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“What’s this?” I’d asked him as we settled up the bill, still frazzled by the circumcision I’d witnessed. It was the first time I’d ever actively watched the ancient procedure. At every other bris I’d ever attended I’d made a concerted effort to turn away, instinctively reaching down to protect myself as I did so, as all men do in such situations. But this

Uncertain, I decided to lean on the mohel for more details. He did his best to sound authoritative, but there was an uncertainty in his voice. He made vague references to the Exodus, hypothesizing that as Moses and the Israelites frantically wandered the desert they had no time to bury their foreskins (or, apparently, to

“And I bet you thought I was the only one who got a tip!” One of the drawbacks of working with a mohel is a tendency toward puns, but it’s a job that requires outsourcing, so we put up with the bad jokes. time was different. I watched because I figured that was what a father was supposed to do. This, it turned out, had been a bad decision. “Nathaniel’s foreskin,” he answered, as naturally as if he were repeating the score of a baseball game. He handed me the package, which I had no choice but to accept. “And I bet you thought I was the only one who got a tip!” One of the drawbacks of working with a mohel is a tendency toward puns, but it’s a job that requires outsourcing, so we put up with the bad jokes. He went on to explain that I was obligated, as the boy’s father, to bury the foreskin beneath a tree. “Why?” I asked. “Because you must return it to the earth.” Like many of the traditions of Judaism this was just plausible enough not to sound completely insane. It was also so broad as to be impossible to refute. Almost everything deserved to be returned to the earth, didn’t it? “I guess that makes some sense,” I said. “But why a tree?” “So that when he finds a nice Jewish girl he wants to marry he can go to this tree and remove a few branches, for use in their wedding chuppah.” My wife, Jennifer, and I weren’t familiar with this tradition, nor had any of our Jewish contemporaries undertaken the task. Nobody, in fact, had ever heard of it. My parents, in particular, found it baffling and wrote it off as the same brand of Brooklyn Bohemian wackiness that leads people to join food co-ops and wear sandals in the winter.



bake leavened bread). So they just tossed them aside, whereupon they were covered with dust. The tradition we were to follow, the mohel said, pays homage to their struggle. Don’t they all, more or less? He didn’t offer a Biblical explanation for the tree part, so perhaps this was a modern addition, designed to appeal to a constituency that is increasingly concerned about the environment, or at least interested in rituals that have the appearance of communion with the natural world. The mohel’s uncertainty notwithstanding, it sounded like a fine custom, rich in circle-of-life symbolism and agrarian mythology, assuming one could get past handling bloody medical waste removed from a screaming 8-day-old’s penis. Jennifer and I decided to do it. But despite our best intentions we were swept up into the sleep-deprived business of raising a newborn and promptly forgot about the package. Then tax season rolled around, and I was forced to confront my in-box. That’s when I rediscovered Nathaniel’s 2008 deduction. I stared at the bag, resolving to act on the mohel’s decree. My wife and I wanted our son to know that he was tied to a tradition built on 6,000 years of pain, bloodshed and lox-based buffet spreads on the Upper East Side. But this decision gave rise to a dilemma: Where did apartment-dwelling Jews bury the foreskin of their sons? Like most residents of New York City, we don’t have a yard. The few houseplants that have managed to survive in our domicile were too small to host such an intimate co-inhabitant,

and we weren’t crazy about having his foreskin in our living space anyway. Naturally, I took this deficiency to mean that the entire civilized world was an option. I drew up a fantasy list of potential burial sites with great trees: A graceful banyan on Harbour Island, where Jennifer and I were engaged; a sturdy cedar near the Mohonk Mountain House, locus of the boy’s conception; a towering pine along the shores of Lake Michigan, where I spent boyhood summers. There were also, I was nearly certain, trees to be found in Israel, Mexico and Aspen, three places I lived during my vagabonding post-collegiate days. My wife had a list of equally exotic locales. But each place, while historically significant to us, required an investment of time and money. And, as Jennifer pointed out, Nathaniel is a Brooklyn boy. These places didn’t mean much to him. We’d be serving our own posterity, not his reality. After some deliberation we decided on Prospect Park. Built in 1867 by Frederick Law Olmstead and Carter Vaux (the duo who designed Central Park, a decade earlier) the park covers 585 acres and still has some of the elegant neoclassical touches that marked its original design. Among its many unique features are Brooklyn’s only lake and a private Quaker cemetery where actor Montgomery Clift is buried. It is also home to more than 30,000 trees. Finding one, we figured, couldn’t be that difficult. As a first step I went to Home Depot to buy a digging implement, wandering the vast aisles until I found the gardening section. Though the Midwesterner in me was drawn to the titanium spading forks and motorized Toro tillers, I settled on a utility shovel small enough to fit discreetly into a messenger bag. While there is no specific prohibition against digging in a New York City park, Section 1-04 of the Rules & Regulations of the Department of Parks & Recreation forbids “possessing any tools commonly used for gardening.” But was I forsaking leverage for portability, simply to keep the Man off my back? “How deep a hole can I make with this,” I asked one of the associates. “How deep do you need it to be?” “I’m not sure.” The mohel had given me no specific direction on this point. How deep a hole was required for burying a foreskin? Had God himself made a proclamation? Maybe the ancient Talmudic scholars had weighed in on the subject. If so, the mandate was likely

measured in cubits and of no use to me. “Well, what is it you’re trying to dig up?” “Actually, I’m burying something.” “Oh, like seeds or flower bulbs?” “Something like that,” I said. A week later, well after sunset, my dog, Sophie, and I crept furtively through Prospect Park. Sophie is a Lab, and is always up for an adventure. And while her arboreal palate isn’t especially discerning, I thought her natural digging tendencies might come in handy. It was a dark and cool May night, and the park was nearly empty: a few stray joggers; some stalwarts finishing a moonlit Sunday soccer game; nobody, it seemed, who would arrest me for the crimes I was about to perpetrate. As we walked I thought about why I was doing this. On the face of it, burying an 11-monthold foreskin was a ridiculous act. Did I expect my son to care that I had done this? I wasn’t sure. Had my father done something like this I know I would have appreciated it. But maybe that’s only because he didn’t do it. Maybe the kids who grow up with these sorts of traditions rebel while those of us whose parents never made the effort grow up desperate for it, clutching at hollow symbolism to make up for the loss of real acts. At another level I suppose that, new to the turmoil of being a

There were giant mature oaks and lindens whose branches seemed unreachable even with a ladder. There were tiny sycamore saplings surrounded by protective fencing. But there seemed to be nothing in between. It hadn’t taken long for my perfectionism to ruin this otherwise pacific stroll through the woods. I knew it was silly, but as much as I wanted to get started none of the trees would do. I couldn’t quite articulate what I was looking for but I knew that I’d know it when I saw it. I started inventing excuses. Was the Nethermead too exposed to host trees suitable for foreskin burial? I wandered up to some trails that encircled the meadow, thinking that perhaps I’d find something there. But the area seemed too public and well trod upon to be suitable for such a private need. I let Sophie off her leash and continued to survey the area. The dog had more luck than I did: She spotted a brown squirrel and chased him until they were both out of sight. When I caught up to her she was standing at the base of a maple tree, staring upward, her thick brown tail waving frantically. She wasn’t going to get what she was after, but she had accidentally found a suitable candidate, full and vibrant, with branches that hung nearly to the ground,

This tree would do, I decided. I glanced around again to make sure I wasn’t being watched. In addition to breaking the local ordinance against gardening tools I was about to bury medical waste on public land, which had to be a violation of any number of federal environmental laws. parent, this felt like a minor fatherly task that I could complete. It provided a temporary sense of control over a lifelong endeavor that I knew would be beyond my power. Ten minutes later Sophie and I arrived at the “Nethermead,” a large rolling meadow near the center of the park that is popular among ultimate Frisbee players and, occasionally, topless sunbathers. As my eyes adjusted to the darkness I searched for the right tree, trying to picture each candidate in 30-odd years, when Nathaniel might return to remove a few limbs.

forming a protective canopy over the ground beneath it. This tree would do, I decided. I glanced around again to make sure I wasn’t being watched. In addition to breaking the local ordinance against gardening tools I was about to bury medical waste on public land, which had to be a violation of any number of federal environmental laws. When I was certain I was alone I pulled out the shovel and began digging into a patch of soil a foot from the trunk. The curved blade hit the

dry soil with a crisp thwack and it felt invigorating to be involved in a minor act of physical labor on a cool night. Five minutes later I had a footdeep hole. I used the tip of the shovel to taper it, creating a trench. Was this deep enough to keep marauding animals and curious rangers out? I had no idea, but I hoped so. I removed the packet from the plastic bag and peeled back the gauze to examine the 11-month-old foreskin for the first time. It was about the size of a guitar pick, with the appearance of well-done bacon, dried out and crispy. I moved my nose toward it. There was no odor. To an outside observer it would have appeared as though I were performing some kind of culinary technique on a tiddlywink. I re-wrapped the gauze and tied it up into a neat ball and then knelt to place it into the hole. Uncertain as to protocol I muttered a short blessing—a combination of the Shema and a bit of Dylan’s “Shelter From the Storm”— invented on the spot. Then I buried the sacred object, carefully replacing the dirt I’d removed. When the hole was full I patted the area down with the flat end of the shovel, then stomped it with my feet to make sure it was packed. I stood for a moment, gazing at the tree. I felt an odd mix of pride and paranoia over the secret mission. As we walked away I grew worried that I wouldn’t be able to find the tree, despite urging my sporting dog to sniff and remember. I hastily drew a crude map, noting landmarks, penciling in walkways. The best descriptor I could come up with for the tree was “big and bushy.” When Nathaniel comes of age I will pass this document on to him, at which point remembering the locale will become his responsibility. Perhaps he’ll want to take prospective marriage candidates to this spot. One day, I imagine, he’ll return to borrow a few branches for his chuppah. I only hope that I’m home to receive the frantic phone call asking that I bail him out of jail for the crime of “abuse to trees” (banned by Section 1-04 of the Rules & Regulations, and rightly so). We’ll blame the mohel, plead for religious tolerance, and then agree to keep the arrest a secret from his mother.


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their fellow Gen Y-ers. “We wanted to be part of a show that spoke about the people we knew with intelligence and depth, and we saw that nobody had written it yet,” explains Pasek. “So we decided that we’d write one.” That proved the first of their numerous joint successes. The popularity of Edges soon lured the duo to New York City, where an internship on the hit musical Avenue Q, and the mentoring of its creator, Jeff Marx, opened doors. They garnered a handful of prestigious honors for up-and-coming theater writers, including a Dramatist Guild Fellowship and a coveted Jonathan Larson Award. Yet for the most part, as the expression goes, they continued to make their own rain. One key to this effort was drawing upon their extensive network of fellow theater professionals from the University of Michigan, a veritable army of fans who helped make an early concert at Joe’s Pub, the Public Theatre’s celebrated nightclub, a must-see event. Soon the collaborators found themselves engaged on projects as varied as writing music for Disney’s Johnny and the Sprites and adapting Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach for Goodspeed Musicals. Although they seem somewhat sheepish about offering advice to those who would follow in their footsteps— after all, A Chorus Line had already surpassed its 4000th performance by the year they were born—both stress the importance of galvanizing support among those classmates and colleagues

Marines who compete to recruit the ugliest date for their final state-side party. Ben Brantley in The New York Times praised the work as “intimate” and “carefully tended.” The show ran at the prestigious Second Stage and featured the haunting voice of Lindsay Mendez. Four months later, The Times’ Charles Isherwood touted the “likable, perky score” that made their first Broadway musical, an adaptation of the 1983 movie A Christmas Story, one of the surprising treats of the Manhattan winter. Starring a pair of comedic veterans, John Bolton and Erin Dilly, the feel-good holiday extravaganza proved one of those rare shows whose humor offered charms for both children and their parents. It even features the sort of double entendres and risqué moments (such as a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg) that might land awkwardly when tossed out by clumsier hands; somehow, Pasek and Paul manage to stay atop that very narrow tightrope between wholesome and outré. One of the perks of their meteoric rise, says Paul, is that prominent figures in the entertainment industry “take you seriously.” (I experienced this first-hand: Shortly after my meeting with the pair, they ran into Dramatist Guild President Stephen Schwartz, the composer behind Godspell and Wicked, who beckoned them into an upscale restaurant.) None of this newfound glory, however, has led them to forget their roots. For Paul, this means Westport, Connecticut, where he gradu-

ated from Staples High School in 2003. “I had the best teachers in music and theater arts,” reflects Paul. “I couldn’t have asked for a better education.” He remains deeply connected to the community, where his brother, Tyler Paul, co-founded the Northeast Children’s Theatre Company in 2010. Paul’s parents still live in the area. He attributes much of his success to the early grounding he received in the arts and from a family supportive of his creative ambitions. Much, but not all: He also credits his “inspirational” wife Asher for his success—and his obvious sincerity is disarming. After a lengthy discussion of Paul’s “wonderful” childhood and hometown, Pasek adds, “I’m from suburban Philadelphia.” So what’s next on tap for the musical duo? They have signed on to compose music for the NBC series “Smash,” a highly-rated drama about the making of a Broadway musical. The show, which has featured music from talents as diverse as Christina Aguilera and Joe Iconis, has carved out a king-making niche in the world of musical theatre. In other words, if you are on “Smash,” you have arrived. The pair is also laboring on a mysterious new musical, Project X, whose details are divulged only on a need-to-know basis. Yet it is a testament to the collaborators’ humility that they seem as excited about an April show at a Wilton, Connecticut, church as on a national network. (Paul’s father is a minister, but that cannot fully explain their enthusiasm.) “We’re really looking forward to it,” says Paul. “It would be great if you could mention it.” So dynamic is the energy between Justin Paul and Benj Pasek that I did not think to ask—until near the close of our time together—about their creative process. Do they sit at a piano like Betty Comden and Adolph Green? Or take turns writing music and lyrics? “I write mostly music,” says Paul, a skilled pianist. “I write mostly lyrics,” rejoins Pasek. The two finish each other’s sentences with an ease and grace that betokens their rare artistic synergy. They have never created serious work separately. I inquired of the pair about who they were before they started collaborating. “Before we met,” replies Paul, flashing a broad all-American grin, “We were nobody.” Together, it seems, they are the hottest ticket in town.


Jacob M. Appel is the author of the novel, The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up, and the forthcoming story collection, Scouting for the Reaper. He practices psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM




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Over 150 Westonites joined thousands from around CT at the March for Change Rally in Hartford on Thursday, February 14th, 2013. The rally, which took place on the steps of the CT statehouse, was organized by CT Against Gun Violence. Demonstrators are calling for enactment of “Common Sense Gun Laws” in the State of CT. Legislators promised a specific bill to address a ban on high capacity ammunition magazines; a ban on assault weapons; and to include universal background checks on all gun sales and transfers. As one attendee noted, “While both automobiles and dogs must be licensed in the state of CT, not all guns are required to be. This must change.” Keynote speakers at the event included Governor Daniel Malloy, relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook massacre and other gun violence, and survivors of gun violence.


Sarah Gruen is a senior at Weston High School, where she serves as president of Company (the theater group), and editor-in-chief of The Journal (the school newspaper).




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It’s Easy BEIng a LocavorE In FaIrFIELd county, ct By Camillo Ferrari LoCAvoRe:

An individual who purchases and eats only locally grown food. It was the 2007 word of the year in the Oxford American Dictionary. But what does locavorism truly entail? And how could one possibly purchase all of his foods from locally grown farms? Most importantly, why would one wish to? The trend of locavorism is rapidly growing in our area and many are making a conscious effort to turn it into a lifestyle; for good reason, too. All natural and locally produced foods are produced with the consumer’s health at the forefront, as well as the health of the environment; you won’t find any pesticides, herbicides, hormones, or antibiotics in naturally grown foods. The result of such methodology is a superior quality, taste, and nutrient profile that is unmatched from products found in any major supermarket. The general rule of thumb is that anything grown within a 100 mile radius of your residence constitutes a locally grown food. But if you are a resident of Weston, Westport, Wilton, Bethel, or any of the surrounding towns in lower Fairfield County, you won’t have to travel that far at all. What many do not know is that Connecticut is home to some of the best and most unique farms and natural food producers in the country. What’s even more exciting and surprising to some, is that the Weston/Westport lachat farM area is one of the best locations on the east coast photo by aMy kalafa for locavores to live!

A few of the biggest perks of choosing to live the locavore lifestyle, or even experimenting with it on occasion, are the health benefits, taste, and quality of the food. But if you choose to experiment and enjoy some naturally and locally grown foods, be forewarned, you may never be able to shop at a supermarket again. Holbrook Farm in Bethel, CT, owned and run by John and Lynn Holbrook for the past 34 years, is your one-stop spot for many things local and natural. Free of pesticides and herbicides for over 30 years, the soil at Holbrook Farm produces some of the most delicious vegetables, greens, and herbs you will ever find. Spinach, turnips, beets, collard greens, cilantro, sage, and fennel are just a handful of the wonderful offerings the farm produces. Holbrook Farm is also the producer of local eggs and sells 50-60 dozen per day thanks to their 500 free-range chickens, all of which are raised hormone and antibiotic free and help produce fertilizer for the farm. All 12 acres of Holbrook farm are fertilized with 100% compost; there is no commercial fertilizer used whatsoever. John Holbrook, who has been an organic farmer his whole life, says, “The perception of Connecticut farms is our biggest problem. People think we only grow corn and tomatoes; I don’t even grow corn.” What many do not know is that Holbrook Farm is open year round. They also grow year round. SevWESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


eral greenhouses on the property grow naturally produced greens and vegetables 12 months a year, and the farm’s store is fully stocked and open year round as well. That is something no other farm in the state can say, according to Mr. Holbrook. If you’re craving something sweet or something to brighten your day, Holbrook Farm also bakes their own shortbreads, pies, scones, and artisanal breads, courtesy of John’s wife, Lynn Holbrook, and grows their own flowers for bouquets and pick-your-own arrangements. John explains that while flowers are pretty, and people enjoy buying them, looking at them, and smelling them, flowers are also an integral part of the farm’s success and continuous growing seasons. “We need pollinators and beneficial insects… they keep the bad guys (pests) away.” In addition to the foods produced at Holbrook Farm, their store carries many other naturally and locally grown foods and skin-care products, ranging from raw milk from Stonewall Dairy in Cornwall, CT, Coffee from Redding Roasters in Bethel, CT, Greek yogurt from Hasting’s Farm in Suffield, CT, CT grown olive oil and vinegars, to Goatboy soaps and lotions from New Milford, CT, and much, much more. A one-stop spot for things natural and local, Holbrook Farm has to be on your locavore shopping list. Located at 45 Turkey Plain Rd. in Bethel, the farm store is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (203) 792-0561. Once you’ve gathered your eggs and veggies from Holbrook Farm in Bethel, your next stop should be Saugatuck Craft Butchery in Westport, CT. Provider of quality, pasture-raised meat from local, sustainable farms, Craft Butchery is the place to get the protein for your next meal. Following a nose-to-tail philosophy, owners Ryan and Karen Fibiger are proud to say that they use every part of the animals they bring in; nothing goes to waste. Craft is one of the only butcher shops in the country that practices this philosophy. Now open for a year and a half, Craft Butchery is becoming known and respected for the quality of their products, as well as the knowledge of their employees and their interest in their customers. Owner Ryan Fibiger explains he is eager to help educate his customers on the benefits of eating pasture-raised meats. He wants to see people cooking more, and understanding why natural and local meats and foods are so important. “It’s on us (the shop) to educate our customers,” he says, a task he seems excited and willing to take on. “Stopping at the butcher shop has to be a priority,” says Fibiger, noting how people’s buying habits have to change in order to embrace this idea. Shopping at the supermarket where you can buy everything you need is certainly convenient, but is also certainly not the healthiest or most beneficial place to purchase your meat. The cornerstone of Craft Butchery is that all of their meat is 100% free of antibiotics, hormones, steroids, and animal by-products. This allows for not only a healthier and safer piece of meat, but also a far superior taste and quality. Craft Butchery works closely with all of its farm partners to ensure these standards are met. A healthier animal means a healthier consumer. Grass-fed beef is known to have higher vitamin content, less total fat, and a healthier ratio of “good fats” to “bad.” When combining the health benefits of eating locally and naturally raised meats with the overall quality and taste, it is hard to find a better place to purchase your meat in Connecticut. Stop by Saugatuck Craft Butchery to experience the tradition of a



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The trend of locavorism is rapidly growing in our area and many are making a conscious effort to turn it into a lifestyle; for good reason, too. neighborhood butcher and taste the difference yourself. If you would like to learn how to butcher or cook your meats to maximize their flavor, Craft offers a variety of classes, demonstrations, and events. 575 Riverside Ave., Westport, CT. (203) 226-MEAT (6328). Cheese, fine wine, and… honey? Absolutely, says honey sommelier, beekeeper, and President of Red Bee Honey, Marina Marchese. Located in Weston, CT, Red Bee Honey Farm is taking the niche of honey and beeswax products to the next level. “The next big thing is honey,” says Marina, who has been a full-time beekeeper, honey maker, and author for the past ten years. Marina first learned about honeybees when a neighbor asked her to come over one day and “meet his bees,” which sounded quite bizarre and scary to Marina. “I was afraid of bees!” she says. However, once she “met” them and learned about the ways in which they live and produce honey, she was hooked. She built a beehive and purchased Italian honeybees as a hobby, but after two years, found that it had “taken over” her life. She quit her job in international design to take her love of honey to the next level. She began selling her honey at a farmer’s market in New Canaan ten years ago and hasn’t looked back since. Marina cites the different flavors and types of honey, and likens them to the way certain wines can only be produced in a specific climate and soil. This is the concept of honey that many people do not know or understand. Marina’s honey is world’s different from your supermarket-

bought honey, or “sugar-water” as she playfully calls it. When you taste hand-harvested honey from Red Bee, you understand the difference. All of Marina’s bees, honey, and skin-care products are pesticide free, 100% natural and locally made. Hand-rolled candles, hand and facial scrubs, and lip-balms are just a fraction of what she hopes to produce with the help of her honeybees. And, Marina is eager to share her passion about honey and respect for honeybees. In her 2nd book, The Honey Connoisseur, set to release May 7th of this year, she explains the myriad types of honey that can be found and enjoyed. She calls her newest book a sort of “honey bible,” with everything you will ever need to know about the various types of artisanal honey. Marina expects this spring and summer to be one of the busiest times in honey history. “The buzz is buzzing!” she laughs. On top of her 2nd book, she has also taken on the task of consulting for Williams-Sonoma, now selling do-it-yourself chicken coops, seeds, and beehives as part of an agrarian movement. “People are starting to learn about and respect honey, as well as the ‘green’ movement as a whole.” Red Bee Farm will be very busy this spring and summer as well, as it hosts various educational and honey-tasting sessions. A hiving day will

Friends of LaChat, the group responsible for the restoration project, envisions a charming, community-oriented farm complete with a farm stand, fresh eggs, and community garden plots available for rent. They are also exploring the idea of a small orchard and/or vineyard. It is the hope of those taking on this restoration process that the LaChat farmhouse will become a model of sustainability and community-based farming through which the residents of Weston can learn from the farmers as well as their fellow citizens. LaChat will offer a variety of classes based around farming principles and hopes to educate the residents of Weston on the importance of natural and locally based agriculture. Friends of LaChat is a Weston-based organization and is eager to work with and listen to the needs and concerns of Weston residents to ensure the farm will be something which locals can use and benefit from. In keeping with the growing importance of natural and organic farming, LaChat will not use any pesticides or herbicides for their farming. The land has already been chemical-free for years. With some hard work and donations, Friends of LaChat hopes to begin working on the community garden plots this spring, but first, the grounds and aging buildings must be made safe and sturdy. Several contractors and builders have

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be held, when the farm populates new bee colonies. (Open to anyone interested in watching and learning about the process.) Marina now has several assistants and works with local high schools to allow seniors to intern at the farm. “They’re not sitting at a desk all day,” she explains. They learn how to care for the bees, how to make honey, and the different types of honeys; it is “totally hands-on.” Red Bee Farm is located in Weston, CT and its honey can be purchased at Peter’s Weston Market in Weston Town Center or directly from the farm. Other Red Bee Farm products can be purchased at luxury spas across the country or online at, where you can also find a full listing of events and classes held by Marina. There are currently a number of thriving, sustainable, organic, farms in the area, but one that is trying to return to its “hay-day” is the LaChat Farmhouse in Weston, CT. Once a beautiful farm established in 1770 by David Godfrey — one of the founders of the town of Weston — the land has not been used for farming since the 1980s.

already volunteered their services, but other volunteers (and donations) are more than welcome to assist in the project. Those interested in helping should contact Carol Baldwin, Director of Friends of LaChat, at A website for the farm is currently under construction, courtesy of several Weston High School students. For a listing of farmers’ markets in Fairfield County, visit However, these are not open year round like Holbrook Farm, Craft Butchery and Red Bee Farm. As Americans become more conscious of the foods they eat and goods they purchase, they realize that convenience and price do not translate into the healthiest or tastiest products. With all of the wonderful sources for naturally grown, chemical-free foods and products found in our area, it’s worthwhile to give them a try.


Camillo Ferrari, 24, of Norwalk, will graduate from Western CT State University in May with a degree in journalism. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM



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Pacifica Quartet Sunday, May 5, 2013 The Pacifica Quartet completed a three-year term as the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Like the Juilliard Quartet, they enjoy a deep connection to America’s great composer (and former Westport resident) Elliott Carter, all of whose quartets they recorded in an acclaimed series on the Naxos label. The Fifth Quartet will be the centerpiece of a program that begins with an early quartet by Beethoven and ends with one by Shostakovich, the subject of their current recording project. Art Noir Ball Art About toWn Comes Saturday, May 18, 2013 to DoWntoWn Westport Steel Shed, SoNo May 23 - June 16, 2013 Art About Town brings original, affordable and obtainable artwork to shop and restaurant windows, turning the vibrant Westport shopping district into one continuous gallery to stroll along and enjoy. All works are juried by local experts and will be for sale. Art About Town begins with a festive Opening Night Celebration on Thursday May 23rd from 5:30 - 8:30 pm. That night, Main Street will be traffic-free and filled with music, street Join the WAC at its annual fundraiser, an op- performers, art demonstrations and refreshportunity to revel and delight in all that the arts ments. Participating businesses will stay open and the Center bring to our community and late and will have some surprises in store as lives. Sponsorships available. well. Art will remain on display through Sun51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT. day, June 16th. 203/222-7070; Free admission. Sponsored by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association. Westport Country plAyhouse April 30 – May 18 Westport Country Playhouse stages the first the mArk tWAin house AnD museum major revival in decades of playwright A.R. The Mark Twain House & Museum has restored Gurney’s “The Dining Room,” directed by the author’s Hartford, Connecticut, home, where Mark Lamos. A witty and heartfelt story of the American family and its vanishing traditions, it is set in the most singular of rooms, where people gather, meals are eaten, conversations begin, and generations converge. Information and tickets: (203) 227-4177 toll-free: 888/927-7529 the Mark twain house & MuseuM 25 Powers Court, photo by John groo (off Route 1) Westport.

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the author and his family lived from 1874 to 1891. Twain wrote his most important works there, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. In addition to providing tours of Twain’s restored home, a National Historic Landmark, the institution offers activities and educational programs that illuminate Twain’s literary legacy and provide information about his life and times. 351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT. Information and hours: 860/247-0998

bruCe museum Eggs-hibition: Unscrambling Their History Through October 20, 2013 This “Eggs-hibit” will enthrall children and scientists alike with its investigation of the age-old question, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Includes an array of bird eggs, edible eggs, ugly eggs, and magnificent eggs. Featured are several spectacular eggs and artworks borrowed from Betteridge Jewelers, the Ukrainian Museum, and the Museum of Russian Icons, as well as specimens from the Bruce Museum collection. 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT. 203/869-0376;


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Both exhibits are free with Aquarium admission. to The Maritime Aquarium’s other current special exhibits, which also feature animals from the Africa continent: “Africa: From the Desert to the “AfricAN PENgUiNs” The “African Penguins” exhibit opened Feb. Sea” and “Meerkats.” Penguins aren’t commonly 14 as an outdoor exhibit on the Aquarium’s riv- associated with Africa, but this species is found erfront courtyard. The small colony of penguins solely on that continent’s southern coast. Schneider said the African penguins – whose The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is taking is on loan from the Leo Zoological Conservawing this spring and summer, with two special tion Center in Greenwich ( conservation status is listed as endangered – will “It’s been two years since we last displayed help call attention to Africa’s troubled coastal exhibits featuring birds. environments, which receive far less conservation protection than the continent’s inland saafrican penguin photo courtesy of the MaritiMe aquariuM vannahs, plains and jungles. African penguins (Spheniscus demersus) stand about two feet tall and weigh about 8 pounds. They’re recognizable by the black stripe that loops up across their chest and their pink “eyebrows.” Schneider said the pink “eyebrows” actually are an adaptation that helps them to survive in a warmer habitat like South Africa – or Norwalk. The “eyebrows” are featherless patches with lots of blood vessels underneath. When a penguin gets too hot, these patches get brighter as the penguin circulates more blood there to dissipate body heat. The previous penguins exhibit at the Aquarium was open from February 2009-December 2010. “LorikEETs” This summer, “Lorikeets,” will be set up in a special new exhibit space also on the Aquarium’s riverfront courtyard. Flying inside among visitors will be several species of lorikeets, which are small colorful parrots native to southeastern Asia. They’re agile flyers, and beautiful in dazzling shades of green, blue, yellow and red. Lorikeets feed almost exclusively on nectar, and have specially adapted tongues to do so. Admission into “Lorikeets” will be free, but – for a small fee – visitors can buy small cups of nectar to attract and feed the birds. The exhibit will be open May 25 through Sept. 2.

Now through April 21, the South Norwalk attraction is featuring an encore exhibit of African penguins, one of the most popular species it’s ever displayed. And from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, visitors can step into an aviary alive with colorful lorikeets, who will feed on nectar right out of your hand.

penguins and we frequently have had visitors asking when or if they’ll ever be back,” said Chris Loynd, the Aquarium’s marketing director. “So we’re very excited to offer this special limited-time exhibit.” Jack Schneider, curator of animals, said the African penguins are an excellent complement

Also coming up: Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, will bring his “call to action” for the oceans to The Maritime Aquarium on Mon., May 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35. For more details about The Maritime Aquarium’s exhibits, programs and IMAX movies, go to or call (203) 852-0700. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM



Saturday, May 11, 2013 The First “Race For The Cure” In Fairfield County, CT will be held in Westport at the Sherwood Island State Park on Saturday, May

Location: The Watson Gym, located on the New Canaan Country School campus. 635 Frogtown Road, New Canaan, CT. Parking is located at 545 Ponus Ridge Road. For more information, visit NCCS on the web at; or call 203/972-0771.



