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A walk organized by members of the Waltham Committee and led by Sonja Wadman of the Waltham Land Trust exposed us to the many facets of local environmentalism and activism. Sonja took us to the paved trail path (which is easy to walk on and wheel chair accessible) on River Road. At the point of entry was the splendid Silver Maple – the oldest in Waltham stood majestic and presented a most welcoming sight. Onto a footbridge over the Charles River backwaters – was dedicated to Mary Early an activist to work in South Waltham.  For the Scholars, this was a treat to learn about women activists who have been recognized locally for the difference they make in their community. The vistas along the bridge and beyond were breathtaking. The unusually warm day was encouraging as we made our way to the serene pathways marked by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. At one point Sonja gently chided a visitor on picking Bittersweet vines that choke local foliage. In a previous post we have talked about the activities the land trust is involved in removing these parasitic vines from the area. Continuing on our path the Blue Heron bridge was a suspension bridge that did not cease to awe us with its shape, construction and the arches framing the sky as if it were.As a community partner the Waltham Land Trust has led us to newer avenues of being engaged locally.

Note of thanks

 

Donations collected from Scholars during the walk will go towards supporting the following: Land Preservation, Outreach and Education, Western Greenway development and literature and maps on local open spaces.

We hope to remain connected to the Land Trust and organize further activities to support this worthy initiative.

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Emily Corbato, Resident Scholar, WSRC

 

Resident Scholar, Emily Corbato, performed a piano concert for a full audience of 100 people at Waltham’s Senior Center on Friday, September 28th. Her choices of composers were mostly from the 1800’s, including Ernst Bacon, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, Ernest Block, and Joaquin Turina. She began her recital with a powerful execution of Well Tempered Clavier (Prelude in C Major) by J.S. Bach, who lived between 1685 and 1750. With charming and compelling commentaries about each song and composer, Corbato performed 17 musical renditions written by 8 composers. Often smiling and clapping as Corbato played the piano and provided stories about the music, the audience was obviously enchanted with both the performer and the performance.

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