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July 18, 2011



There are many events going on in the area over the next few weeks, including the opening of Spelling Bee at the Vokes, Weston Drama Workshop productions, free outdoor concerts in Natick, Framingham, Sudbury and Lincoln, Open Mic Night at the Chat, a basketball fundraiser for the Daniel G. Burgess Memorial Scholarship, and kids' events at the library.  Check out our calendar for a complete listing.


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  • Wineries Receive a Season Pass to Wayland Summer Farmers' Market. In late June, the Wayland Board of Selectmen approved a seasonal application for wineries to sell their product at the Summer Farmers' Market held Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m. at Russell's Garden Center. The inclusion of Massachusetts Farm Wineries for an entire season is a first in Wayland. When it became legal to sell wine at farmers' markets last summer, most communities approved the sale for one day at a time, not the entire season, according to Kip Kumler, owner and winemaker at Turtle Creek, a winery in Lincoln, Mass.  

  • Young actors land starring roles in Wayland production of 'Spelling Bee'. Here's Logan's dilemma in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee": "She has a lisp, and every word she has to spell has an 's' in it," said Lexington High School senior Emma Feinberg, who is performing the role when the Vokes Players presents the Tony Award-winning musical beginning next Thursday. Director John Barrett has cast six actors, ages 17 to 22, to play the parts of the contestants, who are of middle school age. "Usually the parts are played by 30- and 40-year-olds," said Barrett. "As it happened, the best performers I got at auditions for the spellers were either college or high school age. They're closer to the ages of the characters." THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Performances July 21 to Aug. 6 at the Vokes Theatre, Route 20, Wayland. For tickets, call 508-358-4034 or go to www.vokesplayers.org.  

  • E.coli counts continue to go down at Mansion Beach in Wayland . Surface Water Quality Committee member Mike Lowery is happy to report that E.coli counts have continued to drop at Mansion Beach in Wayland. "Keeping the beach clean and discouraging water fowl -- and perhaps a little rain -- may be helping," he said, adding that the plastic "Wile E. Coyote III has been on water fowl discouragement duty for three days now to good effect. "We will continue to test weekly. Thanks to Molly Upton for doing the sampling and to the Health Department for arranging the pickup and analyses."  

  • Partners Unveils Plan To Provide Better Health Care, Lower Costs. Alan Reiss has diabetes. His blood sugar is under control now, but "if I go back, maybe 18 months, I literally felt like I was dying," Reiss said, shaking his head. "I kept telling my friends that I was going to die early. I actually bought a life insurance policy 'cause I thought, well, I'm not going to live long so I might as well beat the odds for my wife." "Do you feel differently, having started the insulin?" asked Dr. Alan Cole, glancing up at Reiss from his computer screen. The Wayland engineer is here because his diabetes pills weren't working. Cole persuaded him to try the old fashioned but proven treatment, insulin shots. Reiss was reluctant. "I had a fear of pain and all the inconvenience. I didn't realize how easy it is and how painless it is," Reiss said. "Now that I've been on insulin for a month or so, I feel normal. I actually feel healthy again."  

  • Latest update on Wayland High School building project. The Wayland High School Building Committee (HSBC) is scheduled to meet on Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Shawmut construction trailer at Wayland High School. For more information visit the HSBC's website where a Summer Site Map has been posted. An overview of current construction activities is included.  

  • Volunteers Sleep in Tents in Wayland to Raise Awareness for Haiti. Passersby of Celebration International Church in Wayland Friday evening probably noticed an unusual site: Tents - lots of them - pitched on the church's property. The situation might have looked like fun - especially when you caught a glimpse of the marshmallows for s'mores being passed around - but the purpose of the event was serious. Friday noon through Saturday noon, Celebration International hosted Camp for A Cause, a benefit designed to raise awareness and money for Bread of Compassion (BOC), a nonprofit group working to provide shelter and medical care to the people of Haiti.  

  • Wayland Athlete Help Wildcats Win the AAU Eighth-Grade National Championship. Wayland's Daly Place helped the Mass Wildcats eighth-grade team win the AAU Girls Basketball Div. III National Tournament this week in Orlando, FL.  

  • Slideshow: A Look Inside the New Wayland High School.
Meetings/Upcoming Meetings

See the Town Website's Calendar online here.  Check there for the latest updates, as meetings noted below could have been updated since we captured them on July 15.   