Saturday, May 25, 8am The Weston 5k Road Race will take place on Saturday, May 25th at 8 am, rain or shine. New Canaan High School Theatre held this The WHS PTO organizes the event, which is year’s Gala Fundraiser on January 26 at their sponsored by over 100 companies and organischool. Attendees were treated to a show by the zations. Money raised from the run supports george M. cohan Musical revue.

11th, Mother’s Day weekend. The family event raises awareness and funds for breast cancer research and local breast cancer programs. “The Westport Race for the Cure is an exciting next step for our organization,” says Anne Morris, Executive Director of Komen Connecticut. “We are proud of the statewide impact of our community grants, and are thrilled to have a greater presence in Fairfield County. We need the support of all our local communities to help us continue investing in cutting-edge research and local breast cancer programs for Connecticut women and their families.” Events at the Westport Race for the Cure include a 5K Race, 5K and 1.5K Walks, a Kids’ Short Run and Kids’ K and a Survivor Breakfast. For more information, to register or to get involved, visit, email or call 860-321-7806.

NEW CANAAN COUNTRY SCHOOL DEAL DAYS Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 8:30am to 2:30pm In honor of Earth Day 2013 (celebrated nationally on April 22nd), New Canaan Country School (NCCS) once again hosts its renowned Deal Days event. This communitywide tag sale, which takes place on April 20, 2013, is highly anticipated and attracts large crowds.Deal Days raises critical funds for NCCS Financial Aid.



students and refreshments afterwards. Part of the money raised from the event went to help fund a trip to the Musical Theatre Competitions of America in California. Included in the evening’s program were two revues being prepared for the competition.

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From the Book, COME TO THE EDGE by Christina Haag. Copyright © 2011 by Christina Haag. Reprinted by arrangement with Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

We do our homework and we hang out. We smoke Marlboro Lights and we smoke pot. We lie about where we are going. We have crushes on boys we do not know but talk about incessantly. We are juvenile and we are jaded. We are insecure and we are worldly. With our friends as mirrors, we slip on identities like wispy summer dresses and just as easily toss them aside. Like teenagers everywhere, we are trying to find out who we are. Only we are doing it in a city that in 1975 has been almost felled by a fiscal crisis, where police and social services have been cut drastically, and homicide and muggings are rampant. Despite this, it is a city that knows itself to be the center of the world, the matrix where art and commerce thrive and power and excellence are de rigueur. This city. Ours. We can feel its promise; it’s there beneath our feet. A shallow beat in dark asphalt. In 1974, I left the Convent of the Sacred Heart and its gray wool uniforms for Brearley. Although Sacred Heart went through twelfth grade, I wanted a change. Many girls in my class left that year. Some ventured as far as Spence across the street or Nightingale-Bamford around the corner. Some left the city entirely for boarding school. But I wanted to stay in New York, and my heart was set on the girls’ school in a ten-story building by the East River. One of the most competitive schools in the city, Brearley at that time resembled a prison and bristled with excitement. Caroline Kennedy had transferred there as well, but by the time I arrived, she had already left for boarding school. I didn’t know it then, but my world was edging closer to John’s. “The Brearley,” as it is known, may have lacked the poetry of the Otto Kahn mansion, but it had a major plus: no uniforms. The younger girls ran around in navy jumpers, with bloomers for gym, but there was no dress code in high school. The feel was more bluestocking than deb, and although there were pockets of Brooks Brothers and smatterings of Fiorucci and Cacharel, the standard fare was tattered jeans. It was something I looked forward to. The summer before ninth grade, a letter in the school’s signature shrunken envelope arrived. Inside, I was both welcomed to New Girl Orientation and asked to choose an elective. Music, dance, drama, and art were stacked one under the other. Next to each, a miniature red box. Mark one, the letter instructed. I was stunned. To my mind, they were inextricable from one another, part of one whole—what I loved best and far from optional. I stared at the word “elective” for a long time. Then I picked up my pencil and, with something akin to pain, checked drama. Whereas Sacred Heart classmates were cruel behind your back, Brearley girls were more direct. They said what they meant. Opinion and curiosity thrived, and our class took it to the extreme. In an empty locker on the fifth floor, we kept a stash of racy books, calling it our pornographic library and even issuing library cards. Being Brearley, the smut was classic—along the lines of Fanny Hill, The Story of O, and Anaïs Nin’s A Spy in the House of Love—and we devoured each behind folders during chorus, until a zealous math teacher ratted us out. Drama was taught by Beryl Durham. Small, muscular, and Welsh, she had silver hair that ran the length of her back and a face in constant rapture. She told us tales of Julian Beck and the Living Theatre, and of her friends “Larry” Olivier and Vivien Leigh. When goaded, she divulged that sex was just like strawberry ice cream—an improvement, at least, over the Sacred Heart nurse’s “like scratching an itch.” We worked on Elmer Rice’s Street Scene that year and a bad play by Giraudoux in which the tall girls played men and I was the heroine. For most, drama class was time to goof off, gossip, get Beryl to tell her stories and then



We are juvenile and we are jaded. We are insecure and we are worldly. With our friends as mirrors, we slip on identities like wispy summer dresses and just as easily toss them aside. make fun of her— anything but the embarrassing prospect of pretending to be someone else. But I was a fourteen-year-old who could not wait to lose herself in make-believe. In me, Beryl saw one of her own. Before classes ended for the term, she took me aside behind the heavy curtain in the auditorium. She was retiring at the end of the year. “You won’t get what you need here,” she said, her voice raspy and certain, her witch eyes wavering from blue to white. I nodded gravely, but before I turned to go, she pressed a small piece of paper into my hand. On it were the words HB Studio and an address on Bank Street. My best friend in ninth grade was more experienced than I was. She took me under her wing, told me whose parents were famous and why, which girls were Legacy, and what the Social Register was. Most important, she made sure I never walked up Eighty-fourth Street to the two-block no-man’s-land ruled by neighborhood toughs. Chapin and Brearley had addresses on East End Avenue’s thin strip of privilege, but the half block west into old Yorkville was iffy. The toughs were just kids, really—kids who sat on stoops, who had knives, and whose favorite pastime was scaring nubile private school girls. “Why can’t the police stop them?” I asked her. We were huddled at the corner of Eighty-fifth Street. I was blocking the wind that tore down East End from the river so that she could light her cigarette. She shrugged. “It’s their turf. Besides, the fathers are all cops.” My friend went everywhere on her bike, dodging traffic in a faded jean jacket, her stick-straight pale hair flying behind. She lived in a town house off Madison Avenue, and her parents were divorced. We’d sit on her bed after school and talk about boys. I’d never been kissed, and she promised to tell me the secret of kissing, but only if I was her slave for the year. She knew John. He went to Collegiate, the boys’ school across the park and brother school to ours. He’d been to a party at her house the year before and had left a black leather ski glove, which she kept hostage on her dresser. Part of learning the secret meant listening to her go on about how cute he was and how she would become Mrs. JFK, Jr. Sometimes when she passed notes to me during Spanish class, she signed

them that way as a joke. At the end of ninth grade, the secret was revealed. “Imitate what the boy does.” “That’s it?” I said, my eyes widening. “That’s it,” she said, tilting her chin and blowing a flawless smoke ring in my face. By the next fall, I had been kissed, and that November one of the cool guys from Collegiate asked me out, although we never called it that. He and his friends were known as “the Boys” and they had nicknames that rang like handles: Sito, Wilstone, Johnson, Doc, Duke, Mayor, Hollywood, Clurm, Ace. He came with three of them to pick me up. All had long hair and puffy down jackets, and he whirled a red Frisbee

near an Oriental screen. Some smoked. The boys stayed close to the open window, stepping on the drapes and making noise, and we watched as they lobbed water balloons and paper towels stuffed with Noxzema fifteen stories down to splat on the sidewalk below. They howled when they nicked someone. “Score!” they’d shout. One boy was especially keen. He darted back and forth, cracking himself up. Skinny, his hair in his face, he seemed younger than the rest. And he was really into throwing those Noxzema bombs. “Nice one, Kennedy!” they’d yell. And if he seemed younger, it was because his birthday was at the end of November and he was still fourteen. But I wasn’t looking at him that night. I was watching the one I had come with. A group of us hung out that winter and spring. There were rumors that John liked a girl at Spence, but when he was with us, he was alone—a follower, under the tutelage of the older boys. We went to parties en masse, to sweet sixteens at Doubles, and to Trader Vic’s on someone’s father’s charge. We tumbled out of the Plaza with gardenias from the Scorpion Bowls tucked in our hair and continued on to Malkan’s, the East Side kiddie bar before Dorrian’s caught on. We trolled Central Park at all hours, slipping through the Ramble, a wooded section where muggings and beatings were frequent. In 1978, the year we graduated, members of the 84th Street Gang also ventured there and, armed with baseball bats and a couch leg, savagely attacked six men they believed to be gay. This time their fathers could not protect them, and they were arrested and jailed. We felt safe those nights in the park, the Secret Service trailing behind us at a respectable distance. John’s mother insisted that they be invisible, and they almost were. But we always knew they were there. They had our backs. Or, rather, John’s. And we’d wander off trails on moonless nights, clogs and sneakers stomping dead leaves, the glow of a joint drifting backward like a firefly in the darkness. Invincible, fifteen and jazzed by the spark of danger. Years later, after his plane went down, I thought of the sense of safety I’d always felt with him. Where had it come from? It was instinctual, I knew that. Like the clarity of faith the nuns possessed and tried to drum into me. Was it something in him, I wondered, his fearlessness rubbing off, the strength of his life force so strong that I believed nothing would happen to me if I was with him? Or was it the memory of those nights when we were young, sticks snapping underfoot, watching our breath go white, and knowing that unseen men with badges and guns kept us safe in the center of harm.

Skinny, his hair in his face, he seemed younger than the rest. And he was really into throwing those Noxzema bombs. “Nice one, Kennedy!” they’d yell. upside down on his finger, mesmerizing my seven-year-old brother, who showed an excitement I tried to hide. “We’re going to Kennedy’s,” the whirler told my parents. “His mother’s home.” I kissed my father and promised to be home by eleven. I had never been to Kennedy’s before. We walked up Park to 1040 Fifth Avenue, and when Lenox Hill dipped and flattened, they spread out—one across the street, another behind me, the one they called Sito short-stopping the divider—and they tossed the Frisbee across the wide avenue as we went. The boy I liked took my hand. It was cold that night, and soon the holiday trees would go up on the center islands that stretched north from the Pan Am Building all the way to Ninety-sixth Street. The sidewalk sparkled, the streetlamps catching bits of silver mica buried in the cement. The elevator at 1040 opened onto a private foyer. There was a huge gilt mirror and the smell of paperwhites. The front door was unlocked, the rooms dark, and Kennedy’s mother wasn’t home. I followed them to the dining room, where girls from other schools—Spence and Nightingale and one in baggy corduroy from Lenox—lounged by a table


Christina Haag is an actress and a New York Times bestselling author. Her memoir, Come to the Edge: A Love Story chronicles her childhood friendship and 5-year love affair with John F. Kennedy Jr. A USA Today and People magazine pick in paperback. Her book was excerpted in Vanity Fair and is the winner of the Ella Dickey Literacy Award. Christina lives in New York City and Los Angeles, and is working on a novel. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


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The Desire To live Meaningful lives anD Do Meaningful work only DeepeneD as fuTure crises unfolDeD anD as we wiTnesseD The power of Technology To allow us To sTarT Businesses anD organizaTions anD share Messages wiTh unpreceDenTeD ease. to those in older generations, for Millennials who live in a fast future world, where everything changes fast and change is the main constant, it’s nothing but normal. A few months ago I was speaking at a small college in Virginia and I asked the students in the audience if marriage was an important life goal they were focused on. Less than a quarter of the crowd raised their hands. When I asked them if finding someone they loved who they could share life with was important, almost all raised their hands. When I asked them if owning a home was a major life goal, not a single hand went up. Then, I asked them if they thought that being part of a meaningful community was important. Again, almost all of them raised their hands in agreement. These attitudes can be seen among Millennials all over America. In 2012, Americans under 30 experienced our lowest rate of homeownership on record. Similarly, the marriage rate among Americans under 30 is the lowest it has ever been. Our current generational experiences are shaped partially by our values and partially by economic realities. This generation does not view the American Dream as being synonymous with buying a home and getting married. Instead we see love and community, the things that



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1985 my parents celebrated their thirtieth wedding anniversary, and I wanted all of us to share a memorable bottle. What could be more memorable than a thirty-year-old wine from the same vintage as their marriage, 1955? Alas, I knew very little about older wines. I’d never tasted an old wine. Beyond the fact that I liked to drink wine, I knew very little about how it aged, or how it evolved. I understood that certain wines, like Barolo and Port, had the ability to age for many years, but the wines that immediately came to mind as age-worthy were, of course, Bordeaux. More than any other wine for a beginner like me, Bordeaux held a mystical attraction. The experts always called Bordeaux the world’s greatest wine region, and who was I to doubt the experts? I was not at all sure how to go about acquiring a thirty-year- old bottle of wine, but I knew it had to be Bordeaux. I had a friend who worked in the restaurant industry, and I asked him how I could get my hands on a bottle. He called me a few days later and told me to contact a particular merchant who would sell me a bottle of 1955 Château La Mission Haut-Brion for $185. What? Almost $200 for a bottle of wine? At least I had heard of La Mission. I knew it was one of the great names of Bordeaux and of Graves. I learned that while 1955 was not one of the best vintages, neither was it one of the worst. But, my God, almost $200? Well, if this was going to be a great occasion I had better take a deep breath, swallow hard, and go through with it. I have to laugh a little now, more than twenty-five years later, at my anxiety over spending $200 for the ’55 La Mission. A wine like that today might cost $3,500 or $4,000! At the time, though, I had no idea that the ’55 La Mission qualified as legendary. I just hoped it would be good. In fact, my ignorance about the wine—about any great wine—saved me from considerable worry. Was the wine corked? I had yet to encounter a corked wine, as far as I can recall. How had it been stored? It never occurred to me to ask such a question. Could it, might it, was there a chance it was a fraudulent bottle? Ha! Such notions did not yet exist. All I knew was that I had to handle it gingerly and that I had to open it carefully and perhaps even decant it, because old Bordeaux were notorious for being full of sediment. A mouthful of sediment was like drinking coffee grounds—to be avoided if possible. I had presented the bottle to Dad and Mom on their anniversary, November 26, 1985, and not long afterward headed out to their house in Roslyn Heights for dinner and wine. Mom had prepared lamb chops, a classic accompaniment to fine Bordeaux, and with great excitement and some nervousness we prepared to decant the bottle. I had read up on the age-old ritual of pouring the wine over a lighted candle in order to be able to see the first signs of sediment entering the neck of the bottle. A candle seemed overly precious so I used a flashlight, and slowly, standing over the kitchen sink so as not to spill a drop in Mom’s spotless kitchen, I poured the wine into a glass pitcher etched with roses. With the bottle now empty except for a tantalizing bit at the bottom full of sediment, we took turns burying our faces in the pitcher to breathe it all in. You didn’t need to be a wine scholar to know that this was something unusually fine and wonderful. As I inhaled the aromas of the wine, I felt the sentimental history of my family wash over me, of the hopes and dreams of Mom and Dad over their thirty years of marriage, of the lives n

they had built for themselves and of the lives that their children, now adults, were trying to build. I was now twenty-eight years old, the same age my father was when I was born. Where would I be in thirty years? I wondered. Where would we all be? Yes, I was moved by the emotional and symbolic value of this wine. But most of all, I remember how great the wine smelled. While it was hard for me to be entirely clinical in assessing it, simply because of the emotional context of opening this bottle, I couldn’t help noting that the complexity and beauty of the aromas were unlike anything I had tried before. How do you serve a bottle of great wine? Today, with so much information to confuse matters, I can imagine being paralyzed with anxiety. Do I have the right glasses? Can one drink Bordeaux from a Burgundy glass? Or vice versa? What about the decanter? Must you cover it? Is the wine at the proper temperature? Whether you’re spending $10, $20, $200, or $1,000 for a bottle, everybody wants to get their money’s worth. Particularly with expensive bottles, expectations are heightened sometimes to ridiculous levels. We all think we need to be specialists, skilled in arcane arts, to reach the threshold necessary to enjoy a glass of wine. The truth is that wine can be one of the simplest pleasures available to anybody: pour beverage into glass, drink, enjoy. That’s 90 percent of it right there! Anybody can do that, right? Good glasses absolutely enhance the enjoyment of a fine wine, but precise matches of glassware to bottle border on the absurd. Back in 1985 I didn’t think about the glasses we used. Mom had two kinds of wineglasses—ordinary-looking goblets and heavier, fancier ones she had inherited from her mother, with a glass beading that embellished the bowls. I never liked those glasses. They felt heavy and shallow. So we poured the thirty-year-old La Mission into the sorts of glasses you might find on the table at any neighborhood bistro. If I had such a wonderful bottle of wine today, I might make it the centerpiece of a dinner, building up to it with another bottle or two. Back then, I had no real sense of scale, and my parents might have considered two bottles of wine at dinner to be decadent and unhealthy. So we just plunged right in with dinner, sitting at the round white kitchen table where I had eaten so many meals growing up, gorging on the lamb chops and potatoes, and sipping this extraordinary wine that seemed to epitomize both grace and intensity. But even amid the celebratory joy of the meal, I remember being mesmerized by the wine. I was riveted by my glass, as if it were a Cézanne still life in which you discover the apple that appeared to be red on first glance was actually myriad different shades and contours that collectively added up to red but were in fact much more. Not all wines reward close observation as much as the ’55 La Mission. Of course, it was balanced and elegant, light-bodied yet intense, complex and thought-provoking. It went well with the food. Indeed, in the context of our meal, it was perfect, encompassing family history, the ceremony of the anniversary, and the joy of sharing something so wonderful with loved ones. It was everything a great bottle of wine can possibly be.


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developed from the basic challenge of imitation. I am continuously searching for interesting portions of reality, and the creative process allows me to selectively observe this reality from my perspective. In my works I attempt to combine vitality and permanence, not only trying to accurately paint the object, but to give the viewer a sense of the object’s inner substance. A variety of subjects are of interest to me. In the portrait series I took snapshots of random pedestrians in the street. I found interest in their anonymity, and the feelings they provoke have an artistic value. I selected the figures to be painted, attempting to achieve a delicate balance between stereotype and uniqueness, such that one can look familiar and yet remain an enigma. The portraits are enlarged in comparison with the subjects’ actual size. Therefore on one hand they can overwhelm, yet their fragility might provoke empathy and identification. Landscapes also arouse me, and I search them for signs of activity and the silent evidence of its occurrence. I made an effort to unify the contradictions of stillness and movement, and of desolation and vigor. Recently I have been painting various low profile objects such as blurred notebook pages or burnt disposable dishes. In my opinion these choices emphasis the strength of the painting medium, as such works obligate the viewer to reexamine features that he would otherwise neglect. Similar to the landscapes, the motionless objects are characterized by features of their history. The blurring and the distortions might also symbolize aspects of human nature such as forgetfulness and change. I admire hyper-realistic painters such as Luciano Ventrone, Chuck Close and Israel Hersgberg. However, I am careful not to be over-inspired, so that my ideas will not be limited to a closed circle within the hyper-realistic field. I often observe and study different contemporary sculptures and structures, as well as paintings, in order to be inspired in unexpected directions. I want the visual experiences of my art to communicate both emotionally and intellectually. A painting should rediscover what we already know, and reunite this knowledge with forgotten aspects of its meaning.

Observed Reality by Natan Pernick


Natan Pernick is an Israeli artist living and working in Jerusalem whose art has been exhibited in the US, Israel and Europe. From 2002 to 2004 he provided assistance at the studio of Mark Kostabi, New York. His 2013 exhibitions include “2013 Collectors Choice,” Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, California.



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It cost ten thousand dollars to take your life in Connecticut, which didn’t surprise me considering Connecticut was the most expensive state to do anything in. Mrs. Trenton announced the total to everybody at the coat rack. She sounded like a bad advertisement. “Ten thousand dollars,” she said. “What a waste . . . you could rent a flat on the Seine with that kind of money… go to Budapest for a month…” The rest of the adults were stabbing cheese cubes with toothpicks. It seemed wrong to eat and talk about death, like something my mother would have advised against, similar to eating and running or eating and going to the bathroom or eating and being mean, but there she was by the cheese platter, offering cheddar to a curlyhaired man. It was obvious the man wanted to f--k her. Even more obvious that she didn’t mind. The whole performance made me sick, gave me the same feeling I got when Janice brought in tiny tuna sandwiches after she gave a forty-fiveminute presentation on the Holocaust last year, complete with photos of corpses and a short slide show of the mass graves at Terezin and then held up a platter and said, “Who wants sandwiches?” Mr. Resnick’s value suddenly seemed measurable by everybody’s grief, which didn’t seem to be much at all. The adults hardly looked changed, their hair still the same color it was two days ago, as they picked the stems off the strawberries before they ate them. They sat down in red leather recliners, crossed their legs, but most of them never took off their fall coats, perhaps not fully convinced by the warmth of the house or the idea of a suicide in the neighborhood, this neighborhood, where it was officially recorded that in September of ’94 there were more tulips than people. I caught my mother bragging about this to our cousin Rex at the town pool once, to which he said, “The parties you must have…”



Alison EspAch

My father shook hands with some whitehaired ladies who flittered around the cocktail tables like overdressed children, nodding their heads, and my father nodded back as if to say, Yes, it’s hard—very hard. Very hard to never see a man you never saw. They were like kids at the playground, trying to decide whom to play with, and was the conversation worth the fuss? Adults were constantly auditioning, but for what? For the next conversation, for the next conversation, for the next conversation? They touched each other on their sides as they passed, or sometimes pressed a hand to the small of a back to signal they were still in love, still alive, chock full of organs. Everybody wore black, except for the bright blue scarf wrapped so high around Mrs. Bulwark’s neck, she looked like a character from Dr. Seuss if a character from Dr. Seuss ever went to a funeral. I was walking away from one of Mark’s third or fourth cousins, who was trailing behind and informing me how strange Mr. Resnick’s suicide was considering summer suicides generally preferred to go naked. “It’s October,” I said back. I ran my hands against the smooth maroon walls, seeking out a crack, searching for Mark, listening to everybody. The girl hung at the curly-haired man’s knees in a plaid jumper and exclaimed, “This is sooo boring, Dad.” “Go talk to someone,” the curly-haired man said. “Talking is boring,” the girl said. “All you people do is talk.” “If you’re looking for more than that in life, Melissa, you’re going to be disappointed. That’s what we do. We stand around and we talk.” “Hell,” my mother interjected, with a drunk finger pointing in the air, “we might go to a movie sometime, but you know what we do

after it? We sit around and talk about it.” “Exactly,” the curly-haired man said. They both sipped on their drinks. “It’s the permanence that makes the dead beautiful,” the curly-haired man said at some point, as though my mother had asked, which I knew she didn’t since the only possible question that would have preceded such an answer was, What do you think makes the dead so beautiful? “I wrote my dissertation on it,” the man said, continuing. I had always hated curly-haired men. Sometimes, they looked too much like children who didn’t brush their hair in the morning. “Well, it’s certainly up for debate,” my mother said, playing with his daughter’s long ponytail, and I could tell even from across the room that was the hair, the daughter, she had always wanted: golden, tame, quiet at her hips. My hair was darkening from a dirty blond to an ashy brown like my father’s, and my mother was so disappointed. Last year, she announced that the “sun had left it,” and my father picked up a chunk as he walked by, rubbed his bald spot, and said, “Why is my hair growing out of your head?” My father stood in the hallway with Alfred and a few other tall men I didn’t know. Tall men always seemed to have such purpose, with their heads next to the cabinets and hands in their pockets, so tidy and neat and civilized these men were, even their hands had storage units when they weren’t needed in the conversation. Nothing these men did could be carelessly executed; removing a fallen olive from the floor was an event they seemed to have written into their calendar weeks ago. Their laughter was impossibly loud and soft at the same time, the kind of laughter that could kill you if you weren’t a part of it. Every boom and hush made my heart quake and seemed to kill Mr. Resnick even more, buried him farther into the ground. When they

were done laughing, they nodded their heads, passed judgment on the high Gothic ceilings. These were the living men, leaning against walls, sipping on whiskey, being accurate. I looked around for Mark. I hadn’t seen Mark since the burial. I had stood directly opposite him at the graveyard, next to my mother and Mrs. Trenton, who whispered to us, “She got a flat headstone so he wouldn’t seem so dead when everybody went to visit.” My mother was dipping raw broccoli in blue cheese dip. She was still talking to the curly-haired man. She was leaning against the bookshelf. She was wearing a sweetheart neckline, and she was flirting. If she had known she had blue cheese on her lip, or that the curly-haired man had a hole in his back pocket, or that my father was walking toward Mrs. Resnick at that very moment, that my father could look at Mrs. Resnick across a room and think about her legs spread on a bed for him, that he could close his eyes and feel her breasts still on his hands like a film of soap, the way they had consumed each other, deeply and consistently, with their hands and mouths—if my mother had realized any of that at all, she would have cried right then and there. But she was laughing, talking about property tax. “Don’t,” my father said to Mrs. Resnick, who was about to pour herself a glass of wine. He took the merlot and set it down, and the moment took on an eerie, holy air, like a battlefield torn apart by bombs, and the only movement for miles was the smoke rising to the clouds, revealing everyone on the ground dead. “Oh, seriously, Victor,” Mrs. Resnick said, and walked away with the bottle as a brown chunk of hair fell loose from her updo. Richard stood next to me, watching me watch them. He looked evil and sad in a suit, like a shrunken mobster. “What?” I asked, shrugging my shoulders. “You know what,” he said. I panicked, so I said, “Listen, my psychology teacher told me that sometimes people kill themselves just because they’re overwhelmed by the largeness of everything, like this guy who was promoted at his law firm five years ago. So he slit his throat.” “That’s dumb,” he said. It was, sort of. I didn’t understand it either. Mrs. Resnick came back in the living room, her hair loose around her face now, drinking the red wine. My father watched her from afar. “She must be trying to kill the baby,” Richard said. “What the hell are you talking about, Richard?” Richard and I became worse people around



each other. “She’s pregnant. You didn’t know?” I glared at him. “Just because she’s fatter doesn’t mean she’s pregnant,” I said. “It’s your dad’s baby,” he said. “I don’t even know what you are talking about,” I shouted at him. “My mom told me.” I had to get out. Mark had to be somewhere. I slipped on my clogs and headed to the front door, which was blocked by Mrs. Trenton and Mrs. Bulwark, holding tiny plates of food. I stood tall and forced them to reckon with me. “So she’s pregnant?” I asked, my arms crossed. Mrs. Trenton blushed, looked away, then muttered, “Oh, sweetheart.” Mrs. Bulwark picked up a jalapeño popper from her snack plate. “I love Mexican, don’t you?” she asked. I didn’t know what stating one’s preference was supposed to mean in such a context. In such a house, in such a foyer, in such a space

I wanted to smoke until I was so old, I would already be dead. “Did he leave a note?” I finally asked. “No,” Mark said. “I’m sorry,” I said. “I’m not sure what to say.” “Say anything,” he said. “I don’t really care.” “Okay,” I said. I paused. If I did not look left at Mark, the curb we sat on could have been any curb, in any neighborhood, anywhere. We could have been any two people. So I began. “Once in the third grade, I wrote a story about a bee detective in search of stolen money from a restaurant,” I said. “The story ended with the bee going home to find the money under his bed. He forgot he stole it. My teacher kept asking me, ‘How did the bee forget that he stole the money? I just can’t believe a bee would do that!’” Mark laughed. For a moment, I believed I had fixed everything. Mark seemed interested. He didn’t look at me but handed me another cigarette. I rolled it between my palms. “The worst part was,” I said, continuing, “it

It seemed wrong to eat and talk about death, like something my mother would have advised against, similar to eating and running or eating and going to the bathroom or eating and being mean… between people, everything I knew was losing its defining feature. I ran out the door and slammed it hard behind me. I must have spent half my life slamming doors. I spent the other half looking for Mark. And there he was, on the front stoop, hunched over with a cigarette and a bag of iced animal crackers at his feet. An hour later, all of the elephant crackers were decapitated and I was finishing my cigarette faster than Mark was his. It was the inevitability of winter that made me nervous, and suddenly, smoking felt like something you should always, always do to keep warm. I inhaled and inhaled and then inhaled again until all the trees became one, until I felt certain that the largeness of everything was mostly unfixable. I exhaled, soiling the sky with my breathy clouds of selfpity. Being an adult, it seemed, was horrible. But being a child was awful too, and moving from one state to the other only meant you were moving closer to death, with so much and so little to talk about all at the same time, and how was that even possible?

wasn’t even my story. It was the plot to some stupid movie we watched in Spanish class. The whole thing happened in Spanish.” But when he didn’t respond, it was clear I hadn’t fixed anything. His father was dead. Buried. Bloodless. And Mark had not looked at me once during our conversation. This only felt like my fault. I was becoming too irrelevant to inspire awe, like Jesus Christ resurrecting in front of a bunch of Eskimos, less relevant every time my mother and father walked past me in the kitchen, my father with boxes in his arms, my mother with the phone, and me in the doorway looking down at myself, thinking, Are those even my feet? I thought about reaching out to put my arm on his back, the way I had reached out to touch Mr. Basketball. But I couldn’t. I spent the first half of my conscious life never being touched by anybody, except for pediatricians with toxic eyes who put stethoscopes under my shirts and against my chest, explaining that my heart beat too slowly for someone my age. “She has more in common with the dead than the living,” one of them joked, to which my mother said,

“We’ve always known this about her.” I put the cigarette in my mouth so Mark would come close to my face and feel my breath when he lit it up for me. I needed him to feel that I was still alive. But he didn’t even glance over. He didn’t even light my cigarette. My mother suddenly interrupted. “What are you doing out here? Are you smoking?” “I’m just being outside,” I said coolly. She still had the blue cheese on her lip, which had dried into a crust, but the heat from the house had melted some of her eye shadow and made her appear to be crying purple blood. The cigarette hung from my lips. Mark stood up, paused like he was deciding something important. Then, he walked into his house. There, on his stoop, watching him walk away from me for a second time, I just couldn’t take it. I was going to vomit. I opened my mouth wide and let the cigarette fall onto the stairs. It rolled down two steps, until it hit a tiny puddle left over from last night’s rain.

of us compelled to scream how okay everything would be. I thought about hugging my mother, but for some reason, the intimacy seemed rude, like a forced confession. “You have blue cheese on your lip,” I finally said to her as she opened our front door. “You’ve had it on your lip through the entire party.” She didn’t respond. She didn’t even say, “Emily, that wasn’t a party.” She didn’t even wipe it off. When we got inside the house, I said it again just to make sure she heard me. I was her daughter after all, and I couldn’t let my mother walk around with blue cheese on her lip for the rest of her life. “Mom!” I screamed. “You have blue cheese on your lip!” “I know, Emily,” my mother said. “I heard you.” My mother covered her face with her hands. Body language, Ms. Nailer told us, was a way of getting your point across without having to say anything. It was the easiest way to fight,

My mother took his miniature ivory elephants and threw them against the wall. She smashed vases and ripped plants from the soil, tore curtains from the rods. She was destroying our house. And when my father walked in the door to see her dumping his Cocoa Puffs on the ground, he did the most surprising thing. My mother smiled a little, considered this a small victory. She had gotten me to stop smoking. She won. My life as a smoker was over. Every moment felt like a new kind of death. “It’s time to leave,” she said. “Why?” I asked. “Where’s Dad?” “He’s staying. Come on, Emily.” “He’s staying?” We didn’t speak on the way home. It was too difficult to know what to say. I hopped over cracks in the dirt like a five-year-old, using my youth as a form of communication with my mother, hoping it would remind her of another time when I was sure we were happier, when my father loved her and she loved my father, when everybody who was dead or pregnant was supposed to be, when I braided my pigtails without complaint and counted worms in the woods without ever getting bored, when my mother and I held hands and weren’t embarrassed about how much we loved each other, neither

without being accused of looking for a fight. Sometimes, I thought my mother exclusively communicated in body language. I remember walking through my front door after school with bloody knees from the playground, and my mother would just have gotten home. She wouldn’t be surprised that I was bleeding. I was a child. That was what children did. They fell down and then bled. That was the only thing you could expect from a child. And yet, my mother’s face would tighten, even though it was her job as the adult to wipe the blood off and tell me it would be okay, better than okay, but her lips would purse and her breath would shorten and she would be angry. That was what upset her the most. That was what upset me the most. How could she be mad at me for bleeding? How could you be mad at a tiny thing who only had questions? Why do I bleed and fish don’t, Mom? Is that supposed to make me feel better about eating them?

