Discussion of Historic Shick House Just One Virtual Senior Center Event

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The Shick House is on property owned by the Mount Auburn Cemetery and likely to be sold to Buckingham Browne & Nichols School.

The history of the Shick House will be presented during one of this week’s virtual Senior Center events.

The house is located on Grove Street in East Watertown, and may be torn down. The property on which it is located was sold to Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, and the school plans to build playing fields on the site. The house will be torn down unless it is moved to another site.

Learn about the history of the house and the family that called it home during an online event put on by the Historical Society of Watertown and hosted by the Senior Center.

The Senior Center provided the following information:

On Monday, January 11 at 2:00pm, Marilynne Roach, President of the Historical Society of Watertown, will be presenting a slideshow lecture on the “Shick House”.

Tucked into a corner of Watertown’s East End, the Shick House, whose past owners have raised prize horses, run a market garden, and operated a Kosher dairy, now has an uncertain future. Although the area is no longer agricultural and the architecture is altered, the house retains many elements of its high-style Italianate design. The Historical Society of Watertown will present a Zoom slide show on the house’s history and the people who lived and worked there, especially the immigrant family of Jacob and Maete Shick. The Shicks were one of the first Jewish families in Watertown and built the successful Watertown Dairy. Come explore this chapter of Watertown’s hidden history.

The program is this coming Monday, January 11, at 2PM. Please call or email the Senior Center to register and for the link and password – (617) 972-6490 or E-mail: SeniorCenter@watertown-ma.gov

Programs for Week of January 11, 2021

Join us via Zoom for the following programs. Call for access info: (617) 972-6490. New participants always welcome in every program! We hope you’ll join us!

Monday:     
10:00 AM, Art with Dawn Scaltreto
12:30 PM, Chair Yoga with Diane
2:00 PM, History of the Shick House with Marilynne Roach, Watertown Historical Society

Tuesday:     
10:00 AM, Annual Tax Exemption Program for Watertown Seniors
12:30 PM, Tai Chi & Meditation with Marie
2:00 PM, Line Dancing with Bradley
                                     
Wednesday:  
9:30 AM, Book Club: “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
11:00 AM, Exercise with Joanna
2:00 PM, Virtual Zoom Trip to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
4:00 PM, COA Board Meeting

Thursday:        
9:00 AM, Pilates with Marina Z.
10:30 AM, Talk with Tom
2:00 PM, New Year Zoom Coffee with COA Director Anne-Marie

Friday:            
10:00 AM, Exercise with Shannon Lee Jones     
12:00 PM, Seated Strength & Balance with Pearl
1:30 PM, Mellowtones Chorus with Anne Silverman

Looking Ahead

Monday, January 18, 2021 ~ Senior Center Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
No Programs

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Mount Auburn Hospital “Talk with a Doc about COVID-19 and More”
Pre-registration necessary to receive a unique Zoom link. Call (617) 972-6490.

SeniorShuttle Bus Update

The WatertownSeniorShuttle Bus is back on the road for grocery shopping! Due to COVID-19, the bus is limited to 4 riders plus the driver. Masks must be worn. Rides are now scheduled by appointment only. Call theSeniorCenter on Fridays from 8:30 AM-1:00 PM to schedule your ride for the following week.

One thought on “Discussion of Historic Shick House Just One Virtual Senior Center Event

  1. With the number of people dying increasing steadily for the past 1,000,000 years it’s hard to understand why Mt. Auburn Cemetery is selling so much land.

    Maybe it expects a medical miracle to bring about immortality?

    When I go past BBN, it looks like it has plenty of open space for sports. I wonder if its plans to create new sports fields in Watertown is really a cover for creating new school buildings on that site at some later date. Not that that’s a bad thing necessarily.

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