Meetings for the upcoming weeks:

Tuesday, July 19
  • Operational Review Committee, 7pm, Town Building.  Agenda includes: Finalize Operational Review Committee Comments on TAG Report - Part 1, Review of open items related to The Abrahams Group proposal for 2011 ATM - Article 8 (FY2011 school expenditure restatement in MUNIS budget format), Review of red-lined changes made to the Abrahams Group Report - Part 2 submitted by the consultant and Discussion of the Abrahams Group Finding and Recommendations -Part 2.
  • Board of Assessors, 7:15pm, Assessor's Office.  Agenda includes: FY12 certification, Open Meeting Law, BOA member comments
  • Board of Health, 7:30pm, Town Building

Wednesday, July 20


Monday, July 25
  • Board of Public Works, 7pm, Town Building.  Agenda includes: Discussion with John Senchyshyn, appointment of Community Health Nurse, a variance for 336 Commonwealth Rd., composting bins at Claypit and Middle School.
Thursday, July 28 Monday, August 1 Tuesday, August 2


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Annual Basketball Game/Fundraiser for Daniel G. Burgess Memorial Scholarship, Thursday, July 21 at Claypit Hill School Gym.  All are invited to cheer on the town Recreation Department's Summer Adventure staff and the Pegasus Summer Program staff when they play a friendly but spirited game of basketball. In addition to the game, which will feature some of Wayland's school administrators on the Pegasus team, there will be fun activities for all of the children attending. While admission is free, donations will be accepted with all proceeds benefiting the Daniel G. Burgess Memorial Scholarship, Wayland High School. The scholarship was established in 2008 when the 2006 Wayland High School graduate passed away. It honors his dream of helping all of his friends pay their college tuition bills. Each child will receive a free raffle ticket at the door, guaranteeing all a chance to win the door prize. There will also be a 50/50 raffle with the event's portion going to the scholarship fund. At halftime, children will be invited to participate in a freeze dance contest, with prizes being awarded. To add to the friendly competition, children are invited to bring a sign supporting their team or counselors. Last summer's game drew a large and spirited crowd of supporters for both staffs. Summer Adventure emerged victorious, but the Pegasus staff is ready for a rematch. Fans do not have to have children attending either program as the event is open to all in the community and the players appreciate a supportive audience. The fundraiser is being organized by Pegasus Director Brian Jones, Summer Adventure Director John Berry, and Pegasus Games Specialist Matt Aronian. For information, contact Jones at 508-358-7008. 


Wayland Girl Scout Collects Backpacks for Fresh Air Kids. Backpacks. They come in all colors, shapes and sizes and, for many kids, filling those backpacks with books and school supplies is an integral and exciting part of preparing for another school year.Nora Wolff, who will be a ninth grader at Wayland High School in September, wants to make sure multiple kids she has never met get to carry backpacks full of school supplies into their classrooms when they return to school in New York City this fall. Wolff is collecting gently used backpacks that she intends to stock with books and school supplies and then hand out to kids participating in the Fresh Air Fund program this summer.

Weston and Wayland residents join Swim Across America.   Nicholas Karlson of Wayland has joined Swim Across America to make a splash for pediatric cancer survivorship programs at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The 17th annual 22-mile relay swim at Boston Harbor is on Friday, July 15, and the 15th annual Nantasket Beach 1-mile and half-mile swims are on Saturday, July 16. The Boston Harbor swim is an all-day event that starts from behind the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf. Swimmers pledge a minimum of $1,500 to participate. Swimmers taking part in the 1-mile and half-mile competitive ocean swims at Nantasket Beach in Hull must raise a minimum of $250 each. To register or to give a gift, click here: http://www.swimacrossamerica.org/  


National MS Society: MS Minuteman Ride. Want to bicycle through historic MetroWest communities while raising money to help fight multiple sclerosis? On Saturday, July 16, "Bike MS: Minuteman Ride'' will offer fun, well-supported bicycle routes of 25 and 60 miles through several MetroWest communities. Organized by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter, the Minuteman Ride will raise money to help people with multiple sclerosis and to fund cutting-edge MS research. Donations to riders can be made online at www.bikeMSgne.org


[NOTE:  My apologies to the gentleman who sent me his link for donations as a rider in the MS Ride -- I inadvertently deleted it, and cannot find it.  If you will please send it to me again, I will post it next week if it's not too late.  -Kim]


Wayland's Iron Chef II to be held on Sunday, September 18. Save the date because Wayland's Iron Chef II, sponsored by The Friends of the Wayland Council On Aging, is back and will be held Sunday, September 18, 2011 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Sandy Burr Country Club. Once again 6 teams will compete by preparing an hors d'oeuvre and entr´┐Że for presentation to the judges. The Sudbury Valley Trustee team will be back to defend their Overall Winner Award. This year we have EXPANDED and added a CAKE DECORATING competition. Teams from The Wayland Library, The Wayland Garden Club and Parmenter Community Health will be demonstrating their talents creating masterpieces for the judge's evaluation. These cakes will then be auctioned off.  Over 30 caterers and restaurants will provide a fabulous array of food for attendees to enjoy. There will be lottery boards, the ever popular wine ring toss and much, much more. Tickets cost $50 and are on sale at the Wayland Council On Aging, The Village Bank and from the board members of The Friends of the Wayland Council On Aging JaneCapasso, Sue Pope, Betsy Willard, Steve Correia, Denise Yurkofsky, Mary Antes, Dave D'Orlando, Mary Kelly, Patty MacNeil and Sonja Strong. Ticket cost is tax-deductible.


Wayland and Weston residents ready for Pan-Mass. Challenge. On Aug. 6 and 7, residents from Wayland and Weston will ride in the 32nd annual Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC), the nation's pioneer charity bike-a-thon that raises more money than any other athletic fundraising event in the country. They will be among 5,000 cyclists who will ride with the collective goal of raising $34 million to support lifesaving adult and pediatric cancer care and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. 


