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33 THE LOCAL SCENE City highlights, suburban sights.
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I AM SITTING in a Vietnamese restaurant on Amsterdam Avenue, crying on my plastic menu. It is my sonâ€™s freshman year and he is home for holiday break. The menorah is up, the Christmas tree is decorated and there are presents underneath. We are an interfaith family. An atheist interfaith family. After Christmas at our home in Florida we are going to NY until New Years. Then, Bill and I will come home and Stephen will stay in NY for his January project, making a movie with other Obies to be shot on the streets of Manhattan. 22
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Stephen is silent on the way home from the airport. I make small talk. How was the semester? Do you know your grades? Won’t it be fun to spend two whole weeks together? He refuses to eat the lasagna I made because he had a slice of pizza at the airport and he doesn’t eat two similar meals on the same day. He used to eat spaghetti three times a day. “What would you like? An omelet? Stir fry veggies?” He’s a vegetarian. “I need protein.” “Stir fried veggies with tofu?” “Tofu is soy. Soy is full of GMOs. I stopped eating it.” “Here’s the menorah all lit up, and the tree, and look, a musical dreidel and a gingerbread man. Remember how you always loved gingerbread men?” “Maybe later.” He goes to his room. I
knowledge any of the above for the next few years. “We worked for our money. You know the endless hours I work,” says Bill. “And we didn’t exploit anyone. Your father’s patients love him. And librarians don’t exploit people. I lend books for free, dammit.” I want to tell him more. I want to remind him that of the 1600 students at Oberlin, someone must be richer than us. Like the famous Hollywood ﬁlm director’s two kids who go there, or the son of the Hollywood couple, his friend whose father is a vice president on Wall Street, or the heiress to an organic dairy conglomerate in San Francisco. Their milk is in our refrigerator. Maybe he will feel better in NY. We ﬂy there on the 26th. We stay at the brownstone of a friend who is on a Caribbean vacation.
For dinner we go to a Vietnamese restaurant on Amsterdam. It’s packed. It’s holiday time on the Upper West Side and it’s packed. Finally, we get a table. We are reading the menus. “What are you having?” I ask Stephen. “This is hard for me to tell you,” he begins. “But I don’t believe in long-distance relationships. All of my friends are in Oberlin. I see them every day. You two are the only people I have a long distance relationship with.” “We’re your parents,” I tell him, “not longdistance relationships. We let you go wherever you wanted. A lot of your friends had to stay in Florida. But we saved so you could go anywhere you wanted.” “That may be true. But, I don’t think you’ll be seeing much of me for a long time. For years maybe. I hate Florida and I’m not coming home for any more vacations. I only
“All a person needs is a pair of pants and a tee-shirt. Maybe two tee-shirts. Look at your endless wealth that you got through exploitation. I’m an anarchist now and I don’t believe in possessions or celebrations.” hear music. I knock and am given permission to enter. “Hi, what are you listening to?” “Nothing you ever heard of.” He announces he will not observe any of the holidays. “They are capitalistic plots of the bourgeoisie designed to make people keep consuming. You made me a consumer by buying me all those toys when I was little. I am not bourgeois like you. Look around at all your stuff. Your oriental rugs. Your Limoges. Your closet full of shoes. All a person needs is a pair of pants and a tee-shirt. Maybe two tee-shirts. Look at your endless wealth that you got through exploitation. I’m an anarchist now and I don’t believe in possessions or celebrations.” This will include Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and he will refuse to give and receive birthday gifts or even ac-
came home for this one because they closed the dorms.” The waiter comes over with a pot of tea and three cups. Obliviously, he asks, “do you need a few more minutes to decide?” I’ve lost my appetite. I forget that Stephen is 18 and he doesn’t have a clue, that his prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that is responsible for empathy and foreseeing the consequences of one’s behavior, won’t develop for another eight or ten years. And I can’t read the damn menu because of these tears that will come and go for the next ﬁve or six years.
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WHEN artist and master silkscreen printer Gary Lichtenstein began his artistic collaboration with the renowned, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier in 2011, he had no idea that the two would end up as neighbors, on the same ﬂoor, in Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, New Jersey, described by The New York Times (May 16, 2013) as “one of the art world’s best-kept secrets.” Gary Lichtenstein has been producing original, limited silkscreen editions in collaboration with Richard Meier for the past three and a half years. Their work together has gained momentum as their exploration expands. “The sheer size and scale of this gorgeous space will only promote our capabilities,” Lichtenstein said. “Not to mention the fact that, geographically, it will be great to be in the same place.” Meier lives both in New York City and East Hampton, Long Island. 34
Lichtenstein had relocated from San Francisco, where he’d lived for over thirty years, to Ridgeﬁeld, Connecticut in 2001, close to where he’d grown up. He opened Gary Lichtenstein Editions (GLE) in a converted barn overlooking cow pastures. His move east was partly motivated by the desire to be closer to the art world in New York City. During his years in Ridgeﬁeld, he enjoyed a close relationship with the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, while maintaining his long-standing collaborations with artists like Tom Christopher and Charles Hinman. When the opportunity to be part of Mana Contemporary, with 10,000 square feet of studio and ofﬁce space, presented itself, Lichtenstein was intrigued. Not only would the move bring him closer to New York City, he’d also be in at the ground level MANA EXTERIOR on something unique in the art world, something that no one had ever done before. Opened in May 2011 in Jersey City, Mana Contemporary is one the largest and most innovative contemporary art organizations in the country. In the words of Mana Contemporary’s President and Founder, Eugene Lemay, the art world is centered around “the sell,” and he’s set out to change that. “At Mana Contemporary, we are dealing with the process of making art, not with the sell. We want to give people a deeper understanding of the artwork and the artist’s process, through the eyes of the artist.” To that end, Lemay and his partner Yigal Ozeri began converting the red-brick, 1920s-era Lorillard tobacco factory on about thirty-ﬁve acres in the heart of Jersey City into an arts institution. The 500,000-squarefoot ﬁnished space – which will expand to 1.8 million square feet – houses light-ﬁlled, vast artists’ studios, a dance studio, exhibition and performance venues, collection management and storage facilities, a restaurant, and even a framing shop and a foundry. As well, Mana Contemporary houses a secure facility for art collection management, such as art storage, costume and textile storage, cataloging, fair and exhibition coordination, custom crating services, custom framing services, appraisals, conservation and restoration, risk management, transportation, and domestic and international shipping. Lemay has built several companies over the past 20 years, while at the same time pursuing a career as an artist whose work centers on the abstract and the Middle East. Ozeri is an internationally exhibited artist who serves in a professional advisory role at Mana. Both Lemay and Ozeri have studios within the center. Lemay has played a major role in the conversion, right down to designing the massive steel doors to the artists’ studios, works of art in themselves. He is clearly in his element at Mana, where he works alongside other artists from diverse disciplines – visual art, sculpture, photography, dance, ﬁlm, sound, performance – in a relaxed, campus-like environment where ideas
can be shared as the work takes shape. A key component of Mana Contemporary’s mission is education and community outreach through hosting panel discussions, offering classroom tours, group visits, artist lectures, student exhibitions, and open studios. “Gary suggested I take a look at Mana,” Richard Meier recalled in the ofﬁces of Richard Meier & Partners on Tenth Avenue at 36th Street recently. “And I thought it was a phenomenal space. Timing is everything, too. The lease for our Model Museum in Long Island City was ending, and I ﬁgured we could just move everything over to Jersey City. It’s pretty EUGENE LAMAY
cluttered here in our ofﬁces, as you can see.” This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Richard Meier & Partners Architects, LLP. Referred to as a “Steady Eddie” of modernism since he opened his ofﬁce in 1963, Meier has stayed true to his original intent, avoiding the urge to jump onboard as architectural styles, such as Postmodernism, came and went (Architectural Record, August 20, 2013). The Richard Meier Model Museum was launched informally in May 2007 in an old paint factory a block behind the famous PepsiCola sign in Long Island City. During the initial four-month opening there were so many visitors that the museum reopened every season afterward. Students, practicing architects, and art and design enthusiasts came from far and wide to see the process behind the remarkable career of one of the most distinguished architects in the world. Most prominent in the museum were the huge presentation and study models of the Getty Center in Los Angeles, which took ﬁfteen years to complete. Today the process of designing buildings has largely moved to computers, which makes it even more important to preserve and make available for viewing the models of deep historical value by Richard Meier and other illustrious architects of his generation. The space that Meier ultimately leased at Mana is much larger than what he had in Long Island City – 15,000 square feet, vs. 3,600. He soon realized that he could display not just his architectural models,
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but also his vast library and archives there, too. And he plans to have extensive gallery space for changing exhibitions. His daughter, Ana Meier, is moving her MEIER furniture showroom to Mana Contemporary, much to the delight of the architect. Founded in LA in 2009, MEIER seeks to “re-imagine the modern aesthetic.” Clearly, the Richard Meier Model Museum will be a huge draw, contributing to the establishment of Mana Contemporary as a destination in itself. The very presence of the models – over 150 in total – is the embodiment of the vision of Eugene Lemay, who set out to share the process behind the ﬁnished product, through the eyes of the artist. The next phase of Mana Contemporary’s headquarters in Jersey City will see the cultivation of ﬁve neighboring buildings, signiﬁcantly expanding the scope of the center’s operations to include a performance hall , recording studios, theater and music programming, sculpture gardens, rooftop green space , a gallery dedicated to contemporary art from Asia, an enrichment program for children, Milk Studios for Designers, an art fair and large-scale exhibition hall. Not content to transform a post-industrial wasteland section of Jersey City into an international arts destination, Lemay described similar arts centers already opened (Chicago) or in the works (Los Angeles, Miami, London). With Jersey City as a model, he envisions communities for artists around the world, open to the public, offering deeper insights into the process of making art.
Elizabeth Titus has been published in Ms., MORE, Narrative, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Skidmore Scope, Outside In Literary and Travel Magazine, Talking Writing, and The Humanist. Passionate about the plight of Afghan women, she serves as a mentor for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project (awwproject. org) and hosts Afghan students in the U.S. for the School of Leadership Afghanistan (SOLA.org).
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ETCHED IN SAND A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island by Regina Calcaterra
hadn’t seen New York City this still since 9/11. Lower Manhattan was a ghost town—there were no planes in the sky, no boats on the East River, no buses, no trains rumbling in the subway. This was Wall Street, normally the most bustling street in the world… but where I stood at the Wall Street Heliport, I was the only one present. Because there was no trafﬁc on my drive from Long Island to Manhattan, I was the earliest to arrive for the ﬁrst ofﬁcial helicopter ﬂyover after Hurricane Sandy. Soon everyone began to emerge from their vehicles: the governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo; New York’s two United States senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand; senior gubernatorial cabinet ofﬁcials; and my colleagues from Nassau and Westchester Counties. We greeted one another in a manner both solemn and cordial, taking note of how a tragedy makes professional interactions seem much more personal. Wearing jeans, windbreakers, and boots, we exchanged details of the storm, our objective intensely clear. It was up to us to try and heal this region after Sandy’s destruction. Within moments three military helicopters broke through the fog as assured as eagles. With the press and security now present, there were a couple dozen of us, all standing quietly as the copters whipped the vinyl of our coats and ﬁnally touched down on the pad. I felt a collective awareness among us that not even the roar of the propellers could cut through the heaviness of that morning. It struck me as one of the eeriest moments in my life: The silence was actually louder than the noise. As the chief deputy executive of Suffolk County, I waited my turn to climb into the helicopter and by chance wound up in a seat that would give me a solid view of Long Island after we surveyed the damage in New York City. We took the military aviator’s instructions and placed the headphones over our ears. When the helicopter took off for Breezy Point in Queens, where a ﬁre had ravaged a neighborhood during Sandy, the silence loomed again. Blocks of homes were charred. Families had lost everything. For me to have been managing the storm crises in Suffolk County while hearing the reports of how these Queens residents were trying to escape the area was one thing. Now to witness the damage where homes and lives had been destroyed was a completely surreal moment. My heart pounded as we neared Suffolk and I prepared to address my county’s devastation for this group of elected officials I
respected so greatly. “Which town in Suffolk had the most damage?” one of them asked. I hurried to push the microphone button on the headset as our aviator had shown us. “Lindenhurst,” I answered. The group nodded and gazed back out the window, as though they understood why Lindenhurst holds a special signiﬁcance to me: It’s where I was born. It’s also the place where three decades later, I learned my background from family I’d never known existed. My mother left behind scorched earth with the same totality that Mother Nature had swept my island. For years, Suffolk County transported me back to the pain and darkness my four siblings and I endured throughout our fatherless childhoods with a profoundly troubled mother. Now, as I examined it from the sky, my emotions swelled with a love for this place—how the experiences of growing up here made me who I am. Hovering above as a leader in the aftermath of Sandy struck me deeply. Aside from the love I shared with my siblings, this county was our only sense of home—a place that did its best to protect us from the unpredictable. I never could have imagined that one day I’d be called on to return the same security. What drew me to a career in public service was my appreciation for government’s purpose: It’s the body that decides who receives which resources, and how much of them. My childhood on Long Island gave me a very personal awareness for how people in power can impact the lives of others. Growing up here I faced extraordinary struggles that would have tested any child’s strength and endurance. Somehow, with optimism and determination, my siblings and I could usually manage to ﬁnd someone who was willing to lift us to help. My cast of resolute characters is composed of my older sister Camille, who is forever my closest conﬁdante; and our three siblings—Cherie, the eldest, who found escape from our childhood in a teen marriage; Norman, fourth in birth order just behind me; and our youngest sister, Rosie. As a scrappy pack of homeless siblings wandering the beach communities of Long Island, sometimes we’d sneak off to the Long Island Sound or the Atlantic’s shore—the wild, windy places where it didn’t matter who we were, what we wore, or how tousled we appeared. With our hands and empty clamshells as our tools, we’d build sand castles by the water, or etch out all ﬁve of our names Cherie Camille Regina Norman Rosie and enclose each with a heart. We’d run, squealing, as the waves roared upon the shore and
From the book ETCHED IN SAND: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island by Regina Calcaterra. Copyright © 2013 by Regina Calcaterra. Reprinted by permission of William Morrow Paperbacks, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
rolled back in rhythm, unsentimentally washing away our work. Then we’d run back toward the water and create it all anew. We didn’t know it then, but that persistence would become the metaphor to predict how we’d all choose to live our lives. No accomplishment has taken place without trial, and no growth could have occurred without unwavering love. This is the story of how it took a community to raise a child… and how that child used her future to give hope back.
BITTEN BONES Suffolk County, Long Island, New York Summer 1980 The area where we live sits between the shadows of the cocaine-fueled, glitzy Hamptons estates and New York City’s gritty, disco party culture. Songs like Devo’s “Whip It” and Donna Summer’s “Bad Girls” blast through the car courtesy of WABC Musicradio 77, AM. Gas is leaded and the air is ﬁlthy. Long Island lacks a decent public transportation system— to get anywhere, you need either a car or a good pair of shoes. Our shoes aren’t the best. Our car is worse. My mother’s thick arm rests on the driver’s-side window ledge of her rusty, gas-guzzling Impala—the kind you buy for
to hear one another above the loud grunting of the Impala and its broken mufﬂer. Embarrassed by the car’s belches, I slump down in my seat. In the front seat next to Cookie, my older sister Camille’s doing pretty much the same thing... but if our mother detects our attitude, we’ll ﬁnd ourselves suffering nasty bruises. The only comfort is the physical space we now have to actually ﬁt in the car without piling on top of one another as we had to for years. That’s thanks to the fact that, at age seventeen, our oldest sister, Cherie, has ﬁnagled an escape by moving in with her new husband and his parents, since she’s expecting a baby soon. In the backseat, Rosie, Norman, and I stay occupied, scratching our bony, bug-bitten legs and comparing who has the most bites and biggest scabs. We take turns pointing to them as Rosie uses her ﬁngers as scorecards to rate them on a scale of one to ten. There’s never really a winner... we’re all pretty itchy. None of us bothers hollering to ask where we’re going. With all our belongings packed in garbage bags in the trunk, we know we’re headed to a new home. Our short-term future could take many forms—a trailer, a homeless shelter, the back parking lot of a supermarket, in the car for a few weeks, in Cookie’s next boyfriend’s basement or attic, or dare we dream: an apartment or house. We know better than to expect much—to us, running water and a few old mattresses is good living. We’ve managed with a lot less. Most girls my age idolize their sixteen-year-old sisters, but Camille is my co-captain in our family’s survival. She’s the only person in my life who’s totally transparent, and we need each other too much for any sisterly mystique to exist. For years, the two of us have worked to set up each new place so that it feels at least something like a home, even though we never know how long we might stay there. We just rest easier knowing, at nightfall, that the younger ones have a safe spot to rest their heads. Together. Without Cookie. If we can control that. Cookie puts the brakes on our wordless games when she pulls into a semicircular driveway, gravel crunching under the tires. We’re met by the image of a gray, severely neglected two-story shingled house surrounded by dirt, dust, and weeds. There are no bushes, no ﬂowers, no greenery at all; but the lack of landscaping draws a squeal from me. “No grass!” Rosie and Norman smile and nod in agreement, understanding this means we won’t be taking shifts to accomplish Cookie’s deﬁnition of “mowing the lawn”—using an old pair of hedge clippers to cut the grass on our hands and knees. Camille and I usually cut the bulk of the lawn to protect the little ones from the blisters and achy wrists. Cookie turns off the ignition and coughs her dry, scratchy smoker’s cough. “This is it,” she announces. “Sluts and whores unpack the car.” Then she emits a loud, sputtering, hillbilly roar that never fails to remind me of a malfunctioning machine gun. As usual, she’s the only one who ﬁnds any humor in the degrading nicknames she’s pinned on her daughters. I gaze calmly at the facade before me. It’s a house... our house. Even if it ends up being only for a few days, I’m relieved that my siblings and I won’t be separated.
MY MOTHER LEFT BEHIND SCORCHED EARTH WITH THE SAME TOTALITY THAT MOTHER NATURE HAD SWEPT MY ISLAND. seventy-ﬁve dollars out of a junkyard. Her wild hair blows around the car as she ﬂicks her cigarette into the sticky July morning. The ashes boomerang back in through my window, threatening to ﬂy into my eyes and mouth in frantic gusts. Squinting tightly and pursing my lips hard, I know better than to mention it. My seven-year-old baby sister, Rosie; our brother, Norman, who’s twelve but still passes for an eight-year-old when we sneak into movie theaters; and me—Regina Marie Calcaterra, age thirteen (personal facts I’m well accustomed to giving strangers, like social workers and the police)—are smooshed into the backseat. Like most of our rides, the car suffers from bald tires, broken mirrors, and oil dripping from the motor. If I lift up the mats, I can see the broken pavement move beneath us through the holes in the rear ﬂoor. We rarely travel the main roads like the Southern State, Sunrise Highway, or the Long Island Expressway. For Cookie—that’s what we call my mom—the scenic route is the safest because she’s always avoiding the cops. Cookie has more warrants out on her than she has kids. And there are ﬁve of us. Her offenses? Where to start? She’s wanted for drunk driving; driving with a suspended license and an unregistered vehicle; stolen license plates; bounced checks to the landlord, utility company, and liquor store totaling hundreds of dollars; stealing from her bosses (on the rare occasion she gets work as a barmaid); and for our truancy. And if there were such a thing as a warrant for sending her kids to school with their heads full of lice, we could add that to the list, too! In the car, we don’t speak. It’s not by choice—it’s actually impossible
Regina Calcaterra was appointed executive director of New York State’s Moreland Commission on Utility Storm Preparation and Response by Governor Andrew Cuomo after she assisted in the recovery of Superstorm Sandy in her capacity as chief deputy executive for Suffolk County. She has provided commentary on politics and policy on national and local media outlets since 2000 and is a passionate advocate for the adoption of older foster children.
RESPECTING MY ELDERS
by Ellen Wallenstein
How many of us will get to live to be 80 or older is certainly not known. Those that get there seem to have a serenity of spirit and some wisdom to impart, along with an inner beauty. Edward Albee, playwright b. March 12,1928, Washington D.C. photographed: June 1, 2010, NYC Edward Albee has written more than 30 plays. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Dramatists Guild Council, and teaches courses in playwriting each spring at the University of Houston. He has won four Lifetime Achievement Awards, three Tony Awards, an Obie, three Drama Desk Awards, three Pulitzer Prizes, the Gold Medal in Drama from the Academy of Arts and Letters, and the National Medal of the Arts.
Ruth Gruber, journalist, photographer, writer, humanitarian b. September 30, 1911, NYC photographed: September 23, 2011, NYC As a photographer and journalist, Ruth Gruber early on warned of the rise of Naziism in Europe. Appointed as a general in W.W.II, she accompanied 1,000 Jewish refugees to the United States on a U.S. Army transport ship. She is a true American hero. Ruth has written 19 books, and is the recipient of many humanitarian awards, including the Golda Meir Human Rights Award, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance Award, the Silurian’s Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Open Book Award from ASJA (American Society of Journalists and Authors), the Common Good Spirit Award, and ICP’s Cornell Capa Award. She is the subject of a documentary ﬁlm “Ahead of Time.”
Wolf Kahn, artist b. October 4, 1927, Stuttgart, Germany photographed: November 1, 2010, NYC I photographed Mr. Kahn in his studio on a chilly morning. He was wearing a 30-year old blue work jacket from Belgium and a vest that his wife, the artist Emily Mason, knitted for him 50 years ago. The colors he wore matched the exuberant colors of his landscapes. Mr. Kahn is a member of the National Academy of Design and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is recipient of numerous awards including a Fulbright Scholarship, John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and an Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Editta Sherman, photographer b. July 9, 2012, Philadelphia, PA photographed: August 12, 2009, NYC Spry, chatty and full of energy, Ms. Sherman posed with her 100-year-old camera like two old friends. She is a portrait photographer who made a living shooting glamourous studio portraits of actors and stars in the 1930s and â€˜40s. At 101 she is working on a book of her photographs.
Dr. Billy Taylor, musician, composer, educator b. July 24, 1921, Greenville, NC d. December 28, 2010, NYC photographed: August 19, 2009, Riverdale, NY I photographed Dr. Taylor at his home in Riverdale where he played many of his tunes for me. He noted that he was 88 years old, the same number as keys on a piano. Dr. Taylor was a pianist, composer and educator, the Distinguished Ambassador of the jazz community to the world-at-large. During his lifetime he was awarded 23 honorary doctoral degrees, two Peabody Awards, an Emmy, Grammy, the National Medal for the Arts, Tiffany award, and several Lifetime Achievement awards.
Jeanyee Wong, graphic designer/calligrapher b. May 8, 1920, San Francisco, CA photographed: January 27, 2010, NYC I took this photograph of Ms. Wong at her home near Gramercy Park, where she lived on the top ﬂoor of a ﬁve-story walkup. At 90 years old she was still walking up and down the stairs everyday. She is posing with “The Wisdom of Confucius” the ﬁrst book she ever illustrated ((Random House, 1942). This was one of the ﬁrst books written in English about China. For over 70 years, Jeanyee Wong designed, illustrated and lettered over 2,000 dust jackets and 40 books for numerous authors including James Watson, John Updike and Maurice Sendak. I was visiting her at her new home uptown where she is in assisted living, and when one of the other ladies at the table asked her to pass the ketchup, she very casually said “I designed that label” which shocked everyone at the table. You know, the H-E-I-N-Z at the top on that curve and the TOMATO KETCHUP underneath in the center.
Ellen Wallenstein is a photographer living in New York City and Sherman, Connecticut. She teaches Photography and Book Arts at the School of Visual Arts and Pratt Institute. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM
MY JOURNEY FROM HORACE MANN TO DARTMOUTH TO BARD by Bob Marrow
n the spring of 1957 I was in my junior year of high school, called Fifth Form at the Horace Mann School for Boys in imitation of Harrow and Eton. Geometry class was agonizing. Mr. Dean was droning, the reﬂected light from his bald head helping to keep me awake. Although I had no intention of applying for admission to Dartmouth, when a messenger appeared from the Headmaster’s Ofﬁce asking that I be excused to meet with someone from that Ivy League college, I gladly left class and walked to the meeting room where a group of 8 or 9 boys were already in conversation with an alumnus of both Dartmouth and Horace Mann. Typically, Horace Mann boys applied to four colleges. My first choices were Williams and Brown, with Lehigh and Bucknell as safety schools. In reality, I wasn’t a good enough student to be admitted to Williams or Brown, but coming from Horace Mann with good College Board scores, and having lettered in three sports including football, I stood a chance. I was puzzled about being summoned to meet with a representative of Dartmouth. My curiosity turned to bewilderment when he greeted me by name: “Hi Bob, I understand that you haven’t applied to Dartmouth yet. We have an application being sent to you, Special Delivery.” What was going on here? Months later I understood that I was being “railroaded” to Dartmouth by our headmaster, Dr. Mitchell Gratwick. He made his rounds of college admissions offices each spring to discuss HM students who had applied and to assure their admission when appropriate. After his visits I was rejected by Williams, Brown and Lehigh (he withdrew my Bucknell application without my knowledge). The only college to accept me was Dartmouth.
This was part of a plan, I assumed, to maintain Horace Mann’s reputation for getting a large percentage of students into Ivy League colleges plus Amherst, Williams and Wesleyan. Since I could not be admitted to my ﬁrst choices, Williams or Brown (three or four of my classmates with better records had already been admitted to those
colleges – ﬁlling their limits from one high school), Dr. Gratwick arranged that I would attend Dartmouth. He made sure that it was the only college that accepted me. At the end of my freshman year in May of 1959 Dartmouth College suspended me for one year. I had never been studious but I was smart enough to be admitted to Dartmouth. My suspension was the result of being on academic and disciplinary probation simultaneously; 2 probations = 1 suspension. Why did I fail at Dartmouth after years of success at Horace Mann School for Boys, one of the most academically competitive prep schools in America? One reason, which I consider minor, was rebelliousness. Even while at Horace Mann, my friends and I rejected authority. We cut classes and gambled at the area race tracks (Yonkers, Roosevelt, Belmont and Aqueduct) as well as in the basements of our parents’ houses, where we played poker for high stakes, considering that we were kids. But I don’t think that rebelling against authority was the major cause of my failure at Dartmouth. The reason was my immaturity and insecurity combined with the nature of the college itself in those days. There was a disconnect between my instinct to be decent and the type of boy who was respected at Dartmouth. An unauthorized but popular version of the Dartmouth Football Fight Song is an example of what was admired there.
cord of rebellion at Dartmouth. It was 1959 and the ‘60s revolution was far in the future. Although I had never heard of Bard (it was not on the Horace Mann list of suitable colleges) my admission was a lifeline back to education and civilization. At Bard the way to gain respect was to read history and literature, write thoughtful papers, create poetry and woodcuts, and join the theater. I was no better a person than the one who failed at Dartmouth. I was still an insecure and immature weakling trying to gain the respect of my peers in whatever way was acceptable. It’s just that
HE WAS ARRANGING MY ADMISSION TO THE IVY LEAGUE, GIVING ME A CHANCE TO JOIN HIS CLASS OF ARISTOCRATS.
Dartmouth’s in town again, run girls run, Dartmouth’s in town again, fun girls fun. Our pants are steaming hot, we’ll give ‘em all we’ve got, Virgins are just our meat; Rape, Rape, Rape! Down from the hills we come, surge on surge, F**king like Dartmouth men, We’ve got a biologic urge, Dartmouth’s in town again. Living up to that revolting image was irresistible in my immaturity – I was 17 years old until well into my second trimester. Just as I was a follower of a group of kids in high school who gambled, I was a follower of a group at Dartmouth who drank excessively. That led to cutting classes, shirking reading assignments, plagiarizing writing assignments, and violating other rules such as the regulations forbidding freshmen to have cars on campus and having girls in our dorm rooms. I quit the freshman football team and joined the boxing team. I drove my unauthorized car at reckless speeds and received speeding tickets – one reason among many for my disciplinary probation. When the suspension was imposed I was in shock, although I should have expected it. Luckily, I was able to transfer to Bard College with the help of Dr. Juan Garcia, a Horace Mann teacher who knew the head of admissions at Bard. No other school would touch me because of my re-
the way to acceptance at Dartmouth was to be a misogynistic pig while acceptance at Bard meant being an intellectual, even if only a phony one. I have concluded that failure at Dartmouth was the result of a combination of factors, partly my immaturity and insecurity and partly the atmosphere there, which took those personality traits and created a disgraceful fool. Bard College used those traits of weakness differently and to better ends. Being suspended by Dartmouth frightened me into becoming a more serious student. My record at Bard and my law school admission test scores were good enough to get me into NYU School of Law, an elite law school. My career as a lawyer included being a founding partner at a NYC law ﬁrm and, for a time, being general counsel to a publicly traded pharmaceutical company. Thus, Dr. Gratwick’s sending me to Dartmouth did no permanent harm – but I went through life resenting what he had done and repeatedly depicting myself as a victim of Horace Mann’s need to be thought of as a distinguished prep school – able to get its students into Ivy League colleges and their equivalents. Only recently have I seen things differently. I was a Jewish boy – only one generation separated me from Russia and Ellis Island – the ﬁrst in my family to go to college. Dr. Gratwick was a patrician from New Canaan, CT. He was arranging my admission to the Ivy League, giving me a chance to join his class of aristocrats. That would have seemed unbelievable to my Yiddish grandparents. I did not or could not take advantage of the opportunity, but I learned from my mistakes and can now look back and think of Dr. Gratwick not with resentment but with gratitude.
Bob Marrow is a retired lawyer living in Rye, NY. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM
he Winter Antiques Show, January 24-February 2, 2014 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City, celebrates its 60th year Diamond Jubilee as America’s most prestigious antiques show, providing museums, collectors, dealers, design professionals, and ﬁrsttime buyers with opportunities to view and purchase exceptional pieces showcased by 73 renowned experts in American, English, European, and Asian ﬁne and decorative arts. Every object exhibited at the Show is vetted for quality and authenticity. This year the Winter Antiques Show’s 2014 loan exhibition celebrates the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts. Fresh Take, Making Connections at the Peabody Essex Museum is comprised of more than 50 paintings, sculptures, textiles and decorative objects. One of America’s oldest and fastest growing museums, PEM was founded in 1799 and its collection showcases an unrivaled spectrum of American art as well as outstanding Asian, Asian export, Native American, African, Oceanic, maritime and photography collections. The exhibition is on view during the run of the Winter Antiques Show. The Winter Antiques Show also welcomes two new exhibitors for the Show’s Diamond Jubilee: R 20th Century, a New York City-based gallery specializing in international 20th century design, and the royally appointed Wartski, one of Britain’s foremost authorities on antique jewelry, Fabergé, silver, and objets de vertu. Additionally, there are several exciting opportunities for this year’s attendees. New York City-based exhibitor Glass Past, which specializes in the ﬁeld of Italian glass from 1870 to 1970, will permit WAS attendees to view and purchase vases designed by the prominent architect Carlo Scarpa. What makes this particularly exciting is that starting in November, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will present an exhibition featuring 300 of Scarpa’s works that highlight his contribution to the art of Venetian Glass. Hirshl & Adler Galleries will have a John James Audubon (1785-1851) Wild Turkey oil canvas for sales. This piece is especially interesting as oil paint was not Audubon’s usual medium. New York City gallery Maison Gerard will have a rare and incredible Art Deco Lacquered Room by Jean Dunand (1877-1942) – the Swiss designer is considered the greatest lacquer artist of the Art Deco period. The room was designed as the breakfast room for the San Francisco penthouse of Mr. Templeton Crocker in 1928. This room, together with the Bedroom and Dining Room, are Dunand’s most important commissions in the United States. The Show was established in 1955 by East Side House Settlement, a social services institution located in the South Bronx. Net proceeds from the Show beneﬁt East Side House Settlement. The Winter Antiques Show runs from January 24-February 2, 2014 at the Park Avenue Armory, 67th Street and Park Avenue, New York City. The Winter Antiques Show hours are 12 p.m.- 8 p.m. daily except Sundays and Thursdays, 12 p.m.- 6 p.m. Daily admission to the Show is $25, which includes the Show’s award-winning catalogue. To purchases tickets for the Opening Night Party on January 23, 2014, or Young Collectors Night on January 30, 2014, call (718) 292-7392.
THE WINTER ANTIQUES SHOW CELEBRATES 60TH YEAR DIAMOND JUBILEE
HIRSCHL & ADLER GALLERIES, INC. JOHN JAMES AUDUBON (1785-1851). WILD TURKEY COCK, HEN AND YOUNG. 1826. OIL ON CANVAS. 47 1/2 IN. X 59 1/2 IN.
arts MARC CHAGALL, THE FALL OF THE ANGEL, 1932-33-47, OIL ON CANVAS. PRIVATE COLLECTION, ON DEPOSIT AT THE KUNSTMUSEUM BASEL. © 2013 ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK/ADAGP, PARIS.
