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Down the hall my fourteen-year-old daughter still slept soundly in her little girl room, snug within a mountain of stuffed animals. For her, this July was to be full of summer laziness and horses. Her father and I had separated a year earlier. He immediately bought her a horse, thinking Donner would make everything all right. Now, after a difficult year, she seemed to be accepting the new life I was attempting to put together. But it was Donner, with his soft white blaze nestled within chestnut hair, who became the one she trusted, his deep brown eyes following her every move. He was the one who nuzzled her with unconditional love as she rested her head against his strong neck and the one who wouldn’t suddenly go away one day. He was her love. I panicked. Dumping an entire drawer on the kitchen counter I scrambled to find a box of stale cigarettes, lit one, then lurched out onto the deck and dry heaved over the side onto the dew of the lawn. It wasn’t even 6:40 yet. I admit I pushed horses on my daughter, though I didn’t have to push very hard. I was that horse-crazy girl when I was young, so why shouldn’t she be? Even on her first pony ride she held her back straight as if she knew she’d eventually become one with her horse. Lessons started when she was seven, first on little Brando, a buzz-cut heart on his grey rump, her skinny legs working to post to a trot. Then on to the canter, loping around and around the ring, mostly staying on, occasionally falling over his head when he decided he’d
The barn was full of little girls. They rode together, spent hours braiding manes with multicolored ribbons, and learned how to carefully pick up their horses’ hooves to clean the dirt from their shoes. On Saturdays, with their brown bag lunches, they’d sit on the tack boxes swinging their legs and talk only of horses. “I’m going to marry Brando,” one announced. “I’m going to marry Blue,” another shot back. “Maybe Blue and Brando should get married.” They agreed. Happy, innocent, little-girl talk. Isn’t that what we all want for our children? And we want that to last forever. Growing up my friends didn’t ride, they knew nothing of this life I had of mucking stalls, brushing tails, or the sweet smell of oiled leather as I polished the saddles, the scent that became part of me. They didn’t know the bliss of taking a horse out into a field on a cool fall day, a special time between the animal and me. I wanted this innocent joy for my little girl. The previous year had been difficult for both of us, though I assumed a merry face. Her first year in high school brought on an unexpressed anxiety as she confronted the confusions of a still-distant maturity. She became quiet. She didn’t seem to want to hug and cuddle anymore. Her father came around for the fun events, but even she knew that was barely good enough. She didn’t trust
All it took was for her trainer to yell, “Good job, he loves you when he knows you’re working with him.” Then she became a barn girl. had enough. The falls didn’t bother her, only me. I’d grip the fence, she’d glance over with that, “I’m fine, Mommy” look and up she’d climb again. Then came a trot over a pole on the ground, then two poles, then three, and a first jump over a two-foot crossbar. Unlike her stints on the soccer field, where she’d pick at the grass or follow the flight of a bird into the sun, afraid the ball might come to her, she worked hard on her riding. All it took was for her trainer to yell, “Good job, he loves you when he knows you’re working with him.” Then she became a barn girl.
him and she didn’t trust me. I was told more than once you can’t protect your child from their realities. But I couldn’t accept that; I’d be different and protect her. “I can hide my hurt,” I thought. “I’m a terrific actress. Here’s my greatest role.” Barn life for her, though, was different. There’s nothing sad when a horse’s ears prick up at the sound of your voice. And the girls were close. They spoke a language most of the parents knew nothing about and they were thrilled to keep it that way. Oxers, inand-outs, on the bit, hunters, jumpers; their
world, their words. But it was also at the barn where I caught glimpses of a budding young woman. It showed in the responsibility she took for Donner as well as her commitment to the repetitive training they both needed; her tack box was always neat, his stall soft with fresh hay, his blankets folded and clean. If you were able to look very far into the future, you’d see the same kind of care a mother has for her infant. Though I only see that now; I didn’t then. I let her sleep until 10 am. Such a little girl when she woke, none of the teenage attitude
which always came as the day went on. I sat her down within the deep sofa in our cozy den, my arm tightly around her as if I could somehow hold together the heart which I was now about to break. “Something bad has happened.” I didn’t know how to say it, though like a plunge into icy water it needed to be done swiftly. “The barn, honey… the barn is gone. There was a fire last night and it’s gone.” “Donner?” She couldn’t understand. “No, sweetie.” I held her as if my body could protect every piece of her. Of course it couldn’t. “Blue? Brando?” “No one, honey.” A whisper, for all thirtyone were gone. Oh, dear God, you’re tearing your child into
We didn’t know how to begin either. Our first steps were a caravan of cars with headlights on in that tradition of solidarity, parking at the foot of the drive which once took us to the top of the hill where that red barn used to hold the sweet smell of hay and horses and laughter. Up there nothing now but blackened, charred wood. But it was the fence along the road which offered our first glimpse of promise. It overflowed, the entire length, with a vast bountiful garden of flowers left by unknown others. Bouquets of summer colors, chipper yellow daisies and fragrant roses, some still wrapped, others casually strewn about among bunches of horse-loving carrots, so many carrots, wrapped carefully with colorful ribbons… and handwritten signs of love
Saddle Club books, but instead began choosing themes which challenged her perspective. She began questioning the high school pettiness and girly competitions, which seemed so important before. Her journal, which once held the scribbles of horses getting married, now took a more serious line as she began to understand the ramifications which come from experience. All this swirled around her for a year, as she tried to make sense of what will never be understood. Eventually, she learned it was all right to cry, to feel sad, be confused, for the months were going to go on in all their sparkling glory. And then she began to talk to me again. “I want to leave here, Mommy. I want to leave and go away to school. I think it’ll be good for
Holding her, it seemed her childhood floated down her back to disappear before it even reached the floor. little pieces, hold it together. Curled up within each other, with more tears than I ever thought possible, we eventually settled into that gentle sway of her baby years I remember so well as hours went by. Holding her, it seemed her childhood floated down her back to disappear before it even reached the floor. Now neither little girl nor adult, she didn’t know how to react. To see my child’s innocence swept away as quickly as sand at the water’s edge took me to the brink of helplessness. I couldn’t fix this. Couldn’t change what the storm’s lightning of the night before had done. All I could do was watch her cry, her sweet little face in so much pain. There was nothing else to do, except cry together. She for her own losses, me for the pain, but also for her youth, which I knew would never return. When the world is dark and frightening, where do you look for hope? We began by coming together, the barn girls and their parents. The girls clung to one another, all twenty or so of them staying at one girl’s home for the next week. Mothers on their watch we sat quietly downstairs, sometimes wandering out into the summer light or sneaking a peek into the room upstairs, littered with sleeping bags and stuffed animals, which they kept dark. We waited. Then waited some more.
for these beautiful animals and the girls who had been so young a few days ago. They walked slowly along the fence, hand in hand, touching and taking in the hope others offered them. Cars began to stop, strangers got out, and without a word began directing traffic behind us, keeping the many television crews at bay across the street. Grief shared in so many small, grateful ways. Summer passed as if we were in one of those movies where the clock hands swiftly sweep the hours and days away. Confusion accompanies sudden tragedies. All those unanswerable questions of “why?” would arrive without warning. Now the crying didn’t help and the sorrow and anger wouldn’t go away. She became sullen and unresponsive, like a little shroud of sadness, going through the motions. We all deal with grief differently. But oh, my daughter; I couldn’t bear for her to travel that dark road, though it didn’t matter what I wanted. She needed to go step by step like everybody else and there were no detours either one of us could take. And that’s what she did, as slowly I began to see the shift. She read of others’ grief, which at first I thought only reinforced her own. I was wrong. She learned she wasn’t alone. Not only did this come as a relief to her, but her reading choices changed. No longer did she crave the
me to be able to start out with something new to look forward to.” She’d looked into herself and decided what would be best for her, one of the many revelations to come out of this tragedy. As difficult as that was for me, that’s what we did. She went away to finish high school, college, then graduate school, discovering her focus was to help those less fortunate than she. Fourteen isn’t the age to learn the cruel lessons that will surely come our way, though a friend did remark, “Your daughter is a lucky girl. My children haven’t had to overcome hardship, then learn that life goes on. When a tragedy happens, will being older make it more difficult?” Loss and all that it entails allowed her to understand you can’t stop changes from occurring, but it didn’t mean happiness, joy, love… and horses… would never again be a part of her life. Wonderful things would come again. Wonderful things have come again. Again and again and again. Now, years later, she’s saving to buy a horse. I can’t wait to meet him.
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Hamptons artists By DeBRA ScoTT
ARTISTS have migrated to the Hamptons for more than a century, lured by the pastoral setting, seascapes and especially the sublime light reflected off countless bodies of water. Originating with American Impressionists such as William Merritt Chase and Childe Hassam, the legacy continued throughout the 20th century with such superstars as Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollack. Today, many dozens of artists still toil away from atop dunes or in potato barn studios, exhibiting content and style as different as Sag Harbor is from Montauk. Jim GinGerich Nobody moves a brush quite like Jim Gingerich – whether used to create a radiant sky or define a fleeting shadow, it harnesses an incredible energy.” - Renee Dahl, Art Critic Texan by birth, Bridgehampton painter Jim Gingerich has captured the essence of Hamptons’ landscapes, particularly moody Sagaponack beach scenes, on his canvases since settling on the South Fork in the late 80s. Working in the open air where he can “immerse” himself in the light, he renders scenes so evocative of the local terroir – breeze, clouds, dunes – that you feel you can walk right through the painting. The light changes so quickly, he has to work fast in the brief two-hour windows of afternoon light. His fantastical figurative work enlivens his upcoming graphic novel Eros Entangled, in which his raw, hormonepumping pastels and illustrations tell a mythological tale about love set in the Hamptons’ past. Widely exhibited at major galleries and museums, his list of collectors includes Eric Clapton, Robert DeNiro, Roy Scheider, and Kurt Vonnegut. Prints (from $400) to largescale paintings ($30,000).
Steve miller How many artists do you know who hang out in Switzerland with scientists chasing the elusive Higgs Boson (“God particle”) at the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator? Or, who completed a body of artwork based on research at Brookhaven National Laboratory that followed the timeline of human history incorporating Neolithic pottery and images of quark gluon plasma (the state of matter at the Big Bang)? He may work out of a low tech potato barn in Bridgehampton (formerly the studio of Frank Stella), but Steve Miller “looks at the world through the lens of technology.” One of the first artists to work with computers in the ‘80s, for the past 15 years Miller has worked on collaborative projects with scientists. While other artists are limited to paint brushes and canvas, Miller’s instruments of expression include electron microscopes and x-rays as he investigates both the origins of the universe and the state of the world ecology. He’s currently working on a “protein series” with Nobel Prize-winner in chemistry Roderick MacKinnon, rendering the scientist’s notebooks with their elegant scribbles and diagrams of ions moving through cell membranes into art – a show on which opens August 5th at the National
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“There was nobody who didn’t have one,” she says. “From the Taubmans to the Fords.” She then moved on to a period of drawing ethereal pastel flower abstracts. Of late, the artist has returned to narrative work in an ongoing series of collages, many of which explore her Southampton roots. The pieces are awhirl with iconic images of the beach, Lilly Pulitzer dresses, girls in their Best and Company hats, a Squire station wagon, Lester Lanin’s orchestra. But there’s a serious edge to many: a layering over of juxtaposing “cruel imagery” from the Viet Nam war to JFK’s assassination. These nostalgic flights of memory encompass a broad range of subjects, from her eulogizing of a glam rock superstar (Ode to Freddie Mercury) to her celebration of a society interior designer (Lady Mendl aka Elsie de Wolfe). No wonder she has been called the modern Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. In a move from the micro to macro world, Miller spends much of his time in the Southern Hemisphere giving Earth “a medical checkup” by x-raying the Amazon rainforest, “the lungs of the planet.” These works evoke the “interior beauty” of jungle creatures from alligators to orchids, and are often layered over with satellite images of the river basin, replete with the alarming “fish bone” pattern of land clearing. Miller has had 36 solo shows around the world and his work is in many collections, including Beth Rudin DeWoody’s and Amy and Ronald Guttman’s. From $250 (for a print at artspace. com) to $30,000 (large painting or sculpture). Dora FroSt As one of Southampton’s “summer colonists” (an old-money tribe with rambling “cottages” and memberships in such enclaves of privilege as the Meadow Club), Dora Frost spent childhood summers in the rarefied world of the Hamptons elite. It was a natural segue then, that after graduating from Parsons where she’d studied illustration, she launched a successful career painting the
Southampton and Palm Beach homes of her set. What made Frost’s depictions unique was her surrounding of the central house image with multiple vignettes of exterior and interior details from gazebos to occasional tables piled with the bibelots of the rich. It became de rigueur among the old guard to have their house painted by Frost.
day Florence Stettheimer. Frost’s work has been shown widely at such venues as Tower Gallery, Elaine Benson, Gary Ligesky, the Newhouse Gallery and Spanierman. Collectors include Hilary Geary Ross, Joanne de Guardiola, and Robin Pickett. From $3500- $20,000. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM
nathan Slate JoSeph One morning in Mexico, while walking with his friend the legendary artist Larry Rivers, Nathan Slate Joseph came upon a piece of steel that had oxidized in the elements. “These were the colors I was trying to get on canvas: brilliant natural pigments that seduce you.” It was a moment that permanently changed the artist’s direction. Throwing himself into what he calls “alchemy and research,” Joseph began to use the weather as his palette in his new mission to “bring the brilliance of the outdoors indoors.” Working with inorganic earth pigments and galvanized steel, he creates wall hangings and sculptures with saturated colors and rough textures that refer to exotic locales such as Bukhara and his native Israel. Scouring the streets of New York and Jerusalem, he seeks “chosen objects” which he recycles into art. Construction sites provide an abundance of such castaways as air conditioning vents and structural steel. Through his work, the artist aims to depict a “special feeling” of place. By using what he calls “Third World materials” (available anywhere), he evokes the feel of places such as a transfer camp he helped construct as a kid. “I’m creating cultural DNA,” he says. “I use the colors I grew up with from Persian rugs to the sand, sea, vegetation and even the pigmentation on cement buildings of the Middle East. I call them ‘arrested memories.’” Joseph’s work is in major collections and museums; he has done major commission works. Represented by the Sundaram Tagore Gallery: New York, Hong Kong and Singapore, his current solo show opened in Singapore on June, 28th, 2013 at Sundaram Tagore Gallery. From $5000 - $100,000.
Debra Scott is a Hamptons-based writer whose work has appeared in publications from The Times of London to Vogue.
works by nathan slate joseph clockwise from left: kimonoSuite ii. deeply colored shards of steel welded into sculpture; Blue Silence. torch-cut panels of steel treated with pure pigments result in a dynamic blue patchwork; wooGiwooGione. highly pigmented sculpture made from steel “tracks” salvaged from a construction site.
PoST-GRAD InTeRnShIPS: PAyoff oR PAyouT? exPeRIence In The fIelD IS AlWAyS Welcome, BuT When you’Ve AlReADy GRADuATeD, loW-PAyInG—oR unPAID—InTeRnShIP PoSITIonS mAy Be leAVInG GRADS moRe mySTIfIeD AnD In DeBT ThAn eVeR BefoRe. heRe, ThRee GRADS SPeAk uP. By Vanessa Voltolina
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is an odd place, to be sure. Originally, the concept of an “internship” was designed for college students to shadow a professional or experience a workplace environment in order to gain more insight into their prospective field. This, it was reasoned, would make them better prepared for working after graduation, and more desirable job candidates. While many accepted a small stipend, or working a few days a week without pay—balanced with a part-time, paid job—others were lucky enough to receive heftier salaries with the promise of being hired upon graduation. It seems, however, that the slowly recovering economy has turned this original concept on its head. Finding a “real job,” especially in the tri-state area, has become nearly impossible for some new grads and graduate students. Now, with the ink still drying on their college diplomas, some new grads are accepting unpaid or minimum wage internships. Interestingly, studies report that last year, companies increased internship slots by 8.5%, with students citing almost 50% of their internships as unpaid. For employers, it’s a good deal: Why hire a college grad when you can have an intern for minimum wage, or nothing at all? It’s not that all companies are out to take advantage of new grads—on the contrary, many smaller shops do provide great experiences, and rely on the smarts and can-do attitudes of new grads to keep afloat. Valuable experience aside, the sad reality is that most graduates entering into these internships, especially in cities such as New York, could be earning more money working as a retail sales clerk or as a grocery store cashier. And with thousands in debt, the latter may seem like an attractive option in the interim. New grads, however, may feel like doing so is giving up, selling out and conveying to potential employers that they don’t have what it takes. So, grads take on summer internships in the hopes that some elbow grease and networking will secure them a position at the company—or at least make them more competitive job candidates. This is the hope, but does this tactic always pay off—or just end up being a large payout for interns? Three former unpaid (and low-stipend) interns have mixed reviews. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM
Finding a Gig After scouring an endless number of job openings, “I found a posting for a summer editorial internship at Us Weekly, which was basically my dream job,” says Jenna Todoroff, a 2010 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. During her time at school, she wanted to work in entertainment journalism. “I could (and still can) tell anyone anything they ever wanted to know about pop culture.” She wasn’t planning on interning after graduation, but the down economy made her
reconsider. “I knew my chances of landing a job right out of school were kind of grim, so I was OK with accepting an internship position,” she says. This was also a way for her to “try out” the entertainment journalism industry. “What I did have to do was convince my parents that it was a good idea to take an internship position after graduating from college,” she adds, “as (normally) you take internships during college.” Alexandrea Jackson, a recent Lehigh University grad, echoes Todoroff’s sentiment. “After graduation, jobs were really hard to find,” she admits. “Through my job search I came across a posting for interns for President Clinton’s office and applied, not expecting to be accepted.” Sara Simmons, on the other hand, accepted an internship with the Bridgeman Art Library in New York City after graduation to give her resume a boost. After obtaining her degree in art history in 2011 from Wagner College in Staten Island, she was looking to stay in New York City, and “had little experience in the art field, which is a very small world,” she says. application: accepted While most employers these days see hundreds—if not thousands—of applications for a single position, this kind of competition is varied for
unpaid internships. “The application and interviewing process was not very intricate,” says Simmons. “I emailed them my resume and was brought in for an interview [with Bridgeman Art Library]; I was notified the next day I had received the position.” At her internship, Simmons provided administrative support to the library’s Picture Research, Licensing, Marketing and Education departments, as well as collaborating with Bridgeman Education to expand their resources. Todoroff also describes her application process for the US Weekly summer internship as “pretty standard.” She found the position posted on job site Mediabistro.com during her last semester of college, and submitted a resume and cover letter. “What I think set me apart from the rest of the pack was that I used my cover letter to demonstrate my extensive knowledge (and, more or less, obsession) with celebrities and pop culture,” she says. “I wrote of Angelina and Brad’s kids, the countless number of films Reese Witherspoon had starred in and who was dating whom in the celebrity world at the time.” After her phone interview with the company two weeks later, she found out she was one of 10 summer interns. “Yes, at times I had to do the standard intern ‘get coffee’ tasks, research stories, file, transcribe interviews and the like; but I also got to do some things that I never thought I’d be doing as an intern, such as attending red carpet events, press junkets and movie screenings on behalf of Us Weekly— on my own, no less!” Typically, an Us Weekly intern only worked two days a week, but Todoroff coordinated a three-day workweek “because I wanted
Grads take on summer internships in the hopes that some elbow grease and networking will secure them a position at the company—or at least make them more competitive job candidates.