To become a virtual rider, or make a financial contribution to a rider from your town, go online or call 1-800-WE-CYCLE. Checks can be made payable to PMC, 77 Fourth Ave., Needham MA 02494. 


The following riders are from Wayland - Anita Bekenstein, Daniel Bekenstein, Emily Bekenstein, Josh Bekenstein, Patricia Berenson, Jill Brofsky, Marc Brofsky, Albert Carlson, Sara Catanese, Hillary Chisholm, Maddie Chisholm, Molly Chisholm, Reed Chisholm, Ronnie Chisholm, Bruce Cohen, Mary Beth Crowley, George Dickstein, Susan Fiske Williams, Scott Flathers, Barbara Fletcher, Rod Fletcher, Erika Frey, George Gantz, Wenda Gantz, Kenneth Gold, Steve Goldstein, Martin Greene, Robin Greenleaf, Barbara Holtz, Jim Hsu, Rawson Hubbell, Robert Inches, Jerry Jacobs, Reed Junkin, Rob Junkin, James Jurist, Kelsey Jurist, Louis Jurist, Alan LaPierre, Brenna Lapierre, Debra LaPierre, Alexander Leichter, Fred Leichter, Jennifer Leichter, Brett L'Esperance, Matthew Levy, Douglas Lyons, Douglas E. Lyons, Eric Marinakis, Jon Mehlman, Ed Meltzer, Ray Mitrano, Daniel Najemy, Noel O'Neill, Kristen Paglia, Paul Paresky, Arlan Pool, David Poorvu, Philip Poorvu, David Poulin, Michael Roberge, Lisa Roblin, Peter Roblin, Rebecca Roblin, Gary Rubin, Harold Schwartz, Maura Shaughnessy, James Shaw, Peter Shaw, Daniel Slater, Michael Smith, Thomas Sommerfield, Anna Sommers, Jack Sommers, Thomas Sommers, Suzanne Spencer, Jesse Starr, Matthew Stein, Isabel Stern, Ellen Tohn, Tony Triano, Edward Warner, Kathryn Washek and Kevin Washek


Wayland Habitat Meeting, Monday, July 18.  The next informational meeting about the Wayland Habitat Project will be Monday, July 18th at the Wayland Town Building at 7 pm.  Come if you would like to learn more about the project and how you can get involved.  At this point, we are looking for people interested in outreach to the community and fundraising.  These are the two biggest needs and are vital to prepare for the actual construction, which will begin next spring.  If lots of people do a little, we will reach our goal of building four units of housing!  Please come and learn how you can participate in this exciting project.  If you would like more information, contact Beth Rust or Mary Antes (508 358-2571).


The Wayland Baseball and Softball Association (WBSA) will team up with Little League Baseball and the Jimmy Fund for a special summer season.  Come to the field and support the kids and help raise awareness and money for a great cause.  Children in Wayland have partnered with local towns in Assebet Valley, Weston and Lincoln/Sudbury to start a Jimmy Fund West Tournament and will be among the thousands of boys and girls, ages 9 - 14, participating in this year's Jimmy Fund Little League Program.  "Please welcome Wayland members and be generous to help them take a 'swing at cancer,'" says Mike Andrews, chairman of the Jimmy Fund and a former Boston Red Sox and Little League player. "This is a great program to teach children the importance of helping others."  The money raised goes directly to lifesaving cancer research and care at Dana-Farber. This worthwhile cause is the motivation behind my efforts on behalf of the many this terrible disease has touched-mothers, fathers, children, friends and neighbors.  I would greatly appreciate both your cheers from the bleachers and your support and gifts.  To learn more about the Little League Program and the Jimmy Fund or make a gift online visit:  http://www.jimmyfund.org/eve/event/little-league/default.html?track=signature-event  ...and help us "Take a Swing at Cancer!"


Volunteers needed to help clear Heard Pond in Wayland. The Wayland Surface Water Quality Committee just started the 2011 season of harvesting water chestnuts on Heard Pond in Wayland. Water chestnuts are an invasive species that just a few years ago completely covered many parts of the pond from shoreline to shoreline. In 2003, there were 1.2 million pounds of the weed harvested, and in 2010 just 427 pounds of plants. This dramatic decrease cannot be taken for granted, since water chestnut seeds may have a seven- to 12-year dormancy in the sediment, and complete eradication for a number of harvesting seasons is required to bring the infestation under control. Lycott Environmental employees Travis Williams and Jake Duncan were out on the pond recently, harvesting the very difficult to reach southwest shoreline. The town of Wayland has contracted out this type of work, while a Surface Water Quality Committee volunteer effort will remove the weeds in the easier to wade portions of the pond along Pelham Island Road. Please email Tom Largy, the project manager for Heard Pond or call him at 508-358-4646 if you would like to volunteer or just discuss invasive aquatic weeds in general, since Largy has literally seen millions of them in recent years.


