Recent News

Lecture: Peter Gray on The Power of Play-April 12th

Thursday, 30 March 2017 13:53

Each year, the Wakefield Estate co-sponsors an annual lecture with the Thacher Montessori School in Milton that looks at some of the cutting edge issues in education and child development. This year’s lecture, The Power of Play and the Joy of Learning, is a fascinating talk about the role of play in learning and child development by noted psychologist Boston College professor Peter Gray. In his talk, Gray will explore how play as activity that is contributes to educational and developmental value. This lecture will be held at the Thacher Montessori School, which is located at 1425 Blue Hill Avenue Milton, MA. Free and open to the public, however, reservations are required. Please RSVP at or by calling 617-333-0924. Read more...

Mushroom Propagation Workshop 4/8

Friday, 24 March 2017 13:31

Mushroom Propagation Workshop 4/8

Take home your own gourmet mushroom log for years of mushroom harvesting!

Don’t miss the Wakefield Estate’s annual mushroom growing workshop on Saturday, April 8th from 9:00-11:30 am! After an introduction of different mushroom growing methods, we will teach you how to inoculate logs with shiitake mushroom spawn and send you home with your own “seeded” log which can provide mushrooms for up to 5 years. This is a great family-friendly event. Please bring your own drill and half-inch drill bit if you have one. All materials provided. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. Cost: $20/members; $30/non-members; $50/Family. Co-Sponsored by Brookwood Community Farm. Call 617-333-0924 to register today. 





March Stone Soup & Speaker Series w/Alan Banks 3/29 6:00-7:30pm

Monday, 06 March 2017 12:15

This month, our Stone Soup and Speaker series continues with remarks by Alan Banks, Supervisory Park Ranger at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline. Banks will explore how industrial developments in the 19th century led Milton's own visionary Charles Eliot tocreate Trustees of the Reservation and ultimately, the Boston Metropolitan Parks System, one of the first of its type in the world.This year's Stone Soup & Speaker Series, held on the last Wednesday of the month through April, is looking closely at several key periods of our local history to highlight stories of our past that reveal important connections to our present and future.Soup is served at 6:00 pm followed by the talk at 6:30. $10 suggested donation. Space is limited and this year's series has been very popular, verging on "standing room only" attendance, so re-registration is important and required. To RSVP or for more information, please call 617-333-0924.


The knitters at Fuller Village and Our "Girls" Are Press Sensations!

Thursday, 02 March 2017 15:15

Photo courtesy of David Ryan, Boston Globe
After selling their gorgeous wares at the Holiday Fair, the Fuller Village knitters are always on the look-out for a new project. This year Nancy Kearns suggested knitting "chicken jumpers" (sweaters) for the molting hens and chilly Malaysian rooster Prince Peep at the Wakefield Estate. They made a dozen of different sizes and bright colors. When they scheduled a trip out to see how their sweaters fit on the chickens, the Boston Globe picked up the story. After the Globe printed this article online and in the Globe South Sunday edition on 2/25, suddenly these ladies, the knitters and the hens, are "hot" with a follow-up stories by WGBH "Greater Boston"(if you missed it, you can view it by clicking here), Fox TV and the AP.
We love the fact that this great story about how the estate's programs provide intergenerational community engagement and connections. Keep your eye out for a piece about all these "chicks" in the press in coming days or check "Prince Peep"'s Facebook page to follow the story.


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