“You had it on your lip throughout the whole party!” I shouted. I couldn’t stop. “By the bookshelf, by the bar, even when you were talking to that ugly man.” “I know I know I know I know!” she shouted, louder with each recitation. My mother took my father’s antique Norwegian pewter bowl in her hands. She held it in the air like a trophy and threw it on the ground. So she had known about the affair. She kicked the broken pieces across the floor. And the pregnancy. She grabbed his dictionaries from the shelf and chucked them through the window, because who cared about a window? Who cared about my father’s paintings, I thought, as my mother dumped his real Matisse print in the sink and ran water on it. Who cared whose baby it was, who cared if it lived, who cared about the blue cheese? What did it even matter if it was on your face? That was the saddest part about it. My mother took his miniature ivory elephants and threw them against the wall. She smashed vases and ripped plants from the soil, tore curtains from the rods. She was destroying our house. And when my father walked in the door to see her dumping his Cocoa Puffs on the ground, he did the most surprising thing. He paused. He went to speak. He walked over to the Matisse print in the sink and said nothing. He dropped the mail and walked toward her. The cereal crunched under his feet. My mother didn’t yell, she didn’t move away. I wanted to scream, Don’t touch her! but my voice was lodged in my throat like a gumball. He wrapped his arms around her. She laid her head against his shoulder, and for the first time in my life, I watched my mother cry. She sobbed hard into the pocket of his suit jacket, while my father repeated, “I’m so sorry.” They held each other for what seemed like hours until my mother silently broke from the embrace. I sat at the kitchen counter and drew my name backward with the juice of a stray tomato slice cut for the reception. Y-L-I-M-E. Nobody wiped my name for four days.


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JUDY Well listen I’ve got another meeting at 1— ALEX I know, / I know. JUDY I was hoping we’d have more time. (ALEX hugs her over the desk.) ALEX It’s good to see you. I’m sorry. JUDY (Sighs) Here, sit… ALEX How are you? JUDY Oh, I’m just about done, that’s how I am. Is that door—? ALEX I closed it. JUDY Thanks. I had a new parent, the class below Jake’s, the father came in about an hour ago, no appointment, no phone call, nothing. Wanted to know why his son isn’t learning more “prereading” skills. More math… ALEX Oh you’re kidding. JUDY I swear to God. He waltzes in with his power

suit, Rolex, sits down like he owns the place and tells me, “They’re just playing all day! I’m paying thirty grand for a playroom.” And it’s like: Hello?! Your son is three years old. Playing is how he learns, you pig-head. ALEX (Shakes her head) Whad you say? JUDY I said, Well sir, you may not value imagination or creativity but actually both are foundational for all types of higher learning. You see a kid pick up a block and use it like a cell phone? That’s abstract thinking right there. That’s the basis for abstract language. ALEX I don’t know how you do it. JUDY Well believe it or not, his son’s actually adorable, go figure. And normally it wouldn’t have gotten under my skin but this whole week’s been like that. We’ve got prospective parent night on Monday. It’s just insanely tight this year… ALEX I’m sure. JUDY I did a panel last week over at Hunter, there were three of us talking about the moral imagination of children under five. It wasn’t even about education per say, but of course, immediately after I had a swarm of these parents asking – how many openings, how many slots. And, you know, I could deflect or be vague but instead I tell them the truth and suddenly, boom, I’m the enemy. “That’s it? That’s all you have?” ALEX Take it as a compliment. When I first heard you speak, I came running up just like all / the others—

JUDY Yes, but you didn’t bully me. You at least had the common sense to take me to lunch, even if you were just kissing my ass. ALEX I wasn’t! You’d said something about how preschool should be a place where children are encouraged to become their truest selves, you remember? I thought – agh! – if only… JUDY (Touched) And now you’re leaving me… You believe it’s been two years? ALEX Stop. It’s hard for us too. JUDY Speaking of which, did you bring the updated list? ALEX Yes! I have it… JUDY How is Jake? ALEX Oh, he’s good. He loves Bethany. JUDY I knew he would. Did you know she’s an artist herself? ALEX I didn’t. JUDY (Putting on her glasses) She does some kinda mixed media installations… She was telling me about a gallery in Flatbush she filled with sand or rice or something. It sounded very hip and wacky. Anyway, I’m rambling…. (Looks at the list.) ALEX I mean it’s all places we’ve talked about. / I think. JUDY (Scanning) Dalton… Trinity… Trevor Day – good – St. Ann’s… / Ethical Culture… ALEX I’ve filled out most of the basic forms. We’re at twelve right now. But I can add a few more if— JUDY Browning? ALEX (Remembers) Oh, that’s right, we didn’t talk about Browning. My brother’s kids were there. I must have mentioned that, at some point. Maybe not. Anyway, he said he could make a call, if we want. And it’s a great school, right? JUDY Well sure. It’s just – all boys. (Short beat.) ALEX I mean we’d obviously prefer coed. I just figured with the connection… JUDY



…Uh huh. And is City and Country…? ALEX Oh. Yes, it’s— The list goes on, just flip it. (JUDY does.) JUDY Okay. Good. (JUDY looks up.) Should we talk about the essay? ALEX You read it? JUDY Of course I read it! ALEX You’re the best. JUDY (Looking) I have it printed / somewhere… ALEX Like I said in the email, I’m happy to scrap all of it if / you think… JUDY No, no, don’t be silly. ALEX …And you said it’s best to keep it personalityoriented, so I didn’t include any, you know, brainy stuff. JUDY (Finds it) Ah. Here we go... ALEX Like I didn’t mention that he’s started reading a little – Not that I’ve been pushing him— JUDY Yeah, thing is, you put that down there and then they might ask him to do it in his interview and, you know, he’s four, he might not feel like it that day, so really you’re just setting him up for failure. ALEX (Laughs) Right. But you think it’s…? (JUDY looks up.) JUDY Oh no, it’s good! It’s very good. ALEX (Relieved) Okay. JUDY (Laughs) God, your face! ALEX Well I don’t know! JUDY No, it’s great. The only thing I wondered— ALEX Yes, you must have suggestions, edits— JUDY More of a thought really. ALEX Please.

JUDY Well. You talk about his imagination. ALEX Uh huh. JUDY Which is great, because that’s really the best indicator at this age if you ask me. ALEX Right. JUDY And it occurred to me that you might actually use that as a lead-in to talk a little about his gender-variant play. (Beat.) ALEX Oh. JUDY Not that you’d call it that. But with anecdotes. (Pause.) ALEX You mean like – JUDY I was in his classroom on Tuesday and he and Emily and Michelle were sort of creating their own fairy tale I guess, this enchanted forest – they’d made trees out of chairs and pillows, and Jake was a princess who didn’t know she was a princess and Emily was the witch who was keeping her locked up and Michelle – well I can’t remember what Michelle was, someone’s helper or something – but it was really Jake who was the ringleader. (Short pause.) ALEX …And you think talking about that would…? (Short pause.) JUDY Well. Two things. One: you know, these places are going to read this and then they’re going to meet Jake. And I think it’s always a good sign when parents seem to really know their kid. Which of course you do. But as it is now, there’s sort of a big part of his personality that you don’t really mention. (Short beat.) I remember the first time I met him you brought one of his drawings to show me. Rapunzel? Her hair rolling down the length of this giant tower… He must have been two? ALEX Well I do mention his artwork. JUDY Right. And maybe you could go into more detail. ALEX I guess I just thought… Every parent thinks their child is Picasso.

JUDY Well, right, but – And see here’s the second thing. You have to realize these schools are looking for diverse classes. I don’t care whether or not they call themselves “progressive” these places are all progressive. I mean what was progressive twenty years ago is now just run of the mill in New York. And let’s be honest, Jake is very special. He’s – unusual. And believe me this is the part of my job I hate the most, this kind of strategizing, it’s sickening, I know, but I think you might be able to capitalize on it. Because they’re looking for kids—and families—that stand out. (The phone on JUDY’s desk rings.) Shoot, sorry, one second. ALEX No, please. JUDY (Picks up the phone) This is Judy McIntosh. Oh, hi. Yes. Yes. (SHE makes a stabbing gesture at the phone with her pen.) You know, we’re actually gonna be talking about all of that on Monday and I will be so happy to speak with you then. Yes. No, no, that’s all right. Uh huh. I’m looking forward to it as well. Yes, I— No, no, I understand. Right. Bye bye. (She hangs up.) Ugh, these parents… Sometimes I just wanna bomb them all. Sorry. Where were we? ALEX You were saying… I might talk more about Jake’s— That he likes girl stuff… JUDY (Laughs, surprised) Well, it’s not “girl stuff,” Alex. I mean the binary thinking, you know, “girl stuff, boy stuff ”— ALEX No, I know, I just mean— JUDY Cause all we’re talking about is gender-variant play. Which is not uncommon. It’s just not – ALEX Common. JUDY Right. Which is great! Because he’s always been so supported. By you and Greg. ALEX Well, it’s just – what he likes… JUDY Sure. But obviously you’ve talked about it. ALEX Oh well of course we have. JUDY

I mean a school like Saint Ann’s. They might really flip. ALEX Right. I just – he’s only four… I don’t wanna assume he’s gonna be one thing or the other. JUDY Oh, no, no, no, of course! Sweetheart, I would never— We’re talking about Jake now, regardless of who or what he grows up to be someday— ALEX I meant like a painter. (Short beat.) I just know Saint Ann’s is all about… artsy kids. And not that he’s not artistic. Of course he is. It’s just— you know my mom put me in ballet when I was five years old and it was always assumed growing up that I was “the dancer in the family.” Which felt like a euphemism. I mean my brother was always considered the one with brains. And it’s hard to shake, you know, that feeling that brains are not your “thing.” It wasn’t until I was seventeen, when I gave up dancing, that I realized there was more I could do with myself. With my life. I just want Jake to have options. JUDY Of course. ALEX And serious academics. JUDY Yes. And all these places have that, believe me. All I’m trying to say is: you and Greg have always been wonderfully supportive of your son in every possible way and that’s wonderful and schools will love that about you. Remember they’re not just looking at the kid. It’s the whole family. Which is why, you know, the fact that a lot of these places are K thru12, is also good. Because they’ll know, in twelve years, this kid’s gonna have a double legacy at Columbia and they’ll never admit it but that’s good for them. ALEX Right. JUDY It’s just – you look at the numbers, Dalton had, what, five hundred applicants last year, for 34 spots? So with any kid you want to really hone in on what makes him or her – unique. That’s all. (ALEX smiles vaguely.) What. ALEX Nothing… I’ll – work on the essay. JUDY I mean if you want. It’s also the kind of thing that would be great to talk about. In your

parent interviews. ALEX Uh huh. JUDY But the short answers look very solid. ALEX Okay. Good. JUDY And if you wanna send me anything else, feel free. I mean things are crazy right now so it might take me a few days to get / back to you— ALEX Sure, sure. I understand. JUDY But I will read it. (ALEX looks distracted.) We’ll get through this! I promise. ALEX (Laughs, stands) I thought applying to law school was bad… JUDY (Laughs) Right? ALEX But it’s great to catch up. I’m sorry this was so rushed. (She hugs JUDY.) JUDY Well. Please do give Greg my best. ALEX Of course. And I’ll be in touch. Soon. JUDY You’d better. (ALEX heads to the door but doesn’t quite make it. JUDY picks up the phone and starts to dial. She notices ALEX is still there. Short beat.) …You okay, sweetheart? (ALEX turns.) ALEX Oh. Yes. (ALEX smiles.) Thank you. (JUDY smiles.) JUDY Sure.


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Our Plan Location is everything when it comes to visiting a new city. Staying in the heart of a city puts you right into the action. Make a list of places you want to visit, then plot them on a central map. While wandering, find your current location at any time and easily see what’s nearby. Our PrOgress We used both trains and planes for intercity travel. Started with a busy week exploring Paris by foot with the help of our now infamous map… and some memorable nights with a little help from some colorful Parisian friends we made along the way. A last all-nighter was followed by a threehour nap on a train ride from Paris Nord Station to Amsterdam, Holland. A few days to unwind strolling the canals, more vintage shopping than I can justify, and eating very well. Followed up with a quick and easy Easyjet flight to London, for a few days to conduct some business, ending with a final three-day reunion with friends and the mayhem and high spirits that comprise London. Playlist pay attention until you’ve planned your route! Devendra Banhart (From one wanderer to another) The Grimes (Raise your spirits and enhance the view en route) Purity Ring (Transportation feels like a fairytale) Marie Madeleine (This deep rich voice is magic) Thrift Shop by Macklemore (On repeat for inspiration in Le Marais)

PARIS Le Meurice and Le Dali restaurant Le Meurice was founded as one of the first grand hotels in Paris, upon the highest fundamentals of hospitality. It was in this spirit of quality and service that it became known as the hotel of artists, who flocked to this palatial hotel following a slew of



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royal guests in the 1800s. It was amongst these Royals and guests of great import that artists found patrons for their art. The décor is an ode to Salvatore Dali, who spent a month at a time in his namesake suite each year for 30 years. A recent refurbishment was the vision of French designer Philippe Starck, who included an exquisite, hand painted revisioning of the domed ceiling by his talented daughter, and a frosted mirror in the lobby for guests to leave their mark on daily. All rooms are in a rich classical French style and consistently updated to meet guests’ technological needs. In addition, suites on the 7th floor feature breathtaking views of Paris; their altitude provides sight advantage over the shorter surrounding buildings, and 360 degree views from a wrap around patio which is perfect for hosting a private Parisian event (or proposal!). Le Dali is the salon dining option, sporting an eclectic range of chairs constructed from Dali’s impressive sketches. Along with a history and culture of welcoming guests of all nationalities, Le Dali features a menu of tastes to suit any palate. Desserts further the spirit of the arts, and are poised in a glass case near the hotel’s pastry center for your viewing and choosing pleasure. Have a gaze but don’t come too close; the pastry center behind glass is part of the kitchen of the hotel’s 3 Michelin-starred formal dining option, where reservations must be requested as early as possible. 228 Rue de Rivoli, Paris, France

Hotel Verneuil Saint Germain This trendy boutique hotel is in the heart of Saint Germain, one block from the river Seine. All major monuments are within 20 minutes by foot, and it’s a quick 5-minute walk to the metro. Enjoy the handsome parlor with stoked fireplace and literary options. Balconies facing the street provide a glimpse into the private quarters of trendy Parisians, and beautiful residential buildings with wellendowed entry gates. World-renowned antique and home design shops in the French modern style, as well as an embellished, classical style line these quiet streets. One can only imagine what treasures grace the halls of the apartments above. 8 Rue de Verneuil, Paris, France Intercontinental Paris Le Grand Le Grand is a beautiful and authentic French hotel, situated in the center of Paris next to the opera house. Opened in 1862 and regularly updated, the hotel offers boutique style suites, full business services, health and fitness center, spa, and on-site dining. Rooms are decorated in bold colors and operatic themes, bringing the drama of Paris into your dreams. 888/IC HOTELS (424-6835) 2 Rue Scribe, Paris, France.

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ing freshness. Tender ox heels are stuffed with French gold (foie gras). The NYC duck fat fry craze doesn’t come close to a simple side of thick golden brown pommes frites here, where the flavor and texture of the potatoes themselves are their glory. A rum soaked cake (baba au rum) plated with a shot of rum is my kind of dessert. Skip the digestif and head upstairs to Mezzanine Bar for a dance and cocktails. By midnight Mezzanine fills with a rambunctious crowd. Well-heeled French girls, businessmen, foreigners, and lovers enjoy fresh cocktails and plenty of champagne to the energetic and eclectic sounds. Stop by the DJ booth for a hello; this wonderful Frenchman spun in NYC for over 10 years. 62 Rue Mazarine, Paris, France;

La Roseraie Grenelle Don’t pass by this little gem of a fruit shop in St. Germain. le meurice - le dali by Guillaume de laubier If we were Michelin, we’d advise a detour. And don’t fret darkness. I suggest tucking your napkin into the exorbitant fruit prices... you’ve never paid your shirt (no one will see) to avoid spills (of so much for raspberries, but nor have you ever which we had none!) Ideal for groups, as the tasted raspberries so red, plump, and sweet. The jokes you make here are like none other. (“Playing a trick…you’re not the only one.”) Also visit locations in London, Barcelona, or the recently opened New York City. Dans le Noir 51 Rue Quincampoix, Paris, France. If you’re looking for a completely unique sory experience, dine at the original location of Dans le Noir. Abandon your sense of sight, Le Marais and let the dark consume you. A feeling at first Traditionally known as the Jewish quarter, tounsettling, transforms into a state of total relax- day, the 3rd/4th arrondissements are a bustling gay ation, as you encounter a sense of total privacy and Jewish area. Among myriad gay bars, you’ll amongst strangers. No one can see you, and be fortunate to find streets lined with thrift voices are not lowered, but hushed by the thick shops (that’s French “vintage”), and small boutiques with worldly selections. Le Relais Plaza For a little glamour, step into Le Relais Plaza restaurant, the stylish bistro in the Plaza Athenée hotel in the center of Paris, overseen by famed chef Alain Ducasse. Let the restaurant’s beautiful aura bathe you in Parisian chic. The service is terrific, allowing you to feel comfortable and relaxed. Caviar? Foie Gras? Enjoy some of the finest delicacies known to mankind in this special place. 21 Avenue Montaign

Alcazar For a good time call… Alcazar. Tucked away on a side street in St. Germain, main players here include an unbelievable space decked out in fantastic art installations, and an emphasis on seafood and plenty of foie gras. The la roSeraie Grenelle sexy sommelier enhances the complex flavors PHoto by Sean karimian of the wines. The menu presents delicate but very flavorful dishes that play with texture, and generous fresh garnishes and accoutrements. I fruits and vegetables may just have been hand loved the spicy and aromatic Thai soup with a picked by little Parisian fairies. crisp radish and cilantro salad that leaves a last72 Rue de Grenelle. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


Hotel De L’europe This is one of the grand old hotels of Amsterdam, in the classical style, and is situated as such. Spanning the corner of the most famous canal in Amsterdam, the Hotel De L’Europe is a palatial sight for passersby, and a rich, elegant escape for guests above the Amstel Canal. The beds are a subject of pride at the hotel, as many guests before me have said that they had never slept so well. Views from guestroom windows are picturesque, bathrooms are floor to ceiling marble, lighting tracks deck the sky-high ceilings, and carved stone balconies extend over the canal. Enjoy an extensive breakfast, or casual dinner, at Hoofdstad Brasserie. All breads are house baked and served with creamy Dutch butter. The dairy here may just be better than the French or Swiss. The gentlemanly steak tartare prepared tableside really shines. Book in advance

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In Amsterdam, I had to overhear conversations in order to learn how to communicate with the concierge. Young woman: “We’re looking for a restaurant to eat sushi off naked women, tasteful women.” Discreet Concierge: “Yes ma’am, we can help you with that.” OK, be mindful to include adjectives like tasteful and classy when choosing attractions… Sofitel Legend the Grand Amsterdam A quick walk from the central train station through narrow side streets lined in pubs, ethnic eateries, and “coffee shops,” and a quick bend along quiet canals, brings you to your destination — quite a surprise when you pull into this hidden courtyard oasis just by city center. The hotel has a wonderful presence and is a key historical and cultural location. It has recently been renovated with chic modern lines, bold colors, textured surfaces, an extensive photography collection, and recurring butterfly motif with a twist. The hotel features luxe apartment style relevant Nordic fanfare. Refined enough for a suites with private entrances by the canal, boutique business meeting, elegant and sensual for a loved rooms, a full spa and gym. one, spontaneous and fun with a friend. Savor the chef’s tasting menu with wine pairings. Bridges Restaurant Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197, 1012 EX AmsterAt Bridges in the Sofitel, the decor has a smooth, dam, Netherlands; modern Scandinavian feel, while cushion acbridGeS reStaurant coutrements and opaque curtains also make this dining room sexy. Touches of originality and flair on every plate, and between each course, hint at their pursuit of recognition and greater culinary excellence. The food is light, flavorful, and flawless. Dishes are executed neatly and purposefully, manipulating texture and flavor combinations of the fish-starring fare. This is French cuisine with



for a meal at Bord’Eau, which recently received its first Michelin star. Nieuwe Doelenstraat 2-14, 1012 CP Amsterdam, Netherlands. Member, Leading Hotels of the World, Diabolo This is the shop! Diabolo, which one assumes means devil in Dutch, is a must visit. This sexy boutique is where you’ll find one-of-akind artistic creations by the lovely store owner, a wide selection of naughty lingerie, some space cadet fashions, and latex, latex, latex. O.Z. Voorburgwal 242, 1012 EZ Amsterdam;


the May Fair The May Fair Hotel is a great place to stay for business or leisure travel. This prime location in Mayfair is just steps from fashion behemoth Bond Street and also next door to a casino. Have a stroll through the park and visit the palace, or walk around the corner to the tube for easy access to the entire city. Quince restaurant

holes in the wall, cult favorite Honest Burger, or the Dabbous: While I never made it here myself, I hand rolled to order dumplings at Mama Lan. have it from several reliable sources that if you can get a reservation, Dabbous is the place to eat. TastCamden: Wander the legendary Camden ing menus are available at lunch and dinner for a market by day, and then hit the cobbled side very fair 28 and 59 pounds sterling. Fair price + nostreets of Camden town at night for trendy culi- table young talent = good luck getting a reservation! nary fare and a lively bar scene. The tube closes 39 Whitfield Street; at night in London, but the buses are running and full of others in high spirits!


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Handmade Top Hats: Visit Gothic Renaissance just below Union Square. 110 4th Ave. Micro Vests: Beacon’s Closet in Williamsburg may be a hit or miss. Vintage Costume Pieces: If you don’t have a chance to make it by the theater vintage stalls at the markets in Amsterdam, I’d go here. Run by an aged couple of Burning Man regulars, Reminiscence in NYC is stuffed with quirky bits and oddball pieces that have lived an exciting life of their own. 50 West 23rd Street; Sasquatch: Start the season early with a 4-day weekend May 24-27 high above Columserves up fusion Mediterranean at lunch and dinner, and a full afternoon tea service. Stratton St. Mayfair, London W1J 8LT Radisson Blu edwardian Grafton Hotel Business could not be easier or more accommodating at the Radisson Blu collection’s Edwardian Grafton Hotel, conveniently situated walking distance from 2 major tube stations. The Gentleman’s tea in the main lounge is served on large tables with plenty of workspace, and little interruption from servers. Meetings run smoothly with no rush for table turnover, plenty of power outlets, and some serious nibbles. This unconventional tea service includes mini lamb burgers with a mint yogurt dip and fish and chips, in addition to scones with jam and clotted cream. The Radisson Blu group has several well-situated locations throughout London. 130 Tottenham Court Rd London W1T 5AY. Brixton Village Market: For the food lover. Take the tube to the end of the Victoria line to Brixton. Round the corner and explore dozens of gourmet

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zarella, red onion, olives, caper dressing and a touch of valeriana lettuce. Another star of the meal was the Polpo Alla Griglia, simply dressed potatoes with grilled octopus, thoroughly seared on the outside yet moist on the inside, the ends of the tentacles crisp, not charred, and the most flavorful surprise last bite. Raised communal tables face the windows, accommodating both larger groups, and New Yorkers who enjoy eavesdropping on stylish Italians. 69 west 55th (between 5th and 6th) Governors Ball: It’s a short ferry ride to Randall’s Island to catch the massive 3-day line up June 7-9, 2013. Pre-Sale tickets sold out the actual minute they went on sale. Friends in NYC La Mar Cebicheria hitting “buy” at 12:00 pm on the dot were vic- Manhattan tims of the abysmal internet speeds here. Those downtown with Fios, or abroad in, say, London, la mar cebicHeria scored big! More tickets will be added for sale. bia River Gorge in Quincy, WA with a line up brimming with some of my personal favorites: MAcklemore, The XX, The Grimes, Tame Impala, Devendra Banhart, Baths, and The Presets. Also, lots more where those came from. Fields for camping, and definitely different kind of vibes than the NYC festival scene, so leave your littering and “bitch face” in NYC!

PizzArte Manhattan The menu here uses prize elements of fresh and always flavorful ingredients in classic Italian combinations. Transferring the art of Neapolitan pizza making to NYC, Pizzarte uses the same ingredients they would use in Napoli. They import the same flour, cheese, and tomatoes, and upkeep a 900-degree oven for almost instant Neapolitan style pizza. The only thing missing may be

nada sampler to get the full effect. Entrées are loaded with fresh seafood and meats are bursting with flavor. 11 Madison Avenue @ 25th Street Belli osteria Brooklyn As it turns out, a large portion of Argentines are of European descent, and so the partners at Belli Osteria present a refreshing Argentinian take on Italian food with dishes with a distinct lightness. The epic housemade bread is a unique cross between a soft pretzel and a savory brioche with a heartier crust, and is served with a Spanish style tomato purée. The shaved Brussels sprout salad with Pecoribelli oSteria

La Mar Cebicheria offers a great group setting with a well lit, lively atmosphere. La Mar is Peruvian cuisine by a restaurant with several locations across Peru. Start with a fresh cocktail


the magical city water flowing into pizzerias throughout Napoli. We couldn’t get enough of the Mediterranea; a salad of Italian tuna in olive oil, dense moz-



made with Pisco: a grape brandy traditional in Peru. The menu features classic Peruvian favorites and fusions; with all these new tastes, I suggest trying the Cebiche sampler and the Empa-

no Romano, Marcona almonds, and whole fruit citrus dressing was spectacular and a great inspiration for dishes to play with at home. (Shaving raw vegetables and using citrus peels is SO healthy and delicious). Their buffalo mozzarella is also superb. The kitchen is fit with an oven built like a super computer, which provides a controlled environment for the ultimate in slow cooking processes. Braised short ribs and cakes that might as well be floating. Try the Torta di Olio: the fluffy, ultra moist olive oil cake with a surprisingly not too sweet creme anglaise icing was fantastic. Rich, creamy panna cotta laced with a hint of butterscotch, so rich, but actually so smooth after a big meal. It’s luscious, and lacks the usual firmer, gelatinous consistency of your common panna cotta, which I do not care for. 860 Fulton Street, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.


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ell me about Curtain Bluff.” Maurice is our private escort to the renowned Antigua resort located on the southern tip of the island. Along the way he points out the highlights of Antigua, its 365 beaches, historic sugar mills and pineapple fields. “How long have you been at Curtain Bluff?” With a sly smile he confides, “I must let you know that I am a newcomer. I have been there for only 50 years. I am very much a part of the Curtain Bluff family and there is only one Curtain Bluff anywhere in the world.” “ But what’s it like? What makes it so special?” And with a twinkle in his eye, Maurice exclaims, “I’ll give you one night and you will tell me about it tomorrow. I’ll ask you, “How are you coping with the tough life? And I want you to tell me. Let me give you a hint… you’ll be spoiled!” Oh, how right you are, Maurice! Curtain Bluff is an all-inclusive resort, and once you’ve experienced the Curtain Bluff lifestyle you won’t want to go anywhere else. It’s a place for young families who come back year after year, honeymooners, a relaxation getaway for all ages



and the most ideal destination for multi-generational travel. I have never experienced a more endearing staff anywhere in the world. Traveling with senior family members poses so many challenges and every staff member was on hand to help. It’s like having a support system with a smile and my family was profoundly moved by the extraordinary hospitality. Curtain Bluff reminds me of the intimacy of a small luxury cruise. Owner, Chelle Hulford and managing director, Rob Sherman are wonderful hosts. Guests are invited to a weekly cocktail party at Chelle’s private home at the top of the bluff. Ask fellow guests how long they’ve been coming to curtain bluff spa and jacuzzi

Curtain Bluff: 7 years, 15 years, 21 years. Curtain Bluff becomes home and the staff becomes family. Antigua is an easy non-stop flight from JFK. Once you arrive at Curtain Bluff you can put away your wallet – you won’t need it. Don’t bother with a watch – time doesn’t matter. There are no room keys, locks on the door, and no worries. This is casual living, nothing pretentious here. The fully-inclusive rates includes gourmet meals, afternoon tea (lots of British guests) top-shelf bar drinks, tennis, squash, sailing, water-skiing, scuba diving (for certified divers), snorkeling, sea kayaking, deep sea fishing, bocce, shuffleboard, basketball and croquet.

