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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transforming Babson Hall into an impressive theater space, Beach said, it would like to go a step further in solidifying its footprint in the build ing. The group is hoping to renovate Babson Hall to better fit theater specifications, an encouraging sign that other arts organizations will also feel welcome at the center, Kelley said. No Monkeying Around with the Future In 2013, a year after Beach's arrival, he put word out to businesses that the Community Center had space for rent. Since then, companies have held business meetings, conferences, and seminars there. The center has also helped celebrate family milestones, from wedding parties to bar and bat mitzvahs. The Community Center also hosts Wheels of Wellesley, an auto mobile show that's full of classic and unique cars, during Wellesley's Wonderful Weekend. The star car of this year's event was the Monkee mobile, the 1966 Pontiac GTO from The Monkees television show. Model train enthusiasts also flock to the Community Center each fall for the Great Wellesley Train Show. And Beach has ambitions to start an Oktoberfest event. "If you had told me this was going to happen five years ago, I wouldn't have thought so," Beach said. Losing the Council on Aging could have been the death knell for the Community Center, but "looking long range and developing a mission to stay relevant" gives the place where Wellesley meets high hopes for the future. top: George Barris' Monkeemobile from "The Monkees" television show; left: Blake Lothian and Dan Lothian; right: Stephen Beach with newspaper reporter 96 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 The Place Where Wellesley Meets

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