JEWISH MUSEUM IN NEW YORK Chagall: Love, War, and Exile Through February 2, 2014 This Exhibition explores the period in the artist’s career from the rise of fascism in the 1930s through 1948, years spent in Paris and then in exile in New York. Beginning with the evocative paintings from his years in France, Chagall: Love, War, and Exile illuminates the artist’s response to the suffering inﬂicted by war and to his own personal losses and concerns. Unlike the artist’s earlier joyful, colorful compositions, the images in this exhibit are among his darker works. Includes 30 paintings and 24 works on paper, as well as selected letters, poems, photos, and ephemera. 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York, NY. 212/423-3200; TheJewishMuseum.org.
and 800 A.D., the seminal era of the Silla Kingdom. Co-organized with the National Museum of Korea, Seoul, and Gyeongju National Museum, and drawn primarily from the holdings of these institutions, this exhibition introduces audiences to the remarkable artistic achievements of a small kingdom that rose to prominence, embraced cosmopolitanism, and gained control of the entire Korean peninsula. 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street) New York, NY. 212/535-7710; www.metmuseum.org.
the Gilded Age, the era was marked by unprecedented industrial expansion yielding vast personal fortunes. With the amassing of great fortunes came the drive to document the wealthy in portraiture, echoing a cultural pattern reaching back to colonial times. A brilliant generation of American and European artists rose to meet that demand. Features sixty-ﬁve portraits selected from New-York Historical’s outstanding holdings. The sit-
VOLTA NY 2014
Thurs March 6 – Sun, March 9, 2014 VOLTA NY is an invitational show of emerging solo artists’ projects and the American incarnation of the successful young fair founded in Basel in 2005. VOLTA NY was conceived in 2008 by Artistic Director Amanda Coulson as a tightly-focused, boutique event that is a place for discovery, a showcase for relevant art contemporary positions regardless of the artist’s or gallery’s age. VOLTA showcases galleries — whether young or mature — that choose to work with the most exciting emerging artists. These galleries must maintain deeply meaningful connecMETROPOLITAN MUSEUM tions with their artists and follow them throughSilla: Korea’s Golden Kingdom out their careers. In turn, select galleries exhibit in Through February 23, 2014 Silla: Korea’s Golden Kingdom is dedicated the airy loft surroundings of VOLTA NY’s SoHo to the magniﬁcent art created between 400 venue, elevating their respective platforms for an experience mutually beneﬁcial to fair visitors and the galleries alike. 82 Mercer St. in Soho. www.voltashow.com.
THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY Beauty’s Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits In America Through March 9, 2014 This exhibit explores the popular resurgence of portraiture in the United States in the period between the close of the Civil War and the beginning of World War I. Known as LEFT: CROWN: KOREA, SILLA KINGDOM (57 B.C.–A.D. 935), SECOND HALF OF THE 5TH CENTURY. GOLD AND JADE. PHOTO © NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA.
JOHN SINGER SARGENT (AMERICAN, 1856 – 1925), MRS. JACOB WENDEL, 1888. OIL ON CANVAS. NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY, GIFT OF THE ROGER AND SUSAN HERTOG CHARITABLE FUND AND JAN AND WARREN ADELSON.
ters–ranging from famous society beauties to powerful titans of business and industry–left lasting legacies that contributed to the cultural and economic growth of the nation. 170 Central Park West , (77th Street) New York, NY. (212) 873-3400; www.nyhistory.org.
GALLERY THE NEW YORK COMEDY FESTIVAL AND THE BOB WOODRUFF FOUNDATION The 7th Annual Stand Up For Heroes Event took place on November 6, 2013 in New York City.
TOP TO BOTTOM: BOB WOODRUFF, GUEST, BRIAN MAST, LEE WOODRUFF; SERGEANT SHANE PARSONS AND BILL COSBY; SERGEANT EVAN STRATTON AND MUSICIAN, ROGER WATERS; BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN; BRIAN WILLIAMS AND JON STEWART; JERRY SEINFELD PHOTOS BY BRYAN BEDDER/ GETTY IMAGES FOR NEW YORK COMEDY FESTIVAL
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THE HOLE IN THE WALL GANG CAMP BIG APPLE BASH On November 9th, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp’s 22nd Annual Big Apple Bash Beneﬁt brought together donors and camper families for a private performance of the Big Apple Circus in New York City. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, camper families were invited to attend the Circus free of charge. Following the dazzling performance, event sponsors and donors attended a post-performance reception at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square featuring cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a dinner buffet and fun activities for the whole family. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp was founded in 1988 by Paul Newman with one simple premise in mind–that every child, no matter his or her illness, could experience the transformational spirit and friendships that go hand in hand with camp. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is dedicated to providing “a different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families throughout the Northeast, free of charge. It’s a community that celebrates the fun, friendship and spirit of childhood where every kid can “raise a little hell.” www.holeinthewallgang.org.
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ne day this past spring, John Seigenthaler got a call from an old friend who used to work at NBC News. She was now working for the burgeoning Al Jazeera America network and suggested they get together for lunch. They traded emails and eventually set a lunch date. When they ﬁnally got together, she and her new colleagues at Al Jazeera told Seigenthaler bluntly that he should join them. He’d only heard a little bit about the network at that point, but he was intrigued. A few days later, he had another meeting with executives at the network who shared more about their vision for the channel. “They told me that they had the resources to do news the ways I’ve always wanted to do news. To tell stories, and to have the time to tell them well,” he recalls. “They were talking about opening up bureaus in places around the country where all the networks have closed their bureaus. I went back to my wife and said, ‘This is something I can’t turn down.’” In August, Seigenthaler, 59, who makes his home in Weston, CT, debuted on the air as the host of “Nightly News” on Al Jazeera America. The entire network launched last summer into 40 million American homes 24/7 with a mix of original U.S. programming plus some content from Al Jazeera English, a sister network seen in the UK, Europe and the Gulf countries. Seigenthaler was accompanied into Al Jazeera’s American experiment by a highly respectable cast of talented cable news veterans: CNN’s well-known business and ﬁnance correspondent, Ali Velshi; Joie Chen; David Shuster formerly of Current TV and MSNBC; and Soledad O’Brien, also formerly of CNN who serves as a
special correspondent. Al Jazeera has 70 bureaus around the world with 12 now in the United States. Seigenthaler is a familiar face to many Americans. From 1999 to 2007, he welcomed millions of viewers every Saturday and Sunday evening on NBC’s “Nightly News.” But when his contract came up for renewal in 2007, amid a major round of cuts at NBC, a faltering economy about to go into full-ﬂedged crisis, and massive new pressures on all traditional media, NBC declined to re-sign Seigenthaler. The veteran newsman ﬁgured it was time to leave the news business and happily transitioned into private life. He joined Seigenthaler Public Relations, his family’s ﬁrm, where he worked for the past several years. “I don’t regret any of my time at NBC, but back in 2007, it was the right time for me to move on,” he says. Seigenthaler didn’t expect to return to TV as a nightly news anchor. Indeed, “I never expected to go back into journalism again,” he says, sitting in a small space studio at Al Jazeera’s ofﬁces in the Manhattan Television Center just across the street from Penn Station. Seigenthaler is relaxed and at peace with his new role. Seigenthaler started his career in news as a gofer at his local station WNGE-TV in Nashville, Tennessee, before moving to an anchor job in Seattle, and then back home to anchor in Nashville again. He has interviewed Presidents, Vice Presidents, senators, movie stars, Nobel laureates and more. He has won two Emmys for his work in TV news. But it’s real people that he enjoys interviewing the most. That’s something he’s had the chance to do even in his ﬁrst months at Al Jazeera. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM
During the recent government shutdown, Seigenthaler interviewed a man who owned a small resort near Yellowstone Park. With Yellowstone closed during the shutdown, the man was facing critical decisions about whether to ﬁre staff or pay the mortgage on his property. “Being able to tell his story—that’s always where my heart has been in journalism. I want to give a voice to the people who don’t often have a voice. I think they often tell the story better than the experts or the politicians do.” In recent years, Seigenthaler has become increasingly dismayed at the state of television news and its decline over the past decade. We all know the problems Seigenthaler cites: The focus is on more and more tabloid stories, celebrity, and the ratings game. “More about heat than light,” he says summing up the problem. But Al Jazeera America, he feels, is moving in the opposite direction. “News is the star, not the anchor, not celebrities. It’s a serious broadcast with smart people, for people who want information about their world.” Adds Seigenthaler, “Americans do care about what is going on around the world, they just haven’t had a place to ﬁnd it on television recently.” Seigenthaler feels that AJAM—as Al Jazeera America is known—can ﬁll a void in the news landscape by providing real in depth coverage of things that matter. He says this is possible because AJAM has only half the commercials that an hour of cable news has and because they don’t have to chase ratings. Why doesn’t AJAM have to chase ratings? That’s because it is well endowed by ample resources that come from its parent company, the Al Jazeera Media Network, founded in 1996 by the Emir of the oil rich nation of Qatar, who continues to provide the majority of Al Jazeera’s funding. Al Jazeera entered America’s consciousness in a negative and frightening way. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Al Jazeera became known as the network that received and was willing to air many of Osama Bin Laden’s video messages, including explicit anti-American threats and propaganda. Even back in those dark days, Al Jazeera always insisted
In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Al Jazeera became known as the network that received and was willing to air many of Osama Bin Laden’s video messages, including explicit anti-American threats and propaganda. it was not a mouthpiece for Bin Laden, just a news platform presenting all sides of important stories. In the decade since, even many of Al Jazeera’s original critics from the time of 9/11 have come to recognize that it is the boldest and most ambitious media company in the Arab world and that it has the world’s most broad, consistent and in-depth coverage of the Middle East. Al Jazeera executives have often publicly afﬁrmed their commitment to giving producers and reporters full editorial independence. But given the sensitive politics of the region, the inﬂuence such a channel can carry, and the fact that Al Jazeera has been bankrolled by oil money, some critics have suggested otherwise. The powers that be at Al Jazeera understand they have to counter misimpressions about their role and their agenda. Looking to expand into the US, they hit on the idea of buying Al Gore’s Current TV in January of 2013 as a way of getting access to the millions of homes that
The powers that be at Al Jazeera understand they have to counter misimpressions about their role and their agenda.
were receiving Current at the time. Since distribution is the ﬁrst key step in building up any cable network, buying Current TV—even for a reported $500 million—was a major step forward in creating a footprint for AJAM. Many criticized Gore—who has been so outspoken on environmental issues—for accepting the tainted oil money from Qatar. Gore has, in turn, pointed out that Al Jazeera has some of the world’s best coverage of environmental and climate issues. Some critics are concerned the same questions about editorial inﬂuence will extend to America. But Seigenthaler says he has experienced absolutely no interference and intends to keep it that way. “The only editorial voice is what we sit and decide the most important story is,” Seigenthaler says. “There’s nobody telling me what I should put on the air every night. I think if people watch, they’ll see that’s true.” Many people think Al Jazeera came of age in 2011 when then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She singled out Al Jazeera for praise, noting that Al Jazeera is gaining prominence in the U.S. because it offers “real news” — something she said American media were falling far short of doing. Clinton observed that the U.S. is losing the “information war” in the world. Other countries’ news broadcasts were providing global information more effectively than American networks, she said. And one of the reasons she cited was the quality of channels like Al Jazeera. The channel, she said, was “changing peoples’ minds and attitudes. And like it or hate it, it is really effective... Viewership of Al Jazeera is going up in the United States because it’s real news,” Clinton said. “You may not agree with it, but you feel like you’re getting real news around the clock instead of a million commercials and, you know, arguments between talking heads and the kind of stuff that we do on our news, which, you know, is not particularly informative to us, let alone foreigners.” When you visit the AJAM newsroom, it is hard not to see just how well-endowed this Qatar-backed American news project really is. The newsroom is buzzing with activity. AJAM has been called “a massive stimulus program for journalism,” in the face of so many layoffs forcing talented veteran journalists, editors, and producers out of work. Despite
having signiﬁcant resources in terms of equipment, bureaus, etc., the environment is similar to a startup says Seigenthaler, who was also part of the founding team at MSNBC. “As part of the process of building something new, there is an ability and a mandate to try new things.” When he isn’t anchoring the news, Seigenthaler enjoys life in Weston, where he moved from New York with his wife and son in 2001, shortly before 9/11, in large part for the schools. “Weston is a very special place,” he says. “I don’t think we even imagined how special it was when we ﬁrst moved there.” On Weston weekends, he enjoys taking long walks with his wife and son and their dogs in the Trout Brook preserve. He frequently golfs with his son. Seigenthaler also enjoys tinkering and doing work on the house. “That’s therapy for me,” he says. He also says he loves Aaron Sorkin’s HBO journalism drama “The Newsroom” and has seen every episode. “I don’t think it necessarily reﬂects what goes on day to day in a newsroom, but that’s Hollywood! I love the characters, I love the writing, I can’t get enough of it.” Seigenthaler has high praise for the Weston schools, where his son is currently in high school. “We knew the schools would be good—and that’s why we came to Weston. But we didn’t know how great the schools were. My son has really thrived there. I think it’s one of the best schools in the country. It’s a community that cares about the education of its students and that matters.” Seigenthaler’s father was a legendary newspaper man who started out as a beat reporter for The Tennessean, ultimately ascending to become, at various points, the editor, publisher, and chairman. He also served as the founding editorial director of USA Today, not to mention an important part of his life as a top assistant to Robert F. Kennedy when RFK was Attorney General in the early 1960s. So for John Seigenthaler Jr., journalism was in the family. He grew up with his father telling him what was going to be in the newspaper the night before it landed on everyone’s doorstep, something that wowed the young Seigenthaler. Despite that, his father never encouraged him to get into journalism. At Al Jazeera, Seigenthaler Jr.’s son has been a visitor several times and enjoyed himself, but it’s too early to say if he will be the third generation to go into journalism. “I have no idea what he’s going to do, but I have total conﬁdence he’s going to make a decision himself and be happy about it.” One night in late October, I saw ads for an upcoming AJAM special hour-long report on sexual assaults on college campuses, an increasingly prominent issue that is also quite uncomfortable for major news networks to cover. If Al Jazeera can provide hard hitting reporting and investigative journalism on a regular basis, Seigenthaler hopes other broadcast and cable networks will follow suit. But right now he just hopes people will watch and stay awhile. “I’ve had some great opportunities, but this is clearly a highlight in my career, no question about it,” he says. “The opportunity to be able to convey information and help people understand our world is an honor and a privilege. I have always felt that way, and I continue to feel that way here.”
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BUILDING “THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY” BY JACOB M. APPEL OBERT JAMES WALLER’S BEST-SELLING NOVEL, THE BRIDGES of Madison County, plucked magical chords on America’s heartstrings in the summer of 1992 as few other mainstream works of literature have done in the past quarter century. The bittersweet story of a mid-life love affair between farmwife Francesca Johnson and itinerant photographer Robert Kincaid, as simple as it was universal, transported countless readers to Madison County, Iowa, in 1965. In the wake of World War II, Italian-born Francesca had married American G.I. Richard Johnson and followed him to his Midwestern homestead; at the opening of the novel, Francesca’s husband and two teenage children are away at the state fair to display a prized steer. The arrival of Kincaid, who has come to photograph a local covered bridge for National Geographic, taps into her poetic longing for possibilities beyond the insular world of cornﬁelds and 4-H clubs. Waller’s novel, which formed the basis for a 1995 movie starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep, has now been transformed into a Broadway musical set to begin previews on January 17, 2014. The creative duo behind the new musical is book writer Marsha Norman and composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown. Norman, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for ‘night, Mother in 1983 and currently teaches dramatic writing at the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton, has already awed musical theater fans with her Tony awardwinning libretto for The Secret Garden and the Tony-nominated, The Color Purple. Brown, a product of Ossining, New York, is best known for his work on the Tony award-winning Parade, The Last Five Years, recently revived at Second Stage, Songs for a New World and this fall’s Honeymoon in Vegas at The Paper Mill Playhouse. The pair previously collaborated on a stage version of E. B. White’s The Trumpet of the
Swan, for the Kennedy Center in 2008. They had been interested in working together again and Bridges seemed like a promising opportunity, a chance to create what each artist refers to as their “Traviata” in homage to the Verdi opera, although how they arrived at their new project proved anything but inevitable. “I received a call from James Lapine,” explains Norman. Waller’s representatives had contacted the Into the Woods librettist in the hope that he would bring Bridges to the New York stage. “You don’t want me, James said. You want Marsha.” Norman immediately reached out to Brown and soon the pair of them induced four-time Tony nominee, actress Kelli O’Hara, (South Paciﬁc, The Light in the Piazza) to play Francesca. Writing for a particular actor was new to Norman, recalling the days when “Broadway teams wrote for stars.” After the librettist won a St. Bart’s vacation at a charity auction, she and Brown sequestered themselves at a studio in the resort’s basement and soon the twoperformer musical rose to life. “It’s all been glorious since,” gleams Norman. She soon found herself “doing homework” on covered bridges. “They last seventeen times longer than ordinary bridges,” she reports with the enthusiasm of a schoolgirl proudly displaying her research. “There are many different theories for them… One is that the cover keeps the horses from being spooked.” The musical premiered at the Williamstown Theater Festival, where it “sold more tickets than any show they ever had.” Although Norman had hoped for an artistic success with Bridges, the public’s reception of the piece exceeded even her rosy expectations. For Jason Robert Brown, his own initial interest in the project came as a surprise. He missed out on the Bridges craze of the 1990s and did not actually read the novel until Norman completed the treatment. “I WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM
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and great stillness,” he notes. “Those qualities are very specific, and not common among musical theatre leading ladies.” He adds that “Kelli is not what I’d traditionally think of for Francesca, a fierce Italian woman trapped in the Farm Belt, so I used that dichotomy to help build this character, and I think Francesca is richer and more interesting for it.” Norman describes accompanying Brown and O’Hara to meet potential producers. “Jason and I felt like church mice next to Kelly,” she says. Even at these initial business meetings, “Kelli was radiant, like Francesca in Iowa in the summer.” Fortunately, the producers were also smitten by O’Hara—so much so that they afforded Norman and Brown as much time as they needed to put together the best production possible. This included four pre-production workshops, each another bridge toward a ﬁnely-polished show. Even in these early explorations, O’Hara’s enthusiasm for Francesca was apparent. “All I can do is make Francesca someone who is living a real existence making real choices that have real consequences,” the actress shares—revealing that she is obsessed with Meryl Streep and daunted by the challenge of following in her footsteps. “I know folks will enter with opinions [based on their encounters with Francesca in the novel and ﬁlm], but if even for a second they lose themselves in the world we are creating with this production, and hopefully even leave with a new idea, I have done my job.” Unlike Brown, Kelli O’Hara was highly familiar with Bridges when Norman came calling. She recollects ﬁrst reading the book in middle school and being thrilled by the “sordid” subject matter. “I remember loving it and being equal parts conﬂicted and devastated.” At the time, of course, she never dreamed she might one day star in a musical adaptation. Her understanding of the story, and of Francesca in particular, has evolved with time. “Identifying with Francesca’s story rather than identifying as an outsider or perhaps a neighbor or even the teenage daughter has opened up a whole new world for me,” she reveals. “It is heartbreaking to me. As I have grown older, I can more fully understand the idea of losing a love or (and maybe especially) discovering a love like this. So rather than sit in judgment or support of the story, I feel more ready to just experience it as Francesca. To understand her and hopefully bring her into a sympathetic light by believing in every choice she feels she has to make.” O’Hara’s own personal life—she gave birth to her second child in September—has shaped her approach to the part. “I have honestly been blissfully lost in this world of my family,” she explained two weeks after her daughter’s birth, “but as much as I try to separate work from my personal life, they will always affect each other. The impact my own family will have on my Francesca will be monumental.” O’Hara spends a considerable amount of time in New England— she visits Weston, Connecticut, where her father-in-law, Tony-award winner, James Naughton lives, nearly every weekend—and has long been captivated by the charms of its covered bridges. She describes the bridges of Vermont and Connecticut as “some of the most beautiful, often broken-down, pieces of architecture I’ve ever seen. They make me think of history—[of ] a simpler time, maybe… a reminder that things have always been delicate, but they keep standing.” The bridges conjure up the central theme of the musical which, for O’Hara, is choices. “The choices Francesca has to make, the choices I have made in my life, the bridges we all have to cross, whether they are under cover or made known... they make us who we are and often stick with
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us for the rest of our lives.” She connects her KELLI O’HARA own journey to that of the Iowa mother. “I have had to cross a lot of bridges in order to get to this place... where I feel ready to breathe life into this story in this way…. To cross a bridge is to make a choice and by doing this we make connections to hopefully bigger thoughts and lessons learned.” Joining O’Hara in the role of Kincaid will be noted ﬁlm and television actor Steven Pasquale, familiar to aﬁcionados of the small screen as ﬁreﬁghter Sean Garrity on the FX Network’s “Rescue Me.” Pasquale had worked in the past with the writers, with O’Hara and with director Bartlett Sher, and he seemed like a natural choice for Robert. He admits that, when he was ﬁrst approached about the part, his knowledge of Bridges stemmed largely from the ﬁlm. While he did enjoy the movie, he believes “the source material is best served by a musical,” as it requires music to effectively depict the “deeply romantic” essence of the tale. Bridges, he declares, boasts the “most lush and beautiful score since Adam Guettel’s Light in the Piazza.” While Norman was researching covered bridges, Pasquale investigated photography of the 1950s, determined to understand his subject’s craft. “There has to be a delicacy to every shot,” he says of the mid-century medium— clearly impressed with the nature of Kincaid’s work. He sounds equally impressed with the work of the show’s creators—a project that he, like Brown, describes as being distinct from much of what graces the Great White Way. Pasquale invites audience to come to Bridges “if you want to see something that’s not farcical, that’s not a send-up…. Something serious and insanely relatable.”
The narrator of Waller’s novel writes in the introduction that “in a world where personal commitment in all forms seems to be shattering and love has become a matter of convenience,” the love story of Francesca and Robert is a “remarkable tale… worth the telling.” For Marsha Norman, Bridges represents a universal conﬂict between safety and freedom, a story that “invokes memories of old loves…[and] we all have those.” At its core, she sees her team’s joint creation as a narrative of “What if?” “An Italian war bride who has lived in Iowa for twenty years ﬁnds herself alone for a week as her family goes off to the Indiana state fair. She’s planning to do absolutely nothing, when the most gorgeous man, a photographer from National Geographic, walks up her driveway. What if? What would you do?” Theatergoers will have to wait until the new year to witness Francesca’s choice. Their own answers will likely vary as much as the many bridges that bring them out for a glimpse at a corner of rural Iowa and a poignant, ill-fated romance of a bygone era. Performances begin on Broadway January 17th, 2014. Schoenfeld Theatre 236 W. 45th St. (between 7th & 8th) www.bridgesofmadisoncountymusical.com.
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Foundation, an initiative of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, to Business Connect, presented by Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee made a mark on the region. They transformed after-school facilities for youth in New York and New Jersey through the Snowﬂake Foundation, and via Business Connect, helped over 500 local minority-owned and women-owned businesses gain access to the Super Bowl procurement process. As well, in partnership with the New York Blood Center, the American Red Cross Services NY-Penn Region and New Jersey Workplace Blood Donor Coalition, they sponsored the Super Community Blood Drive. They also joined 2,500 partners in #Giving Tuesday, a day to mark the opening of giving season and encourage donations to charities. For Al Kelly, success will be deﬁned in this way: “People will come to the region, and they’ll feel they didn’t get enough, that they need to come back for more, which will be a huge driver of tourism. And every big event organizer will want to look at this region, not just for sports, but for every huge event. People will look at all the things our foundation left as a legacy and remember that it all happened when Super Bowl XLVIII was here.”
Liz Clement spent 20 years in advertising and corporate communications (15 years at American Express) in New York City before leaving it all behind in 2002 for a freelance writing and communications consulting career.
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Occupy Jen’s Street BY “THE FAT CATS ARE GETTING RICHER AND RICHER!” Otto screamed hoarsely into his megaphone. “While the genocide rages on! If that’s not an injustice, I don’t know what is!” There were only about a dozen protestors left, but they followed along passionately, waving their cardboard signs in the frigid November air. It was freezing out and I was amazed that anyone had come at all. It was a testament to Otto’s leadership skills. Every Saturday, regardless of the weather, he got us to follow him to Washington Square Park. We knew, analytically, that our protests were irrational. How could a pack of unwashed college students convince Congress to end the War on Terror, or abolish the American prison system, or legalize hallucinogens? Still, standing there in the cold, with Otto’s guttural screams pounding into our skulls, we felt strangely powerful. We felt like we could change whatever we wanted. “Darfur is a contemporary holocaust!” Otto screeched. “And if we don’t stop it, no one will!” He continued his diatribe, specks of spittle ﬂying everywhere. Suddenly, though, in the middle of the word “industrial-military,” his voice trailed off. “What’s wrong?” I asked. He didn’t respond, but I could ﬁgure it out by following his forlorn gaze. Jen was strolling across the park, holding hands with a broad-
shouldered man in a cardigan. Otto squinted at the pair with rage, his hands trembling slightly at his sides. He’d been screaming for the past four hours, but this was the angriest he’d looked all day. “If that’s not an injustice,” he seethed, “I don’t know what is.” Otto could be extremely convincing. During our sophomore year, he’d persuaded me to boycott McDonalds, even though they’d recently brought back the McRib. But no matter how hard he tried, he hadn’t been able to get Jen to date him. “It’s morally and ethically reprehensible,” he said, staring bitterly at Jen’s Facebook proﬁle. “I’ve put in months of labor. How could she enter into a relationship with someone else?” I nodded sympathetically. It was unfair. Otto had been obsessively courting Jen since freshman orientation. He tried to sit with her at every meal. And if her table had no space, he would sit as close to her as possible and look in her direction whenever he made a loud point. He invited her personally to all of his protests. But so far, she hadn’t attended a single one. Once, on a Saturday night, I walked in on Otto weeping in the common room. He said it had to do with a situation in Kabul. But I had a feeling it had to do with Jen. Otto didn’t seem sad tonight, though. Just angry.
“It’s outrageous,” he muttered, through gritted teeth. “She refuses to go on a single date with me. Meanwhile, the fat cats on Wall Street just sit there, getting richer and richer.” I was confused. “What do the fat cats have to do with Jen?” “It’s all connected,” he said, vaguely. He grabbed a fresh placard from a stack on his desk and started writing on it with a Sharpie. “What are you doing?” I asked nervously. “What does it look like?” he said. “I’m taking a f–king stand.” I passed Otto the next day on my way to Anthro 1. He was sitting on the steps of Jen’s dormitory, holding his new sign. “DATE OTTO NOW,” it read, in neatly printed block letters. “How long have you been out here?” I asked. “Since last night,” he said. “And I’m staying for as long as it takes.” I noticed an open backpack by his side, stuffed with Powerbars and what looked like a ﬁrst aid kit. “I don’t know if this is such a good idea,” I said. “I mean, what are you going to do if it rains?” “I’ve got a poncho.” “What about if you have to go to the bathroom?” “I haven’t ﬁgured that out yet,” he admitted. “Well…don’t you think that’s a concern?” He paused.
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“It’s a concern,” he said. I looked up at Jen’s dormitory. She lived in a twenty-story high-rise on Twelfth and Broadway. I didn’t know which apartment was hers, so I couldn’t tell if she was even home. “I should probably go to class,” I said, apologetically. “Go ahead,” he said. “I’ll be right here.” I called Otto from Bobst Library a few hours later. He only had so many Powerbars in his backpack and I was worried about him. It took a few tries to reach him. “Sorry,” he said. “I was in the Porta Potti.” “Porta Potti? How did you get one of those?” “One of my volunteers called the city.” “Volunteers?” He tried to explain, but his voice was drowned out by a loud, thundering sound. “Gotta go!” he cried out over the din. “Drum circle!”
By the following morning, there were dozens of students on Jen’s steps, chanting and banging bongos. Whose Jen? Otto’s Jen! The crowd was predominantly male, but I was surprised to notice some women there as well. Otto’s cause had struck a chord with everyone. I tried to make my way toward him, but it was difﬁcult to ﬁght through the crowd and eventually I gave up. As I was leaving, a squirrelly looking guy in a Phish T-shirt handed me a ﬂyer. OCCUPY JEN’S STREET DEMANDS:
1. Jen must sever ties with her current boyfriend and enter immediately into a long-term sexual relationship with Otto Jankaloff. 2. She must, effective at once, begin to feel love towards him. 3. She must become attracted to him physically. 4. A general reduction in student loans I suspected that Otto only threw in the last demand to get more people to his protest.
Still, it was an impressive list. Simple, but ﬁrm. The first media reports were dismissive, but as the days went by, they grew increasingly sympathetic. A few celebrities had turned up on the picket line – Alec Baldwin, Yoko Ono – and it had raised the movement’s profile. One night, New York One devoted an entire segment to the Occupy Jen’s Street movement. I was surprised to see that the spokesman they interviewed wasn’t Otto, but an earnest young editor from the Nation. “It’s not just about Jen,” he said. “It’s about the entire romantic system. ninety-nine percent of men are in love with the top one percent of women. And yet, they often refuse to date us. It’s a complete injustice.” I started to get worried; Otto’s protest was clearly gaining strength, but it seemed to be getting off message.
I tried to talk to Otto the next morning, but it was difﬁcult to ﬁnd him. An entire tent city had been erected on Jen’s street, along with a kitchen and a makeshift stage. I recognized a few members of the Roots setting up equipment. I’d read on the Internet they were going to perform, but I was still surprised to see them. I found Otto in line for one of the Porta Potties. “How’d you get the Roots to play?” I asked. “They just showed up,” he said. Behind us, a cheer rose up from the crowd. Questlove had taken the stage. “This one’s for Oliver!” he said, as people cheered. Otto didn’t seem to notice the gaffe. He was jittery from coffee and his beady eyes looked wild. I hoped, for his sake, that things
their hands on their nightsticks. It was a tense moment. The ofﬁcers cleared a path through the crowd and the couple made their way to the door. They were almost inside when Jen brazenly reached for her boyfriend’s hand. No one knows who started the chant, but it lasted for over an hour. “Shame on you! Shame on you!” Later that day, NPR broadcast an audio recording of the outburst. It was hard to listen to -- visceral and raw. The protest quickly entered the mainstream. Brian Williams devoted an hour to the movement and the other anchors followed suit. It was an election year and before long politicians had no choice but to pay lip service to the cause. “There’s obviously a lot of rage right now,” the president said, at a press conference. “A lot of rage towards Jen.”
OTTO COULD BE EXTREMELY CONVINCING. DURING OUR SOPHOMORE YEAR, HE’D PERSUADED ME TO BOYCOTT MCDONALDS, EVEN THOUGH THEY’D RECENTLY BROUGHT BACK THE MCRIB. would end soon. One way or the other. By its ﬁfth week, the movement had gone national, with sympathy protests springing up on campuses across the country. Some of the demonstrations had turned violent. At the University of Mississippi, six students were tear-gassed. (The incident was blamed on “poor ofﬁcer training.”) At NYU, kids were skipping lectures in protest of Jen. Few professors complained; some even joined their students on the streets. The most dramatic moment came two weeks into the movement. Jen had been avoiding the front entrance to her dormitory for some time. But one day, the back entrance was closed for construction and she had no choice but to cross the picket line. She was with her boyfriend (who turned out to be a mild mannered rower for the Columbia varsity crew team). The NYPD had given them six full-time security guards, and they all had
Ten weeks into the protest, Jen held a press conference of her own. On the advice of counsel, she’d agreed to go out with Otto, once, for coffee. It was a major victory for the movement, obviously, but Otto wasn’t satisﬁed. She still hadn’t budged on any of the major issues. She refused to end her relationship with her current boyfriend. And while she’d agreed to “meet up for coffee,” she had pointedly stopped short of calling it a date. “I think you should take it,” I told Otto the next time I saw him. His clothes were stiff with sweat and dirt and his beard looked ﬁlthier than ever. But his conﬁdence had only intensiﬁed. At some point, he’d begun to wear a beret. “I’m not backing down,” he said. “Not when I’m this close.” A few weeks later, a blizzard hit New York, burying it in over a foot of snow. Within a couple days, almost everyone had left the encampment on Jen’s street. The only people
who remained were Otto and a few elderly Native American people, who looked like they might be homeless. One day, a few haggard men from the Industrial Workers of the World showed up. Otto was thankful for their presence at ﬁrst. He was running out of followers and needed all the support he could get. But he soon found out they had starting holding meetings without him. One morning, on my way to class, I saw them dismantling what remained of his encampment. “Stop!” Otto shrieked at them, his voice thick and phlegmy. “What are you doing?” “Didn’t you hear?” a grizzled organizer told him. “It’s over. We won.” Otto’s eyes widened. “Seriously? She’s going to date me?” The organizer shook his head. “We couldn’t get her to budge on that,” he said. “But she agreed to let us use her bathroom.” He gestured at the other union guys, who were forming a single-ﬁle line in front of Jen’s front steps. “You want to get in line?” the organizer asked him. “We each get two minutes.” Otto shook his head. His eyes, I noticed, were glossy with tears. He’d lost weight during the protest and was now only slightly overweight. I put an arm around his shoulder and walked him back to his dorm. It was hard to believe it was all over. I ﬁnished college, went to business school and got a job as a consultant. At some point I lost touch with Otto. I never went to a protest again. I still believe that change is possible. With enough hard work and organization, there’s no reason activists can’t stop genocide, achieve nuclear disarmament, eradicate poverty, or end all human wars. But when it comes to the stuff that really matters, the stuff that really counts? There’s nothing you can do.