to get as much experience as I could.” The most elaborate application process fell to Jackson when she applied to the William J. Clinton Foundation. While it was “very straightforward,” she says, the essay took her “several hours of writing, editing and refining my work.” Bringing home the Bacon Whether you’re building your resume post-grad, or simply following your dreams, one question remains: How can you afford to live—especially in New York City—on $10 per day or less? The truth is, most
can’t. “Finances are always at the forefront of new grads’ minds,” says Jackson, who recognizes that unpaid internships can be out of reach for many because of financial constraints. She was lucky to have the support of her parents—and a low-cost living situation outside of the city. “My college loan payments have also been minor thanks to academic scholarships I earned from Lehigh University and from federal grants which I applied for to fund my education,” she says. “Of course, budgeting was essential, as was taking advantage of public transportation.” Jackson received a stipend from the Clinton Foundation, but this isn’t a given for all of the organization’s interns. “The stipend requires applying for the funds separately and submitting an essay describing your need,” she says. While she wasn’t comfortable sharing the amount of her stipend, the Clinton Foundation’s website explains that it “offers stipends to those with a financial need based on a combination of family income, moving and housing costs.” But in general, “an intern who does not have to move to New York City for the internship and qualifies for a stipend from us will receive a onetime payment of a few hundred dollars.” Even with a theoretical stipend of $400, this is still just over $8 per hour for a three-month internship. During the summer of 2011, Simmons’ stipend during her quarterly stint at Bridgeman Art Library was $10 a day, in addition to a monthly MetroCard. For Simmons, this didn’t even cover her commuting costs. “When accepting this internship, I had to keep in mind the cost of the commute—$13 in and out of the city from New Jersey—my student loans, other personal bills, and desire to save money to eventually move out and into the city,” she says. Todoroff kept these same concerns in mind. “I knew before I graduated college that moving to New York City would be expensive,” she says; her parents also advised her about some of the unanticipated costs that could arise. “I was lucky to have a great waitressing job at school where I made pretty decent money,” she says, “and was able to save up enough for living, food and entertainment expenses.” Todoroff was also exempt from paying back student loans until after the grace period (six months after her graduation). As an out-of-towner, Todoroff wasn’t able to live with mom and dad, but she was able to find a company specializing in renting apartments to summer interns. “So I, two of my sorority sisters and a random roommate were able to get an apartment together,” she says. “Looking back, I am pretty thankful that I opened a credit card that had a zero percent interest rate before I left for the city, as it accounted for extra living expenses. However, I ended up spending most of my savings before my internship was over, which led me to use my credit card more to compensate and to be completely deprived of cash.” Where are they now? After the internship at the William J. Clinton Foundation, Jackson has had several temporary, paying positions. She’s now working as a freelance journalist and “actively interviewing for a number of great opportunities in my field,” she says. Upon completing her internship with Bridgeman Art Library, Simmons began a second internship for a small public relations firm, and doesn’t believe that time interning with Bridgeman has served her well in being hired. Todoroff contemplated whether or not to remain in New York City at the end of her internship, and ultimately decided to move back to her hometown of Belleville, Illinois. “Once August rolled around, I was out
“I believe that interning for free or very low wages can be useful during college to further your career or add to your resume, but for someone who has graduated and has student loans and is looking for a full-time career, it’s not ideal.” of money (and a little homesick), and decided not to stick around and become a New Yorker permanently,” she admits. She moved back home and decided to go back to school to get her master’s at Lindenwood University in Missouri. “Although I enjoyed my time working there [Us Weekly] and loved being immersed in pop culture and the celebrity world, I realized that working at a magazine wasn’t what I wanted to do,” she says. “I still wanted to write, but I wanted to pursue a broader role in communications and public relations, not as a reporter at a publication. Now I work at a public relations agency in St. Louis where I can thrive in a variety of roles and really utilize my talents.” Words to the Wise So, is post-grad interning for little compensation worth it? It depends. “I believe that interning for free or very low wages can be useful during college to further your career or add to your resume,” says Simmons, “but for someone who has graduated and has student loans and is looking for a full-time career, it’s not ideal. It was a great learning experience, and I enjoyed my time with them [Bridgeman]—it just would have been nice to receive more compensation for my work.” Jackson admits she was initially skeptical about how her internship would help her career. “I would say now that accepting this position was a great choice for my career, as it has given me communication skills in politics, which I wouldn’t have gained anywhere else,” she says. “If I had taken the advice of people around me and opted for an administrative assistant job or another entry level position outside of politics, I believe that I would be further away from reaching my goals than I am today.” As a graduate, Jackson advises that it’s even more important to be clear about what happens after the internship ends. “Don’t expect a job out of an internship if you haven’t been told upfront that you will take on a paid position after a certain amount of time,” she says. In spite of her positive post-college internship experience, “it’s difficult for me to recommend working in a low-paying or free internship position after college,” says Todoroff. She believes that if a non-paid internship will further your career and offer networking opportunities, it’s worth diving in—but if it won’t be a boon in the long run, reconsider. “Although I hate to admit it, money plays a big factor in a lot of decision-making. Can you make ends meet, or will you be living off of Ramen noodles during the course of the unpaid internship?”
Vanessa Voltolina is a lifestyle writer based in New York City who has contributed to Weight Watchers magazine, MediaPost Publications, AOL, Entrepreneur and SpaFinder Wellness, among others. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM
11TH-ANNuAL Teeny AwArds a broadway revue– bridgehampton
The Teeny Awards, conceived from the idea of the Antoinette Perry Awards – The Tony Awards – for Broadway shows, has been celebrating excellence in high school theater across the East End of Long Island since 2002, and is presented and coordinated by East End Arts. Theatrical productions presented by the 17 participating East End high schools were attended and reviewed by a panel of volunteer judges. A formal awards ceremony was held on Sunday, June 9th 2013 at Southold JuniorSenior High School in Southhold, NY, hosted by award-winning broadcaster, producer, host and interviewer, Bonnie Grice.
a christmas carol– riverhead
into the woods– mcgann mercy WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM
are teachers human– mattituck
arsenic and old lace– westhampton beach
fame– southampton high school
fiddler on the roof– riverhead
footloose– westhampton beach
guys and dolls– greenport
funny girl– pierson high school
how to succeed in business without really trying– longwood
into the woods– mcgann mercy
legally blonde– shelter island
one acts– the ross school
pygmalion– east hampton high school
the music man– eastport south manor
the wiz– center moriches the music man– mcgann mercy
who’s afraid of virginia woolf– mcgann mercy trixie teen detective– southold-greenport
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you can’t take it with you– mcgann mercy
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Long Island Remembered
THE PELLETrEAu SHoP The Legacy of SouThampTon’S moST ReveRed SiLveRSmiTh By Samantha Rothenberg ronism, which dates back to a time when Long Island’s livestock population outnumbered its human one? A historic building, the structure still stands exactly as it did in 1696, when it belonged to the property of prosperous whale-oil merchant Francis Pelletreau. In fact, the Southampton historical society advertises the space as the longest-running shop in the Western hemisphere. As impressive as that accolade might be, the space gained its most enduring acclaim when it became the silver workshop of Pelletreau’s son, Elias, colonial Long Island’s most important silversmith. Choosing a decidedly different pelletreau silver shop. from the collection trade from that of his father, at of the southampton historical museum the age of fifteen, Elias Pelletreau signed an indenture securing him a seven-year apprenticeship under celebrated New York City-based silverIf you wANT To uNdErSTANd firsthand the enormous rise in popularity handmade goods have expe- smith Simeon Soumaine. By studying with Soumaine, who had worked rienced lately, just visit the website “etsy.com.” There you’ll find every- in London, Pelletreau entered into an elite group of skilled craftsmen. thing from a lovingly hand-tossed clay soap dish to a manually sewn By today’s standards, it would be easy to underestimate the importance steering wheel cover. Everyone, it seems, has jumped on the artisanal of the trade, but during eighteenth-century America, silversmiths were “Do-It-Yourself ” bandwagon, as it has become increasingly “in vogue” akin to rockstars. Their work was highly celebrated and admired by all. Having concluded his apprenticeship, Pelletreau returned to Southto choose personal craftsmanship over the conveyor belt. From a historical perspective, though, it’s a peculiar irony that we now ampton to embark upon his independent career. Over time, he estabview the consumption of handcrafted goods as an exciting new trend lished a thriving business and would achieve an unprecedented level of or movement. After all, for hundreds of years, this was the only option. acclaim. During his era, only the very wealthy could afford to commisBut one place where our modern world and the simpler days of yore sion the meticulously crafted objects that represented the heights of his unexpectedly collide can be found right on Long Island, along South- talent and skill. The majority of Pelletreau’s commissions, therefore, were ampton’s famed Main Street. Here, nearly lost among the upscale restau- from average townspeople, who would have ordered only the most barants, fine art galleries, and tasteful boutiques, sits the Pelletreau Silver sic necessities, including buckles, buttons, and spoons, along with the Shop. Passing this anomalous small wooden cottage, which seems to occasional minor repair or melding work. Trading and bartering was a have been transplanted directly from the eighteenth century, you might common practice, and one of Pelletreau’s clients, a man by the name of do a “double-take.” So what’s the story behind this architectural anach- Gamaliel Marshall, is recorded in the silversmith’s ledger as paying for his WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM
purchase with tea, coffee, spirits, sugar, molasses, muslin and even nails. Those who could afford to pay in actual shillings would likely have opted for “hollowware,” such as teapots, bowls and tankards. Above all other items, however, a tea set was considered an indispensable fixture of any wealthy Colonial home. Silversmiths such as Pelletreau were typically commissioned to create these pieces in sets of three, with matching engravings portraying the family name on each. Although less common, larger sets did exist, and included extras, such as coffee pots, chocolate pots, slop bowls (for emptying cold tea and dregs before refilling a cup with hot tea), tea caddies, and “spooners” used for holding teaspoons. Today colonial tea sets, such as those bearing Pelletreau’s famous imprint of his initials set inside a rectangular design, are commonly displayed in museums—particularly those specializing in the Decorative Arts. While any authentic piece of colonial silverware is considered valuable, the sets with matching engravings are highly collectible and command the highest sums. Although Pelletreau’s work is now exhibited in some of the world’s most famous museums and galleries, his legacy hasn’t been entirely relegated to the display case. In fact, the way the Pelletreau shop is being used today is just as interesting as its storied past. The current tenant of this unique architectural
porringer by elias pelletreau. from the collection of the southampton historical museum
space is none other than Eric Messin, a contemporary silversmith who keeps Pelletreau’s spirit alive by making all of his pieces by hand. In 2006, Messin worked in a nearby second-story shop, and would pass the abandoned structure each day on his way to work. “I would think to myself how perfect it would be to do my work in an authentic silver shop,” he says. He was in luck. When a new curator at the Southampton Historical Society was searching for someone to occupy the space in exchange for the upkeep and preservation of the workshop, Messin jumped at the opportunity. To this day, he uses the shop as a studio space for fashioning his
master jeweler eric messin teaching one of his jewelry making workshop at the pelletreau silver shop from the collection of the southampton historical museum
during eighteenth-century America, silversmiths were akin to rockstars. Their work was highly celebrated and admired by all. customized items of jewelry. As Messin puts it, Pelletreau’s legacy is never far from his own work: “Most of my work consists of commissioned pieces, but I carry a growing inventory of my own designs that can be duplicated. Both keep me very close to hand-made, intensive labor, using techniques that didn’t change much since the time of Pelletreau.” Entering the space is truly a transcendent experience, as Messin enthusiastically describes, “As you walk inside, all your senses are awakened and you are hit with the smell of the old wood. Then you feast for your eyes on the post and beam construction and the wide plank floor.” Even the old tools used in the eighteenth century are still intact and displayed throughout. “There are colonial files, hammers, mallets and anvils! These are the same tools that were used to turn silver into bowls and tankards.” Although taste has definitely changed since the Colonial days (tankards and tea sets are no longer for sale), the shop embodies a fascinating continuity between past and present. Whether you’re looking to purchase a distinctive piece of jewelry, or just hoping to make a temporary trip back in time, the space offers a wonderful opportunity to take a brief break from the hectic modern world of emails and text messages to appreciate a living piece of Long Island’s past.
Originally from Jericho, Long Island, Samantha Rothenberg currently resides in Brooklyn. She received her M.A. in American Fine and Decorative Art from Sotheby’s Institute and works as the Events Manager and Vetting Coordinator for the Winter Antiques Show, New York’s pre-eminent antiques and fine art event.
A Taste of Hamptons Summer Arts Broadway run won several Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Book. A Funny Thing... has enjoyed several Broadway and West End revivals and was made into a successful film starring the original lead of the musical, Zero Mostel. Box Office: 631/725-9500; www.baystreet.org.
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The MuseuM aT Guild hall Artists & Writers: They Played In The Game Exhibition Through Sunday, July 28, 2013 East Hampton’s beloved Artists & Writers Softball Game will take to the field for its 65th annual game on August 17th. In celebration, the Museum at Guild Hall presents Artists & Writers: They Played in the Game. The exhibition features many works from Guild Hall’s permanent collection of artists who have played in the game, along with works that are on loan. www.GuildHall.org.
Nassau CouNTy MuseuM of arT main Galleries Through October 13, 2013 Alex Katz: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art
Friday, August 2, 2013 Alex Katz, born in 1927, is one of America’s most important and honored living artists. This exhibition includes early landscapes and collages, as well as the enormous and brilliantly-colored portraits of family and friends that are a hallmark of the artist’s career. The presentation draws upon the Whitney’s extensive holdings of art by Alex Katz. Exhibition organized in association with the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. poetry & Jazz Saturday, July 27 at 3 p.m. George Wallace & Friends Combining poetry and original works of jazz, noted poet George Wallace, the first Poet Laureate of Suffolk County, presents a program of works inspired by the poets of the Beat Generation, among them Jack Kerouac during his Northport years. Accompanying Wallace are Kevin Twigg on drums, Laurence Goldman on bass, Erik Lawrence on sax and special guests Jane LeCoy and Steve Dalachinsky. Admission is $15 (members, $5) and includes Museum admission. Weekends only there is a $2 parking fee (members, free). Register at nassaumuseum.org/events.
