If it all sounds like it would take an army of event planners, keep in mind Rhodes comes across as an army of one.
Founder and president of Conventures Inc., a special events, marketing, and public relations firm in Boston, she has taken on much more daunting endeavors: Tall Ships, the opening of the Boston Garden, major Democratic National Convention events, and a host of sports-related happenings, like the Boston World Cup Soccer tournament.
“I felt like a garage band opening up for the Rolling Stones,” said Coburn, who turned over the reins of the Weston 300 Committee to Rhodes after he was elected selectman. “This is what she does. She’s as good as they get, so the planning for this has just been extraordinary.”
Apparently so has the fund-raising, which Rhodes is also spearheading.
A chunk of the contributions will go toward the Weston 300 Legacy Trail Trust, created so the celebration includes a lasting tribute to the town. The idea is to create a 1.5-mile trail loop in the center of town, connecting the Weston Public Library, the Community Center, and the Field School. Residents will be able to sponsor not just the usual pavers and benches, but also statues and other art along the trail.
The committee hoped to raise $300,000. It is already three-quarters of the way there, said Rhodes.
“I say that with great humility because I’m astounded,” she said. “I’m so very, very pleased with the coming together of the community.”