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2021 Winter Stone Soup Speakers Series: Meet the "Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum"

Monday, 04 January 2021 12:11

For this winter's Stone Soup speakers series, we will focus inward and reacquaint our followers with the history, landscape, and program vision that led to our renaming this year as the Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum. Through story-telling and photos, we hope to engage participants in a conversation that increases people's understanding and attachment to this beautiful and unique cultural landscape nestled in the Blue Hills. The Stone Soup speakers series is normally a convivial gathering around homemade soup, but this year will be conducted virtually via Zoom on the last Wednesdays of the month, January - March, at 6:30 p.m. We will miss the actual sharing of soup and breaking of bread due to the pandemic, but we hope to share a recipe or two of our favorite winter soups.

The January Stone Soup session will give an overview of the ten consecutive generations of occupants who called this place home, with some intriguing details and mysteries unearthed in the early days of our work as we researched the families and documented their collections. To receive the zoom link for the Jan. 27th session, please register here or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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DIY wreath-making by ZOOM a big success! Get yours today!

Friday, 11 December 2020 11:36

We didn't let the pandemic keep us from continuing one our favorite holiday traditions!
Due to ongoing public health concerns, this year we decided to hold the popular annual wreath-making workshop by zoom. Participants picked up all the supplies they needed to make their holiday wreaths at home. Saturday night we hosted a festive zoom session and provided on a couple methods on how to make a wreath base, followed by live tips from floral designer extraordinaire Lisa Ahern on how to embellish the base and turn it into a custom-made show stopper! Look at some of the results! Participants were thrilled with the event and sent rave reviews along with pictures of their completed wreaths.
Kits are still available although the supply is limited - call 617-333-0924 x22 to purchase a kit. We will send you a link to the zoom video we recorded so you can get expert instruction too!
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Thanks to our Autumn Photography Contest entrants!

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 15:14

On the last three Wednesdays of October, photographers of all levels and ages strolled the gardens, attempting to capture some of autumn's remarkable beauty in their pictures. The "best picture" winner is Caitlin Sanchez and her winning photo is displayed below. Some of the other notable entries are included below hers and we will share all the photos on our facebook page during November.

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Read Amy Robins

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CANCELLED -300 years of history: Exploring the Davenport Farm through Archaeology - virtual talk 8/18 by Sara Belkin

Friday, 07 August 2020 10:42

This month on Wednesday, August 18th at 7:00 pm, we will be hosting an exciting session via zoom featuring archaeologist Sara Belkin, who completed her doctoral thesis in archeology at Boston University based on her research here over many summers. As the director of our Summer Archaeology Institute, a two-week program for high school-age youth, Sara was able to learn about the history of the people who called this place home, beginning with the founders of Davenport Farm in the early 1700s and the nine generations that followed, through the objects recovered during the excavations conducted with the youth. During her talk, Sara will highlight different artifacts, like the George Washington Inauguration Button, to tell the story of the families who lived on this property for 300 years.

Please register to receive the zoom link here or by email. For more information, call 617-333-0924.

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