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alex katz, b. 1927 the red Smile, 1963 oil on canvas, overall: 78 7/8 x 115in. (200.3 x 292.1 cm) whitney museum of american art, new york; purchase, with funds from the painting and sculpture committee 83.3. art © alex katz / licensed by vaga, new york, n.y. photograph by bill orcutt
Sag Harbor August 6 - September 1 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The musical’s original 1963
Join Toby and Itzhak Perlman to celebrate a taste of Shelter Island at The Perlman Music Program’s waterfront home. A festive reception and dinner will showcase Shelter Island’s finest restaurants, and a concert conducted by Maestros Itzhak Perlman and Patrick Romano will feature the future stars of classical music. PMP Campus, 73 Shore Road, Shelter Island Heights, NY. 6pm: Reception featuring local wines and signature cocktails. 7pm: Concert conducted by Maestros Itzhak Perlman and Patrick Romano. 8pm: Dinner highlighting dishes from Shelter Island’s finest restaurants. tickets: $500 individual/$250 cocktail reception & concert only. Tables seating eight: $25,000/$10,000. For tickets, call: 212.877.5045 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GAlleRy PECHAKUCHA NIGHT HAMPTONS AT PARRISH ART MUSEUM Friday, September 20, 2013 6:00pm to 8:00pm With the theme of “Living Creatively on the East End,” 10 members of the community are invited to present 20 slides at 20 seconds each, yielding six minutes and 40 seconds per presenter. This is a great opportunity to establish new relationships, learn about local resources, and hear from the many artists, writers, musicians, gardeners, farmers, baymen, winemakers, chefs, designers, architects, and other creative professionals who comprise our region. www.parrishart.org
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GUILD HALL SUMMER GALA: CELEBRATING THE CHUCK CLOSE EXHIBITION Friday, August 9 / 5-11pm Join the Guild Hall for a convivial evening of music, dancing, dining, and an exhilarating live art auction all to be held at the breathtaking Bridgehampton estate of Louise and Leonard Riggio. Truly a unique Hamptons experience! Exclusive VIP preview of the Chuck Close: Recent Works exhibition for gala guests at Guild Hall from 5-7pm. Cocktails and tented sit-down dinner immediately to follow at the Riggio home. Tickets begin at $500 for exhibition preview and cocktails and $1,200 for entire evening (Young Patrons 2140: $100/$500). For more information or to reserve your ticket, please call the Special Events department at 631.324.0806 ext. 13 or email email@example.com. 158 Main Street, East Hampton Village. above: chuck close self-portrait (yellow raincoat), 2013 archival watercolor pigment print (90º) on hahnemÜhle rag paper 75 x 60” (190.5 x 152.4 cm), paper 63 x 53” (160 x 134.6 cm), image edition of 10 photograph courtesy magnolia editions and pace gallery © chuck close, courtesy pace gallery
Paddlers for Humanity will host exciting and stimulating physical races throughout the summer to raise funds for local projects and programs dedicated to children and youth. the Block island challenge is an 18mile open ocean paddle on Saturday, August
3 beginning at 6:30 a.m. on the north side of Montauk Lighthouse and ending at Champlin’s Marina on Block Island, Rhode Island. Paddlers must raise or contribute $1500; $750 for paddlers under 18. Paddlers will celebrate their accomplishment with a catered lunch from 1 to 5 p.m. and a return ferry ride to Montauk courtesy of the Montauk-Block Island Ferry. Register online at www.bit.ly/BlockChallenge2013. On Sunday, August 25, the Wahine Women and Girl’s paddle will take place at Big Albert’s Beach on Gardiner’s Bay in East Hampton from 9 to 11 a.m. Female-only paddlers must raise or contribute $300 to participate; $125 for paddlers under 18. Register online at www.bit.ly/WahinePaddle2013. Paddlers for Humanity is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) local non-profit organization and raises funds and awareness for worthy, nonprofit organizations that focus on children and youth. Grants are awarded on an as-needed project basis and funds are raised through a series of sporting adventures and challenges. www.p4h.org
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Firenze in the Footsteps of Dante... and Dan Brown
hen I was 12 years old (in 1965), my parents made their first trip to Europe. Among the souvenirs they brought home was a poster from Florence. They had been there during celebrations commemorating 700 years since the birth of Dante Alighieri and the poster they gave me depicted an image of the great poet reputed to have been painted by Dante’s friend, the artist Giotto. That poster has been with me all my life, and today it has a prominent place in our Weston home. I have been to Florence a number of times in the intervening 48 years. But together with my wife Julie, and our son David, we made a special trip there this spring specifically to look at what remains of the city that Dante knew and loved, and to learn about some of the mysteries and intrigues in Florentine history in order to get prepared for the publication of Dan Brown’s much-awaited new novel, Inferno (now on the bestseller list). Among the high points of our spring in Florence was a visit to the Bargello museum, where we found ourselves entranced by the huge fresco that, in one corner, shows Dante as a character among the virtuous people arriving in Heaven. My childhood poster is based on that image. Experts today are divided on whether it was actually painted by Giotto or by other artists in his workshop. But the power of Dante’s visage—contemplating all he has learned about the human condition on his imagined voyage to the afterlife that inspired the Divine Comedy—remains gripping and profound. It was a deeply emotional experience, communing not only with my own youth, but with all of the philosophy, history, politics, and art I have learned about since. Over the last decade, together with my partner Arne de Keijzer, I have written a series of guidebooks to Dan Brown’s novels, beginning with our Secrets of the Code, which itself became a New York Times bestseller by exploring the themes of Dan Brown’s mega-selling The Da Vinci Code. Now we are embarked on a new book (Secrets of Inferno) to carry on the conversation about the ideas sparked by Dan Brown’s latest. The action of Dan Brown’s Inferno (which appropriates its name from Dante’s Inferno, the first book of the Divine Comedy—or, as the Italians call it, the Commedia), takes place in Florence, Venice, and Istanbul, as well as New York and a few other locales. But the first two-thirds of the book are rooted in Florence, especially in venues that were known to Dante before he went into exile in 1302, never to return again to his native Florence. Florence is, of course, one of Europe’s most beloved tourist destinations. There is so much history and art to see and learn it can be truly overwhelming. Indeed, the French writer Stendhal was so overcome with the city’s dazzling beauty that he started having heart palpitations. “Stendhal Syndrome” is a known medical problem, based on tourists becoming over stimulated by the artistic bounty of this fabled city. For us, it was a new approach to Florence to zero in on Dante and
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to contemplate what aspects Dan Brown would find most interesting for his new novel. Here is a small sampling of the highlights from our explorations earlier this year. Dante’s “Neighborhood” We are standing in front of the Badia, a 10th century abbey that was one of the city’s most prominent landmarks in Dante’s time. Dante himself grew up and lived just a few blocks from here. The tall spire of the Badia appears in the Prologue to Dan Brown’s Inferno. A shadowy character who has phrases from Dante running through his mind ascends the spire and prepares to jump to his death to keep those chasing him from finding out his secret. Back in reality, it was in the Badia that the great 14th century writer, Boccaccio (author of the Decameron), read Dante’s Commedia out loud, as
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part of his efforts to rehabilitate Dante 50 years after his death, and to claim him as the great poet-philosopher-citizen of Florence that he was. It was Boccaccio who dubbed Dante’s Commedia “Divine,” a sobriquet that has stayed in the book’s title for the last seven centuries. Dante, once exiled by Florence, accused of trumped up crimes, and threatened with being burnt at the stake if he ever returned, is now the most cherished figure in its history. It is believed that Dante lived a few blocks away from the Badia. We are walking these millennium-old streets in the company of Alexandra Lawrence, an American living in Florence. She is the editor-at-large of The Florentine, the go-to source for local English language information. (The Florentine is referenced specifically in Dan Brown’s Inferno). Alexandra gives walking tours relevant to the city’s art, history, and culture. She loves to do Dante tours and has been doing them for years. Undoubtedly, she will be doing many more of them as the “Dan Brown tourists” begin to flock to Florence to see the locales of Inferno, just as they did to Rome for Angels & Demons and to Paris in the wake of The Da Vinci Code. Alexandra leads us to what is called the Casa di Dante (“Dante’s House”), which is a museum about Dante and medieval Florence. As we approach, a Dante impersonator in 13th century regalia is reciting passages from The Divine Comedy. “Bear in mind that almost everything we think we know about Dante’s life is basically speculation,” Alexandra warns. This spot may not be the location of Dante’s actual house. Researchers in the early 20th century took their best guess at where Dante’s house would have been located, and this tall tower-style house was established here as a center to teach about Dante. Inside, the exhibits and artifacts remind me that, deeply humanistic as Dante’s literary work is, he lived a century before the Renaissance. His life experience is in the Middle Ages—a generally dark time of Crusades, as well as bloody wars among the Italian city states, and frequent violent power struggles between those pledged to the Pope and those to the Holy Roman Emperor. The brilliance of Dante’s work was a factor that helped spark the Renaissance, but he himself had to endure the pain and disappointments that went with being a Renaissance humanist in a medieval world. One of the best displays in the museum is a detailed presentation of the Battle of Campaldino in which Dante fought on the side of the faction known as the Guelphs against the Ghibellines. These civil wars were the dominant battles wreaking havoc throughout northern Italy in the 13th century. But they are very hard to understand from the distance of the 21st century. The museum displays help give me meaningful context to this internecine fightwhen it was DeDicateD in 1412, the basiLica of our LaDy of the fLower or santa maria DeL fiore—better known as the Duomo—became, anD stiLL remains toDay, the main church of fLorence. much of the ornate work on the façaDe is from the 19th century anD is compLeteLy covereD with white, green anD pink tuscan marbLe. the banDs of poLychrome stanD in for the coLor coDeD themes in Dante’s “Divine comeDy” from carrara (white) for faith, from prato (green) representing hope, anD from siena (reD) for Love.
ing that Dante would ultimately denounce throughout the Commedia. Whether or not the location of Dante’s house is accurate, it is clearly in his neighborhood. Close by is the palace of the Portinari family. Beatrice Portinari, the daughter of the prominent and politically powerful Folco Portinari, becomes the great—and unconsummated—love of Dante’s life. According to Dante’s notes, poems, and other historical sources, Dante and Beatrice actually met just two and possibly three times in life (the first time as eight- and nine-year-old children). Although Dante was obsessed with Beatrice, she married a prominent banker in 1287, and then died at only 24 in 1290. Beatrice (properly pronounced by Italians as “Bay-A-Tree-Chay,” usually while letting her name roll off their tongues slowly with a loving and lofty look in their eyes) was immortalized by Dante as his spiritual guide in the Divine Comedy. It is the great Roman poet Virgil who is Dante’s guide to the Inferno, but it is Beatrice, the paragon of beauty and grace, who takes him through Paradiso. We stop in for a brief visit at the Chiesa di Santa Margherita dei Cerchi, more popularly known as the “Church of Dante,” where it is presumed that Dante and Beatrice saw each other, first as children, and later as young adults. Some say Beatrice is buried here, and the Church is treated as a kind of shrine to her. Historians dispute the myth that Beatrice is buried in this church. But that does not stop dozens of people from leaving letters every day to Beatrice in a basket near her “tomb.” Dan Brown visited the church while writing Inferno and left a letter beseeching Beatrice for inspiration in writing his book. He also sets a scene here.
Palazzo Vecchio “I pass behind the palazzo with its crenellated tower and one-handed clock… snaking through the early morning vendors in Piazza di San Firenze with their hoarse voices smelling of lampredotto and roasted olives...” Dan Brown, Inferno The “palazzo with its crenellated tower and one-handed clock” in the above quote is the Palazzo Vecchio, which is Florence’s town hall. The building’s construction began during Dante’s youth. He would not have recognized the current edifice, most of which was constructed long after his death. But when Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici moved his operations here in 1540, it became the seat of power from which the Medici family—bankers to Europe, political wizards of Florence, patrons of Renaissance artists including Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci—would invent modern capitalism and control Florence for the next century. Today, in addition to housing the Town Hall, the Palazzo Vecchio is open to the public as a museum. Michelangelo’s famous 17-foot tall statue of David stood outside the Palazzo for almost 400 years, from the time he sculpted it to 1873, when it was moved indoors to the Accademia Gallery in another part of town. But there is a replica of David today, standing guard at the front of the Palazzo, along with several other giant marble statues of Renaissance origins. A good portion of the action in Brown’s Inferno is set in the labyrinthine spaces of the Palazzo Vecchio. For example, Dante’s death mask is on display here, and it becomes one of two McGuffins central to Dan Brown’s plot. For 65 pages, Brown’s characters, Robert Langdon and Sienna Brooks, are hunting for clues or being pursued by their adversaries in various rooms, secret passageways, and attics of the Palazzo. There is a daily “Secret Passageways” tour of the Palazzo. Dan Brown took it and he milks it for all it is worth in Inferno. The Studiolo is one of the rooms you can see on the Secret Passageways tour. It is referenced briefly by Brown, although personally, I could have spent all day there and in its even smaller sister chamber, the Tesoretto room. Here, the Medici family kept valuable, mysterious and magical objects they had collected from the four corners of the world (and secret document files as well). These rooms were designed by the great Renaissance painter and architect, Giorgio Vasari, at the direction of Francesco I, the alchemist in the Medici family. Almost every inch of the walls and ceilings of the Studiolo is covered by paintings, many of which contain alchemical symbols, codes, and clues in its imagery. Most of the paintings, in turn, are actually cabinet doors, which once concealed secret objects of magical and alchemical significance. The Studiolo is just off Palazzo Vecchio’s main hall, the Salone dei Cinquecento or “Salon of the 500.” Vasari presided over the creation of this rehabbed version of one of the most magnificent—and theatrical—spaces in Italy. Since this room was used by the Medicis to convene important meetings and hold major celebrations, Vasari decorated it with massive paintings depicting victorious moments in Florentine and Medici military history. Fifty-foot high tableaus of battles rise up to meet a ceiling completely covered in additional scenes of the glories of Florence. Hidden in the vast scale of these paintings are tiny white letters one inch high on a green flag carried by a soldier. You can barely discern it with the naked eye. But if you know what to look for, you can probably make out the words CERCA TROVA (“seek and you shall find”). This turns out to be the oft-repeated watchword of Inferno. And the paintings in the Salon of the 500 play a key role in the plot. Great hijinks in Inferno take place in and above the Salone dei Cinquecento, and in the other secret rooms and passageways of the Palazzo Vecchio, like
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the Duke of Athens stairway. The central ceiling panel by Vasari depicting the “Apotheosis of Cosimo I” comes into play. So too does the spectacular map room on the upper floor of the palazzo. I was expecting Brown to do more with the giant globe in the center of the map room. In the 16th century, this was the world’s largest globe, and Vasari had designed it to have motion and be used dramatically to show the earth’s movements and the “cosmological” interests of Cosimo. But Brown needs to keep his characters constantly moving. The secret passageway concealed by a map of Armenia is used as an exit strategy and Robert Langdon and Sienna Brooks are off to the next part of their adventure. The Duomo, the Baptistery, and the Ponte Vecchio Many of Florence’s top tourist attractions figure in Inferno. The Duomo, which was under construction in Dante’s time, gets a cameo appearance. Immediately adjacent to the Duomo, the Baptistery, where Dante himself was baptized, is the venue for several important plot developments. Brown reminds us that Ghiberti’s famous carved bronze doors for the Baptistery have been traded out for replicas, but never mind. They are still worth a good long look at Ghiberti’s masterful design. The Ponte Vecchio, a 10th century bridge over the Arno, which is today dotted with gold and jewelry stores and crammed full of tourists at all hours, comes in for some of the action in Inferno and a few history lessons from Brown. it is our last dawn in florence. we are gazing out at the arno from our hotel, soaking in our last looks at the Ponte Vecchio and the Florentine “skyline”—the Duomo, the Campanile, and the clock tower of the Palazzo Vecchio. A dragon boat from a local rowing club skims the water and speeds by. After almost a week in Florence, Julie and I are experiencing a mild case of Stendhal Syndrome. So much beauty, so much art, so much we have seen... and yet so much still to be seen.
Dan Burstein and Julie O’Connor live in Weston, CT. Dan is a venture capitalist and the author of 14 books. With his Weston-based partner, Arne de Keijzer, he wrote Secrets of the Code, the world’s bestselling guidebook to The Da Vinci Code, a decade ago. The “Secrets Team” is currently at work on Secrets of Inferno, a guidebook to Dan Brown’s latest novel. Julie is an award-winning photographer. She created the first non-Western door poster with “Doors of Tibet” in 2003, which became the basis for her interest in doing her book, Doors of Weston: 300 Years of Passageways in a Connecticut Town, published in partnership with the Weston Historical Society. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM
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I turned seventy-five I was under the illusion that given all the challenges I had faced in my life, I could handle any rough stuff that came my way, like being blind-sided or sucker punched. I believed I was a battle-savvy veteran, equipped to fend off the pesky slings and arrows, duck the custard pies and sharp elbows, anticipate the deceptions and connivances that might come zinging my way. But as I was about to find out on the day after my seventy-fifth birthday, there is no defense against being thrown a curve when you’re least expecting it. The nibbling encroachment of your passing years—the fading biceps, reflexes, knees, rotator cuffs, conspire against you. You freeze, your back leg buckles, you pull away as the curve dives over the plate, and you hear those fatal words: “You’re out!” On the morning of the first day of my seventy-sixth year, my second wife, to whom I had been married for twenty years, came to the breakfast table and, pushing my newspaper aside, said: “I am leaving you.” “Oh,” I said naively, “you have an appointment?” “Yes. With a broker. I’m moving into a sublet.” There had been no preamble to this pronouncement, no dirge of dissatisfaction, no soul-searching confessional, no litany of neglect and abuse, selfishness and niggardliness. Nope, I had my back to the plate when she threw this curve—which landed like a beanball. Matter of fact, it wasn’t much of a marriage. Our interests, our personalities, our friends, our sense of humor (or lack of it), our beliefs, our temperaments, nothing meshed, except for our fondness for our son who was born a year into our marriage. When my two daughters from my previous marriage were young (my first wife died of cancer), I was often away serving the demands of freelance writing. But now, with the security
of accomplishment, I intended to stay the course and enjoy the growing years of this splendid little son; unfortunately that meant tolerating my flat marital existence. It may well have also been my wife’s motivation. But now she was cramming the station wagon with all her belongings and, with a wave of her hand, she was disappearing down the driveway. I was conflicted: pleased to see this sham relationship come to an end, but unsure of my footing. Our son was now in his third year at Brown University, presently on an exchange program in Nepal. I decided to go visit him and break the news about this unexpected fissure on the home front. My wife declared she would go at the same time so as not to give me a leg up on who did what to whom. It was, without doubt, the most bizarre trip I ever took, anywhere. It was Christmastime and the highlight of my three days there was when the Nepalese waiters in the hotel dressed in their version of Santa Claus costumes (looking more like the seven dwarfs), and sang “Jingle Bells” with an incomprehensible Nepalese accent to a tune that sounded like a Gregorian chant. Our talk with our son was anticlimatic. “What took you so long?” he said. Suddenly a bachelor, I now had to invent a reordered existence. I felt it was important to stick to the base of my usual routine: out of bed and start the day on the floor stretching, a variety of leg and groin exercises, shoulder sit-ups, bicycle pumps, back bends, followed by getting on my feet for neck looseners and arm swivels, claps and flaps, finishing with twenty repetitions of arm lifts with eight-pound weights. A bracing shower and then my inner bugler sounds reveille and the day officially begins with a big glass of fresh orange juice, just as every evening begins with a big gin and tonic. When youngsters in their seventies and eighties, nervously
From O.J. in the Morning, G&T at Night by A. E. Hotchner. Copyright © 2013 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press, LLC.