The waterfront fitness room is impressive and (additional to the room rate.) The Spa at Curtain Bluff is located on the Zumba, Body Sculpting, Yoga, Pilates and aquatic classes are offered several times a week bluff with panoramic views of the Caribbean free of charge. With the exception of Cuban Sea and the island of Montserrat. Each treatcigars, vintage wines, private lessons and spa ment room looks out at the sea and the relaxtreatments, everything is included in the room ation deck is a magnificent setting for a postrate, by far the best value in the Caribbean. treatment glass of champagne. Curtain Buff was founded by the late Sir Four championship tennis courts attract tenHoward Hulford, who selected the private location for the resort in 1957 – a peninsula surrounded by a reef which protects the property’s two beautiful sandy beaches: the tranquil waters of the bay beach and a dramatic surf beach. Seventy-two guest rooms and suites are designed in a fresh contemporary Caribbean décor. On the beach or the bluff, every room offers magnificent views and a private balcony or patio. The beachside suites are like having your own private beach. The Grace Bay and Morris Bay Suites, both 2,000 square feet, are the resort’s most luxurious accommodations. The suites have a bedroom and separate living room that looks out onto a large terrace with a private Jacuzzi and sweeping views of the turquoise Caribbean waters. WiFi is free and available in all rooms and suites and laptops are available for guests to use in their rooms. There’s a TV and computer room since Curtain Bluff has a notelevision in the room policy. I was grace bay junior suite a bit uneasy imagining a week of television withdrawal so I packed Downton Abbey season 1 and 2 and Season 1 nis enthusiasts from all over the world. Curtain of Homeland. We never watched a single epi- Bluff hosts tennis- oriented events throughout sode. No one missed the TV. Plush bedding, a the year, including three multi-day camps — good book, and the sound of the surf made for the Tennis Challenge, Fantasy Tennis Camp, and Antigua Tennis Week — aimed at all leva week of the most restful sleep. Children of all ages are welcome at Curtain els, from enthusiastic beginner to seasoned pro. Bluff. There are a variety of activities children Run by celebrities of the game, these camps are can participate in, such as sailing, windsurfing, the perfect blend of on-court action, (clinics, kayaking, tennis, croquet and putting. tournaments, etc.) social gatherings, and free There’s a freeform freshwater swimming time to enjoy the resort’s world-class facilities pool with two 75-foot lap lanes and the and the attractions of Antigua. beach bay provides shade and shallow water Alsace-born Christophe Blatz has been overfor swimming. A shaded play area with infant seeing the kitchen at Curtain Bluff as Executive swings, slides, jungle gym and a tree house Chef for the past ten seasons. His background is right by the beach. The resort also offers fuses French continental with Caribbean flavors “marine life” and “art in nature” sessions for and ingredients. Working alongside chef Chrischildren during busy seasons. Babysitters can tophe Blatz is pastry chef, Mark Andrew Smith be booked for daytime and evening assistance and Executive Sous Chef, Burdette Martin.

There are two restaurants: the open-walled Tamarind Tree serving breakfasts and candle-lit dinners, and the Beach Café & Bar, where barefoot-casual lunches are enjoyed one step from the sand and a few feet from the water’s edge. Cooking Class with the Chef is offered once a week and it’s a delightful introduction to the local fruits, fish and roots of Caribbean cuisine. The menu we prepared was a chilled papaya soup, freshly caught grouper topped with cassava shavings, fungi with fish, and caramelized pineapple and bananas over coconut ice cream. Lunch was served with a bottle of crisp Sauvignon Blanc and the great pleasure of the company of Chef Blatz and Sous-Chef Martin. One of the most lasting impressions of Curtain Bluff is the way the founders have given back to the community and shaped the future of so many. Howard and Chelle Hulford started the Old Road Fund in 1974, naming it after the village that sits just outside the resort’s gates. Initially its purpose was to supply basic necessities to the community’s neediest families, but it quickly out-grew these modest goals thanks to support from the resort and its guests. Because of the Old Road Fund, over 150 children have been able to experience tennis camp in the United States, and over 45 have received a full university education. Every weekend 40 local students come to Curtain Bluff for tennis lessons, thanks to the Old Road Fund tennis program. The head of Curtain Bluff ’s tennis program began as one of the local kids who learned to play through the Old Road Fund program. It is no wonder that the Curtain Bluff staff devote their lives to the resort; Curtain Bluff embraces guests and staff alike. There are beautiful resorts all over the world, but there is only one Curtain Bluff. For reservations and information call 1-888-289-9898 or visit Curtain Bluff online at www.curtainbluff. com. Follow Curtain Bluff on Facebook at and on Twitter@Curtain_Bluff. Maurice Francis is available for executive Tours and hotel transfers: 268/464-1234; WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM



Omni Mount Washington Resort BrETTON wOOds, NH By HerScHel MeaDow photo courtesy of omni mount Washington resort


he Omni Mount Washington Resort is a grand, old luxury hotel with loads of amenities, activities and charm. It has recently undergone a deft and welcome renovation. With its beautiful architecture and decor, and thanks to its relatively recent opening for winter seasons, it is a great place to spend time on winter sports or just relaxing. Bretton Woods, the ski mountain owned by the resort, is only a few minutes away by provided shuttles. The mountain contains many big ski slopes perfect for beginners because of the



fairly level runs. The mountain also has quite a lot of glades and black diamonds for expert skiers. There are trails for everybody. Get a bite at the restaurant at the top of the main lift. Latitude 44, a nice family style sit down, serves delicious burgers and sandwiches. Or you can just stop in if you’re cold, and warm your toes and hands while sipping a hot drink. You can also go to the main lodge and have lunch while your children check out the rock-climbing wall. If you’re not a big skier, you can try zip lining on the adventurous canopy tour, which is open

year round. Going from tree to tree and repelling from up to sixty-five feet is mind-blowing. Gliding over trails you can see skiers underneath you staring at you in awe. The canopy tour is a memory and a time you’ll never want to forget. The guides are top notch with knowledge about zipping and the area. After daytime activities, the hotel has an indoor pool for relaxing and leisure. Also there is an outdoor pool for people who like bright stars and cold nights. Feeling the cold? Hop in the indoor Jacuzzi. Trying to get buff? No problem. The hotel contains a modern workout room conveniently next to the pool. Do you want to relax, kick back, and have a beer? Go on in to the Cave, the bar with live music and pool tables. Have kids? Drop ‘em off at the arcade right down the hall. For meals, the hotel presents a selection of restaurants. Bretton Arms offers casual dining, good service, a nice meal and a family atmosphere. For something elegant, head to the main dining room dressed in your finery for an excellent meal and view of the surrounding woods. There are many winter activities besides skiing, such as dogsledding run by a pack of warm, cute huskies. Or, if you are feeling the need for speed, hop on a snowmobile to tackle the resort’s miles of tracks. In warmer seasons, the hotel offers hiking, biking and golf. Omni Mount Washington Resort 310 Mt.Washington Hotel Rd., Bretton Woods, NH 877/873-0626


Weekend in London

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One Aldwych You must have a drink with the Boatman. Andre Wallace’s bronze sculpture “Boatman with Oars” is by far the most unusual guest at One Aldwych’s chic lobby bar. With oars that seem to reach the ceiling, the Boatman is just one of a 400 piece contemporary art collection at One Aldwych. Hats off to the sensational new installation of the Spring/ Summer 2013 Hat Collection of renowned milliner, Noel Stewart. London’s Fashion Week is held at the former palace, Somerset House, just across the way and in honor of the week of couture The Boatman is sporting a meter wide floral boater of purple violets, green moss, and rose-colored hydrangeas. The Chelsea Flower Show, May 21-25th, is the inspiration for the Lobby Bar’s new Floral Afternoon Tea through May 31st. Fabulous Floral Martinis: ‘Lavender & Chamomile’ and ‘Rose & Earl Grey’ are the toast of the Lobby Bar this spring. Built in 1907 for The Morning Post Newspaper, One Aldwych opened in 1998 as a contemporary luxury hotel. Its Covent Garden location is ideal, central to the business center in The City and the West End directly opposite Waterloo Bridge. Theatres are walking distance from One Aldwych and Axis at One Aldwych is an excellent choice for a pre-theater dinner. Indigo, overlooking the Lobby Bar, is a relaxed and informal setting offering a creative Modern European menu for breakfast, lunch, pre and post theatre dinner and weekend brunch.

One Aldwych’s new Lounge At One is a fully serviced private lounge for hotel guests only. Celebrated designer Paul Smith has collaborated with leading art and design publisher Rizzoli with a curated book collection exclusively for Lounge at One. Another highlight is the chlorine-free swimming pool with underwater music and aquatic images projected on the screen and ceiling. The gym is state-of-the-art and the hotel’s spa treatments are wonderful. There’s even a projection room at One Aldwych — what could be more inviting than Martini Movie Night at One Aldwych’s own cinema: popcorn, martini, film, and dinner to follow at Axis... Save me a seat! One Aldwych, London;

Sundance London

Speaking of movies, if you missed the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah in January, Sundance London runs April 25-28. Now in its second year, Sundance London presents four exciting days of live music, the UK premieres of American independent films fresh from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, plus panel discussions, filmmaker Q&As and exclusive events.

The Ampersand Hotel

There’s a vibrant new café scene surrounding the South Kensington tube stop and the Ampersand Hotel, Kensington’s new boutique hotel, is just steps away. With 111 rooms and suites, this fun the ampersand hotel

and very friendly hotel will introduce you to the area so you’ll feel like a local. The Ampersand Hotel shares the neighborhood with the Victoria and Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Royal Albert Hall. Throughout the hotel you’ll discover references to the museums with elements from the botanical and ornithological worlds, as well as music and astronomy. Love the eclectic and colorful design of the Drawing Room — a sophisticated/funky tearoom serving patisserie presentations throughout the day. By early evening, Kensington locals gather at the Drawing Room for cocktails. Apero is an underground café located on the lower level of the Ampersand. It’s a neighborhood favorite with a very cool vibe serving small plates of Mediterranean fare. The space is intimate, softly lit, with white metro tiles and exposed brick walls. Apero serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch and a bar menu. Arrange for a bed and breakfast package when you book a stay at the hotel, the continental breakfast is most memorable: bircher muesli with fresh blueberries served in mini-mason jars, filter coffee, banana bread, stellar fresh squeezed juice and the most charming staff. 10 Harrington Road, London. Member, Small Luxury Hotels of the World: 800/608-0273.

Le Tour London

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Heathrow Express. 15 minutes to Paddington Station from the airport. However, unless your hotel is at Paddington Station, you’ll be dragging your luggage and carry-ons through Heathrow, onto the train, through Paddington Station and out to the street to hail a costly cab. Instead, book Le Tour London chauffeur service for your airport transfer. Your driver awaits you in arrivals holding an Ipad with your name, and whisks away your luggage while inviting you to sit back and relax for a cushy ride in a Mercedes sedan. Harper’s Bazaar and OK magazine pass the time and it’s an effortless way to begin and end your trip to London. Le Tour Worldwide: WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


in the City WashingtOn DC By Paula KoffSKy Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square

soft blues. Woven café tables and potted palm trees evoke an open-air tropical ambiance. If the décor hasn’t enticed you, the food most definitely will. The restaurant offers a mouthwatering assortment of traditional and innovative Latin dishes. Menu favorites include Nuevos entrées, like El Pollo del Solar, a lime-garlic marinated chicken breast with caramelized shallots and steamed kale served with black bean croqueta and mango gravy; a delicious Classico entrée is the Ropa Vieja, Cuban shredded beef brisket, stewed with tomatoes, bell peppers, onions and red wine served with plantains and white rice. At 11 pm on Friday and Saturday nights, Cuba Libre turns up the heat with a Latin floorshow, a Cuban master percussionist and Salsa dancing. The creative force behind this brilliantly conceived restaurant is the renowned chef and restaurateur, Guillermo Pernot. Pernot has earned many awards, including the prestigious James Beard Award for Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic Region and the Best Single Subject Cookbook for Ceviche: Seafood, Salads and Cocktails with a Latino Twist. The restaurant’s name, “a free Cuba” signifies a hope for the future of the beloved island nation. 801 9th St. NW, Ste A (Corner of 9th & H Streets), Washington, DC 202/408-1600;

There are boundless reasons to visit our nation’s capital; whether for a family excursion, a cultural fix, or a business trip, DC is an exciting city. Staying at the Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square will not disappoint even the most discerning guest. The landmark façade sets a sophisticated tone for this luxury hotel, and true to the French Sofitel brand, the interior is just as impressive; the elegant lobby is bursting with fresh bouquets and gorgeous Deco design, the mood conjures up Paris in the 1920s. Conveniently located in Lafayette Square, guests can walk from ici urban bistro here to the White House, the National Mall, the Smithsonian Institute, the National Theatre, the ness or for pleasure, at the end of the day, every Convention Center and much more. traveler adores the luxurious SoBed feathertop One of the distinguishing qualities that sets bedding and splendid French toiletries. Sofitel apart is personalized service and attention For world-class French bistro cuisine, dine at the hotel’s chic restaurant, iCi Urban Bistro. Specializing in French, Mediterranean, Amerisofitel Washington dc lafayette square can, and Asian Cuisines, Executive Chef Franck Loquet has worked at Michelin-starred hotels and restaurants, and has taught at Ecole de Cuisine Alain Ducasse in France. Chef Loquet procures his ingredients from the White House Farmers’ Market, FRESHFARM, cuba libre photo by andreW lightman which supports local Chesapeake Bay producers. His signature dishes include Seared Scallops with a lemon and pepper Gremolata (a mixture of lemon, garlic, parsley and olive oil) and braised beef cheek Provençale served with olive and parmesan polenta. 806 15th Street NW, Washington, DC. to detail. Business travelers who frequent the 202/730-8800; DC hotel can arrive with their toothbrush and little more. The hotel encourages repeat guests Cuba Libre Restaurant to leave their clothes, toiletries, and documents and Rum Bar in a personal garment bag for storage. Upon ar- Step into DC’s lively Cuba Libre Restaurival, your items, along with your choice of power rant and Rum Bar and you are transportcords, will be placed in your room. For families, ed to an open-air plaza in Havana, Cuba The Magnifique Family package includes a spe- in the 1950s. The movie-set recreation cial The Little Prince diary. In the spirit of Antoine of an Old Havana street features richly de Saint Exupery’s Le Petit Prince, young guests, decorated facades with arched doorways, Princes and Princesses, can record their own travel wrought iron balconies, and stained glass. adventures just like the little prince. This package The open plaza boasts 20-foot soaring also includes a 50% discount on a second room ceilings; the space is attractive and allurand free breakfast for children. Whether for busi- ing, with warm hues of brown, ochre, and




st. LOuis

What makes a leader in the world of sustainable luxury travel? Is it the eco-friendly building material, farm-to-table fare, or a convenient specialty shop of delectable organic foods on premises? The Inn at the Black Olive, located in Baltimore’s exciting Fell’s Point waterfront

St. Louis, MO The Moonrise is a comfortable, trendy hotel in the University City neighborhood of St. Louis. It’s got great amenities, a cool aura and a knowledgeable staff to cater to your every need. The hotel is quite retro and contains a lot of space artwork that gives it pizazz. The idea of decorating the hotel in such a way comes from owner Joe Edwards’ love of the Apollo moon landing and space travel. Check out the restaurant, the Eclipse, which is connected to the hotel. With its creative menu, and my personal favorite— the bacon wrapped dates with their salty sweet combo— the restaurant offers friendly service, nouvelle fare, and a chic decor. The hotel is set in a vintage area of a city known for its terrific beer breweries and location on the famous Mississippi River. Nearby are the Saint Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Missouri History Museum, and the Science Museum. It is only a five-minute walk to the main campus of Washington University in St. Louis, a perfect boutique hotel for visiting parents or prospective students.

The Inn at the Black Olive

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The Phillips Collection The Phillips Collection is one of the world’s the inn at the black olive most distinguished collections of impressionist neighborhood, offers guests all of these inspirand modern American and European art. ing features and luxury to boot. Upcoming exhibits: The Inn’s owners, the Spilliadis family, show Laib Wax Room their commitment to sustainability from the The wax room commissioned in summer 2012 bottom up, with geothermal heating, aerated from acclaimed German artist Wolfgang Laib (b. concrete flooring, rooftop solar panels, and no 1950) opened March 2, 2013. Lined with fragrant VOCs. Their unique boutique hotel has earned beeswax and illuminated by a single bare light bulb, LEED certification, an industry gold standard. the chamber, accommodating one to two people, In addition to a commitment to being green will be the first permanent installation at the Phil- hoteliers, the Spilliadis offer up wholesome, organic specialties. Great cooking is part of lips since the Rothko Room in 1960. the family tradition, going back to their great grandparents’ legendary seaside inn in Istanbul. angeLs, Demons, anD savages: The Inn’s cozy lobby spills into the Agora MarPoLLock, ossoRio, Dubuffet The Phillips Collection pulls back the cur- ket and Café, where guests can be seen stocking tain on American abstract expressionism to up on the hotel’s signature olive bread, munchreveal a little-known but captivating story that ing on delectable sandwiches and healthy salads. focuses on the relationship between three of the The hotel’s fifth floor rooftop restaurant, The movement’s seminal players: American painter Olive Room, offers delicious Greek specialties Jackson Pollock (1912–1956); American artist with sweeping views of the Baltimore Harbor. The all-suite boutique hotel offers oversized and patron Alfonso Ossorio (1916–1990); and accommodations, with a living room and a French painter Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985). kitchenette, and some with a combination Through May 12, 2013. washer-dryer. Staying true to the Spilliadis famgeoRges bRaque anD the ily vision, beds are locally made with organic, cubist stiLL Life, 1928–1945 all natural materials; the walls display inspirThis exhibit features 42 sumptuous canvases ing artwork by local artists. Reasonable nightly created by the artist during the tumultuous room fees include a bottle of complimentary years leading up to and through World War II. Greek wine, sparkling water and homemade June 8 -September 1, 2013. breakfast with organic local eggs any style. 1600 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC. 803 S. Caroline Street, Baltimore, MD. 443/681-6316; 202/387-2151;

Moonrise Hotel

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To explore the area, take a right out of the hotel’s entrance; you are on “One of the 10 Great Streets in America,” (American Planning Association) called the Delmar Loop. Known for it’s trolley route into the heart of downtown St. Louis in the 1800s, and lined with historic brick buildings, the Loop has been revitalized by visionary Joe Edwards. In his twenties, he took a risk and bought Blueberry Hill, a local club where Chuck Berry played before he was famous. Now the booming nightclub has Chuck Berry play once a month, as well as many other headliners. Others followed Edwards’ lead, and have opened restaurants, boutiques and cafés all along the road. 6177 Delmar in the Loop, St. Louis, MO. 314/721-1111;




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The Lives of oThers By Elizabeth Titus



an from Kabul, I had nearly given up on finding my cause. Why did I feel that I needed a cause? Hadn’t I toiled away for years in the corporate world in New York City and then raised a daughter on my own after my husband Gregory died in 2007? Why not just enjoy life? My daughter Lili left for college, and I was feeling somewhat bereft. Gregory and I adopted Lili then called Wei-Zin Fei – in China when she was a year old. People told us we had saved her, which we found odd; we felt she had saved us. With Lili gone, I no longer had daily responsibilities. Soon after her departure I attended a dinner party in Weston, Connecticut, where I live part-time (the other part in Manhattan). And there I met Tabasum. And found my cause. Tabasum Wolayat had just graduated from Middlebury College and was on her way to St. Hilda’s College at Oxford University to continue her studies, and then to Kabul to help other women. Of course, I had to tell Tabasum about my Lili. “Look,” I announced, pointing at my friends’ photo-covered refrigerator, “there’s Lili’s photo!” “This is your daughter?” Tabasum asked, not quite understanding. “Yes,” I responded, adding, “my late husband and I went to China and adopted her,” as a way of explaining her appearance. Lili is darkly beautiful, with glowing brown eyes and smooth skin. She could be a sister to Tabasum, and in a sense, she is: both were born into cultures that denigrate and even torture and kill women. “How old was Lili when you adopted her?” Tabasum wanted to know. “Almost a year,” I answered. “She was found outside a police station when she was just a few days old. It was December and freezing cold. She was taken to the Hefei Children’s Welfare Institute, where she lived until we adopted her.” “But who left her there?” Tabasum seemed incredulous. “We’ll never know,” I said, “because it’s a crime in China to abandon a baby, even a girl.” I wondered if Tabasum knew about the one-child policy.

“And where is Lili tonight?” “In college in Ithaca.” And then I asked Tabasum, “How did you choose Middlebury?” steering the conversation away from Lili. I interrogated her, as my daughter says I always do, but Tabasum handled it graciously. “I’m just interested in the lives of others,” I always tell Lili. Tabasum made it to college in the U.S. against all odds; she spoke little English, had no money, and had never been outside of Afghanistan. How could this be? How did she manage to get herself out of Kabul and into an academically rigorous American college, and then to Oxford? She did it on her own, via the internet. The other dinner guests and I were speechless as we listened to her story. Speechless and perhaps guilty, over all that we had and took for granted. I decided then and there that since Tabasum would soon be off to England, safely away from my incessant questions, I’d have to find more Afghan women. My search led me to the Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP), http://awwproject. org founded in 2009 by American journalist and novelist Masha Hamilton to support the voices of women with the belief that to tell one’s story is a human right. “Because in telling their own stories, we’ve seen these women gather strength, courage, and self-confidence. They become empowered to make change within their homes, their communities, and eventually their country. They also gain computer literacy and skills of language and critical thinking, which increases their job-related skills… They have become lawyers, journalists, parliament members.” I applied to be a mentor and was told that there was a wait list and it would not be until 2013, if at all, given the level of interest. So I put that idea aside and went to Istanbul, where I hadn’t been in a decade. Some friends and I rented an apartment in the Galata Tower neighborhood, and it just happened to be EID, an Islamic holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. People were out and about in the warm October weather, and I marveled at the creative ways young Muslim

women wore their headscarves, making them part of an overall look. I was also surprised by the women in the burqa. Turkey has moved away from the secularism of its founder, Ataturk, toward an Islamic state. Never without my battery of Apple gadgets – iPhone, iPad, and MacBookAir – I was surprised to get an email while in Istanbul from AWWP asking if I could be a mentor for the month of November, just days away. Someone had dropped out. “Of course,” I typed. “I’m all set to go!” And I was. My mentorship began with Nasima’s story. “Dear Respect my moderator, Please kindly find the attached,” Nasima e-mailed me. Her English was weak, but I’d been instructed not to focus on that. The point was to provide encouragement, praise, and admiration, along with gentle suggestions for making the story stronger. As I began the latest installment of Nasima’s story, I was confused. The first line read, “My sin was that I had fled from oppression!” I assumed this meant that she left an abusive husband and went into hiding. I knew from her previous two installments that she was born in 1985 in a refugee camp in Iran. She spent three years in the camp until the family was expelled in 1989 and returned to their own country. In the second installment, she married and suffered two miscarriages due to her husband’s beatings. She learned he had another wife, left him, and two months later had a baby boy. She put all her hopes and dreams into her son. He is her life, as Lili is mine. How surreal it is, I thought, to be communicating via secure email with a young woman in a country I knew little about beyond the headlines. Her story was so wrenchingly painful that I could only read small sections at a time. What could I possibly write to her? I asked myself. How could I even presume to understand her life? I had to be careful not to offend her, or she’d stop writing. So I wrote words of praise and suggested a title for her story: “What is My Crime?” I didn’t make this up; I took it from a line in her story. She wondered why it is a crime to stand up against the oppression of women, why the violence committed against girls and women is often never prosecuted. “They wanted to put me in prison,” she wrote. “My sin was that I wanted life, life without sorrow, pain, suffering and sorrow. It was my sin that I lift my voice and I wanted the women’s rights.” I longed to meet Nasima, hold her and comfort her. But of course I never will. I looked

forward to her response to my suggestions and hoped she would continue to write, to “talk to the world,” as one writer described it. Next came Seema. I provided concrete suggestions to strengthen her poem, and she emailed me. “Wooohooo!!! Thank you so much dear Liz. I am very happy, it is perfect! I love it. I really appreciate your concerns and your nice comments. I am glad having you:).” Oh, how I loved reading “Wooohooo,” an expression my Lili often uses. Seema’s poem is titled, “Do Not Forget,” and it describes how she is treated by men. Silent my whole life From birth to death A toy for men to enjoy And then throw away But do not forget! A woman gave you birth Suffered to give you life Cried for you at night When you were in pain I am the one Who wants to see light I am the one Who gave you life Then why? Why do you oppress me And prevent me from living? Seema and Norwan and the other women I mentored – Aisha, Basbibi, Humaira, Nasima, Rahela, Seeta, and Yalda – gave me far more than I gave them. They gave me my cause. How could the world abandon the women in Afghanistan? What could I do to help their cause? I wondered. I planned to continue mentoring women through the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, but at the start of December, my first stint over, I once again felt at a loss. Norwan wrote to me, and I realized why. “Our writing project became like my family and it is like every month I have a new lovely member to our family and that is my mentors. I feel like I know every one of my teachers although we have never met, never seen each other. It is an amazing relationship and the time, four weeks just fly so quickly that finally the time come that we say bye. I hope we could have you in the future too. Please take care of our lovely mentor Liz!” Once these brave women showed me the way, I was ready to move forward and find other Afghan women to help. My search did not

take me far – Fresh Meadows, Queens. Women for Afghan Women, was founded just before 9/11 as a grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to securing and protecting the rights of disenfranchised Afghan women and girls in Afghanistan and New York. The group advocates for women’s rights and challenges the norms that underpin gender-based violence. The center is in a modest, rented house on 73rd Avenue in Fresh Meadows, Queens. It is clean, comfortable, and welcoming. On my first visit I observed an English language class taught by a volunteer. There were ten women seated at school desks in the basement. They were old, young, and in between. Some wore all black, while others were in bright colors. Most wore headscarves, but a few of the younger women were dressed in conservative, but stylish, clothing. “I – Am – Your – Teacher,” the slender young woman in jeans and lace-up boots at the chalkboard said, pointing at the words. She was strikingly beautiful, with clear skin, luminous pale blue eyes, and a natural, open manner. “You –Are – Students,” she said, and they laughed at this notion, somehow finding it funny. They pointed at the teacher, and said, “You – Are – Teacher.” She agreed, and repeated, “I – Am – Your – Teacher.” And then they said, “We – Are – Students!” and clapped. These women were delighted to be students. They were having a good time, taking notes and cheering each other on with each small triumph. How can they be so happy? I wondered. I’d done my research and knew the kinds of lives these women lead in Queens, often in abusive marriages, isolated, afraid, alone. Yet here they seemed no different from other women’s groups, anywhere in the world. These women surrendered to the joy of simply being together in a safe place. The brave Afghan women have given me the gift of being needed and trusted. I feel more part of the world beyond the comforts of my American life. AWWP asked me to mentor again, and I am thrilled. And so with my Lili back at college, I have other young women who need me. I have found my cause. Wooohooo!


Elizabeth Titus lives in a 1930s former socialist colony on a river in Connecticut as well as in Manhattan. She has published articles with the Weston Magazine Group, Westport News (Hearst), Ms. Magazine, Skidmore Scope, MORE Magazine, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Narrative, Talking Writing, and IthacaLit. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


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from Fairfield County, CT, spent three months working in an orphanage in Cuzco, Peru as a volunteer with the international, nonprofit organization, United Planet. In the following photo essay he captures simple moments that relay what life is like as an orphan living in an impoverished orphanage with little hope of being adopted out. United Planet offers volunteer quests from one week to twelve months in over 40 countries around the world. 800/292-2316.


Volunteers And orphAns plAy soccer on A glAss-littered concrete surfAce. the orphAns loVe soccer!

with little money for gAs, firewood thAt is collected in neArby woods is used to cook.

two orphAns roughhouse on their bunk-bed. their fellow orphAns And their stuffed AnimAls serVe As the pArents they don’t hAVe.



A Volunteer buys lArge quAntities of food for the orphAnAge. A typicAl menu for the dAy: breAd for breAkfAst, rice for lunch, soup for dinner. A good-humored, mAchetewielding Volunteer leAds orphAns on A mission up A neArby mountAin to retrieVe firewood for cooking purposes.

A group of orphAns Are tAken to mcdonAlds (which mAinly serVes fried chicken) for the first time in their liVes. while feeling As if they were going to explode AfterwArds, they sAid it wAs totAlly worth it.



A jubilAnt orphAn plAys soccer in his one pAir of shoes, crocs. in the bAckground, the dilApidAted plAyground of the orphAnAge is seen.

the orphAnAge stAnds on A hill AboVe the city of cuzco. the one entrAnce is AlwAys locked to mAke sure no orphAns cAn escApe.

Volunteers And orphAns push A truck thAt hAs just dropped off “new” mAttresses (used, but not As bedbug-ridden As the preVious ones) to get it stArted.



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Le Barn antiques: everything OLd is new again! kathy sachs

Kathy Sachs, owner of Le Barn Antiques and Art & Interior, Inc. in North Stamford, CT: I began my first career in the early ‘70s as an art dealer. I’ve always loved the idea of creating an ideal environment for a fine piece of art. As a result, my second career as an interior designer took flight. As I searched for perfect pieces for my interior design clients, I would stumble upon so many other incredible treasures that I simply couldn’t resist. Because of this I began collecting antique furnishings, which led to my third career as an antiques dealer. Shortly thereafter, Le Barn was born. Treasures from around the world; France, Italy, Asia, and everywhere in between reside here. We’ve become a resource for designers as well as individuals who might need help furnishing their home. Le Barn is unique because it’s situated on our one-hundred-year-old family estate located in North Stamford, Connecticut. Unlike any other shopping experience, patrons have the opportunity to immerse in and enjoy the pastoral beauty of the property while browsing our incomparable collection of antiques from around the world. I’m always available to give advice or answer any questions visitors might have regarding a particular piece. My hope is that my twenty-years of professional experience as an art dealer and interior designer align perfectly to provide elegant and tasteful recommendations and suggestions for creating ambience and glamour in any home. I travel the world extensively seeking out the most unique and interesting antiques for your home so you don’t have to! We’re also very warm and social and we love staying in touch with our clients. Our online presence allows us to do that. We use our blog to reach out and stay connected.



