Fenway Park is a hodgepodge: the fa├žade and lights (originally for a football stadium) come from Department 56; the stands and bullpen from LEGO; and the field and players from OYO Sportstoys, Inc. in Ayer. Meagher's wife, Ellen, painted the scoreboard, which shows the Red Sox tied 0-0 with the Yankees. A long home run away from Fenway is a reproduction of an Italianate garden, complete with fountain, designed by the Olmsted Brothers a century ago. The real-life garden is just a stroll away, stretching out from Elm Bank's signature Manor House. Mass Hort hopes to restore the mansion to its Gilded Age glory and may commission a miniature one for Snow Village. Meagher scours gift and hobby shops, garden centers, and the inter- net for accessories such as pedestrians, cars, benches, fences, trees, boat docks, and even replica advertising, such as the Citgo sign he found for Fenway Park. He has his eyes on electric automobiles manufactured by a German company. They could travel the streets powered by a concealed track, Snow Village 56 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 7 / 2 0 1 8

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