lurching toward the horizon of ninety, ask me, “What’s the secret?” That’s what I tell them: “O.J. in the morning, gin and tonic at night.” But where and how would I live as a newly minted bachelor? I went through a bleak period of living full-time in New York, trying to establish some kind of social life, but I eventually decided I’d be better off jettisoning New York and, in the mode of Henry Thoreau, isolating myself in my big Connecticut house, which is surrounded by several verdant acres. I didn’t have Walden Pond but I did have a small reflecting pool that I filled with exotic gold fish and koi. I planted things and cooked things and tried to write things but either you’re a Thoreauvian or you’re not, and, alas, I was far from it. Sitting beside my 12 x 25 reflecting pool with its spitting bird fountain, watching the fish wiggle and glide did not inspire poetic rhapsodies but only made me wish I were gamboling with them. But I did try valiantly to immerse myself with marigolds, mini-nuggets, mulch, and Miracle-Gro. I ordered twenty-five pedigreed bantam chicks, which came in the ordinary post from Murray McMurray’s Hatchery in Iowa, and installed them in a henhouse I had made with an outdoor run. Once they left chickhood, however, and became grownups, I lost interest. I even bought a rather elaborate acrylic paint set from the local art store, but my attempts to capture even a whiff of the flora I was trying to paint was pathetic. One evening, watching a polar bear documentary while eating a Stouffer’s unfrozen dinner on a tray, for no discernible reason I began to cry. Yep, tears ran down my cheeks, my nose began to run as a polar bear slid off an ice floe and began to swim. I do not cry easily. In fact, I never cry, but here I was, slobbering all over myself when there was absolutely nothing to slobber about. I mean, I care about the polar bear’s fate as much as the next guy, but to cry over? The following morning, after my inner bugler had reveilled the day, I thought about my tear burst while I was watering the marigolds, and I relegated my polar bear lachrymosity to the realm of bad dreams. Even Henry Thoreau must have had a bad dream once in a while. After all, I was going through a difficult transition, wasn’t I? This was not like a fling at retirement, voluntary, nonbinding, this was a whack across my shins, rope around my ankles, quicksand. Two days later, the tear ducts spilled over as before, again without warning. I had gone to Sue’s Tailoring—Sue was a South Korean lady who wields a magic needle—to give me an extra inch in the waist of my trousers and ease the button on my jacket (another depressing development), when, as I stood before the full-length mirror watching her fiddle with my jacket, tears welled up and spilled over. “Oh, sorry, sorry,” Sue said. “I stick you?” “No . . . no . . .” “Sorry. So sorry . . .” “No, Sue,” I stuttered, “I stuck myself.” “You have pin?” “Figure of speech.” “I have Band-Aid . . .” The previous tearfall was private, but now there was this embarrassing witness. Why in God’s name was I crying in that mirror? Sure, letting out one’s pants is depressing, but to cry over? Look, Hotch, I said to myself in that full-length mirror, you were a bust as a New Yorker and now you’re a bust in Connecticut, so where’s the next bust going to be? Coast to coast you can chalk up one bust after another, crying from Mamaroneck to Spokane. And then what? Even I who likes to pretend he doesn’t have a problem when he has a
problem had to face the fact that now he had a problem. I don’t exactly recall how I happened upon the name of Dr. Carl B. Brust, practice limited to psychiatric consultation with the elderly. He may have been recommended by someone at the writers’ table at Elaine’s, or maybe it was one of my kids, tired of looking at my hang-dog face. I imagined that Dr. Brust would be an elderly gentleman who would exude empathy for my tearletting. His office was in Manhattan between
The day officially begins wiTh a big glass of fresh orange juice, jusT as every evening begins wiTh a big gin and Tonic. Madison and Fifth in the Sixties. I had trouble finding it because it was five steps below street level, in the basement of a renovated brownstone. The door, located beneath the street stairs, listed five doctors who occupied individual warrens that had been scalloped out of the basement. Probably psychiatrist row. The Dr. Brust door read, ENTER WITHOUT KNOCKING. I waited in a cramped anteroom whose only ornament was a framed picture of the Colosseum, symbolic for the elderlies, I would guess, broken but still standing. Dr. Brust was not a mature gentleman, exuding empathy. He was very tall, very fit, immaculately groomed, exuding nothing. He sported a three-pointed white jacket handkerchief, a black and white bow tie and brown and white wing-tip shoes. The consultation room was not much bigger than the waiting cubicle. We sat facing each other; when he crossed his long legs his wingtips invaded my space. I told him my story and he listened impassively, without question or comment, his wingtips switching places once or twice. He did not have a pen and pad in his lap, just kept his gaze steady on my face. Unnerving. Only when I wound up with an account of my tearful finale did he comment. “Most of my patients shed those unexplainable tears,” he said. I was glad to hear I had company. “You cry because you are disconnected with your inner self, which has abandoned you. It is the guardian of your psyche, your moods, your tears and so much else. We must find it and reconnect you. Do you meditate?” “You mean on purpose? Like the Hindus? No, not really.” “What about yoga?” “I play tennis instead.” “Yoga has restorative positions that would be good for you.” He picked up a folder from a table beside his chair. “Here are some drawings of yoga positions that are conducive to meditation. Especially the lotus position. Wander your thoughts. Gently. Everything gently. I’ll see you Tuesdays and Thursdays, three o’clock.” That afternoon, I put a cushion on the floor of my bedroom and followed the directions on my lotus card. Legs straight out, bend your
right knee and put it over your left thigh, then bend your left knee and put it above your right thigh. Put your hands on top of your knees. Folding my knees made a crackling sound and my stretched thighs hurt. I closed my eyes, as instructed, took deep breaths and hoped that my wandering mind would start me on my way to my inner self. No such luck. All it led me to was a replay of the previous night’s Yankee game when A-Rod came to bat with the bases loaded, one out, one run behind, and weakly grounded into a double play. I tried to push A-Rod and the dismal game out of my meditation but after fifteen minutes I gave up, opened my eyes, and tried to stand up but my legs were locked together. I tried to extricate my right foot but it stayed firmly nestled under my left thigh as if someone had glued it in that position. By rolling over and attacking my incarcerated legs from the underside, I finally unwound myself but my legs were numb and when I eventually regained my feet I discovered I had a charley horse. I spent three weeks with Dr. Wingtips, Tuesdays and Thursdays, searching for my inner self but I really didn’t know for what I was looking. I tried several of those yoga positions that Wingtips thought might induce the kind of meditation that would lead me inwardly, but nothing worked. The Thursday he suggested I read Shirley MacLaine’s reincarnation book, Out on a Limb, and try meditating about the possibility of my own reincarnation as a way to lead me to my inner being—that was the farewell session in the subterranean cubicle on Sixty-third Street. For several weeks I was nicely distracted by a musical comedy I wrote with my longtime friend, Cy Coleman, that was in rehearsal at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Florida, but after the musical opened and I returned to New York I settled back into living on the dark side of the moon. Until . . . I was in Bloomingdale’s buying Jockey underwear when, at an adjoining counter, I recognized an old friend I had not seen for many years. We embraced, happily thumping each other’s back. Dr. Norman Kelman was his name, as endearing a man as I had ever known. We went across the street to have a coffee. Norm was a distinguished analyst whose roots were embedded with the early Freudians. He had written many important academic works. Now in his upper eighties, I had heard he was still practicing because a tempestuous divorce had left him cruelly strapped. Norm had a round, receptive face that radiated good fellowship, and his easy laughter was infectious. We reminisced, inquired about each other’s progeny, and in telling about ourselves we realized we were in similar limbo, although because of his age (I was a young seventy-seven at the time), I considered his limbo more serious than mine. I began to tell him about my current state when the thought struck me: “Norm, it’s probably not possible . . . I mean, I don’t know if you might consider . . . What I’m trying to say is, would it be feasible, despite our personal relationship, that you could see me professionally?” He laughed his marvelous deep-throated laugh. “You mean, could I be objective, dispassionate? Don’t know. Never came up before.” “I would like to give it a try.” “All right, let’s do.” He took a small, leather appointment book from his pocket. “How about next Monday, eleven thirty?” He scribbled down his address. “I’ll be there.” “It may be only that one session.” It turned out to be three months of sessions, Norm’s alchemy pulling me up and away from the depressing slope I was on, made slippery by my
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– one of the many shops to make up the high-end retail heaven that is Westport, CT’s Main Street – is probably not where you’d expect to find the offices of a travel show. But that’s exactly where Richard Wiese, arguably the world’s most interesting, accomplished and handsome explorer, works with his team on Born to Explore™, the thrice Emmy nominated travel show on ABC whose success has landed it a third season, starting Saturday October 5, 2013. In June, Born to Explore™took home a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Single Camera Photography. Long-Island native Wiese certainly didn’t use his good looks (heck, he was a Ford model in college) as a crutch: this Brown University Geology and Biology grad, who has been everywhere from Antarctica to the North Pole, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro 18 times, co-discovered 202 new forms of life in New York’s Central Park, lived with Batwa pygmies in Uganda, and trekked down the deepest canyon in the world in Peru. The list goes on. It’s no wonder he was the youngest President of the Explorer’s Club, and is currently Eddie Bauer’s New Adventure Travel Guide. Who doesn’t want to be him? And now, two seasons and counting since September 2011, he’s been the host of his own show, Born to Explore™, titled after a guidebook he wrote. The show’s premise, instead of focusing purely on adventure and scientific exploration, highlights culture and tells
the stories of the heartwarming people Wiese encounters, as he bonds with them over food, music and art. The first two seasons took Wiese to a number of countries and US States, including Iceland, where he ate rotten shark with a Viking and spoke about vulnerability of volcanic island life with local farmers; Morocco, where he was the first Westerner to visit a certain Berber village; Chile, where he went fishing in the rough waters of the Pacific Ocean with Chile’s only female fisherwoman; and North Carolina, where he explored the bear and red wolf populations of the Outer Banks. Next season, he’ll be kicking things off with episodes of his travels to India, Scotland (can we say dressed to kilt?), and South Africa, to start. Apart from his accomplishments, Wiese is a truly blessed individual who cares about the world, its people, his family, and is conscious about giving back. All thanks to an Internet coincidence on Twitter, I was virtually connected to Wiese only a week after I had first seen his show, which had left me dreaming of a trip to Iceland. Magically, I discovered that the man I’d watched traversing the world on TV actually lived just a few minutes away from my parents in Weston, the town where I grew up. Although there is much left to see and explore, the world can be a very, very small place. And so one Friday afternoon, I met up with Wiese over a cup of South African Rooibos at his downtown Westport office to talk about the show, his love for travel and exploration and the places he still wants to see. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM
EL: Tell me a bit about your show, Born to Explore™. RW: The show started out as an adventure show, almost a pure adventure show. We then started realizing that the people that we met along the way became more interesting than the summit of a mountain.
this was an impressive woman. I also met a Chilean fishing woman who is the only professional fishing woman in all of Chile. She’s never taken a vacation day in her life — and she has a sense of humor.
EL: Not many people are able to bridge both science and humanity as well as you do. RW: But I’m interested in different things. And I think after becoming a father and a married man, I’ve probably become a more interesting person myself because my focus on what’s important to me is generally outside of just myself. If you go to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, you think, okay, when I get to the summit that will be the thing I will remember
EL: Which cultures have impressed you most? RW: Morocco is a very mysterious, Arabic looking culture, so it’s different from ours by a long shot. That’s where we visited with the Berbers in the mountains. I was amazed by their hospitality. I think in America we have the notion that they are going to be very standoffish or that we’d offend them easily. For these people, hospitality is rule number one. I think that kind of culture, just their whole ideal of not needing a lot of money, the
There’s a difference between someone who is an adrenaline junky, who’s just like “Wahooo!” versus someone who is seeing something spectacular unfolding. most. But now I’m starting to realize that the people carrying my bags up the mountain, the guides, the wildlife experts that I’ve taken the time to get to know, I think, wow, these guys have really great or interesting stories. And so the show has definitely gone softer on the adventure aspect. It’s less about me doing that and more about finding out about the interesting people in these areas. If I said I was trying to do this show in the beginning, no one would have said that’s a great idea. Now that people see it, they appreciate that we take a really authentic view. EL: Who are the most remarkable people you’ve met while filming? RW: There was a Zulu teacher we met (in South Africa) who in 7th grade ran away from home because she was promised to a much older man. From the village she went to you had to walk 7 miles to get to school and cross a river with crocodiles. So when she became old enough, she started her own school in her own village so other kids wouldn’t have to experience such hardship. Only a high school education and she said, “Look at that shade tree. That was my office. Look at that shade tree, it was the 1st Grade.” She now has 30 classes and an orphanage. She was like a bulldozer. The level of dedication was tremendous. I sat in on an English class. It would rival a 7th grade English class here, for sure. Absolutely, I would put those kids against these kids. So I said to myself,
ideal of being free to roam the desert, was pretty impactful. There was a group in Uganda, the Batwa pygmies — the little people. What a sense of humor these people had! These guys were like little walking comedians. They were really funny, fun, upbeat, and warm. And they are tiny! They can walk through the jungle almost silently. They could disappear into the bush, and you’d be like, where did they go? I was impressed. They have a lot of adversity. They’re sort of getting kicked out of their lands. There was military activity going on in that area; yet, they had a sense of humor and lightness about them that I thought was quite remarkable. EL: That is indeed. RW: Whether it be Morocco, Chile or Africa, I’m always astonished by how much so many people in this world accomplish with so little. To me it’s so gratifying. We were just filming in South Africa, and oh my god, the challenges the teachers and students face on a daily basis make any problem you have seem inconsequential. Orphaned, AIDS, they’re still upbeat, and they all have a sense of community. EL: I understand your crew was the first group of Westerners to visit a particular Berber village in Morocco. What was that like? RW: We were going to this remote Moroccan village that I knew had just
built a road the year before. Everyone kept saying that they’ve never had any Westerners here before. I kept questioning, are you sure? I asked the Ministry of Tourism and they said, “No, you’re the first Westerners to visit.” I was so blown away by this fact because people have been running up and down there since the time of the Romans. So we went to see this Berber village that once was a mix of Berbers and Jews hiding up in the mountains. When you go and meet people whose lives are pretty much untouched by media, there’s something so sincere and so real about it…. They wanted to make their best impression on us and we wanted to make our best impression on them. I remember I gave them a donation, shoes for every single person, and they sent us back a photo of them wearing the shoes. It was very cute. EL: How has the Internet and social media changed the way you travel and explore today? RW: Most people think that when you bring up the subject of the Internet you’re going to be negative. I’m actually very positive on what I’ve learned as a result. Every time I see something and I don’t know what it is I look it up. I’m like a Google monster. I could see a bird I don’t know and I look it up on iBird. I could find a rock and look it up. I have astronomy apps. If we’re having a political discussion or I’m researching trips I look it up. So I’m constantly seeing the world. That being said, the impetus to write Born to Explore first, was that I was escorting a group of high school students to Antarctica. We ran across a pod of 50 or so whales. It was such a spectacular display of whales in the Drake Passage along the way to Antarctica that the whale biologist was crying. There were certain kids who didn’t get off their little Gameboys to literally walk 15 feet to take a look. And I thought, wow, there’s something really amiss. So from that standpoint, there are kids who will find their game in front of them more interesting than what is outside. Do I think that’s good? No. My father, for example, was the first man to solo the Pacific Ocean on an airplane. He just did it. He didn’t have a publicist. He just did it. He didn’t talk about it much afterwards. Now when someone does an event, they are so conscious about tweeting it, posting it, that part of the event becomes about them telling people about the event instead of them just sitting back and enjoying it. So there’s bit of a balance there. EL: At least you still have an appreciation of the world and how lucky you are to be doing what you do, after all of these years of exploration. RW: I can become a little jaded about travel, but let me tell you about this past December on a star-filled night when the moon was coming up over the ocean. We were in South Africa on the Indian Ocean looking for leatherback turtles, which lay their eggs there – it’s one of the great migrations. These turtles are about seven feet long. They’re huge! I thought to myself, my gosh, you’re on the Indian Ocean in South Africa looking for leatherback turtles on a starry night. How cool is this? It was really cool, even for someone who travels a lot. It was just so awesome. So yeah, I do get the awesome moments.
lane I think, Oh my god, I’m going to get killed! I think you can lead an adventurous life. But there’s a difference between someone who is an adrenaline junky, who’s just like “Wahooo!” versus someone who is seeing something spectacular unfolding. I have little kids. I don’t want to get killed. EL: Of course not. But you climbed Mount Kilimanjaro when you were 11. That’s adventurous. How young were you when you started traveling? RW: You know what you grow up with. Yes, Kilimanjaro was an epic trip, but it was not unusual for my father to say, “Feel like coming to Africa with me tomorrow?’ or “I’m going to Germany, wanna come?” It just was not an unusual thing.
EL: What’s on your bucket list? RW: I look at world maps all the time. I’ve never been to Greece or China. I’d like to go to Greenland. I sort of have this romantic notion of sailing in the South Pacific. There are a few animal events I’d like to see, like a place in Argentina where orcas (killer whales) beach themselves… I’d like to go back to Antarctica. I’d like to go to Bhutan. There are a couple of places in Africa I haven’t been. I’d always like to climb the Matterhorn. I might do an episode climbing it this summer. I’d definitely like to take my wife and kids to Kilimanjaro some day. That’d be kind of cool since there’s history. I’ve done it 18 times.
EL: Do you ever get the scary moments? RW: I’m very conservative when it comes to risk and always have been.
EL: How do you feel about the state of the world? RW: I feel in the world there’s still a lot of magic. Not in the sense of pulling rabbits out of hats, but there are things that occur on a regular basis, whether it be great animal migrations, or certain cultural practices that are outside of what you see on TV. We’re constantly discovering things, like nuggets of original authentic life you don’t see on broadcast. When people are talking about reality shows, some of the most real moments, the best reality shows, are happening for real.
EL: Is wrestling an alligator not risky? (I’ve seen your video!) RW: If I’m holding an alligator, I would have spoken to an alligator expert. I would have gone to YouTube to look at alligator accidents. Again, my father was a pilot, so we always went through scenarios of what might happen and what we should do, so I’m very conscious of risk. The scariest things I do, honestly, are on I-95 here. When I see someone texting in the next
Born to Explore™ airs Saturday mornings on ABC. Season 3 begins October 5, 2013. Check your local TV guide for time. To keep up with Richard Wiese, follow him on twitter @RichardWiese, or like the show’s facebook page: www.facebook.com/borntoexploretv Erin Levi is a Weston native and NYC resident who loves traveling and exploring the globe.
