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Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable

Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization of men and women incorporated in 1999. The goal of the Roundtable is to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence through community education and networking and to improve the coordination between public and private services for victims and families touched by domestic violence.

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Line-up Announced for 2018 Wailin’ Wednesdays Concert Series at the Wayland Town Center

Popular family-friendly concert series returns for its fourth year; kicks off Wednesday, June 27, 5:30 p.m.

The businesses of the Wayland Town Center along with National Development are proud to once again present Wailin’ Wednesdays, a family-friendly summer concert series which kicks off on Wednesday, June 27 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Wayland Town Center East Green. The events are all free and open to the public.

The concert series will be held on the last Wednesday of the month throughout the summer and feature live music, a variety of activities including balloon and air brush tattoo artists, giveaways, and tasty food samplings including hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie sticks courtesy of the Wayland Town Center businesses. 

The 2018 lineup includes:

  • Wednesday, June 27 – The Missy Maxfield Project. A five-member cover band based in MetroWest featuring music ranging from the 60s to present.
  • Wednesday, July 25 – Off Label.  “Doc rock” band of mostly medical professionals who blow off steam by rocking out to classic rock and R&B.  
  • Wednesday, August 29 – Low Priority.  Boston based rock cover band playing all of the rock songs you know and songs that make you want to dance.

Join the fun on the grass of the Wayland Town Center East Green just outside of Sperry’s. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and relax and enjoy an evening outside with your friends and family. Don’t miss this music filled summer night of fun! 

Vokes Players to present Communicating Doors, May 3-19

The Vokes Players of Wayland present Alan Ayckbourn’s comic thriller Communicating Doors, directed by Michelle Aguillon. Performances will be held at Beatrice Herford’s Vokes Theatre,  Route 20 in Wayland, MA from May 3 through 19, Thursday-Saturday evenings at 8PM with a 2PM matinee on Saturdays, May 12 & May 19. For tickets and information call 508-358- 4034, or order online via our website www.vokesplayers.org. Ticket prices are $19.00 for Thursday evenings and Saturday matinees; $22.00 for Friday & Saturday evenings.

Alan Ayckbourn constructs tightly wound stories about conventional people told in unconventional ways. In this play, Ayckbourn spins a story right out of The Twilight Zone, but the stamp of his wicked humor leaves no doubt of its heritage. The play starts in a hotel room in the near-future, where a sick old man hires a prostitute to profess his guilt for nefarious activities that made him a lot of money – and resulted in the deaths of his first two wives. From there, the action takes a few odder turns as the prostitute, in fear for her life, ducks into the “communicating door” of the hotel room and ends up…somewhere she wasn’t expecting at all. To tell any more would ruin the fun. It’s a tale of close calls, time travel, and cosmic retribution that would be hard to believe if you haven’t seen it for yourself.

The cast for the show includes: Rebecca Shor (Boston), Barbara Douglass (Newton), Michelle Mount (Somerville), Chris Cardoni (Billerica), David Wood (Ashland) and Ben Dubrovsky (Lincoln). The
director, Michelle Aguillon, is from Watertown.

The historic Beatrice Herford’s Vokes Theatre in Wayland is one of the truly unique cultural and historical resources in Metrowest. The Vokes Players is a non-profit theatrical organization. Communicating Doors is the third production of our 2017-18 season. The theatre is wheelchair accessible. For more information about the Vokes Players, visit our website – www.vokesplayers.org.

Sudbury Valley New Horizons Music Spring Concert on May 5th

Band Director Diane Muffitt conducts a recent performance of the Sudbury Valley New Horizons Band.

Spring has finally arrived!!! Come celebrate with Sudbury Valley New Horizons Music at its 2018 Spring Concert on Saturday, May 5th, at 3 p.m. The auditorium at the Wayland Middle School (201 Main Street, Wayland) will be the site of the concert, which will showcase the work of musicians of varying ages and levels of experience. The concert will begin with 3 selections performed by the swing band, including Weather Report’s “Birdland”. The string orchestra will play several pieces, including themes from Tschaikowsky’s “Symphony No. 6 in b minor”, Mozart’s popular “Eine Klein Nachtmusik”, and George Gershwin’s signature composition, “Rhapsody in Blue”.
Among other pieces, the woodwind choir (joined by several additional members of our concert band) will offer Grieg’s familiar “In the Hall of the Mountain King”. Finally, the concert band will perform a variety of numbers, including “The Phantom Regiment” by Leroy Anderson (best known for his “Syncopated Clock)” and arranged by our own Linda Murdock, the high-energy “The Great Locomotive Chase” that brings to life the sounds and excitement of a Civil War train chase, and a medley from the Rogers and Hammerstein musical, “The King and I”.

Come get to know us during our “meet and greet” immediately after the concert, where a variety of refreshments will be served. There is no charge for attending the concert, although donations are gratefully accepted–we are a 501(c)(3) arts organization, so donations are tax deductible. You will even be able to “buy a kiss” (candy, that is!) for your favorite musicians!