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designer’s eye “I love a good design challenge!” exclaimed expert interior designer Lara Michelle upon hearing her client’s requirements and wishes for her recent family room renovation. After all, Lara’s 20 years of experience specializing in large scale home renovations made her the perfect candidate for the task. The husband and two teenage boys desired a super comfortable room in which they could watch multiple sporting events at the same time. Naturally, that involved large screen TVs and a killer sound system. The wife wanted lots of seating for entertaining and her priority was for the space to look beautiful. One thing everyone agreed on was that the fabrics and materials needed to be strong, durable, and easy to clean. Adding to the challenge was the shape of the room. Long, narrow, with 19-foot-high ceilings, plus a wall of windows, it made placing the furniture and media a bit tougher to figure out. Not to worry though, Lara is on the job. The first thing she did was to figure

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Petite ChOu ChOu A children’s shoe store has finally come to Wilton Center! Following in the “footsteps” of their women’s store, Chou Chou, (now celebrating its 12th year) Kathy and Katie Sanford have opened Petite Chou Chou, an exciting new boutique children’s shoe store located just a few steps from its mother flagship in Wilton center. The idea of bringing the ingenuity, style and fashion of Chou Chou to the younger set had been brewing for many years in the mind of Kathy Sanford. “We have such a loyal following of customers in Wilton, and they would often speak of the lack of a good children’s shoe store in town, ” Kathy says. Katie adds that most parents have been left to shop online – which, in her opinion, is “great for convenience, but doesn’t provide the personal touch we pride ourselves on at Chou Chou.” And the team behind Petite Chou Chou wants to fit the feet of your whole family – “It’s a little bit like the TV show “Cheers” – you shop where everybody knows your name,” Katie says. Their goal is an emphasis on great fitting, fashionable shoes in a fun setting that’s an enjoyable experience for all. Petite Chou Chou will carry shoes for all occasions, catering to children from birth to tween. For boys, the selection ranges from Keen water shoes to Sperry kathy anD katie sanforD Top Siders to Cole Haan dress shoes, with plenty of sneakers like Saucony and Tsukihoshi. Katie also notes that Petite Chou Chou will carry certain styles – like boat shoes and dress loafers – in men’s sizes, “to save our customers an extra trip to the mall.” And for girls, Petite Chou Chou will showcase everything from Italian brands like Geox, Primigi and Naturino to Lelli Kelly, Stride Rite, and Skechers. Having raised four girls of her own, Kathy has plenty of experience with the shopping mentality of mothers and their daughters. “Many of the older girls want to dress like their moms and big sisters, but their parents want them to wear shoes that are age appropriate,” Kathy laughs. “Petite Chou Chou offers just the solution: fun wedges from Kors and Stuart Weitzman, pint-sized Jack Rogers and Havaianas, and jeweled Steve Madden sandals so they can keep up with current trends!” The new boutique will also be stocked with fun accessories – from charm bracelets to sparkly hair bows to sunglasses and even beach tunics that match the ones sold across the street at Chou Chou. And, with



most accessories priced under twenty dollars, “It’s a great place to shop for affordable birthday presents,” Kathy says. Another important aspect of this new business is the emphasis on fit – Petite Chou Chou employs experienced salespeople who will find the perfect shoe, whether your child has a narrow or wide foot, or needs a camp or communion shoe. If Chou Chou is “a tempting experience,” Petite Chou Chou is “a happy experience.” You know things are different from your average children’s shoe store when you first walk into the new space, designed by Wiltonite Jane Melani of Jane Schapiro Interiors. Jane has created an incredibly cheerful environment that speaks to children and their parents alike. “I wanted to create a special and visually pleasing interior for everyone who sets foot inside Petite Chou Chou – reminiscent of a beach getaway that would deliver the happy carefree feeling of being on vacation all year round.” Customers love the cheery blue and white walls with palm trees, flat screen TV playing children’s shows and movies, bright green movable seating, toys, bean bag chairs and smiling faces of professional staff. Petite Chou Chou hopes to attract customers not only from Wilton, but from all over Fairfield County and even neighboring New York towns. “Wilton is growing, and we want to fuel that growth – there are tons of kids here, and their feet are always growing – we want to grow with them.” Kathy Sanford explains. “At the end of the day, we want to feel that our customers’ needs have not only been met, but exceeded.” Katie adds, “We offer a loyalty program and will send out a newsletter a few times a year, highlighting new and exciting product. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter (@petitechouchou1) as we enjoy interacting with our customers that way.” Petite Chou Chou offers a flexible return policy and free shipping, and is open seven days a week to accommodate working parents. It is obvious that Kathy and Katie love their customers, adults and children alike. We are sure their customers will love the fun, happy experience shopping at their new store, Petite Chou Chou. 5 River Road, Wilton CT. Hours: Monday-Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-5. -by Arian Modansky





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Awkward Immersion on the Costa del Sol by Allie Silver



INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE A light knock on the door. “estoy despiertA,” i mumbled As i tugged the covers over my heAd. Another knock. “estoy despiertA!” the knocking stopped. it wAs time to begin the lAst dAy of my summerfuel summer progrAm in nerjA. i hAd mistAkenly believed thAt living with A fAmily in spAin for A month would simply be A test of my mAny yeArs of spAnish. so, i prepAred like Any other test. i wAtched telemundo every night for three weeks, bought three spAnish dictionAries, two tour guidebooks on AndAlusiA, And reAd them furiously on the plAne. i thought i wAs reAdy. I stepped off the air-conditioned coach bus into the warm, exotic, Mediterranean air. From the second I spotted my host mother, she was bubbling over, speaking incredibly fast Spanish with an incomprehensible Andalusian accent. I suddenly realized she had stopped talking and was waiting for me to respond. I was trapped. Wide-eyed and open mouthed, the only thing that came out was a quiet “Si...gracias;” I had no idea what she had even asked me. A man picked us up in a car, and sped off to the apartment. My host mother, Isabel, started speaking even faster to the driver. I stared silently out the window, wishing I could pull out my pocket Spanish dictionary that was packed at the bottom of my suitcase. She turned around from the passenger seat and muttered something slowly. I appreciated the effort, but the only word I could make out was “perro,” meaning “dog.” Maybe they had a dog? I mumbled “Si” and forced a smile in an attempt to cover up my panic. The first day of class, I arrived at the institute for Spanish instruction with twenty-five other American students. I listened attentively and prepared to say something of substance to my family. A friend and I had been assigned an oral presentation about Spanish fashion. Thinking my family would be the perfect source for props, I formulated my sentence: “Necesito moda típica de España para mi clase.” I repeated it in my head over and over again on my way home. As soon as I entered the house, before I could lose my nerve, I quietly muttered my prized sentence. Isabel overflowed with a whirlwind of Spanish. Suddenly, she ran into the bedroom, my miniature Spanish grandmother waddling after her. They returned with a frilly neon green and orange flamenco dress and a pageant ribbon and Isabel forced the frills over my head.

What had I done? 18-year-old Jose Alberto and his friends were trying to get into the kitchen. My aunt struggled to push the door closed as I hid behind the refrigerator door. Tiny, wrinkled grandmother Abuelita started flamenco dancing around the kitchen, beckoning for me to dance with her, shaking her hips and snapping her fingers. My embarrassment silenced me for two days. Over the next few days I would listen very attentively to all of the conversations, and understanding became easier. However, I still felt the burn in my stomach when I was with my host family, as if I had walked into class and forgotten I had a final exam. I studied my dictionary before I went to bed, but every day felt the same. The following Sunday it was my Spanish aunt’s birthday, and in traditional Spanish fashion we went to the grandparents’ house and sat on the roof and ate tapas. The summer air was thick with the smell of chorizo and incomprehensible Spanish voices conversing; a traffic jam in another language. I remained silent and perplexed, attempting to remove the head from my shrimp. “Allie, que dices?” Isabel had stopped talking and was eagerly anticipating a response. Completely unaware of the question, I mumbled my usual “Si… gracias.” Isabel chuckled. “She’s very shy,” she said in Spanish to the others. That I understood. Me, Shy? I had created a frustrating fiasco because I was terrified of making mistakes. I realized that a month could pass and my family would never know what I was really like. It was the push I needed to break my silence. I stood up, took a deep breath and burst forth with “Pasame las gambas!” Silence. They seemed a little surprised that I was so emotional about the shrimp. But the relief was so wonderful that once I started to talk I could not stop. By the end of the night the family knew all about America, my school, and my family. From then on, I enjoyed the challenge of trying to place the words in the correct order as quickly and accurately as possible. Even when I made a mistake, I was glad to be corrected in order to better my Spanish. That night they taught me when to use “ese” instead of “este,” how to make grilled sardines, and that communication just isn’t that hard, no matter what language it’s in. The last Sunday we went to their farm just outside of town. The old whitewashed terrace looked over the fields and hills, which gave way to the blue of the ocean that blended upwards into the sky. Underneath the shade of a canopy humbly constructed of several floral sheets, we laughed and relived the past month. I spoke enthusiastically and comfortably as my father cooked the traditional sardines on spits. My mother commented on how little I spoke in the beginning compared to my ease now. I smiled.


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Summer Session Credit Courses

Summer Study Abroad for High School Students

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Summer Institute for Graphic Design Studies: Delve into a broad range of graphic design topics

Textiles Summer Institute: Access RISD’s renowned textiles studios and faculty

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Earn credits toward your degree or add a minor with summer college-level courses. Choose from on-campus and online programs in: • • • • • • • • • • • •

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Villanova’s Summer Session is open to current undergraduate students and recent high school graduates, as well as graduate students in need of undergraduate prerequisites. Visit for session dates and courses.

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Jumpstart your FuTuRE Carnegie Mellon University Summer Pre-College Programs June 29 – August 9, 2013 Advanced Placement/Early Admission Fine Arts: Architecture / Art & Design / Drama / Music National High School Game Academy

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Summer art classes held at Cranbrook Academy of Art are open to young artists ages 14-18. Study and live at one of the top-rated graduate schools in the country! To find out more about us and sign up, visit us online. Registration is open now!

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE PRE-COLLEGE SUMMER PROGRAMS Summer@Walker’s Simsbury, CT. The Ethel Walker School campus, nestled in the rolling hills of Connecticut’s Farmington Valley, bustles with activity in the summer months. Grounded in the School’s mission, Summer@Walker’s is a residential and day program with sessions running from July 8-August 2 comprised of academics, arts, riding, and sports for girl’s ages 8-16 (must be 11 years of age to board). Each summer, we welcome girls from around the country and the world. Through our unique program, we help develop each girl’s passion for learning and interest in the world around her, giving her skills and knowledge that will set her apart from the crowd. We offer a customizable prosummer@Walker’s gram allowing each family to create a schedule best suited to their daughter’s needs and interests. Choose between a morning activity and an afternoon activity. For an intensive summer of study, families can register for academics only or, for a light-hearted, fun summer, register only for the arts and sports. Families can opt to blend the two together, as well. Our popular Summer Riding Experience is part of Summer@ Walker’s, open to riders of all ability levels. Riders will learn the art and etiquette of being a true equestrian. The camp is an extension of the School’s renowned equestrian program and offers a newly renovated, state-of-the-art barn, tack room, and riding ring. Walker’s faculty, coaches, and equestrian trainers participate in Summer@Walker’s, giving girls the opportunity to experience a slice of The Ethel Walker School. Our dedicated and caring faculty help girls achieve their potential both inside and outside the classroom, on and off the fields, in and out of the riding ring, and beyond the arts. Our residential curriculum is based on our academic year leadership curriculum, which helps young women find their voice inside their community. Rich residential life includes healthy meals, evening activities, and time to unwind together as a community, allowing girls to bond and build friendships that last a lifetime. Professional tutoring geared towards improving study skills and test taking is also available in the evenings. For girls registering for more than one week of residential programs, Summer@ Walker’s includes weekend excursions chaperoned by our faculty. Trips are planned to New York City, Boston, and Newport, Rhode Island where girls will stay in city centers, visit museums, embark on historical tours, and tour prestigious universities. To learn more, please visit us at or contact our Director of Summer Programs at

Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School Exeter, NH Every summer, Phillips Exeter Academy welcomes to campus more than 780 students for five weeks of academic study, athletics, and exploration that carry participants far beyond the classrooms and the playing fields.



Typically, students come from more than 40 states, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., and several dozen foreign nations. Together they embody a rich diversity of language, culture, religion, and race. They come to Exeter with that particular mix of intellectual curiosity and adventurous spirit that holds the promise of glimpsing new horizons and making new discoveries. The UPPER SCHOOL offers a challenging academic experience for students who have completed grades 9, 10, 11, or 12. As an UPPER SCHOOL student, you will be part of a richly international community in which students design their own programs of study by selecting courses from the more than 100 offered by the Academy. In shaping your own academic program, you have an opportunity to expand your intellectual horizons. Perhaps, you’ll want to strengthen your background in mathematics or science? Or, you’ll want to try your hand at the potter’s wheel or learn the fundamentals of architecture; maybe you’ll try a new language: Arabic or Chinese. Or maybe you’ll want to step onto the stage or help design lighting or sets for dramatic productions. Your course selections should include a Harkness class, a course rooted in seminar discussions in which students engage one another in thoughtful, deliberative discourse. As you select your three classes, we encourage you to venture into worlds rich in their personal appeal, worlds that may allow you to glimpse new horizons. ACCESS EXETER offers students who have completed grades 7 or 8 access to a wide range of resources available at Phillips Exeter Academy. As participants you will share in a partnership of cooperative learning and sharpen your skills of observation and expression. The ACCESS EXETER curriculum consists of six academic clusters. Each cluster consists of three courses organized around a central theme. Each cluster will include an off-campus trip related to the topic of study midway through the session. You’ll choose to participate in one of six clusters: Project Exeter: A Greener Earth; The Land and the Sea; Problem-Solving: An Odyssey of the Mind; A Global Community; The Creative Arts: Let Your Spirit Soar; Exeter C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation. The Summer School grants students great freedom in defining their own programs of study. They will work with highly experienced, dedicated teachers and have full access to the Academy campus, including Phelps Science Center, the Fisher Theater, PhilliPs exeter academy summer school the Forrestal-Bowld Music Center, Love Gymnasium (a complex of swimming pools, fitness centers, and basketball and squash courts) and The Class of 1945 Library (the largest secondary school library in the world). If you are a serious student, intellectually curious, creative, eager to embrace new challenges and opportunities, then Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School may be a program for you. Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School: 20 Main Street, Exeter, NH. Phone: 603/777-3488; Fax: 603/777-4385. Website:; Email:

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Kimball Union Academy Meriden, N.H. As a traditional boarding school in a spectacular country setting, Kimball Union Academy has been preparing and inspiring students to achieve excellence since 1813. KUA integrates a strong college preparatory curriculum with an innovative 21st century academic program and cutting-edge technology. Small classes taught by a first-class faculty lay the groundwork for students in grades 9-12 and post- graduate to become lifelong learners who are intellectually curious and creative in their approach. During the summer, we welcome students from all over the world to our beautiful 1300-acre campus, just twenty minutes from Dartmouth College in the picturesque village of Meriden, NH. While our mission to prepare students for the challenges of tomorrow’s world remains steadfast, our approach during the summer is decidedly more light-hearted, understanding that summer is a time when learning must mix with fun. Our state-of-the-art facilities include classrooms outfitted with kimball union academy the latest technology, a beautiful theatre, arts studios, a welcoming Campus Center and Dining Commons, as well as comfortable residence halls. Our beautiful campus offers a myriad of opportunity for outdoor fun, including tennis courts, turf fields, and hiking and biking trails. Our location in one of Northern New England’s most popular vacation destinations, makes it easy to provide participants with plenty of afternoon and weekend adventures. Kimball Union partners with Dartmouth College’s Rassias Institute to help students of all ability levels learn to speak French, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish, or dramatically improve their fluency through the renowned Accelerated Learning Program (ALPs). Based on the premise that students learn best when they are active, highly-trained teachers lead them in activities, drills, songs, and stories designed to build language skills and cultural fluency – all while having fun! From learning to bake with professional chefs, re-enacting the storming of the Bastille, or a foreign movie night – this is no ordinary language immersion program. When students look forward to the activities of the next day and the variety of friends they have met, the language learning is non-stop and the door to international friendships is wide open. Students ages 11-17 may choose from one of two sessions with a travel option linking the two. We also offer our popular Girls’ Leadership Camp on campus each summer. This unique and transformational pre-high school summer program inspires girls entering 6th to 9th grades to reach their full potential by promoting assertive self-expression, teaching important life skills, and allowing for practice of leadership in a variety of settings. With a strong emphasis on setting goals to achieve as members of the community, school, and home, this camp will provide the tools necessary to empower young women to have a successful and rewarding year! Kimball Union is just four and a half hours from New York City and two hours from Hartford, CT by car. Nearby bus, train, and plane terminals also link the area directly. For more information on all of Kimball Union’s summer programs, visit

The Summer Art Institute at Cranbrook Bloomfield Hills, MI. Cranbrook, which combines some of the country’s greatest artistic and architectural treasures on a campus of remarkable beauty, is the ideal place for your summer studies. Now in our tenth year, the Summer Art Institute simulates the college experience by utilizing the rich resources available at Cranbrook Academy of Art — one of the most innovative graduate schools in the United States for fine art, design and architecture. A broad selection of courses taught by Academy artists and alumni offers the perfect opportunity to explore the studio arts. We specialize in providing individual attention and innovative instruction, accommodating students of all levels from beginning to very advanced. All 22 courses we offer take place in the Academy’s art studios, featuring demonstrations and instruction by practicing artists and designers. Classes include fashion design, food art, photography (darkroom, digital and alternative), comics, portfolio design, architecture, figure drawing, and much more. What is great about Cranbrook? Location: We are located at the heart of the landmark Cranbrook Educational Community on the beautiful campus of Cranbrook Academy of Art, which is fifteen miles north of Detroit, Michigan. The grounds are resplendent with inspiring art and architecture created by some of the world’s most famous artists and architects of the modern era including a campus designed by Eliel Saarinen. Instructors: Graduate students and alumni of Cranbrook Academy of Art lead all classes. Academy-trained artists have attended one of the country’s most respected MFA graduate programs in fine art, architecture and design. Individual attention: We deliberately keep the program smaller than others so this can be a personalized program. The average staff-to-student ratio is 1:7. Instructors have time in each day to connect one-on-one with each young artist. Exhibition: Each session culminates in an exhibition of student work in Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Forum Gallery. Family members and the general public are invited to a reception to celebrate the accomplishments of each student. Diverse friendships: Students from all over the world and across the United States attend the Summer Art Institute. In 2012, students from 13 countries and 14 states attended. Students in the residential program enjoy an extended studio art experience as well as evening events and programs. Benefits include: Extended studio time. Residents have the option to return to the studios each evening for extra time to work on class or independent projects. Activities. Students can take advantage of the many programs and facilities on campus, including hikes through the natural wonders of the 330-acre campus, use of the swimming pool, tennis courts, sports fields and a gym, movie nights, and evening programming at the Cranbrook Institute of Science’s planetarium. We also take field trips each day of the weekend, which typically include visits to a waterpark, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Detroit Zoo, and cultural events. Boarding is offered in Session 1 (June 24 to July 12) Session 2 (July 15 to August 2), and Session 3 (August 5 - 23). To get more information and to register, visit WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Cheshire Academy Cheshire, CT. For more than 200 years, Cheshire Academy has been dedicated to an individualized approach to education and character development that places the student always at the center of the learning process. All aspects of campus life are designed to reflect the school values known as the Eight Pillars of Bowden: respect, responsibility, caring, citizenship, civility, maturity, fairness, and trustworthiness. The coeducational curriculum features boarding and day options for domestic and international students from grade eight through a postgraduate year. The average class size is 12 and the student/teacher ratio is seven to one. In addition to a wide range of AP and Honors classes, Cheshire Academy offers the International Baccalaureate® Diploma Programme. The Roxbury Academic Support Program helps students gain experience and build confidence in study, organizational, and time management skills that will serve them well in college and beyond. A strong academic program is complemented by offerings in athletics, visual and performing arts, and community service. Community Weekcheshire academy ends help students create lifelong friendships, learn about the world beyond the classroom, and prepare to take their places as global learners. The college counseling office begins working with students early in their high school years, so that their search process focuses on the colleges and universities that are best suited to what they hope to achieve in life. One of Cheshire Academy’s signature programs is ACCESS CHESHIRE, a summer exploration and enrichment program of accelerated study in the arts and sciences for intellectually curious and motivated students grades 7 to 11. Students enroll in one of six themed clusters: Cheshire CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Future Earth: A Green Planet; Festival of China; Into Thin Air: Testing the Limits; Media and the Arts, and, for language learners, ESL: A Language-Immersion Program for Non-Native Speakers of English. Featured courses in the clusters include forensic science, physics, introductory Mandarin, ropes course, physiology and anatomy, sustainable food, architecture, electronic music, ceramics, songwriting, filmmaking, digital photography, and adventure literature. Wednesday afternoon field trips highlight local sites and resources related to cluster themes. Sports include fencing, soccer, swimming, basketball, cross-country, yoga, dance and tennis. Boarding and day students enjoy a wide variety of weekend events and activities including a weekend trip to Boston to visit the New England Aquarium, Faneuil Hall, Harvard, MIT, a theatrical performance, and a dinner cruise on The Spirit of Boston. 2013 session is July 6 to August 4. The cost is $5295 for boarding and $3995 for day. The four-week program offers students the chance to explore interests, try something new, create and dream, and develop confidence with students from around the world. As one student wrote, “It was the best four weeks of my life!” For more information on admission to Cheshire Academy, please contact the Admission Office at 203-439-7250 or admissions@cheshireacademy. org. For specific information on ACCESS CHESHIRE, please contact Diane Cook at 203-439-7400 or You can also visit or find us on Facebook and Twitter. Cheshire Academy: 10 Main Street, Cheshire, Connecticut. Head of School: Dr. Jerry Larson. Admission: 203-439-7250; ACCESS CHESHIRE: 203-439-7400.



Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA Consider spending six weeks – from June 29 – August 9, 2013 – this summer at Carnegie Mellon University. Carnegie Mellon is a birthplace of innovation that brings groundbreaking ideas to market. With award-winning faculty members renowned for working closely with students to solve major scientific, technological and societal challenges, this global university’s emphasis is on creating things – from art to robots. Attend one of Carnegie Mellon’s six distinct summer Pre-College programs that provide rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore and prepare for study at the college level. In the Advanced Placement Early Admission (APEA) Program, college credits can be earned in the courses of your choice – chemistry, psychology, modern languages, engineering, robotics and more. The credits may be applied toward a Carnegie Mellon degree or transferred to another institution. The Pre-College Architecture Program goes beyond just building designs. It’s an opportunity for students to look at the effect of architecture in its environment and includes a classroom and studio component and field trips in the Pittsburgh area. The Pre-College Art & Design Program introduces students to the undergraduate curriculum of the Schools of Art and Design. With a variety of courses to choose from, a group dynamic is encouraged in all studios so students can learn in an environment of spirited discussion, shared ideas and positive criticism. The Pre-College Drama Program is more than just performing on stage with three professional training program options: music theatre, design/technical production and acting. The program focuses on the exploration of a conservatory training program with an emphasis on creativity, craft and discipline. The Pre-College Music Program offers a unique taste of the life as a Carnegie Mellon student musician. Each student follows an individualized schedule designed to meet specific needs and interests, including private study with outstanding studio teachers, introduction to state-ofthe-art music technology and numerous performance opportunities. The National High School Game Academy (NHSGA) explores the video game industry and the skills needed to be successful. Through hands-on experience, the NHSGA allows students to merge art and technology to learn interactive, digital game development. Carnegie Mellon’s summer Pre-College Program will expose you to all aspects of real college life – in and out of the classroom. There are activities throughout the summer that take place on-campus and in the city of Pittsburgh. From baseball games to Broadway shows, there’s never a dull moment. And learning to live like a real college student is part of the experience. Whether you choose to commute or stay in a residence hall, you may find your new best friend in someone from across the globe or master the skill of doing your own laundry – or both. No matter what your academic focus is, if you choose Carnegie Mellon’s summer Pre-College Program you will receive a dynamic educational experience, grow as an individual, and be better prepared for what’s still to come.

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE American University: Discover the World of Communication: Innovation. Excellence. Impact.

American University offers high school students an extraordinary opportunity to explore the field of communication in a dynamic university setting through participation in two-, three-, or four-week workshops in the School of Communication’s Discover the World of Communication summer program. Students entering grades 9 through 12 have the opportunity to build a portfolio of photographs, shoot a film, write a news story like a pro, speak with confidence, or lobby for the environment. American University School of american university Communication faculty and experts in the communication field teach each of our 32 professional, hands-on workshops. Topics include Directing for the Camera, Backpack Journalism, International Communication, Video Game Design, and many more. Program participants use our nation’s capital as their laboratory for innovation, excellence and impact. By experiencing major media outlets, including NPR, NBC, ABC and Fox, first hand students also encounter a wealth of cultural as well as communication opportunities outside of class time at the National Zoo, Newseum, National Cathedral, Smithsonian Museums, a baseball game at Nationals Park, and a WNBA game at the Verizon Center. In 2012, more than 500 students from 40 states and 16 countries participated in the program—some as commuters, and some as campus residents. Students who choose to stay on campus at American University will live in Hughes Hall in double-occupancy rooms, with a resident and teaching assistant on site. Each air conditioned room contains two twin-size beds (linens included), two desks and chairs, and two secure closets. Students living on campus must register for both a morning and afternoon workshop, while commuters may choose morning, afternoon, or both. Summer 2013 workshops run from June 17-July 12. All participants receive a copy of the work they produce, a certificate, and an evaluation at the culmination of the program. Course fees include supplies and materials, except where noted. Program fees cover housing, dining, and after-hours and weekend activities. All fees are payable at time of registration, unless prior arrangements have been made with the program director. Fees are processed through Student Accounts and are subject to any penalties levied by that office. For more information on our courses, programming, faculty and DWC in the Wild: Yellowstone/Grand Teton, and to download a reservation form, visit Questions? Contact Sarah Menke-Fish, program director, at 202-885-2098 or

University of Chicago Summer Session Chicago, IL. The University of Chicago prides itself on priming thinkers to tackle big problems with originality and verve. No wonder, then, that more than 85 Nobel Prize winners have been associated with the university, along with scores of other movers and shakers who are continuing to shape contemporary life and thought in science, economics, politics, culture, and other arenas. During the summer, selected high school students from around the world become a part of this tradition through the Summer Programs for High School Students. You can take undergraduate courses alongside current UChicago students, or delve into a topic in-depth and hands-on in one of our programs created especially for high-achieving high school students. No matter the program, every offering is taught at the undergraduate level and in an intensive format which covers the usual 10-week quarter’s worth of material in 3-6 weeks. In the undergraduate courses, you can study a number of subjects, such as economics, biology, human rights, art history, philosophy, and many classical and modern languages. In the high school student only programs, traditional coursework combines with unique hands-on experiences. For instance, in Research in the Biological Sciences (RIBS), students spend up to seven hours a day at the bench learning the latest laboratory techniques used in molecular, cellular, and microbiology. Stones and Bones’ fossil hunters go behind the scenes at Chicago’s Field Museum to study geology and evolutionary biology, travel to Wyoming to experience life in the field, and then return to Chicago to learn how to conserve and analyze their finds. Traveling Academy students journey to Greece to explore its classical plays together with the temples, marketplaces, and theaters that gave them meaning. Last but not least, Insight students can choose from 11 different opportunities in experiential learning: American Law and Litigation; Ancient Egyptian Language, Culture, and History; Biotechnology for the 21st Century; Creative Writing; Collegiate Writing: Art and Meaning; Contagion: Infectious Agents university of chicago and Emerging Diseases; Developmental summer session Psychology; Field Studies in Urban Society; Getting to Green: The Business Case for Sustainability; The Physics of Stars; and The Science Behind the Headlines: Extreme Weather, Climate Change, and Natural Hazards. Living on campus provides you with easy access to University facilities as well as opportunities to enjoy the company of your fellow students and the city as a whole. Students are housed in the South Campus Residence Hall, a modern, air-conditioned facility with its own dedicated dining hall, wireless access throughout the building, music practice rooms, and other fine amenities. Chicago comes alive in the summer with numerous outdoor festivals and celebrations. You can enjoy the lakefront beaches and bike or jogging paths by day and the concert scene by night, as well as a host of other performances, museums, and cultural opportunities. Our residential staff are UChicago graduate and undergraduate students who know the city and the university well, and are on hand 24/7 to help you get the most out of your experience, both through planned activities and sound advice. For information contact: Stephanie Friedman, 773/702-5012; Email:; WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Summer Discovery & Discovery Internships

Summer Discovery & Discovery Internships Programs provide well-supervised Pre-College Enrichment and High School Summer Internship programs in collaboration with world-class universities in the USA and abroad. For students completing grades 9 through 12, and ranging from 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 weeks (depending on program/location). Tuition: $3,500 - $11,000. Phone: 516/621-3939. Summer Discovery Pre-College Enrichment Programs – Summer Discovery offers 10 distinct credit and/or enrichment programs that successfully introduce high school students to the college experience @ - UCLA - UC Santa Barbara - University of Michigan - Georgetown University - Emerson College, Boston - University of Pennsylvania - Cambridge University & London, England - Barcelona & Madrid, Spain - Florence, Italy - Shanghai & Beijing, China Summer Discovery also means business: Intensive 3 - 4 week Business Institutes at Boston, Michigan, UCLA and London. College Discovery Boston is a unique 2-week campus-based college admissions program including SAT Prep by The Princeton Review, focused college/university visits, essay writing workshops, and preparing a personal admissions portfolio. For students completing grades 10 and 11. Tuition: $3,999. Discovery Internships helps motivated high school students stand out through customized internships located in four of the greatest cities in the world in over 25 industries: - New York City @ NYU - Boston @ Emerson College - Los Angeles @ UCLA - London @ Nido Spitalfields As an intern you will spend 4 weeks living in a residence hall with other students from around the world while exploring a career interest; gain a competitive advantage in the college admissions process; learn about a career path and refine career interests. Plus, summer discovery receive college credit from NYU and spend the summer living in an amazing city. Tuition: $3,800 - $8,000. Jr. Discovery Middle School Enrichment Programs – “Camp on campus, where learning is fun” is a 3-week enrichment program for students completing 6th, 7th, and 8th grades at UCLA in suburban Los Angeles or Georgetown University in Washington DC. These programs feature the “Skills for Mind and Body” curriculum where students choose from over 30 interactive workshops in the performing arts, fine arts, humanities, writing, study skills, recreation, sports and more. Tuition: $2,800 - $5,600.



