Waban Improvement Society

Building a better future for our neighborhood


Newton Piano Summit 2023


In continuing our mission to enhance the quality of life in our community, the WIS began the Newton Piano Summit with the goal of bringing the finest artists available to perform concerts free to the public. Now in our 7th year, we are proud of our success and being joined by others including Advance Auto, Honda Village, Village Bank, Newton Cultural Council, Massachusetts Cultural Council and Newton Community Pride to help underwrite this series. We just completed booking our most ambitious season yet and with your help, we will pull it off! Please donate whatever you can.  More Here

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About the WIS

Community is at the core of the Waban Improvement Society. Established in 1889, the Waban Improvement Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving all people who live and/or work in Waban. The WIS is committed to community building, cultural enrichment, and promotes any activity intended to improve Waban and fosters a sense of community. Its activities include running the Waban Library Center, Waban Village Day, landscaping community assets, the Progressive Dinner, Waban Lights and Sing-along, and The Newton Piano Summit.

Support the WIS

We are no longer asking for dues. Instead, we ask for donations to continue all of our activities.

Waban Village Day May 21, 2023

Our 18th Annual Village Day will be kicked off by the Family Fun Run at 10:00 am.  Racers of all ages are encouraged to participate, including children who are allowed to ride bikes and scooters along the 3.1 mile race course.  All racers must check in and register at the Fun Run table in Waban Square at 9:00 AM and will be able to pick up their T-shirts and race numbers there as well.  The registration fee is $20/individual or $50/family (up to 4 members) and includes the race day T-shirt(s), which will be made from cooling performance fabric again this year to help celebrate our 13th Fun Run!

More information to come.

The entertainment begins at 11 am. with the best young students from Waban’s Suzuki Music School. Followed by pure mayhem with Annie and the Fur Trappers.

Annie and the Fur Trappers are a Boston-based traditional jazz and blues band that includes clarinet, trumpet, trombone, bass, banjo, guitar, washboard, and violin. The band plays traditional jazz, delta blues, ragtime, and swing music.  Annie and the Fur Trappers have performed at a variety of music festivals including the Big Muddy Blues Festival, The Whitaker Jazz festival The Apple Butter Festival, Cherokee Street Jazz Fest, HONK!TX, Musikfest, The Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl, and The Rosebud Cafe Music Festival, to name a few.