Waban Improvement Society

Building a better future for our neighborhood


About the WIS

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

Newton Piano Summit May 2018

Waban Library Centre 1608 Beacon Street, Waban, 02468

If Music were an Olympic sport, all of the artists presented at the Newton Piano Summit would be gold medalists. From Cuban phenomena Dayramir Gonzalez to Downbeat poll winner vocalist Dominique Eade, the Newton Piano Summit is a new tradition presenting professional world-class artists in an intimate setting – entirely free to the public. 2018 marks our third year.

In conjunction with the Artful Piano Project where 9 decorated pianos grace Newton Villages during the month of May, The Waban Improvement Society presents the Newton Piano Summit for 3 Saturday afternoons in the Waban Library Center.

Videos of previous performance are available here.

May 5th: 1-3pm Dominique Eade and Tim Ray, Dayramir Gonzalez

May 12th: 1-3pm Mark Copeland, and Wes Wirth Global Music Ensemble

May 19th: 1-3pm Jimin Park and George Russell Jr.


Waban Village Day May 20th, 2018

Rocky Nook String Band

10 am Family Fun Run 

11:00 am  In Harmony – Suzuki Tour Group

11:30 am Suzuki Teen Violins

12 Giant Puppet Parade

12:15 Newton Family Singers

1:15 Rocky Nook String Band


Our 14th Annual Village Day 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!

The entertainment begins at 11 am. with the best young students from Waban’s newest resident, The Suzuki Music School.

We had a great surprise this year thanks to Upper Falls Mayor Jerry Reilly, the Giant Puppets Parade!

This year’s headliner, The Rocky Nook String Band takes the stage at noon.  Rocky Nook String Band is a Boston-based musical collaborative that blurs barriers between Bluegrass, Celtic, and acoustic Rock and Roll traditions.  Featuring skilled musicians from a variety of backgrounds, the band spins Americana folklore into unpredictable shapes and original songs, punctuated with complex harmonies and improvisations. Performing local festivals and venues, the band has gathered a devoted following.

Michael Bennett, vocals, guitar
Tim Correll, mandolin, vocals
Kurt Schellenberg, banjo, vocals
Bekka Schellenberg, fiddle, vocals
Joy Grimes, viola
Eric Rosenthal, drums
Jules Schellenberg, bass

The Newton Family Singers

The Newton Family Singers return for a 6th performance. The NFS is an intergenerational family chorus, bringing together families and friends of all ages to sing and perform folk and traditional American music.

Newton Family Singers