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gether you’re going to be thinking, “He owes me a million dollars,” and I’m going to be thinking, “Shit, I owe him a million dollars.” —Perhaps… —And I wouldn’t want something like that to come between us. —Neither would I. —Your friendship means too much to me. —Sure… —So that’s why you should just give me the million dollars. Clean. With no strings attached. Because God knows it’s a lot better than the alternative. —Which is? —Me suing you for a million dollars. —Excuse me? —And I really don’t want that to happen because that would be bad for our friendship. —I’ll say… —Because whenever we’re together you’re going to be thinking, “He’s suing me for a million dollars,” and that could lead to hard feelings, and I don’t want that. —Why would you sue me? —Mental anguish. —Mental anguish? —Yeah… —What kind of mental anguish? —Because it would really bother me if you didn’t give me a million dollars. —Jesus…
From the book Clothing Optional: and Other Ways to Read These Stories, by Alan Zweibel. Copyright © 2008 by Alan Zweibel. Published by arrangement with Villard Books, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
—I won’t be able to sleep, which will affect my moods, and my relationship with family and co-workers. —And that will be my fault? —To my mind, yes. —All because I didn’t give you a million dollars. —To my mind, yes. —That would be hard to prove, you know. —I know. A case like that could tie us both up for years. And I would really like to avoid that if at all possible. —So would I. —Hey, we both have too much else going on without adding this nonsense to the mix. —So what are you suggesting? —That we settle. —Settle? —Look, we’ve been friends a long time. And we’re reasonable adults. I’m sure we can come up with a figure that’s comfort-
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approach to a smooth scorpion fish flan with a side of cauliflower foam to balance out the saltiness of the fish, topped with a delicate eggplant caviar. Where spherification is denoted often by a lack of flavor pizazz, the light yet vaguely creamy foam and caviar were a nice balance to the rich flan. The boiled potatoes “under earth” were also quite pleasing in their presentation: Heirloom potatoes thoughtfully presented under dehydrated olive dust and served with flavorful dipping sauces. Another classic tapa, octopus and potato salad, is reimagined as boiled slices of supremely tender octopus smothered in a light and creamy potato purée, free of any starchy consistency and almost foamy light. The chef attributes the technique of the tender octopus to an exact cooking time and temperature. Besides the adventurous and pleasing tapas, the manager’s family’s propriety Tobelos, red Rioja wine made from Tempranillo grapes, was the highlight of the meal with a smooth and deep taste with spice undernotes. This summer will mark a paella festival at Andanada, when the chef imports his saffron, like most of his ingredients, directly from Spain, GallI and features a rich dark flavor and color traditional in Spain. delicate pastas with heartier sauces, and fairly 141 W. 69th St. NYC. 646/692-8762 priced entrees in a relaxed yet Soho-chic setting. www.andanada141.com. 45 Mercer ST, NYC. 212/966-9288 gallirestaurant.com. Tierra: Earthy jewelry for the urban garden princess. Offering unique creations arriving Mo Gelato: Cool off and get your sugar fix. Ital- straight from Spain, Tierra’s quaint location in ian style gelato whipped up daily in the heart the heart of Soho is brimming with bright and of Little Italy. While the food in the area may cheerful bracelets, necklaces, leather handbags, be less than authentic… Mo Gelato dishes out key chains, and more. The waxy string gives rich and creamy classics like Stracciatella (va- designs a particular flexibility, which allows for nilla with dark chocolate chips), Caffe, and versatile wear (a long necklace easily becomes Cocco (with coconut pulp). Also features cre- a gorgeous wrap bracelet), and gives a natural ative combinations like Monella (with cherries, appeal matched with colorful stones, and hangs toasted almonds, hazelnuts, and dark choco- quiet beautifully on the neck. 65 Spring St. (between Lafayette St late), dairy-free fruit sorbets made from fresh & Cleveland Pl) www.amigosdetierra.com. fruit purées, and granite (an authentic Italian version of shaved ice), which is my favorite kind of frozen treat! twitter: @damodamerrier 178 Mulberry Street (between Kenmare & Broome Streets). 212/226-6758 andanada 141 www.mogelato.com.
Crosby Street Hotel: My new favorite spot for afternoon tea. This young and elegant hotel is owned by the Brits who know how to make their scones best. These are golden brown, flaky, and served warm :). 212/226-6400; www.firmdalehotels.com/ new-york/crosby-street-hotel. 79 Crosby St, SoHo.
Andanada 141: Opting for tapas has never been so exciting. Spanish food for the NYC gourmand. Don’t expect your average tortillas or croquettas. Andanada’s talented young chef utilizes pleasing presentations to give diners the courage to try new things. The tapas menu is an unexpected ride. We loved his molecular
“We started this job with a small remodeling project. We ended up renovating the entire Greenwich estate, including landscaping the property.”
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Stephen C. Gidley Inc. Forty-Five years ago, FairField County home remodeler, Stephen Gidley, beGan with a paSSion to aChieve exCellenCe, to SurpaSS the reSt, to build better, more enerGy eFFiCient and CoSt eFFeCtive projeCtS. Exceeding his customers’ expectations has been his core commitment, which is why, forty-five years later, Stephen C. Gidley, Inc,’s business is stronger than ever. QR Magazine has ranked his company in the Top 500 Remodelers Nationwide for over 30 consecutive years and last year ranked Gidley in the Top 200 Exterior contractors nationwide. As president of Stephen C. Gidley Inc., Stephen has successfully completed over 18,000 home improvement projects, from Greenwich to Fairfield, from full green construction homes to minor repairs. The company offers residential “design and remodel” services by a top-quality staff of trade professionals who can expertly complete all types of home improvements. Projects range from smaller repairs under $1,000 to very large remodeling and new home construction projects over $2 million. The company offers free consultations and cost estimates on all projects and no job is considered complete until the customer is satisfied. His commitment to his customers was recognized in 2000 with the National Council of Better Business Bureau’s Marketplace Ethics Award.
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Harbour Island, Bahamas The Rock House on tiny Harbour Island, Bahamas is an intimate, elegant, self-contained retreat from Northern climes and man-made problems. Leave your cares behind as you enter the enclosed walls of this beautiful and tranquil hideaway. A luxury boutique hotel with 10 individually themed and named guestrooms, access to Harbour Island’s famed pink sand beaches, a swimming pool, gourmet restaurant, small workout room and smaller “business center” the Rock House is also a “house” in the sense that photographs and knick knacks, books and bibelots abound. Outdoor patios are swathed in vivid yellows and blues, and strewn with couches, lounges, candles, lanterns and exotic mahogany furniture. Private, palapa-style cabanas are available for each room. Guestrooms are spacious and airy, with walk in closets and luxurious bathrooms. In room amenities include refrigerator/snack bars, iPod dock radios and flat screen TVs, but expect ceiling fans, not air conditioning, to regulate the balmy tropical heat. Complimentary continental breakfast is served each morning on the terrace by the pool,
where bar service is also available in the afternoon through late hours. The restaurant, overlooking the harbor and offering both indoor and open air seating, serves wonderful, nouvelle island/continental cuisine. An extensive wine list, signature cocktails such as the Goombay Smash and a martini menu keep the offerings fresh and snappy. Seafood such as stone crab claws and roasted Bahamian lobster tail are sourced locally, but prepared with pleasingly innovative sides such as green basil butter on potato purée or Japanese seaweed salad and mustard mayonnaise dipping sauce. Junkanoo rock house restaurant
capellini incorporates sautéed baby shrimp in a spicy tomato sauce, with preserved lemon and gremolata; cider brined pork tenderloin comes with goat cheese mashed potatoes, crispy onions and apple and prune relish. For dessert, rich offerings such as Wallace’s Red Velvet Cake are balanced by an imported cheese platter accompanied by fruit paste, toasted walnuts and pepper jelly. Owner Don Purdy, almost always on premise, oversees an attentive staff and knows his guests by name, many of who return year after year. He can arrange for popular local activities such as deep-sea fishing fishing or scuba diving, or for a rental golf cart – the preferred mode of transportation on this low-keyed island. Accessible only by boat, Harbour Island is one of the oldest settlements in the Bahamas, and is located one mile off the coast of Eleuthera, which has the nearest airport. The island is sleepy, laid back, and “The Home of Friendly People,” perfect for a stress-free beach vacation. Trinket shops and clam shanties line the main road along the harbor, offering a picturesque selection of woven straw merchandise and serving surprisingly good fresh local fare. Try the made to order conch salad at Queen Conch, or the lobster quesadillas at Sip Sip near the beach. Designer India Hicks’ Sugar Mill Trading Company, offering jewelry and imported clothing, is one of the few upscale boutiques on the Island. www.rockhousebahamas.com. Image © PerryJoseph.com
Acqualina Resort and Spa
Sunny Isles Beach, FL Private and pristine, the red and cream beach umbrellas and chaises strike a chic Mediterranean chord. Acqualina Resort and Spa, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World is like a sophisticated villa in Tuscany. Located in Sunny Isles, between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, this 5-star experience is more exclusive residence than Miami glam hotel. Acqualina’s 54 guest rooms and 44 suites with oceanfront or intra-coastal views are condo-size. The suite’s glass enclosed shower seems as large as a studio apartment in Manhattan!
Crystal Steam Rooms, Finnish Saunas, Ice Fountains, Experience Showers, Relaxation Lounges, private spa pool and heated jet pool with a Roman waterfall. Outfitted in the latest in strength and cardiovascular equipment, the oceanfront fitness center, located on the mezzanine level, is equipped with an array of Life Fitness brand weight training units. Now, the fact that Il Mulino New York is Acqualina’s signature restaurant is enough to send this guest into a swoon. Could there be a more glorious notion than having Il Mulino’s over-the-top service, hunks of fresh Reggiano, spicy fried zucchini, signature double cut veal
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Accommodations are elegant and comfortable with goose down duvet and pillows, Frette sheets, private terraces, flat-screen TVs and imported marble bathrooms. Full gourmet kitchens are featured in many suites with sub-zero built-in refrigerator/freezer, designer granite countertops, Italian limited edition cabinets, microwave, and dishwasher. Three oceanfront swimming pools offer a selection of experiences from family-friendly to an adults-only Tranquility pool. Kids ages 5– 12 have the opportunity to explore with an innovative marine biology-based AcquaMarine children’s program. There’s also a 500-square-foot children’s room, complete with a computer center, video games, toys, microscopes and movies. Unwind in Acqualina’s 20,000-squarefoot ESPA overlooking the ocean. Acqualina Spa by ESPA guests may experience the
chop with sage, and lobster in garlic sauce a mere elevator ride away? And how wonderful to have the elevator very close by following the traditional Il Mulino finale—a cart of homemade grappas. Il Mulino serves breakfast in Piazzetta, and you have the option to enjoy it at the Piazzetta Veranda. Piazzetta, open daily for lunch and dinner, is a Tuscan-inspired marketplace and restaurant with an alluring gelato case, a new wine corner, and Hiro’s Yakko Sushi Bar. Dine al fresco at Costa Grill, Acqualina’s stunning beachfront dining spot. It’s the personal touch that you’ll remember at Acqualina Resort & Spa and Il Mulino: the doormen, concierge, the maître D’, the waiters and elevator staff, are outgoing and delighted to greet guests by name. What a perfect pair. 17875 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. 305-918-8000; www.acqualina.com.
Miami Beach Take me to the Penthouse! Juvia is a Miami Beach must—a 10,000-square-foot indoor/ outdoor restaurant/lounge with views of the Atlantic Ocean and South Beach’s famed Art Deco District. Private elevators take you nine stories up to an amazing outdoor dining terrace with a lush vertical garden, designed by renowned French botanist Patrick Blanc. Indoor or outdoor, day or night, the setting is magical. The menu—Japanese/French/Peruvian? Yes, indeed! The culinary mashup is in gifted hands: Executive Chef Laurent Cantineaux, a protégé of celebrated Chef Daniel Boulud; Executive Chef Sunny Oh, who helmed the kitchen at Nobu South Beach for over a decade; and Pastry Chef Gregory Gourreau, who worked alongside Alain Ducasse and Francois Payard. On the cocktail menu, try the Ginger Ale cocktail: Ketel Citron, Ginger, Mint and fresh Lemon sour—a fresh zesty beginning to the dining adventure. Starters to remember: the ceviche—a combo of fluke, octopus, red onion and crispy sweet potato; and Salmon Nashi with truffle oil, truffle salt, dry miso, and micro arugula. Loved the prawns on a sugarcane skewer in a yuzu vinaigrette. The Chilean sea bass served with maple glazed eggplants, Hawaiian hearts of palm and micro Thai basil is the hands down winner. Don’t miss the Deconstructed Key Lime Pie and the Chocolate Candy Bar desserts! Juvia is located at 1111 Lincoln Road. The restaurant offers dinner service nightly from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., Lunch daily from noon to 3 p.m., as well as brunch on Sunday. (305) 763-8272. www.juviamiami.com.
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The Boca Raton Resort & Club Teams Up With Billabong and Costa del Este Water Sports to Open New Surf School The Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, has introduced two fun new programs for families and kids for the summer. Teaming up with Billabong, the renowned Australian surfwear company and Costa del Este Water Sports, The Resort & Club introduces a new Surf School at the Boca Beach Club. The Surf School hosts special family surf events as well as Boca Beach Club Surf Offs throughout the year. The half-day Surf School is available Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 12 noon. The Surf School also offers private lessons, clinics and events. (Instruction fees starting at $60.) The Surf School includes a Billabong rash guard, customized video to view online, emailed photo and 1-hour rental use of a surfboard. Another new summer program for families, Mizner’s Quest, is a uniquely designed, scavenger-like program, complete with special Mizner’s Quest map. The map guides families
and their kids on an exploration of 15 different Points of Discovery, located around the 356-acre Resort. Families enjoy fun-filled learning experiences on the selfguided tour and collect color-coded wristbands at each Point of Discovery until they have a complete set. From the “Land of the Orphan Trees” to “Audubon-certified bird houses,” Points of Discovery are identified by distinctive signposts with fun information and history at each location. Families are encouraged to share their experiences and photos on Facebook to become eligible for the Resort’s “Top Explorer of the Week.” One of the country’s premier resort destinations and private club facilities, the historic Boca Raton Resort & Club’s amenities include a half-mile stretch of private beach at the Boca Beach Club with kite concierge and private cabanas. The award-winning Spa Palazzo featuring NATURA BISSE is ideal for relaxation and features its own spa pool with underwater music. There are two 18-hole championship golf courses, and golfers looking to improve their short game can learn new techniques at the Dave Pelz Scoring Game School. The Resort’s tennis program is top ranked. A full-service marina offers boating, jet skiing, a variety of water sports and a daily 2-hour catamaran cruise. Seven swimming pools, three state-of-the-art fitness centers, and Camp Boca children’s camp offer families a variety of activities. An outstanding selection of dining options includes Morimoto Sushi Bar by the internationally-renowned Iron Chef, Cielo Restaurant at the top of the Tower and Serendipity, New York City’s famed dessert and ice cream shop. Lucca, the Resort’s Italian trattoria, offers families great value with pasta and grilled pizza dishes kids will love, just for the summer. Reservations: 888/543-1286 www.BocaResort.com or www.waldorfastoriacollection.com
Bogota, Colombia By Daniel Rothberg The Spanish came to Colombia in search of El Dorado, and although the Conquistador days may be over, you can still get your fi fillll of gold at the B.O.G. Hotel in Bogotá. Located in the city’s most luxurious shopping and night-life district, Zona Rosa, the B.O.G. was inspired by Colombia’s precious resources, gold and emeralds, with shades of gold, green, and grey pervading the atmosphere. As Colombia’s only member of Design Hotels, a stay at the B.O.G. Hotel offers a sensory experience; award-winning designer Nini Andrade Silva’s concept was that all fi ve senses be five lightly stimulated at all times. In the lobby, the smells and chaos of the streets are forgotten as lush fragrances prevail and low, dynamic light imparts the sense of being part of an art exhibit. You can dine under the dancing light of fi vefivepointed, golden candelabras as chef Leonor Espinosa provides an unforgettable gastronomic experience where traditional Colombian and indigenous cuisines are combined with Asian and
European foods. Or, head to the rooftop terraza for a premium cocktail and a swim in the heated pool, while glass towers harnessing fi ve-foot five-foot fl ames warm the cool night and a live DJ sets the flames mood. Highly attentive yet not overbearing staff, comfortable and decidedly chic rooms, along with a full-service spa completes the package. If you haven’t gotten your fi fillll of gold, and are bored with Zona Rosa, head to the Candelaria and check out the Museo del Oro or Museo del Botero, or go to the lively Sunday market in Barrio Usaquén. www.boghotel.com.
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How do you reinvent a “great American landmark” without losing its history? The answer: very carefully! When The Jerome, Aspen’s iconic hotel re-opened last December as the Hotel Jerome, an Auberge Resort, the Aspen the hotel Jerome
community breathed a collective sigh of relief. Designer Todd-Avery Lenahan has enhanced the existing 19th century structure with a layer of comfortable chic that’s transformed this cherished local hotel into a true luxury destination. The Living Room is often the one room in a house where no one actually sits and spends time. You won’t want to leave the Living Room at the Hotel Jerome. Serving small plates, signature cocktails, a toasty fireplace, and cozy seating areas, it’s a fabulous après-destination. Memorabilia keeps the history vibe alive in the Living Room. Check out Colorado’s American flag of 38 stars commemorating when Colorado became a state! The renovated guest rooms have a distinctly masculine feel with custom upholstered furniture made of pieces of menswear fabrics: cashmere, hound’s tooth linen, rugged leather, pinstripe wools and plaids. Sophisticated modern amenities, luxury bathrooms, plasma televisions and complimentary Wi-Fi are standard in every
room. The rooms are exceptionally large, (the smallest is 575 square feet), and there are welcome surprises, like a complimentary snack and drink cabinet, complimentary Wi-Fi and iPad. Contemporary artworks commissioned from Aspen artists as well as pieces reproduced by the Aspen Historical Society give the décor a local feel.