Simon Rich is one of the youngest writers in the history of SNL, where he spent four seasons from 2007-2011 before moving on to Pixar Studios. His first book, Ant Farm: And Other Desperate Situations, was nominated for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He is the author of What in God’s Name, Free-Range Chickens, and Elliot Allagash. Rich is penning and producing a new half-hour comedy pilot for FX Networks based on his latest story collection, The Last Girlfriend on Earth.
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HERE ARE AMERICAN FLAGS ON SCHOOL WINDOWS, ON CARS, ON PORCH SWINGS. IT IS THE YEAR I BRING BOB DYLAN HOME FOR THANKSGIVING. We park in front of my mom’s house — my mom, who has been waiting for us at the door, probably since dawn. Her hello carries over the lawn. Bob Dylan opens the car door, stretches one leg and then the other. He wears a black leather coat and has spent the entire ride from New York trying to remember the name of a guitarist he played with in Memphis. I pull our bags from the trunk. “You always pack too much,” I say. He shrugs. His arms are small in his coat. His legs are small in his jeans. “Hello hello,” my mother says as we amble toward her. “This is Bob,” I say. My mother was married with a small son in the sixties and wouldn’t recognize the songwriter of our time if he came to her house for Thanksgiving dinner. She has been cooking all morning, and all she wants to know is whether somewhere in his overstuffed Samsonite my friend Bob has packed an appetite. He has. “We’re starving,” I say. The vestibule is charged with the cold we have brought in. She puts her ﬁnger to her lips and points to the dark family room. I can make out a ﬂannel lump on the couch. “Your brother is sleeping. We’ll go into the kitchen.” The kitchen is bright with food — cheeses, meats, heads of cauliﬂower, casserole dishes. My mother wipes her hands on an apron she’s had for years. “I wanted him to have his favorite foods before he leaves. For Iraq.” She pro-
nounces it like it’s something you can do. I run, I walk, I raq. “Bob,” she says, “Do you know how to behead a string bean?” She arranges Bob Dylan at the counter with a knife and a cutting board. I excuse myself. The downstairs bathroom is lit by a candle. Over the toilet seat, an American ﬂag. When I return, there is a new voice in the kitchen. I am in time to hear my mother say, “He came with your sister,” referring to Bob, who has amassed a sorry pile of gnarled beans. “Jeeeeesus.” My brother recognizes him immediately. “It’s nice to meet you.” They shake hands. “Wow, man, wow.” My brother’s face is blurred with nap but in his eyes grows an ambitious light. It is a spark that could vanish as quickly as it came or succeed in splitting his face open into reckless laughter. I know it can go either way. I make my voice soft. “Hi there.” “Hey.” My brother turns, lifts his nose, and sniffs. His smile recedes. “Still smoking?” I nod. I say, hopefully, “You met Bob.” He nods. “Can you beat that?” I say. “I didn’t know it was a contest.” His smile is gone. My mother leans over Bob, to reexplain how much of the string bean is “end.” “I thought you would like to meet him,” I say. He shrugs. “I thought it would just be family.” I can tell when Bob Dylan needs a cigarette. We excuse ourselves before dinner to the backyard, where everything is dead. In the corner near the fence is a pile of lawn ornaments my mom will put up in the spring. She’s had everything for years. The newest thing is the dining
room table, a mahogany affair, and even that is only allowed in the house two days a year, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Bob Dylan never has his own cigarettes. I thought this was charming at ﬁrst. “We’re going to get you a pack today, buddy.” I hit mine against the inside of my wrist and unwind the plastic. I brought Bob here to remind my brother how he used to be, before American ﬂags and Iraq. I thought at least it would give us something to talk about. I give myself the length of a cigarette to admit it; my plan is not going to work. Bob and I smoke on the edge of the yard. There are no lights on at the Monahans’ house, our neighbors. They normally go to a cousin’s in New Jersey for Thanksgiving. The grass is frozen. Every so often I stamp on it to hear the crunching sound. Then, without speaking, Bob Dylan and I have a contest. He expels a line of smoke clear to the middle of the yard. “Damn,” I say when mine dies not three feet in front of me. He exhales again, this time surpassing mine by yards. “Damn,” I say. He is good at this, but he has years on me. We go back in. “Isn’t it wonderful?” my mother says. “The whole family around the table.” My brother is wearing new clothes. I am spooning mashed potatoes onto my plate when I ask, “When do you leave?” “Two weeks.” “Isn’t it wonderful?” my mother says again. “They let him have a good Thanksgiving dinner before he goes.” The presence of Bob Dylan seems to make my brother anxious. Our dinner conversation is punctuated by his glares toward Bob, as if I have brought him here as another f--- you: Look at the
Printed with permission from Safe as Houses by Marie-Helene Bertino, published by University of Iowa Press ©2012. Available at www.uiowapress.org or in bookstores.
friends I have made in New York City. Thankfully, Bob is oblivious, admiring each string bean on all sides before plunging it into his mouth. Later, there is an argument. There is something my brother wants me to admit and I won’t. Bob Dylan ends up with a busted lip. My mother wants us to sit back down and eat the turkey. She is trying to hold a bowl of corn and pull me back into my chair. I say, “Bob, let’s get out of here.” It is cold but there is sun. Bob Dylan and I drive through dead trees and I point out personal landmarks that make this Not Just Any Neighborhood. This is where I got my ﬁrst
and ignoring. My mom’s cheeks are wet. He asks how much the red ones are. “On second thought, it doesn’t matter,” he interrupts himself and buys twelve. They are wrapped in plastic and smell like exhaust, but it ends the ﬁght. This happened years ago. He is a good son. My brother is a good son. The light changes to green. I make the turn. On one of the lawns facing the Little League ﬁeld, an older couple is hauling leaves to the curb in a quilt that is too nice to be used in this way. Their progress is slow but they couldn’t have asked for a better day. It
THIS IS ONE OF THOSE UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS PARENTS HAVE. THAT THEIR CHILDREN WILL BE SMARTER THAN THEY ARE OR WILL LIKE EACH OTHER, THAT NO THANKSGIVING DINNER WILL EVER BE INTERRUPTED BY THE HARD SOUND OF SOMEONE UPENDING A CHAIR.
kiss; this is where I worked that summer; this is where I went to school. There’s the hospital where I was born. Small and curled like a comma, smears of mustard-colored hair, there’s the hospital where I was born. My brother was at home on the stoop, passing out candy cigarettes to the other six-year-olds. My car rattles on an overpass. Under Bob Dylan and me sweep the arms of the turnpike. Over our left shoulders, north of the city, nothing. “You used to be able to see the Vet from here,” I say, as if I’m narrating. “Great times had at the Vet. Years ago on opening day, a big ﬁght broke out on the seven hundred level. The Daily News got a picture of my brother.” A curious train runs next to my car. It ducks me, reveals to me its silver ﬂanks through the trees, and ducks me again. It plunges farther into the crunch as I turn off. The sky is blue. I stop at a red light on the Boulevard. A man on the median is breathing into his cupped hands. He is selling roses. Someone in the car in front of me calls to him. It is my brother, ten years ago. He is ﬁghting with my mom and I am in the backseat, caught up in being eleven, ignored
is cold, but there is sun lighting up my windshield, warming me at red lights. The sky is blue. The turkey is steaming on its plate. Do they hope to clear the lawn of every leaf before the kids arrive? This is one of those unrealistic expectations parents have. That their children will be smarter than they are or will like each other, that no Thanksgiving dinner will ever be interrupted by the hard sound of someone upending a chair. There are too many leaves. Bob Dylan and I both know: they will never get all of them cleared in time. There are American ﬂags on buses, on coats, on bandanas tied around the necks of Golden Retrievers. Hanging from every tree, reﬂected in every window. Bob Dylan is upbeat. His lip has stopped bleeding and he wants to know, Do I consider myself to be an American Daughter? I have been vaulted from the Thanksgiving table. What’s more American than that? How many people have left their steam-ﬁlled homes to drive around and think about old things? I pass car after car. Outside the Slaughterhouse Bar, the pay
phone hangs from its cord. There I am six years ago, an unimpressive ﬁfteen. No breasts, arms and legs beyond my control, making a phone call to my brother in the middle of the night. “Stay right there,” he says. “Don’t do anything stupid.” I walk in place to stay warm. Every so often a car drives by and hurls its lights at me. Ten minutes later he pulls up, brakes sharply. “I ran away and I’m never going back.” I am crying. He waits for me to ﬁx the long strap over my shoulder before he pulls away. I look at him, then the road, then at him. “Are you going to yell at me?” “Do you know what tape this is?” he says. I listen. There is music playing. “No.” “It’s The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.” “Oh,” I say. “What’s that?” “Bob Dylan.” “Right.” We watch the road in silence. “Are you going to take me home?” “More people should listen to Bob Dylan,” he says. He drives to the Red Lion diner. We sit in the big plastic seats and give the waitress our order. He buys me a bowl of French onion soup. “I’ll take you home tomorrow,” he says. “You can stay at my place tonight.” Then it is a new, dangerous night, one that will not end with me at my mother’s house. I give him a sloppy, generous smile. He glares at me. A man at the counter says to the waitress, “I hear they’re talking about exploding it and putting up two new stadiums.” The waitress seems impressed. “Yeah?” “No,” the man says. “Not exploding. What is it when it goes in instead of out?” He makes a motion with his hands, lacing his ﬁngers into one another over and over. My brother smiles at me. “Imploding,” he says. “That’s it.” The man swivels to look at us. “Imploding. They’re gonna sell tickets. Get a load of that.” My brother takes a large bite of his cheeseburger. He puts a ﬁnger up, to signal to the man, the waitress, and me to wait. “They’ll never f---ing do that,” he says, when he has the meat in his mouth under control. The man isn’t convinced, hacks into his hand. “That’ll be a Philadelphia event. All of us tailgating to watch a stadium implode.” My brother is certain. “No f---ing way they’ll do that. This city is nothing without the Vet.”
The man shrugs. “They’ve already done it. They signed contracts and everything.” “Who are you, the mayor?” They both laugh. My brother’s teeth are stained with meat. The door slams and rattles the ketchup bottles. A tall girl stands in the doorway of the diner unwinding a scarf. Then she seems to make her way toward our table. My brother scrambles to make room for her in the booth. “I’m glad you came,” he says. “No problem.” She sits down and is face to face with me. I don’t know where to look. He gestures as if I am a mess on the ﬂoor. “My sister.” “Nice to meet you. I’m Genevieve.” She pulls her scarf from her neck and I am able to see how red her hair is. It is the closest I have ever been to someone who looks like they could be famous. “Genevieve and I work together.” My brother is having a hard time swallowing. “I have to take a leak,” he says. When he is gone, she looks at me and I look at my soup. Her perfume smells like Vanity Fair magazine. “I heard you ran away,” she says. I nod. She drags one of my brother’s French fries through a hill of ketchup. “I ran away once. I got all the way to Wanamaker’s. I got scared and called my mom.” “Was she mad?” “Oh boy. She was so mad, she sent my dad to come get me. He bought me a slice of pizza.” She has impressive eyebrows. What could I say that would mean anything to her? I decide on an idea I had been toying with since the ride was over, the beginning of a line of thinking. “You were freewheeling.” I am careful to laugh after I say it like I don’t mean it, in case she rolls her eyes. “That’s right,” she laughs. “Like Bob Dylan.” “Oh. Do you like him?” I say it like, Nothing much to me either way, toots. “Are you kidding?” she says. “He’s my favorite.” “He’s mine too,” I say. I am not lying. “You should talk to your brother,” she tilts her pretty eyebrows toward the men’s room. “As of last week, he had barely even heard of Bob Dylan.” I chew a piece of cheese and she arranges a stack of creamers. “Are you my brother’s girlfriend?” When she opens her mouth, I can see all of her teeth. “You’d have to ask him,” she says. My brother returns from the bathroom, wiping his hands on his jeans. His hair is wet.
This is my high school. This is my ﬁrst play. Here are the good grades, the medals, and the prom. This is the scholarship to the private college and here is the ﬁeld where, in my cap and gown, I hugged my teachers good-bye. There were no friends. My father was ﬁfteen years dead. My brother was the man in my life. “So long,” I tell him. “I’m going to New York City.” This is the gas station where my brother worked until he and the owner had a “difference of opinion.” This is the hardware store where my brother worked until he told the manager to f--- himself. This is the auto parts store that gave him a job because he and the owner went to the same high school. Philadelphia is a network of my brother’s buddies. He doesn’t stay unemployed for long. The ﬁrst year I live in New York, I ﬁnd a job I still have. He calls every so often to ask if I have seen any celebrities.
they keep it to themselves. Bob Dylan has been looking for Tootsie Rolls for ten minutes. He’s wild over them, but they appear to be out. I leave him to it. I am happy to be with the people on Thanksgiving, albeit the ones who do not think ahead. There is something reassuring about being among strangers on a national holiday. In the cereal aisle, the mood is decidedly last-minute. “Can you use Corn Flakes instead of bread crumbs?” A man in slippers asks his boredlooking teenager. “I feel like you can but I don’t want Mommy yelling at us when we get home. Go ask the cashier.” The son shufﬂes off. Bob is grouchy and empty-handed when he returns to me. Seeing him, the man with the canister of Corn Flakes asks himself a question I cannot hear. Then he says to Bob, “Oh, jeez. Aren’t you Vincent Price?” This has been a problem before. I pray Bob hasn’t heard but the man says it again, louder, as if remembering Vincent Price is deaf. He taps Bob’s shoulder a couple times and calls for his son. “Get a load of Vincent Price!” he says. This is all Bob needs. First his lip is busted, then no Tootsie Rolls, now this. He screws his hand into a punch and lurches toward the man, who almost as an afterthought performs a delicate side step. Bob’s momentum hits the candy display and he falters, swiping at the ground with his feet. Trout-sized chocolate bars slither down his faded coat. The teenage boy is back. “What happened, Dad?” The man is dumbstruck, joyous. “Vincent Price just tried to punch me and he missed!” Someone got us while we were sleeping, so this Thanksgiving is the year of the American ﬂag. There are American ﬂags on overpasses, on tricycles. There are American ﬂags printed on condoms at the counter of this convenience store; America will screw you hard. Bob Dylan mopes in the car. I feel saddled with him now. He was supposed to create some sort of lather, and he barely summoned enough energy to behead a pile of string beans. I buy him a magazine, a Liberty Bell key chain, Band-Aids shaped like pieces of bacon, and a pack of Camel reds. They are parting gifts. In line, I try to catch his eye through the window, but he is sulking and won’t look up. Bob Dylan can be a real baby.
If the people at the convenience store on Bloomingdale Road are surprised to see the bloated Voice of a Generation using the candy display to scratch the low part of his back,
My brother’s car is gone when I pull into my mother’s driveway. There is a picture in her garage: a stop-motion account of that day. In the ﬁrst panel the
“Let’s go,” he says. “Saturday Night Live is on.” He lives in a crumble of an apartment next to the diner. Trucks turn in to the parking lot and light up his front room, waking up whichever one of his friends is sleeping there. We sit in his basement and he howls through the entire show. I look back at him and he wipes tears from his eyes. After it is over, he throws a pillow at me. He and Genevieve go upstairs. “Night, squirt.” I sleep on the couch in his front room. The headlights from the trucks scan me in my sleep. The next day, he drops me off at our mother’s house. “Kiddo,” he calls me back to the car. “What?” “Don’t ever f---ing do that again.” His face is twisted. I assume with concern. “Don’t worry about me,” I say. “You don’t have to protect me. I can take care of myself.” I throw open my arms to take on the neighborhood, the world. He spits. “Come here.” I lean into the car and he lays his hand on my arm, no trace of expression around his eyes or mouth. “I mean,” he says, “don’t ever f---ing do that to Mom again.” I go inside. My mother pulls at her hair and weeps in a slow collapse against the wall of the kitchen.
Vet is whole, intact. In the second panel there is smoke around the eastern wall — a stadium with a headache. In the third panel it is half obscured by the smoke, and so on. My mother is at the table drinking. She has poured one for me before I come in, stamping off mud and leaves. “Where’s your friend?” she says. “Dropped him off at the train.” She nods and senses my apology before I have time to form one. “I don’t want to hear it,” she says. “You should try to get along with your brother.” On her collar, a pin as small as a thumbprint, the shape of a ﬂag. “I’m sorry,” I say, and then I can’t stop saying it. We tailgated all day, but it wasn’t until the second inning that he told me about Genevieve leaving for school in Vermont. “Said I was narrow-minded because I never went to college,” he said. “Said the experience would have done me good. What f---ing experience? What kind of experience is in Vermont?” His ﬁngers strummed his knees. By then he had cultivated hard knots of muscles up and down his arms and legs, making him look in motion even when he was sitting. “Maybe she won’t like it,” I said. “Maybe f--- her.” He was dating girls from the neighborhood and had gotten one of them pregnant. He told me like it was something he had forgotten at my house. It was one of the only times I had seen him in years, and I felt him slipping through me even as he sat next to me. I held on to his arm. “You could have something real and true.” “It’s the size of a pea,” he said, like a punch line. When the ﬁght below us broke out, I grabbed his arm. “Don’t go down there,” I said. “Please,” I said. “Please.” He shook me easily, “Get off me, punk.” His friends pushed him into the aisle and down the steps. People were already on the ﬁeld swinging at each other. I kept an eye on his blue hat until he came to the lip where the bleachers met the ﬁeld and he had to jump. I caught glimpses of blue here and there until the press of bodies moved him too far away and he became indistinguishable. There were ﬁelds of him. Fields and ﬁelds. I found him outside the stadium. Flanked by his friends, he held up Chris Monahan’s T-shirt to a gash in his head. When he caught sight of me he smiled right through all the blood, proud of himself. His face lit up so pretty and
so fast that it made me light-headed. I swayed. He needed it, so I gave him the money. After that, he made himself into a secret, answered his phone rarely and then not at all. Finally, my mother’s voice through the phone in my New York kitchen. “Your brother has enlisted. Your brother is going to war. Your brother is in the army, and they are sending him to war. Come home for Thanksgiving. We are going to have Thanksgiving. Before he leaves, we will have one last… we are going to have Thanksgiving.” “No, Mom, you’re wrong. No one is going to war,” I say. “No one is going to war.” I keep saying it after she hangs up. There is an aunt who escaped to California, but she exists mostly in postcards, so it’s four of us for Thanksgiving dinner. My mother, Bob Dylan, my brother, and I sit around our nuclear table, making bland, unseasoned comments and doling out corn and mashed potatoes. Then my brother says, “When’s the last time you visited?” He is not looking at me as he rolls the sleeves of his ﬂannel shirt, but I know it’s me he’s talking to.
Keep my baby safe in I-raq and keep my other baby safe in New York and thank you for sending us a helpful dinner guest on such an important night for our family.” She winks at Bob, who to my confusion blushes, and I wonder, Is my mother hitting on Bob Dylan? A quick amen and it is over. We eat what we have deposited onto our plates. Ours is an eat-it-or-wear-it family, so I check to make sure Bob Dylan has not taken too much. My brother sees this and rolls his eyes. Then he says, “Thought you’d come back for Chris’s funeral.” I say, “I sent a card.” “Oh, a card. Well then.” My mother layers ﬁnger-sized pieces of white meat onto Bob Dylan’s plate. She says, “I don’t know if you do this in New York, Bob, but in this family we have a tradition: after dinner we compete to break the wishbone. The person who ends up with the biggest piece has a year of good luck. What do you think about that?” She wants Bob Dylan to be interested; she wants him or anyone to wrestle with her over the dry, cracked wishbone, to ﬁght over a year of good luck, to take it outside if necessary; she wants
SHE WINKS AT BOB, WHO TO MY CONFUSION BLUSHES, AND I WONDER, IS MY MOTHER HITTING ON BOB DYLAN? I pretend to think about it. “Good question. I don’t know.” “Five years, you think?” He passes the string beans to Bob Dylan, who takes a liberal spoonful. “Maybe.” I shrug. “Maybe,” he says. “Mom, don’t you think it’s been ﬁve years?” “Don’t know,” she says. “Glad she’s here now though. Let’s pray before we forget. Bob, would you like to lead us in — ” “Bob’s a Jew,” I say. Bob laughs, I laugh. After thinking about it, my mom laughs. My brother stabs at a pile of dark meat, securing three pieces onto his fork. My last remark bothered him. Not because it might have offended Bob but because I am trying to be funny. I am his sister, and I know this. He makes his voice sound light, as if suggesting a swim. “Oh, do Jews not pray?” I say, “Do army people pray?” My mother folds her hands. “I’ll pray,” she says. “ Dear God, we are all of us going strong.
to lose both of her terry-cloth slippers in the struggle; she wants us all to share a big laugh over it. My mother is not afraid to make desire plain on her face, a trait shared by neither of her children. It makes her seem vulnerable to attack, and I can’t look straight at her while she waits for the words of Bob Dylan. I am proud of Bob. He begins to eat the turkey noisily, signaling to her with a thumbs-up, another kind of answer. “Did they write back?” my brother says. “Did who write back?” I say. “The Monahans. Did they write back to your card?” “They may have. I didn’t keep track.” This is a lie. I checked my mailbox twice a day. “I wonder why they didn’t write back. Their only son killed in Iraq, and you send a card.” My mother says, “Okay everyone.” “Were you too busy hanging out with Bob Dylan in New York?” “I have a job.” “And I am the loser with no job,” he says,
as if we are introducing ourselves to guests. “I guess that is some kind of New York etiquette, Mom, and we just don’t get it. Big dinner, bring a stranger. Neighbor dies, send a card. Why don’t you just admit it: you don’t like it here.” A shiver of my mother’s hand holding the gravy boat produces a small jangle on its plate. She places her left hand on her right to say to it, Be calm. During this small movement, I realize I am signing up for a life of disappointment if I think my brother will ever appreciate a gift I give him. The desire to please him wobbles, an amorphous yet contained thing, easily trashed, like the cranberry sauce no one eats. It is a boozy feeling, making me capable of inducing great hurt. “Don’t worry,” I say. “If you get killed in Iraq, I’ll come home for the funeral.” I am standing; then he is standing, his napkin clinging to the waistband of his jeans. My mother is suddenly fluttering with activity. “I have an idea!” Her voice is high, strangled. “Let’s do the wishbone now!” She throws her napkin on her chair and darts into the kitchen, where we hear a clattering of utensils. Then she emerges, a small, gray v in her hand. “Who wants to?” She looks at me, her eyes pleading. “Let’s you and me do it.” I say, “Are you serious?” “We’re doing this now?” My brother grins. “Yes, now.” Her face is wild. “Now.” My brother and I share a look. “This is crazy,” I say. “In the middle of dinner?” “Now.” She turns to Bob. “What do you say, Bob? You and me!” Bob Dylan has no designs on the wishbone. He shakes his head. “Well, I’m not doing it either,” I say. My brother wipes his mouth with his napkin. “Jesus Christ, I’ll do it. Me and you, Mom.” My mother cheers. “Let me warn you,” she says. “I’ve been practicing.” He grabs one end of the wishbone. “I’ll keep that in mind.” “Are we going to do this right here?” I say, but they have already started, my mother and brother on either side of the table, pulling. Bob and I remain seated. He reaches over me for the gravy. After a moment, my brother says, “This is taking forever, Mom.” “Maybe it’s not completely dry.” My mother leans forward over the table, her American ﬂag necklace idling over the cranberry sauce. “Give up?” she says.
“NOW YOU CAN SAY YOU GAVE BOB DYLAN A FAT LIP,” SAYS MY BROTHER. “YOU HIT BOB DYLAN,” I SAY. “YOU DID.” “ARE YOU ON ANOTHER PLANET? MOM HIT HIM.” “Never. Battle to the ﬁnish.” It goes on, neither side showing any progress. My mother says, “This is a good one!” Then, my brother pulls his arm away in a sharp motion forcing my mother farther over the table, and the v between them cracks. She is thrown backward with the release. Her limbs go into a frantic star position, and she brings her elbow solidly into the mouth of Bob Dylan. The force of it upends the front two legs of his chair. Bob Dylan teeters, and it seems he will topple over. But I am on my feet, and I catch him. “Shit,” I say. “You’re bleeding, Bob.” My mom disappears into the kitchen. I hear the faucet go on and a clattering of silverware. My brother laughs and I turn on him. “You did that on purpose.” He throws his hands up. “How would I know that would happen?” “You knew Mom would do that!” He waves me off. “Shut up, punk.” Bob Dylan paws at his busted lip, touching it with his calloused ﬁngers, then showing himself the blood. My mother comes out with a wet cloth and kneels next to him. There is no more hope on her face. Someone is bleeding at her Thanksgiving table. “I am so sorry,” she says. “I am so sorry.” I say, “It wasn’t your fault, Mom. Just a small gash. No harm done.” I am lying. It is a small gash, but I know Bob Dylan will be relentless about it, looking at it from all angles in every car window and mirror we pass for the next week. “Now you can say you gave Bob Dylan a fat lip,” says my brother. “You hit Bob Dylan,” I say. “You did.” “Are you on another planet? Mom hit him.” “Stop,” she says, quietly, still kneeling. “It was my fault.” “Are you happy?” I say. “What an asshole.” “Everyone just sit down and eat, please.” My brother obeys. He replaces the napkin on his lap, primly spears a string bean and places it in his mouth.
“At least,” he says, “I’m not a f---ing phony.” I look to my mom for some clue she knows I am being wrongly maligned, but she is staring out the window to a ratty tree that has gotten rid of every leaf except one. Her hands are still folded but she has freed her index ﬁngers. She stares past us to the point on the lawn where winter is advancing on her family so fast that she has time to do nothing except tap her index ﬁngers with the nonchalance of someone deciding whether to add eggs to a grocery list. Bob Dylan holds the washcloth to his lip with one hand and with the other pats down his denim shirt where he will, I am certain, not ﬁnd cigarettes. “Bob,” I say. “Let’s get out of here.” The day after Thanksgiving, my brother and I move the table into the garage. We maneuver it around the corners of our house without speaking. It is thick between my hands and I worry I will drop it. When we ﬁnally put it down, there is a moment when it is the only thing between us. He says, “Mom needs to clean this garage,” the same time I say, “Don’t do anything stupid over there.” I don’t know if he hears me. We rub our chapped hands. I say, “I brought Bob Dylan here for you. To make you happy.” His eyes move over the tools hanging from nails on the wall. The hammers, the wrenches, the screwdrivers. “So what,” he says. “You want a f---ing medal?”
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Rural Palates : reviews 154 POST Westport, CT The Westport dining scene continues to heat up with exciting new additions, and 154 Post is one of them. Set in a historic post ofﬁce building, the restaurant’s name is a play on both the building’s former use and its address on the Post Road. An imposing brick façade, high ceil-
ings, industrial design and open kitchen set the scene for an expansive menu, and Chef Alex Rosado’s bold ﬂavors and imaginative pairings. Signature dishes with a nod to his Puerto Rican heritage include lobster quesadillas; duck conﬁt taquitos; St. Louis BBQ ribs served with liquid black beans and a mango slaw; as well as an excellent churrasco steak with onion mojo and chimichurri sauce. Harder to categorize but equally good are the eggplant meatballs in tomato gravy with three cheeses and trufﬂes; and his creamy golden corn bisque with crème fraiche and chives. Grits, making their way up North onto several area menus, appear here in a delightful version of scallops and grits with spinach and Tabasco crisps. For dessert, dip into the apple empañadas served with a red hot cinnamon sauce and liquid cream cheese; or chocolate ﬂan with Tuacaﬁred oranges. Casual seating surrounds the lively bar, where margarita and mojito ﬂights, wines from around the world, top shelf spirits, and craft beers are served. Currently, reservations are only taken for large parties, so prepare to enjoy the bar before your meal on busy nights. There’s a ﬁne-looking main dining room, outdoor dining terrace available in good weather, and a cellar room ideal for events and private parties. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Valet parking available. 154 Post Road East, Westport CT. 203/454-0154; www.post154.com.
of the Pirraglia family’s successful eating estabALADIN INDIAN BISTRO lishments at this location. Fans of the former Norwalk, CT Chef/Owner Kausik Roy, who also owns the Tuscan Oven will recognize the emphasis on popular Tawa in Stamford, has opened a new locally sourced and housemade products, well “bistro style” Indian eatery on the Post Road, trained waitstaff, and congenial outdoor patio bar with wood burning ﬁreplace that where Westport meets Norwalk. have survived the transition. NewHere seasoned, appealing Incomers will also enjoy the attractive, dian fare also meets a sophististripped down interior, hardwood cated local clienteles’ desire for ﬂoors, communal tables and innolight, savory, and healthful dishvative, nouvelle items on the menu. es. Less ghee, more fresh herbs Gone are the Italianate statuary, tiled and local produce are much in surfaces and ceramics, and traditionevidence. Many small plates al dishes. What takes their place is such as artichoke and scallion refreshing, and au courant. fritters; or crispy rice puffs with ALADIN INDIAN BISTRO Local purveyors supply creamy onion and tamarind sauce, will burrata and other cheeses, honey, be pleasing to vegetarian and meat eaters alike. A surf and turf kebab offers farm fresh produce and herbs, grain-fed meats both Tandoori grilled meat and seafood; Ala- and free range chickens. Breads, pastas, marmadin’s “paella” is a fragrant heaping vessel of saf- lades, and marinades are made in house. Chef fron-seasoned basmati rice, marinated chicken, Jeff Taibe experiments with pork belly, pig tails, scallops, shrimp, and calamari. Goat Rogan- blueﬁsh crudo and meat balls. Depending on josh – tender curried goat meat with sundried the season, try the funghi ﬂatbread, dotted with local mushrooms, fontina and aged baltomatoes – is a specialty of the house. The bistro’s interior, in soothing grey tones samic; grass fed hamburger with bacon, gorwith a large mosaic mural and grey granite bar, gonzola, cipolini jam and a side of hand cut crispy fries; duck conﬁt with pickled raisins au is calm and mod. Bar offerings are in line with the restaurant’s jus; smoky stewed baby octopus with tomatoes focus on fresh and ﬂavorful. The Aladin Mar- and grilled lemons; or arugula and fennel salad tini – made with vodka, fresh muddled cilantro with pears, pickled carrots, cheddar and bacon. Oak and Almond offers a whole new menu and a spicy red pepper –is a real pleaser with a kicker. On the fruitier side, opt for a cocktail and setting, but what they haven’t given up is excellent ingredients and a positive experience. mixed with fresh mango or coconut. Open daily for lunch – in-house, or special lunch Main dining room, private garden room, priboxes to go for area business people – dinner, and vate room with ﬁreplace, tap room. Open 7 Sunday brunch. 36 Westport Avenue, Norwalk. days a week for lunch and dinner. 544 Main Ave., Norwalk. 203/939-9040; www.aladinindianbistro.com. 203/846-4600; oakandalmond.com. OAK & ALMOND PARALLEL POST Norwalk, CT Named for the hardwoods that ﬁre the wood Trumbull, CT burning brick oven in the open kitchen, the Parallel Post, located in the Trumbull Marriot, new Oak and Almond is the latest incarnation is a refreshing surprise: an elegant farm-to-table restaurant, where other more lackluster contenders have come before it. Blending stylishness with New England charm, the ambience in Parallel Post invites business casual and high-end clients alike. The staff and chefs are friendly and knowledgeable, and their passion for food and hospitality shines through in every aspect of your meal. The menu offerings are broad, and the chefs are happy to accommodate special requests if OAK & ALMOND time and ingredients allow. The three chefs at
Parallel Post are Chef Dean James Max, Executive Chef Christopher Molyneux, and Chef de Cuisine Ali Goss. Combining the culinary backgrounds and inﬂuences of these three talented and award-winning chefs is certainly a winning formula for Parallel Post. The farm-to-table menu features delicious items from appetizers to desserts. Rhode Island squid salad with fennel, apple, and a lime vinaigrette; along with a yellow tomato soup; and Havarti grilled cheese on ﬂax bread are some of the enticing starters. For your main course: Seared black pepper and cardamom crusted swordﬁsh with corn and red pea succotash; or a miniature pumpkin stuffed with PARALLEL POST
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quiet side street. Bailey’s American farm to table fare is satisfying and soothing, wholesome and yet whimsical. Savor something from the “For the Table” offerings – a platter of caramelized red onion fritters with sour cream and scallions perhaps, or north country bacon with pecan nougat and aged balsamic – while you consider the rest of the menu. Chef Forrest Pasternack’s seasonal starters such as golden beet salad with goat cheese, roasted pumpkin seeds, pistachio brittle and pumpkin vinaigrette; wasabi cured salmon with heirloom tomato confetti and American sturgeon caviar; and pan roasted bay scallops with baby turnips and white trufﬂe gnocchi, are built around ingredients that are sourced locally, but ﬁnished with a hint of exoticism. Orange-blossom honey-glazed rabbit with rainbow carrots, cherry compote and trufﬂe bread pudding; and lamb ragout with black pepper pappardelle and chanterelle mushrooms are rich and hearty mains, perfect for this time of year. I need to go back to try the foie gras stuffed French toast. Closing with a good dessert presents a quandary at Bailey’s: fresh house “coffee and donuts,” a selection of chocolate-almond, powdered, and dulce de leche housemade donuts with strawberry jam-coffee sauce; or pumpkin cloud 9, brioche pain perdu with whipped pumpkin custard? If you want conversation at a reasonable decimal level, or a soothing night out with friends and family, Bailey’s is for you. Market table tasting menus available. Open for lunch and dinner; closed Mondays. 23 Bailey Ave, Ridgeﬁeld, CT. www.baileysbackyard.com; 203/431-0796. MAMA’S BOY Norwalk, CT And while we’re on the subject of soothing, let’s talk about Mama’s Boy, “Southern Table & Refuge,” newly opened in Sono. Mama’s boy delivers comfort food ad extremis, and boy is it good. If you have a hankering for good ole’ Southern food, all consideration of arteries aside, you have to try this place. Cornbread with habanero jelly is served when you sit down. From deviled eggs to fried chicken skins, Charleston crab cakes to low-country bouillabaisse, the starters are Southern. Never tried fried green tomatoes? Well try ‘em here, in a BLT salad with candied bacon, Bibb lettuce
and buttermilk-herb dressing. Entrees include shrimp and grits, espresso rubbed short ribs, and The Little Yardbird – to die for country fried game hen with wafﬂes, collard greens and fresh maple syrup. Chef Scott Ostrander’s long culinary journey through the great South and passion for Southern cuisine is reﬂected in every dish he serves up. His piece de resistance is the crispy pork shank deep fried and served with Sea Island red pea maque choux – deﬁnitely not a dish for the faint of heart! MAMA’S BOY
Order some Redneck Edamame – boiled Georgia peanuts in a house spice blend – to go with your high “spirited” custom cocktails at the long, welcoming bar: try rosemary-infused bourbon; a green tomato Bloody Mary or The Big O, Rime vodka with pickled okra juice, and a pickled okra garnish. Happy hour specials Tuesdays-Fridays 5-8pm; Live Music Thursdays 5-8 pm. Be sure to peek at the mile high, housemade carrot, coconut and red velvet cakes as you pass by the kitchen on your way to your table – you’ll want to save room. Serving lunch and dinner; closed Mondays. 19 North Water Street, South Norwalk, CT. 203/956-7171; www.mamasboyct.com.
