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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HOURS AND DAYS vary for Snow Village. For details, visit www.masshort.org. He started out with a Christmas display of four houses at his home in Needham. Before when he traveled, he'd sit outside reading when his wife went shopping. "Once I got into this, you couldn't keep me out of gift shops," he says. He decided that O Gauge trains (a 1:48 scale ratio) would work best with his model buildings. "I went into downtown Needham and watched the train come through and compared it with the size of the buildings," he says. Meagher took early retirement when he was 60 to care for his first wife, Patricia, as she battled cancer. In his free time, he transferred his burgeoning collection of model houses to a barn next to his house. "The first year it took up maybe a third of the first floor of the barn, the next year another third and then another third," eventually expanding to the second floor, he says. The hobby "was wonderful therapy," he says, helping him get through the loss of his wife in 2002. It's also been a treat for his friends and family — among them his five children and eleven grandchildren, six of whom are under age five. In 2006, Meagher married Ellen Quinn, a longtime Wellesley resident who had been active in the horticultural society. It was her idea to move the collection to Elm Bank. * * * While everyone gasps with amazement at their first sight of Snow Village, Meagher says the most devoted fans are on the ends of the age spectrum: ages three to eight and the senior set. Special times are set aside during the week for groups of seniors to visit. Meagher's favorite story about the village took place when it was still in his barn and a dozen residents of a Framingham seniors' home visited. When the first six returned from touring the loft, they were so excited that two people who hadn't tackled stairs in years insisted on trying to climb up, too. They succeeded. "It just shows you when you really want to do something, what you'll do," says Meagher. Sounds like that could apply to Snow Village and its creator, too. 62 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 Snow Village

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