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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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biking, running, and picnicking. A stone's throw away is JAMAICA POND, Boston's largest body of fresh water. A lovely1.3 mile path extends around the pond where you can sit for a spell on a sandy beach, shaded grassy patches, or park benches placed along a gentle shore. Look for the bench that has two backs instead of one — a little fun twist of designer Matt Hincman. Plan to rent sailboats and rowboats at the JAMAICA POND BOATHOUSE, which is open from noon until sunset, Patriot's Day through Halloween. It's located on the Jamaicaway, which was origi- nally designed to be a bridal path along the pond's edge but has since morphed into a central artery for commuters. The Jamaicaway ends near the ARNOLD ARBORETUM, in which you can find trees and shrubs from all over the world. Established in 1872, the Arboretum is managed by Harvard University, which leased the 265-acre plot from the city for a dollar a year for a thousand years. Hike up Peter's Hill for a nice view of Boston; explore a Bonsai garden; and pack a picnic to enjoy on LILAC SUNDAY on May 13 when 165 taxider- mies of lilacs will be on view. Nearby is the FOREST HILLS CEMETERY, one of the finest examples of a garden cemetery — which replaced church burial grounds — in the United States. Enjoy meandering paths, scenic vistas, a lake, and sculptures, while trying to find the graves of abolition- ist William Lloyd Garrison, suffragist Lucy Stone, poets Anne Sexton and e.e. cummings, playwright Eugene O'Neill, and sculptor Martin Milmore. FRANKLIN PARK is the last and largest link in the necklace. There are many treasures to be discovered there including walking trails and paths, playgrounds, a golf course and clubhouse, and the FRANKLIN PARK ZOO, the largest zoo in New England. Although the SOUTHWEST CORRIDOR BIKE PATH is not part of the Emerald Necklace, it is one of the best bike paths in the city. Extending from Forest Hills to the Back Bay, this path crosses city streets, but is separated from them. This land was originally cleared of some 300 businesses and 700 households in the 1970s to connect I-95 to down- town Boston. Residents of JP and the surrounding areas came together to oppose the project — and won — but it would be several years until JP property values recovered. Don't miss JP's annual WAKE UP THE EARTH FESTIVAL the first Saturday in May, which celebrates this triumph specifically, and, in general, what can be accomplished when people left: Jamaica Pond, right: Arnold Arboretum L I S A L E S L I E H E N D E R S O N ( L E F T ) ; B E T H F U R M A N ( R I G H T ) 204 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8 excursions "many treasures to be discovered"

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