Wayland Pantry Garden-Is Growing and Needs Volunteers. The Food Pantry Garden, located at the Community Gardens is growing like topsy! Tomatoes, beets, peppers, squash, beans, kale and broccoli are well mulched and weed free but we need people to water. This food will go to Parmenter pantry and local shelters. There are watering cans, an umbrella, and a chair - bring a friend. Email Molly Faulkner for more information.


Wayland Cancer Survivor Honored at Fenway. The Boston Red Sox recognized the Pan-Massachussetts Challenge (PMC), an annual bike-a-thon for the Jimmy Fund, for 32 years of fundraising success with a PMC Day ceremony at Saturday night's game. Thirty-two cancer survivors, including Sue Spencer of Wayland, were honored with a standing ovation as they rode their bicycles around Fenway's warning track and represented this year's 5,000 PMC riders and the countless cancer patients their fundraising will benefit. Spencer underwent treatment at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for four years, emerging successfully in the spring of 2004. That August, she rode in the PMC for the first time. You can sponsor Sue Spencer's PMC 2011 ride by visiting her page on the PMC website and following the directions to donate online.


The Children's Holiday Shoppe Committee needs donations of beads (glass, stone and wooden). If you have lost an earring or have a broken necklace or bracelet that is no longer wearable, please drop off the pieces of jewelry no longer worn at the Council on Aging office.  The donated jewelry will be used to create lovely new pieces with the guidance of Wayland jeweler Norma Radoff. Workshops will be offered this fall to participants who wish to learn jewelry making techniques while creating pieces to be sold at the 24th Children's Holiday Shoppe in December.  For more information call the Wayland COA at 508-358-2990.


Wayland Football Alumni, Family and Friends Golf Tournament. Join the Wayland High School Football family for a golf fundraiser on July 29, 2011 10am tee off @ Sandy Burr Country Club in Wayland. Cost is $125.00 per golfer, which includes a round of golf w/cart and cookout. All abilities welcome! The registration form is available online here  




The Library is on Summer Hours - Saturday 10-1 and closed on Sundays.     


News and Updates from the Council on Aging , including listings for:

  • New Town Building Office hours
  • Annual Summer BBQ
  • Better Balance (now Wednesdays)
  • Two Dollar Cool Off Wednesdays (August)
  • Friday Movies, July 22:  Another Year
  • Beads needed for Children's Holiday Shoppe
  • Set sail from Gloucester (August 2)
  • Tanglewood Overnight (August 28-29)
  • COA Van rides (July 18 to Natick Concert on the Commons, July 18 to lunch in Natick, July 20 to Market Basket in Ashland, July 25 to Natick Concert on the Common and July 26 around town) 
  • Coming this Fall:
    • Brown Bag Seminar (starting September 14)
    • Shakespeare Course (October)
    • Iron Chef II (September 18)  
  • Medical Taxi Tickets
Nature Programming at Cochituate State Park.  Looking for some fun, educational, and FREE summer activities for your children? Come to Cochituate State Park Tuesday-Saturday for fun family programs. Most programming is at the Nature Center, which is to the right as you enter the park. The Nature Center is open Tuesday afternoons for a variety of activities of your choosing. Participate with the group or check out a discovery pack to take to your picnic table. Crafts and Story time happens on Wednesdays at 10:00 with a different theme each week. Water Comes to Boston is a historical program about Lake Cochituate that happens at the beach on Wednesdays at 2:00. Two programs happen on Thursdays with new themes each week. The Kidleidoscope program is at 10:00 for ages 3-6 and Junior Rangers is at 2:00 for ages 7-11. These are meant to be a series but are open to drop-ins as well. On Fridays, recreation and sports equipment are available for group activities in the field by the Nature Center at 10:00. In the afternoon, there is a beach exploration at 2:00. Come Saturdays at 10:00 for a guided paddle around Lake Cochituate. Bring your own canoe or kayak or rent one from Charles River Canoe and Kayak located inside the park. There is a 20% discount for rentals if you come on the guided tour. These programs are free and sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. There is a $5 parking fee at the park.

Limited Library Services at the End of August. At the end of this summer, the main floor of the library will undergo planned maintenance, which was deferred for one year due to last spring's flooding. The carpet on the main floor will be replaced, the damaged plaster on ceilings will be repaired, and the whole upstairs will get a fresh coat of paint. The library will be completely closed on Friday, August 12, and Saturday, August 13, to allow the staff to relocate upstairs operations to the Raytheon Room. The library will open on Monday, August 15, with limited services for adults in the Raytheon Room but full service in the Youth Services Department. The work is expected to take between two to three weeks. During this time there will be no public access to the upstairs collection, but items may be placed on reserve, and you will be able to pick them up here at our library.

