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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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Lunar New Year Block Printing Workshop

Join printmaker, Mei-Ling Ellerman, to learn to design, draw, carve, and print your own beautiful Lunar New Year work of art! Great gift idea!

Choose your workshop date: Jan 23rd , or Jan 26th, or Feb 2nd. Time: 1pm to 4:30pm

Fee: $50 for 3.5 hours of instruction (plus $20 for materials paid directly to teacher)

Signup online here:

57 Andrew Ave, Wayland, MA 01778
Arts Wayland is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization
Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @artswayland

Overnight Traffic Change for Route 20 Westbound from January to April 2020

From 9pm to 5am Sunday to Thursday nights, traffic will be detoured from Route 20 westbound onto Old Sudbury Rd (Route 27) and then to River Rd. Local traffic only posting (westbound) at the intersection of Route 20 and 27. Road closed posting (westbound) at Andrews Avenue.


Winter College A Cappella Concert, February 1

Please join us this year to help support all the arts at Wayland High School!

The One and Only Winter College A Cappella Concert
Saturday, February 1 — 7:30pm, WHS Main Stage

A highlight of the Wayland winter season–the College A Cappella Concert–is almost here.  Wayland High School’s talented a cappella groups – the Muses, T-Tones and Madrigals – will appear in concert on Saturday, February 1 at 7:30pm in the Wayland High School Theater, along with three outstanding college groups — Berklee’s Pitch Slapped, Northeastern’s Pitch, Please!, and Middlebury’s Dissipated 8 (with alum Ben Slater).
Pitch Slapped is one of the world’s premier a cappella groups. Named in the top five a cappella groups by USA Today, the group has been crowned champions of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella twice, in 2011 and 2014. Pitch Slapped has enjoyed several national television appearances on NBC’s The Sing Off and America’s Got Talent, and can be seen in the movie, Daddy’s Home 2. The group loves to share their pop and R&B sound, traveling around the country and internationally, and most recently released their album “Sincerely,” streaming everywhere music is sold.
The Madrigals (Mads) are Wayland High School’s co-ed a cappella group being featured next week as well. Under the direction of seniors, Ciara Murphy and Jack Wuerfl, the Madrigals are 12 members strong and are the oldest a cappella group at Wayland High School.  They sing everything from pop covers to rock classics. Madrigals Director Ciara Murphy notes, “The upcoming College A Cappella concert is one of our favorite concerts to perform in. The concert highlights a cappella at both high school and collegiate levels, and the Madrigals are always excited to learn and watch the college groups. We are so excited to perform as we have four new members of our group and have been preparing since the fall.”
The college a cappella concert is a major fundraiser 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 donation, visit www.whsarts.orgPriced at $20, tickets are available at Donelan’s, Russell’s Garden Center, and online at the WHS CAPA website, . Purchase early to guarantee a seat. 

Please feel free to contact the CAPA Board at:

Wayland to Celebrate Lunar New Year, Sunday February 9

Chinese culture will be on display in Wayland in February as dancers, singers, and drummers come together to celebrate the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rat.  Traditionally a multi-day celebration, Lunar New Year will be celebrated locally on Sunday, February at Wayland High School.

The program, co-sponsored by the Wayland Chinese-American Association, Arts Wayland, and the Wayland Free Public Library, will include performances by the Chinese Folk Art Workshop and Wayland students from 4:30 to 6pm in the high school auditorium.  At 6pm, activities shift to the Commons area for an Asian hors d’oeuvres reception and family-friendly activities.  Festivities wrap up at 7:30.

Chinese celebrate Lunar New Year with family reunions, special meals, and other activities.  It is akin to Thanksgiving or Christmas, said Nan Li, a past association president.  The Wayland Lunar New Year event attracts hundreds of people and is “a celebration of peace, love, and joy and all good work from all around the town,” she said.  Tickets are available at the door and cost $10 for adults or $5 for students, seniors, and Wayland Public Schools staff.  Children under 5 years old are free.  There is a $25 maximum cost per household ($20 maximum for Wayland Public Schools staff families).  Tickets are also available online at

In Wayland, students have an opportunity to learn about Chinese culture and language through activities such as Mandarin classes and a high school exchange program.