Pre-College Program at Skidmore College: Summer 2013 Saratoga Springs, NY Try College On Before Taking College On How can you anticipate what you haven’t yet experienced? Skidmore’s prestigious Pre-College Program in the Liberal and Studio Arts has been preparing talented high school students for college success for more than forty years. High-achieving sophomores, juniors, and seniors from across the country and around the world travel to our Saratoga Springs campus each summer to take part in Skidmore’s five-week Pre-College Program. Students engage in college-level study in the liberal and studio arts amid a beautiful upstate New York campus setting. Prepare for College Success In Skidmore’s Pre-College Program, high school students earn college credit while studying alongside college students. They work with Skidmore’s nationally recognized faculty and visiting artists and enjoy access to the College’s state-ofthe-art facilities and resources. Do your interests range from math to studio art, psychology to English, economics to religion? Skidmore’s unique curriculum allows students to take either two liberal arts courses, Pre-college Program at skidmore college two studio art courses, or one of each. Choose a class in an area where your strengths lie, or delve into an unexplored subject to challenge your perceptions and discover new fields of knowledge. Live and Learn at Skidmore At Skidmore, high school students can imagine their futures while living together, cultivating new friendships, and discovering the right balance between work and fun. A carefully selected and trained residential staff lives with Pre-College students in their own private residence hall. The residential life program, designed to support and complement academic and artistic endeavors, ensures that students’ social lives are every bit as exhilarating as their intellectual lives. Skidmore College is a highly selective, independent liberal arts college known for outstanding academics, a rich co-curricular life, and its historic resort town setting. On Skidmore’s lively summer campus Pre-College students not only learn together with high school peers and college students, but have the chance to meet visiting students and participants from other programs as well. They are invited to take active part in the special workshops, visiting artist lectures, and gallery talks sponsored by Skidmore’s Summer Studio Art Program and the nightly readings by renowned writers of the New York State Summer Writers Institute. Skidmore’s summer campus hosts many other concerts, lectures, events, and weekend activities, and just off campus is downtown Saratoga Springs’ dynamic cultural and arts scene. Find out for yourself why Skidmore Pre-College alumni describe the program as challenging, fun, enlightening, life-changing, mind-altering, motivational, experimental, adventurous, to name just a few. Come spend July with us and discover your future. Skidmore Pre-College Program, Saratoga Springs, NY Creative Thought Matters. avon old farms school

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Pre-College Summer Enrichment Programs at WPI Worcester, MA.

Emory Pre-College Program Atlanta, GA.

What are you doing this summer? How about spending a few weeks on a classic New England campus with its beautiful architecture, picturesque landscape, and ivy-covered walls? WPI is the kind of place where you can’t help but feel inspired. Explore new subjects and get hands-on experience in science, engineering, and technology using our cutting-edge equipment and labs. Connect with other students who are just like you, and have fun. At WPI, we believe in the power of our students to make an impact Our undergraduates do much more than study science and technology in the classroom and lab. They delve into the arts and humanities and complete projects destined to make a difference in the world. As one of the nation’s first technological universities, founded in 1865, our curriculum, like our students, continues to be both innovative and practical. Small classes, flexibility, and one-on-one interaction with professors at the top of their fields make learning at WPI an experience unlike any other. Our goal is to give you a taste of the WPI experience and leave you wanting more Frontiers, WPI’s flagship summer program, offers rising juniors and seniors a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Imagine spending the summer splicing DNA or designing a robot. Or creating your own multimedia web pages, investigating interplanetary travel, or exploring flight. Choose from a wide range of areas of study: Aerospace engineering Biology and biotechnology Biomedical engineering Chemistry/biochemistry Computer science Mathematics Mechanical engineering Physics Robotics WPi Women’s Leadership Civil and environmental engineering Environmental and sustainability studies Interactive media and game development Dive into the arts as well Rounding out the academic experience are Humanities and Arts workshops in areas such as writing, art, music, speech, history, digital painting, cinematic storytelling, international studies, law, psychology, and theatre. A full schedule of activities, including evening workshops, field trips, movies, live performances, and just-for-fun evening activities will ensure that your stay at WPI is more than just an academic experience. This two-week residential program for juniors and seniors gives you an excellent opportunity to meet the current WPI students who serve as program leaders and interact with other participants from across the nation and around the globe. To learn more about the program or to apply, visit WPI Summer Programs also offers a wide variety of day and overnight experiences that focus on engineering, leadership for young women, game design, entrepreneurship, sports, and more. Middle school as well as high school students will find enjoyment—and learning—in these creative, enriching, and challenging topics. Learn more at 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA.

The Emory Pre-College Program, a summer academic program for high school students, is now accepting applications. The program gives college-bound rising juniors and rising seniors an exciting glimpse of academic and residential life at Emory. High school students may explore topics with professors who are the leading experts in their fields,

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enroll in classes with college students, and earn transferable college credit. Two-week non-credit courses, and six-week credit courses are available. Emory Pre-College students live together in a dorm on campus or within commuting distance with their families and participate in a variety of programs, activities, and excursions designed to prepare them for college life. Students will enjoy the beautiful, tree-lined Emory campus and its outstanding facilities, meet new people and make lifelong friends. Students come from all across the U.S. and the world. Ranked #20 by U.S. News and World Report and #15 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance for best values among private universities, Emory University offers a small liberal arts college environment within a major research university. Classes for 2013 include Neuroscience of Technology, Experimental Economics, Writing the Personal Essay, Evolutionary Biology, Psychology of Creativity, Infectious Diseases, Law and Litigation and many others. The courtesy scholarship may apply to the six-week program. Limited financial aid is also available. Here’s What Students are Saying About the Emory Pre-College Program: “It is an ideal trial of what being in college is really like.” “I really enjoyed taking a Pre-College Course at Emory. It was a very valuable experience for me. I was able to experience what a college class was truly like, and also got a feel for campus life. Emory really has a beautiful campus.” “On a scale of 1 to 10, my Pre-College experience was an 11!” “The best two weeks of my life.” “An amazing experience. I’m a much better writer than I was before and now I know what a college class is like, and how much you’re on your own in college.” For more information and an application, visit www.precollege.emory. edu. Have a question? Email or call 404-727-3351. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM

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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE University of Dallas –Summer Programs in Rome

It makes sense that the University of Dallas would offer Latin in Rome for advanced high school Latin students at Due Santi, its campus amidst the hill towns just south of Rome, complete with a vineyard, olive grove, pool, and soccer field. But a course on Shakespeare? “Absolutely,” responds Dr. Gregory Roper, associate professor of English and director of Shakespeare in Italy, UD’s other summer Rome program. “The Bard was fascinated by Italy, setting one-third of his plays there, as during his lifetime its great cities were the centers of European cultural and intellectual life. Young Englishmen traveled to Italy to complete their educations. Indeed, a ‘Gulielmus Stratfordus’—that William from Stratford?—stayed at the English College in Rome in the 1580s, during the period of Shakespeare’s youth, ‘the lost years,’ when we have no record of him in England. Thus, since 1994, we’ve been bringing students to Italy, to study Shakespeare’s plays in the cities that inspired him, just as Dr. David Sweet of UD’s Classics department has been bringing students to Rome university of dallas –summer Programs in rome to study Latin authors.” Rising high school juniors and seniors and recent graduates attending Shakespeare in Italy (July 10-27) or Latin in Rome (July 10-31) earn three hours of college credit. Shakespeare students study three Italian plays: Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, and The Taming of the Shrew, and— save for a four-day trip to Venice and Padua—tour Rome most every morning. Says Roper, “These cities become another classroom, another place for students to delight in beauty and pursue wisdom, just as they do back on campus reading Shakespeare.” He and Dr. Andrew Moran, the assistant director, will be joined by doctoral students who assist them in leading small group discussions and writing tutorials. According to Moran, “the program helps students preparing for college emerge as sharper readers and more polished writers. Our bucolic campus is ideal for relaxing and making friends with peers from all over the country but also enables us to pursue ambitious academic goals.” Likewise, their study of Cicero, Vergil, Pliny, and Horace helps Latin in Rome students see the city with keener eyes and mature as Latinists. A four-day trip to the Bay of Naples then brings Latin students to important (and beautiful) sites for their authors. Sweet, Roper, and Moran have all lived in Rome and know the city well. “Having fallen in love with Italy,” Moran explains, “it’s a joy to return in the summers, and a greater joy to share our love of the country, and of Shakespeare, with our students.” Clare Daly (SII 2006) happily remembers the connection between study and life in Italy: “I knew I would come away from Shakespeare in Italy with special knowledge of Rome and Venice, having approached the cities from the unique angle of Shakespeare’s plays set there. I really loved the Venice trip, from the free time to walk around Padua where our hotel was, to the gorgeous view of Venice from the top of the San Giorgio bell tower, to reading Shylock’s big speech in the Jewish ghetto where he would have lived.” Contact information:; 972-721-5181.



Hartwick College’s Summer College for High School Students Oneonta, NY High school students can make great strides toward college and their future in just three weeks this summer. Hartwick College’s Summer College for High School Students is designed to give talented teens (ages 16 to 18) the opportunity to study with college professors, earn college credit, and enjoy an on-campus experience in the beautiful foothills of the Catskill Mountains. It will be an enriching, resume-building, and potentially life-changing summer experience. Is your college-bound child considering a career in science or medicine? Summer study with Hartwick College Biology Professor AJ Russo will give her or him insight into groundbreaking research. Students in Russo’s Biology Research course will help design and conduct experiments using biomarkers to help better understand neurobehavioral disorders such as autism and ADHD. Dr. Russo is a noted expert in the field and editor of the journal Autism Insights. Was your high schooler born to the stage? Then get him or her into Hartwick’s Performance Workshop course with Professor Malissa KanoWhite. A professional director, playwright and theatre educator, KanoWhite has worked across the country in theatre for young audiences. Her Summer College students will perform their way through personal discovery, imagination, self-expression, and creative growth. If your teenager loves to write, this is his or her chance to delve into the art and hone the craft. In the Hartwick Summer College course Introduction to Creative Writing with English Professor Brent Delanoy, your student will have opportunities to develop a portfolio of work that he or she will be proud to show prospective colleges. Delanoy is the winner of the 2008 A. E. Coppard Prize for his novella, Benediction. Do you have a music lover in the family – as an instrumentalist, singer, or listener? If so, he or she will love Hartwick’s Dynamics of Music class with Dr. Jason Curley. Professor Curley is a professional musician (French horn) and conductor renowned for his dynamic approach to teaching and learning. The Director hartWick college’s summer college of Instrumental Music for high school students at Hartwick College, last year Curley served as Interim Director of the College Choir. If art and technology fascinate your teen, she or he may be ready for Hartwick’s Summer College digital media course, Introduction to Animation & Video, with Professor Joseph Von Stengel. Students will explore the creative use of “time” through animation and video and learn to create and animate their own videos using Quicktime Pro, iMovie, and Final Cut Express. Von Stengel is the head of the Digital Art & Design area of Hartwick College’s Art and Art History Department. Plan ahead and arrange to join your teenager at the end of their first college experience – at Student Showcase they will share what they’ve learned and how they’ve grown in just a few weeks at Hartwick College. For further information, contact: Rachel Stevenson, Director of Summer College, Manager of Special Events 607.431.4022;

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Live and Learn Art at SMFA’s Pre-College Summer Studio Boston, MA Natural talent or a spark of interest is often what gives a young person his or her start as an artist. Fueling that passion for the fine arts with a wide breadth of artistic, cultural and social opportunities allows an artist to grow and excel as a creative individual. The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA) has a mission and reputation for providing interdisciplinary, self-directed and evolving education in the fine arts, and its Pre-College Summer Studio offers a sample of this education to rising high school juniors and seniors. Through a rigorous four-week program focused on making, sharing and living art, SMFA grants high school students the opportunity to immerse themselves in an artists’ community. Students are exposed to studio art in numerous disciplines through intensive classes culminating in the installation of a final exhibition. Emphases on conceptual thinking, problem solving and critique help students develop solid foundations for their education and beyond; one-on-one guidance smfa in portfolio building, careers in the arts and the college application process round out the program. “Summer Studio is a unique and very comprehensive experience. Students have some flexibility to build their own path of study, choosing a focus within the curriculum that encompasses a variety of techniques and concepts in 2D, 3D/4D and digital studio,” explains Program Coordinator Katherine Mitchell. “In this diverse environment, young artists can explore the world around them, igniting their creative passion and guiding them toward independence as people and artists.” Home to more than 60 colleges and universities amid a thriving arts and culture scene, Boston is the perfect place to learn and be inspired. Summer Studio participants experience a taste of college life on SMFA’s campus, located a short walk from Fenway Park and a subway ride away from historic Boston Common. Additionally, SMFA is one of only three art schools in the U.S. affiliated with a major museum—the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA). Students benefit from unprecedented access to the MFA’s permanent collections along with presentations by Museum professionals and behind-the-scenes tours of special collections. Whether or not students are looking to apply to art school, they will leave with a strong portfolio of work reviewed by our Admissions representatives. Students who successfully complete the program may receive up to four college credits and a potential scholarship for SMFA’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program. “The Pre-College program allowed me to find a community of artists and support that I didn’t think existed, as well as to have time to myself while I considered how I wanted to continue with art,” says Ximena Izquierdo, who attended Summer Studio in 2009 and is now a third-year BFA student at SMFA. “Last summer I worked as a Resident Assistant for the program and it was truly wonderful to meet so many excited minds and be inspired by their ideas and experiences.” For more information, please visit or call 617/369-3643.

University of Vermont Summer Academy Burlington, VT. Kick Start College Success for your High School Student! Put your high school student on the path to success at the University of Vermont (UVM) this summer! Set on a hilltop overlooking the shores of Lake Champlain, at the foot of the Green Mountains, UVM offers high school students a beautiful setting to experience college up-close while earning college credits. The new Summer Academy, which runs July 15-August 9, 2013, expands the possibilities for high school students eager to live and learn in a university setting, all before earning their high school diploma. “It’s the ideal way for students to get a head start on college,” says Beth Wiser, director of admissions at UVM. “Successful students can earn three college credits, which they may use toward their degree upon their admission and enrollment at UVM, or transfer to almost any college or university.” High school students have a unique opportunity to engage with UVM faculty and benefit from UVM’s state-of-the-art resources. Summer Academy offers five courses: business and economics, engineering and design, human health and medicine, environment and natural resources, and leadership and activism. Students in engineering and health courses will have access to the Fabrication Lab at UVM and the Clinical Simulation Lab at the College of Medicine. “I loved meeting students from other states and learning more about UVM. I was interested in science, so I took an Anatomy course and it was great to be able to meet and hang out with other people interested in the same things as me,” said Erin Rudiak, Pre-College Program participant, Summer 2012. Summer Academy is made university of vermont summer academy up of two weeks of on-campus learning (July 15-26) and two weeks of online learning (July 29-August 9). Students are required to participate in the residential program. While on campus, students may take advantage of series of workshops designed to help them learn about college choices, better understand the admissions process, and prepare for success. Students who have completed their sophomore or junior year are eligible for the Summer Academy. Out-of-state students, who successfully complete Summer Academy courses with a B- or better and go on to enroll at UVM as a degree student, are eligible to receive a $1,000 annual scholarship in addition to any other financial aid that they receive. Coursework will challenge students to study locally, while thinking globally. And there’s the added benefit of living in Burlington, Vermont in the summer, a town highlighted on Unigo’s college review site and published in the Huffington Post as one of The Best Places To Go To College, having, “one of the most breath-taking backdrops of any college.” UVM’s stellar academics and ideal location make it the perfect place to kick start your child’s college success. The application is open now with a priority deadline of April 1, 2013. For more information, please visit: WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Give Your College Student an Academic Summer Experience!

Keep your college student on the path to graduating on time at the University of Vermont (UVM) this summer! Set on a hill overlooking the shores of Lake Champlain, at the foot of the Green Mountains, UVM offers visiting college students a beautiful setting to gain credit toward their degree. Summer University, which runs May to university of vermont mid-August, expands the possibilities for college students looking to catch up or get ahead. “It’s the ideal way for students to make an academic use of one of the best seasons in Vermont,” says Cynthia Belliveau, dean of Summer University at UVM. “Successful students can earn college credits, which they may transfer to their home institution to make progress on their degree. The quality of UVM courses should prove transferable to any institution.” Visiting college students have a unique opportunity to engage with UVM faculty and benefit from UVM’s state-of-the-art resources. Summer University offers over 500 courses on campus, online, traveling abroad and around the state. Science courses may include access to the Clinical Simulation Lab at the College of Medicine, while engineering courses make use of the Fabrication Lab in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Many courses take advantage of Burlington, Lake Champlain or the campus as part of their classroom, allowing students to enjoy learning in UVM’s exceptional surroundings. “I loved getting one of my hardest lab science classes out of the way during summer,” said Evan Morehouse, Summer University student, Summer 2012. “I knew tackling it without the burden of an entire semester’s worth of credits was the way to go for me to get the best grade.” Summer University is not just one semester. Courses begin in May and each month thereafter. Courses can be 4-12 weeks in duration, offering a wide variety of choices for students looking to balance family vacations, jobs and downtime during the summer. With over 200 courses online, students can gain UVM credits from wherever they and their laptops are this summer. Students taking at least three credits on campus for Summer University are eligible for the five nights of free housing in campus residence halls. There’s the added benefit of living in Burlington in the summer, a town reviewed by Unigo’s college review site and published in the Huffington Post as one of The Best Places To Go To College having, “one of the most breath-taking backdrops of any college.” UVM’s stellar academics and ideal location make it the perfect place to help your child make progress in their degree. The registration period is open now. For more information, please visit:



Pre-College Programs at Brown University: Summer 2013 Providence, RI A True Residential College Experience Summer@Brown attracts serious college-bound students from around the world. As a student, you’ll live in a Brown University residence hall, eat at a Brown dining hall, and join your fellow students on The College Green—just as you would if you were a Brown undergraduate. You will be surrounded by peers from diverse backgrounds and cultures—all sharing a passion for high-level academics and a desire to succeed at a selective institution like Brown University. A student who completes a Summer@Brown course is better prepared, more confident, and better positioned to succeed during one of the biggest transitions of his or her life: the move to college.

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Brown University: 250 Years of Academic Excellence Brown is known in the Ivy League for an innovative open curriculum that challenges students to be actively engaged in their own intellectual development. Summer@Brown is an opportunity to explore this stimulating learning environment. Academics are at the program’s core, with more than 250 courses in one- to seven-week sessions. Dive deeper into a subject you love or a new area of learning you may never have considered. You will face exciting challenges and accomplish more than you can imagine. Come to Summer@Brown to prepare for college success and experience life in the Ivy League. Brown University Continuing Education, Providence, Rhode Island.

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College + Summer Studies Providence, RI RISD Founded in 1877, Rhode Island School of Design (or “RIZ-dee” for the acronym RISD) is recognized as the leading college of art and design in the US and one of the premier art and design schools worldwide. The college is located in Providence, Rhode Island, which offers its own vibrant art scene and is risd conveniently located between two other major cultural centers: Boston and New York. Students at RISD access the institution’s remarkable resources including the one-of-akind Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab, RISD Museum featuring more than 86,000 works of fine and decorative art ranging from ancient times to the present and the RISD Fleet Library, recently named by Travel + Leisure as one of America’s most beautiful libraries and included in’s list of “The 50 Most Amazing University Libraries in the World.” While the RISD campus offers a host of exceptional facilities, the most valuable advantage to students is access to the outstanding faculty and student body. RISD’s faculty are recognized as professional experts, as well as being exceptional educators. This background allows them to transmit their direct experience from the studio and/or industry to the classroom. Pre-College Each summer, 400+ high school students from around the world come to RISD to immerse themselves in a comprehensive introduction to the college art school experience. Definitely not a summer arts camp, the sixweek residential Pre-College program is focused, serious and challenging. Students experience the core elements of a RISD education – critical thinking and artmaking – in foundation drawing and design courses, critical studies in art, and a focused concentration in one of 20 diverse majors. Throughout the program, students are expected to maintain a high level of initiative and responsibility regarding their work and behavior. Students who come to RISD’s Pre-College program have varied backgrounds and choose the program for many reasons: to find out if the arts is the right choice for them, to further pursue their art or to build their portfolio for college applications. Most come for a combination of reasons. Whatever the catalyst, students attending RISD’s Pre-College program all have one thing in common – they are passionate about art and design and are seeking an incomparable arts education and summer experience. Summer Studies RISD’s Summer Studies Program in the visual and liberal arts encompasses a wide spectrum of interests designed to meet the needs of beginning, intermediate and advanced students. Students from nearly 100 colleges and universities, as well as working professionals interested in new and refreshing creative experiences are drawn to RISD’s vibrant artistic community. Scores of accomplished, award-winning artists, designers and educa-

tors – including members of RISD’s degree program faculty – teach in the summer programs. Courses include introductions to fine art fundamentals such as drawing and painting, as well as specialized areas of study such as architecture, industrial design and children’s book illustration. Students interested in a concentrated area of focus may choose to attend the Summer Institute for Graphic Design Studies (SIGDS) or the Textiles Summer Institute. SIGDS and the Textiles Summer Institute offer students otherwiseunavailable access to RISD’s Graphic Design and Textile Design facilities, renowned faculty and distinguished, critical approach to design. Whether augmenting current college curriculum, considering graduate studies or broadening professional skills, RISD Summer Studies offers students from around the world a unique, intense and exceptional learning experience.

Stanford University SUMMER SESSIONS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS AND RECENT GRADUATES Stanford, CA Stanford Summer Session admits talented, intellectually curious students to our program (Stanford’s fourth academic quarter in the summer), and we encourage them to think differently about learning, their communities, and the world. Undergraduate and graduate students from around the world are invited to enroll in courses and earn college credit at one of the most competitive universities in the United States. Students in our program build their own schedules from more than 175 courses offered in 35 departments within the schools of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Engineering. Courses offered feature accessible instructors, small class size, and a diverse student body. Visiting Undergraduate and Graduate Students can: • Fulfill General Education Requirements (GERs) • Find a new passion in more than 175 classes • Experience the Stanford tradition of teaching and learning • Explore specific academic interests with Stanford Summer Intensive Studies • Experience the richness of the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley • Immerse themselves in a culture of innovation and intellectual creativity • Attend as residential or commuting students Apply online today: Stanford Summer Session program dates: Saturday June 22 - Sunday, August 18, 2013. Contact Information: Stanford Summer Session, Stanford University, Email: summersession@stanford. edu. Website: 1 650/723-3109. Fax: 1 650/725-6080

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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Villanova University Summer Sessions Villanova, PA

far away from home during summer break. Villanova Summer Sessions 2013 offers more than 40 undergraduate online courses, which allow students to take advantage of Villanova’s strong academic programs without leaving the comfort of their homes. Senior Communication student Lauren Docktor praises distance learning for its innovative ability to build connections. “Distance learning gives me a greater opportunity to meet people in my field,” said Docktor. During the 2013 academic year, Villanova will hold three summer sessions, with Session I running from May 29 to June 26, Session II running from June 28 to July 29, and the evening session running from May 29 to July 29. Room and board are available in our residence halls for students wishing to reside on campus. Students from other colleges and universities who attend the Summer Sessions only may enroll in undergraduate classes without applying formally to Villanova. Anyone interested in enrolling in graduate classes must submit an application form, a letter from their graduate dean, and a current transcript for admission to Graduate Studies. For more information on Villanova University Summer Sessions, go to, or call at 610.519.4300.

Middlebury Launches New Summer Leadership and Innovation Program at Sierra Nevada College

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Summer Sessions at Villanova University offers current, high-achieving college students from across the country a unique opportunity to supplement or accelerate their education, at what is dubbed by U.S. News & World Report as the #1 Regional University in the North. These courses are open to undergraduates and recent high school graduates, as well as graduate students in need of undergraduate prerequisites. An a la carte menu of course offerings, both on-campus and online, includes courses in Engineering, Sciences, the Liberal Arts, Nursing, and Business. Located in the Main Line, and less than 12 miles from Philadelphia, Villanova University has been hosting students from other colleges and universities since 1918. The summer program at Villanova is designed to fulfill academic needs in a productive yet pleasant environment. With two four-week day sessions, an eight-week evening session, online courses and weekend workshops, students are sure to find a course that fits their needs. Junior Accountancy student Alvin Varghese explains that, for him, Summer Sessions are, “an opportunity to fulfill the credit requirements for the Certified Public Accountant exam.” “The CPA exam requires additional credits outside of the 120 required to earn my degree,” said Alvin, “and besides, what better way to spend my summer than in the Main Line area, networking with visiting students from across the country.” Understandably, many students cannot, or choose not to travel too



Beginning in summer 2013, Middlebury College will launch a new four-week leadership and innovation program at Sierra Nevada College (SNC), located near the shores of Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, NV. MiddCORE—a leadership and innovation program is open to students and recent graduates from any college or university and will take place June 17th to July 12th. The program features mentors ranging from CEOs, politicians and entrepreneurs to artists and actors, who will provide students with intensive, hands-on challenges and workshops that build skills in leadership, collaboration, strategic thinking, persuasive communication, crisis management, and financial literacy. It will enroll up to 60 students this summer. The strong focus on experiential learning and mentors is a trademark of other MiddCORE programs and classes at Middlebury College, where MiddCORE began five years ago as a January term course for Middlebury students. In January 2013, the college offered this course at both Middlebury and the Monterey Institute for International Studies, a graduate school of Middlebury College in Monterey, CA. MiddCORE also sponsors a summer internship program and a workshop series in Middlebury. “The key to the MiddCORE experience is our mentors. Carefully chosen mentors develop hands-on daily, weekly or month-long challenges that inspire students to think creatively, operate outside their comfort zone, and deal with ambiguity,” said Jessica Holmes, director of MiddCORE and an associate professor of economics at Middlebury. MiddCORE courses “attract curious, ambitious students with diverse interests,” Holmes said. She also added that students leave these programs with “a network of supportive peers and mentors and a newfound confidence in their abilities.” “Whether students want to work in the arts, business, academics or another field, they need to acquire a certain set of skills, learn when to take risks, be resourceful, and communicate persuasively,” said Middle-

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE bury College President Ron Liebowitz. “Without these skills, even the best of ideas are less likely to see their successful implementation.” Sierra Nevada College is a private liberal arts college located on the shores of Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, NV. Its small size and picturesque location provide the perfect setting for learning and collaborating in small groups – an integral part of the MiddCORE experience. The location will also give students access to white water rafting, sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking, mountain bik-


ing, hiking and wildlife observation. “SNC is delighted to work with Middlebury,” said Sierra Nevada College President Lynn Gillette. “The principles of MiddCORE Immersion are absolutely compatible with our core commitment to active learning and student engagement. I believe fiercely that this is where education needs to go and MiddCORE is at the frontier.” Admissions are rolling, but Holmes strongly advises students to apply early because of limited space. More information about MiddCORE Immersion, including admissions information and cost, is available at 802.443.5214; facebook: MiddCORE l twitter: @MiddCORE

Summer Institute for General Management Stanford Graduate School of Business Program Dates: June 23 – July 20 Application Deadline: April 15 Tuition: $10,000 USD Includes accommodations, meals, and course materials.

The current job market is extremely competitive, and companies are hiring young professionals who can make an immediate impact in the workplace. The Stanford Graduate School of Business offers college students and recent graduates a unique opportunity to get the business knowledge they need to launch their careers. Now celebrating its tenth year, the Summer Institute for General Management (SIGM) is a four-week residential program for exceptional juniors, seniors, and recent college graduates who major in non-business fields.