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HUMANS OF NEW YORK In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton set out on an ambitious project: to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. Armed with his camera, he began crisscrossing the city, covering thousands of miles on foot, all in his attempt to capture ordinary New Yorkers in the most extraordinary of moments. The result of these efforts was “Humans of New York,” a vibrant blog in which he featured his photos alongside quotes and anecdotes. Inspired by the blog, Humans of New York is a celebration of individuality and an ode to the spirit of a city. www.humansofnewyork.com. St Martin’s Press: $29.99.
GO GREEN! Wicked celebrates its 10th Anniversary on Broadway Winner of over 50 major awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, Wicked has just made Broadway history. With music and lyrics by Ridgeﬁeld, CT’s Stephen Schwartz, Wicked’s anniversary celebration is in ﬂight. Check out www.Broadway.com’s video series, Fly Girl: Backstage at Wicked with Broadway’s Elphaba, Lindsay Mendez. It’s a fabulous invitation into her dressing room; you’ll be amazed watching the nightly process of turning her green!
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DANIEL: MY FRENCH CUISINE If Michelin stars were awarded to cookbooks, Daniel: My French Cuisine would receive 3 stars. Daniel Boulud, one of the most highly acclaimed chefs in the world, offers a magniﬁcent window into his culinary genius with over 125 gorgeous photographs of Boulud’s pièces de résistance and his New York restaurant, Daniel. By Daniel Boulud and Sylvie Bigar. Essays by Bill Buford, Photographs by Thomas Schauer. Grand Central Publishing, Hardcover: $60.00.
DESMOND’S STEAKHOUSE Midtown The quintessential New York restaurant may be the steakhouse, and with the addition of Desmond’s the city’s best has some stiff competition. This steakhouse serves up USDA prime beef aged in their own dry aging room, the city’s largest. The interior is traditional with a modern twist, the leather banquettes, 70-foot-long marble bar, dark burnished wood and dramatic lighting adding to the classy ambiance. A semi-private dining room is perfect for private parties, while the banquettes provide seclusion for a romantic dinner or a business lunch. Succulent Bone-In Prime New York Sirloin, Prime Filet Mignon, “Racquet Ball” Rib Eye, and the Porterhouse, are accompanied by a selection of delicious special sauces. Desmond’s seafood offerings share center stage. Choices include a pan seared Chilean Sea Bass with root vegetables and candied ginger; Maine Live lobster; and a raw bar. As at any great steakhouse, the sides are a must, such as sautéed Wild Mushrooms with Trufﬂe Oil and Macaroni & Cheese. The limestone wine cellar behind the bar offers over 100 varieties of wine. Finish off your repast with Cheesecake, a classic. The restaurant is conveniently located just off of Times Square. Theatergoers enjoy free parking after 5 pm at the Central Garage (next door on 38th St) for up to six hours; yes, free parking while you dine and go to the theater in NYC! Just present your theater ticket to your server and you will be given a free parking pass – bring the pass and your theater ticket when you retrieve your car. 513 7th Ave. at 38th Street, Manhattan. www.desmondssteakhouse.com; 212/391-6900.
RAYMI PERUVIAN KITCHEN AND PISCO BAR Chelsea The history of centuries’ old Pisco, Peru’s native spirit, is clouded in debate. The grapes are harvested from a special region of Chile and Peru, and the prized brandy is made by distilling this fermented juice. But whether the name originates from the local “pisqu” bird, or from the ancient fermentation clay pot, or from the port town of Pisco, remains unclear. One fact that is hard to dispute is that an outstanding selection of Pisco can be found at Manhat-
tan’s Raymi Restaurant. The only problem will be choosing between the 12 house-infused ﬂavors of the potent liqueur. Picks include exotic ﬂavors such as purple corn, yucca, chocolate, ﬁg, and pineapple/ginger. The perfect match to the Pisco is Raymi’s menu of traditional South American dishes infused with Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese inﬂuences. For starters, the Ceviche and Tiraditos are sumptuous ﬁsh marinades bursting with fresh ﬂavors. Favorite entrees include Pollo a la Brassa, a succulent whole chicken sliced and presented on a colorful bed of Aji Amorillo Rice with ﬂavorful salsa creola and aji verde. Another winner is the mouthwatering Skirt Steak with chimichurri, roasted garlic and yuka fries. Sumptuous platters of whole Suckling Pigs are served tableside, and are very popular with large groups. Leave room for dessert: Dulce de Leche “panna cotta,” and a Passion Fruit Pisca Digestif, what else? 43 West 24th St., Manhattan. www.rayminyc.com; 212/929-1200.
BENARES INDIAN RESTAURANT Tribeca Enjoy a fabulous culinary tour of the diverse regions of India, from the China-inﬂuenced Eastern border to the chili-laden Southern shores. Benares is a holy city on the banks of the River Ganges, and the sanctity of food and water are a recurring theme BENARES. PHOTO BY ACMB PHOTOGRAPHY at this outstanding restaurant that bears its name. Featuring “specialties from all 28 states in India,” and considering the range and variety, executive chef Peter Beck prepares them remarkably well. Dishes are ﬂavorful, nuanced, and exciting; diners can return time after time and enjoy an experience with no two meals alike. From the appetizers, Crab Chettinadu, lump crab meat seasoned with garlic, ginger, roasted coconut and spices; Kandhari Murgh, chicken breasts marinated in spices and served with a pomegranate, date, and gooseberry dip; Thukpa, a spicy Tibetan noodle soup with French beans, tomatoes, chili and bits of lamb; and Khasta Gobhi, lightly battered, crisp cauliﬂower served in a tangy crushed pepper and garlic sauce were among our favorites. The list of main courses is extensive. Dip into some of the following, but you will only scratch the surface of what is offered: goat with tomatoes, onions, ginger and fresh cilantro; salmon cooked in the tandoor; Goan shrimp curry sautéed with onion, lime juice, spices and fresh coconut milk; baby eggplant simmered in coconut, peanut and curry sauce topped with stuffed peppers. Try a side of rosemary naan and mango chutney. The menu offers many ﬁne vegetarian options. All this is served in a contemporary setting of soothing taupes and browns with red accents and a partly glass ﬂoor running over the faux riverbed below. Open for lunch and dinner daily. 45 Murray Street, NYC. 212/766-4900www.benaresNYC.com. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM
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around from the moment one enters New York City’s Union Square neighborhood, from the bustling activity in the Greenmarket, to the rows of local retail shops. As the ﬁrst new hotel to open in Union Square in over a decade, the brand new Hyatt Union Square New York enjoys its trendy and easily accessible location in New York’s “Digital District.” Its unique design and welcoming service attracts both business and pleasure travelers alike— and is exactly what the neighborhood needed. The hotel’s aesthetic, created by interior designer Paul Vega of VLDG Inc., draws inspiration from the hotel’s surroundings—the greenery and lively atmosphere of Union Square park, and the hip, urbane cool of downtown Manhattan. Vega’s design successfully brings the outdoors and community into the hotel with a mix of natural and industrial elements. For example, Singl, featuring a selection of single malt scotches and single vineyard wines by the glass, is located just off the hotel’s main entrance, and features a wall of glass panel windows and doors that open to the bustling street in seasonal weather. Also outﬁtting the space are bespoke carved wood benches and hand-brushed walnut ﬂooring, offset by a balance of charcoal gray hand-rubbed plaster walls and pops of jewel-toned accents. THE SANCTUARY Standout pieces include a large, white cast table top, held up by a refurbished tree trunk that was recovered from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and a collection of twisted vines suspended over the bar—a modern interpretation of a classic chandelier. The juxtaposition of natural THE EMPYREAL SUITE BEDROOM versus industrial carries through the guest rooms. “Black washed” oak ﬂoors, intended as a modern interpretation of traditional “white washed” ﬂoors, balance white lacquered TV stands, and cushioned headboards in bright, graphic prints. This sleek, continental ﬂair extends to the open bathroom, which features bespoke wood and stone vanities, steel-framed mirrors, and a two-person shower sheathed in classic marble mosaics. Hyatt Union Square New York also boasts two distinct Presidential Suites. Located on the second ﬂoor, the Sanctuary suite comprises a bedroom, dining room, and living room, all decorated in deep, earthy materials with pops of bold, jewel-hued accents. Guests can take in
the picturesque neighborhood and enjoy the rarity of private outdoor space in New York City from the 954-square-foot wrap-around landscaped terrace. The penthouse Empyreal Suite, located on the eleventh ﬂoor, offers sweeping city views through ﬂoor-to-ceiling windows in both the living and bedrooms. The natural light that cascades into the suite is balanced by furniture turned out in rich, dark-oiled wood, creating a haven for rest. In addition to Singl lounge, locally-renowned restaurateurs Marco Moreira and Jo-Ann Makovitsky (of Tocqueville and 15 East fame) have introduced their latest culinary concept, The Fourth, adjacent to the hotel. Giving an American spin to the classic European brasserie, The Fourth is open to the public for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and is available as room service for hotel guests. Hyatt Union Square New York’s latest amenity, The Accessories Butler, a one-of-a-kind accessories closet for guests, fashionably curated by Fashion & Lifestyle expert Pamela Pekerman, recently launched in October, 2013. During their stay, hotel guests will have the ability to borrow from a selection of the season’s hottest accessories—from earrings and necklaces, to scarves, hats, belts, cufﬂinks and beyond—to complete their look when heading to an important engagement or a night out. The Accessories Butler will live in the hotel’s lobby, and on the ﬁrst of every month, feature a new selection of the season’s hottest ontrend accessories. Each item will also be displayed with details, including the local or online retail location where it will be available for purchase. The Accessories Butler is a ﬁtting addition to Hyatt Union Square New York, which successfully entices a contemporary clientele who are in-tune with the pulse of downtown Manhattan. Hyatt Union Square New York: 134 Fourth Avenue, New York, NY. (212) 253-1234; www.hyattunionsquarenyc.com.
St. Vincent’s Medical Center and MD Anderson Cancer Network
A DREAM FOR CONNECTICUT. A NIGHTMARE FOR CANCER. St. Vincent’s is now collaborating with MD Anderson Cancer NetworkTM. This new afﬁliation allows us to raise the bar for cancer care in the Bridgeport area by following treatment guidelines and best practices developed by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston— one of the country’s premier cancer hospitals.
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diagnosis and treatment — with gentler hands to comfort the patient, and sharper minds to ensure the best for the patient’s health. We’re always investing resources into state-of-the-art services and programs, participating in innovative clinical trials, and continually researching new treatment options and equipment. But now is a critical time. Research done by MD Anderson in 2009 predicts that the number of new cancer cases BRIDGEPORT diagnosed annually in the U.S. over the next 20 years will increase by 45%.
For the past 10 out of 12 years, MD Anderson has been ranked No. 1 nationwide in cancer care by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” survey. The same survey has also ranked St. Vincent’s as a leading hospital in the region. Together, we’re setting out to set new standards for care in our community.
Our exclusive local afﬁliation means that we have access to the pioneering evidence-based guidelines, treatment plans and best practices developed by the experts at MD Anderson. These are disease-speciﬁc guidelines for cancer treatment, prevention, detection and follow-up care. In addition, St. Vincent’s can call on leading cancer experts to advise on cases through physician-to-physician consultations.
THE ADVANTAGE OF GENTLER HANDS AND SHARPER MINDS For years, St. Vincent’s has been dedicated to providing the best in comprehensive cancer
In order to better protect our local community, it was only natural for us to seek out an afﬁliation with one of the nation’s most respected cancer networks. In turn, MD Anderson conducted a thorough review of our program to make sure that we met their high standards for cancer care. And although we provide best practices and evidence-based medicine now, our collaboration with MD Anderson Cancer Network means we have access to the latest in cancer practice guidelines.
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LOU, THE COMPANY SPECIALIZED IN REST, RELAXATION AND SLEEP, was established in 1978 in Brianza (Lombardy), the area north of Milan renowned across the world for having driven the growth of “Italian design” in the 1960s. The year 1978 marks a milestone in the history of the modern bed: this was the year that Flou, with ‘Nathalie’ designed by Vico Magistretti, launched a new concept: the modern textile bed. Since its foundation, Flou has based its strategy on a basic concept: by introducing a new sleeping culture through the design of conceptually modern beds, it transformed the bedroom from closed and unapproachable places to environments that were as open and liveable as any other room of the house. Following the initial success, Flou has continued to improve and update
The range is completed with a series of furnishing accessories for the sleeping quarters: chests-of-drawers, bedside tables, tallboys, armchairs, poufs, benches and wardrobes. Flou’s successful formula is linked to the company’s production ﬂexibility and ability to offer the market a wide range of outstandingly attractive beds to last a lifetime, with the right price-quality ratio and total adaptability to all ambiences. In December 2002, Flou inaugurated its ﬁrst ﬂagship showroom in New York. The store is located in Soho, a district famous for the large number of international trend-setting exclusive stores, dedicated to fashion and design. The clean, minimal and warm esthetics of the entire Flou collection contrasts sharply with the turn-of-the-century cast iron architectural de-
the beds in its production range and now produces more than 50 models of beds, sofa-beds and transformable beds designed by Vico Magistretti and by other famous designers – Carlo Colombo, Rodolfo Dordoni, Thesiaprogetti, among others. The key features are varied – in addition to removable covers which facilitate cleaning and updating for the textile versions, the designs include wood, leather, and hide. But that is not all: to complete everything necessary for ‘improved sleeping’, Flou supplies bed-bases and mattress supports, mattresses, pillows, duvets and bedlinen sets (each consisting of a duvet cover, a ﬁtted bottom sheet and pillowcases).
tails synonymous with Soho. The resulting ambience is anything but neutral; the primary objective of the project was to create an attractive space that is pleasant, bright, airy and extremely welcoming, just like a room in a home. The showroom aims to be a reference point of Italian Design for New York clientele. Flou Soho is located at 42 Greene Street, New York, New York, 10013. Tel: (212) 941-9101 x102 www.Flou.it.
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CARROLL GARDENS, BROOKLYN If you’re looking for delicious classic Italian food, then forget about Little Italy, and head to Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn for a sure thing. You’ll ﬁnd better ingredients, more family recipes, and authentic Italian service. Carroll Gardens is much quieter and with more green than you’re used to seeing in Manhattan or the more trendy Brooklyn hoods; take in the rows of townhouses with bursting gardens adorned with a plethora of little statues, epic water fountains, and baby Jesuses!
tures/checkered table cloths); the young talent working both in the kitchen and front of house are recent New York transplants directly from Italy (many of the servers are students). Gradisca is nestled in between brownstones right above the West Village and below Chelsea, in an area off 6th Ave bursting with fantastic new restaurants. The brick and wood interior is completely charming, and extends to limited outdoor seating. Take your time with the seasonal cocktail list and make your way through an exceptional meal prepared in the Italian style. The restaurant offers a casual atmosphere for ﬁne dining. Tuna tartare is accompanied by deeply caramelized onions; and a seafood spin on tagliatelle carbonara substitutes pancetta for delicate chunks of cuttleﬁsh, and is paired with a chilled white wine. Tiny yet al dente raviolini are ﬁlled with a salted meat and ﬂoat in a rich, creamy sauce. Bountiful lamb chops are encased in a thin layer of their fat to remain superbly juicy.
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Old School Brooklyn 520 Court St., Brooklyn, NY www.oldschoolbk.com (Trendy take on traditional place is cozy while chic.) Everyone loves a place with Brooklyn in the name! The menu at Old School Brooklyn certainly strays from the now officially dissipating old school American concept of “your grandmother’s” Italian, but is just as authentic. Old School BK serves up a cleaner, lighter, delicious take on traditional Italian dishes. The baked homemade ricotta was a hit and the white bean and olive oil dip they served with the bread blew us away. Keeping things fresh were a black kale Caesar salad, and a brownie sundae that should be the toast of the town. (I cannot stress enough the importance of ordering the brownie sundae.)
Marco Polo 345 Court St., Brooklyn, NY www.marcopoloristorante.com Marco Polo has been a neighborhood spot in the very Italian Carroll Gardens community for 30 years, and welcomes you anew following a recent makeover. The staff here feels like family (they probably are), and many of the recipes, like their decadent lamb chops, go back generations. Marco Polo also happens to nail the most basic Italian dishes; my favorites. The rebooted menu features a homemade mozzarella made with Fior di Latte that is so soft and creamy it’s center is oozing like a buratta, and since buratta is godly, order it whenever it’s offered. The prosciutto e melone was thoroughly moist, while the honeydew melon was outstandingly sweet. The pastas are mostly homemade and the sauces are rich but not overbearing. Gluten Free is also available. Cocktails are sweet but fun.
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Monte Carlo As the Principality of Monaco winds up the glorious year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Casino and the “Societe des Bains de Mer,” (SBM) the never ending party that has taken place in Monte Carlo since 1863 is still going strong. From old guard Europeans to the nouveau riche, tennis players to tax avoiders, gawkers to gamblers – with a handful of family vacationers and a heavy inﬂux of Russian oligarchs and the beautiful young Slavic women that throng around them thrown in – everyone enjoys a visit to this playground by the sea. Pleasures abound: Michelin-starred dining at the likes of Louis XV by Alain Ducasse; extraordinary shopping at designer boutiques that line the avenues; and art exhibitions at the Sporting d’Hiver exhibition hall or at private galleries such as the Opera Gallery with locations in London and SOHO in Manhattan. At night: live performances at the glitter-
ing Opera House (where Prince Albert and his wife Charlene make frequent appearances in the royal box) and the Monte Carlo Summer Music Festival; and games of fortune at the glamorous Casino. Good clothes and fast cars are de rigueur; high heels optional. In addition to owning and running the Casino, a spa, nightclubs and restaurants, PLACE DE CASINO
the SBM group also comprises four hotels that give visitors a range of places to stay, but share a unifying theme of style, service and chic. When in Monte Carlo, stay at an SBM hotel. Want beachfront with swimming pool, cabanas, and watersports just a few minutes walk or shuttle from the center of town? Choose the contemporary yet retro
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5-star Monte Carlo Beach Hotel, or the 4-star Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort. Opulence and centrality, to see and be seen your thing? Then opt for the grand and glorious Hotel de Paris, located next door to the Casino. Traversing the ﬂamboyant lobby is an activity in itself; the cellar of the Hotel de Paris holds one of the largest collections of wine in Europe. Looking for luxury with a hint of discretion – if such a thing exists in this town? Then the elegant Hotel Hermitage, a block off the main square, should be your choice. From the terraces of the Café de Paris, located on the central square adjacent to the casino, one can people watch to one’s heart’s content while enjoying bistro fare, desserts and drinks from early morning until late into the night. Les Thermes Marins, the SBM group spa, offers a full range of beauty and massage treatments in a state of the art, 6600 square meter wellness center overlooking the sea. After hours, Jimmy’s nightclub, the Sea Lounge and the Buddha Bar offer music, dancing and adult entertainment in funky settings long into the night. Only 8,000 fortunate people can call themselves Monagasques, and a few thousand more are “residents” of the country, but anyone with a taste for the high life – and a gold card – can visit this fairyland on the Riviera, for a brief and wondrous holiday. www.montecarlosbm.com.
Brown’s Hotel Rocco Forte’s Brown’s Hotel is celebrating its 175th anniversary, with Downton Abbey specials, Victorian era-inspired menus, and indulgent afternoon teas enough to please any diehard Anglophile. The ﬁrst hotel ever to open in London, and one favored by Winston Churchill (“I don’t stay at a hotel, I stay at Brown’s), Rudyard Kipling, and Agatha Christie, Brown’s is the epitome of an understated, reﬁned English hotel with a welcome modern twist. Service is personable, knowledgeable and efﬁcient. Spacious rooms offer details like dormer windows and walk in closets, while suites range from the simply grand to the utterly divine. All in muted
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tones of unfussy elegance, of course, with a pop of color and whimsy. Utterly English touches like complimentary Church’s shoehorns, Molton Brown bath amenities, and artworks by contemporary British artists are well thought out details. Be prepared for a design surprise or two; the hotel’s artwork crosses from merely modern to positively outré in places. Packages for multiple night stays may include delightful add-ons like a welcome bottle of champagne, a complimentary full English breakfast, vintage car transfer, and unpacking and packing service. The hotel also offers a luxurious and intimate spa with a range of treatments for women, men and even children, in addition to a well-kitted gymnasium. HIX Mayfair, the hotel’s on-site restaurant, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with an emphasis on British cuisine and a décor celebrating British arts. The menu features great classics such as farm raised chicken with brown egg; lamb cutlets with mint and beans; and rib steak on the bone, alongside many lighter ﬁsh dishes such as smoked salmon on soda bread and chargrilled
Dover sole. Prix Fixe Feast Menus are ideal for parties ranging from 8-14 people and include a Suckling Pig Feast with accompaniments like Bramley apple sauces, cider charlotte potatoes, Norfolk treacle tart, and farmhouse cheeses with Yorkshire chutney and Macroom oatcakes; or the Oyster and Chop Feast composed of native oysters of the British Isles and a selection of seasonal chops from Launceston lamb, Moyallon pork and rib of Bannockburn beef, served with sides of baked bone marrow, potatoes and salads and ﬁnished off with Yorkshire parkin (the Northern English form of gingerbread, made with oats) with custard. Enjoy an award-winning afternoon tea in the gracious, wood-paneled, ﬁre-lit English Tea Room. Piano music plays while guests select from
a range of 17 loose teas, including Brown’s own blend, and indulge in ﬁnger sandwiches, fruit and plain scones with clotted cream and housemade strawberry preserves, and an assortment of delicate petit fours. For those who have room after an unlimited supply of these replenished by attentive servers, there is also a choice of freshly baked cakes, pies and tarts from the trolley. Early evening brings a crowd to the fashionable Donovan Bar, where cocktails, jazz, and light fare are offered in a relaxed and handsome setting. Located in the heart of Mayfair, Brown’s is surrounded by luxury boutiques and is within walking distance of museums, Buckingham Palace, and theatres. Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London. www.roccofortehotels.com.
One Aldwych At the other end of the 5-star spectrum is One Aldwych, a hip boutique hotel for the young and young at heart who love the buzz and verve of modern day London. With a happening lobby bar that forms the entrance to the beautiful Edwardian building, the scene is set for a chic and lively stay. At tea time, a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-inspired tea is served in celebration of the hotel’s partnership with the nearby West End theatre where the show is running, complete with a selection of ﬁnger sandwiches; warm scones served with berry jam, apple and meadowsweet compote, and Devonshire cream; golden eggs, blueberry brioche and cotton candy. Cocktail hour brings out the crowd from the City, well-dressed young ﬁnanciers, professionals and hipsters. The most intricate, amazing range of cocktails offered with a high degree of showmanship, (dry ice, rimmings, garnishes, specialized bar glasses) good bar food, and networking keep the party going late into the night.
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Beyond this fab introduction, guests revel in the hotel’s stylish guestrooms and suites, stateof-the-art work out room, heated indoor swimming pool with underwater music, two on-site restaurants, and eight sleek meeting and event spaces, including a private screening room. Secreted away behind a hidden door by the hotel’s entrance is the Lounge at One, a fully serviced guest lounge for residents only, offering newspapers, hot and cold drinks, fresh fruit, art books, a private restroom and a little quiet time. Accommodations are beautifully decorated in soothing neutral tones, with original artwork, good views, and fresh fruit and ﬂowers that are replenished daily. Comfort and technology go hand in hand with the use of white Frette bed linens, down duvets and feather pillows, and the availability of ipod docks, high speed complimentary WiFi, ﬁber optic reading lights, and TVs in the marble-clad bathrooms. Spacious, luxurious suites offer an individualized experience, with unique features like a private dining room under a cupola dome, a private gym, or a roof terrace overlooking the London skyline. One Aldwych welcomes children with gifts, miniature slippers and bathrobes, and a games library, and is well located for family fun, within walking distance of ﬁfteen major theatres and the London Eye. Advice is available from the Concierge on family days out in central London or assistance with sourcing theatre tickets. Axis Restaurant serves modern British fare in an
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attractive setting with direct street access. Foraged and artisanal ingredients are used in excellent dishes such as roast wood pigeon with ﬁeld mushroom risotto and Scottish girolles; or rack of Cornish lamb with provençal vegetables and lemon thyme jus. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, and available for private events. Indigo, lofted over the Lobby Bar, offers contemporary, healthy European fare crafted with organic produce and seasonal ingredients. A range of hot and cold starters like pea and mint soup, and smoked salmon on warm blinis; create your own salads; and pleasing main courses are offered. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and pre and post theatre supper. One Aldwych is located in central London, near Covent Garden, the theatre district, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. 1 Aldwych, London. www.onealdwych.com.
ALAIN DUCASSE AT THE DORCHESTER Awarded three Michelin stars, restaurant Alain Ducasse serves sublime contemporary French cuisine in a hushed and handsome setting at the Dorchester Hotel. With a focus on prime ingredients sourced mainly in Britain and France, creative interpretation of Alain Ducasse’s dictates by Executive Chef Jocelyn Herland, attention to details by a trained and tried international staff, harmony in presentation, and always the element of originality, a meal at Alain Ducasse is an event in itself. From the ﬁrst amuse-bouche to the farewell gift of mignardises to take away, every element of a meal at Alain Ducasse is designed to please and to leave a lingering sense of well being long after the meal has ended. Selections of almost everything are offered: housemade breads, butters, pralines; baba au rhum for dessert soaked in a rum of your choice from the many-bottled rum tray. Open for lunch and dinner with a variety of tasting menus — the best way to enjoy the complete experience of the Chef’s entreprise —and seasonal a la carte offerings. Unlike dinner service, which is an evening’s entertainment and can easily ﬁll 3-4 hours, “The Lunch Hour” is a 3-course set menu, with new dishes introduced every week, that is served in an hour. www.alainducasse-dorchester.com.
DINNER by Heston Blumenthal Step into an elegant, contemporary, glass-walled dining room at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for a plunge into historic British gastronomy. The juxtaposition of animated, modern setting with painstakingly recreated bygone recipes only adds to the excitement. Each dish, carefully researched, artfully presented, and overseen by Ashley Palmer-Watts, executive Head Chef for the Fat Duck group, is phenomenally good. Meat Fruit (c.1500), a surprise of chicken liver and foie gras parfait hidden inside a “fruit” and served with grilled bread; Salamugundy (c.1720), oysters, salsify, marrow bone and horseradish cream; and Frumenty (c.1390), grilled octopus, smoked sea broth, pickled dulse and lovage, are just a few of the never-before-encountered yet swoon-worthy starters diners can expect. Main courses of Powdered Duck Breast (c.1670) with fennel and umbles; Black Foot Pork Chop (c.1820) with spelt, ham hock, turnip and Robert sauce; and bone in Rib of Hereford Prime for 2 (c.1830) with mushroom ketchup and fries may look moderately familiar, but are still wildly novel in the restaurant’s interpretation. Then, how to choose between Tipsy Cake (c.1810), Taffety Tart
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(c.1660), and Quaking Pudding (c.1660)? No wonder, according to list after list, this is considered one of the top restaurants in the world. Open daily for “dinner” at mid-day, or evening. Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London. www.dinnerbyheston.com Historic Heston, “A sublime twenty-ﬁrst-century take” on the best of British cooking, is now available in the US. © 2013 by Heston Blumenthal. All rights reserved. Bloomsbury Publishing; $200. Tea at the Athenaeum Having tea at the Athenaeum is a true English ritual. Teatime includes unlimited ﬁnger sandwiches, tea, scones and crumpets, and cakes. First course is a choice of three sandwiches, such as lovely salmon, sweet egg-salad or salty ham. Teatime also includes a grandiose selection of fruity, smoky and exotic loose teas. Second course consists of crumpets and scones, complemented by jams, jellies and clotted cream. More sweets follow: cakes and pastries from the passing trolley. The service at the Athenaeum is lovely, with waiters serving food or reﬁlling your tea without having to be asked. 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London www.athenaeumhotel.com
The BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair March 19 – 25, 2014 The British Antiques Dealers’ Association (BADA) Fair takes place at the Duke of York Square, off Sloane Square for one week, March 19 – 25, 2014. This is England’s premier national art and antiques fair, where both first time buyers and seasoned collectors can buy top quality art and antiques, ranging from English Georgian to country furniture, clocks and barometers, silver and jewelry, paintings and sculpture, porcelain and carpets, which can all be found under one roof. A panel of experts examine all the items for sale before the Fair opens to the public to ensure quality and authenticity. Also at the Fair are shippers who can arrange transport and deliveries overseas. The Duke of York Square, Chelsea, London SW3. Tickets: £10. US Toll free number: 877 872 0778. www.dukeofyorksquare.com www.cadogan.co.uk
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BANFF CANADA’S PROTECTED PLAYGROUND BY RICH SILVER It seems that everyone who has been to the BanffLake Louise region of the Canadian Rockies says it’s the most beautiful place they’ve ever skied. Now, after experiencing Banff’s breathtaking landscape ﬁrst hand, I’m a believer. Three ski areas actually lie within the boundaries of the Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where dedication to preserving the environment provides unspoiled natural beauty, spectacular views and nearly 8000 acres of world class skiing. The Lake Louise ski area with its long frontside cruisers and easily accessible backside powder bowls, is as good as it gets. It has only eight lifts covering its massive terrain yet it’s surprisingly easy to navigate. But, just when you think you’ve tackled it all there’s another ﬂuffy snowﬁeld over the ridge, or the moon-
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like Rock Garden to test your ability. Here’s a special ski tip: contact Lake Louise ski area and inquire if they can hook you up with longtime local, Sandy Best, to take a couple of runs in “Sandy’s secret stashes.” At the end of a long day on the mountain, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is the perfect spot to relax, unwind and relish the jawdropping views overlooking the lake. Alberta is known for its beef and bison, so for dinner, why not try some regionally inspired and locally sourced meats and ﬁsh at The Deer Lodge, just a short walk from the hotel. No visit to the area would be complete without a stop at The Post Hotel, an elegant yet intimate, old world luxury hotel where Andre and George Schwarz welcome guests with ”good food, good wine and good company.” Each year the brothers host the
annual “Wine Summit,” featuring their incredible 30,000-bottle wine cellar, a must for oenophiles. The Sunshine Village ski area, sitting right along the Continental Divide, is just a 15-minute ride from the town of Banff. It boasts a seven-month-long season, virtually no lift lines, the longest vertical drop in the Canadian Rockies and 3300 acres of light dry powder with terrain for every ability level from beginner to expert. Tree skiers will love it and extreme skiers can test themselves on the thrilling Delirium Dive. Hop on the Continental Divide chairlift and you can even ski in two provinces, Alberta and British Columbia, on the very same run. The eco-conscious Sunshine Village Hotel also has one of the most unique hotel check-in experiences. Drive up, park your car, drop your luggage and take the gondola up to the hotel where your luggage will be waiting in your room. Change into ski gear, click into your skis and off you go, right out the front door. The cozy Chimney Corner Lounge provides a perfect slopeside après ski spot. The gateway to all this natural beauty is the town of Banff. Touristy, yes, but a quintessential ski town, ringed with mountain peaks and pulsing with culture, dining, shopping, nightlife and festivals all year round. As a matter of fact, winter isn’t even considered the peak season, so hotel rates are reasonable and outdoor activities abound. Hiking, biking, canoeing, golf and horseback riding in the summer; ice skating, snowshoeing, dog sledding, sleigh riding and the incredible ice canyon walking in Johnston Canyon just outside of town in the winter. There is even a family friendly ski area right in town – Norquay – which has lots of beginner terrain, night skiing with a fully lit terrain park, snow tubing park and ﬁre pits for roasting marshmallows and enjoying hot chocolate. All of this can be experienced at the very special hotel fondly known as “The Castle.” Celebrating its 125th anniversary, The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel with its stately facade and majestic entrance hall, truly lives up to its nick-
name. Whether in the comfort of your suite, the tranquility of The Willow Stream Spa, taking afternoon tea or ﬂoating in the outdoor heated pool/hot tub, you feel more like a visiting Royal than a hotel guest. Banff is a unique place. The town is buzzing with excitement and thankfully there is no development or condo sprawl, just natural beauty as far as the eye can see. After all, you are in a national park; kudos to Canada for keeping the perfect balance of “preservation and playground.” Fly non-stop from Newark to Calgary on Air Canada. Banff National Park, the town of Banff and the ski areas are an easy two-hour ride away. Some helpful sites: www.banfﬂakelouise.com www.skibanff.com www.Banfftours.com www.travelalberta.us www.skilouise.com www.fairmont.com.
