The Weismore Family
By Laura Cerier
Meet Julie and Jon Weismoore, and their son Chris. Julie and Jon signed the Membership Book in January, and have jumped into FUSF with both feet!
Julie grew up in Hopkinton, MA, where her parents still live. After double-majoring in psychology and dance, Julie was on her way to a clinical psychology doctoral program at George Mason University in Virginia. Julie’s training led to several moves for the family in a short period of time-to Virginia for graduate school, then to Connecticut for pre-doc internship, then to Albany, NY for her post-doc residency. Chris was born in Virginia in 2009. The family moved to settle in Bellingham in 2013-whew!! Julie works at VA Boston HealthCare System, where she provides therapy services to veterans of all ages, specializing in PTSD and substance abuse disorders. She also contributes to training for psychologists and psychiatry residents.
Julie loves dancing and yoga, as well as hiking and cooking-all of which she hopes to do more of when life settles down a bit! Julie was an RE teacher this past fall and will be hosting a Circle Dinner in July. Stay tuned for more details!
Jon grew up on the Southside of Chicago, a life-long UU! His father, Chris Moore, became an assistant minister at the First Unitarian Church of Chicago in 1956, with the mandate to start a children’s choir to supplement the Sunday School and attract children and families to church. He gradually built this into the Chicago Children’s Choir, a huge, city-wide organization that eventually toured Europe. For those of you who have heard Jon sing at the FUSF Seder, now you know how Jon became such a superb singer!
Jon attended Simon’s Rock College at the age of 16, and then went to the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston, where he specialized in sculpture, performance art, and large-scale installation. At the request of his mother, Jon moved to western Massachusetts and built a house-from the ground up. He was a percussionist in three bands, but most especially with the Patio Kings, a street-style, rhythm-and-soul band, which toured the country in a grease-powered van. After working as a production manager, estimator, lead carpenter, and remodeling in construction, Jon now works for himself as a carpenter and handy-man-no job too small! Jon co-leads the FUSF drum circle, sings in the choir, drums for some of our services, and is a new member of the worship committee. In addition to percussion and drumming, Jon enjoys singing, carpentry, crafts, dancing, sculpture, golf, and archery.
Cue to one night in February 2006 in Northampton, MA. The club Julie wanted to go to with her friends to celebrate her acceptance to the doctoral program at George Mason was full so they had to go across the street to the Bishop’s Lounge. The Bishop’s Lounge was Jon’s favorite bar at the time. While there with a friend, listening to and grooving to the tunes, Jon noticed a group of young women similarly moving to the groove. He asked if anyone wanted to dance. Julie said yes. And the rest, as they say, is history!! So is the merger of their two original surnames – Weismantel and Moore – into Weismoore to match their values of equality and unity as a family.
Son Chris is 5-years-old and in kindergarten. He likes to play, especially with Legos, building both in kits and using his own imagination. He loves the playground at Silver Lake in Bellingham. His favorites are pizza, the color red, soccer, his rescue dog Lucy who is 9 years old, and eating snack at RE.