Prospect is the new signature restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s a stunning modern American bistro with the most handsome club chairs and leather seats. Executive Chef Rob Zack has crafted a menu of hearty and diverse American dishes. The J-Bar at The Jerome is the favorite bar scene for locals. Love the new, big leather chairs and happy to see that the J-Bar’s menu hasn’t changed: you still can order the knockout chicken wings, cheeseburgers, fries, and venison chili. Throughout the hotel, an eager staff promises an effortless stay, from your personal airport service to complimentary transportation around town. The hotel’s Ski Concierge is located inside the Gorsuch rental store in the lobby and the Auberge Spa offers guests the chance to experience relaxation and rejuvenation. Next visit to Aspen, be sure to check out the Hotel Jerome, an Auberge Resort. www.hoteljerome.aubergeresorts.com
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AuTumn in ASPen Aspen, as a world-class year-round destination, elevates fall far beyond mere leaf peeping with a whole host of festivals, cultural events, outdoor activities, lodging specials and dining deals. Prices in the fall are considerably more reasonable than in summer, with lodging options ranging from $89 in one of Aspen’s more affordable lodges; twobedroom suites (that sleep up to six) starting at $329; to more luxurious rooms in Aspen’s premier hotels. To reserve a room, visit : www.stayaspensnowmass.com. Sneak Peek. A feast of film and fall color for movie lovers of all ages, Aspen Film’s centerpiece event takes place Sept. 26 - Oct. 1. Filmfest presents filmmaking at its finest with an emphasis on independent productions from around the world in a uniquely intimate scale. Screenings include new releases, acclaimed documentaries, and favorites from the festival circuit. www.aspenfilm.org; 970/925-6882 Cycle City. Aspen is a biking town. From meandering riverside trails and serene road riding up to the Maroon Bells (one of the world’s most photographed peaks) to some of the region’s most extreme mountain biking,
Aspen has a bit for every level or rider. Aspen’s bike shops can provide local knowledge, equipment and guided tours. www.blazingadventures.com; 970/923-4544 www.utecitycycles.com; 970/920-3325 Aspen by Air. Fall colors will never look the same after paragliding over the town of Aspen. Aspen Expeditions’ tandem guides take you to the top of Aspen Mountain to take flight and enjoy the adrenaline rush. (www.aspenparagliding.com); Or experience the peace and serenity of a sunrise hot air balloon ride, followed by a celebratory champagne toast upon your descent with Above it All Balloon Company. www.aboveitallballoon.com Dining. Named for silver on the periodic table, The Little Nell’s element 47 toasts the glory of Aspen’s flavorful mining history. Near the spot of an abandoned mining claim once dedicated to the famed little Nell, today’s epicurean prospectors will find Chef Robert McCormick creating culinary magic in his signature style. www.thelittlenell.com; 970/920-4600 Elk Camp Restaurant is Snowmass Mountain’s new on-mountain restaurant located at the top of Elk Camp gondola. It’s an awe-inspiring destination for relaxation and celebration, day and night. Diners can select from a menu of organic and locally harvested items, such as
roasted chicken or pork loin served on a French baguette, or wild mushroom pizza with fontina cheese and white truffle oil. 970/925-1220 Ajax Tavern, at the base of Aspen Mountain, is the happening spot for lunch, après-ski and dinner. New Chef Matt O’Neill has built upon the established Ajax Tavern classics and continues to support local farmers and highlight their ingredients with creative French Bistro dishes that guests and locals have loved over the years. www.ajaxtavernaspen.com; 970/920-6334 Mac and Cheese Festival. The third annual returns to Aspen’s famed “Restaurant Row” (East Hopkins Avenue between Mill and Monarch Streets) on Saturday, Sept. 7. The local competition serves up melt-in-your-mouth samples from top Aspen and Roaring Fork Valley restaurants. Last year’s competition served up variations of duck confit, lobster, pork belly, truffle and more. www.aspenrecreation.com; 970/429-2078 Farmer’s Market. Running through October 12, the Aspen Saturday Market offers a bounty of Colorado’s produce, meats, artisanal items and wares, as well as live entertainment and fun for the family. www.aspenchamber.org; 970/429-2687 For more information, a complete calendar of events, or to book an Aspen vacation, visit:
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The hole in The Wall GanG Camp 25 Years of Laughter, fun and Mischief
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the Wall Gang Camp has come over the last 25 years. What started as a summer camp in Ashford, Conn. that served 288 seriously ill children its first summer, is now a year-round center that serves more than 20,000 seriously ill children and family members annually throughout the Northeast. But that first year and summer remain the stuff of legend. Camp was built in just nine months during a brutal Conn. winter, through the sheer force of Paul Newman’s determination. Well, that and the hard work of a lot of people. Thirty-five buildings, which were being designed simultaneously with the construction process, went up amid snow, ice, rain and mud. “A lot of people thought, there’s just no way, but Paul had other plans; mainly, that Camp would open the following summer, said Ryan Thompson, senior development officer. “He was there every step of the way, serving as the top cheerleader to the crew and spreading his irrepressible optimism.”
When opening day arrived on June 18, 1988, Paul left his staff with the following words, which have become immortal in Camp circles: “I’ve taken it this far, you take it from here. Raise a little hell.” That first opening day, and every day since, has been magic, not just for the campers, but for everyone who comes in contact with Camp, whether family members, staff, donors or volunteers. But for the campers especially, the impact has been life changing. “What I don’t think Paul or any of us really anticipated was the incredible healing that would come from being surrounded by a hundred other children who have walked in the same pain and fear-filled shoes,” said Camp CEO Jimmy Canton. “To be privileged to be a part of that, to make a positive healing difference in so many lives, is the greatest gift.” Finding that “Healing Feeling” Zak Stengel is a little camper with a big personality. He also happens to have severe hemophilia, which means his blood doesn’t clot properly, potentially
resulting in painful, life-threatening internal bleeds. Because of the severity of his disease, he requires an infusion of a blood clotting factor every day, leaving him ineligible for things like daycare and regular summer camp. But The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, with its fully-equipped infirmary and medical staff, can handle Zak’s medical needs and let Zak just be Zak. Zak first attended Camp when he was 8 years old and has returned every summer since. It was there that he became friends with a counselor, Collin Lynch, who not only shared his diagnosis, but also helped Zak face his fears and become more medically independent. It was this shared experience that allowed Zak to learn to inject himself with the clotting factor that needs to be infused daily to prevent internal bleeding. According to Zak’s mom Melissa, the journey toward self-infusion was a difficult one.
“[Zak] wouldn’t do it,” said his mom, Melissa. “He was really afraid of sticking that needle in his vein. It wasn’t until he was in a different environment with a person who had hemophilia – Collin, his counselor – that he first got the confidence.” For Zak, his friendship with Collin made all the difference, as did his counselor’s willingness to do whatever was necessary to help Zak take that scary first step toward becoming more medically independent – even allowing Zak to practice on him in the infirmary before trying self-infusions. Zak’s parents credit an incredibly supportive Camp staff for making their son’s accomplishment possible.
“Instead of stifling Zak and telling him to be careful, Camp is a place where his enthusiasm is embraced and encouraged,” said Melissa. “Zak feels safe and cared for so he can take on new challenges. He is so happy and so himself here. That joy lasts. It lasts for the whole family.” To learn more about Zak’s story, or hear other stories of Camp’s “Healing Feeling,” visit www.holeinthewallgang.org. “A Different Kind of Healing” Comes to Hospitals But not every sick child is able to come to Camp. There are many who are unable to attend because they are too sick, or maybe haven’t
heard about Camp. And for many children who do attend Camp, time in the hospital is a big part of their reality outside of that week of magic each summer. Seeing the extraordinary healing that comes from Camp, the organization knew there must be a way to bring that same experience to these children. So, one charismatic counselor, armed with his paints and art projects, ventured into a Connecticut hospital and proved that the fun, friendship and joy experienced at Camp were indeed portable. With that, Camp’s Hospital Outreach Program (HOP) was born. That was eleven years ago. Today, HOP has 20 specialists working fulltime to bring the spirit of Camp to hospitalized children in 26 locations throughout the Northeast. Working handin-hand with hospital staff, HOP brings campstyle activities, crafts, games and a friendly ear to help restore joy, laughter and self-esteem to children who may be facing fear, stress and uncertainty. For these children, most of the adults they interact with are focused on their illness. HOP specialists focus instead on them, and having fun, with no ulterior motive, which in and of itself offers these kids a “different kind of healing.” And the program continues to grow, expanding into Philadelphia later this year. “I have met kids at their worst, physically and emotionally drained by the effects of chemotherapy and stripped of their childhood by living months-on-end in the hospital, completely turned around by the Hospital Outreach Program,” recalls a Hospital Outreach specialist. “They instantly perk up when we walk in the room because we help remind them of what it’s like to be a kid again.” WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM
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It’s All a Game Nate is a very fun and spunky 12-year-old who loves to lay on the sarcasm and joke around. He’s very into playing games such as Uno, chess, checkers and more recently, Monopoly Deal. Nate is an incredible kid, but perhaps what makes him the most incredible is his ability as a tremendous game player even though he has gone blind due to his brain tumor. Using special Uno cards with braille on them, Nate challenged his HOP specialist, Max, to a game, and then to a game of checkers, also using pieces with braille on them. “Nate continued to amaze me week after week until I thought I had seen it all,” said Max. “But I most certainly hadn’t seen anything yet.” One Friday morning, Nate came upon Max playing Monopoly Deal with two other clinic patients, and wanted to know what they were playing. Nervous because the game wasn’t available in braille, and was extremely complicated
even for people who have 20/20 vision, Max told Nate what they were playing. As expected, Nate was all in, and Max took on the challenge of teaching the game to Nate. “We played a practice round where I explained all the cards to Nate and what they did, who you could charge and how many moves you could make per turn,” explained Max. “The next round, Nate and I remained on a team together and he held the cards, which is how we’ve played for weeks. I whisper each card we receive to him and tell Nate what card the other players put down, and he organizes the cards in a certain order in his hand. Whenever I ask him if he knows what we have, even if we have eight or nine cards in our hand, he will go through each one correctly.” Remarkably, Nate also remembers what the other players have put down. Watching him play is fascinating and astonishing. Though he has never seen a Deal card, he fully compre-
hends the game and is able to participate flawlessly. He can even tell how his opponents are doing by the tones of their voices. But Nate has plans of no longer playing on Max’s team. He hopes to create a Deal deck that has braille on it, which may be one of his future HOP projects, so he can be on his own team. “As much as I enjoy seeing Nate thrive as my teammate now, I know I’m going to enjoy seeing him shine as an individual once he can play on his own even more,” said Max. Wrap-Around Care Not long after Camp was founded, it became obvious that these children are not sick in a vacuum. Behind each and every one of them is a family in crisis, a family that could also benefit from the healing power of Camp. That is how the Camp’s family and Change of Pace Experience or COPE weekends came to be. For many families, it can be incredibly isolating to have a child with a serious illness. They often feel like they have no one to talk to, or that no one truly understands what they are going through. And being unable to help their child can leave parents feeling helpless. These programs are intended to provide families with the same kind of healing that is experienced throughout Camp’s programs. Family weekends, which typically focus on a specific illness, such as sickle cell disease, metabolic disorder or cancer, bring together the entire family and provide them an opportunity to regroup and recharge, enjoying activities together, while letting illness take a backseat. For many families – nearly eighty percent of them – it is
their first introduction to Camp. It is an opportunity for them to experience Camp’s healing power, while meeting staff, seeing the sophistication of the infirmary, and learning about Camp’s full competencies before their children leave their watchful eyes to spend a full week in Camp’s expert care. COPE weekends bring together new Camp parents and parents who have already experienced a COPE weekend and have children that have gone through the summer program. These parents can share their experiences and insights in coping with their children’s illnesses and can offer a level of understanding that most others in their lives cannot. COPE reflects the camaraderie and community that their children experience at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. “Having a child with a serious medical condition is very difficult,” said camper parent and COPE participant MaryEllen. “But through Camp, I learned to take better care of myself, to ask for help in a way that doesn’t make me feel like I’m a burden. I know my family and friends are there, but Camp lives it.”
the years to serve an ever-increasing number of campers. And that sense of belonging and healing is still at the core of every experience. Campers can still expect their days to be filled with swimming, boating, fishing, arts and crafts, horseback riding, mini-golf and more. There are still sightings of “Wee-Pee,” the enormous fish who roams Camp’s Pearson Pond, but he remains uncatchable. And entering or exiting through the wrong door in the dining hall still means having to shake your bushy tail on the dance floor in recompense. Perhaps most important of all, campers can still come to Camp and forget for one week that they are sick. They can strut their stuff and build confidence performing in Stage Night, and overcome perceived limitations when they reach the top of the climbing tower. They can just be themselves; mischievous kids out to “raise a little hell.” But today, instead of just offering two sessions, as in the first summer, Camp now offers nine week-long sessions, in-
not long after camp was founded, it became obvious that these children are not sick in a vacuum. Behind each one of them is a family in crisis, a family that could also benefit from the healing power of camp. Camp Today Despite the growth of Hole in the Wall and expansion into additional services for children and their families, much remains the same about Camp today as when it opened 25 years ago. The original buildings, which maintain the summery smell of exposed wood, are still in place, though a few more have cropped up over
cluding one specifically for the healthy siblings of campers. The OK Corral, which is Camp’s infirmary and offers campers the unobtrusive medical support they need, has grown to provide more rooms for overnight care when needed, though it still feels completely unlike any other infirmary on the planet, with
whimsical murals and a summer cabin feel. And among the new buildings is Steve’s Station, which opened this summer, a new 5,000-square-foot residential facility that will provide 12 additional bedrooms to house medical staff, all to accommodate more seriously ill children. What began with Paul Newman’s desire to offer, free of charge, a hideout where children could find acceptance and joy, has become a global movement. Taking the lead from The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, 14 sister camps have opened worldwide. Part of the SeriousFun Children’s Network, these camps seek to replicate the Camp experience for seriously ill children, bringing joy, laughter and fun to the most seriously ill children and their families. In reflecting on The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Paul Newman said that “In the final analysis, we’ll be about as good as people make us. We’ll need a lot of help to get this realized and the only thing we can do is to find the people in the community who feel the way we do.” Over the years, Camp has been blessed to have the support of an incredible family of staff, volunteers and more than 25,000 donors annually who have supported Camp’s mission and growth. In 2012, it had an operating budget of $12 million. As the Camp celebrates its 25th anniversary, it has much to celebrate. However, this milestone has prompted the organization not only to look back with a sense of accomplishment, but also to look forward with a sense of excitement. The Camp recently initiated a five-year strategic plan with ambitious goals that include increasing the annual number of Hospital Outreach visits to more than 30,000. And later this year, Camp will roll out the next evolution of its programming, Camp in the Community, which will bring Camp activities right to campers homes, schools, and other community venues through a tricked out Camp van. The 25th anniversary kicked off with Natalie Merchant joining campers to tape a special sing-along music video of her hit song, “Wonder”, which you can watch at www.holeinthewallgang.org. And it will wrap up in grand style with the 25th Anniversary Gala, Bandits in the Big Apple, taking place in New York City on September 30th. More information on the Gala can be found at www.holeinthewallgang.org/bandits13.
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is a funny thing. Apart from being “in the eye of the beholder,” it is very difficult to quantify or qualify. And while certainly a matter of personal taste, there does occasionally arise a moment of consensus. The Maserati GranCabrio Sport is such an example, having earned accolades from across the automotive world for its graceful lines and purity of purpose. In fact, it has accomplished an amazing feat within its rarified strata of competitors (which include Ferrari and Lamborghini): the Maserati is attracting female buyers. Which makes a lot of sense, as appreciating aesthetics is a serious consideration in purchasing an automobile. Or at least it should be. But driving through Fairfield and Westchester counties does not bear this out. Everywhere one looks one sees silver-gray blobs of vehicular mediocrity. Why? The best way to explore this puzzle, I decided, was to borrow a Maserati GranCabrio Sport – arguably the most beautiful car available today – and ask a few of my female friends to tell me what they think. This Maserati is not just beautiful in an exotic, unapproachable way, but rather stunning in both looks and utility. It can comfortably seat four, even four adults. And the Maserati is incredibly safe, with multiple airbags, anti-lock brakes and stability control. Certainly safer than a car with its looks is expected to be. While it can be driven very, very quickly, it is just as happy scooting along at suburban speeds. The 4.7 litre engine is strong yet pliant, and is mated to a truly wonderful transmission that allows you to select the best match for the type of driving you may be doing – there is even a sport mode for when one wants to progress with exceptional alacrity. The amazing level of comfort provided is by the Skyhook suspension system. This little piece of technological wizardry provides both a supple ride and a feeling of control and stability that is hard to match in any other car. But enough of boorish car-guy-centric statistics, let’s get to the opinions that matter... Two Ladies in Greenwich – Jackie and karen
Admittedly I hedged my bets with my first group of women. They are both smart “car gals” who know and appreciate things automotive as well as being busy, professional women. In theory, the Maserati GranCabrio would be a perfect car for them, and, as it turns out, it was. Far be it from me to say a brilliant red convertible with a spotless white leather interior and deep metallic black wheels is everyone’s cup of tea.
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Back when I graduated from college I lIved wIth my frIend JamIe, who went JoggIng every day—not for the exercIse, really, But Just In case the world ended and he needed to run from wIld dogs. JamIe knew aBout thIngs lIke solar energy and what part of a cattaIl you could eat If you needed to. and JamIe, It turned out, would Be my tIcket to gettIng on my favorIte radIo show, thIs amerIcan lIfe. I had tried to get on the show a lot—submitting new essays every couple of months. After about my fifth rejection letter I decided to approach things differently. I had caught wind that the show was looking for apocalypse stories, and I knew Jamie would make a great interview subject for that theme. I wanted to create an audio segment that would sound like it belonged on TAL, but I had no experience whatsoever with audio, so I worked with tools at my disposal: I interviewed Jamie on my parents’ answering machine, read my script into a shiny red boombox, and fed clips of the interview into the boombox in between my lines. I overnighted the tape to the show and the next day got a call from the host, Ira Glass, asking me who I was and how I’d figured out how to make a story that sounded like what they did at TAL. He said that the staff was constantly inundated with pitches from professional writers and radio producers who couldn’t figure it out. I told him that I’d studied the show—taken notes on stories, read his radio manifesto online, and that I’d tried to give him what he seemed to want: fun details (wild dogs, cattails), an element of surprise (apocalypse obsession that is secular, not religious), and reflection (in the end Jamie wonders if he’s obsessed with the end of the world because he can’t imagine getting old and that the world ending would mean that he never will). My piece about Jamie never wound up on the radio but my next story—also made in answering machine/boombox style— aired two months later. That same year I got my first book deal. People always say it’s so hard to get published but I would argue it’s actually not. The truth is, most of the submissions editors get are just not right for their particular publication or show and leave them thinking, Why should I care? If you can leave your reader with a satisfying answer to that question you will be way ahead of the pack.