JOHNSTON CANYON ICE WALK AND FAIRMONT LAKE LOUISE SNOWSHOE There are those of us who just can’t sit still, but thanks to the abundance of adventure-activities at both Fairmont Lake Louise and Banff Springs, you’ll have to search for “down-time.” Top of the list is the Johnston Canyon Ice Walk. Pile into a Discover Banff Tour mini-bus for a short ride to the Canadian backcountry, where ice-cleats afﬁxed, you’ll enter a frozen world. A four-hour trek takes you past the lower and upper falls, through grottos and over suspended catwalks where the blue ice falls away to the gorge below. Keep your eyes peeled for those intrepid souls who scale the towering frozen liquid with ice axes and crampons. But remember, although your Egyptian cotton sheets are just a short ride away, you’re in the wilderness and that means boots, hats, gloves and by all-means, a few layers. And if you’re hankering for that “Call of the Wild” adventure, the concierge at Fairmont Lake Louise can arrange for a guided snowshoe trek. Meet your guide, lash those snowshoes to your boots and head across the frozen lake and up into the high country. There are animal tracks aplenty, fauna and foliage to identify as you begin to warm up to the task. Trudging through the snow-pack will raise that heart rate as you breath in the sharp, cold, mountain air. As you approach tree line and the valley opens up before you, you’ll be channeling Jack London. -Bruce Koffsky
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MONTAGE DEER VALLEY PARK CITY, UT They’ve thought of everything! Montage Deer Valley has created a sensational experience for all seasons and all ages. Set atop Deer Valley’s Empire Pass – with a 360 degrees view – the Montage is out to impress from the moment you arrive. Kids are in for a treat at check- in: a sleigh ﬁlled with stuffed animals is brought out from which to choose a special animal and there’s Monty, the Bernese Mountain dog who makes an appearance three times a day. The distinguished art collection makes an instant visual impression. Over four million dollars of commissioned work is presented with a full art guide, and ipad app for an art tour of the hotel. On the way to the guest rooms you’ll pass through the Vista Lounge & Terrace lounge – a mega-sized great room complete with roaring ﬁreplace. The lounge serves Asianinspired small plates, desserts, handcrafted cocktails and ﬁne wines by the glass, both afternoons and evenings. There’s SPA MONTAGE live music nightly, and at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, APEX Matisyahu performed, no cover charge, no drink minimum, just this incredible relaxed vibe of après-ski enjoyment. It’s a very active music lounge, and with the guest rooms so nearby you can’t help but wonder if you’re going to be listening to the concert in your room. I don’t know what the walls are made of but you will be astonished that you cannot hear a note! In fact, you’re in for a heavenly slumber at The Montage, so memorable, the mattresses, feather top and bedding are available for purchase on the website. Apex is Montage Deer Valley’s signature restaurant, focusing on fresh farm-to-table ingredients in an alpine setting overlooking the aspen groves. Adjacent to Vista Lounge and Terrace is YAMA SUSHI, a hip sushi/sashimi venue overlooking the Empire ski runs. And then there’s Daly’s Pub & Rec, a twist on the gourmet, gastro-pub. Daly’s serves modern pub
classics from an open kitchen. Handcrafted brick-oven pizzas are theatrically created and baked in the pub’s own display oven. Daly’s is a fabulous haven of recreation for the whole family, complete with billiards tables, English darts, a Wii Lounge, nostalgic arcade games, shufﬂeboard table and a bowling alley with four regulation bowling lanes. Nothing is outsourced at Montage Deer Valley, everything’s made on the premises. Be sure to check out Buzz Coffee & Tea’s gourmet takeaway chocolates, gelatos and the outrageous cinnamon buns. Every afternoon from
4-5, complimentary s’mores and hot chocolate are served by the outdoor heated Alpine pool and hot tub. Even the marshmallows impress! Handcrafted in a variety of ﬂavors! Montage Deer Valley is a ﬁrst class ski-in skiout resort, adjacent to three high-speed chairlifts. Don’t bother bringing your skis; Montage’s exclusive Compass Ski Shop is like the James Bond of ski shops with clever, hidden technology that dazzles. No racks of skis, no lines, no computer terminal to register your info. At Compass, mountain hosts with ipads greet guests like they’ve arrived for a ﬁne French dinner. Skis and boots selections are made and the information is sent wirelessly to the 8,000 sq. ft. tune shop and out comes a warmed boot to try. Guests are escorted onto the snow and into their custom tuned skis. No skis to carry. YES! The Spa Montage is a 35,000-square-foot alpine oasis and all in-house guests enjoy complimentary access. There’s a beautiful mosaic indoor pool with AD lift access and family swim time twice a day. Montage Deer Valley offers an array of activities for children ages 5-12 as part of its daily Paintbox children’s club. In the summer, Compass becomes Camp Compass with complimentary activities for guests. The hotel can arrange a variety of unique experiences for guests of all ages, including outdoor painting or nature photography sessions with area experts, guided hikes and mountain bike treks, species spotting with a naturalist, ﬂy ﬁshing instruction and gourmet picnics. Montage Deer Valley: 9100 Marsac Ave., Park City, UT. (435) 604-1300 www.montagedeervalley.com.
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DEER VALLEY RESORT PARK CITY, UT Deer Valley Resort offers a ﬁrst class luxury ski experience. By limiting the number of skiers, guests of the mountain enjoy uncrowded access to 2000+ acres of fabulous “groomed to perfection” Utah snow. Curbside attendants help guests unload equipment and complimentary overnight ski storage is conveniently available. You may decide to make it even easier and rent skis; a full line of Rossignol equipment is available at three locations around the mountain. Mountain Hosts seem to be everywhere to provide a helping hand. Take advantage of the complimentary Mountain Tours, available twice daily. Deer Valley’s reputation for pampering is not just about the skiing. Beautiful on-mountain day lodges, with award-winning fare (don’t miss Deer Valley’s famous Turkey Chili at Silver Lake Lodge) turn into spectacular dining experiences as the sun goes down. The “you’ve never experienced a buffet like this” Seafood Buffet, the unique and inviting Fireside Dining, elegance of The Mariposa, and the family-friendly
Royal Street Cafe will have you wondering if you’ve just stepped into a Zagat reality show. Deer Valley Lodging can help you select the accommodations just right for your luxury ski vacation. It’s easy booking your stay online. Some of this season’s special programs are the Ski, Stay and Dine Package, the Family Value Package and for movie buffs, the Sundance Film Festival Package. New for 2013-2014 is Deer Valley’s interac-
tive Digital Winter Guide. Take a virtual tour of the resort with Deer Valley’s Ambassador of Skiing, Heidi Voelker. The Guide provides helpful tips on planning your Deer Valley vacation, inside info on navigating the resort and suggestions on how best to enjoy its amenities. Available as a free download on iTunes and www.deervalley.com/about/information/social. www.deervalley.com.
GEAR GUIDE If you’re an advanced/expert skier looking for skis, the new K2 AMP Rictor 90XTI is the one. K2‘s All-Terrain Rocker technology provides incredible versatility in all snow conditions. It combines camber underfoot for powerful, ﬁrm edge hold for high performance carving on ﬁrm snow, early rise rocker (slightly elevated tip) for effortless turn initiation on softer snow and a wide 90mm waist underfoot to ﬂy through the deep stuff. Lively and powerful, this ski is designed to rip through groomers or ﬂoat through powder with equal ease and you’ll have fun while doing it. When K2, one of the most trusted and innovative ski manufacturers debuts a line of ski boots, it’s big news. The lightweight, high-performance K2 SpYne 110 boot is the perfect match for the Rictor 90XTI. Its innovative, rivetfree, Energy Interlock System gives the boots a more natural ﬂex and rebound, and the PowerFuse SpYne adds lateral stiffness for dynamic performance in a wide variety of snow conditions. In addition, the heat-moldable LuxFit INTUITIONÐ liner
dials you in immediately for a precise ﬁt with all day comfort, and the replaceable rubber outsoles provide secure footing on and off the mountain. www.k2skis.com. If too much information is never enough, the amazing Smith I/O Recon Goggle is the perfect gift for the techie on your list. Easily readable, with a surprisingly unobtrusive heads-up display, you can track your speed, time, altitude, vertical, navigate your way around the resort, and even follow and track your buddies. The ‘Mod’ technology is controlled from a wireless remote on your wrist. You can connect your smartphone via Bluetooth to control your music, view text messages and caller ID. Of course, it’s a top-of the-line Smith goggle with two easily interchangeable anti-fog lenses, which allow a distortion-free wide ﬁeld of vision in any weather conditions. www.smithoptics.com/iorecon. LET THE MOUNTAIN VACATION SPECIALISTS AT SKI.COM HELP YOU PLAN YOUR NEXT SKI ADVENTURE.
Sun & Spas THE BREAKERS PALM BEACH PALM BEACH, FL Is that Don Draper drinking a cocktail at HMF? It’s all sophisticated fun at the Breakers’ new cocktail lounge, HMF–named for the hotel’s founder, Henry Morrison Flagler. His classic monogram sets the style for this modern day Palm Beach cocktail party. It’s like stepping onto a Mad Men set... when was the last time you saw a cigarette girl stopping by tables? One moment... Those aren’t tiparillos she’s offering, HMF WAGYU BEEF SLIDERS BY LILA PHOTO
they’re tastings from the menu! Love the cocktail attire of the HMF staff. They are dressed for the part – from their custom designed little black dress and strand of pearls, to the attractive, Frederic Fekkai salondesigned hair styles and a stunning shade of red lipstick selected from the hotel’s Guerlain boutique. HMF’s easy-to-please menu offers selections from a broad range of cuisines: La Quercia prosciutto, ﬁgs, and parmegiano reggiano; Wagyu beef sliders, smoked bacon, antique cheddar; creative spins on sushi, sashimi; wild boar empanaditas; Korean short ribs and
more. Desserts are hard to resist: butterscotch panna cotta with rum roasted pineapple and macadamia crackle; and Gianduja chocolate torte served with caramel sea salt gelato. Get out your pearls and your cufﬂinks, it’s cocktail time! Needless to say, HMF has crafted a menu of original cocktails. Railcar #91: named for H.M. Flagler’s own private oak-paneled car, with Courvoisier VSOP, fresh lemon juice, local honey, orange foam. Love the Frescavescent, made of Titos vodka, fresh squeezed lemon, lime and grapefruit juice! Wine lovers will “ooh and ah” over HMF’s HMF CHANEL #6 BY LILA PHOTO
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Wine Wall, a 3,000-bottle showcase of The Breakers’ 28,000-bottle collection. If you haven’t been to the Breakers Palm Beach, it’s not to be missed. It is one of a kind, set on 140 acres of beachfront property. Its facilities are impressive, with two 18-hole championship golf courses and a renowned golf academy program for adults and juniors. You wouldn’t think that a hotel this elegant and stately would cater to families with kids of all ages, with so many activities there’s no need to leave the hotel. There’s the Coconut Grove kids camp, the playground, and kids have their own activities building with a restaurant, arts and crafts, screening room, Xbox and arcade room. Scuba and snorkeling lessons are offered for ages 8 and up. Four pools allow guests to select their preferred poolside experience. 25 luxury beach bungalows complete with a personal concierge elevate the pool experience to ﬁrst class. There is so much to experience at the Breakers: a 20,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor spa featuring an 80-minute Personal Retreat customized massage, the oceanfront ﬁtness center, ten tennis courts, boutiques and a selection of nine restaurants. The Breakers Palm Beach has been family-owned for the past 117 years. A ﬁve-year, $80 million renovation and redesign of all guest rooms and suites was recently completed, and the hotel continues to invest $20 million annually in its ongoing revitalization. That’s what gives this historic hotel its contemporary, fresh appeal. One South County Road, Palm Beach, FL. 561/655-6611; www.thebreakers.com.
THE LODGE AT WOODLOCH HAWLEY, PA Looking for a destination spa resort for a weekend retreat? The Lodge at Woodloch in Hawley, Pennsylvania is an easy getaway, only 90 miles from New York City. Here’s the best: the Lodge offers a Door-to-Door Relaxation package – round trip private car service for Manhattan guests staying a minimum of two nights. Upon arrival, Woodloch’s welcoming staff demonstrates how to use the lobby’s chakra bowls whose vibrations soothe the edgiest nerves. Settle in to one of the 57 ﬁnely appointed guestrooms and suites and let the rejuvenation begin! There’s so much to explore: over 150 pristine acres of woodland gardens, docks and waterscapes and a private 15-acre lake. No matter the activity, you’ll begin to come into touch with your inner calm. Bundle up for a mountain bike ride, hike or a round of golf. Missing some gear? Check out the aptly named “Great Things Boutique” which carries everything from essential oils and shampoos to swimsuits and yoga attire. The spa resort is devoted to relaxing your mind, body, and soul. Water therapy gently stretches the aches away, and there’s Aquatoning for a water workout. Yogis of all ages and levels will enjoy courses like Chair Yoga, which allows for traditional poses and exercise while seated, or Core Yoga, which concentrates on toning your abdominal area. A variety of meditation classes let you tap into your innermost calm; there’s even a class in Power Napping. Searching for something a bit more mentally
stimulating? Learn to record your innermost thoughts in a journaling course, or whip up organic skin creations of your own after a tutorial from The Lodge’s experts. You can even channel your inner Monet or Mario Batali in an art or cooking class. Woodloch’s 40,000-square-foot spa features: 27 treatment rooms, including 14 massage rooms, six facial rooms, three wet rooms, two couples’ suites and two treatment combination suites. The Whisper Lounge offers a quiet coed
lounge with ﬁreplace and outdoor woodland porch with rocking chairs and gliders. The spa also specializes in treatments targeting speciﬁc body parts – aching backs will soak up the Body Melt Back Therapy, while pavementpounding feet or hard-worked hands will relish
the Eco-Fin Hand or Foot treatments. No matter which delightful option you choose, your stress will ﬂoat away. TREE is Woodloch’s 100-seat gourmet restaurant, serving sophisticated organic cuisine, overlooking the lake. Savor the peaceful moments, curled up on a plush sofa in front of the stone ﬁreplace. The Lodge at Woodloch is a welcome retreat to rid you of toxins and trafﬁc, worries and work. You won’t want to leave. 866/953-8500 www.thelodgeatwoodloch.com WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM
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has a good time when they come to Telluride – the people smiling the most are the ones who never left. Upon ﬁrst glance, visitors are immediately enchanted with the breathtaking setting of the historic Town of Telluride. The grand snowcapped peaks of the 14,000 ft San Juan Mountains and imposing Box Canyon waterfalls ensnare the senses, while the warm embrace of the Telluride community welcomes you to paradise. The over-a-century-old Town of Telluride is ﬁlled with colorful legends and Rocky Mountain spirit. Just six blocks wide and twelve blocks long, the National Historic District is a window into the town’s illustrious past, with its colorful Victorian homes, clapboard storefronts and boutiques. Each summer the town plays host to such world-renowned events as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Telluride Film Festival, and Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, just to name a few. And there’s plenty for the kids too – the Telluride community is extremely family focused. Telluride’s education system is nationally recognized as exemplary, with camps and extra-curriculars from rock climbing and river rafting to theater and dance. Telluride’s World-Class Ski Resort is a grandiose backdrop to the historic town, offering a genuine mountain experience for all levels of skiers thanks to a mix of quality terrain on 2,000+ skiable acres. Even beginners and intermediate skiers can ride to the highest peaks and enjoy terrain and views typically reserved for the experts. And forget crowds: the trails are never packed, and there is rarely a lift line. Telluride was recently
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Isabel would handle Seth with aplomb. Welcome to my second shock. Since I’ve loved being a mother, naturally I assumed that Isabel would get a kick out of playing mom. Or if she didn’t enjoy it, I thought she’d at least be good at it. She’s a strong student and the stage manager of her school’s theatre company. In other words, a competent kid. Truth is, my Isabel did not display much promise in the parent department. To my dismay, her typical response to Seth’s baby noises was “Shut up.” Was this my gentle and well-mannered child? She would roll her big blue eyes, sigh, and proceed to try to quiet him — press his bottle to his lips, grudgingly whip off his diaper, slap on a new one, rock his car seat like an amusement park ride, or pick him up to pound his back. Sometimes he’d be soothed; usually she’d have to try a different tactic. Occasionally, he just wanted to be held. “Problem child,” she would say. Years of taking care of babies came back to me in a ﬂash. Seth was very realistic. I had to restrain myself from instinctively jumping in and doing all the things I knew would work. But that would have been a mistake. Isabel and I couldn’t share Seth. He was hers. Just like her sexuality. Her sexuality? Oh. My. God. Still, whether I’m ready
she wearily hauled him to a doctor’s appointment and dance classes. At four, she ran up the hill to Erin’s house to drop him off for the rest of the weekend. But Erin caved early. On Sunday she gave him back to Isabel. “It cried a lot,” she said. You would think that just making it through the weekend would earn the kids 100%. But Isabel and Erin didn’t come close. All weekend Seth had been remotely monitored. “We had some neck support issues,” said Isabel. She raised objections. (She’s a teenager. That’s her job.) “We should have received an A because we got the point of the lesson — that we are not ready to have a baby,” she said. “All the kids who took care of their babies perfectly were probably encouraged to have one.” Seth worked! Nice. Thank you, health class. Now I was Seth’s greatest fan. I began to wonder whether most high school health classes in the country had a few Seths. I googled around and found out that most don’t — but they should. Sadly, there are more than 300,000 babies born to teenage mothers, girls just like my daughter, every year in the U.S. That’s 300,000 mostly unwanted children. My heart goes out to them. I wish every baby could be loved as much as my kids are. But there are twice as many teen births in the U.S. as in nineteen other industrialized countries,
THERE ARE TWICE AS MANY TEEN BIRTHS IN THE U.S. AS IN NINETEEN OTHER INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRIES, AND AN AMERICAN GIRL IS NINE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO HAVE A BABY THAN A SWISS TEENAGER. or not – not – Seth was making me realize that, although I do have inﬂuence, in the end there are big decisions that Isabel must make for herself. I can’t change that, and as much as I miss my little girl, I wouldn’t want to. At a certain point, I guess you really do have to let go and have faith. Ouch. Young Seth revealed a side of myself that shocked me too. I can now envision what kind of grandmother I might become. Hold on. Stop. Let me say that word again. Grandmother. How bizarre. I could be a grandmother – and a bossy, intrusive one at that. What a terrifying thought. No. I’m young! I’m the cool mom – the one who gets the kids’ music, the one they can talk to. A grandchild? My vanity can’t take it. Am I going to have to start ﬁguring out how to “age gracefully” and grow into the next stage, whatever it might bring? Ugh. I am so not ready for that. (Insert deep breaths here.) Thankfully observing Isabel with Seth, though, I did not sense that a grandchild would be arriving soon. For better or worse, and I think worse (but not my business, right?) she and her Baby Project partner, Erin, came up with a strategy: divide the weekend and conquer. This effectively turned them into single parents, always a tougher way to go. On Friday Isabel took Seth to classes and a sleepover. Very little sleep was had by all. On Saturday,
and an American girl is nine times more likely to have a baby than a Swiss teenager. If my daughter and her friends are any example, that’s not good. As a country, we must be doing something wrong. With more googling, I discovered that the minimum cost of raising a real child in a single parent home, in the least expensive areas, is about $160,000. My family would be crushed under a burden like that, and I’m not even talking about the emotional cost. Worse still, according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Unplanned Pregnancy, when you add up the increased expense of health care, foster care, incarceration, and lost tax revenue from teen child bearing, taxpayers already shell out some $10 billion a year. Horrifying, really. But you can buy a used computerized doll like Seth for as little as $225 on ebay or through the simulated baby Facebook page. (Yes, it exists.) In economic terms alone, the Seths of this world are a great deal. Not that computerized dolls are the whole answer to teenage pregnancy, but I’m definitely glad Seth came into our home. So what if he made me think about things I didn’t want to face. I can handle it. I just can’t cope with a grandchild – yet. But maybe one day....
Amy Clyde is an advertising and marketing copywriter at Conair. Her essays, features, and proﬁles have appeared in many magazines, including The New Yorker, House Beautiful, and Vogue.
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"WE HAD TO CHASE a crack head around the block earlier tonight,” the 15-year-old told me as he mouthed the straw of his milkshake, “Because he stole my and my sister’s bikes. We caught up to him and he pulled out a gun. It was plastic, so we started to laugh and then we got our bikes back.” His tone – calm, nonchalant and without a trace of dishonesty – spoke to the normalcy of the occurrence. I have known this teen – we’ll call him “Mack” – for three years. His 19-year-old brother is in jail. Losing friends to gun violence makes Mack shake his head, but he feels no shock. Running from parties because bullets start to ﬂy is not newsworthy to him. Once, before we worked out early in the morning before school, Mack seemed perturbed. “My grandma and cousin kept me up late,” he said, rubbing his eyes. “My cousin came by the house with a bullet in his leg. They were trying to get it out in the kitchen. So I didn’t sleep.” This is the life of one Bridgeport, CT teenager. But the youth of Bridgeport are not monolithic. Some of them do not know this life. Others know it too well. Mack straddles the middle, with his friends selling drugs and robbing homes, but with his own mindset being to get out, with school and basketball as his tickets. His ambition is mysteriously awe-inspiring. At one time, I was his coach. A permanent outsider, I am barely a credible voice on this topic. I carefully toe the line, hoping to never offend, but only to shed light on a grave, local issue. Weston, CT was my home; if anything awakened me in the middle of the night it was not a relative with a gunshot wound. Maybe it was the light my brother had on while he studied calculus. I run the nonproﬁt organization, Full Court Peace. For eight years, youth from some of the most challenging environments in the world have shown me the ways to use basketball as a tool toward positive social change. These are youth from Ciudad Juarez, Havana, and Belfast. They are the savvy experts who have shown me what they and their societies need. In my travels, they are the ﬁrst to step forward, with no ulterior motives or self-interest. They see the simplicity of their city’s struggles, and with basketball and a little bit of money, they have willingly stood above these problems and offered a hand up to others. Mack and his friends are the same way. Beaten down by the streets of Bridgeport, Norwalk, and Stamford, the resilience they show is not of this world. Sectarian division, political oppression and poverty, and an endless drug war are no match for the forgotten parts of these cities. The
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Mack will miss out on this apparent change, as will his friends. And that leaves America with a problem. It leaves America with hundreds of thousands of minority youth who know only a little besides the environments in which they grew up. What is their choice, then? One of their choices is to perpetuate the negative elements of those environments, to continue to do what they learned growing up. And they will do so subconsciously, not intentionally, which is often the hardest thing
At the ﬁrst annual Camp United, a number of Bridgeport, Norwalk and Stamford rising seventh grade boys came to New Canaan High School each day for a week, where they were paired in equal numbers onto teams comprising similarly aged boys from New Canaan, Weston and Ridgeﬁeld. Each team’s coaching staff was a socially dynamic duo: one teen from the more suburban towns, and another from one of the cities. They worked together, using strictly basketball terminology and the natural competitive spirit of the boys to encourage team camaraderie and friendship. No holding hands. No discussing the socioeconomic division of our county. Just basketball. And for the most part, it worked. As the school year progresses, the Weston, Ridgeﬁeld and New Canaan
IF ANYTHING AWAKENED ME IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT IT WAS NOT A RELATIVE WITH A GUNSHOT WOUND. MAYBE IT WAS THE LIGHT MY BROTHER HAD ON WHILE HE STUDIED CALCULUS. for outsiders to grasp. Culpability is more often thrown at the mug shot, and less often thrown at the steps that led up to it. “Mack, where did you play travel basketball when you were in middle school?” I asked him once. “Travel basketball?” He twisted his face. “We just played at the court down the street or at the community center on Saturdays.” The Fairﬁeld County Basketball League (FCBL), one of the country’s biggest youth sports organizations, provides the travel basketball scheduling and general structure for boys and girls in grades ﬁve through eight, from towns as far as Madison, CT to Mount Vernon, NY, and everywhere in between. For reasons left to be discussed, this invaluable service does not meet all levels of local demand. Weston, for example, a town of only 10,000 residents, enters as many as 12 travel teams into the FCBL. New Canaan, a town of 20,000, enters the same amount and has a robust recreational program at its YMCA. Bridgeport, however, has 150,000 residents and fails to enter 10 teams into the FCBL. And while life-saving organizations in the Park City like The Cardinal Shehan Center and The Wakeman Boys and Girls Club offer basketball programs to hundreds of Bridgeport youth, there are thousands more who could beneﬁt from the structure, from the competition, as well as from the discipline and mentoring offered in well-run, efﬁcient travel programs. What the savvy teenagers of Bridgeport have schooled me on is simple: there are a plethora of kids without coaches, and there is an abundance of teenagers, many of them basketball addicts, who seek employment. This past summer, Full Court Peace started training these teens to be coaches.
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Mike Evans is a 2005 graduate of Hamilton College and a 2011 graduate of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. He currently teaches Spanish in the New Canaan Public School system and is the Head Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach at New Canaan High School.
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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL, COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY AND SUMMER PROGRAMS GUIDE FEATURE: DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP: NAVIGATING MIDDLE SCHOOL AND THE INTERNET DAY AND BOARDING SCHOOLS / HIGHER EDUCATION / SUMMER PROGRAMS
RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN
Summer Rome Programs
Arete: An Introduction to the Classics (IRVING) Authors of essential texts of Western civilization – Plato, Aristotle, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Faulkner, O’Connor – will be your teachers over the course of 14 days as you live on our Irving campus. Students view films, visit celebrated art museums and attend Shakespeare in the Park. You will develop and hone reading and writing skills essential for the college classroom while making long and lasting friendships that inevitably develop in a learning community.
Undergraduate Summer in Rome The undergraduate Summer Rome Program is a month-long program for both UD and non-UD undergraduate students. The program builds upon the two great pillars of UD: a commitment to the liberal arts and our Catholic identity. Students encounter and reflect upon some of the most profound texts, ideas and art of the church and Western culture while studying on the Eugene Constantin Rome campus at Due Santi.
Latin in Rome Latin in Rome seeks intermediate and advanced students of Latin who desire to refine and deepen their understanding of the language and the Romans who spoke it. Throughout the program, you will study passages from Cicero, Pliny, Virgil and Horace to enhance visits to sites in Rome and Naples. The program includes lectures by university faculty who have lived and taught in Rome, daily language tutorials and group discussions of texts, as well as visits to historical sites and museums. This 21-day program is not simply a summer tour, but a college-level Latin course.
Apply early to reserve your spot and to receive a tuition discount. High School Programs Arete: An Introduction to the Classics Latin in Rome Shakespeare in Italy High School Program Application udallas.edu/summerprograms/apply
Undergraduate Course Offerings Catholic Faith and Culture Italian Liberal Arts Options Undergraduate Program Application udallas.edu/romeapp
About the University of Dallas
Shakespeare in Italy This 18-day program focuses on Shakespeare and the place that inspired him the most, Italy. You will study three of Shakespeare’s Italian plays (Julius Caesar, The Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice). Additionally, you will tour Rome most mornings with faculty guides and take a trip to Venice and Padua. Unlike most study programs, your classroom is Rome, as well as the other cities and sites you visit. The program helps students prepare for college through small group discussions and writing tutorials; students emerge sharper readers and more polished writers.
The University of Dallas is dedicated to the pursuit of wisdom, of truth and of virtue as the proper and primary ends of education. The university seeks to educate its students so they may develop the intellectual and moral virtues, prepare themselves for life and work in a problematic and changing world and become leaders able to act responsibly for their own good and for the good of their family, community, country and church. The university has offered its Rome Program as a part of its undergraduate curriculum for more than 40 years. More than 7,000 undergraduates have spent an academic semester in Rome at the heart of our Western heritage. Programs in Rome are housed on our 12-acre campus, approximately 12 miles southeast of Rome. For 20 years, we have offered mature high school students summer and study abroad opportunities modeled after our signature Rome Program. Each program provides college credit while students study with university professors on our campuses both in Irving, Texas, and Rome.
For More Information Discover more about any of our summer Rome programs. Call 972-721-5181, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit udallas.edu/travel.
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Pre-College Program at Skidmore College: Summer 2014 Saratoga Springs, NY Try college on before taking college on How can you anticipate what you haven’t yet experienced? Skidmore’s prestigious Pre-College Program in the Liberal and Studio Arts has been preparing talented high school students for college success for more than forty years. High-achieving sophomores, juniors, and seniors from across the country and around the world travel to our Saratoga Springs campus each summer to take part in Skidmore’s ﬁve-week Pre-College Program. Students engage in college-level study in the liberal and studio arts amid a beautiful upstate New York campus setting.
or one of each. Choose a class in an area where your strengths lie, or delve into an unexplored subject to challenge your perceptions and discover new ﬁelds of knowledge.
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At Skidmore, high school students can imagine their futures while living together, cultivating new friendships, and discovering the right balance between work and fun. A carefully selected and trained residential staff lives with Pre-College students in their own private residence hall. The residential life program, designed to support and complement academic and artistic endeavors, ensures that students’ social lives are every bit as exhilarating as their intellectual lives.
In Skidmore’s Pre-College Program, high school students earn college credit while studying alongside college students. They work with Skidmore’s nationally recognized faculty and visiting artists and enjoy access to the College’s state-of-the-art facilities and resources. Do your interests range from math to studio art, psychology to English, economics to religion? Skidmore’s unique curriculum allows students to take either two liberal arts courses, two studio art courses,
Skidmore College is a highly selective, independent liberal arts college known for outstanding academics, a rich co-curricular life, and its historic resort town setting. On Skidmore’s lively summer campus Pre-College students not only learn together with high school peers and college students, but have the chance to meet visiting students and participants from other programs as well. They are invited to take active part in the special workshops, visiting artist lectures,
and gallery talks sponsored by Skidmore’s Summer Studio Art Program and the nightly readings by renowned writers of the New York State Summer Writers Institute. Skidmore’s summer campus hosts many other concerts, lectures, events, and weekend activities, and just off campus is downtown Saratoga Springs’ dynamic cultural and arts scene. Find out for yourself why Skidmore Pre-College alumni describe the program as challenging, fun, enlightening, life-changing, mind-altering, motivational, experimental, adventurous, to name just a few. Come spend July with us and discover your future.
Skidmore Pre-College Program, Saratoga Springs, NY www.skidmore.edu/pre-college
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RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN Summer 2014 Residential Programs HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS RISD Pre-College:
6 weeks of preparation for college / art school / portfolio / life
COLLEGE STUDENTS AND ADULTS
Summer Studies: Explore art + design courses
Summer Institute for Graphic Design Studies: Delve into a broad range of graphic design topics
Textiles Summer Institute: Access RISD’s renowned textiles studios and faculty
Experience RISD’s premier art and design education, unique studios and award-winning faculty, as well as historic Providence’s vibrant summer arts and culture scene.
Who starts college after the 10th or 11th grade? We do. We offer a rigorous program in the liberal arts and sciences to younger students. Most start here after 10th or 11th grade, and earn their BA by age 20. Early college and accelerated learning give our graduates a head start on lifelong achievement.
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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE
BY PETER GREEN
ADOLESCENCE IS A BORDER BETWEEN CHILDHOOD AND ADULTHOOD. LIKE ALL BORDERS, IT’S TEEMING WITH ENERGY AND FRAUGHT WITH DANGER. THE ELECTRONIC AND ONLINE WORLD IS A NEW AND EXCITING FRONTIER, AND ITS CHIEF ATTRACTION IS THE ABILITY TO STAY CONNECTED. FOR EARLY ADOLESCENTS, IT’S NEARLY IRRESISTIBLE. IT IS DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS TO BE BUSY CREATING AN IDENTITY, ANSWERING THE QUESTIONS “WHO AM I?” AND “HOW DO I FEEL ABOUT THAT?”