In addition to its two major concerts during the year, SVNHM’s ensembles perform in other venues, including the Wayland Council on Aging Summer Community Concert Series on July 5th, and at various senior living facilities in the area. Most recently, the band performed at Heritage Assisted Living in Framingham. As part of the summer sessions, the band and the string ensemble will each perform at various senior living communities.

Sudbury Valley New Horizons Music is always looking for new members – especially for our beginner classes in the fall. Whether you are well-versed at playing an instrument, have never played and don’t even know how to read those little black marks on the paper, or are somewhere in between, our string ensemble or band is for you. Our credos are: “Your Best is Good Enough!” and “It is never too late!”. For more information, e-mail Diane Muffitt at muffitt@svnhm.org, call her at 978-261-5065, go to www.svnhb.org, or just show up for the concert. We look forward to meeting you!!!!!

Friends of the Wayland Library Spring Book and Bake Sale

The Friends of the Wayland Public Library will sponsor their SPRING BOOK and BAKE SALE on Saturday, May 19, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 20, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. There will also be a preview for members of the Friends on Friday, May 18, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Memberships will be available at the sale starting at 4:30 p.m.

Sale items include delicious baked goods and thousands of quality books in good condition for children and adults. All proceeds go to support Library programs and services.

The sale will be held in the Large Hearing Room in the Wayland Town Building, 41 Cochituate Road.

Book donations will be accepted during set-up in the Large Hearing Room on Wednesday, May 16 and Thursday, May 17. Donations of baked goods will be accepted from Friday until the end of the sale on Sunday.

For more information, contact Carole Schneider at (508) 358-1012.

Wayland High School A Cappella Groups Gearing up for Spring Concert

Wayland High School’s talented a cappella groups are hard at work preparing for the Spring College A Cappella Concert on Saturday, April 7, starting at 7:30 pm.  This annual concert is a wonderful way to welcome spring to the Wayland community!

The concert will be held at Wayland High School Auditorium and will feature our own talented Wayland High School Madrigals, T-Tones, and Muses, along with three outstanding college groups — the Vassar Devils, featuring Wayland’s Sophia Calder; University of New Hampshire Not Too Sharp; and Northeastern Pitch, Please!  WHS seniors Zach Dresens and Kayla Mabe will MC this fun spring tradition!

The Wayland High School a cappella groups are also hard at work on a CD that will be ready for release before the end of the school year.  Come hear the results of their hard work, featuring creative arrangements, talented singing and spirited choreography! A cappella attracts some of the most talented singers on college campuses, and the college groups featured this spring are certain to impress and entertain!  

Priced at $18, tickets are NOW available at Donelan’s, Russell’s Garden Center, and online at the WHS CAPA website, www.whsarts.org . Tickets to these concerts frequently sell-out, so purchase early to guarantee a seat! You can find pictures, videos, and additional information on the concert’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/collegeacappella/, and on the CAPA website at www.whsarts.org .

The bi-annual college a cappella concerts (fall and spring) are the primary fundraisers for the Creative Arts Parents Association (CAPA), the organization that supports all Wayland High School arts, music and theater programs. For more information, to join the mailing list, or to make a separate donation, visit www.whsarts.org.  

Article by Cindy Lewis; Photo Credits to Lana Murphy.

Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe: a comic, satiric masterpiece by the authors of Pirates of Penzance

Sudbury Savoyards present Iolanthe – a comic, satiric masterpiece by the authors of Pirates of Penzance

April 7th at 2pm and 8pm
April 14th at 2pm and 8pm
Tickets available online: www.sudburysavoyards.org or at the door!
Ticket Prices: Seniors $20; Students $15; Adults $24
Venue: Maynard High School, 1 Tiger Drive, Maynard MA 01754

Watch the fairies go face-to-face with the peers, battling over classic themes of love vs. the law and the law vs. justice! Iolanthe offers a beautiful score, witty lyrics, and classic satire. Iolanthe portrays a level of depth and humanity beyond most of Gilbert and Sullivan’s other operettas, beautifully blending the fantastic with the real. Iolanthe was banished from Fairyland 25 years ago but is welcomed back by the Fairy Queen and other fairies. Strephon, her son, who is half-fairy (down to the waist) is to marry Phyllis that very day, but the Lord Chancellor and peers object. If you are looking for a little magic, some humor, and a lot of humanity, you won’t want to miss this!

For more information call the Sudbury Savoyards at 781-369-5992

Spring ballet – Variations on Make Way for Ducklings

Dance Prism presents an original ballet inspired by Robert McCloskey’s beloved characters and the unparalleled spirit of the era in which they lived and thrived. Featuring company member Alex Roy (WHS ’13). Appropriate for all ages – celebrate spring with your whole family!  Three performances: April 14 in Littleton, April 22 in Natick and April 29 in Andover. Details at: http://www.danceprism.com/

Event flyer online here