Join the Wayland Children and Parents Association. Now is the time to renew your membership in the Wayland Children and Parents Association (WCPA)! Current members who are up for renewal have been contacted by email to renew online. One-year renewals are just $45 per family. This year we are gearing up to offer some fun summer activities, so don't delay! The WCPA is committed to bringing Wayland families together, and we have a variety of events planned this year. Annual favorites include the Halloween Parade, Spring Egg Hunt and the Beach BBQ and Concert. Our Parent Enrichment events bring high profile speakers to discuss issues that impact family life. The monthly toddler activities, Adult Social events and Ladies' Nights allow members to reconnect and meet new friends. Renewal season runs through the month of July. If you are new to Wayland and are looking for activities for you and your young children, the WCPA is a great resource for you and your family. Check us out online. For questions about membership, send an email to membership@waylandwcpa.org.


VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) for Excel Class Being Offered This Fall.  A community education class for users of the Excel Spreadsheet program is being offered through Wayland School Community Programs this fall.  Taught by Alan Reiss, a former teacher and current Chief Electrical Engineer, VBA for Excel will begin Monday,  October 3, 2011, and continue through Monday,  November 28th.  For complete details, click here


Library's Boston Harbor Islands Pass. We have a new pass for the Boston Harbor Islands. It provides 2-for-1 ferry tickets to the Boston Harbor Islands national park area to either Georges or Spectacle Islands for up to four people and is available Monday through Friday through October 8th. For more information on the pass, visit waylandlibrary.org or call us and for more information on the Harbor Islands, see the Boston Harbor Islands website.  Wayland is one of only 10 towns with this pass this summer, so take advantage of it!!  Passes are available for a wide variety of area museums and attractions - Reserve online or call us at 508-358-2311.


Youth Ultimate Frisbee Learning league.  Boston Ultimate Disc Alliance (BUDA) is piloting a Youth Summer League this July to work with younger students. This will be a 'learning league' style youth league aimed at kids going into 5th - 10th grades. Our focus is the student with limited or no competitive ultimate experience. The league will run on four Mondays (July 11, 18, 25, and Aug 1). See http://www.buda.org/YouthLeague for details and registration information. We'll have some great coaches on hand to work with the kids, and we'll give each student a t-shirt and disc. We'll break the group up by age so that the younger kids and the older kids won't be playing against each other. It should be great fun, and we hope that you notice the difference right away with regard to how skilled and enthusiastic about the sport your youngster is after the league.


Our Green Earth - An Exhibit by the Students of Margret Krakauer.  Margret Krakauer has organized a group show for her students, in the Wayland Cultural Council Art Gallery, located in the Wayland Town Building, from July 6th to August 29th.   There will be a reception in honor of the artists in the foyer of the entrance to the Town Building on Thursday evening, July 28th from 7:00-8:30 PM.   Exhibitors include:  Dorothy Egan, Patricia Fay, Nancy Germain, Bill Hearne, Margaret Hill, Padma Kannabiran, Suni Lopez, Seema Mysore, Lois Novotny, Helen Sullivan, Linda Thompson, and Debbie Tofias.   For complete details, click here.  More information about her work and classes can be found on her web page:  http://MargretKrakauer.com 



Interested in rowing?  Wayland-Weston Rowing Association is offering programs for adults and students.  Come and see what rowing is like!  There are two programs for students this summer.   Sweep rowing is open to all students who have completed 7th grade or who are 13 years or older; no prior experience necessary and you do not need to be affiliated with the high school team.  Sculling is open to students (same age requirements) who have some rowing experience.   Adult sweep rowing is also being offered for adults who wish to try rowing for the first time; no experience is necessary.  Also for adults with rowing experience, intermediate or advanced; sessions will be adjusted based on the experience of those signing up. Full information is posted on our website, wwcrew.org--look for the summer rowing registration packet.  Also, registration for the fall season for the rowing team is now available on the website.  The deadline for returning rowers to sign up is August 1. Look for the Fall registration packet on the website.


Sudbury Agricultural Commission's Great pumpkin contest.  Is your garden where the Great Pumpkin or Sunflower will grow?  Pick up your free seeds now at:

  • Goodnow Library - Concord Road
  • Coffee Works - Union Avenue
  • Twillingate Gardens - 136 Hudson Road Tues - Fri 10 to 5 & Sat 10 to 2
  • Wayside Inn Farmer's Market - Field across from the Inn Sat 10 to 2

Bring your pumpkin or flower head To the Wayside Inn Farmer's Market on October 1st where the agricultural commission will judge the largest & best pumpkins.
Ages under 8, 8-18, over 18.   


Art Exhibits at the Library:  

  • Library Foyer:  Carrie Salsberg.  Carrie Salsberg is a multimedia artist and art instructor residing in Wayland and Grantham, NH. She has studied art at UMass/Amherst and also at the DeCordova Museum, the Danforth Museum, Ava Arts Center and Gallery, the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Arts Center, and with many local artists. Her works include acrylic painting, mixed media collage, ceramics, jewelry, mosaics, stained glass, murals, floor cloths, and decorative furnishings. Her work will be on exhibit in the library foyer during July.
  • Raytheon Room:  Oil Paintings by Nancy Molvig. During July, Nancy Molvig's oil paintings will be on exhibit in the Raytheon Room. Initially a potter, Nancy Molvig has always been intrigued with the arts.  She enjoyed painting with watercolor before discovering her passion for oil painting. She has studied under numerous well known artists including David Curtis, David Lussier, Don Stone, Ron Straka, Karen Winslow, Emily Passman, and the late Bob Blue and Carleen Muniz. Formerly a resident of Concord, now living in Lincoln, she is most drawn to her native New England landscapes and seascapes for inspiration.
  • Get Caught Reading! Our lower level display case features an exhibit of paintings and photographs of people reading in many locations. Do you have a great photo of you or a family member reading? If so, drop it off at our display case as we're planning another display of local people reading. 