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Identity is considered in the context of the society at large and their peer group in speciﬁc. To be in connection with peers is to be validated. Adolescents without friends are like trees that fall in the forest without anyone listening. They’re simply not sure they exist. Middle schoolers are neuro-chemically rewarded for being in contact with their friends. All those pings, texts, emails, instant messages, instagram photos – they produce little hits of dopamine every time they arrive. You might almost say that they’re addicted to being in connection with each other. Many of them lack the will power to put down that phone, or that laptop, without outside intervention. The earliest citation in print for the acronym may date from 2004, but middle schoolers these days have chronic FOMO - the Fear of Missing Out. Connectedness is only a piece of the neurological reward provided by being online. The other reward comes from risk-taking. Teens are wired for risk. Due to a combination of genetic predisposition and community, some young people are riskier than others. Experimental behavior in young adolescence is normal. It’s part of the maturing and individuation process, one of the ways they start to prepare for separating from their parents. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the part of our brain that evaluates risk and considers consequences is the last piece to mature, coming into full function, on average, in our mid-20s. Because our children are wired for risks, we set limits to protect them. We don’t give them the keys to the car. We don’t set up a full bar in the living room and then go out for the evening, leaving them alone, or at least we shouldn’t. We don’t invite their boyfriend or girlfriend over and then let them go to their bedroom for three hours with the door closed, or at least we shouldn’t. In the same spirit, we might want to think twice about allowing them to be alone in their rooms all night with access to all the risks and experimentation that they can access with a smartphone or a laptop. As parents and educators, I think we’re most effective when we’re pro-, rather than re- active. There will always be a new app that we haven’t heard of, a new way to experiment with identity, behavior and sexuality. We need to know where we stand with regard to appropriate behavior, so we can be in an ongoing conversation. That’s better than having to scramble to respond every time we hear about a new internet risk. So, what should we say to our kids about their lives online? A few things. 1. This is a really exciting time to be alive, and so much of the world they’re growing into is brand new and growing up with them. This is awesome, but it calls for some caution. When roads and automobiles were new, I bet it took us a little while to ﬁgure out that if we played in trafﬁc, we could get hurt or killed. It doesn’t mean that cars were evil, only that we had to learn how to be safe in an automotive society. The electronic world is similar. This is why we talk about predators and about protecting our identities. 2. Just like a main street, the internet is a public place. We don’t ever really have privacy on the internet. What we often do have is anonymity – it feels private because nobody’s watching. If somebody decides to pay attention to us, however, and see what we’re up to, all of our “private” behavior can become public fairly easily. The difference between communication we type or photograph vs. communication we simply say in
person is that it lasts forever. Even voicemail messages can be saved and rebroadcast indeﬁnitely. So there are two very compelling reasons for behaving appropriately in our electronic relationships. The ﬁrst is about staying out of trouble and protecting our reputations. We don’t want people thinking ill of us and we don’t want our futures jeopardized by present behavior. Technology meant to maintain our privacy is seldom foolproof. The second reason, to me, is the more compelling, and that’s about being people of character. Our person-to-person behavior should mirror our on-line behavior. It’s wrong to accost or attack a person on the street – and it’s not OK to do so online. It’s not OK to bully someone or gossip about them, or conspire against them in school, and it’s also bad to do so online. We know not to take off our clothing in the middle of town, and we shouldn’t do it online. As I write this, the third most popular iPhone app is called SnapHack, software that defeats Snapchat’s self-destruct function.
All those pings, texts, emails, instant messages, instagram photos – they produce little hits of dopamine every time they arrive. I believe that schools should teach communication skills at the earliest appropriate ages. Kindergarteners and ﬁrst graders should be taught empathy as part of their regular curriculum. Fourth and ﬁfth graders can learn conﬂict resolution. Middle schoolers can be taught active listening and appropriate electronic communication. The organization Common Sense Media, for example, has developed a digital literacy and citizenship curriculum for Middle Schools. Their stated goal is “to empower students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world.” Every day presents an opportunity to model ethical behavior for our children, to resolve conﬂicts, to refrain from acting on our worst impulses. Every day we can make sure to spend time with our children, but without our phones or tablets in our hands, even if we have to contend with our own FOMO. Every day presents an opportunity to speak with children about the world around them and how we hope they will choose to live in it. Every day we can turn off our phones at night; we can shut down the WiFi networks at bedtime. Every day we can call our children’s best electronic selves. Will they experiment and get it wrong? Of course they will. Middle school is a behavioral lab. But we can minimize some of the risk by being aware and proactive. And if you have concerns about your individual son or daughter and are looking for perspective or coaching, please do contact your child’s teacher or counselor.
Peter Green has spent the past seven years as the Rye Middle School Social worker. In addition, he is a performing artist, directing and acting in community theatre and school productions in Westchester and Fairﬁeld Counties. As co-founder of LawnChair Theatre, he has brought outdoor Shakespeare to the parks in Port Chester, Rye Brook and Rye for eight summers. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE DAY SCHOOLS
The German School of Connecticut
Ridgeﬁeld Academy Ridgeﬁeld, CT Ridgeﬁeld Academy, an independent day school located in Ridgeﬁeld, CT, empowers every child to realize his or her unique potential by bringing together academic excellence, innovative programming and a diverse, supportive community. Small Classes Make the Difference Teachers and administrators believe the key to future success is empowering each and every student. The program, which educates children from preschool (two-year-olds) to eighth grade, provides students with daily opportunities to build conﬁdence, use their creativity, work collaboratively and learn how to problem solve. Through small classes and individualized teaching instruction, children develop the skills to be critical thinkers, public speakers and self-advocates. A Comprehensive and Innovative Curriculum RA’s curriculum combines the traditional core subject areas of language arts, 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. 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. 223 West Mountain Road, Ridgeﬁeld, CT 06877.
Stamford and West Hartford, CT The German School of Connecticut (GSC), celebrating its 36th year, has started the 2013-14 school year with another record enrollment of over 350 students. Founded in 1978, GSC is a Saturday school offering a two-track curriculum for non-native beginners, and native or nearﬂuent speakers. Classes are held on two campuses (Stamford and West Hartford), ranging from Pre-School through High School and Adult. Students learn German as a new, non-native language, others expand-
ing their Muttersprache, while all celebrate German, Austrian and Swiss cultures. Many GSC students realize the advantage of studying one of Europe’s leading languages: Some plan to split their future studies between universities in the US and a German-speaking country, others study to gain a professional advantage. Certain high school students have the opportunity to take a special German language exam, which 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. GSC also embodies an international parent community: those from German-speaking countries are joined by US and other international parents. 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.
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE York Preparatory School New York, NY York Preparatory School is a co-educational, independent, college preparatory day school offering a traditional curriculum for grades 6-12. In the belief that every student can succeed, we provide a supportive atmosphere that reﬂects and is enhanced by the diversity and richness of New York City. York Prep recognizes the student as the focus of the educational process. We guide our students to reach their optimum potential intellectually, physically, and socially. Each student is challenged to think critically and creatively in a structured environment where excellence is rewarded and individual effort is encouraged. We strive to develop responsible citizens by reinforcing respect for self and for others in the community. York Prep students are grouped into subject-speciﬁc tracks, thus enabling them to recognize their academic potential. We believe subjectspeciﬁc tracking encourages students to take academic risks and to reach beyond their comfort level. For students seeking even more challenge, we have an honors program of accelerated classes in all subjects and offer Advanced Placement testing. In addition, the Headmaster may permit seniors and advanced eleventh graders the opportunity to take courses at Columbia University, New York University, or Hunter College. With nearly ﬁfty clubs and activities and twenty-seven sports teams, York offers something for every student. The York Prep Scholars Program, for Upper School students, is a three-year sequence which addresses the needs of York’s most academically able students with a rigorous curriculum. Units on such topics as “Intro to Fractals,” “Italian Renaissance Art,” “Modern Poetry” and “Shakespeare Performance” are presented independently in mini-courses taught by members of the faculty who focus on their particular intellectual passions and specialties. York Prep’s Jump Start Program helps students with different learning styles and learning disabilities to function successfully in an academically-challenging mainstream setting. Study skills, test-taking skills, and organizational skills are key components of this supplemental program. The Jump Start program offers supervised group study periods before and after school every day except Friday afternoon, and two 42-minute one-on-one sessions with a designated Jump Start teacher, with whom the student works over the course of the school year. Located in a stately six-ﬂoor historic granite building, York Prep is situated on 68th Street between Central Park West and ColumYORK PREPARATORY SCHOOL bus Avenue in Manhattan. With close proximity to many of New York’s important cultural resources, students are able to enhance their learning experiences by attending museums, performances, and other events. York Prep’s location truly makes the school an intimate place to learn in the heart of New York City.
40 W 68th St, New York, NY 10023 (212) 362-0400. www.yorkprep.com.
DAY AND BOARDING SCHOOLS Cheshire Academy Cheshire, CT For more than 200 years, Cheshire CHESHIRE ACADEMY 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 moments 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. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE BOARDING SCHOOLS Florida Air Academy Melbourne, FL Founded in 1961, Florida Air Academy (FAA) provides a quality coeducation for domestic and international students, grades 6-12. FAA is committed to uniting academic excellence and global citizenship in a school community where students of many nationalities have an equal opportunity to collaborate, participate, and excel. Here at Florida Air Academy we not only prepare our students for college, we prepare them for life by equipping them with tools to give them a solid foundation from which to continue building and growing. Students in the middle school have the opportunity to take high school-level FLORIDA AIR ACADEMY mathematics and foreign language courses, and to explore their personal interests through electives and sports. High school students may challenge themselves through Honors, Advanced Placement, and college dual-enrollment offerings. The Apple 1:1 iPAD PROGRAM serves as the cornerstone of our 1:1 technology program. In addition to after school teacher help sessions, a nightly two-hour study hall is scheduled for all boarding students. At Florida Air Academy, our values reﬂect the core values of the Air Force… Integrity, Service and Excellence. High school students are required to complete a minimum of one year in the Air Force Junior Reserve Ofﬁcer Training Corps (AFJROTC) program. This “Real Life Leadership Lab” provides students with the opportunity to be placed in positions of leadership, decision making and greater responsibility throughout the school year. The AFJROTC structure teaches students the self-discipline, personal responsibility, organizational and time-management skills that are trademarks of 21st century leaders and innovators. FAA has decades of ESOL experience for the international student looking to study English in the United States. For over 50 years, our Total Immersion ESOL program has assisted international students with preparation and successful placement in U.S. Colleges and Universities. FAA offers unique Special Programs such as Surﬁng, Flight, Crew and Martial Arts along with competitive sports such as year round Soccer, Swimming, Basketball, Baseball, Track, Golf and Archery. Our campus is located in Melbourne Florida, just ﬁve minutes to shopping, restaurants, live theatre, beautiful beaches and cinemas. We are a 60 minute drive to Orlando where we frequently visit Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World and other world class theme parks. Please visit our website at www.ﬂair.com to learn more! We look forward to hearing from you! Alisa Southwell – Director of Admissions Florida Air Force Academy, 1950 S. Academy Dr., Melbourne, FL 32901. (321)723-3211. admissions@ﬂair.com
The Fessenden School West Newton, MA At Fessenden, we capture the spirit of boyhood and infuse it into everything we do. We strive for academic excellence and character development while never losing sight of the passion and creativity that’s innate in each boy. Through our commitment to bringing out the best in boys, we fuel a lifelong passion for learning and help students reach their full potential in a nurturing yet challenging environment. So what does the oldest all-boys junior boarding school in the country look like? At ﬁrst glance, you will see 41 quintessential New England acres. The campus blends classic architecture with contemporary facilities, including eight playing ﬁelds, 10 tennis courts, two outdoor pools and an ice rink – all less than 15 minutes from downtown Boston. Our diverse boarding community provides an unparalleled global experience, enriching the perspectives of all of our boys. A Fessenden education truly is an investment in your son’s future. We equip boys with the tools they need to excel in challenging academic institutions in the 21st century. Because of the accelerated intellectual and athletic growth our students experience, they are accepted into top tier secondary schools – most often their ﬁrst choice. And while we hold our boys to the highest academic standard, we also know that growth and character development can happen everywhere. We encourage our boys to experience all that Fessenden has to offer – both on and off campus. The residential program for our boarding students is arguably the best weekend program in the country. Fessenden THE FESSENDEN SCHOOL
faculty and staff chaperone more than 800 weekend activities for boarding students. Whether it’s a tour of the Boston Harbor Islands, a trip to a collegiate sporting event, or a visit to a world-renowned museum, our close proximity to Boston allows for fun and culturally rich trips. Our community is always bustling. And with more than 40 faculty families living on campus, boarders have a 24/7 support network. As teachers, coaches, and dorm parents, we pride ourselves on knowing what makes boys develop into men of character, and we encourage each one to think, learn and grow in his own unique way. Download your complimentary copy of “The Freedom to Fail – And Succeed: Five Keys to Teaching Your Son Independence, Resilience and Perseverance” at www.fessenden.org/failandsucceed. For more about Fessenden’s boarding program, visit www.fessenden.org or call 617-630-2300. 250 Waltham Street, West Newton, Massachusetts, 02465.
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Holderness School
The Ethel Walker School
Holderness, NH It’s difﬁcult to capture the many reasons why Holderness is different than other boarding schools. One reason is our location in the Lakes Region of Central New Hampshire, right next door to the White Mountains. The lakes, mountains and forests of this area are literally part of our school, embedded within almost everything we do. From our Outdoor Chapel which is cut into a hillside, carpeted in luxuriant moss and overlooking Plymouth Mountain, to Squam Lake where our Biology and AP Biology kids do research, to the trails on which our runners, mountain bikers and Nordic skiers spend their afternoons, the outdoors is our campus. The second quality that sets Holderness ﬁrmly apart is that our students play an important role in HOLDERNESS SCHOOL the daily management of the school. In a unique balloting system that has existed at Holderness for over 50 years, student leaders are elected by all members of the community on the basis of dependability, initiative, fairness and leadership. Every single junior or senior has equal opportunity to become a school, residential or job crew leader. And those leaders make decisions and do work that directly contributes to the management of the campus, buildings, programs and curriculum of the school. The result of this system is that our kids are a tight-knit, knowledgeable team with a lot of practical skills and a great deal of respect for each other. That focus on character building through applied leadership really shows in how people experience our community. When we survey our parents, alumni, the colleges who admit our kids and the other folks who know us, they all say we have an extraordinarily nurturing community – one that upholds each kid speciﬁcally and uniquely. One way that Holderness has changed over the years is that in addition to our more than hundred years tradition in offering excellence in academics and athletics (particularly in snow sports!) we now have a global perspective. A portion of our student body now hails from overseas and it has added a rich and vibrant diversity to our student body. Not only that, but we’ve committed to evolving our curriculum to reflect that richness. We’ve added Mandarin, for example, and AP Physics C to provide challenges for some of our most motivated international students and to give American students a more global perspective. You might like our faculty’s motto too. It’s “Work Hard. Love Kids.” Simple, but true. It works! Contact Tyler Lewis, Director of Admission, Holderness School, email@example.com,603.536.1267. 33 Chapel Ln, Holderness, NH 03245. (603) 536-1747. www.holderness.org; www.picturingholderness.org; @holdernesstoday; www.facebook.com/holdernessschool.
Simsbury, CT The Ethel Walker School offers an invaluable learning experience for girls from middle school through their secondary school years, preparing students for an ever-changing world and workplace environment. The diverse community is composed of students from around the globe, faculty, and alumnae who are dedicated to scholarship, the arts, athletics, wellness and service. A strong emphasis is placed on global experience, service learning, and environmental sustainability. Girls learn to lead with integrity, confidence, courage, and conviction. Academics: Walker’s integrates the arts into a challenging and engaging curriculum that focuses on opportunities for girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, with an emphasis on writing, including writing across the curriculum. Language instruction includes Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Latin. More than a third of classes are Honors and Advanced Placement classes. The close community of dedicated faculty members provides a nurturing and collaborative environment in which girls learn, stretch, and grow. Technology: All students and faculty use iPads to effectively create a personalized learning experience. Walker’s also maintains a wireless campus, SMART board-equipped classrooms, multi-media learning and presentations tools, and a state-of-the-art library. Athletics: Sports are a source of pride at Walker’s and instruct the lifelong skills of interdependent action, collaboration, and team spirit. The nationally acclaimed equestrian proTHE ETHEL WALKER SCHOOL gram is for girls of all ability levels; many compete locally, nationally, and internationally while others improve their skills as recreational riders. There is a new state-of-the-art turf and irrigated natural field complex. Recent championship teams include softball and golf. Life at Walker’s: The joy of friendship is a fundamental principle at the School. Walker’s has a strong sense of spirit, togetherness, and camaraderie. Traditions tie generations of alumnae and current students together. Myriad clubs, led by students and advised by faculty, cover many areas of interest. The campus – 300 acres of fields, forest, and trails – provides space for recreation, learning, and staying connected to nature. The Power of an All-girls Education: Research shows that girls educated in a same-sex learning environment test higher, experience greater academic achievement, have better mathematics and computer skills, and exhibit greater civic and political engagement. The Ethel Walker School: 230 Bushy Hill Road, Simsbury, CT 06070. 860-408-4467; www.ethelwalker.org.
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Avon Old Farms School Avon, CT 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. The Cotswold-inspired architecture reﬂects the traditional approach to education that is so successful here. 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 AVON OLD FARMS SCHOOL 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 brotherhood, integrity, scholarship, and sportsmanship, 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 Gow School South Wales, 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 young men 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. Students are encouraged to earn college credit in the math and science programs. In recent years, The Gow School has realized the need to broaden its reach to students who live in the local area. Gow now has ten day students, including three girls. Although these students only stay for academics and athletics, they, too, are beneﬁting from the highly effective remediation and structure that The Gow School has been offering to boarders since 1926. Located just outside of East Aurora, NY, the picturesque campus consists of 110 acres of woodlands, encompassing over 25 buildings. The Reid Arts Center houses The Simms Family Theater, videography, art, and music labs. The 50,000 square-foot Gow Center, complete with basketball court, tennis courts, large multipurpose room, squash courts, ﬁtness center and student lounge, is the center of afternoon and weekend activity. The Donald Weston Dining Hall is a 10,000 square-foot addition to the campus that was completed in 2009. This January the school opened The Alice R. Gow Science, Technology and Robotics Building. This 5,000 square-foot building houses classroom space for the Science Department with a focus on physics and applied technology. The centerpiece of the building is a workshop for the robotics program which boasts the new CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine. This high-tech machining tool is a welcome addition to the robotics team at the school. Gow is one of a few schools in the country to have a CNC machine which is used to fabricate parts for the robotics program with the assistance of CAD (Computer Assisted Design) software. This machine gives students excellent hands-on experience as they explore the world of robotics and engineering. The Gow School has a ﬁve-week co-ed summer program in July. The Gow School Summer THE GOW SCHOOL 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/weston) or contact us at: (716) 687-2001 for further information.
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Westover School
The Storm King School
Middlebury, CT Westover, a selective boarding school of 200 girls, grades 9 - 12, in Middlebury, CT, has students from 20 countries and 17 states. Because the Westover community values the ideas and talents of every student, our students have endless opportunities to distinguish and challenge themselves. Many families choose Westover for the unique learning opportunities we offer. Our Signature Programs take advantage of the school’s distinctive strengths to add layers of breadth and depth to learning. Online School For Girls Westover is a founding member of this international consortium of all-girls schools, which offers courses that adhere to the highest standards of online education. Learning in genetics, global studies, multivariable calculus, graphic art, and other courses is collaborative and interactive, with video conferencing, online discussion boards, group projects, WESTOVER SCHOOL and other technologically enriched features. WISE (Women In Science And Engineering) Engineering, robotics, projectiles, computer programming, duct-tape boat building... WISE jump-starts interest — and a possible career — in science and engineering ﬁelds that have historically been dominated by men. Westover was one of the ﬁrst schools to develop a program speciﬁcally designed to prepare girls and women for such ﬁelds. Global Exchange From learning Xhosa in South Africa to tasting tapas in Spain, our Global Exchange program offers unforgettable international experiences on four continents. Current opportunities include exchanges with schools in Australia, China, England, France, Jordan, South Africa, and Spain. SOMSI (Sonja Osborn Museum Studies Internship) SOMSI, a partnership with Hill-Stead Museum, builds on Westover’s strengths in art history to immerse students in the professional world of art history and museum studies. Interns receive both academic credit and a stipend for their work. IIG (Invest In Girls) Focusing on business, philanthropy, and other timely topics, this program helps girls develop an important skill: how to handle and deal with money. IIG holds ﬁeld trips out into the world of business, and creates opportunities to connect with female mentors in a variety of ﬁelds. Manhattan School Of Music Our partnership with the Manhattan School of Music is a one-of-akind opportunity that makes it possible for Westover students to study music at one of the nation’s top music schools. Our close proximity to New York City helps this program hit the high notes. 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.
Cornwall on Hudson, NY 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 THE STORM KING SCHOOL
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.
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Proctor Academy Andover, NH Offering the nation’s most innovative and experiential college preparation, Proctor Academy is a school in balance: academically rigorous yet supportive, structured yet informal, cultivating true individuals in an intensely community-based culture. A challenging college preparatory curriculum is enhanced PROCTOR ACADEMY by electives that capitalize on the school’s extraordinary resources, including 2750 acres of woodlands, a wood shop, machine shop, and maple sugaring house. Prototypic ten week off-campus electives have students sailing schooners to the Caribbean on Ocean Classroom, exploring Native cultures in the desert Southwest on Mountain Classroom, learning Spanish through immersion in Segovia, Spain, advancing artistic talents throughout Western Europe on European Arts Classroom, and concentrating on environmental science through Proctor in Costa Rica. Proctor’s athletic facilities include lighted turf ﬁelds, new locker facilities at Teddy Maloney ’83 Rink, and the ﬁnest prep school on-campus ski hill anywhere. Proctor’s highly competitive skiers beneﬁt from pre-season training in Chile and the French Alps, and return to train and compete at Proctor Ski Area, a homologated, FIS-certiﬁed gem of a facility featuring top-to-bottom snow-making and lighting. At the base, Yarrow’s Lodge hosts thousands of elite collegians, prep racers and beginners every year. Aside from skiing, Proctor has exceptionally strong football, soccer, hockey, lacrosse and cycling teams in recent years. Visitors to Proctor remark on the social tone on campus. This is a school with a unique ethos of mutual support and sense of itself. Core values of honesty, respect, responsibility and compassion are reinforced in whole-school assemblies. Three mornings each week, the bell atop Maxwell Savage Hall tolls, calling the community together for forty minutes of spontaneous announcements, fun, laughter and learning. These assemblies invite any student or teacher to come forward and speak openly on any topic, and every speaker is applauded for contributing. Assemblies are key to cultivating the social atmosphere that is most remarkable about this school. The average graduating class numbers approximately one hundred students. The average class attends approximately eighty colleges. This indicates Proctor’s appreciation of the individual, and college counselors’ preference for optimal placement of individuals. Prestigious placement is not the mission; best placement is the mission. Proctor works with students and families with diverse agendas and goals, and the school succeeds in meeting highly diverse goals. Last year’s graduates are at Harvard and Middlebury, taking gap years studying with cardiologists and agribusinessmen in New Zealand, playing semi-professional hockey. They are living Proctor’s motto: “Live To Learn, Learn To Live.” www.proctoracademy.org
Riverside Military Academy Gainesville, GA Founded in 1907, Riverside Military Academy (RMA) offers a traditional, American-style education where personal values, honor, and love of country still matter. Riverside is not owned or operated by any particular religious denomination, but supports the spiritual and educational goals of all families. The RMA Corps of Cadets consists of more than 460 young men 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. Over 70% of our faculty hold advanced degrees and encourage our cadets to develop the daily habits essential for success at home and in the workplace. These habits include organizational skills, time management, and the ability to manage stress through preparation and exercise. Cadets of Riverside Military Academy beneﬁt from a small class size and a 15:1 student teacher ratio. Our entire educational program centers around the way young men learn best. Because Riverside believes that there is a strong connection between physical and mental development, extra-curricular activities, ﬁeld trips, and outdoor activities play an important role in the daily lives of our cadets. The RMA program takes full advantage of its 206-acre campus, athletic facilities, and proximity to Lake Lanier which is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Riverside’s college center assists cadets in preparing for and placing their college applications each year. The graduating class of 2012 consisted of 84 cadets who were admitted to over 90 universities including the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy –West Point, and received over $2,000,000 in scholarships. 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 30501. RIVERSIDE MILITARY ACADEMY
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 by small classes and an emphasis on analytical work, excellence in expression, and exploring connections within and across different academic disciplines. Founded in 1966, Simon’s Rock has been part of the Bard College system since 1979. Our students are able to take classes at the main Bard campus and our BA is jointly granted by Simon’s Rock and Bard College. Why Start College Early For some students, high school is not enough. They seek greater challenge, a stronger peer group, and the opportunity to explore sophisticated interests in depth. For these students, spending junior and senior year in AP classes or prepping for standardized tests means marking time, not moving forward. At Simon’s Rock, they ﬁnd a community of ambitious students and engaged professors ready to support and encourage their unique passions. Our program offers 41 different concentrations across four academic divisions. A core curriculum guides BARD COLLEGE AT SIMON’S ROCK students’ ﬁrst two years, offering a strong foundation in major ideas and works of the Western world, as well as non-Western perspectives. The core is complemented by electives and concentrations in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, natural and physical sciences, and ﬁne and performing arts. Junior and senior years consist of advanced course work, opportunities to study or intern off-campus, and an independent thesis project. All classes are taught in seminars, offering lively discussion and debate. Why Teens Thrive at Simon’s Rock At Simon’s Rock, each facet of our environment – teaching, advisory system, residential life – is tailored to the intellectual and emotional needs of younger students. While students may have more freedom here than at home or boarding school, we’re a small campus with small classes: no one ﬂies under the radar. Adults, either faculty members or dedicated Residence Directors, live in every dorm. Students meet weekly with their faculty advisors, and rely on them for academic, social, and emotional counsel. Life After Simon’s Rock Our graduates are well prepared for their next steps. We encourage professional internships and study abroad to help students clarify their goals. Those who transfer from Simon’s Rock after two years enter highly selective colleges and universities as juniors. The 50% who remain for the BA have excellent records of graduate and professional school placement, and professional success. We rank 13th among all U.S. colleges and universities for the percentage of graduates who earn 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 01230. 800/235-7186. Email firstname.lastname@example.org ; Website simons-rock.edu.
Sacred Heart University Fairﬁeld, CT This year, Sacred Heart University celebrates its 50th anniversary and its remarkable transformation from a local commuter school to the second-largest Catholic University in New England with a series of special events, beginning in the fall of 2013 and continuing through the spring 2014 semester. The celebration kicked off with the 50th Anniversary Convocation and Induction of the Class of 2017 on Wednesday, September 4; the 50th Anniversary President’s Gala on Friday, September 6; and the 50th Anniversary University Mass of the Holy Spirit on Wednesday, September 18. Other events will include lectures, panel discussions, art exhibits, programs, concerts, themed movies, community celebrations and special opportunities for community service. Throughout the year, each of the University’s academic areas, along with the library, will present special academic lectures and panels. These events will be open to the public. “It is important for us to acknowledge this milestone in our history. We have come a long way from the commuter school that Bishop Curtis founded in 1963. The world has changed, and we have changed with it,” said SHU President John J. Petillo. “Despite that, the core values, mission and pioneering spirit that the Bishop and our other early founders envisioned has never changed. We are a lay-led Catholic institution that is focused on the preservation and transmission of the liberal arts and Catholic intellectual traditions. We are passionately committed to intellectual exchange, the pursuit of truth and service to others. In short—Inspiring Minds, Unleashing Hearts. These are values and goals that today’s world needs every bit as much as when the University was founded.” The celebration will also focus on Sacred Heart’s future, Petillo noted. “We have a great deal to celebrate as we open a new Health and Wellness Building, begin construction on the largest new academic building in the University’s history, unveil the newly renovated Edgerton Center art gallery and patio and expand our presence in Stamford with a new loca-
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tion and new courses for our Graduate Center there.” A special logo has also been developed to commemorate Sacred Heart’s Golden Jubilee. It can be seen on all announcements, posters, programs, invitations, etc. that are related to the festivities. “We welcome everyone to join us in our 50th anniversary festivities,” Petillo concluded. For a complete list of events, which will be updated as more plans are made, please go to: www.sacredheart.edu/aboutshu/50thanniversarycelebration/calendarofevents/.
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE The Salt Center-University of Arizona
Marymount Manhattan College
Tucson, AZ In the United States, students with learning and attention differences are enrolling in college at a higher rate every year. Sadly, as many as two thirds of those students will not make it to graduation. Those who do usually have to transfer from school to school, trying to ﬁnd the best ﬁt for academic support. This grim statistic does not hold water at the University of Arizona–2 out of 3 students who utilize SALT Center services graduate from the University of Arizona, and they do it without having to transfer to another institution. The SALT Center model drastically reduces the drop-out rate for college students who struggle with learning and attention challenges. The SALT Center at the University of Arizona offers comprehensive learning support services to students who learn differently. Each student works with a Strategic Learning Specialist for one-on-one support with organizational skills, time management, and other elements of executive function. Our Tutoring Services give students the tools they need to achieve academic success across a variety of subjects. Our Computer Resource Lab provides students with cutting-edge assistive technology. Long hailed as a national model, the SALT Center was recently recognized at the international level, cited as the leading program for comprehensive academic support for students with learning differences in the world. The SALT Center’s UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA vision is simple, yet ambitious–to help students with learning and attention challenges ﬁnd their place and their purpose. The journey of selfrealization is a daunting process for anyone, but, for students who learn differently, it often feels impossible. However, when it comes to helping students match their majors with their passions, and preparing them for post-collegiate success, the SALT Center team is second to none. The SALT Center recently launched a new, stand-alone service designed to enhance learning for students across the globe: Life & AD/HD Coaching. Coaching is a partnership that increases self-awareness and encourages goal-directed behaviors to maximize personal potential. Life Coaching is designed for students who beneﬁt from the support, structure, and accountability coaches provide in this partnership. AD/HD Coaching is designed to meet the needs of students who struggle with attention deﬁcit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), attention deﬁcit disorder (ADD) and executive functioning disorders. SALT Center Coaching serves pre-college and college students throughout the world. Depending on their location, students can choose to meet with their coach in person, over the phone, or online. If you are interested in our Coaching services, please visit: www.salt.arizona.edu/services/life-adhd-coaching, or contact Rudy Molina at email@example.com. For more information about the SALT Center, go to www.salt.arizona.edu.
New York, NY Where do biologists and dancers ﬁnd inspiration? At Marymount Manhattan College, students ﬁnd it in every facet of life. Here, the personal approach of a small private college connects with a cosmopolitan college experience in the world’s greatest metropolis. Within an inclusive and supportive learning environment, students acquire the intellectual, social and moral qualities to succeed in art, business, and in life. With a hands-on approach and depth of practice across disciplines, education at Marymount goes beyond a liberal arts foundation. By placing their creativity in context, Marymount Manhattan students acquire a mastery of their talents that is immediately applicable to opportunities in New York City and the world at large. An MMC education is yours to customize. Our programs in the performing, creative, and liberal arts offer ample opportunities for independent and collaborative projects. Craft your own course of study and learn in small classes with teachers who know both your name and your professional goals. With a student-teacher ratio of 12:1, MMC fosters the intellectual and creative partnerships that students will take with them wherever they go. Whatever your concentration, you’ll receive one of the ﬁnest liberal arts educations in New York City with boundless opportunities to travel, research, intern, create, and excel in every ﬁeld from communication and business to speech pathology and the performing arts. Every student’s experience is as unique as the friends they make here and no two paths are ever the same. In our midtown residence hall, you’ll be at the center of it all—living alongside students from 48 states and around the world in an environment as diverse as New York City itself. At other colleges, students hang out on the quad between classes; at MMC, our quad is Central Park and the city is your classroom. So imagine yourself at Marymount Manhattan College. Be bold. Be different. In other words, be yourself. While your academic performance is important, we consider all of your strengths and talents. So tell us everything. We’re listening. And with rolling admissions, we’re ready when you are. Find out all you can achieve when you put creativity in context. Explore our redesigned website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Marymount Manhattan College 221 E. 71st Street | New York, NY 10021 Visit us at www.mmm.edu or call 1-800-MARYMOUNT.
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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 SAINT MICHAEL’S COLLEGE spirit of Saint Michael’s College. And life-long friendships are formed in this welcoming 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.