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Since its founding in 1980, the French-American School of New York (www.fasny.org) has evolved from a three teacher, 17-student nursery into a thriving school on three campuses accredited by the New York State Department of Education, New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) and the French Ministry of National Education. Eighty-five percent of the faculty members at FASNY hold advanced degrees. Eight hundred fifty students representing 50 nationalities belonging to four school divisions from Nursery through 12th Grade are prepared to receive both a FASNY high school diploma and the French
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terscholastic athletics program, arts programs, and a robust community service program, international exchange programs (Bolivia, Spain, Germany), as well as a palette of interest-driven student clubs. Leadership and character development among students is a carefully crafted component of FASNY’s curricular and extra curricular offerings. Students are encouraged to grow into reflective individuals who act responsibly, effectively, and ethically. To these wide-ranging educational offerings and impressive academic results, FASNY is now preparing to add an enhanced dimension. Its projected new campus will reclaim the land of a former golf club, and use the facility and grounds as an opportunity for a hands-on, daily education in environmental sustainability. FASNY’s Pre-, Lower and Upper Schools, are located respectively in the villages of Scarsdale, Larchmont, and Mamaroneck, and are approximately 20 miles north of New York City in Westchester County. FASNY accepts non-French speaking students in Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten. For more information visit www.fasny.org or contact Director of Admissions, Antoine Agopian, at 914/250-0400 or at email@example.com.
ridgefield academy – empowering every student
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
Baccalaureate. Hailing from around the world, FASNY students are educated to appreciate cultural diversity and embrace the value of multiple perspectives. As they engage with the curriculum and the community, our students develop into global citizens. FASNY’s mission to educate internationally minded students occurs within the context of a track record of academic excellence. FASNY’s students thrive in their studies after high school in the United States, Canada, France the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe. Since granting its first French baccalaureate degree in 2009, FASNY has each year achieved 100% success on the Baccalaureate, with more than 90% of the students passing with honors. FASNY ranked number one in mentions for the last three years among établissements homologués in the United States. Colleges and universities on both sides of the Atlantic recognize and seek out graduates with a FASNY education, and our list of college acceptances is disproportionately skewed to the finest institutions in the world. FASNY’s pedagogical approach is to combine the best of the American and French educational systems. Students, most of whom are multilingual, are taught that there is more than one way to approach questions and issues, regardless of the discipline. FASNY students are adaptable, flexible and demonstrate empathy. They know from their direct experience in FASNY’s classrooms and hallways that the world is multi-dimensional. FASNY’s extra curricular offerings include an in-
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.
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE A Comprehensive and Innovative Curriculum RA’s curriculum combines the traditional core subject areas of language arts, 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 www.ridgefieldacademy.org, or call Julie Crane at (203) 894-1800 x112.
“As a community of learners, 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 School 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. Dwight-Englewood School: 315 E. Palisade Avenue, Englewood, NJ 07631. 201-569-9500, ext. 3500; www.d-e.org. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE 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 were “flocking to learn German in hopes of getting jobs in Europe’s biggest and strongest economy.” The German American Chambers of Commerce reports that “US will remain a first class investment location for German enterprise,” that German companies in the US are bullish for 2013, with 76% planning to hire. No wonder the German School of Connecticut (GSC), celebrating its 36th year at its Stamford and West Hartford campuses, saw a record enrollment last year of over 350 students… and is preparing for another record 201314 school year. Founded in 1978, GSC is a Saturday school offering a twotrack curriculum for non-native beginners, and native or near-fluent speakers. Classes range from Pre-School through High School and Adult, with students learning German as a new, non-native language, others expanding their Muttersprache, while all celebrate German, Austrian and Swiss cultures. Come visit us at one of our Open Houses! You’re invited! Our West Hartford campus (First Baptist Church at 90 North Main St.) invites you to an Open House on Saturday, August 17 from 9:00am - noon. Our Stamford campus (Rippowam Middle School at 381 High Ridge Rd.) will have an Open House on opening day: Saturday, September 7th from 8:30am - 10:00am. Due to increased demand, new students for Stamford should pre-register online before September: www.GermanSchoolCT.org. 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 can fulfill 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 from local high schools, and can prepare to take the AP German Exam to gain US college credit. Studying German at GSC is fun! Adults enjoy the camaraderie and friendship among like-motivated class participants. 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 and stated “the outstanding engagement of the students and parents” will be remembered well. All appreciate the services of the school, and the transnational atmosphere. Classes are held from September to May. For further information regarding enrollment or teaching, please visit www.GermanSchoolCT.org, or call Stamford at 203/548-0438 West Hartford at 860/404-8838.
WinTEr sPorTs acadEMic PrograM okemo mountain school Ludlow, VT Nestled in the picturesque Vermont ski town of Ludlow, Okemo Mountain School (OMS) offers a unique life experience and unparalleled educational opportunity for motivated student-athletes. Okemo Mountain School is a
winter term academy for alpine ski racing, snowboarding, and freestyle skiing athletes who wish to train full time in their sport without compromising rigorous academic study. OMS is an independent school approved by the Vermont State Board of Education for grades 5 -12 and welcomes applicants with a desire to achieve their personal best both academically and athletically. Each year from early November through the end of March, the charming nineteenth century building which houses OMS bustles with excitement and a passion for learning and snow sports competition. Forty-eight students call OMS and Okemo Mountain Resort home for the winter months, which fly by at a feverish pace of hard work and fun times. The community is closeknit and the bonds between the staff, the families, and the student-athletes are strong. Student-athletes forge lifelong friendships at OMS and create connections with the OMS staff and other families that provide opportunities for them later in life. Furthermore, student-athletes leave OMS with incredible independence and a heightened sense of personal responsibility. Unlike many other snow sports academies, OMS remains entirely focused on meeting the needs of winter term participants. OMS’ studentathletes hail from a multitude of other public and private schools in New England and beyond. They leave their local schools – known as “sending schools” – in early November to begin their time at OMS. While at OMS they spend mornings training on the slopes of Okemo Mountain and afternoons in academic classes and physical training sessions. The athletic coaches at OMS encourage and push each student-athlete to pursue his or her dreams of success. A low coach to athlete ratio allows for much individualized attention during on-hill and off-hill training sessions. Likewise, the academic teachers at OMS are dedicated to following the student-athletes’ individual sending school curricula with the goal of returning them in April right in step with their peers. Many student-athletes even return to their schools in the spring more successful academically than they left in the fall. This unique dedication to individualized curricula is also a distinguishing factor for OMS amongst other ski academies. Countless academic and athletic success stories, coupled with the smiles on our student-athletes’ faces, speak to the significance of spending winters at Okemo Mountain School. Head of School: Mariel Meringolo 802-228-1513, firstname.lastname@example.org Director of Development and Admissions: Erica Kattalia 802-228-1514, email@example.com website: www.okemomountainschool.org
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE day and boarding schools 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. The Academy stresses inclusiveness, meeting students “where they are,” and encouraging them to discover — and achieve — their true potential. Teachers strive to bring creativity and the best practices in education into their classrooms. Coaches, dorm parents, and advisors make the most of teachable mocheShire academy ments throughout the day. All aspects of campus life are designed to reflect the school values known as the Eight Pillars of Bowden: respect, responsibility, caring, citizenship, civility, morality, 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 is proud to offer the International Baccalaureate® Diploma Programme. Colleges and universities are reporting the ever-increasing value of IB courses as part of the college application process. 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. Intentionally designed Community Weekends, which bring together day and boarding students for themed activities, 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 graduate explained, “What really matters in high school is that students find their own spark. In an environment like Cheshire, where students can expand themselves in ways they wouldn’t expect, that’s where growing happens.” For more information on admission to Cheshire Academy, please contact the Admission Office at 203-439-7250 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit www.cheshireacademy.org or find us on Facebook and Twitter. Head of School: Dr. Jerry Larson. Cheshire Academy: 10 Main Street, Cheshire, Connecticut 06410.
Canterbury school New Milford, CT Canterbury School is a coeducational boarding and day school Canterbury School New Milford, CT 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 hillGrades 9-12 • Boarding & Day • (860) 210-3934 • www.cbury.org top 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’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 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 buildings, 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. Canterbury is among the very few offering AP courses in World History, Drawing, and Music Theory. The school also offers four years of Latin. Canterbury’s sports program is extensive. 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. 101 Aspetuck Avenue, New Milford, CT. 860/210-3800. www.cbury.org; www.facebook.com/canterbuty.admission.
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE avon old Farms school Avon, CT
the governor’s academy Byfield, MA
Since 1927, Avon Old Farms has been a leader in preparing young men for higher education, and the world. Avon is a dynamic community of learning with a rigorous curriculum anchored in the liberal arts. By understanding boys – and with appreciation for their sense of humor, their energy, and how they learn – we have created the kind of environment where our students are able to become their best selves. Avon is conveniently located in the heart of the Farmington River Valley. Our founder, Theodate Pope Riddle, an accomplished American architect, created a campus with the feel of an English village on 1,000 acres of Connecticut countryside. Avon’s teachers are experts in their fields who bring lessons to life and create compelling context for discussion. Creativity, innovation, and collaboration are taught by example through humor, inquiry, and debate. Small classes mean that every voice is heard and every question answered. At Avon we understand the importance of personal connection, especially during adolescence; this is why we have held strong to the model of a faculty member who advises, teaches, mentors, and coaches our boys. Athletics is an honored tradition at Avon and, we believe, a valuable part of a complete education. Our athletic program is one of the best in the country and we attribute our success to experienced coaches, excellent facilities, strong competition, and an emphasis on things that matter most: teamwork, determination, and sportsmanship. As successful as we are at the varsity level, Avon sub-varsity teams play a full schedule in every sport, giving all our boys the opportunity to learn, stay fit, and enjoy the bonding experience of being part of a team. Another way Avon boys come together is through the arts. Our rich and varied programs in music and the visual and performing arts provide many opportunities for boys to express themselves creatively and form meaningful connections with peers. Our students have been honored locally, regionally, and nationally for their creative accomplishments. Most impressive, however, Avon is a place where you can draw, paint, play an instrument, sing or act whether you have had years of experience or none. As a college preparatory school, one of our goals is to identify and facilitate the right matches between Avon students and institutions of higher learning. Our boys typically begin the college counseling process during sophomore year, setting expectations and goals early so that by the time they are seniors, they are prepared to take the lead on this leg of their journey to adulthood. At Avon Old Farms, our goal is to be the best school for boys. From the start, we have successfully given young men the tools they need to excel both personally and professionally. Our core values of integrity, civility, selfdiscipline, altruism, tolerance, sportsmanship, and responsibility are fundamental to life at Avon, and stay with our graduates for a lifetime. Avon Old Farms School: 500 Old Farms Road, Avon, CT 06001. 800-464-2866; www.AvonOldFarms.com.
The oldest continuously operating boarding school in the United States. College preparatory, coed, grades 9-12, boarding and day. From our first headmaster in 1763 who encouraged students to study aloud rather than insisting on the traditional silence in the classroom, we’ve embraced change to remain relevant. Because this isn’t just about the next four years. It’s about the promise of what can happen after that. We’ve always wanted more for our students. Citizen leaders the governor’S academy Accountability, responsibility, and cooperation form an unwritten curriculum at Governor’s that has produced generations of leaders. Our earliest graduates shaped a young nation. Today graduates continue to lead as CEOs, policymakers, engineers, entrepreneurs, physicians, teachers, scientists, and more. An environmental focus What does innovation mean at Governor’s? Fish radio frequency tags, for starters. Our Massachusetts location four miles from the Atlantic Ocean is a testing ground for environmental stewardship and research. A 5:1 student-faculty ratio Our faculty members are interesting, passionate people, including editors of award-winning journals, National Science Foundation grant recipients, nationally recognized artists, an Olympic rower, and a bestselling author. All are dedicated to bringing out the best in teenagers. Intellect We challenge each student to ponder, process, and shape the discourse in small, discussion-based classes. The academic program includes honors, advanced, and AP classes in all departments, as well as research partnerships with Harvard and MIT, demanding standards in writing and critical analysis, internships, and five languages to study. Creativity Outstanding facilities and an excellent faculty support a wide range of arts opportunities, from innovative freshman courses to advanced study in art and architecture, film and photography, ceramics, music, drama, technical theater and dance. Strength Governor’s athletic teams are known for their championship titles. Our facilities rival those at small colleges, and we’re home to some of the best athletes in Massachusetts, many of whom go on to nationally ranked college teams. A global view Governor’s invaluable global outlook inspires exchange and study abroad programs, course offerings and class activities. Motivated students from 24 states and 16 countries—two thirds boarders and one third day—form a unique synthesis of cultures in a small town setting. Helping young people discover who they are and who they could be is what we’re all about at Governor’s. Always has been. Always will be. Always Governor’s. Arrange a visit: 978/465-1763 or email@example.com. 1 Elm Street, Byfield, MA 01922. www.thegovernorsacademy.org.
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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE oldfields school Glencoe, MD
the White mountain school Bethlehem, NH
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 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 college-preparatory curriculum is enhanced by small class sizes and a supportive faculty. The faculty to student ratio is five to one, allowing each student the individual attention necessary to flourish academically oldFieldS School and socially. Oldfields students experience reallife learning during the School’s two-week 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 past 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 www.OldfieldsSchool.org or call 410-472-4800 for more information.
The White Mountain School is an independent boarding and day school dedicated to preparing young people for college and life beyond formal academics. Since our founding in 1886, we have maintained a clear focus on educating each student as an individual. We believe all students bring unique talents, passions and dreams to our community. It is our job to nurture these individual interests and help students build meaningful lives. The White Mountain School’s academic philosophy combines a collegepreparatory curriculum with an intentional focus on the development of curiosity, critical thinking and communication skills to prepare students for success in college and beyond. With an average class size of 10 and a student-faculty ratio of 5:1, teachers create discussion-based classes where every student is engaged. AP and Honors courses are offered in every discipline. Independent research is central to our students’ experience — both within traditional courses and through our focus on student-led independent projects. Through independent research students explore their own interests in collaboration with faculty members, developing intellectual curiosity and the tools for success at the next level. Outside the classroom, students engage in unique academic opportunities through weeklong field courses (twice per year). Students explore their own interests and the world around them, and put theoretical understanding into action. They gain new perspective and appreciation for different cultures, the environment and their place within the world. The White Mountain School believes that athletics and activities beyond the classroom are essential. Teams and activities are open to all. WMS fields teams for boys and girls in lacrosse, soccer, basketball, cross-country running, sport climbing, Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, freestyle skiing, snowboarding, road cycling and mountain biking. Instructional and recreational opportunities are offered in rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, hiking, skiing/snowboarding and yoga. Additionally, students can engage in a variety of arts experiences in the afternoons, from dance to theater to visual arts. As an Episcopal school, The White Mountain School honors and celebrates the unique worth of each individual. Students of all faiths are welcome and students are encouraged to pursue their own understanding of spirituality. The School’s Episcopal heritage inspires a commitment to community service, a connection to the natural world and encouragement of students’ individual talents and passions. Faculty members and Administrators live on campus and engage students wherever they work with them... in the classroom, athletics, clubs/activities, at meals and in residential life. The School’s location on 250 acres adjacent to the spectacular 600,000acre White Mountain National Forest provides a spectacular setting for learning. Our facilities include residential and academic buildings that have been built/renovated with green building practices in mind. Our fitness center includes a state of the art, 3000 sq. ft. climbing wall. We are thrilled to announce the construction of our new Arts Center, housing studios for the visual arts, music and dance. The Houghton Arts Center is scheduled to open in January 2014. 371 West Farm Road, Bethlehem, New Hampshire, 03574. For more information, please visit www.whitemountain.org or call 603/444-2928.
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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE boarding schools Westover Middlebury, CT 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 weStover 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. wPi 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 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 allgirls 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 will 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 two-week 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.” For more information, or to arrange for a visit, contact Westover’s Office of Admission at 203-577-4521 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Westover, visit www.westoverschool.org.
the gow school Aurora, NY 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 students with dyslexia. The students come from 26 countries and 20 states. 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. emory Pre-college Program 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 over a dozen day students, including girls. Although these students only stay for academics and athletics, they, too, benefit from the highly effective remediation and structure that The Gow School has been offering to boarders since 1926. Due to the success of the co-ed day program, Gow will begin boarding girls in the fall of 2014. 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 activthe gow School ity. The addition of a new outdoor basketball and volleyball court is also underway. The Donald Weston Dining Hall is a 10,000 square-foot addition to the campus that was completed in 2009. The Alice R. Gow Science, Technology and Robotics Building was dedicated in April of 2013. 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. Please visit our website (www.gow.org) or contact us at (716) 687-2001 forcanterbury further information. School
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE the Storm king School
the storm King school Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY Steeped in History – Preparing Students for Tomorrow Founded in the wake of the Civil War in the shadow of the mountain which bestows its name, The Storm King School is steeped in the history of the place, the events and the time. 150 years ago, Hudson River School painters and Knickerbocker writers roamed the steep hillsides rising above the majestic Hudson, drawing inspiration from the mysterious and untamed landscape, and celebrating the sublime potential of the human spirit that was the hallmark of the burgeoning Romantic Movement. This was the dawning of America’s self-awareness as a unique culture distinct from European civilization. Its hallmark was an appreciation for the powerful relationship between each individual and his world – a rugged individualism that celebrates the potential of each citizen. Storm King was and remains a small college preparatory boarding school, a village, an interdependent learning community where every individual plays an important role. Of course much has changed since the school’s founding in 1867. Throughout, Storm King has remained true to its essence: a place that nurtures and celebrates the spirit and the power of individual potential and accomplishment, not just for its own sake, but for the betterment of mankind and society. Benefiting from a dedicated, talented faculty, a diverse student body with a global perspective, a strong, consistent academic focus on fulfilling individual potential, and a stunning location only an hour’s travel from America’s most important city, Storm King remains focused on character development, placing it at the center of everything that it does. The school’s motto is “Truth, Respect, Responsibility” – as relevant and powerful a statement of purpose now as it was in 1867. Today, The Storm King School is a small college prep boarding school dedicated to the success of each student. Blending the best of traditional educational methods with new and emerging technologies, SKS tailors highly individualized programs to meet the varying needs of each student. At Storm King, students are helped to dream big, work hard and achieve success, each in his or her own way. To learn more about The Storm King School, please visit the school’s web site at www.sks.org. For information about admission as a boarding or day student please contact the admission office at email@example.com. Our phone number is 845-458-9860. Or come visit us at The Storm King School, 314 Mountain Road, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520.