Odd/Even Watering Ban Remains in effect.  The DPW has instituted an odd/even water ban, as of June 15.  While the DPW requests that you limit watering to two days per week, they have instituted a mandatory ban of all sprinkling during daytime (hours are restricted to 7pm-7am), and watering is restricted based on house address with odd numbered houses watering on odd numbered days, even numbered ones on even days.  For complete details, click here


Town Building Hours Standardized Effective July 11.  The public hours of Town Building have been  standardized.  All Town departments located there are open to serve the public according to the following schedule: 

  • Monday - 8am to 7pm
  • Tuesday - 8am to 4pm
  • Wednesday - 8am to 4pm
  • Thursday - 8am to 4pm
  • Friday - 8:00am to 12:30pm

When a holiday falls on a Monday, Town offices will remain open until 7pm on the next day (Tuesday).  Should a particular department need to alter the posted hours, especially during the traditional summer vacation period, the exception will be posted on the town website.  In the past, some departments opened at 8:30am or closed as early as 4pm.  Some offices were open on Monday late afternoon and evening until 7pm, while others kept more traditional hours closing at 4:30pm on Fridays.  For those residents who work out of town and find it difficult to visit Town Building during the traditional workday, the Monday evening option should be more convenient.  It is our hope that standardizing the hours of operation will be more responsive to the needs of the citizens we serve.  


First Parish Church in Wayland offers 'Children at Weddings'. Over a 20-year career as an event photographer, Carol MacGregor of Wayland says many of her favorite images have involved children at weddings. First Parish Church in Wayland is showcasing a collection of her photographs this summer in an exhibit titled "Children at Weddings". For more information call her at 508-655-6265 or visit her website


Summer Reading Program at the Library. This year's summer reading theme is "One World Many Stories" for children and "You Are Here" for teens. We'll be exploring themes of travel, language, multiculturalism and storytelling. Kids should come in and pick up their summer inspiration bags, which will become available the week of June 20, and will include information about the program, events, and suggested reading lists, as well as thematic bookmarks and temporary tattoos. During the summer we will have a bookmark-making station and fun handouts that will change each week. Special events at the library will include a Haiku program with bookmaking, a Balinese shadow-puppetmaking workshop, music with Hugh Hanley, and stories from around the world with Mary Jo Maichack. Library staff member Emily Tersoff will hold a weekly creative writing workshop for teens. In August, there will be weekly storytimes at Russell's Farmer's Market. 


Upcoming Youth Programs at the Library

  • Make a Friendship Bracelet.  Kids ages 7 and up can come in and learn how to make a braided friendship bracelet using recycled materials. Tuesday, July 19, 11am. Registration required.    
  • Haiku and Tanka Poetry with Craft.  Kids ages 8 and up will be able to create Haiku and Tanka poetry and illustrate your poems in a beautiful folding card. Wednesday, July 20, 2-4 p.m. For more information contact the Youth Services Department at 358-2308.  
  • Friday Family Flicks, Fridays, July 22 and 29 at 2 p.m.  We'll be screening some summer kids' movies during July. For information about the titles, contact the Youth Services Department at 508-358-2308 or check our event calendar at waylandlibrary.org.  
  • Worldly Crafts for Kids, Tuesday, July 26, at 11:00 a.m.  Try different crafts from around the world.  Ages 5 and up.  
  • "Everybody Says Hello!" with Mary Jo Maichack, Thursday, July 28, from 2-3pm.  There are so many ways to say "hello" and sing and tell stories. With Mary Jo we might learn a song in Japanese, "plant" cabbages the French way, or help act out a story from Vietnam!  The music and stories in her show explore other languages and cultures.  Ages 3 and up. 

The Wayland XC Festival will be held on Sunday, October 9.  An exciting cross country race through fields and wooded trails benefiting the Wayland Cross Country teams.  With a youth race and an open race, this event provides one of the few cross-country running opportunities for kids and adults in Massachusetts.  Whether you are new to cross-country or a veteran of the trails, this is a race for you!  Three Great Events!  A 3K Race For Ages 11 to 14, A 3K Race For Ages 10 and Under and A 5K Open Race.  This is not only a great race to run; it's also a great race to watch!   Spectators can see the competitors during many parts of the races.   Visit http://www.waylandxc.com/ for complete details.