SUMMER PROGRAMS Where There Be Dragons In the days before the world had been fully charted, mapmakers would draw dragons to represent the lands that were still unknown. Bold explorers who ventured beyond the map’s edge were said to go “where there be dragons.” There are still people who live for this type of adventure. Who live in search of the meaning and mysticism that accompany adventures into the unknown. If you are one of them, come join us. We run programs for people like you. Founded in 1993, Where There Be Dragons is now recognized as the leader in cross-cultural education. We specialize in guiding summer and semester programs for high school and college students in 17 countries in the developing world. Each Dragons course is carefully crafted to cultivate global citizenship, leadership, and self-awareness within our students. If we succeed, we believe that Dragons students will return home better prepared to be leaders in thought, leaders in action, and most of all, leaders at heart. How do we travel? At Dragons, we are travelers, not tourists. We travel in small groups, with 3 expert instructors and 12 students, maintaining a 4:1 studentto-instructor ratio. Traveling in a small group allows each course to follow a ﬂexible itinerary and prioritize low-impact cultural engagement. This means that we don’t take any shortcuts. When we travel, we pile into ox carts, paddle dugout canoes, and sleep on overnight trains. When we arrive in a new community, we live with homestay families and taste new foods, study a foreign language, and take bucket showers. We push ourselves to fully embrace a new way of life. And in doing so, we gain perspective on our lives at home, as well as ﬁrsthand insight into the myriad of issues that communities face in the developing world. What makes Dragons different? Dragons’ biggest asset is our instructors. Dragons instructors are professional educators. They come to us with a background in education, international development, or with country-speciﬁc expertise. With over 200,000 days of combined ﬁeld experience, our instructors leverage their skillset and in-country contacts to design physically challenging, culturally relevant experiences. Each course is built around 9 program components to ensure a consistent core curriculum, and then tailored to meet the teams’ speciﬁc strengths. By putting our instructors at the center of the course design process, we encourage creativity, innovation, and empowered leadership in the ﬁeld. Every Dragons course follows a different map. Every Dragons student explores uncharted territory. Come join us for your next adventure. www.whereetherebedragons.com. WHERE THERE BE DRAGONS
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Rustic Pathways
Global Works | Travel with Purpose
30 years of the ﬁnest travel programs in the world With 30 years of experience, Rustic Pathways is a global leader in designing superior quality community service, education, and adventure programs. We believe travel is a critical component of any global education, and we pride ourselves in creating unforgettable adventures that are fun, safe, inspiring, and educational. Our extensive year-round operations, and top-notch country directors and global staff allow us to offer unmatched travel experiences. Rustic Pathways students do not merely visit a new country; they immerse themselves in the villages and homes of our local staff, they work with community members on service projects designed to ﬁt needs of that particular community, and they form lasting friendships with like-minded peers from around the world. With over 90 programs in 17 countries, Rustic Pathways has programs for the ﬁrst-time traveler, the community service enthusiast, the thrill-seeker, or any student looking to immerse him or herself in a new culture. While most of our programs involve community service, we offer Spanish and Chinese language programs, photography workshops, pure adventure trips and more. From working with elephants in northern Thailand, to riding horseback across the steppes of Mongolia, to learning cultural traditions of indigenous tribes in Costa Rica, to teaching school children in Tanzania, we have a program for every student’s interests. At Rustic Pathways, we believe in creating positive RUSTIC PATHWAYS energy and making a positive impact on our students, staff, and communities we serve. We meticulously design each of our programs in a way that provides a transformative experience for our students, one that will challenge and expand their opinions, perspectives, and worldviews. Our programs prepare students to succeed in a globalized society and they also allow students to build character and discover the great reward of stepping out of their comfort zones and trying something new. We understand that choosing a travel program is a big decision – that’s why we’re here to support you and answer any questions you may have. We will be hosting multiple family nights on the East Coast throughout the year and are happy to have our staff meet with you personally to talk about our programs and the Rustic Pathways experience. To ﬁnd out about upcoming Family Nights, request a catalog, or schedule a home visit, please visit us at www.rusticpathways.com or facebook.com/ rusticpathways. You can also contact us by phone at 800.321.4353 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Service Trips for Students and Groups For over twenty-four GLOBAL WORKS years, Global Works has been an industry leader in community servicebased adventure travel programs for students and groups. Our educational, “student ﬁrst” approach beneﬁts our participants by building independence, self-conﬁdence, and leadership skills. Much more than a vacation, Global Works programs are the bridge for meaningful cultural exchange with people around the world. We travel to over twenty countries and take students to visit three to ﬁve different communities on each trip, providing a cross-section of cultures and environments—from rural villages to capital cities. Community service projects are an integral part of every Global Works trip and students can earn up to 70 community service hours. We offer three types of experiences—cultural exchange, language immersion, and focus programs—including trips specializing in Pre-Business and Pre-Med. In all of our locations and for all of our programs, we partner with communities and organizations to select and implement grassroots service projects that make a lasting impact. Our philosophy is to work WITH a village, not for a village. In this ever-evolving, interdependent world, international education and experience are becoming more essential. Global Works has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most professional and wellorganized student travel operations. With so many returning staff (about 70% each year), our staff leadership is one of our greatest strengths. We want students to enjoy the summer, while also gaining the skills necessary to succeed in their future educational pursuits and develop a greater sense of ‘self ’ as global citizens. Global Works excels at providing students with a well-supervised and seamlessly planned environment to explore new cultures and get out of their comfort zones through adventure activities. Our students discover how other communities live, interrelate, and achieve happiness—often without the luxuries we take for granted. If you are a student who is looking for fun and adventure and you want to be a spark for social change in the world, let Global Works be your guide. We hope you will join us, along with the many thousands of students and parents who have recognized the value and signiﬁcance of a Global Works travel experience. We appreciate the investment you are making and promise an unwavering and unmatched commitment to high-quality, safety-conscious, moving travel programs. Please contact us at 303-545-2202, email@example.com, www.globalworkstravel.com, and www.facebook.com/globalworks, @globalworkstravel, #globalworkstravel
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE 360° Student Travel by Westcoast Connection
Are you ready to take a step in a new direction this summer? 360° Student Travel by Westcoast Connection offers 5 program types in 21 countries. Travel, volunteer, photograph the world, improve your language skills or get a taste of college life. Whichever program type you choose, you are in for a summer that is enjoyable as well as rewarding. Trip members experience unique cultures and new adventures that encourage self-development, group bonding, and an unparalleled sense of discovery. Pre-College Enrichment Are you ready for a taste of college life? These programs offer the perfect balance of study, cultural immersion, and touring highlights. You will have the unique opportunity to study at internationally renowned schools while living in the heart of Barcelona or Florence. You’ll hope your college experience will be this unforgettable! Language Programs ¿Quiere aprender Español? Whether you choose a program with classroom instruction or one that immerses you in the local culture, your conversational skills will improve. This is all in addition to rappelling down waterfalls and zip lining in Costa Rica, sampling tapas in Spain, or marveling at Machu Picchu in Peru. Community Service Do you want to improve the world and have fun doing it? Groups embark on signiﬁcant service projects in 5 countries and here at home. Whether making repairs to local schools with the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation or teaching children to read WESTCOAST CONNECTION at the Boys & Girls Clubs, you will be working with well-established organizations and giving back to communities in need. Global Adventures What is your inspiration to travel? Enjoy a small group experience ﬁlled with challenging adventures in Western Canada or New Zealand. Develop your photography skills in Italy, France or Costa Rica. Discover yourself while visiting the fascinating cultures of Europe. These adventures will leave you with unforgettable memories and lifelong friends. Active Teen Tours Just how much fun and excitement can you have in one summer? Whether you are bobsledding down the Olympic track in Calgary, surfing the Paciﬁc, SCUBA diving at the Great Barrier Reef, or whitewater rafting in the French Alps, you are in for the best summer ever! Spring Break Trips Want to join a teen Spring Break community service program in Costa Rica? No need to wait for summer to get started! Family Vacations What are you doing next December holiday break? 360° Family Vacations by Westcoast Connection offers guided trips to Costa Rica, Ecuador & the Galapagos, Peru or South Africa for a family vacation of a lifetime. For more information, call 800-767-0227 or visit: www.360studenttravel.com.
For 21+ years, SUMMER STUDY PROGRAMS has offered high school students the opportunity to experience college life in a controlled and supervised environment. The “Total Pre-Collegiate Experience” at PENN STATE UNIVERSITY, THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER, FORDHAM UNIVERSITY (NEW YORK CITY) and THE SORBONNE (PARIS) offers a wide variety of college-credit courses, enrichment classes, the Princeton Review SAT Prep Course, TOEFL assistance, daily sporting events, intensive sports clinics, special events, cultural excursions, evening activities, weekend trips and more!... ALL INCLUDED WITH YOUR TUITION! Summer Study Programs offers students (completing grades 9 - 12) the opportunity to undergo a gradual transition into college life in a “non-pressured” summertime atmosphere while making life-long friendships from around the world. SUMMER STUDY AT PENN STATE UNIVERSITY: Students are able to choose from 55+ courses, including Fashion, Sports Figures in Society, Health and Wellness, Law, Business, Psychology, Public Relations, Engineering, Architecture, Writing, Community Service, The Princeton Review, and more! All students have full use of our state-of-the-art Penn State athletic and recreational facilities. Each day of the program, students are able to take advantage of the “Ultimate College Town,” and participate in organized outings and activities. Weekends are generally spent off campus visiting other colleges and universities to help in the college decisionmaking process. (Programs range from 2 - 6 ½ weeks.) SUMMER STUDY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER: The 5, 3, or 2-week program at CU Boulder similarly combines academically challenging courses with the sports, recreation, and outdoor adventure available only on a Rocky Mountain campus. Weekends are spent visiting Vail, Breckenridge, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Springs, Pike’s Peak, Denver and more! SUMMER STUDY AT FORDHAM UNIVERSITY (NEW YORK CITY): Summer Study in NYC ofSUMMER STUDY fers students the opportunity to experience the most visited city in the USA in a 3 ½ week period. Students are able to take different classes, while sightseeing every morning, evening, and weekend of the program. SUMMER STUDY AT FORDHAM UNIVERSITY (PARIS): A 5 or 3-week program is available for student with or without prior knowledge of the French language. All staff members are bilingual and are always available to help. Our unique residential accommodations in an all-suites hotel enable students to live comfortably during the summertime and relax when not participating in daily excursions. For French enthusiasts… a French Immersion option is available to those that are interested. For complete program details, visit: www.SummerStudy.com. RUSTIC PATHWAYS
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE The Cooper Union
Summer @ UChicago:
Albert Nerken School of Engineering Summer STEM Program New York, NY New York City is positioning itself as a leader in engineering innovation and has seen a dramatic rise in tech startups in just the past year. The Albert Nerken School of Engineering at the Cooper Union has been preparing high school students to pursue undergraduate careers in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics (STEM) ﬁelds for over 25 years. The Summer STEM Program is an intensive, six-week experience that immerses students in hands-on engineering design and problemsolving, thereby placing students on the right track for careers in technological innovation. Students work closely with Cooper Union faculty at the forefront of engineering education. Projects range broadly and include ro-
Chicago, IL In the Astronomy department, a group of high school students work with a professor to collect data from a robotic telescope and analyze it to test the theory of stellar structure. Meanwhile, in the galleries of the Oriental Institute, another group of high school students translate hieroglyphic inscriptions from actual ancient Egyptian artifacts. Elsewhere on campus, other high school students are using an electron microscope as part of a small-group research project in microbiology, crunching code in a computer science lab, or discussing the philosophical basis for the modern concept of human rights in an undergraduate seminar. It’s all just another day for participants in the University of Chicago’s Summer Programs for High School Students. Every year, high school students come from all over the country and around the world to take advantage of the unique resources and character of the University of Chicago. These students get the opportunity to be a part of the tradition of rigorous inquiry that has been the incubator for over 85 Nobel Prize winners. In the words of one past participant, “The emphasis on truly learning rather than just getting good grades completely won me over. It’s a wonderful atmosphere.” With programs and courses studying ﬁelds ranging from the biological and physical sciences to art history, literature, sociology, and more, students can pursue their current intellectual passions or discover new ones. When they are not in class, students can relax in one of the lightﬁlled lounges in the modern South Campus Residential Commons or on a bench surrounded by the Neo-Gothic splendor of the Main Quad. Past participants have found the campus “easy to get around and beautiful,” and quickly feel at home. Students can also explore all that the city has to offer, such as world-class museums, lakefront beaches and parks, and outdoor music festivals and street fairs. Current UChicago students make up the residential staff, living alongside the students and helping them make the transition to UChicago life through planned activities, friendly supervision, and advice based on personal experience. In addition to campus-based programs, UChicago also offers high school students the chance to work behind the scenes and in the ﬁeld with the Field Museum’s paleontologists, and to study classical Greek drama in the country that gave it birth. Whether on or off-campus, students are sure to ﬁnd, as one past participant did, that a UChicago summer is “truly life changing.” Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, 1427 E. 60th Street, Chicago, IL. www.summer.uchicago.edu/highschool/programs.
THE COOPER UNION
botics, digital fabrication, computer programming and app development, biomedical and genetic engineering, improved urban infrastructure, and even racecar design. Faculty and teaching assistants from the departments of civil, chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering provide students with foundational knowledge and expert guidance to address real-world problems in their respective disciplines of expertise. Students also attend workshops on oral presentation skills, technical writing, career counseling, and college admissions. They are given access to Cooper Union’s library resources, computer facilities, and laboratories to perform their research, design, analysis, and prototyping. Typically, projects include at least one ﬁeld trip to a local museum, exhibition, or gallery to enhance the students’ experience. This program culminates with each group submitting a technical paper summarizing their research and presenting their work to an audience of invited guests. To recognize their successful completion of the program students will receive a certiﬁcate of achievement from the Albert Nerken School of Engineering. Program Timing: July 7th – August 14th, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday-Thursday. Eligibility: Current high school sophomores and juniors spending the summer in the Greater NYC area. Find out more at: www.summer-stem.cooper.edu. Contact us with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-353-4288.
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School Exeter, NH Every summer, Phillips Exeter Academy welcomes to campus more than 780 students for ﬁve weeks of academic study, athletics, and exploration that carry participants far beyond the classrooms and the playing ﬁelds. Typically, students come to us from more than 40 states, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., and several dozen foreign nations. Together they embody a rich diversity of language, culture, religion, and race. The UPPER SCHOOL offers a challenging academic experience for students who have completed grades 9, 10, 11, or 12. As an UPPER PHILLIPS EXETER ACADEMY SUMMER SCHOOL
SCHOOL student, you will be part of a richly international community in which students design their own programs of study by selecting courses from the more than 100 offered by the Academy. In shaping your own academic program, you have an opportunity to expand your intellectual horizons. Perhaps, you’ll want to strengthen your background in mathematics or science? Or, you’ll want to try your hand at the potter’s wheel or learn the fundamentals of architecture; maybe you’ll try a new language: Arabic or Chinese. Or maybe you’ll want to step onto the stage or help design lighting or sets for dramatic productions. Your course selections should include a Harkness class, a course rooted in seminar discussions in which students engage one another in thoughtful, deliberative discourse. ACCESS EXETER offers students who have completed grades 7 or 8 access to a wide range of resources available at Phillips Exeter Academy. As participants you will share in a partnership of cooperative learning and sharpen your skills of observation and expression. The ACCESS EXETER curriculum consists of six academic clusters. Each cluster consists of three courses organized around a central theme. Each cluster will include an off-campus trip related to the topic of study midway through the session. You’ll choose to participate in one of six clusters: Project Exeter: A Greener Earth; The Land and the Sea; Problem-Solving: An Odyssey of the Mind; A Global Community; The Creative Arts: Let Your Spirit Soar; Exeter C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation. The Summer School grants students great freedom in deﬁning their own programs of study. They will work with highly experienced, dedicated teachers and have full access to the Academy campus. If you are a serious student, intellectually curious, creative, eager to embrace new challenges and opportunities, then Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School may be a program for you. www.exeter.edu/summer
Junior Statesmen of America (JSA) Summer Programs Since 1941, the Junior Statesmen Foundation has been educating high school students about leadership and active civic engagement. With more than 75 years of experience in leadership development, alumni of JSA’s pre-college summer programs have gone on to distinguished careers as Cabinet Secretaries, White House staff, elected ofﬁcials, educators and leaders in the world of ﬁnance. JSA Summer Programs provide an outstanding and enriched learning environment where high-achieving high school students come together to create a unique and supportive academic village. Students from all over the world attend the programs and if politics is your passion, JSA Summer Programs are the place for you. The programs are structured to develop your knowledge of politics, leadership and history, your ability to speak and write persuasively and your appreciation for intellectual and ethical principles. The academic coursework at JSA Summer Programs is augmented with interactive, student-run activities and simulations so that students graduate from the program with increased conﬁdence, an expanded knowledge base and a heightened sense of civic responsibility. Students live in college dormitories, eat in dinning halls, and experience college life while making friends they will have for a lifetime. JSA Summer Programs ofﬁce a wide variety of programs which include 3 to 4 week Summer School at some of the nation’s preeminent universities – Princeton, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Virginia (UVA), as well as 3 to 4 day Summer Institutes which focus on today’s most important political issues. Additionally, in Presidential Election years, JSA conducts their Presidential Election Symposium, which offers students the opportunity to experience the excitement of the Democratic and Republican presidential nominating conventions. For those students interested in an international study abroad experience, JSA has the JSA Diplomat Program, which is conducted in Beijing, China and offers students the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese, as well as taking a course in Chinese History and Culture and using Beijing, and trips to the historic cities of Xian and Shanghai, as well as to sites like the Forbidden City and the Great Wall as experiential supplements to their classroom coursework. The JSA Summer School programs are academically rigorous and students complete a full semester’s worth of academic coursework. The College Board has certiﬁed JSA as an ofﬁcial provider of Advanced JSA Placement courses and JSA Summer Schools offer a variety of AP courses such as AP U.S. History, AP U.S. Government & Politics and AP Macroeconomics. Additionally, students who may have previously completed these courses can take one of several college-level electives such as Honors International Relations, Media & Politics or Speech and Political Communication. A special Freshman Scholars Program at our JSA Summer School at Princeton offers recently graduated 8th graders to get an incredible jump-start on their high school career with special attention paid to study and writing skills while they undertake AP U.S. Government & Politics. The four-week JSA Summer School at UVA offers an in-depth study of AP U.S. History and offers students a chance to visit Jamestown, Williamsburg, Monticello and Montpelier to enhance their academic coursework. For more information about JSA Summer Programs: please visit www.jsa.org or call 800-317-9338.
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College + Summer Studies Providence, RI RISD Founded in 1877, Rhode Island School of Design (or “RIZ-dee” for the acronym RISD) is recognized as the leading college of art and design in the US and one of the premier art and design schools worldwide. The college is located in Providence, Rhode Island, which offers its own vibrant art scene and is conveniently located between two other major cultural centers: Boston and New York. Students at RISD access the institution’s remarkable resources including the one-of-a-kind Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab, RISD Museum
featuring more than 86,000 works of ﬁne and decorative art ranging from ancient times to the present and the RISD Fleet Library, recently named by as one of America’s most beautiful libraries and included in BestMastersPrograms.org’s list of “The 50 Most Amazing University Libraries in the World.” While the RISD campus offers a host of exceptional facilities, the most valuable advantage to students is access to the outstanding faculty and student body. RISD’s faculty are recognized as professional experts, as well as being exceptional educators. This background allows them to transmit their direct experience from the studio and/or industry to the classroom. Pre-College Each summer, 400+ high school students from around the world
come to RISD to immerse themselves in a comprehensive introduction to the college art school experience. Deﬁnitely not a summer arts camp, the six-week residential Pre-College program is focused, serious and challenging. Students experience the core elements of a RISD education – critical thinking and artmaking – in foundation drawing and design courses, critical studies in art, and a focused concentration in one of 20 diverse majors. Throughout the program, students are expected to maintain a high level of initiative and responsibility regarding their work and behavior. Students who come to RISD’s Pre-College program have varied backgrounds and choose the program for many reasons: to find out if the arts is the right choice for them, to further pursue their art or to build their portfolio for college applications. Most come for a RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN combination of reasons. Whatever the catalyst, students attending RISD’s Pre-College program all have one thing in common – they are passionate about art and design and are seeking an incomparable arts education and summer experience. risd.edu/precollege Summer Studies RISD’s Summer Studies Program in the visual and liberal arts encompasses a wide spectrum of interests designed to meet the needs of beginning, intermediate and advanced students. Students from nearly 100 colleges and universities, as well as working professionals interested in new and refreshing creative experiences are drawn to RISD’s vibrant artistic community. Scores of accomplished, awardwinning artists, designers and educators – including members of RISD’s degree program faculty – teach in the summer programs. Courses include introductions to ﬁne art fundamentals such as drawing and painting, as well as specialized areas of study such as architecture, industrial design and children’s book illustration. Students interested in a concentrated area of focus may choose to attend the Summer Institute for Graphic Design Studies (SIGDS) or the Textiles Summer Institute. SIGDS and the Textiles Summer Institute offer students otherwise-unavailable access to RISD’s Graphic Design and Textile Design facilities, renowned faculty and distinguished, critical approach to design. Whether augmenting current college curriculum, considering graduate studies or broadening professional skills, RISD Summer Studies offers students from around the world a unique, intense and exceptional learning experience. risd.edu/summer
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Smith College
Summer at Kimball Union Academy
Northampton, MA Smith College offers diverse summer programs for high school girls who want to pursue their academic interests, strengthen their college applications, and work alongside their college-bound peers and faculty members at one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges. Designed by Smith’s own professors and staff, the engaging curricula give students individual attention and full access to the college’s resources. Each student will leave Smith with her own unique experience of college life and the engaging, collaborative and diverse learning environment Smith excels at. Having worked closely with the college’s faculty, each student will also leave with a recommendation from a Smith professor to use in her college applications. Smith College Summer SMITH COLLEGE Programs serves approximately 250 girls each summer through high-quality programs focused on science, engineering, writing, women’s history, English language learning and U.S. culture, and environmental studies. Central to each program is a rich, highly customized learning environment that is hands-on, cooperative, investigative and challenging. Summer at Smith also gives students the opportunity to learn—and have fun—outside of the classroom. In the evenings, our students attend lectures, learn swing and salsa dancing, host spa, movie and yoga nights – and more. Smith College is situated in the heart of Northampton, an artistic, vibrant and intellectual community that is safe, welcoming and seconds from our classrooms and houses.
Meriden, NH As a traditional boarding school in a spectacular country setting, Kimball Union Academy has been preparing and inspiring students in grades 9-12 to achieve excellence since 1813. During the summer, we welcome students from all over the world to our beautiful 1300-acre campus, just twenty minutes from Dartmouth College in the picturesque village of Meriden, NH. Kimball Union partners with Dartmouth College’s Rassias Institute to help students ages 11-17 of all ability levels learn to speak French, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and English as a Second Language, or dramatically improve their ﬂuency. Based on the premise that students learn best when they are active, highly trained teachers lead them in activities, drills, songs, and stories designed to build language skills and cultural ﬂuency – all while having fun! From learning to bake with professional chefs, re-enacting the storming of the Bastille, or a foreign movie night – this is no ordinary language immersion program. When students look forward to the activities of the next day and the variety of friends they have met, the language learning is non-stop and the door to international friendships is wide open. We also offer our popular Girls’ Leadership Camp on campus each summer. This unique and transformational pre-high school summer program inspires girls entering 6th to 9th grades to reach their full potential by promoting assertive self-expression, teaching important life skills, and allowing for practice of leadership in a variety of settings. With a strong emphasis on setting goals to achieve as members of the community, school, and home, this camp will provide the tools necessary to empower young women to have a successful and rewarding year!
Young women attending our programs are overwhelmingly positive about their experiences: I mentioned in my admissions interview that I was interested in the government department, and within 3 days the head of the department had emailed me and we had scheduled a meeting just so I could learn more and she could get to know me. The overall feeling of the program was support and collaboration… The attitude is that we all have this incredible potential, and as sisters, we should be helping one another reach that potential. Parents also see a change in their daughters: Our daughter is having a great time and has gained so much conﬁdence… we can’t thank the Smith team enough! Applications open November 1, 2013, for the summer 2014 session. Because students are admitted on a rolling basis, they are encouraged to apply early. The application deadline for Summer Science and Engineering is April 11, 2014, and all other programs have a May 1, 2014 deadline, but are often full before May 1. We welcome questions and emails, so please call 413-585-2165, or email the director of non-degree programs, Sarah Craig, at email@example.com.
KIMBALL UNION ACADEMY
Our state-of-the-art facilities include classrooms outﬁtted with the latest technology, a beautiful theatre, arts studios, a welcoming Campus Center and Dining Commons, as well as comfortable residence halls. Our beautiful campus offers a myriad of opportunities for outdoor fun, including tennis courts, turf ﬁelds, an indoor ﬁeld house, and hiking and biking trails. Our location in one of Northern New England’s most popular vacation destinations makes it easy to provide participants with plenty of afternoon and weekend adventures. Kimball Union is just four and a half hours from New York City and two hours from Hartford, CT by car. Nearby bus, train, and plane terminals also link the area directly. Visit www.kua.org/summer for more information or contact Kevin Ramos-Glew at 603-469-2107. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Pre-College Programs at Brown University: Summer 2014
University of Dallas– Summer Programs in Rome
Providence, RI A True Residential College Experience Summer@Brown attracts serious college-bound students from around the world. As a student, you’ll live in a Brown University residence hall, eat at a Brown dining hall, and join your fellow students on The College Green—just as you would if you were a Brown undergradu-
In the Alban Hills just South of Rome, amid olives trees, umbrella pines, and a vineyard, the University of Dallas has a campus where it offers two courses for college credit to qualiﬁed high school students, Latin in Rome and Shakespeare in Italy. Each course devotes mornings to visiting nearby sites connected with the books that the students are reading. Afternoons and evenings are for seminars, spent discussing and interpreting these books, as would be done in small classes at the college level. The intent is to give high school students a taste of what is to come, while reading works in the locations in which they were originally set, and consequently bringing them to life in a way that cannot be duplicated at home. Latin in Rome is led by Dr. David Sweet, Chair of the Classics Department, with the assistance of other faculty and graduate students in Classics. The course reads selections from Cicero (Letters), Vergil (Georgics), Livy, Tacitus, Pliny, Suetonius, and Latin inscriptions, such as the Laudatio Turiae. Day trips are included to archaeological sites in the area of Rome, and on a ﬁve day trip to the Bay of Naples students visit Vesuvius, Pompeii, Oplontis, Sorrento, Capri, Cumae, Monte Cassino and Cicero’s home town, Arpinum, all the while reading Latin texts that illuminate these sites. Ariana McGinn, from Nightingale-Bamford School, recalls of her 2013 experience, “I thought I knew a lot of Latin but I couldn’t have imagined that I could learn so much more in three weeks and have such fun doing it.” Shakespeare in Italy is led by Dr. Gregory Roper, Chair of the English Department, with the assistance of other faculty and graduate students in English. Shakespeare was fascinated by Italy, setting one-third of his plays there. A “Gulielmus Stratfordus” stayed at the English College in Rome in the 1580’s, during the period of Shakespeare’s youth, ‘the lost years,’ when there is no record of him in England. Following the young Shakespeare to Italy, students read three of his Italian plays, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, and The Taming of the Shrew. The emphasis is not only on enabling them to read with greater insight but also to become more polished writers, and a four day trip to Padua and Venice helps them envision the lively stage in which these plays were set. For further information: email Udsummer@udallas.edu; www.udallas.edu/travel.
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ate. You will be surrounded by peers from diverse backgrounds and cultures—all sharing a passion for high-level academics and a desire to succeed at a selective institution like Brown University. A student who completes a Summer@Brown course is better prepared, more conﬁdent, and better positioned to succeed during one of the biggest transitions of his or her life: the move to college. Brown University: 250 Years of Academic Excellence Brown is known in the Ivy League for an innovative open curriculum that challenges students to be actively engaged in their own intellectual development. Summer@Brown is an opportunity to explore this stimulating learning environment. Academics are at the program’s core, with more than 300 courses in one- to seven-week sessions on campus, online and abroad. Dive deeper into a subject you love or a new area of learning you may never have considered. You will face exciting challenges and accomplish more than you can imagine. Come to Summer@Brown to experience college life, prepare for academic success, and make new friends from around the world. Brown University Continuing Education Providence, Rhode Island www.brown.edu/summer
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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE BrandeisHSP Waltham, MA Artists, thinkers, creators and adventurers – BrandeisHSP brings together exceptional high school students from around the globe for lifechanging educational experiences where participants are challenged to grow intellectually in a fun, engaging university setting. The passion of BrandeisHSP participants is matched only by our faculty and educators, who combine their deep knowledge with the reBRANDEISHSP
sources offered by Boston and Brandeis. At BrandeisHSP the campus and city become a laboratory where teens learn by doing while on a journey of discovery and creativity. As Ron H., a 2013 Genesis participant from Toronto said, “The Genesis program was a life changing experience for me… I became more aware of the life I want to live.” With ﬁve diverse programs geared towards both Jewish and non-Jewish participants, BrandeisHSP offers “life changing experiences” for any motivated high school student. At BIMA, young artists strengthen their skills and work with professional artists as part of a vibrant Jewish community. BIMA majors include: Music (Jazz, Chamber, Pop/Rock), Theatre, Visual Art, Writing, Choral Music, Dance. In Genesis, teens ask challenging questions and apply them to realworld experiences in interactive college-level courses, while experiencing the challenges and rewards of an international, pluralistic Jewish community. Genesis courses include: World Religions, Technology, Journalism, Science, Social Entrepreneurship, Gender and Sexuality. 3D Game Design participants use the Blender Game Design Platform to create their own 3D worlds and video games. Teens learn the tools to create a variety of games and see their visions come alive in vivid, interactive 3D! Mock Trial Boot Camp is an intensive week for law buffs, whether you are a serious participant in high school mock trials competitions, or just love the excitement of legal dramas and popular cases! Five days of fun leading up to a ﬁnal trial at Boston’s Federal Courthouse. Impact Boston, our service learning partnership with BBYO, returns for its ﬁfth year at Brandeis. Experience Boston in a new way with handson service work at local non-proﬁts. Are you looking for a summer of fun, growth and excitement? Then ﬁnd yourself this summer at BrandeisHSP. www.brandeis.edu/highschool
Pre-College Program at Skidmore College Summer 2014 Saratoga Springs, NY Try college on before taking college on How can you anticipate what you haven’t yet experienced? Skidmore’s prestigious Pre-College Program in the Liberal and Studio Arts has been preparing talented high school students for college success for more than forty years. High-achieving sophomores, juniors, and seniors from across the country and around the world travel to our Saratoga Springs campus each summer to take part in Skidmore’s ﬁve-week Pre-College Program. Students engage in college-level study in the liberal and studio arts amid a beautiful upstate New York campus setting. Prepare for college success In Skidmore’s Pre-College Program, high school students earn college credit while studying alongside college students. They work with Skidmore’s nationally recognized faculty and visiting artists and enjoy access to the College’s state-of-the-art facilities and resources. Do your interests range from math to studio art, psychology to English, economics to religion? Skidmore’s unique curriculum allows students to take either two liberal arts courses, two studio art courses, or one of each. Choose a class in an area where your strengths lie, or delve into an unexplored subject to challenge your perceptions and discover new ﬁelds of knowledge. Live and learn at Skidmore At Skidmore, high school students can imagine their futures while living together, cultivating new friendships, and discovering the right balance between work and fun. A carefully selected and trained residential staff lives with Pre-College students in their own private residence hall. The residential life program, designed to support and complement academic and artistic endeavors, ensures that students’ social lives are every bit as exhilarating as their intellectual lives. Skidmore College is a highly selective, independent liberal arts college known for outstanding academics, a rich co-curricular life, and its historic resort town setting. On Skidmore’s lively summer campus Pre-College students not only learn together with high school peers and college students, but they also have the chance to meet visiting students and participants from other programs as well. They are invited to take active part in the special workshops, visiting artist lectures, and gallery talks sponsored by Skidmore’s Summer Studio Art Program and the nightly readings by renowned writers of the New York State Summer Writers Institute. Skidmore’s summer campus hosts many other concerts, lectures, events, and weekend activities, and just steps away is Saratoga Springs’ dynamic cultural and arts scene. Find out for yourself why Skidmore Pre-College alumni describe the program as challenging, fun, enlightening, life-changing, mind-altering, motivational, experimental, adventurous, to name just a few. Come spend July with us and discover your future. Skidmore Pre-College Program, Saratoga Springs, New York. www.skidmore.edu/pre-college. SKIDMORE COLLEGE
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE 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 range of what this epidemic is and what it is going to take to come up with real, wide scope 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 WELLSPRING NEW YORK
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 for 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.
Eagle Hill School Greenwich, CT SUMMER PROGRAMS AT EAGLE HILL SCHOOL PROVIDE TOOLS FOR FUTURE SUCCESS Abby Hanrahan, former Director of the Summer Remedial Program at Eagle Hill School (EHS), was standing in front of students and parents as she welcomed them to the 2013 session. As she spoke, she brought out an assortment of materials and explained that she wanted to build a birdhouse. The saw was enormous and the selection of supplies seemed odd. A teacher brought her a smaller saw. Someone else asked if Abby had a plan. It became clear that Abby was using this analogy to illustrate to her young charges the concept of needing tools to be successful, and that learning is a process that requires the help of others. Thus began one of the best total language summer programs in Fairﬁeld County for children ages six to 11 with learning disabilities. The Summer Remedial Program at Eagle Hill has been in place for more than 30 years. At the heart of the program is an intense schedule of academic instruction based on diagnosed needs, and taught primarily by EHS faculty members. From late June to early August, the students spend four hours every week day in classes that include a language tutorial plus four additional subject areas (e.g. math, spelling, writing, oral language, study skills, literature). A parent interview prior to their acceptance, with additional supporting documents if required, allows the admissions team to place each student in the classes that will best ensure optimal learning. Students leave with speciﬁc learning strategies for their next school year. For students entering grades six to nine, the Summer Middle School Workshops provide a combination of direct and individualized instruction plus group work in study skills, writing, mathematics, and summer reading comprehension. In these two-week long, two-hour morning classes, students are grouped by skills, often determined by a math or writing pre-assessment. Co-Directors Tracy Cone and Casey Wilkinson explain that “these workshops are not remedial so much as focused on providing instruction and extra help in a speciﬁc area. The tools that the
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students learn in just two weeks will stay with them forever.” As with all programs at EHS, learning is multi-sensory, students are grouped according to skills rather than grade level, and there is a speciﬁc focus on ﬁnding innovative methods to encourage learning. An Extended Afternoon Program for students ages 6-11 provides a camp-like afternoon of indoor/outdoor activities and social play. Visit: www.eaglehillschool.org/summer-programs. 45 Glenville Rd, Greenwich, CT 06831.
