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Hidden Gem Outdoor Shabbat Service

Enjoy a brisk outdoor walk and late winter’s beauty at this Shabbat service lead by Rabbi Katy and Gabi Mezger both of Ma’yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hope. All ages are welcome as the service connects attendees to nature through song, prayers, meditation and passage from the Torah.

Note: if the weather is too bitter and cold, we’ll hold the Torah discussion and end the service at a nearby home.

Ma’yan Tikvah holds outdoor Shabbat services on most Saturdays. Please visit or their Facebook page for additional information and dates

Where: Pod Meadow Conservation Area, Wayland
Meet by the Aqueduct at 10 Wallace Road (off of Old Connecticut Path), Wayland

When: 10:30am – 12:00pm, February 29, 2020

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:

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

Winter Pond Walk Shabbat

January 18, 10:30am – 12:30pm at Hamlen Woods Conservation Area 80 Rice Road, Wayland

Rabbi Katy Allen and Gabi Mezger will lead this woodland and wetland walk and Torah discussion as the group enjoys the winter scenery in Hamlen Woods. We’ll also stop to sing, meditate, pray, and reflect on the beauty of nature around us in this outdoor Shabbat service. Come prepared for muddy and/or icy spots along the trail. Dress warmly and you may want to bring Yaktrax if you have them.
All ages are welcome to attend and we think you may enjoy finding a deep connection to Shabbat and the world around you.

The parking lot is on the west side of Rice Road between Mainstone Road and 80 Rice Road. Watch for the red fire hydrant on right when coming from the North.

Ma’yan Tikvah holds outdoor Shabbat services on most Saturdays. Please visit or their Facebook page for additional information and dates

Sudbury River Songwriters Evening III at the W Gallery

Back by popular demand, Arts Wayland will be hosting the third “Sudbury Valley Songwriters Evening” at the W Gallery in Wayland. Popular New England area singer-songwriters Jeff Przech, Rachel Marie, Dave Martin and Dawn Kenney will each perform original songs in a conversational relaxed atmosphere. Songs may range from the humorous to the emotional, but all will express their writer’s creativity and showcase their talent. Enjoy an evening of songcraft with four wonderful singer-songwriters from the New England music scene.

Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 7pm
Location: the W Gallery, 57 Andrew Avenue, Wayland, MA 01778
Advance Ticket Prices: $10 Adults and $5 Students (thru high school)
Price at the Door: $15 Adults, two for $25 and $5 Students (thru high school)

The Debby Larkin/Jeff Stout Quintet, January 19

This husband and wife team perform jazz classics from the Great American Songbook with clever interplay, natural arrangements and mutual enjoyment.

Debby Larkin is one of Boston’s premier jazz vocalists. She swings in the style of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Anita O’Day and has the subtle coolness of Julie London and Peggy Lee. Debby performs internationally, entertaining audiences regularly in Italy, Spain, St Maarten, Barbados, Scotland to name a few. Her humor and charm ingratiates audiences wherever she performs.

Jeff Stout, a staunch defender of mainstream jazz, is one of the finest trumpeters in the area. He has played and recorded with the great “Buddy Rich Band”, Gary Burton, Mel Torme’, Buddy Tate, James Williams, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Joe Lovano, Curtis Fuller, John Scofield and Kurt Elling, to name a few. Jeff is on the faculty of Berklee College of Music.

The ensemble is rounded out by fellow colleagues from Berklee College of Music Casey Scheuerell on drums, Barry Smith on bass and Wayland resident Neil Olmstead on piano.

The concert will take place at the W Gallery from 2-4 pm on January 19, 2020.

For more information or to make a donation, please visit us at:

Free admission! Donations will be greatly appreciated.

First Parish presents Respighi Choral Work on December 15

First Parish in Wayland will present a major classical music choral work under the direction of Music Director Pauline Oliver as part its Music Sunday performance December 15 at 10 a.m. The historic 1815 Meeting House is located at 225 Boston Post Rd. The public is warmly welcomed.

Respighi’s Lauda per la Natività del Signore (Laud to the Nativity) is a 25-minute piece that is part of a special, mostly music, one-hour service held twice a year.

First Parish Choir will be joined by a woodwind and keyboard ensemble. Two prominent classical singers also will join the choir: Boston Conservatory at Berklee soloists Erin Matthews, soprano, who sings the role of the Angel, and Megan Callahan, mezzo-soprano, who sings Mary.

Many know Respighi for his The Pines of Rome, Fountains of Rome, and Roman Festivals tone poem trilogy. But the composer wrote with great success in many musical forms. Lauda, from 1930, is his last vocal/choral work. In it, a group of shepherds is called to Bethlehem by a host of angels. When they arrive and find the baby Jesus lying in a stall among farm animals, they can scarcely believe they are looking upon what the Angel (Matthews) claims to be a king. A chorus of angels, shepherds, and mother Mary (Callahan) deliver some of the loveliest music of any choral work First Parish has presented, according to Music Director Oliver.

For more information, please visit or call 508-358-6133. First Parish is located at the intersection of routes 20 and 27.