EventsEvents & Happenings

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Upcoming Events: 


Monday,  July 18, Natick Summer Concert Series:   The Gary Bernath Band, Natick Common, 7pm.  Blues and Funk

Monday, July 18, Sudbury Summer Concert Series: Greenhead, Haskell Field, 7pm.  Greenhead consists of two guys (Mike Maino and Chuck Doran from Ipswich, MA) who play acoustic guitar, sing harmonies and do a range of music from upbeat rock and roll to mellow acoustic songs. Greenhead's songlist includes James Taylor, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Cash, John Mayer, The Beatles, Weezer, Jack Johnson, Elvis Costello, Lyle Lovett, originals and more!  Bring friends, family, a picnic dinner, a blanket or chairs, and maybe even your dancing shoes! In the event of rain all concerts will be held across the street at the Fairbank Community Center Gym.


Monday, July 18 (and other dates), Weston Drama Workshop's Bye Bye Birdie, Regis College, 235 Wellesley St., Weston.   For tickets, you may call 781-768-7070 or buy them online. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children under 12. These shows are not to be missed. Take some time to see some awesome theater this summer in the air-conditioned Casey Theater in the Fine Arts Center at Regis College. Bye Bye Birdie ($15 Adults, $12 Children under 12) performances are: July 18 at 7:30pm, July 19 at 7:30pm, July 21 (General Admission) at 10:30am July 23 at 10:30am.


Tuesday, July 19, Make a Friendship Bracelet, Wayland Library, 11am.Kids ages 7 and up can come in and learn how to make a braided friendship bracelet using recycled materials. Registration required.


Wednesday, July 20, Summer Farmers' Market, Russells Garden Center, 12-5pm. The Wayland Summer Farmers' Market will be open every Wednesday from 12:00-5:00 pm through the middle of Oct. The market is a wonderful opportunity to buy fresh produce and lots more while supporting local farmers. The expanded market includes new vendors who will be offering more products including gelato, fresh fish, pork and goat cheese. The selection features fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits, bread and baked goods, granola, fresh pasta, root beer, jams and relishes, eggs, locally raised beef, cheese, and more. On the Edge Knife Sharpening is returning to hone your knives as well as sharpen some of your garden tools on a once a month schedule. Come by each week and head home with everything you need for a fabulous dinner! Guest vendors will have sauces, yarn and more products. For a complete list of vendors, check out russellsgardencenter.com. The market will be set up in the back parking lot area at Russell's. Come by to shop, purchase lunch from Whole Foods and then top it off with gelato or sorbet for dessert. For updates on the market, subscribe to Russells' weekly market email. For more information please contact Market Manager Peg Mallett at 508 358-2283 x336 or email her at pegm@russellsgardencenter.com


Wednesday, July 20, Haiku and Tanika Poetry with Craft, Wayland Library, 2-4pm.  Kids ages 8 and up will be able to create Haiku and Tanka poetry and illustrate your poems in a beautiful folding card. For more information contact the Youth Services Department at 358-2308.


Wednesday, July 20 (and other dates), Weston Drama Workshop's Wiley and the Hairy Man, Casey Theater in the Fine Arts Center at Regis College, 235 Wellesley St. Weston.  For tickets, you may call 781-768-7070 or buy them online . Tickets for WILEY AND THE HAIRY MAN are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and thanks to a generous grant from the Wayland Cultural Council, Wayland children under 12 are free with an accompanying paying adult to the July 21 2 PM performance. These shows are not to be missed. Take some time to see some awesome theater this summer in the air-conditioned Casey Theater.  All performances of Wiley are general admission, $10 Adults, $5 Children under 12.  Shows are July 20 at 2pm, July 20 at 5pm, July 21 at 2pm and July 23 at 5pm.

Wednesday, July 20, Lincoln Summer Concerts: Groove Syndicate, Piece Park, Weston Rd, Lincoln, 6pm.  Dust off your platform shoes and get your bell-bottoms out because Groove Syndicate is bringing its "funktastic" sound to Pierce Park. Featuring soulful vocals, funk grooves, crisp rhythms and blazing horn lines. If you are looking for a night of non-stop dancing then you need to hang with Groove Syndicate!  Summer Concerts may be rescheduled for rain. Event status can be checked at www.LincolnRec.com.

Wednesday, July 20, Concert on the Weston Green:  Glamour Girls, 7-8:45pm.  With a show highlighted by costume changes and eye-catching choreography, the Glamour Girls present a song selection ranging from early 60's sock hops tand Motown/soul era, to the disco hits of the 70's, and pop/rock chart toppers of the 80's. Artists covered include Diana Ross and the Supremes, Sister Sledge, Gloria Gaynor, Madonna, B-52's and many more.  Free, no rain date.

Wednesday, July 20, Wellesley Summer Concert Series:  60's Invasion, Wellesley Town Hall Green, 7-8:30pm


Wednesday, July 20, Natick Family Performing Arts Series: Stacey Peasley, Natick Common, 6:30pm.  Children's Musician.  TCAN, 14 Summer Street, will host performances in the event.  Contact The Natick Recreation & Parks Department after 5 pm for weather updates at 508 647-6530.


