Three Things To Do This Weekend in Wellesley

Walk, swim and enjoy some art.

The weather forecast is for a gorgeous sunny Saturday, so with the summer winding down it's time to take advantage of Wellesley's trails.

Take the kids, the dog and whoever else you can round up and head over to the start of the Brook Path across from Nehoiden Golf Course on Dover Road and work your way through town, parallel to Washington Street, all the way to Maugus Road in Wellesley Hills.

The path is 2.3 miles and passes by the playground at Hunnewell School if you feel like stopping to swing or slide.

You could also treat yourself along the way. Stop at Truly Yogurt for a frozen treat or have a cone at White Mountain Creamery. Or stop for lunch at Tutto Italiano, Bertucci's, Singh's Cafe or one of the other restaurants just off the path if you're so inclined.

If the Brook Path isn't to your liking, try the more challenging Charles River Path. Start  in Lower Falls where the Charles River intersects with Washington Street and follow the red allows along the river through Newton, back into Wellesley to Ouellet Park, along Cedar Street, through the Town Forest off Route 9 to Longfellow Pond. It ends at the Sudbury Aqueduct after 2.5 miles.

There are more than a dozen trails through town, some flat and easy and some much more challenging. Check the Wellesley Trails Committee website at www.wellesleytrails.org and find the best fit for you and your family to enjoy.

Just remember, if you bring the dog, be sure and carry along some bags with you to pick up after your pooch.

It's been a busy summer at Morses Pond, so if you haven't been yet, this weekend is a good time to check it out before it's scheduled to close on the 22nd. That date may be extended a few days according to the recreation department, if enough of the lifeguards stay in town before heading back to college. But the days are winding down.

Tags are available at the pond and can be purchased for the rest of the season or as single day guest passes for $5 each.

There are also kayaks available to rent for $5 per half hour.

The pond is tested regularly by the Board of Health for bacteria, as specified by state requirements, and so far it was closed just one day in July.

Lenny Izzo, an environmental health specialist with the Wellesley Board of Health, is in charge of making sure the pond has safe bacteria levels, and he said the dry weather has helped keep the pond clean this summer.

There are also picnic shelters and grills at the beach, but they are available on a first come, first served basis only. So get there early with your cooler, relax and enjoy the waning days of summer.

And if you're not in the mood for outdoor fun, head over to the Wellesley Free Library main branch and take a look at the Art in August exhibit, "Transmutations."

The photographs by Al Levin "offer a sampling of images which illustrate the extraordinary variety and richness of the reflections that can be created by a single object," according to a description on the library's website.

Remember, the main library is closed on Sundays in August so be sure and get there on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The branch libraries are closed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

While you're there, see what museum passes are available and plan your Sunday.

The library offers one-day passes for a variety of museums throughout the area including the well-known Museum of Science, Children's Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Plymouth Plantation, John F. Kennedy Library and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and lesser known ones such as the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell and the Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston.

Passes can be checked out with your library card and are good for one day only.

Check the library website at www.wellesleyfreelibrary.org for the availability of specific museum passes.



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