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By Daniel Curtin
Hometown Weekly Reporter
As the sun descended behind Newman Elementary School last Tuesday, families, friends, and members of the community listened to country music while enjoying some homestyle barbecue. The Needham History Center & Museum hosted a festive country concert that had kids playing on the lawn on the warm summer night. The smell of pulled pork and chicken wafted through the air as friends got together and chatted after a long day of work.
David Weber of Lost Articles played country hits like John Denver’s “Take Me Home Country Roads” and Zac Brown Band’s “Homegrown.”
Gloria Greis, the Executive Director of the History Center & Museum, helps run the many different programs offered by the Center, including the 1850s schoolhouse program for 3rd graders in town.
“The whole idea of tonight is to have fun. We have programs throughout the year - school programs and lecture series - but sometimes, you just need to get everybody together,” Greis said.
“It’s important that while you’re looking forward, that you are also looking back at all the awesome people and events that made this town as great as it is now,” said Teri Boardman, a member Historical Center member who was with her family enjoying the music and great food.
Development Manager Suzanne Baker at the Needham History Center & Museum works to preserve the treasures of the town and pass on the stories of Needham’s past. In doing so, she realizes, she also provides a central spot for Needham’s community to connect.
“When you look around you see these different generations [in attendance] - that is what makes Needham so diverse and beautiful,” Baker said.
The Needham History Center & Museum is always looking for new members. More information about the Center can be found at their website, http://needhamhistory.org.