Wednesday, July 20, Open Mic Night at the Chat, Dudley Chateau, 8-11pm. Come to play, come to listen! From Blue Grass to Jazz, Rock to Irish Traditionals, you never know what you'll hear!  Guitarist, singers, instrumentalists (solo or duo only without advance notice) are encouraged to attend and will have 20 minutes to perform to a very supportive audience! Everyone's musical tastes and abilities will be met with warm applause! Musicians may show up any time that evening and sign up for an available time block (or sign up in advance via e-mail to waylandopenmic@gmail.com). All are encouraged to come early, and stay late, to enjoy the great food and drink that The Dudley Chateau has to offer, and to hear talented musicians. Vocalists requesting accompaniment may send music in advance to same e-mail - guitar only. Microphones and PA will be set up. All musicians 16+ are welcome to perform. After 9pm all musicians must be 18+. 


Thursday-Saturday, July 21-August 6, Spelling Bee, Vokes Theater, 8pm (plus 2pm matinees on July 30 and August 6).  A fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally-quirky grown-ups.  Purchase Tickets Online from TicketStage oor reserve by phone at (508) 358-4034.


Thursday and Saturday, July 21 and 23, Weston Drama Workshop's Oklahoma, Casey Theater in the Fine Arts Center at Regis College, 235 Wellesley St. Weston, 8pm.  For tickets, you may call 781-768-7070 or buy them online. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children under 12. These shows are not to be missed. Take some time to see some awesome theater this summer in the air-conditioned Casey Theater.  


Friday, July 22, Friday Family Flick!, Rango, Wayland Library, 2-3:30pm.  This animated comedy-adventure follows the journey of Rango, a sheltered chameleon living as an ordinary family pet, while facing a major identity crisis.Rated PG. Children ages 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.Contact: Youth Services Department, 508-358-2308  Location: Raytheon Room 

Friday,  July 22, Framingham Summer Concert Series:  Three Swinging Tenors, Framingham Village Green, 6:30-8:30pm.  Free. 


Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23, Weston Drama Workshop's Tommy, Casey Theater in the Fine Arts Center at Regis College, 235 Wellesley St. Weston.  For tickets, you may call 781-768-7070 or buy them online. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children under 12.  These shows are not to be missed. Take some time to see some awesome theater this summer in the air-conditioned Casey Theater.  Friday's performance is at 8pm and Saturday's is at 2pm.


Monday, July 25, Natick Summer Concert Series: Classic Grove, Natick Common, 7pm. Jazzy R&B


Monday, July 25, Sudbury Summer Concert Series, Paul Rodriquez, Haskell Field, 7pm. A resident of Sudbury, Paul Rodriguez has been performing as a singer/guitarist for over 40 years. He is a child of the 60s and 70s and so is his music, playing favorites by Simon & Garfunkle, James Taylor, the Beatles, Van Morrison, Cat Stevens, and Jim Croce as well as more current artists. He has also taught guitar in Sudbury for the past three years. Bring friends, family, a picnic dinner, a blanket or chairs, and maybe even your dancing shoes! In the event of rain all concerts will be held across the street at the Fairbank Community Center Gym.


Tuesday, July 26, Worldly Crafts for Kids, Wayland Library, 11am-12:30pm.Try different crafts from around the world. Ages 5 and up. Children ages 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Contact: Youth Services Department 508-358-2308 Location: Raytheon Room 


Wednesday, July 27, Natick Family Performing Arts Series: Jeff Thomas, Natick Common, 6:30pm. Children's Musician. TCAN, 14 Summer Street, will host performances in the event. Contact The Natick Recreation & Parks Department after 5 pm for weather updates at 508 647-6530.


Wednesday, July 27, Concert on the Weston Green: HELP, 7-8:45pm. Some things just keep getting better, like the Beatles' hits and HELP!, the region's longest running and best (at least according to their mums) Beatles tribute band. For more than 17 years, HELP! has been delighting all ages at nighspots, festivals, and Town concerts throughout New England and beyond. Free, no rain date.


Wednesday, July 27, Wellesley Summer Concert Series: BaHa Brothers, Wellesley Town Hall Green, 7-8:30pm


Thursday, July 28, Everybody Says Hello!, Wayland Library, 2-3pm. Stories and Songs presented by Mary Jo Maichack. There are so many ways to say "hello" and sing and tell stories! Learn a song in Japanese! "Plant" cabbages the French way! Help act out a story from Vietnam! The music and stories in this show explore other languages too! Ages 3 and up. Registration is not required. Children ages 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult during the program. Contact: Youth Services Department 508-358-2308 Location: Raytheon Room 


Thursday, July 28, Wellesley Summer Outdoor Movie Series, "The Blind Side", Wellesley Town Hall Green (concert stage), 8:10pm. Bring a chair/blanket, snacks, flashlight, bug spray!!


Friday, July 29, Friday Family Flick: Lemonade Mouth, Wayland Library, 2-3:30pm.  Five students meet in detention and start an impromptu jam session while cleaning the music room. Based on the book Lemonade Mouth by Wayland author Mark Peter Hughes! Rated G. Children ages 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Contact: Youth Services Department 508-358-2308 Location: Raytheon Room 


Friday, July 29, Framingham Summer Concert Series: XRB, Framingham Village Green, 6:30-8:30pm. Free.

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