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Wellesley Residents Present at WFL: Upcoming Programs for Adults

Posted on March 17, 2023


The Wharton’s War
Sunday, March 26
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Wakelin Room 
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Local resident Sue Bell and Civil War historian William Davis will discuss their new book on the recently-discovered correspondence between Sue’s ancestor, Confederate General Gabriel Wharton, and his wife Anne Wharton during the Civil War.  General Wharton was actively engaged in the fighting in Virginia and was acquainted with many other, high-ranking Confederate officers.

Presented in partnership with the Wellesley Historical Society. 

Junkets with Julia:
Cheery Memories of Julia Child
Thursday, March 30
7:00pm – 8:00pm
Wakelin Room 
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Join us for an evening with author, Cynthia Wight Rossano. Her latest charming book, Junkets with Julia: Cheery Memories of Julia Child, is illustrated by Mark Steele, and pays a small tribute to the author’s friend of many years, Julia Child, the renowned ‘French Chef,’ who was arguably the most famous cook of her time throughout the culinary world. The books she wrote, the books written about her, the television programs, movies, and SNL skits are legendary, and it was Julia — with her inimitable voice in her inimitable style — who saved us from endless Jello salads and tuna fish casseroles.

The book highlights a selection of junkets shared by Julia and the author from their first meeting in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Julia’s death in Montecito, California. Their adventures include junkets to various well-known locations, topped by their unforgettable crossing from the US to the UK aboard the majestic QE2. Running through the book is a ribbon of a curious, flourishing, deep and lasting friendship, that of a renowned friend who knew everything there is to know about the fine arts of the kitchen, and her friend who considered peanut butter sandwiches the ne plus ultra of fine dining.

About the Author: Cynthia Wight Rossano is a writer and editor who for many years has seen to publication numerous articles, papers, and books within the Harvard University community and beyond. She has published seven books of her own, and has been published in various newspapers and magazines. Originally from Montreal, since 1962 she has lived continuously and happily with her husband and family in Wellesley.

About the Illustrator: Mark Steele is a painter, designer, sculptor, and incomparable illustrator whose nationally acclaimed work appears at Harvard University as well as internationally. He has beautifully illustrated four of the author’s books, and lives locally in Needham with his wife and family.