Loving Summer Living in Weston MA

Posted on July 8, 2014

I have been lucky enough to live in Weston, MA for the past 16 years. Some time ago, I wrote a post about 10 things you might not know about Weston and the advantages to living in the ‘burbs from my viewpoint, which invariably meant a great deal of it was written with Weston in mind. Now as we find ourselves in the midst of the summer season, I thought I might share with you some of my favorite things to do in Weston on these warm, long days and what sets our town apart from some of the other neighboring communities. In essence, these Weston offerings and programs help to differentiate us and make us love summer living here. These are just a few of the great things about our fabulous town (in no particular order):

  • Summer Concerts on the Town Green – Each Wednesday night from 7 – 8:30 p.m., various bands play on the Town Green, and Weston residents and visitors alike bring picnics, blankets, chairs, frisbees and dogs to enjoy the summer night. The concerts appeal to all ages – infants to teenagers to young parents to seniors. Highlights include singing and dancing to the music, bringing picnics with dinner selections or just hors d’oeuvres, eating yummy ice cream (from the ice cream truck), watching a multitude of kids running wildly around the Town Green, socializing with new and old friends and neighbors and so much more. Spearheaded and organized by the Weston Recreation Department and sponsored by the Cambridge Trust Company and Omni Foods (though Omni Foods is no longer in Weston), the concerts generally start at the end of June and run through late July. There are three more concerts left in this 2014 season – July 9 featuring Classic Groove, July 16 featuring Perfect Crime, and July 23 featuring Boogaloo Swamis. Mark your calendars because these evenings are a fantastic way to enjoy our gorgeous summer, New England evenings.
  • Summer Walks - Weston has more than 2,000 acres of conservation land, and the Weston Forest & Trail Association owns “200 acres of conservation land and easements and maintain[s] more than 100 miles of trails.” In addition, we are lucky enough to have two reservoirs (the Weston Reservoir, located off of Ash Street, and the Norumbega Reservoir, located off of Glen Road and Oak Street). These trails and reservoirs are popular spots for residents and visitors to walk their dogs, enjoy for exercise and simply just appreciate the beauty of the great outdoors. What a delightful way to spend a beautiful summer morning, afternoon or evening.
  • The Town Pool and Town Camp – The Weston Recreation Department also manages these two great town assets. First, Memorial Pool is located right between Country and Woodland Elementary Schools on Alphabet Lane. With its large shallow end, watering mushroom, diving board and lap lanes, the pool appeals to kids and adults of all ages.  There is also a water park/activity section, massive sand box, picnic tables, snack bar and loads of chairs to place in either the sun or the shade. The pool offers swim classes and clinics, private lessons and swim teams too. There are many special events throughout the summer, including Pool of Gold (July 10), Go Sox Day (July 10), Caribbean Cruise Day (July 19), Friday Night Float (July 25) and Tuesday Family Nights (August 5, 12 and 19). The pool is open to Weston residents, their guests, non-resident badge holders and their guests…. Second, the Town Camp is the best bet in town to entertain your children each day. Running for six weeks from late June through early August, Weston Town Camp starts with “Camp ABC” for children ages 4-5, then progresses to “Camp Adventure” or “Sports, Sports, and More Sports” for kids entering grades 1-4, and culminates with “Outer Limits” for kids entering grades 5-7 and “KWEST” for kids entering grades 8-9. The great news about the camps – except Camp ABC – is that there are always field trips, including journeys to Six Flags, Roller Kingdom, Chunky’s Cinema and Pinz Bowling.
  • Dairy Joy – Conveniently located at 331 North Avenue right on Route 117, Dairy Joy is a fabulous place to take the family for lunch or dinner – or anytime in between. Choose from grilled cheese, hamburgers, french fries, salads, lobster rolls and specialty sandwiches to soft ice cream, frappes and so much more. You can pick-up take out or eat outside on picnic benches allowing your kids the opportunity to run around which they love. Keep in mind that Dairy Joy does not take credit cards. And sometimes the hamburgers, french fries and ice cream can add up to more than you might think, but the overall dining and fun family experience is well worth it. You can find Dairy Joy on Facebook or follow the food favorite on Twitter (@DairyJoy). Enjoy….
  • Land’s Sake Farm – Picking your own and/or buying produce from Weston’s Land’s Sake Farm is an awesome offering and opportunity for those who live locally. Located on Wellesley Street across from the schools and Recreation Center, Land’s Sake is a public farm which offers educational programs, maintains the town forest for recreational and production uses, and cares for both public conservation and private land. It has been “connecting people to the land through Farming, Forestry and Education since 1980.” We are lucky to have this organization in our town.