Taught by world-renowned Stanford MBA faculty, program participants: • Develop a strong foundation in business and management fundamentals • Enhance resumé-writing and job-interviewing skills • Engage with guest speakers from leading companies • Build a diverse network of talented peers from around the world. Upon completion of the program, participants are awarded a certificate endorsed by the Dean of the Graduate School of Business and the program’s faculty director. Participants wishing to receive academic credit may petition their undergraduate institutions after completing the program. Academics The SIGM core curriculum covers nine functional areas of business, including: finance, accounting, statistics, economics, operations, strategy, human resources, and marketing. Additional course modules supplement the core: negotiation, ethics, organizational behavior, and leadership. These courses are foundational and assume no previous coursework in business-related subjects. Professional Development Participants attend workshops on resumé writing, clarifying career goals, job search strategies, interviewing techniques and public speaking. These workshops equip participants with the skills and information they need to get the jobs and internships they want. Guest Speakers SIGM also offers participants the opportunity to engage with professionals from prominent Bay Area companies through the guest speaker series. We draw from the diversity of the region to explore different industries including investment banking, consulting, nonprofit, retail, advertising, entrepreneurship, sports and technology. Campus Life Days typically begin with class sessions until the early afternoon. Later in the day, participants engage in professional development workshops and enjoy presentations from leading companies. During the evenings from Sunday to Thursday, participants work in groups to complete daily assignments and prepare for their final projects. Participants reside in Stanford University student housing and have access to the resources available on campus. On the weekends, participants can take advantage of social activities organized by program staff, including a San Francisco Giants baseball game and a day trip to the beach. In addition, there is a lot on offer on the Stanford campus, from theater to sports to lectures. Who Should Apply SIGM is designed for juniors, seniors, and recent graduates (within two years of receiving their undergraduate degree) who major in nonbusiness fields (e.g., engineering, liberal arts, and sciences). Economics majors are welcome to apply. Program Profile Total Participants 110 Average Age 23 Female 40% International Participants 55% Countries Represented 25+ Undergraduate Institutions Represented 90+ Rising Seniors and Recent Graduates 70% Graduate Students 10% Young Professionals (<2 years of experience) 20% For more information or to apply, please visit:



INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Global Works: Travel with Purpose International Service Trips for Students and Groups For over twenty-three years, Global Works has been an industry leader in community service-based adventure travel programs for students and groups. Our educational, “student first” approach benefits our participants by building independence, self confidence, and leadership skills. Much more than a vacation, Global Works programs are the bridge for meaningful cultural exchange with people around the world. We travel to over twenty countries and take students to visit three to five different communities on each trip, providglobal Works ing a cross-section of cultures and environments—from rural villages to capital cities. Community service projects are an integral part of every Global Works trip and students can earn up to 70 community service hours. We offer three types of experiences- cultural exchange, language immersion, and focus programs- including trips specializing in Pre-Business and Pre-Med. In all of our locations and for all of our programs, we partner with communities and organizations to select and implement grassroots service projects that make a lasting impact. Our philosophy is to work WITH a village, not for a village. In this ever-evolving, interdependent world, international education and experience are becoming more essential. Global Works has a welldeserved reputation as one of the most professional and well organized student travel operations. With so many returning staff (about 70% each year), our staff leadership is one of our greatest strengths. We want students to enjoy the summer, while also gaining the skills necessary to succeed in their future educational pursuits and develop a greater sense of ‘self ’ as global citizens. Global Works excels at providing students with a well-supervised and seamlessly planned environment to explore new cultures and get out of their comfort zones through adventure activities. Our students discover how other communities live, interrelate, and achieve happiness—often without the luxuries we take for granted. If you are a student who is looking for fun and adventure and you want to be a spark for social change in the world, let Global Works be your guide. We hope you will join us, along with the many thousands of students and parents who have recognized the value and significance of a Global Works travel experience. We appreciate the investment you are making and promise an unwavering and unmatched commitment to high-quality, safety-conscious, moving travel programs. To learn more, contact us at 303-545-2202, info@globalworkstravel. com,, and




Summerfuel is the leader in authentic summer enrichment programs for high school students. Summerfuel offers personalized adventures for students seeking a summer experience like no other. Summerfuel’s extensive range of programs encourages independence and friendship, striking the perfect balance between learning, exploration, and fun. Summerfuel is proud of its reputation for providing a high level of attention and care, for being pioneers in our field, and for finding exciting new ways to make each student’s summer unforgettable. Students who join Summerfuel’s challenging pre-college programs, or authentic language and cultural immersion programs, develop essential skills that put them ahead of the game. All of Summerfuel’s programs are designed to broaden academic and personal horizons, and create opportunities for a truly diverse student population. Summerfuel has been offering the best, most comprehensive student adventures since 1984, and still knows what students want from their summers today. Language & Cultural Immersion– Spain, France and Italy For thirty years, Summerfuel has offered high school students a unique way of visiting Europe. Rather than a whirlwind visit to tourist destinations, we give students the chance to settle into one country and study its culture, language, people and traditions as an summerfuel insider – not a tourist. Experience Europe in your own way, in a residential or homestay setting, and by the end of the summer you will form binds with host countries, people, families, teachers and places that you will cherish for a lifetime. Pre-College– Harvard, UC-Berkeley, UMass-Amherst and Oxford (UK) Picture yourself on a college campus, living like an undergraduate as you enjoy a preview of university life. You’ll be inspired by active, engaging curricula designed to help you think critically, explore new subjects and discover your passions. Classes are balanced by a full schedule of afternoon activities, evening events and excursions intended to offer fun, interesting ways to connect with new friends and make the most of your time on campus. Social Entrepreneurship– Yale and Stanford Summerfuel’s Social Entrepreneurship programs aim to develop the skills that students need to build effective and efficient social ventures and introduce young entrepreneurs to business concepts that they can utilize immediately in their communities and continue to develop as they grow in experience and education. Hosted on two premier campuses, SE programs empower social entrepreneurs to find creative solutions to key social issues in the communities and around the globe. College Admissions Prep– Columbia, Tufts and UC-Berkeley Our College Admissions Prep programs prepare students for the competitive and demanding college admissions process through one-on-one college counseling, instructive college admissions workshops, intensive SAT preparation with the Princeton Review, and excellent essay writing instruction. In two short weeks, students gain the tools and experiences to enter the college admissions process with greater confidence and focus. Contact Us:, 1.800.753.2250, 1.212.796.8344 Summerfuel, 375 West Broadway, Suite 200, New York, NY 10012

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Columbia University New York, N.Y. Columbia’s Summer Sessions offer the opportunity to take classes and begin a certificate program from across the University. Taught by world-class faculty, courses are available in over 50 subject areas, including Arts, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Human Rights, International Affairs, Mathematics, Prelaw, Quantitative Studies and Statistics. Summer is a terrific time to learn something new, advance careers, and meet like-minded people in the setting of one of the world’s most vibrant cities. Each summer, Columbia attracts students already enrolled in degree programs, individuals looking to improve their knowledge in Columbia university

anticipation of applying for higher education programs, as well as professionals who want to move toward the next step in their career. Summer students have access to the state-of-the-art student center, gym and recreational facilities, as well as one of the most renowned library collections in the nation. The varying academic needs and backgrounds of students who attend the Summer Sessions make the community one of the most diverse and dynamic on campus. Expert advisers help students customize a summer plan of action, whether they have their goals lined up and need a few more courses to fulfill them, or they’re starting a new career and want to deepen their knowledge in a field. Taking advantage of the resources of one of the world’s most esteemed universities can help any student reach his or her next step. Columbia University’s Summer D session runs May 28–July 5, and Q session runs July 8–August 16. Application deadlines begin in May. To apply, see a complete summer calendar, and learn more about summer options at Columbia, visit


Time to Stop Dabbing Your Big Toe in Weight Loss & Immerse Yourself for Success, Instead -Daniel Kirschenbaum, Ph.D., ABPP Northwestern University & Wellspring, a Member of CRC Health Group Endless suggestions encourage us to try a new recipe or spice or drink or five seconds with a hula hoop as a way to lose weight and keep it off. Tens of millions try these things only to share one immutable result: failure. If you want a direction that science shows us can really help, keep reading. You can take Spanish classes forever and never really learn the language. Or, you could spend a month in Mexico City and become a Spanish speaker. Immersing yourself in the culture and language can do that. Weight loss works the same way. Immersion helps weight controllers by placing them in a nearly ideal environment. When done the right way, immersion programs have incredibly supportive staff modeling the best ways to eat, move, and commit to lifelong success. Interesting, tasty, and appealing food gets prepared for the weight controller and appealing activities are part of everyday life. Meetings with well-trained counselors use cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT), a scientifically based approach, to improve selfregulatory skills like goal setting, planning, decision making, problemsolving and focusing. Just as important as the elements included in high quality immersion programs for weight loss – are the factors that immersion programs deliberately exclude. We live in what behavioral scientists now call, an “obesogenic culture.” That is, our culture promotes obesity. Food has become far too high in calories and fat and remains quite cheap, available at every street corner to anyone with a few dollars in his or her pocket. Unlike our ancestors from 100,000 years ago, who had bodies identical to ours, we barely have to move in order to survive very comfortably. We’ve become sedentary creatures, but we still have the bodies of very active hunter-gatherers. Immersion programs give weight controllers a break from the obesogenic culture, and replace it with nearly ideal weight controlling conditions. That helps ensure success. And, success breeds more success, especially when accompanied by CBT – an approach to help develop the skills and understanding necessary for major lifestyle changes. Wellspring Immersion programs include residential facilities like spas or camps – and the ones that focus on weight loss and lifestyle change can really make a difference. Wellspring is the leading provider of such programs in the United States: Wellspring’s programs include a nearly 40-year-old beautiful immersion program for adults in Durham North Carolina, Wellspring at Structure House (, the first boarding school for overweight teens and young adults in Reedley, California (, 9 summer camps for teens through adults (, and a small group self-help program that continues the same remarkably effective approach in a non-immersion fashion in communities all over the country ( WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


Who starts college after the 10th or 11th grade? We do. We offer a rigorous program in the liberal arts and sciences to younger students. Most start here after 10th or 11th grade, and earn their BA by age 20. Early college and accelerated learning give our graduates a head start on lifelong achievement.

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Arete: A College Preparatory Program Authors of essential texts of Western civilization − Plato, Aristotle, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Faulkner, O’Connor − will be your teachers over the course of two weeks as you live on our Irving campus. Students view films, visit celebrated art museums and attend Shakespeare in the Park. You will develop and hone reading and writing skills essential for the college classroom while making long and lasting friendships that inevitably develop in a learning community.

Foundations of Liberty in Rome Proposed for 2014, this two and a half week college preparatory course investigates the cultural and political contrasts among three different “Romes”: ancient pagan Rome, medieval Christian Rome and modern secular democratic Rome. In addition to using the city’s art and architecture as a daily classroom, you will read, discuss and write on the works and deeds of pivotal Roman figures like Cicero, St. Augustine and Mussolini. The trip includes an overnight excursion to Venice, whose 1000-year republic was a focus of Machiavelli’s Discourses.

Latin in Rome Latin in Rome seeks intermediate and advanced students of Latin who desire to refine and deepen their understanding of the language and the Romans who spoke it. Throughout the program, you will study passages from Cicero, Pliny, Virgil and Horace to enhance visits to sites in Rome and Naples. The program includes lectures by university faculty who have lived and taught in Rome, daily language tutorials and group discussions of texts, as well as visits to historical sites and museums. This threeweek program is not simply a summer tour, but a college-level Latin course.

Shakespeare in Italy This 18-day program focuses on Shakespeare and the place that inspired him the most, Italy. You will study three of Shakespeare’s Italian plays (Julius Caesar, The Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice). Additionally, you will tour Rome most mornings with faculty guides and take a four-day trip to Venice and Padua. Unlike most study programs, your classroom is Rome, as well as the other cities and sites you visit. The program helps students prepare for college through small group discussions and writing tutorials; students emerge sharper readers and more polished writers.

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About the University of Dallas The University of Dallas is dedicated to the pursuit of wisdom, of truth and of virtue as the proper and primary ends of education. The university seeks to educate its students so they may develop the intellectual and moral virtues, prepare themselves for life and work in a problematic and changing world and become leaders able to act responsibly for their own good and for the good of their family, community, country and church. The university has offered its Rome Program as a part of its undergraduate curriculum for more than 40 years. Over 7,000 undergraduates have spent an academic semester in Rome at the heart of our Western heritage. Programs in Rome are housed on our 12-acre campus, approximately 12 miles southeast of Rome. For 20 years we have offered mature high school students summer and study abroad opportunities modeled after our signature Rome Program. Each program provides college credit while students study with university professors on our campuses both in Irving, Texas, and Rome, Italy.

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Why would a student help another scale a 10-foot wall? Why would a 17-year-old walk differently than his friends back home? Hold his head higher? Consider himself a leader? The answer is pride. A private day and boarding academy for grades 7-12 and postgraduate, VFMA’s mission is preparing students for competitive four-year colleges. 99% of our cadets are accepted to their first- or second-choice schools. And more than 63% matriculate at the nation’s leading universities. The primary reason for that is our Five Cornerstones —academic excellence, character development, personal motivation, physical development, and leadership. Our students thrive and grow thanks to an average class size of just 13, with a student-teacher ratio of 10:1. Valley Forge Military Academy is not for everyone. It is not easy. In fact, it’s demanding. But students who are ready to push themselves to new heights, who are ready to learn, to follow, and ultimately to lead, will not only flourish here. They will proudly flourish in whatever paths they choose in life.





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SummerSault, marking its 46th year, will run for six weeks and includes children three years of age to entering second grade. SummerSault is well known in New York City and has benefitted many children through the years. Town School faculty serve as administrators for our program and our experienced and enthusiastic staff, many from The Town School, lead campers through a wide variety of activities including swimming, sports, crafts, and music.

Among SummerSault’s most popular activities is Whimsical Wednesday. This special day of fun includes Hat Day and Pajama Day, among other special events, and ends with a musical performance by a well-known singing group, Beth & Scott. We look forward to welcoming back our returning children as well as meeting new SummerSault friends. All children are welcome! Traditionally, three-fourths of our attendees are not from The Town School. We offer a safe, relaxed, and creative program to ensure a wonderful summer for your child. If you have any questions, or would like a tour of our facilities, please contact Claudie Tanenbaum at the SummerSault office at (212) 288-0740 or 540 East 76th Street, New York, New York.

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Summer Immersion French Program 2013 for Grades Nursery to 5. June 24– July 26, 2013 Our Camp: The French-American School of New York offers a unique day camp experience for children ages 3 through 11. Depending upon their level, children will have an introduction to the French language and have an opportunity to speak French throughout the day, as well as participate in exciting and fun activities. Our international staff consists of experienced teachers who are dedicated to making this a safe and entertaining summer for your camper. Many of the counselors teach at FASNY or in our after-school program. Daily Schedule: Full day: 9am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday. Lunch provided by “La Bonne Cuisine.” Half day available: 9:00 – 12:00 pm. Activities: The children will be able to choose from many activities


The tennis program, offered to our older children and taught on the premises, is a twice weekly semi-private class. The class focuses on hand/ eye coordination, racquet control and good sportsmanship. Music for all ages is taught in the classroom, and offers singing and movement as part of its curriculum. Gym Time is offered in our gym twice weekly and is taught by a physical education teacher from The Town School; our focus is skill oriented with emphasis on having fun! Arts and Crafts are part of our daily activity schedule, and we are fortunate in having a specialized program in the Art room as well, taught by an artist. SummerSault has always been particularly proud of its individualized one-on-one swim program, which this year continued its expanded pool time to ensure maximum swim time for the campers. All of our teachers are certified lifeguards or certified water safety instructors. Although optional, many campers are enrolled and improve their skills substantially. This year, in addition to our wonderful Reading Tutorial Program, we offer a Math Tutorial for children entering Kindergarten and above. These tutorials are taught by teachers from the Town School. By providing the children with three private half-hour sessions per week in either reading or math, the program provides an outstanding opportunity for children to practice and improve their skills and make significant gains over the summer months.

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New York Military Academy is located just 60 miles north of New York City. Established in 1889, the long-standing tradition prepares students for the challenges of their future. We are dedicated to developing young leaders who are “Set Apart for Excellence” by being inspired, engaged and ready for success and fulfillment in college and in life. • college preparatory • co-educational • non-denominational • grades 7-12

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pursue the appropriate College Board AP test in the spring. The academy offers varsity, junior varsity, and modified athletic teams that compete in sports, such as soccer, football, fencing, basketball, swimming, softball, wrestling, baseball, paintball, tennis, golf, and lacrosse, just to name a few. Weekend outings, parades, field trips, rifle team, band, drill team, and horsemanship programs are a few of the additional activities that round out cadet life at the academy. The NYMA student body is represented by thirteen states and thirteen countries. In addition to our standard rigorous curriculum, New York Military Academy has been preparing international students to enter the college or university of their choice by providing English as a Second Language and TOEFL instruction. We invite you to browse the website and schedule a visit to New York Military Academy. or 888-ASK-NYMA Director of Admissions, New York Military Academy 78 Academy Avenue, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York (845)534-3710 ext. 4272;

Riverside Military Academy Gainesville, GA. Founded in 1907, Riverside Military Academy (RMA) offers a traditional, American-style education where personal values, honor, and love of country still matter. Riverside is not owned or operated by any particular religious denomination, but supports the spiritual and educational goals of all families. Riverside’s 2012-13 Corps of Cadets consists of over 460 cadets from 22 countries. RMA is first and foremost a college preparatory school. We offer high quality academics in a structured environment designed to meet the needs of boys in grades 7-12. The military setting adds structure, responsibility, Our educational success, enhanced by military tradition and a strong athletic program, allows for 100% of graduating seniors to enter the college or university of their choice. The structured day and boarding environment includes daily tutorials, nightly-mentored study hall, a robust ESL program and a 12:1 student/teacher ratio in the classroom. Cadets enjoy opportunities to not only learn accountability but to practice peer leadership and to accept important responsibility. One of the things that set NYMA apart from other college prep schools is our “real-life leadership lab”. Putting our cadets in positions of increased accountability and responsibility in the Cadet Corps, while at the same time requiring them to maintain a high level of academic and athletic participation, requires them to constantly improve their organization, planning, time management and multi-tasking skills. We believe development in these critical areas gives our graduates a distinct advantage over others as they transition into some of the more prestigious colleges and universities in America. To ensure that every cadet is exposed to college relevant material and rigor throughout his high school career, NYMA takes a different approach than most schools to the honors and advanced placement curricula across the board. Each academic discipline in the high school models class content and skill development against the relevant Advanced Placement curriculum demanded by the College Board. Students who show interest or promise in any of these core disciplines in the humanities or technologies are supported and encouraged to



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accountability and yes, consequences when necessary. All contribute to a well-rounded young man. This environment works for those who have historically underachieved, who simply have not been able to manage their time, and who tend to procrastinate in every endeavor. The rigorous days at RMA are filled with academics, military activities, social activities, and

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE athletics. Thus, there is little time for non-productive activities. Over 70% of our faculty hold advanced degrees and encourage our cadets to develop the daily habits essential for success at home and in the workplace. These habits include organizational skills, time management, and the ability to manage stress through preparation and exercise. Cadets of Riverside Military Academy benefit from a small class size and a 15:1 student teacher ratio. Our entire educational program centers around the way young men learn best. Because Riverside believes that there is a strong connection between physical and mental development, extra-curricular activities, field trips, and outdoor activities play an important role in the daily lives of our cadets. The RMA program takes full advantage of its 206-acre campus, athletic facilities, and proximity to Lake Lanier which is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Riverside’s college center assists cadets in preparing for and placing their college applications each year. The graduating class of 2012 consisted of 84 cadets who were admitted to over 90 universities including the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy –West Point, and received over $2,000,000 in scholarships. Upon graduation, a Riverside cadet has experienced the challenges of the military model of education and is completely prepared for the rigors of college. He is poised, polite, and confident in any social environment. Riverside cadets stand tall, offer a firm handshake, respect authority, and display a level of confidence that parents may not have observed previously. Riverside Military Academy holds dual accreditation in SACS and SAIS. Located in Gainesville, Georgia, just one hour north of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Riverside is easily accessible to cadets and their families from around the world. In addition, RMA offers shuttle service to and from the airport for our cadets. Riverside Military Academy’s comprehensive program of rigorous academics, athletics and leadership development sets the stage for a lifetime of success. We invite you to learn more about Riverside Military Academy by visiting our website at or calling our admissions office at 800/462-2338.

accepted to their first or second choice schools. This year’s graduating class will enroll at top universities across the country and internationally, including Princeton University, NYU, Columbia University, Villanova University, the US Naval Academy, the US Military Academy at West Point, and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (UK). Although we are a military school, the result is not necessarily to pursue a career in the military, though nearly 10% of our graduates will choose this path. The VFMA “military model” is, at its core, a structured and disciplined way of carrying out the education and development of young students. Our students learn to manage their academics, leadership responsibilities, personal motivation, physical development, and learn character traits through the understanding that life is a constant balancing act, and the military model helps them to prioritize appropriately. It helps teach our students to manage their time, think critically, balance their responsibilities, and develop life skills that will propel them ahead of their peers. A challenging curriculum, dedicated faculty members, small classes, individual attention, and faculty supervised evening study hall provides cadets with an environment conducive to attaining academic success. The acquisition of knowledge, the development of skills, and the shaping of attitudes are emphasized to enable the cadets to excel academically and to inspire them to pursue education throughout life. The average class size is 13, and the student-teacher ratio is 10:1. Also unique to the VFMA educational experience, our academically qualified high school juniors and seniors are granted the opportunity to enroll in college level classes, taken at Valley Forge Military valley forge military academy

Valley Forge Military Academy Township of Radnor, PA Valley Forge Military Academy (VFMA) is a private, all-male boarding school offering grades 7-12 and postgraduate. Established in 1928, VFMA has a long tradition of fostering personal growth through a comprehensive system built on five cornerstones: academic excellence, character development, personal motivation, physical development, and leadership. Valley Forge graduates benefit from a kind of education that is unlike other schools. Small classes allow dedicated instructors to really understand their students. Instructors care not just about their own limited academic subjects, but about developing the whole person. Cadets start off as good followers, and they become great leaders. The entire institution is dedicated to producing citizens who will become, in the words of our mission, “a credit to themselves, their families, their alma mater, their country, and their God.” The diverse student body represents more than 35 states and 24 countries. VFMA has an excellent transfer record, with 99% of cadets

College, on campus. Each year, a few of our Academy cadets enroll in the College full time because of the special Senior ROTC Early Commissioning Program, where in just two years, they will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army, faster than their peers in other four year programs. Our College is one of only five schools in the country to offer this accelerated program, and is the only school in the Northeast. Learn more about Valley Forge Military Academy at or contact us at 866-923-VFMA (8362). WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM



Ridgefield Academy, an independent day school located in Ridgefield, CT, empowers every child to realize his or her unique potential by bringing together academic excellence, innovative programming and a diverse, supportive community. Small Classes Make the Difference Teachers and administrators believe the key to future success is empowering each and every student. The program, which educates children from preschool (two-year-olds) to eighth grade, provides students with daily opportunities to build confidence, use their creativity, work collaboratively and learn how to problem solve. Through small classes and individualized teaching instruction, children develop the skills to be critical thinkers, public speakers and self-advocates. A Comprehensive and Innovative Curriculum RA’s curriculum combines the traditional core subject areas of language arts, ridgefield academy mathematics, science, history, world language and social studies with a rich program of music, art, and drama designed to inspire students and spark their creativity. Thanks to talented teachers and small class sizes, Ridgefield Academy can take teaching out of the textbooks and bring lessons to life with memorable experiences. When children learn by doing, they care more, remember more and are empowered to achieve more. Public Speaking An important part of becoming a confident learner is learning the tools to effectively communicate your ideas. Seven years ago Ridgefield Academy implemented a public speaking program. The school recognized that if children are taught the tools for effective communication and given ample opportunity to practice, they could effectively learn written and verbal communication at a young age. RA students learn the strategies for successful written and oral communication and through practice, develop into confident writers and public speakers. Service Learning and Character Development The RA school community is a caring community built on a foundation of shared values. In all areas of school life, students model and reinforce the principles of respect, responsibility, fairness, and service to others. Service learning is incorporated into the curriculum to engage children in meaningful activities that reinforce the importance of service to others. Innovative Media Arts Curriculum RA’s 5,800 square foot state-of-the-art media arts center and sound room allows students to use the latest technology to develop their writing skills, learn the current methods of research and explore the digital arts through classes such as animation, digital storytelling, film and sound editing. New Preschool Wing In September the Academy opened a renovated preschool wing designed specifically for students aged 2 – 5 years of age. The facility will



feature areas for cooking, technology and a small amphitheater for performances. The Academy’s preschool program offers children purposeful learning experiences to support social, emotional, cognitive and physiological development through science, art, math, foreign language, prereading exercises and movement activities. The Right Secondary Placement Ridgefield Academy dedicates itself to helping each student find the right secondary school for the next step of his or her educational journey. As students enter grade 6, the Head of School and the Head of Upper School lead each student through a sequence of steps designed to help prepare, plan, investigate and consider a wide range of high school options. Throughout the process, students and families are guided and supported. The RA Difference Many families have discovered what a difference the Ridgefield Academy experience can make for their child. For more information about Ridgefield Academy, visit, call Julie Crane at (203) 894-1800 x112.

Lauralton Hall Milford, CT Students who attend Lauralton Hall, Connecticut’s first independent Catholic college-prep school for young women, discover academic excellence and much more. They find a community where the support of administration, faculty, staff and fellow students prepare them for a life of leadership and success on whatever paths they choose. “When we speak about ‘Empowering Women for Life’ at Lauralton Hall, we are talking about a complete experience,” says Antoinette Iadarola, PhD, President of Lauralton Hall. “Our goal is to help our students develop academically, emotionally and morally so they have the confidence and skills to succeed in college and beyond. Lauralton’s record is strong, with so many of our graduates moving on to leadership in a wide range of fields.” Lauralton Hall is one of a select group of Catholic girls’ schools that has remained true to its original unique mission: to foster a community atmosphere enriched by the Mercy lauralton hall tradition and to educate young women to pursue knowledge, recognize truth and respond to the needs of others. “The core values of a Mercy education, which are the foundation of the Lauralton Hall experience, are also the very qualities that help students become empowered young women,” says Dr. Iadarola. “These values are compassion and service, educational excellence, concern for women and women’s issues, global vision and responsibility, spiritual growth and development and collaboration.” Lauralton Hall’s rigorous curriculum fully prepares students for college study, with demanding honors and advanced placement classes offered in all academic disciplines, state-of-the-art science labs and ever-evolving classroom technology. In addition, highly motivated students can take courses for both high school and college credit through the UConn Early Education Experience (ECE). Lauralton Hall takes a personal and unique approach to college

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE planning with its Center for College Counseling and Guidance. The school is set on a beautiful 30-acre campus, in historic downtown Milford, within walking distance of the train station. Students from over 35 communities arrive by train, car or bus. Lauralton currently enrolls 465 students in grades 9 through 12 representing diverse socioeconomic, religious and ethnic backgrounds. Lauralton Hall, a member of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) and the South West Conference (SWC), offers students a choice of 15 varsity sports supported by playing fields, an athletic center and a fully-equipped fitness center. Lauralton Hall encourages each student to become involved in at least one extracurricular activity. With more than 30 clubs and organizations, there is something to fit the interest of every student. In addition, Lauralton Hall encourages students to participate in community service, an integral part of a Mercy education. A member of the National Association of Independent Schools and National Coalition of Girls Schools, Lauralton Hall is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Connecticut Department of Education. 200 High St, Milford, CT. Kathleen Shine, Director of Enrollment Management. 203/878-3333;;

Dwight-Englewood School Englewood, NJ “As a community of learners, dWight-engleWood school Dwight-Englewood School strives to foster in each student a passion for life-long learning. We seek excellence, honor integrity, and embrace diversity in order to meet the challenges of a changing world and make it better.” Dwight-Englewood (D-E) is a coeducational, independent school of approximately 900 students, serving a seamless education experience for students in preschool (age 3) through Grade 12. Comprised of three divisions – the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools – each with their own distinctive personality, D-E is the most ethnically-diverse school in Bergen County, with students who represent more than 80 communities in New Jersey and New York. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools, and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools. D-E is located on a beautiful 40+ acre campus, just minutes from George Washington Bridge. As the area’s longest-established independent PreK through Grade 12 co-educational day school, our students take advantage of an unparalleled rich academic experience that is both traditional and innovative. We provide a rigorous college preparatory program rooted in the classical liberal arts while at the same time preparing students with 21st century skills they will need for their futures. At Dwight-Englewood we all come to grow. We seek growth in respect, honesty, judgment, commitment, courage and community and expect each of us to work towards living these, our shared values. We believe that the opportunity to grow is a precious gift, one that brings out our best selves. Dwight-

Englewood gives the highest quality preparation for college and university work while fostering independent thinking; the ability to solve problems; and the skills, tolerance, and integrity it takes to thrive in our multifaceted world. Students thrive here in a variety of ways, including the arts, athletics, leadership and service. In the tradition of the nation’s finest independent schools, we offer small classes and stimulating coursework that encourages students to take risks and to learn to pursue their passions. Beyond the words of our Mission Statement, which charge us to “meet the challenges of a changing world and make it better,” our Profile of a D-E Graduate speaks to how “our graduates will explore ideas critically, communicate effectively, and lead active intellectual lives.” In turn, our Profile of a D-E Teacher speaks to how our faculty and staff together “engage in the full life of our school, educating, supporting, and knowing our students beyond their academic experience.” We pride ourselves in having a friendly admissions team, eager to introduce you to our dynamic ‘community of learners’. Contact D-E Admissions today to arrange a visit to campus or to discuss your future at Dwight-Englewood. Dwight-Englewood does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in its admissions or employment, or in the administration of any of its programs. 315 E. Palisade Avenue, Englewood, NJ. 201/569-9500, ext. 3500;

York Preparatory School New York City, NY York Preparatory School is a co-educational, independent, college preparatory day school offering a traditional curriculum for grades 6-12. In the belief that every student can succeed, we provide a supportive atmosphere that reflects and is enhanced by the diversity and richness of New York City. York Prep recognizes the student as the focus of the educational process. We guide our students to reach their optimum potential intellectually, physically, and socially. Each student is challenged to think critically and creatively in a structured environment where excellence is rewarded and individual effort is encouraged. We strive to develop responsible citizens by reinforcing respect for self and for others in the community. York Prep students are grouped into subject-specific tracks, thus enabling them to recognize their academic potential. We believe subject-specific tracking encourages students to take academic risks and to reach beyond their comfort level. For students seeking even more challenge, we have an honors program of accelerated classes in all subjects and offer Advanced Placement testing. In addition, the Headmaster may permit seniors and advanced york PreParatory school eleventh graders the opportunity to take courses at Columbia University, New York University, or Hunter College. With nearly fifty clubs and activities and twenty-seven sports teams, York offers something for every student. The York Prep Scholars Program is a three-year sequence which addresses the needs of York’s most academically able students with a rigorous curriculum. Units on such topics as “Neuroscience,” “Italian Renaissance Art,” “Statistics,” and “Shakespeare Performance” are presented independently in mini-courses taught by members of the faculty who focus on their particular intellectual passions and specialties. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE York Prep’s Jump Start Program helps students with different learning styles and learning disabilities to function successfully in an academically-challenging mainstream setting. Study skills, test-taking skills, and organizational skills are key components of this supplemental program. The Jump Start program offers supervised group study periods before and after school every day except Friday afternoon, and two 45-minute one-on-one sessions with a designated Jump Start teacher, with whom the student works over the course of the school year. Located in a stately seven-floor historic granite building, York Prep is situated on 68th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue in Manhattan. With close proximity to many of New York’s important cultural resources, students are able to enhance their learning experiences by attending museums, performances, and other events. York Prep’s location truly makes the school an intimate place to learn in the heart of New York City. For more information visit Contact Elizabeth Norton, Director of Enrollment, or Cathy Minaudo, Director of Admissions, at 212-362-0400.