Viola and Piano Recital, January 31

Friday January 31, 2020 at 8:00 pm
Wayland High School
Ashleigh Gordon, viola
Joy Cline Phinney, piano

Seeking Sanctuary
Florence Price: Night
Adolphus Hailstork: Sanctum Rhapsody for Viola and Piano
Anthony R. Green: On Top of A Frosted Hill
Margaret Bonds: The Negro Speaks of River
George Walker: Cello Sonata

Free and open to all. For more info, visit

Become a Tutor of English

Have you ever thought about tutoring someone in English? Most people who decide to become tutors are thinking of the good it can do, helping others become more proficient in English and better able to cope with employment, landlords, schools or the medical profession. But then they discover the rewards, the satisfaction that comes as progress is made and a relationship develops that enriches both learner and tutor. Tutors often speak of their pleasure in learning about another culture and their greater appreciation for the challenges facing those who are adapting to ours.

Because of the constant demand for tutoring, all available tutors are now working with students, and the next tutor-training course has been scheduled. ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program director Ginny Steel is currently enrolling prospective tutors for the five-session course that starts on February 24. The class will meet at the Wayland Library on five consecutive Monday afternoons 1:00 –4:00. Class dates are February 24 and March 2, 9, 16 and 23. No prior knowledge of a foreign language is needed, just an openness to other cultures and the desire to share your knowledge of English. The training is free, although it is necessary to purchase a textbook for $38.

For more information or to enroll in the tutor-training course, you can phone Ginny Steel at 508-358-7517
or email her at

Celebrating the Passage of the 19th Amendment

The Declaration of Independence, written in 1776, states that “all men are created equal.”  That same year, Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John, who was working to establish the new country’s laws.  She asked him to “Remember the Ladies.”  Abigail Adams wanted women to have more rights under the new American government.  (National Women’s History Museum)

It took more than 100 years for Abigail to get her wish and it was a hard-fought battle.  By the 1820s and 1830s, most states had extended the franchise to all white men, regardless of how much money or property they had.  In 1848, a group of abolitionist activists—mostly women but some men—gathered in Seneca Falls, NY, where they advocated for women’s right to vote.  During the 1850s, the women’s rights movement gathered steam but lost momentum when the Civil began.  At the end of the war, the 14th amendment extended the Constitution’s protections to all citizens, defined as “male,” and the 15th amendment guaranteed black men the right to vote.  The battle continued.

Some states in the west extended the vote to women as early as 1869 but southern and eastern states resisted.  Some suffragists mobilized on the state and local level while others focused nationally on more radical, militant tactics.  World War I slowed the campaign down but women’s work on behalf of the war effort proved they were just as patriotic and deserving of citizenship as men.

Finally, on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment to the Constitution was fully ratified and on August 26th, it was certified.  On November 2 of that year, more than 8 million women across the United States voted in elections for the first time.

Over the next 12 months, there will be a series of programs related to the passage of the 19th amendment giving 20 million women the right to vote.  These programs, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Wayland Council on Aging, Wayland Historical Commission, Wayland Historical Society, and Wayland Public Library, include talks, trips and teas!

The first two programs on the schedule are:

Friday, January 24th:  Suppressed:  The Fight to Vote, an excerpt from a new documentary based on voter suppression in Georgia’s 2018 midterm election, followed by a discussion led by Joel Silberman and Jean Milburn.  An optional opportunity to fill out postcards encouraging eligible Georgia voters who have been purged to re-enroll and vote!  This event will take place at the library at 10am.

Sunday, January 26th:  A Legacy of Resistance, celebrating the legacy of Lydia Maria Child.  As part of her regular Sunday church service, Rev. Dr. Stephanie May will reflect on how Child’s response to the injustices of her day might inform how we act to create a more just world in our time.  The service will also include music composed by Wayland resident Ted Peace, with lyrics by and about Lydia Maria Child.  This event will take place at First Parish Church at 10am; the public is invited.

All events are posted on our calendar online here.

More to come!