One important item to note…. The above list highlights my top reasons to love summer living in Weston MA. There are many, many more, including our town’s incredible school system and ease of commuting/proximity to Boston. Those go without saying and are constant no matter what time of the year. But back to the summer…. If you are a current or past Weston resident – or perhaps you’re just a frequent Weston visitor – what are your favorite Weston summer happenings? Are they on the list above, or do you have other fun pastimes? I can’t wait to hear….

For more information on this or about the real estate market in Weston, Wellesley, Wayland and the surrounding towns, please contact me, Lisa Curlett (781-267-2844 or www.homesalesbylisa.com), to answer any questions or for a complimentary home appraisal.

Santa Claus is Coming to Weston MA

Posted on December 14, 2013

To those of you who’d like to see Santa Claus in Weston, MA this Christmas, you’re in luck because he’s coming to town. The Santa Claus visits, which are sponsored by the Weston Fire Department, will take place on the following evenings (note that times are approximate):

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm

1.         6:00 – 6:10 pm            Sears and Laurel roads

2.         6:15 – 6:30 pm            Cherrybrook Road at Ballfield

3.         6:35 – 6:50 pm            Westland Road at Circle Drive

4.         6:55 – 7:10 pm            Fairview and Montvale roads

5.         7:15 – 7:25 pm            Kings Grant at Plymouth roads

6.         7:30 – 7:45 pm            Town Hall at Front Door

7.         7:50 – 8:05 pm            Jericho Road by #109

Thursday, December 19, 2013 between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm

1.         6:00 – 6:20 pm            Library Parking Lot – School Street

2.         6:25 – 6:35 pm            Doublet Hill and Cart Path roads

3.         6:40 – 6:55 pm            Ridgeway and Chiltern roads

4.         7:00 – 7:10 pm            Fire Station #2 – 390 South Avenue

5.         7:15 – 7:25 pm             Woodchester Drive at Shady Hill Road

6.         7:30 – 7:40 pm            Sherburn Circle at Tyler Road

7.         7:45 – 8:00 pm            Deer Path Lane at Country Drive

Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!

For more information on this or on the real estate market in Weston, Wellesley, Wayland and the surrounding towns, please contact me, Lisa Curlett (781-267-2844 or www.homesalesbylisa.com), to answer any questions or for a complimentary home appraisal.

Annual Pumpkin Festival in Weston MA – October 19, 2013

Posted on October 18, 2013

This Saturday, October 19, Weston High School will host its annual Pumpkin Festival from 1 – 5 p.m. on the Weston, MA Town Green.  This fabulous, fall event is to benefit Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine, a camp for families of children with life-threatening illnesses.

The Pumpkin Festival will feature pumpkin carving, face painting, a balloon artist, cookie and pumpkin decorating, a costume parade, silent auction and plenty of fun for all. There will be live performances by the Weston Town Criers, the Weston Pralines and other student musicians. And don’t miss all of the yummy treats and baked goods for sale. Click here to see the schedule of events.