SATURDAY SCHOOL The German School of Connecticut Stamford and West Hartford, CT Who studies German in Fairfield County? And Why? In 2012, The Boston Globe reported that citizens from many European countries “are flocking to learn German in hopes of getting jobs in Europe’s biggest and strongest economy.” The German American Chambers of Commerce reports that “the US will remain a first class investment location for German enterprise,” and that German companies in the US are bullish for 2013, with 76% of them planning to hire. No wonder the German School of Connecticut (GSC) – celebrating its 35th year at its Stamford and West Hartford locations – is enjoying a record enrollment for this 2012-13 school year. Founded in 1978, GSC is a Saturday school offering a two-track curriculum for non-native beginners, and native or near-fluent speakers. The latter are mostly children of expatriates, though often others attend to learn and maintain their German heritage passed down from a previous generation. Classes range from Pre-School through High School and Adult, with students learning and experiencing German language along with German, Austrian and Swiss cultures. Many GSC students realize the advantage of studying one of Europe’s leading languages: Some plan to split their future studies between universities in the US and a German-speaking country, others study to gain a professional advantage. Certain high school students have the opportunity to take a special German language exam, which, when passed, fulfills the language requirement for direct entry at a German university. GSC introduced these “Sprachdiplom” examinations in the US in 1982, authorized by the German education authorities in Bonn. Students may also get credits for their schooling at GSC from many local high schools, and can be better prepared to take the AP German Exam to qualify their studies for college credit. Studying German at GSC is also fun! Adults enjoy the Saturday morning classes because of the camaraderie and friendship among like-motivated students. Toddlers and elementary school children enjoy hands-on modern teaching, along with singing, playing and being with their friends. Middle



school and high school students enjoy special projects and cultural events… and all students participate in the many traditional holiday celebrations. Jacob Ritter von Wagner of the Consulate General of New York, a guest at a recent Christmas celebration, happily commented on the festive atmosphere when he stated that the event, in particular “the outstanding engagement of the students and parents,” will be remembered well. Indeed, GSC also embodies an international parent community… those from German-speaking countries are joined by US and other international parents. They all appreciate the services of the school, and enjoy the transnational atmosphere. With over 40 teachers and above 350 students, the German School of Connecticut welcomes students at both sites. Classes are held from September to May. Private classes and company courses are also available. For further information, please visit, or call 203/548-0438 for our Stamford location and 860/242-3399 for our West Hartford location.

DAY AND bOARDING SCHOOLS Canterbury School New Milford, CT Canterbury School is a coeducational boarding and day school enrolling 360 students in a college preparatory program for grades 9-12. In addition to its strong academic program, the school is known for the beauty of its location, a true dedication to spiritual growth, and an exciting sports program for both boys and girls. The school is situated on a hilltop adjacent to the historic section of New Milford, Connecticut, where Roger Sherman, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, lived. The campus is about 80 miles from New York City in an area of natural beauty near the Housatonic River and the Appalachian Trail. Canterbury was founded in 1915 by prominent lay Catholics. One of the founders, Dr. Nelson Hume, was honored by Pope Pius XI for his outstanding work in education. Today the Canterbury student body is a diverse mix of both Catholics and non-Catholics from 16 countries and 21 states. Canterbury School New Milford, CT Canterbury’s buildings, set on 150 acres, are a rich architectural mix of traditional and modern. The Chapel of Our Lady is both the physical center and the spiritual heart of the campus. The large newly renovated and expanded Robert Markey Steele Hall has a dining room, a student center, two computer labs, a library, a Grades 9-12 • Boarding & Day • (860) 210-3934 • 100-seat lecture room, and the Steers Admission Center. Next door, Nelson Hume Hall has classrooms, science labs, a 400-seat auditorium, and the Theater Department’s “green room.” The sports facilities include ten playing fields, three baseball diamonds, eight tennis courts, a track, a new state of the art aquatic center, and the Hockey Arena. The athletic facility houses three basketball courts, five international squash courts, locker rooms, a weight and fitness room, a wrestling room, as well as space for aerobics and dance. There are eight student dormitories, which, like the classroom build-

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE ings, have wireless Internet access. There are eighty faculty, most of whom also coach and serve as dorm advisors, and therefore may be working with a student in several roles each day. Many live on campus, 30 with their families. Canterbury School takes pride in the breadth and depth of its course options. Few boarding schools of Canterbury’s size offer as many AP classes (19). Canterbury is among the very few offering AP courses in World History, Drawing, and Music Theory. The school also offers four years of Latin. All 100% of the seniors in the class of 2011 continued on to college. Students have enrolled at excellent schools such as: Boston College, Boston University, Bowdoin, Colby, Colgate, Columbia, UConn, Cornell, Dartmouth, Fordham, Georgetown, Loyola, Northeastern, Notre Dame, Penn, Roger Williams, St. Lawrence, US Coast Guard Academy, US Naval Academy, Villanova and Wesleyan. Canterbury’s sports program is extensive, the athletic facilities are substantial, and the coaches are dedicated. All students participate in athletics. Three team levels – Varsity, Junior Varsity, and recreational – are fielded in most sports to accommodate players of varying skills, ages, and size. Boys teams are organized in basketball, baseball, crew, cross-country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, squash, swimming, tennis, track, water polo, and wrestling. Girls compete in basketball, crew, cross-country, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, squash, swimming, track, tennis, and volleyball. Students may earn academic credit for participating in the Canterbury Choir, Chorale and Octet as well as Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Band. Other activities include student government, theater, the school newspaper, the yearbook, and the literary magazine. Interest clubs are formed for the environment and recycling, diversity issues, and school spirit.; 100 Aspetuck Avenue, New Milford, CT. 860/210-3800.

Hackley School Tarrytown, NY “Enter Here to Be and Find a Friend” Hackley’s mission seeks to “challenge students to grow in character, scholarship, and accomplishment, to offer unreserved effort, and to learn from the varying perspectives and backgrounds in our community and the world.” Hackley students discover themselves through relationships with others—in the classroom, in the arts studios, through community service, and on the playing fields. Welcomed by a shared commitment to “Enter here to be and find a friend,” Hackley honors commitment and strength of character, offering students a warm, supportive community that enables both challenge and nurture, giving them the means to set high personal goals and attain them. Founded in 1899, Hackley is a member of the Ivy Preparatory League of independent schools. The first school in the New York metropolitan area to be invited to join Round Square, an international consortium of schools with a common commitment to international understanding, diversity, environmental stewardship, adventure, leadership, and service, Hackley prepares students to think and act with care and effectiveness both at school and in their broader communities. By committing energy, time, and imagination to serving the needs of people beyond Hackley, students experience the satisfaction of helping others and gain appreciation for the complexity and concerns of the larger community. Located on a 285-acre woodland campus in Tarrytown, NY, Hackley is a K-12 coeducational day and five-day boarding school. Visitors are drawn

to the beauty of Hackley’s historic Quad, yet over the last decade, beginning with the purchase of 172 adjacent acres from Laurence S. Rockefeller in 1999, Hackley has transformed the campus facilities that support the educational program, establishing a new Lower School, Middle School, and science building, new library, five new athletics fields, four international

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squash courts, and a competition cross-country trail system. Through ongoing effort to increase the economic and social diversity of the student body, Hackley now draws from over 70 communities, from as far as Cold Spring to the north, Ridgefield, CT to the east, Manhattan to the south, and Franklin Lakes, NJ to the west. 15% of families receive financial aid, and 30% of students are from historically under-represented groups. Through these efforts and with the quality of its faculty and students, Hackley has achieved distinction as an educational force shaping the lives of generations. 293 Benedict Avenue, Tarrytown, NY. 914/366-2642;

The Storm King School Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY Balancing Competition and Cooperation in 21st Century Education

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Paul Domingue, The Storm King School’s 16th head of school in 145 years, introduced himself last summer with a letter that included the following thoughts. Geography dictates so much of every school’s culture, but in this 21st century it is critical that we prepare students to become leaders in a global marketplace and society. Our challenge is to identify the skills, values, and habits of mind that will serve them well in their ongoing education and careers of the future. Much has been written about the “21st century skills” we should be teaching, among them: co-operation, teamwork, empathy, and group-think—some of the essential skills for success in the new global economy. This list sits in sharp contrast to the quintessentially American notions of competition, individualism, selfrealization, and personal responsibility that have been the mainstays of prepschool education. And while a sympathetic—if not empathetic—impulse to society’s betterment underpins traditional standards of leadership, contemporary standards push for a less hierarchical approach. All of this begs several questions. Should schools dramatically shift to embrace these new imperatives? Should an individual’s success depend upon his or her group’s success? What of grades? Accountability? Personal initiative and responsibility? And are these new values the remedy for the endemic abuse of power we have witnessed here and abroad? I endorse the notion that ethics should be at the heart of all we do. Twenty-first century leaders must possess extraordinary personal integrity and, I believe, employ what is “right” as the litmus test for decision WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE making. As we prepare our Storm King students to assume positions of leadership, traditional character education must remain at the center of our daily community experience. To slavishly abandon traditional values in favor of new, market-driven substitutes seems unwise at best. Most of the uniquely American focus on the individual remains relevant. Individualism has been and will continue to be a powerful force for progress and should not be dismissed as dated and irrelevant. And it is telling that US boarding schools are in great demand by students from around the world. To suppose that 21st century society will not reward competitiveness is to ignore the realities of population growth, the unequal distribution of resources around the planet, and the universal desire to provide for one’s children opportunities for a better life. The real question revolves around the need to embrace competition without allowing it to overwhelm our global sensibility and desire for equanimity. For that to occur, competition must be tempered. But to force a choice—competition versus cooperation—is a red herring. Rather, I would argue for a more balanced, blended approach that draws the best from both points of view. Indeed, the Greek notion of balance remains the single greatest gift we can give students today. So, it seems to me that the best, most forward-thinking schools will be ones that preserve the best of their traditions and balance them with emerging educational imperatives. Living balanced lives that acknowledge our competing natures and accommodate the range of human experience should be our ultimate goal. Find the complete letter at Mr. Domingue and the rest of The Storm King School community are eager to welcome you for a visit. For more information, visit or call Joanna Evans at (845) 534-9860. 314 Mountain Road, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520

boarders since 1926. Located just outside of East Aurora, NY, the picturesque campus consists of 110 acres of woodlands, encompassing over 25 buildings. The Reid Arts Center houses The Simms Family Theater, videography, art, and music labs. The 50,000 square-foot Gow Center, complete with basketball court, tennis courts, large multipurpose room, squash courts, fitness center and student lounge, is the center of afternoon and weekend activity. The Donald Weston Dining Hall is a 10,000 squarefoot addition to the campus that was completed in 2009. This January the school opened The Alice R. Gow Science, Technology and Robotics Building. This 5,000 square-foot building houses classroom space for the Science Department with a focus on physics and applied technology. The centerpiece of the building is a workshop for the robotics program, which boasts the new CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine. This high-tech machining tool is a welcome addition to the robotics team at the school. Gow is one of a few schools in the country to have a CNC machine, which is used to fabricate parts for the robotics program with the assistance of CAD (Computer Assisted Design) software. This machine gives students excellent hands-on experience as they explore the world of robotics and engineering. The Gow School has a five-week co-ed summer program in July. The Gow School Summer Program is five weeks of learning and fun for ages 8-16. The camp program includes four one-hour classes in the morning with traditional camp activities in the afternoon and evening. The Gow School Summer Program also offers instruction in the visual and performing arts and an extensive sports program. During the weekend, the students take trips to local cultural, historical, and entertainment venues. 2491 Emery Road, South Wales, NY. Please visit or call 716/687-2001 for further information.

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Oldfields School Glencoe, MD

The Gow School is an internationally renowned boarding school located in rural South Wales, NY. Founded in 1926, Gow is the oldest college preparatory school in the country for young men with dyslexia. The students come from 26 countries and 20 states. the goW school An important goal of The Gow School is preparing students with dyslexia and language-based learning differences for college and a career. Therefore, all of the students take an Orton-based phonics program called Reconstructive Language. In addition to small classes of three to six students, the school offers a range of academic programs, including art, drama, music, and robotics. The school offers structured classes and tutorials during the day, athletics in the afternoon, and a daily supervised study hall in the evening. Students are encouraged to earn college credit in the math and science programs. In recent years, The Gow School has realized the need to broaden its reach to students who live in the local area. Gow now has ten day students, including three girls. Although these students only stay for academics and athletics, they, too, are benefiting from the highly effective remediation and structure that The Gow School has been offering to

At Oldfields, “living large” is about having a generous heart. Courage, Humility, and Largeness of Heart are the values that define the students and the culture of Oldfields School. The School’s nurturing yet rigorous curriculum ensures that our girls walk down Graduation Hill as wellrounded, compassionate, and confident young women. Oldfields School is a private, all girls, 8-12 boarding and day school in Sparks Glencoe. Located on a 130-acre campus in Maryland horse country, Oldfields is also in close proximity to Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and New York City. For over 150 years, Oldfields has been focused on each girl’s success. In a nurturing, family-like atmosphere, students are recognized as individuals and are valued as members of the community. Academically, our girls are oldfields school encouraged to think outside the box and reach to the next level. Says Kiefer ’14 from Sparks, “Oldfields’ teachers are passionate about the subjects they teach, which makes learning enjoyable and interesting.” At Oldfields, a traditional collegepreparatory curriculum is enhanced by small class sizes and a supportive faculty. The faculty to student ratio is five to one, allowing each student



INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE the individual attention necessary to flourish academically and socially. Oldfields students experience real-life learning during the School’s twoweek May Program in the spring. Girls get to choose from a wide variety of offerings, including travel abroad, local opportunities, and hands-on learning. Some examples of this year’s May Programs are The Best of Peru, Kitchen Chemistry, The Joy of Teaching, and Outdoor Experience. Juniors and seniors are also given the option to design an individualized, independent May Program. Past programs have included working as a veterinary aide, being part of a Congressional campaign committee, and interning in surgical pathology at Johns Hopkins University. Oldfields is a small school with big diversity. Diversity of talents, learning styles, cultures, faiths, and more encourages students to be comfortable with their peers from all over the world. Says Addie ’14 from Glyndon, “Oldfields truly does have a feeling of family. We all blend together to make a diverse, focused, and loving community.” Part of being a close-knit and loving community means celebrating students’ differences. Clubs such as the Asian Cultures Club and the Jewish Culture Club provide a vehicle for students to explore their culture and/or learn more about a culture with which they are not familiar. Oldfields offers a number of competitive interscholastic sports and afterschool activities including field hockey, volleyball, lacrosse, dance, theatre, riding lessons, competitive team riding, and much more. Every girl participates in a sport or after-school activity which allows her to discover her passion, whether it be onstage or on the playing field. Says Barrett ’14, a resident of Sparks, “Oldfields gave me the opportunity to take dance, which I had never done before. Now I have found out that I love it!” You’ve heard what our students love about Oldfields. What will YOU love about Oldfields? Come and visit our Admission Office to find out! Check out or call 410-472-4800 for more information.1500 Glencoe Road, Sparks Glencoe, MD.

bOARDING SCHOOLS Westover Middlebury, CT Education Plus Opportunities for Girls in Special Areas of Interest Westover, a selective boarding school of 200 girls, grades 9 - 12, in Middlebury, CT, has students from 16 countries and 19 states. Because the Westover community values the ideas and talents of every student, its students have endless opportunities to distinguish and challenge themselves. In addition to its rich and varied curriculum, Westover offers three specialized programs for those students with more concentrated interests. These programs provide co-curricular experiences for Westover students with the Brass City Ballet, the Manhattan School of Music, and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE). • Brass City Ballet. As participants in this program, a joint venture between Westover and the Brass City Ballet, select students have the opportunity to study dance at one of the region’s leading dance schools. Students audition in the fall of their entry year and take six dance classes a week in ballet, modern, and jazz. • Manhattan School of Music. This joint program between the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division and Westover offers talented musicians and vocalists the opportunity to study music and play in

an orchestra or ensemble at one of the country’s leading music schools. Students must complete a separate application and audition to be accepted into the program. • WISE (Women in Science and Engineering). This advanced extracurricular program in conjunction with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) offers a variety of electives aimed at preparing students for careers in science or engineering. WISE graduates also receive special consideration for RPI’s engineering program. A number of Westover graduates who have participated in these programs have later pursued studies in dance, music, science and engineering in college and have gone on to establish careers in these fields. In addition, Westover offers three signature programs that further reflect the School’s commitment to giving students opportunities to gain experience and knowledge in special areas of interest: the Sonja Osborn Museum Studies Internship, the Online School for Girls, and Westover’s Summer Programs for girls entering grades 7, 8 and 9. • The Sonja Osborn Museum Studies Internship. The Museum Studies Internship, designed for students with interests and aptitude in the study of art history, consists Westover of a ten-week program. The first eight weeks are spent at Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT, the home designed and lived in by Theodate Pope Riddle, Westover’s architect. The final two weeks are spent working on a project that investigates the historical ties between the museum and Westover. • The Online School for Girls (OSG). Westover was one of four all-girls schools in 2009 to establish a consortium to offer online education for girls. Girls taking part in the program are offered courses taught by faculty members from the consortium over the Internet. Courses range from multivariable calculus and differential equations to women in art and literature. All classes focus on collaborative projects for participating students. • Westover’s Summer Programs. The School’s residential one- or twoweek summer programs in the arts and academics are an extension of the Westover experience, allowing girls to benefit from courses taught by Westover instructors while enjoying a range of summer activities. Recent course offerings have included ceramics, creative writing, dance, drama, Model United Nations, and photography. These six programs reflect the diverse offerings that Westover provides for all of its students. As Head of School Ann Pollina has noted, “Westover’s small, all-girls’ environment forces students out of boxes and into a bigger picture of themselves. Our girls are artists and athletes, musicians and mathematicians, poets and physicists – sometimes all at the same time.” 1237 Whittemore Rd, Middlebury, CT. 203/758-2423 For admissions information, or to arrange a visit, contact Westover’s Office of Admission at 203/577-4521 or e-mail WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE The Oakland Collegiate School (formerly Chamberlain-Hunt Academy) Port Gibson, MS. Near the banks of the Bayou Pierre between the Natchez Trace Parkway and the Mississippi River you can find The Oakland Collegiate School for Boys. Its name derives from its historic and philosophic connection to Oakland College (1830-1870); its 170-acre campus was once part of the Woodstock Plantation. In an area noted for its timber, “Oakland” and “Woodstock” were appropriate names. Even to this day tree farms and nearby “old growth” (or “virgin timber”) forests, as well as natural and man-made water features, provide a luxurious habitat for all sorts of wildlife: deer (which outnumber the human population), turkeys, raccoons, opossums, armadillos, snakes, alligators, turtles, bass, catfish and a few black bear. It is also the perfect location for another type of “wildlife:” teenage boys. Most boys are not designed to sit for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week in a straight plastic seat behind a Formica desk under the hum and flicker of fluorescent lights; I was not. No wonder so many intelligent, inquisitive, and energetic boys hate “school.” Teenage boys are typically fast-growing creatures, with surging hormones. They are restless and need to move. They are inquisitive and need the oakland collegiate school to satisfy that curiosity. Their fine-motor skills have not caught up to their gross-motor skills and they need to work with big things. They also need to prove themselves by taking on and successfully completing challenges. When these normal boyish needs are squelched or not met appropriately, no boy can thrive. Typically, he will either withdraw into lazy boredom or he will take unwise risks, dangerous to life and limb. Sometimes he is even drugged into “appropriate” behavior by well-meaning adults. Since Dr. Jeremiah Chamberlain began his work in 1830, Christ-centered education has been available in Claiborne County to young men from around the world—first at Oakland College, then at ChamberlainHunt Academy and now at The Oakland Collegiate School for Boys. Over the years schools for boys have become few, and OCS provides education for boys by people who know boys, preparing them to be men. Our name change reflects both continuity with the past and intentionality about the future: The Oakland Collegiate School for Boys. OCS provides structure to set safe boundaries for boys and Christian teachers to engage them in exploring God’s creation. Think about it: The Bayou Pierre and the heirloom vegetable garden are biology labs. Dressing game and scaling fish are anatomy lessons. Writing and speaking projects help train boys’ minds to think rationally and to communicate clearly. The gun and archery ranges are physics labs. Art projects are big and bold, and often messy. Travel and literature open other new worlds for boys to explore, and the classroom doors are portals to success. We prepare boys to be men, leaders in their families, churches, and communities. The Oakland Collegiate School: 124 McComb Avenue, Port Gibson, MS.; main phone: (601) 437-4291; admissions: (601) 4378855, Fax (601) 437-3212.




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Bard College at Simon’s Rock Great Barrington, MA The Early College Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the nation’s only four-year residential college specifically designed for students ready to begin college early, usually after the 10th or 11th grade. Students typically enter Simon’s Rock at the age of 16, without a high school diploma, and earn the BA by age 20. We offer a rigorous program in the liberal arts and sciences, characterized by small classes and an emphasis on analytical work, excellence in expression, and exploring connections within and across different academic disciplines. Founded in 1966, Simon’s Rock has been part of the Bard College system since 1979. Our students are able to take classes at the main Bard campus and our BA is jointly granted by Simon’s Rock and Bard College. Why Start College Early For some students, high school is not enough. They seek greater challenge, a stronger peer group, and the opportunity to explore sophisticated interests in depth. For these students, spending junior and senior year in AP classes or prepping for standardized tests means marking time, not moving forward. At Simon’s Rock, they find a community of ambitious students and engaged professors ready to support and encourage their unique passions. Our program offers 41 different concentrations across four academic divisions. A core curriculum guides students’ first two years, offering a strong foundation in major ideas and works of the Western world, as well as non-Western perspectives. The core is complemented by electives and concentrations in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, natural and physical sciences, and fine and performing arts. Junior and senior years consist of advanced course work, opportunities to study or intern off-campus, and an independent thesis project. All classes are taught in seminars, offering lively discussion and debate. Why Teens Thrive at Simon’s Rock At Simon’s Rock, each facet of our environment – teaching, advisory system, residential life – is tailored to the intellectual and emotional needs of younger students. While students may have more freedom here than at home or boarding school, we’re a small campus with small classes: no one flies under the radar. Adults, either faculty members or dedicated Residence Directors, live in every dorm. Students meet weekly with their faculty advisors, and rely on them for academic, social, and emotional counsel. Life After Simon’s Rock Our graduates are well prepared for their next steps. We encourage professional internships and study abroad to help students clarify their goals. Those who transfer from Simon’s Rock after two years enter highly selective colleges and universities as juniors. The 50% who remain for the BA have excellent records of graduate and professional school placement, and professional success. We rank 13th among all U.S. colleges and universities for the percentage of graduates who earn a PhD. Many of our graduates work for top law firms, financial institutions, or have created their own successful ventures. For the last two years, Simon’s Rock has had four graduates included in Forbes “30 Under 30” lists of high achieving young professionals. Bard College at Simon’s Rock: 84 Alford Rd. Great Barrington, MA 012301978. 800/235-7186; Email ; Website

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Sarah Lawrence Bronxville, N.Y. Sarah Lawrence is a coeducational liberal arts college, offering undergraduate as well as graduate degrees. Located just north of New York City on a 44-acre wooded campus, the College is nationally renowned for its distinctive pedagogy, incorporation of writing across the curriculum, and curricular integration of the arts. The College does not offer restrictive majors, but instead broader and more flexible “concentrations.” With this unusual curricular freedom, students are encouraged to navigate their own academic paths under the guidance of their personal faculty mentor and adviser known as a don, similarly to Oxford and Cambridge. Princeton Review’s Best 377 Colleges ranks Sarah Lawrence #1 in the nation for best teachers and it has also been ranked #1 in teaching by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (2013). The College was Time Magazine’s Liberal Arts College of the Year in 2000. SLC’s pedagogy is characterized by intensive faculty-student contact via small seminars which constitute 90 percent of all classes, one-to-one faculty student conferences resulting in independent, often interdisciplinary student work, an emphasis on written evaluations of students in addition to letter grades, and a 10-to-1 student-faculty ratio. Sarah lawrenCe

SLC’s student body includes 1,300 undergraduates and 340 graduate students from all 50 states and 35 foreign countries. Master’s level graduate programs include Teaching, Health Advocacy, Writing, Women’s History, Women’s History and Law, Dance Movement Therapy, Dance, Theatre, Child Development, Child Development and Social Work, and Human Genetics. Famous for its round table seminar rooms, other noteworthy College facilities include outstanding theatres, art, performance studios, and music spaces; state-of-the-art graphic computing hardware and software; competitive athletic and fitness facilities including squash courts and a rowing tank; a 60,000-foot visual arts center; and newly renovated dining areas. Sarah Lawrence offers nearly 100 student clubs and organizations, NCAA Division III athletics, seven College-sponsored international programs including Cuba, internships and an entrepreneurship immersion program, and an alumni population including J.J. Abrams, Rahm Emanuel, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker, Julianna Margulies, Vera Wang, noted virologist W. Ian Lipkin, MD, and notables in medicine, law, business, the arts, the non-profit sector, and entrepreneurs. In addition to its undergraduate and graduate programs, the College offers a full menu of credit and non-credit programs including a BA program for adults, post-BA studies, the highly regarded Writing Institute, pre-college credit and non-credit programs for high school students, and programs for children. More information can be found at 1 Mead Way, Bronxville/Yonkers, NY.

Clark University Worcester, Ma. An Unconventional University in a Mainstream World Founded in 1887 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University is a dynamic small, urban, liberal arts-based research university. This combination is important and unique for students who want to excel in today’s world. Our small size gives you access to research opportunities that are normally reserved for graduate students at other schools – and our urban location provides you with a diverse city environment where you can apply your skills and develop solutions to real-world problems. Clark’s tradition of close working relationships provides many opportunities for you to pursue knowledge through active participation. With a 10:1 faculty-to-student ratio, you can partner with professors and postdoctoral associates on a variety of projects. We also offer you the ability to choose from 32 undergraduate majors, along with many master’s degree and Ph.D. program options. AN EDUCATION ON THE CUTTING EDGE Clark gives you the chance to participate in something big: LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice), a new model of education that’s transforming the way students learn. LEEP combines a traditional liberal arts education with intensive world, workplace and personal experiences – ensuring that you develop the full range of skills needed to succeed in today’s complex, ever-changing world. A FULL RIDE FOR TEN LEEP SCHOLARS In celebration of the launch of LEEP, we’re offering up to 10 students in 2013 the chance to benefit from everything Clark has to offer – at no cost for tuition, room or board – through the LEEP Scholars program. Scholars also have the opportunity to complete a master’s degree, tuition-free, through our Accelerated B.A./Master’s Degree Program. THE ACCELERATED B.A./MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAM With Clark’s excellent graduate programs and research institutes, the University is able to offer all of our students a unique cost-savings opportunity. Work hard and you could earn an accelerated bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years from one of 14 different programs with the fifth year of tuition waived. Any student who meets the chosen program’s requirements is eligible. A DYNAMIC COMMUNITY WITH GLOBAL INSIGHT By living and learning in Clark’s global community, you have access to a broader understanding of international perspectives. With approximately 600 international students, faculty members and scholars from more than 90 countries, you’ll discover a variety of cultures, traditions, religions and political ideologies to learn about and enjoy. CHALLENGE CONVENTION. CHANGE OUR WORLD. Clark will inspire you to get involved in significant ways in class, on campus and abroad. More than 50 percent of Clark students actively volunteer, locally and globally, through community service and study abroad programs. With our various academic and student life opportunities, LEEP and the overall Clark experience, you’ll be well-equipped to exemplify the University’s motto: “Challenge convention. Change our world.” Clark University: 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA. 800-462-5275 or 508-793-7431;; WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


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My dad parked the car on the side of Bronx river parkway, juMped out, and told Me to get in the driver’s seat. i had just gotten My perMit and was in the Middle of eating a Blt. “now?! really?!” two of My siBlings go to jesuit schools in the Bronx But this was My first tiMe really seeing the area, and i Barely knew it well enough to navigate, Much less to cruise lackadaisically in a city setting. “But… But… there are Buses! and people! and fire hydrants! and other things that i can hit and that can hit Me!” My dad wasn’t having any of it. My parents are very strategic in teaching us lessons and enjoy preparing us for worst-case scenarios. When my oldest sister first learned to drive, my dad’s favorite tactic was screaming, “DEAR GOD, THERE’S A CHILD IN THE ROAD!” when she was behind the wheel. After she would swerve, shrieking and fighting tears in her eyes, my dad would chirp, “THERE’S NO CHILD. BUT THERE COULD HAVE BEEN. SO GOOD RESPONSE TIME.” Needless to say, she is now always prepared for stray children. My mom always holds on to the coat hanger thingy above the passenger seat like she’s in a turbulent subway car when one of us drives her. She started this practice when my aforementioned sister lost her grip on the wheel while on the highway, the time we affectionately refer to as the “Jesus, Take the Wheel” incident. Thankfully, everyone was fine, but, as a result, my siblings and I are subjected to creative ways of getting us to learn how to drive better. Which is why my dad leapt out of the car on the middle of the parkway and insisted I take a pop quiz in Urban Driving 101. I



sat in the driver’s seat of the truck, a tiny girl being swallowed up by a tremendous vehicle (or as my parents like to call it, “a KILLING MACHINE so BE CAREFUL”). I started the car with shaking hands and felt my jaw lock. My knuckles wrapped so tightly around the steering wheel that I could see my bones, possible instruments of murder and/or destruction when curled around the wheel. Gasping and gulping, I steered, paler than a wedding dress. And I prayed, OH how I prayed. It was an informal prayer that mostly consisted of whispering ohmygodohmygodohmygod, but it was a sort of prayer. I remember passing church after church and thinking that if I could borrow God to keep him in my backseat for just this one ride, I’m sure no one would mind. I was yelled at by furious men in black hats at a crosswalk and was nearly sideswiped by a city bus but I quickly came to the realization that I was driving, really driving! I was a pilgrim, exploring roadways and obeying laws! I was a pioneer, charting new and previously unseen territory! I was out of gas!

After the blood returned to my head, I pulled over, spilled gas all over my tights, and was safely strapped into the passenger seat, drunk with power and slurring with excitement (“Did you see that?! I used my turn signal!!”). I was a golden girl, an iron man, a fantastic driver, only having smacked the bumper twice, scraped the curb a handful of times, and killed one squirrel. (I didn’t know there were squirrels in the Bronx either…) I officially got my license a few weeks ago. There’s something about driving alone for the first time that makes you stop the car repeatedly to check if there’s someone else in the back. Maybe it’s the fact that you’ve been in a car a million times but have never been driving one completely alone. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s that you aren’t ever completely alone after all.


Caroline Lazar has worked at McSweeney’s, The New York Post, The Greenwich Time, and studies at Connecticut College. She lives in Greenwich, CT.


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