WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2012/2013

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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Weston Turns 300 The Reverend Dr. Thomas Wintle of First Parish Church in Weston, the large stone landmark in Weston Center, is organizing a simultaneous town-wide ringing of the church bells at 4:00 p.m. to signify the start of the commemoration. The First Parish Church was established in 1698, start- ing the town of Weston in the process. Two special worship services, in the Weston Community Center style of 1713, will be offered at First Parish as part of the town celebrations. The first will mark the town's incorpo- ration on Sunday, January 13, 2013, THE WESTON 300 LEGACY TRAIL TRUST — GIFT TO THE FUTURE Weston is planning to raise $300,000 in private and corporate funds to finance both the town-wide celebration as well as a mile-long Weston 300 Legacy Trail in and around the greater Case House "campus" on Wellesley Street. "At the end of this celebration, forevermore, there would be this monument to how the community came together and works together," says Cheryl Maloney, Weston Superintendent of Schools. The Weston 300 Committee has formed the nonprofit Weston 300 Legacy Trail Trust, Inc. to house funds for the celebration, with proceeds going to the trail's development and maintenance over time. Residents of Weston are familiar with the campus area that hosts the Case House, the Weston Public Library, the Community Center, Country School, Woodland School, and the Field School. This is the planned setting for a natural trail dotted with benches, statuaries, and plantings that would connect all of the campus buildings. "It's always been an interest of the community to tie together this area," explained Doug MacDougall, Weston's Recreation Director. Diana Chaplin, com- mittee member, likened it to a "mini-rail trail" six to eight feet wide, providing plenty of room for all ages. "This idea has been around for more than fourteen years," says MacDougall. "We started by looking at improving parking within the Case campus. When the new Field School project became a reality, we knew this project could finally get some legs to it." To become a part of this legacy gift to the future, visit www.Weston300.org to find a range of Weston 300 Legacy Trail Trust sponsorship and naming opportunities for all budgets. and the second will celebrate Thanksgiving on November 24, 2013. "We'll worship in the way of the Puritan settlers," says Dr. Wintle. "The January 13 service will use our colonial communion silver now on loan to the Museum of Fine Arts. All residents of any denomina- tion are welcome to attend." WEST ON WINTERF E ST 12 January January 2013 On January 12, immediately preceding the Commem - oration, the Weston 300 Committee will host a Winterfest celebration for all ages complete with sleigh rides, games, and snowman making contests. There will also be an ice skating rink on the town common accented by music, a bonfire, hot cocoa, and a huge birthday cake – everything needed to bring the town together for some winter fun. "We're really hoping for some snow," says Weston 300 Winterfest chair Diana Chaplin. "We will have some snow-making equipment on hand if need be." 68 WellesleyWeston Magazine | winter 2012/2013 JONATHAN DIETZ

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