Although Accuweather.com shows Saturday to be “sun giving way to clouds,” the rain date – just in case – is Sunday, October 20, 2013.  For even more information on this great fundraiser and event, click here. And for more information about the real estate market in Weston, Wellesley, Wayland and the surrounding towns or if you are considering selling your home, please contact me, Lisa Curlett (781-267-2844 or www.homesalesbylisa.com), to answer any questions or for a complimentary home appraisal.

Weston 300 Founder’s Day Parade and Festival – October 5, 2013

Posted on October 2, 2013

Save the date this Saturday, October 5, 2013 for the Weston MA 300 Founder’s Day Parade and Festival. Taking place on Weston’s Town Green, The Founder’s Day Festival begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m.* According to the town website, the Festival will be filled with “bands, refreshments, re-enactments, old fashioned games, face painting, pumpkin decorating, pie contests, and so much more! Be part of the Town Green Celebration saluting our Tercentennial year!”

Also from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. is the Founder’s Day Parade, which will begin on Golden Ball Road/Warren Avenue and proceed up Boston Post Road to the Town Green. “The Parade will feature marching bands, dance troupes, police and fire apparatus, antique cars, historic floats, fifes and drums, militia, athletes, scouts,  horses, and more! …. Walkers, bikers, children, and pets are welcome. Children are encouraged to decorate their bikes! The parade route is along Boston Post Road, about one mile long, and will conclude about 2:00 p.m., rain or shine!”

Then at 3 p.m. is the Weston 300 Town Wide Photo, which will be taken on the Town Green. “Be part of history! EVERYONE from Weston is invited to be in the once-in-a-lifetime photo. Cram onto the Green for the photo and it will be in Weston’s archives – forever!” I love the idea of being featured just like those other historic photos on display in the Town Hall. In addition, a Weston 300 Historic Trail Trek has been created for this day. “Starting at the Golden Ball Tavern, walk this famous path to visit the most historic sites in Weston. Visit the Central and Farmers Cemetery, the Fiske Law Office, the Josiah Smith Tavern, and the First Parish Church. Hear history come alive!”

Incorporated as a town on January 12, 1713, the Town of Weston has been commemorating “the accomplishments and development of the town over the past three centuries through a series of special events” that have taken place throughout the 2013 year. The town website sums it up perfectly, “Weston has had a remarkable history, spanning from its rural farmland beginnings to the thriving community it is today. The 300th anniversary is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate, reflect and showcase the varied aspects of this historic town.” For more information on Weston’s 300th celebration, contact www.weston300.org or weston300@westonmass.org.

And for more information on the real estate market in Weston, Wellesley, Wayland and the surrounding towns, please contact me, Lisa Curlett (781-267-2844 or www.homesalesbylisa.com), to answer any questions or for a complimentary home appraisal.

* The town is asking that you carpool, drop off or bike to Founder’s Day. Parking will be difficult, Boston Post Road will be closed between 11:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. from Golden Ball Road to School Street, and access to surrounding streets will be limited.

Weston Public Schools Announce the Field School’s “Topping Off” Ceremony

Posted on June 19, 2013

Mark your calendars for Friday, June 21 at 9 a.m. when the Weston Public Schools hold a “Topping Off” Ceremony for the new Field School at 16 Alphabet Lane in Weston, MA. The ceremony is a traditional raising of a top steel beam for the new Field School (pictured right as of today and below as a rendering), which is expected to be completed in September 2014. Refreshments will follow at Case House, 89 Wellesley Street in Weston. Earlier this week, another milestone known as “the completion of foundations” was reached.

The Project Manager for the development is Compass Project Management, the architect is Jonathan Levi Architects, and the general contractor is Colantonio Inc.

Field Elementary School houses students in the fourth and fifth grades, and the existing structure (pictured right) was built in 1950. Click here for news and updates on the development from the Field School Project Committee.

For more information on this or on the real estate market in Weston, Wellesley, Wayland and the surrounding towns, please contact me, Lisa Curlett (781-267-2844 or www.homesalesbylisa.com), to answer any questions or for a complimentary home appraisal.