oakland Collegiate school Port Gibson, MS 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. No wonder so many intelligent, inquisitive, and energetic boys hate “school”! Oakland Collegiate School in Port Gibson, MS is not that kind of school. OCS is rooted in the work Jeremiah Chamberlain began at Oakland College in 1830, and in its successor, Chamberlain-Hunt Academy. It provides education for boys by people who know boys, preparing them to be men. Such education is active, engaging and guided exploration of God’s world. Not all boys learn in the same way or at the same pace. For those who love the outdoors, rural Mississippi is an excellent spot to explore and develop. Small classes, computer-adaptive assessments, and appropriate use of technology allows students to work at a level precisely matched to their needs, giving students the opportunity to work at their own pace—to catch up or to dig deeper. Using the “Harkness Table” model in English and social studies encourages collaborative learning, and the development of research skills, analytical thinking, and oral communication. Within the nurturing boarding school community, teachers get to know their students as individuals, each with his unique spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical make up. Therefore, teachers are better equipped to help them master a college preparatory curriculum that facilitates academic success in university. They provide safe boundaries and godly discipline for boys as their character is tested and shaped by real-life responsibilities. “School” is not merely academic and theoretical at OCS, but includes service to others, life-skills, and outdoor recreation. Students may obtain certifications useful in community service such as First Aid/CPR, lifeguarding, rescue diving, and firefighting. Students may participate in clubs such as model building, computer building, knife throwing, skeet shooting, agriculture and farming, guitar, music theory, and chess. OCS also offers a voluntary military program, which provides additional opportunity for accountability, challenge, achievement, leadership, and teamwork. The century-old Corps of Cadets is for boys who aspire to prestigious colleges and universities or a career in the military, enjoy the adventure and activities of military life, or simply want to challenge themselves to a greater degree of discipline and self-government through arduous contests of strength and will. For boys who hate “schools,” Oakland Collegiate School is an alternative worth investigating. It is a place where boys thrive. Stephen C. Allen, Director of Admissions. Phone: 601/437-8855; Fax: 601/437-3212; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE riverside military academy Gainsville, 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, 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 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 educariverSide riverSide military military academy academy tional program centers around the way young men learn best. Because Riverside believes that there is a strong connection between physical and mental development, extracurricular 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 web site at www.riversidemilitary.com or calling our admissions office at 800/462-2338. 2001 Riverside Drive, Gainesville, Georgia.
new york military academy Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York ‘SET APART FOR EXCELLENCE’ A C A D E M I C S … AT H L E T I C S … CHARACTER…LEADERSHIP new york military academy New York Military Academy is one of America’s oldest private boarding schools, located in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York roughly five miles from West Point. Established in 1889, it has an illustrious reputation as a college preparatory school with a military tradition. New York Military Academy is accredited by the Middle States Association. It is a 60 minute commute from New York City and has historically attracted students from the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut), and also from around the United States and abroad. Situated in the Hudson Valley, one of the most scenic areas of the state, it is in proximity to the educational and cultural resources of New York City and is surrounded by an array of world-class institutions of higher education including West Point, Bard College, Vassar College, Marist College, Sarah Lawrence College and Manhattanville College. New York Military Academy is dedicated to developing young leaders who are “Set Apart for Excellence” by being inspired, engaged and ready for success in college and in life by being: • college preparatory • co-educational • non-denominational • grades 7-12 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. New York Military Academy’s “real-life leadership lab” sets us apart from other college prep schools. Cadets enjoy opportunities to not only learn accountability but to practice peer leadership and to accept responsibility. 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 their 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 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. We invite you to browse the website and schedule a visit to New York Military Academy. www.nyma.org; 888-ASK-NYMA. 78 Academy Avenue, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York 12520.
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE hyde Boarding schools
Bath, ME / Woodstock, CT Hyde Boarding Schools are renowned as leaders in family-based character education for students in grades 9-12 and postgraduate studies. Why Hyde? In 1966 Joe Gauld, a seasoned educator in traditional private schools, founded Hyde School after realizing that the singular focus on achievement
in American education wouldn’t necessarily lead all students to reach their fullest potential. Gauld saw students with innate ability achieving high marks in classes and athletics but lacking integrity, genuine curiosity, and concern for their peers, and subsequently failing to thrive in life after college. This led to Hyde’s unique approach to education: Our faculty focus on helping students develop their character and the confidence they need to succeed. We offer leadership opportunities to ALL students, and, unlike any other school, Hyde involves parents and the entire school community in the discovery process. Courses Hyde offers a wide range of courses -- including AP, Honors, Academic Support and Summer Sessions. In addition, all students participate in performing arts and three seasons of athletics. Students get the tools they need to prosper and grow in a challenging world. Maine Campus Hyde’s Bath, Maine campus sits on the former site of the 145-acre New England estate of shipbuilder John S. Hyde. It includes the historic Hyde Mansion and carriage house, which house classrooms and offices. Other prominent facilities nestled around the estate include the Wheeler Library & Academic Wing, and an all-inclusive athletic center overlooking the 1915 Sunken Garden. Students also have access to a Health Center, bookstore, café, a Student Cultural Center, Spiritual Center, three playing fields, including a turf field, an all-weather track, indoor tennis and basketball courts, and several comfortable dormitories. There are miles of wooded running, bicycling, and cross-country skiing trails. The campus includes a ropes course with zip line, state-of-the-art music recording studio, climbing wall, and ice skating ponds, as well as a 600-acre wilderness facility located in the remote and pristine Bigelow Mountains in Eustis, Maine. Connecticut Campus The 120-acre Woodstock, Connecticut campus includes spacious classroom buildings and a student union with dining hall, 200-room dormitory facilities, two playing fields, a track and turf field, ropes course and a practice field. The gymnasium includes basketball courts, weight and wrestling rooms. One of the most unique features of the Woodstock campus is a state-ofthe-art, 1,017-seat theater, home to the Opera New England and Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut, as well as to Hyde’s outstanding performing arts program. Set in the rolling farmland of northeastern Connecticut just three hours from New York City, Woodstock is a haven of open fields and peaceful woodlands. For more information, contact Jason Warnick, Director of Admission: email@example.com, 1 (860) 821-0160 www.hyde.edu
residential summer Weight loss program Wellspring, new york
Union College Campus, Schenectady, NY How many millions of youth and young-adults are over-weight or obese in our world today? The sad and scary truth is that we don’t have a true scope of what this epidemic is and what it is going to take to come up with real, wide scale solutions. The problem seems to be ever-changing and ever-growing and, even with all the media and political attention focused on the issue, it seems to continue to get worse and affect more and more families. So, how do we treat this issue and look towards a future with healthier children, families, and individuals? How about one person at a time? At Wellspring Camp, New York, we take the approach that each camper is on her own individual journey towards a healthy lifestyle and that it will be a life-long journey as a long-term weight controller. Wellspring is the leading provider of therapeutic weight-loss camps and boarding schools for overweight young people, college students, families and adults. Wellspring New York is an all-women’s summer program based out of Union College in Schenectady, NY, in its 7th year of operation. The Wellspring approach focuses on a scientifically based model that is simple, sustainable, safe, and of course fun. While at camp the participants are taught to engage with the challenges that hold them back from being successful. Campers set goals, both large and small, and learn how to measure their success through more than just the number on the scale. Campers spend time learning about nutrition and how to cut through all the confusing food marketing and make smart choices in grocery stores and in restaurants. All campers take culinary classes where they get to practice with low-fat preparation techniques and healthy substitutions and modifications. Each of our campers receives a self-monitoring journal or “SMJ” and a calorie king as part of their program tools. They learn how to calculate fat grams in the food they eat and record all their food intake and exercise in their SMJ. This allows them to be more accountable of their choices with food and activity. They also stay active every day through fitness classes, games, and sports. Wellspring New York is first and foremost a summer camp. It’s important to have fun and enjoy your summer vacation! You should enjoy what you are learning and the community around you that becomes family by the time you leave. Contact information: 877/277-0139 www.wellspringcamps.com/newyork wellSPring camP
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE highEr EdUcaTion 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 riSd 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 bard college at Simon’S rock 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 nonWestern 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 the 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: simons-rock.edu.
marymount manhattan College New York, NY Entrepreneurs. Performers. Innovators. Big Dreamers. It’s Time to Apply Yourself. You come to New York City to find your place, to make your mark and achieve at the highest level. But where do you begin? You find yourself — and the best of all possible worlds — at Marymount Manhattan, a well-rounded education mixed with professional development in everything from communication, business and pre-med to speech pathology, dance, theatre and the arts. Marymount Manhattan College offers the best of both worlds — the personal approach of a small private metropolitan college coupled with all the excitement and opportunity offered by one of the world’s greatest cities. New York City is the College’s campus, and the College reflects all the diversity and vibrancy of this exceptional city. Marymount Manhattan College is a place to be creative, entrepreneurial, and one with New York City — with a personalized, cross-functional curriculum and internship opportunities only New York City can offer. Living in our midtown residence hall, you’ll be at the center of it all. The College’s goal is that every student who passes through its doors acquires the intellectual, social and moral qualities that lead to personal satisfaction and exemplary citizenship. The diverse voices of Marymount Manhattan College create an environment of civility and inclusiveness that supports and enhances each student’s talents. The leaders and innovators of tomorrow are finding their voices at MMC today. You can choose among a wide variety of study options based in a liberal arts foundation and you also get to learn in small classrooms with teachers who know your name. These same teachers will guide you through your study options and help you customize your own academic program. You’ll be able to choose two majors or add a minor or two to complement your major. Marymount Manhattan College Faculty have made extraordinary contributions in publications, performances, presentations, and service to the MMC Community. They have been the recipients of grants, awards and citations within and beyond the college. Scholarships and financial aid are still available. It’s time to apply yourself in a city where time doesn’t stand still at a College where you stand out. The energy of MMC is captured dynamically on our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/MarymountManhattan. Register at www.mmm.edu/visit. Visit www.mmm.edu or contact us at 1-800-MARYMOUNT to learn more about the College. marymount manhattan college
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE saint michael’s College Burlington, VT Saint Michael’s College, a college with great faculty, rare sense of community, and the vibe of the best college town around—Burlington, Vermont Saint Michael’s College (www.smcvt.edu) students are challenged to do their best, find their niche, take on opportunities to grow, and immerse themselves in academic pursuits. Intellectual rigor, compassion, teamwork, caring—these characterize a Saint Michael’s experience. The Edmundite Catholic liberal arts and sciences college, Saint Michael’s is located in Burlington, Vermont, one of Americas top 10 college towns. Saint Michaels provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead successful, purposeful lives that contribute to peace and justice in our world. Saint Michael’s 2,000 undergraduate students come from 35 states and 16 countries. The college’s superb, highly credentialed faculty are teacher-scholars who provide students individualized research opportunities in and out of the classroom and the lab. Located near unparalleled recreational opportunities for hiking and skiing in the Green Mountains and kayaking on Lake Champlain, Saint Michael’s students enjoy the best of both a culturally rich small-city with a great music vibe, and major outdoor opportunities, heralded by a renowned Wilderness Program. A rare sense of community along with commitment to social justice pervades the spirit of Saint Michael’s College. And life-long friendships are formed in this welcomSaint michael’S college ing environment. Because Saint Michael’s faculty compares favorably with the faculty at a research university, but because Saint Michael’s is a small community, students are more likely to engage in research projects, present their results at conferences, get into top-quality PhD programs, study abroad, do service learning activities and undertake internships. High-impact experiential practices are embedded throughout the Saint Michael’s curriculum. Real-world experiences and deeper academic know-how are the result. This is a great advantage not only to student learning, but to readiness for both the job market and for graduate education. A great number of Saint Michael’s graduates attend top research universities because of their intensive science research as undergraduates. Leadership opportunities abound, and inform the transformation of Saint Michael’s students. Saint Michael’s students grow into impressive leaders through their active classroom research and presentations, their engagement with the challenging Wilderness Leadership Program, the highly skilled Fire & Rescue Squads, the intensity of MOVE service work, varsity and club athletics, a uniquely dynamic student government, radio DJ gigs, editorial positions in student media, and other opportunities. Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Goldwater, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other grants. The Saint Michael’s community teaches students to live with others, negotiate conflict, honor differences, collaborate, cultivate life-long friendships, and care for each other. These connections are palpable on the SMC campus. And they last a lifetime, as evidenced in countless alumni friendships. Community members repeatedly report that there is genuine joy on this college campus, a can-do attitude, and a drive to do the right thing.
sacred heart university launches new graduate Center in stamford, Ct Expands master’s degree programs – classes begin in September 2013 Sacred Heart University is significantly expanding its presence in Stamford, CT. The Sacred Heart University Graduate Center in Stamford will be located in Landmark Square and will offer students access to many of Sacred Heart’s existing programs traditionally available at its main campus in Fairfield, CT. These include SHU’s digital marketing and human resource management degrees offered through its John F. Welch College of Business; film and television offered through the College of Arts and Sciences and the Isabelle Farrington College of Education’s popular cohort certification program in educational leadership and administration. “We are excited to increase our presence in Stamford. The new Graduate Center will offer greater options for our graduate students while giving us an opportunity to build on an already strong relationship with the Stamford community,” said University President John J. Petillo. SHU currently offers continuing education initiatives, limited undergraduate classes and corporate training in Stamford. But the University’s expanded offerings, explains Provost Laura Niesen de Abruna, vice president for Academic Affairs, will include the new communication graduate programs and other classes. An additional goal is to provide easier access for working students and professionals living in Fairfield County, as well as commuting students from New York City, Westchester and western and southern Connecticut. “Beyond these dynamic, appealing, and contemporary communication degrees, four out of five existing SHU programs will be accessible immediately or in the coming year at the new Graduate Center, making it a hub for students who may find it difficult to commute to our Fairfield campus or attend day classes,” de Abruna says. “This isn’t just an off-site campus – we will offer accelerated, modular and creative programs that maximize opportunities for convenience and value, interact extensively within the region and will be a beacon for working adult students.”
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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Quinnipiac University Graduate Programs Hamden, CT Making a world of difference. Making a different world.
Roger Williams University Bristol, RI Roger Williams University—what will you do?
It is an exciting time for graduate study at Quinnipiac University – with new programs, facilities and opportunities for collaborative learning. Named the top “up-and-coming” school with master’s programs in the Northern Region by U.S. News and World Report, Quinnipiac continues to grow as a great place for innovative graduate education, professional preparation and public service. The Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences This fall, Quinnipiac opens the new Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, an ambitious, cutting-edge facility on the university’s North Haven Campus. The Center will be home to the new Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, the university’s School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing, and an array of highly-recognized programs: Medical Laboratory Sciences, Cardiovascular Perfusion, Nursing, Pathologists’ Assistant, Physician
Roger Williams is a medium-sized university with huge opportunities – and they are all open to you. With 42 majors to choose from, along with minors galore, your course of study can be almost anything you want it to be. And our small classes (19 student average) and low student to faculty ratio (12:1) allow for personalized attention and ultimately, a personalized educational experience. Are you interested in a class that you don’t see offered? Create it! At RWU, almost anything is possible. Maybe community service is more your speed? In the last year alone, RWU students performed more than 55,000 hours of community service. Community Connections is a freshman day of service that will bring you closer to your classmates and your new home in Rhode Island. Nearly 1,500 students, faculty and staff members take on tasks at 80 sites around the state in the single biggest day of service at the University. Of course, service at RWU extends far beyond our local community. From alternative spring break to tax help for senior citizens and serving as eco-reps to help us become a carbon neutral campus, RWU students are improving the community and world around them. Improving the world around RWU and beyond also means preparing for future careers. Faculty/student research projects give students the opportunity to learn from hands-on experience with faculty members. In addition, many students travel the country and beyond to present their research at major industry conferences. Our students are often published researchers long before they are graduates. Of course many of them also choose to pursue internships as career preparation, and find placements in locations around the world. And RWU students are studying abroad on every continent but Antarctica – with RWU providing the passport for those who qualify. But let’s get real. You’re actually in the classroom for 15 hours roger WilliamS UniverSity a week. The college experience is everything that happens in the rest of those hours – living away from home, doing your own laundry, getting involved on campus and defining the person you want to be. RWU has more than 60 clubs and organizations and 20 NCAA varsity athletics teams, everything from Wiffleball to our national champion coed sailing squad. Then there’s our location. You’d be amazed how many people have seen pictures, but still can’t believe how beautiful the campus is. Located in historic Bristol, Rhode Island, RWU is surrounded by water. We’ve got that old New England charm with all the modern amenities of a big city school. RWU is conveniently located just 30 minutes from both Providence (R.I.’s creative capital) and Newport (R.I.’s beach haven), one hour from Boston and just three hours from New York City. Our students are training to become teachers, psychologists, lawyers, architects, engineers, business leaders and more. But most of all, they are learning to think on their feet and are becoming citizens of the world. They are making a difference every day. So…what will you do? For additional information please contact: 1.800.458.7144 or email email@example.com
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ou come to New York City to find your place, to make your mark and achieve at the highest level. But where do you begin? You find yourself — and the best of all possible worlds — at Marymount
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At Quinnipiac University, our students are our main focus. It’s why we offer graduate degrees in fields ranging from business to health sciences. It’s also why Quinnipiac was ranked among the top master’s-level universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report and first in the northern region in U.S. News’ Up-and-Coming Schools category.
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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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Originally nervous about the transition to college, Tamara found a welcoming campus, great friends, individual attention from professors and even opportunities to collaborate on faculty research at RWU. Now a Student Advocate and an RWU First Year Experience co-instructor, Tamara helps new students with their transition to the University. Recently, Jeronima “Niimo” Tamara’s interest in human Class of 2015 rights advocacy and her desire Providence, RI Major: Psychology to explore the world meshed perfectly when she landed Minor: French an internship with Amnesty International in Australia. While in Australia, she researched the treatment of Aboriginal peoples, examined law enforcement procedures and helped with Amnesty International’s annual meeting. Of course, she also took full advantage of opportunities to explore, take weekend trips and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef! Tamara is pursuing her interests on campus and around the globe. What will you do?
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working on the water brings us closer together. There’s one constant that each of us relies upon at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. It’s the bond that exists between all Cadets, entrusted with saving lives and protecting our nation’s coasts and waterways. We quickly become family, taking on challenges bigger than ourselves in a nationally ranked Bachelor of Science degree program. And our reward is not only a guaranteed paid career serving our country, but the knowledge that as Coasties we’ll always look out for each other. It’s why the Academy is like no other college in the nation.
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Honor. Integrity. Respect. Responsibility. Compassion. Since 1910, Army and Navy Academy has developed scholarship and honorable character in young men. The Academy is an internationally acclaimed college preparatory boarding and day school with a proud tradition of setting young men on a course for academic, personal and professional excellence.
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EF International Academy is a coeducational, private international high school that is located in historic Tarrytown, New York. With a student body representing over 60 nations, EF International Academy offers traditional boarding school experiences on an international level. EF International Academy is an IB World School, offering the prestigious and world-recognized International Baccalaureate Diploma to qualifying graduates, and is accepted by universities and colleges around the world.
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