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Fordham University Summer Session
Stanford Summer Session
More than 200 courses on three NY campuses
Stanford, CA Stanford Summer Session admits talented, intellectually curious students to our program (Stanford’s fourth academic quarter in the summer), and we encourage them to think differently about learning, their communities, and the world. Undergraduate and graduate students from around the world are invited to enroll in courses and earn college credit at one of the most competitive universities in the United States. Students in our program build their own schedules from more than 175 courses offered in 35 departments within the schools of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Engineering. Courses offered feature accessible instructors, small class size, and a diverse student body.
Bronx, Manhattan, Westchester Fordham University invites visiting college students and high school seniors to catch up or get ahead this summer. Achieve your academic goals with day and evening classes in three convenient locations, affordable tuition rates, and top-tier instruction for easy course transfer. Trying to gain experience through an internship? Fordham’s Summer in the City Internship Program helps students to secure New York internships, receive credit, FORDHAM UNIVERSITY and make the most of their positions with valuable career guidance. Need to fulﬁll pre-med prerequisites? Fordham’s extensive offerings in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics allow students to stay on track for graduate or medical school applications. Did you switch or add a major? Core and advanced classes in every discipline help students to catch up on requirements so they can graduate on time. Special programs include the Fordham Musical Theatre Summer Intensive, a ﬁve-week program offered by Fordham’s renowned theatre department for actors who want to pursue their passion in a city equally passionate about the craft–New York. The curriculum includes intensive training in musical theatre, vocal technique, dance, acting, and theatre games; classwork is brought to life by weekly attendance of Broadway, off-Broadway, and off-off Broadway theatre performances. New this summer: a two-course sequence in Humanitarian Action. Fordham has long been a world leader in the academic study of humanitarianism and in professionalizing aid work. Designed to give students a practical and theoretical introduction to humanitarian action, these courses are ideal for those who wish to pursue careers in international NGO work; healthcare, particularly global healthcare; international affairs, including the State Department, United Nations, and USAID; and human rights and international law. Pre-College Program Getting serious about getting into college? Consider the advantages of taking a class at Fordham University this summer: Gain real college experience in the classroom and beyond so that you can choose the right school for you next year. Make contacts with students, professors, and administrators for advice and guidance. Earn transferable credits toward your college degree. Learn something new while strengthening your college applications. This program is for high school seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
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Apply online today: www.summer.stanford.edu. Stanford Summer Session program dates: Saturday, June 21 - Sunday, August 17, 2014. Contact Information: Stanford Summer Session Stanford University Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.summer.stanford.edu Tel: 1.650.723.3109 Fax: 1.650.725.6080
Think Summer, Think Fordham. To learn more, call 718-817-4665 or visit www.fordham.edu/summer.
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Institute for Applied Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Technical College Randolph Center, VT Spend the summer in the Green Mountain State with the Institute for Applied Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Technical College. Participate in the “Summer of Food” and learn about the science, food safety, food production and business aspects of agriculture. This unique experience will expose you to the many facets of farm life where you will learn skills and techniques directly applicable to operating a successful farm business or food enterprise. The “Summer of Food” includes the Summer Diversiﬁed Agriculture Program, an intensive study of sustainable agriculture methods backed VERMONT TECHNICAL COLLEGE
by science. The program offers hands-on, practical experiences in business management planning, vegetable and fruit crop management as well as poultry and dairy husbandry. During this eight week program students have the opportunity to earn three credits in Agriculture Techniques and three credits in Vegetable Crop Management and also participate in several service learning opportunities at farms around the state of Vermont. Participants in the program can earn certiﬁcates in Milking, Basic Tractor Cultivation and Maintenance, Poultry Husbandry, Dairy Husbandry, Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management and Vegetable Harvesting and Processing. The Summer Diversiﬁed Agriculture Program will run from June 16th through August 8, 2014, and is based at Vermont Tech’s campus in Randolph Center, Vermont. The program is open to high school, college and adult learners. In addition to the Summer Diversiﬁed Agriculture Program, the Institute will be offering short courses in other areas of agriculture and food production such as cheese making, brewing, viticulture, bees and honey, beef production and meat cutting, to name a few. These and other short course opportunities in agriculture will continue into the fall of 2014 and beyond. To learn more about the Summer Diversiﬁed Agriculture Program and the other courses the Institute for Applied Agriculture and Food Systems will offer in 2014, please visit www.vtc.edu/agricultureinstitute or contact Molly Willard, Agricultural Training & Market Garden Project Manager, at (802) 535-5315 or email@example.com.
SUMMERFUEL Summerfuel in Florence is an extraordinary summer study abroad experience for high school students in one of Europe’s most elegant and fashionable cities. Florence is the spectacular city of the Renaissance, and synonymous with high culture and sophistication. Students live in a historic 15th century Medici Palazzo in the Oltrarno district adjacent to the Boboli Gardens. Surrounded by the beautiful countryside of Tuscany, the historic is everywhere. From the street vendors gathering on the Ponte Vecchio to the wonders in the Ufizzi, and the hills of Chianti across the river, Florence is an exciting place to live and study, and our students quickly feel at home in this magnificent setting. Over the last twelve years Summerfuel in Florence has established itself as the preeminent Italian cultural immersion program by offering a select group of high school students a unique hands-on introduction to Italy’s art, culture, food and language. The program combines active, ﬁeld-based learning, extracurricular activities and weekend excursions throughout Tuscany as well as a four-day optional extension trip to Rome at the end of the course. A brilliant and unparalleled team of world-class artists, historians and university professors opens the eyes, ears and minds of our students to many aspects of Italian culture. Students discover new interests in one of the most beautiful and culturally rich settings in the world. Florence becomes the classroom, as students experience the Italian language, food and culture in an engaging study abroad experience. Your Florentine education will develop through both your courses and through your day-to-day experience of this exceptional city. Getting to know the city of Florence is an essential part of the experience. Summerfuel classes take SUMMERFUEL place at Palazzi, a prestigious international university located in the heart of the city. Sample courses include Italian Language, Italian Cooking, Fashion Design, Art History, International Relations, Photography and Architecture. Classes are supplemented by daily activities designed to help students fully experience cultural life in Florence, while enjoying a fun, relaxing summer with new friends. Under the guidance of our experienced staff you will participate in private tours of some of the city’s most important museums, galleries, palaces and more. Of course there will be ample free time to enhance your cultural immersion with independent exploration as well as sports, movies, concerts, food tastings, dancing and more. Summerfuel in Florence provides a uniquely authentic insight into Florentine life that goes far beyond the limits of tourism. For more information, visit: www.summerfuel.com or call 1-800/752-2250.
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE The Rosetta Institute
Pre-College Summer Enrichment Programs at WPI
San Jose, CA The Rosetta Institute is an independently funded biomedical research institute that offers summer workshops on molecular biology for high achieving high school students interested in pursuing a career in medicine or related ﬁelds, such as pharmacy, nursing, biomedical research or pharmaceutical development. Taught by professional scientists with advanced degrees, the two-week residential workshops (Molecular Biology of Cancer and Molecular Neuroscience) are held at the University of California-Berkeley, Yale University and the University of California-Los Angeles. Through engaging lectures and hands-on laboratory classes, students learn normal molecular and cellular biology, and then learn how these normal processes are distorted during the development of cancer. The Molecular Neuroscience workshop is structured in a similar manner: lessons on normal molecular biology are used as a framework from which to understand the intricacies of normal THE ROSETTA INSTITUTE and pathologic neurobiology at the molecular level. The laboratory portion of the workshops teaches real-world molecular biology techniques using authentic samples from research that is currently being conducted at the Institute. These exercises provide valuable job experience that can be used to secure popular and competitive research assistant positions that are available to pre-med students during their undergraduate studies. In addition, there are a limited number of positions available for former workshop attendees to conduct research at the Institute after the conclusion of the workshops. To conclude the workshops, the students conduct independent computer research on a gene of their choosing to determine the normal role of the gene and the role of the gene in the development of cancer or neurological disease, and then investigate how researchers use this information to target the gene therapeutically. Students who attend our workshops make friends from around the nation and around the world… but these aren’t just friends in the traditional sense, they’re friends who share similar professional interests and goals who become personal and professional conﬁdants throughout the undergraduate experience and beyond. In addition, our students get a feel for college dorm life in a safe environment and experience college-level curriculum in a low-stress environment. These experiences strengthen academic skills, and help to ease the transition from high school to college. Finally, we teach our students how to ask the important questions, and how to answer these questions in a systematic and scientiﬁc way. In other words, we teach problem solving, and that is a skill that will be valuable throughout their life, in any profession. Questions? Contact the founder and CEO of the Rosetta Institute, Ryan Holzer, PhD at firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-205-7479.
What are you doing this summer? How about spending a few weeks on a classic New England campus with its beautiful architecture, picturesque landscape, and ivy-covered walls? WPI is the kind of place where you can’t help but feel inspired. Explore new subjects and get hands-on experience in science, engineering, and technology using our cutting-edge equipment and labs. Connect with other students who are just like you, and have fun. At WPI, we believe in the power of our students to make an impact Our undergraduates do much more than study science and technology in the classroom and lab. They delve into the arts and humanities and complete projects destined to make a difference in the world. As one of the nation’s ﬁrst technological universities, founded in 1865, our curriculum, like our students, continues to be both innovative and practical. Small classes, ﬂexibility, and one-on-one interaction with professors at the top of their ﬁelds make learning at WPI an experience unlike any other. Our goal is to give you a taste of the WPI experience and leave you wanting more Frontiers, WPI’s ﬂagship summer program, offers rising juniors and seniors a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Imagine spending the summer splicing DNA or designing a robot. Or creating your own multimedia web pages, or exploring ﬂight. Choose from a wide range of areas of study: Aerospace engineering Biology and biotechnology WPI Biomedical engineering Chemistry/biochemistry Civil and environmental engineering Computer science Electrical and computer engineering Environmental and sustainability studies Interactive media and game development Mechanical engineering Physics Robotics Women’s Leadership Explore innovations in these ﬁelds from WPI faculty and grad students and gain experience using cutting-edge technology. Dive into the arts as well Rounding out the academic experience are Humanities and Arts workshops in areas such as writing, art, music, speech, history, digital painting, cinematic storytelling, international studies, law, psychology, and theatre. A full schedule of activities, including evening workshops, ﬁeld trips, movies, live performances, and just-for-fun evening activities will ensure that your stay at WPI is more than just an academic experience. This two-week residential program for juniors and seniors gives you an excellent opportunity to meet the current WPI students and interact with other participants from across the nation and around the globe. To learn more about the program or to apply, visit www.wpi.edu/+frontiers. WPI Summer Programs also offers a wide variety of day and overnight experiences that focus on engineering, leadership for young women, game design, entrepreneurship, sports, and more. Middle school as well as high school students will ﬁnd enjoyment—and learning—in these creative, enriching, and challenging topics. Learn more at www.go.wpi.edu/summer. 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA. 508/831-5000. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE The University of Vermont Burlington, VT This is your summer as a high school student… to experience college, get an academic edge, travel abroad – the list goes on. College Courses Take one or more of the 100+ UVM courses offered at 50% off regular tuition rates while earning college credits. Vermont students may take one tuition-free course through the dual enrollment program. $10.00 comprehensive fee per credit applies. Courses: mid-May through mid-August Registration opens February 12 THE UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
Summer Academy Learn with students from across the country – while earning college credit. Live on campus or commute from home. Students attend a credit course in a subject area of their choosing and enjoy afternoon admissions discussions, career panels, presentations, and visiting attractions around Vermont. Two weeks on-campus followed by two weeks online. Apply today! Session I starts June 30 Session II starts July 14 Study Abroad Learn with other high school students in Dublin, Ireland exploring the history of this incredible country with UVM faculty while earning 3 college credits. Go on ﬁeld trips and participate in interactive workshops in many of Dublin’s most popular museums and visitor attractions. Apply today! In Country: July 10 – 25 Online: July 26 – August 8 www.uvm.edu/precollege
Vermont Summer Academy at Green Mountain College Poultney, VT Vermont Summer Academy (VSA) is Green Mountain College’s academic summer program for students in grades 8-12. Our academic residential co-ed program is a great introduction to life on a college campus. Our program offers a great mix of academic and non-academic features. The curriculum is project-based and is designed around student involvement. Faculty incorporate students’ needs and interests into the lessons so that each class becomes a unique exploration. All courses are hands-on and project based. In all courses, students practice the critical skills of collaboration, critique, project planning and presentation. VSA gives students the opportunity to be immersed in one chosen course of study for a two-week period, as well as to take classes in a number of interesting and unique electives. VSA Majors include: Forensic Science, Veterinary Science, Writer’s Workshop, Culinary Arts, Environmental Studies, Outdoor Adventure Education, Psychology and Studio Art. In addition to these main courses of study, we also feature a slate of unique electives available to all students. VSA Elective courses include: Acting Workshop, Anatomy of an Eco-System: River and Stream, Astronomy, Baking Pastries, Ceramics, College Essay Writing, Conspiracy Theories, Current Events: Get up to Speed, Digital Photography and Editing, Farm to Table: Responsible Consumerism, Internet Privacy and Safety, Improv Comedy Workshop, Leadership Public Speaking, Screenwriting, SpyCraft, Yoga and Pilates. Trips to NYC and Boston. On Saturdays during the program, our students get to have a fun experience by taking day trips to either NYC or Boston. Our Super Saturday trips are designed to have students enjoy a day of sightseeing, shopping and visiting tourist destinations. Students will ride in nice, air-conditioned Coach VERMONT SUMMER ACADEMY buses for the trip to and from campus. While at the destination city, they will of course beneﬁt from the constant supervision of our competent staff. This trip will be a wonderful way to get to know these destination locales, take a break from academics, and have a great time! Two-week-long sessions. We offer two-week-long sessions because this is the most effective way to really immerse a student into the subject matter and still have time to try an elective course of the student’s choice. Our sessions are two weeks long, and the formal dates are: Session 1: July 13 – July 26, 2014 Session 2: July 27 – August 9, 2014 Please check our website: www.vermontsummeracademy.org for more information, or call 866-928-2897. Green Mountain College: One Brennan Circle, Poultney, Vermont. 800-776-6675.
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE University of Cambridge International Summer Schools Cambridge, UK SUMMER PROGRAMMES FOR CURRENT UNDERGRADUATES, GRADUATES AND ADULT STUDENTS
Building on their 90th anniversary year, the programme for the 2014 University of Cambridge International Summer Schools gives you the opportunity to meet award-winning lecturers, stay in one of the historic Cambridge Colleges and enjoy a wide range of excursions and social activities. At the core of the experience lies a vibrant and truly international community: some 60 nationalities will be represented. Underpinning their offering is a network of gifted communicators – expert and enthusiastic teachers, who are dedicated to making their courses both academically rigorous and UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE immensely enjoyable. The programmes are delivered at university level and geared towards an adult audience of university undergraduate and graduate students, professionals and retired people. Participants will have already undertaken at least a year of study at, or have graduated from, a university, or – in the case of other adults, will bring workplace or other professional experience to the programme. This year the University of Cambridge International Summer Schools are offering new programmes devoted to Creative Writing and the Hanseatic League. There is a new structure for the Interdisciplinary Summer School, now in three two-week terms, which allows for two-, four- and six-week study periods. Within these programmes are new study paths of linked courses in philosophy, poetry, politics, history, archaeology, history of science and a plenary series which extends for the full six weeks. There are new plenary themes for all of the other programmes and a host of new courses and subject areas which include ﬁlm studies, Greek heroes and international development. In addition to the Interdisciplinary Summer Schools, there are specialist programmes which cover Ancient Empires, Science, Literature, History, Shakespeare, Medieval Studies, Creative Writing and the Hanseatic League. Participants can choose from nearly 200 courses, within the ten two-week programmes, enabling you to combine studies from different disciplines. Few programmes offer such a rich and rewarding mix of range, teaching quality, academic rigour, accessibility, people and place. It all adds up to a winning combination of innovation and tradition: the best of both worlds. The University of Cambridge International Summer Schools’ programmes run between 6 July and 22 August 2014. Apply online: www.ice.cam.ac.uk/intsummer, or email us at email@example.com
Hartwick Summer College Oneonta, NY Do you want your child to get a head start on college and learn the tools that will make them a success? Enroll in Hartwick College’s Summer College for High School Students! The College offers 10 exciting classes to choose from, and each afternoon students will attend leadership seminars that will teach them skills to help them thrive once they get to college. These include library research skills, college admissions essay writing, test-taking strategies, differences between college and high school, internships, study abroad, and career preparation, understanding ﬁnancial aid, decision making, and overcoming obstacles. When not in class, Hartwick Summer College students will experience what college is really like by living in a residence hall and taking part in onand off-campus activities planned speciﬁcally for them. All of our classes are taught by dedicated faculty, and will not be lecture style. Each course is designed to be hands-on and teach students through experiential learning, one of Hartwick’s trademarks. Your student will earn three credit hours that will transfer to most colleges, and will have fun spending three weeks learning by doing in beautiful upstate New York. Planned course offerings include: Forensic Anthropology: Learn how to identify human remains, how to tell if a bone comes from a male or female, and how to estimate age, height, and geographic location. This is Drawing: Visit Hartwick’s Pine Lake Environmental Campus and acquire the skills of line, shape, value, texture, and color. Stagecraft: Engage in building a real set for a production and experience bringing a playwright’s dream to life. Dynamics of Music: Study how music interacts with other disciplines like physics and religion. United Nations in World Politics: Participate in simulations tackling tough issues facing today’s United Nations. Visit the UN in New York City. Summer Theatre Performance Workshop: Prepare yourself for a life on Broadway and train in classical and contemporary scene work and individual voice lessons. Children’s Literature: Write your own children’s picture book and non-ﬁction young adult book. Synthetic Biology: Use bio-bricks to teach bacteria new tricks. Biology in Practice: Conduct actual experiments that use bio-markers to help solve the mysteries of neurological disorders like autism, ADHD, and bipolar disorder. Intro to Human Biology: Gain hands-on experience about the human body through animal dissection to study different body parts. Hartwick College: Oneonta, New York. 607/431-4000; www.hartwick.edu. HARTWICK SUMMER COLLEGE
CONTINUING AND DISTANCE EDUCATION
this is my summer High school students experience college at UVM
High school students experience college at UVM
COURSES High school students or graduates may earn college credit in one or more courses alongside peers and undergraduates. UVM offers on campus and online courses. Many entry-level courses are appropriate for high school students. The small class sizes are perfect for interacting with faculty. Course credits are transferable within UVM and other institutions. Courses offered mid May - mid August Registration opens February 12
STUDY ABROAD UVM and University College Dublin offer a unique program for high school students to experience Ireland through faculty lead field trips, interactive workshops, and social activities all within the context of a 3 credit course. Students will challenge themselves academically and enjoy the vibrant student and cultural life in Dublin, a celebrated city. Dublin, Ireland: July 10 - July 25, 2014 Online: July 28 - August 8, 2014
THE SMALLEST BIG CITY
UVM’s Summer Academy is the ideal way to get a head start on college. Made up of two weeks of on-campus learning and two weeks of online learning, students can complete a 3 credit course in one month. Tracks offered in business and economics, engineering and design, human health and medicine, environment and natural resources, and leadership and activism. Academy students will have the option to live in UVM residence halls, supervised by trained staff, or they have the option of commuting to campus. Open to high school students who have completed their sophomore or junior year.
UVM students can’t say enough about Burlington, a small city that feels like a big one. Among its charms: a lively and culturally diverse scene, countless shops and restaurants for every taste, a thriving economy that offers internships and job possibilities, and an open attitude that makes students feel welcome.
Session 1 starts June 30, 2014 Session 2 starts July 14, 2014
“One of the nation’s best towns.” -Outside magazine “Coolest college town in America.” -Travel + Leisure magazine “One of the five best places to live & ride.” -Bike magazine
learn more at uvm.edu/precollege The University of Vermont
Precollege Programs for High School Girls Summer at Smith
American College Immersion Program July 6 –August 2
Summer Science and Engineering Program July 6 –August 2
Hidden Lives: Discovering Women’s History July 6 –19
Field Studies for Sustainable Futures July 6 –19
Young Women’s Writing Workshop July 6 –19
Five Programs. Limitless Ways to Explore the World. www.smith.edu/summer
OPEN TO GIRLS ENTERING GRADES 9 THROUGH 12 IN THE FALL OF 2014.
Smith College’s rigorous PRECOLLEGE SUMMER PROGRAMS give high school girls the FREEDOM TO EXPLORE challenging subjects—without the pressure of exams and grades. Here, professors who are world-class scholars offer personal attention in the classroom to college-bound girls while encouraging their interests and passions and helping them develop new academic skills. HERE’S WHAT RECENT PARTICIPANTS SAID ABOUT THEIR SUMMER AT SMITH:
“I enjoyed the fact that we were treated “It was exciting to work with real,
like college students.”
primary documents for research.
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I got to put the pieces of the story
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experiments, not lecture notes.”
Individual. Global. Exceptional.
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S A C R E D HE A R T UN I V E R S I T Y
Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence & Remarkable Growth
I N S P I R I N G M I N D S. U N L E A S H I N G H E A R T S . As we look back on our ﬁrst 50 years, Sacred Heart University celebrates an unparalleled momentum. We’ve become New England’s second-largest Catholic university, adding award-winning new facilities and relevant, engaging programs to meet the needs of our growing community. The next half century will herald more rapid change—not just for us, but for all of higher
education. We look forward to meeting the exhilarating challenges of the global revolution in education with a continued dedication to innovation, not just in what we teach, but in how we teach it. Through it all, our mission remains the same: to inspire minds and unleash hearts as we make a difference in the world, one student at a time.
If you’re a standout, you’ll ﬁt right in. Don’t just communicate ideas—experience them. Don’t memorize a foreign language—think in one. Don’t study the ruins—excavate them. Don’t analyze dreams—live them. This is the very essence of the University of Chicago Summer Session. Where students are engaged at every level—intellectually, socially, personally, and professionally. Where you can beneﬁt from the value of taking university courses in an accelerated, intensive format. Join us this summer for an extraordinary learning experience at the academic home to 85 Nobel laureates. For students in high school, college, and beyond. June 23–August 29, 2014, 3, 4, 5, and 6-week sessions.
Apply today. summer.uchicago.edu/HSWEST email@example.com
Life-Changing Experiences for Teens
Serious artistic growth Vibrant Jewish Life
Provocative Questions Meaningful Conversations Inspired Jewish Life
3D Game Design
Take your gaming to the next level
Mock Trial Boot Camp Make your case in federal court
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Business Fine and Performing Arts Humanities Social Sciences Sciences The spirit of creativity permeates every facet of life at Marymount Manhattan College. From dance studios to literary discussions, biology labs to digital media production – when a hands-on approach meets depth of practice across disciplines, the result is a well-rounded education with a world of creative applications. As Academy Award ® and national science award-winners, Tony Award ® nominees and Fulbright scholars, as social activists and entrepreneurs, Marymount Manhattan College graduates carry creativity forward wherever life leads them. Because when you put creativity in context, there’s no telling where it will take you.
221 E. 71st Street New York, NY 10021 Visit us at mmm.edu or call 1-800-MARYMOUNT facebook.com/MarymountManhattan
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Burlington, Vermont â€˘ www.smcvt.edu
Learn What Matters
From seminars to research with your professors to exploring the top of Mount Mansfield, Saint Michaelâ€™s provides a hands-on, personalized education that includes our Wilderness Program and Smuggs Ski Pass.
THE COOPER UNION
SIX WEEKS MONâ€“THU | JULY 7-AUG 14 | 9:30-3:30 OPEN TO HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS SPENDING THE SUMMER IN THE GREATER NYC AREA WE ARE LOOKING FOR HIGHLY MOTIVATED STUDENTS WHO HAVE A PASSION FOR LEARNING AND THE STEM FIELDS APPLICATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY MARCH 7, 2014
ENGINEERING SUMMER 2014
The Albert Nerken School of Engineering at The Cooper Union has been preparing high school students to pursue undergraduate careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields for over 25 years. The Summer STEM Program is an intensive experience that immerses students in hands-on engineering design and problem-solving, thereby placing them on the right track for careers in technological innovation. Students work closely with Cooper Union faculty on projects ranging broadly from robotics, digital fabrication, computer programming and app development to biomedical and genetic engineering, improved urban infrastructure and even race car design.
BROWN UNIVERSITY Pre-College Programs ON CAMPUS. ONLINE. ABROAD. Challenge yourself with Ivy League academics
Prepare to succeed in a college environment
Meet exceptional students from around the world
More than 300 Academic Courses
Sessions 1 to 7 Weeks in Length
College Credit Courses
SPARK - Middle School Science Program
SUMMER OF FOOD Short courses throughout the summer in: • • • • •
diversiﬁed agriculture cheesemaking brewing viticulture bees and honey
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beef production meat cutting hard cider craft distilling and many more!
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• Visiting student and Pre-College registration opens in January • More than 200 classes in all major disciplines • Two New York City campuses and one in Westchester
Summer Session 2014 May 27 - August 5
2014 2 -W E E K LON G R E S I D E NT IA L SESSIONS!
Vermont Summer Academy SUMMER ACADEMIC PROGRAMS FOR GRADES 8 - 12
Weekend Trips to NYC and Boston & Off-Campus Field Trips and Excursions
Majors: CULINARY ARTS CREATIVE WRITING VETERINARY SCIENCE PSYCHOLOGY
Each student will get to pair their major with an elective of their choice:
Anatomy of an Eco-System: River and Stream
Digital Photography and Editing Farm to Table: Responsible Consumerism Internet Privacy and Safety Improv Comedy Workshop
Ceramics Leadership EVERY STUDENT WILL GET TO ATTEND:
College Admission Seminar: Prepare for the Process Sustainability Seminar: Cutting Edge Green Technology
College Essay Writing Public speaking Conspiracy theories Screenwriting Current Events: Get up to Speed
Debate: Current Issues
Yoga or Pilates
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IMPRESSIVE GRADUATES. THAN OUR STATS? OUR
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.
Elementary Secondary Educational Leadership Teacher Leadership*
Anesthesiologist Assistant Biomedical Sciences Cardiovascular Perfusion Occupational Therapy (post-professional)* Pathologists’ Assistant Physician Assistant Radiologist Assistant
Information Technology* MBA** MBA-CFA® Track (Chartered Financial Analyst) MBA/HCM (Health Care Management)** MBA-SCM (Supply Chain Management) MBA/JD (Joint degree in business and law) Organizational Leadership*
Communications Interactive Media** Journalism Public Relations
Nursing Arts & Sciences
Molecular & Cell Biology
* Program offered only online **Program offered on campus or online
To find out how Quinnipiac can help you succeed in your career, call 1-800-462-1944, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.quinnipiac.edu/gradprograms.
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Gain real college experience while living on campus and participating in classes that highlight experiential learning.
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For High School Students
July 5-25, 2014
www.hartwick.edu/summercollege Choose from ten exciting, thought-provoking, three-credit courses: EDUC 250: Childrenâ€™s Literature BIOC 150: Synthetic Biology BIOL 150: Topics in Biology: Intro to Human Biology BIOL 101: Biology in Practice THEA 150 Theatre Performance Workshop
THEA 131: Stagecraft MUSI 150: Dynamics of Music ART 250: This is Drawing POSC 150: The United Nations in World Politics ANTH 150: Forensic Anthropology: Osteology
Submit your online Summer College Application today! Deposit deadline for Summer College is May 15, 2014. Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwickâ€™s expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts.
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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International Summer Schools 6 July â€“ 22 August 2014
Join us in 2014 for the University of Cambridge International Summer Schools Discover a variety of interdisciplinary and specialist programmes, which run from one to six weeks and are taught by leading Cambridge scholars and guest subject experts. Participants can choose from a wide range of subjects to build a study schedule to match their interests. The programmes are delivered at university level and are
SPECIALIST PROGRAMMES INCLUDE: Ancient Empires Literature Science History Creative Writing Shakespeare Medieval Studies Hanseatic League
geared towards an adult audience of university undergraduate and graduate students, professionals and retired people. To add to their academic experience participants can stay in historic Cambridge Colleges and take part in a range of weekend excursions
International Programmes Telephone: +44 (0) 1223 760850 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.ice.cam.ac.uk/intsummer
and social activities. For further information visit: www.ice.cam.ac.uk/intsummer
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STORM KING SCHOOL Call 845.534.9860 to schedule a visit.
100% college acceptance rate • AP classes • Small class sizes • Beautiful campus adjacent to the Black Rock Forest • Learning difference support • Competitive athletic program including outdoor adventure • Renowned visual and performing arts program with state-of-the-art technology
Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York
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NEW YORK MILITARY ACADEMY CO-ED • COLLEGE PREP • 7TH - 12TH GRADE BOARDING & DAY SCHOOL Established in 1889, the 120 acre campus is conveniently located just 60 miles north of New York City. We are dedicated to developing young leaders who have that competitive hunger and desire for success and fulfillment in college and in life, and who desire to be successful leaders in the future. Utilizing the military model for leadership and development, and a rigorous curriculum grounded by a demand for competence in the classical disciplines, our graduates are thoughtfully prepared to seek out extraordinary lives of accountability and service. NYMA’s competitive academics and athletic programs are enhanced by a structured boarding environment that includes daily tutorials, a nightly, mentored study hall, a robust ESL program and a 12:1 student/teacher ratio in the classroom. Cadets enjoy opportunities to not only learn accountability but to practice peer leadership and to accept important responsibility. One of the things that set NYMA apart from other college prep schools is what we call our “real-life leadership lab”. Putting our
cadets in positions of increased accountability and responsibility in the Cadet Corps, while at the same time requiring them to maintain a high level of academic and athletic participation, requires them to constantly improve their organization, planning, time management and multi-tasking skills. We believe development in these critical areas gives our graduates a distinct advantage over others as they transition into some of the more prestigious colleges and universities in America. Please take the time to browse the website and become familiar with what sets New York Military Academy apart from the other college prep schools. Then schedule a visit with our admissions office and come see for yourself why our cadets are SET APArT fOr ExCELLENCE by being inspired, engaged and ready for the future.
CALL TODAY at 845-534-3710 x4272 Or Visit us Online at www.nyma.org NEW YORK MILITARY ACADEMY 78 Academy Ave, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
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Summer Science Camps for High School Students Molecular Biology of Cancer Molecular Neuroscience
Educating Tomorrowâ€™s Medical Professionals We offer workshops on molecular biology for high-achieving high school students interested in pursuing careers in medicine or related fields, such as pharmacy, nursing or biomedical research. Students stay in undergraduate housing at world-class universities such as Yale and UC Berkeley. Our PhD-level instructors design curriculum to be both challenging and fascinating, and the laboratories offer hands-on experience with real-world molecular biology techniques. To conclude the workshop, the students use what they have learned to create an original research project on a gene of their choice.
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Make friends from around the nation and around the world Explore world-class research universities Experience the responsibility and freedom of college life in a safe environment Learn to identify and solve problems using the scientific method
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Deutsch mit Spaß! German School of Connecticut bridging cultures Nothing connects us to a country more than its language. Speaking German can help you strengthen that connection while enhancing travel, education and business horizons. Established in 1978, the German School of Connecticut (GSC) – the only professional German Saturday School in the state – provides a high-quality German educational program for over 350 children and adults. At GSC, students at all levels learn German language and culture Saturday mornings during the academic year. • Two convenient campuses: Stamford and West Hartford. • All grades: pre K-12, and adult classes too!
“Fluency in German gave my daughter that extra edge to get into her first choice in college… and later helped her find a job as well!” - Mother of Former Student
• Dedicated, professional teachers. • Two different proficiency levels: beginners/non-native, and near fluent/native.
“My children learned so much at GSC that when we go to Germany, they feel at home with the language and culture.” - German Parent
• Best CT results in the National German AATG Examinations. • Prepare for SAT Subject Test and AP German Exam. • Deutsches Sprachdiplom A2, B1, C1, satisfying German university entrance language requirements.
“My Business Studies got me the interview, but I am convinced my fluency in German landed the job.” - Former Student/Business Major
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Summer at WPI WPI summer programs are focused on fun experiences that expand the mind and body. Whether itâ€™s building a robot, researching and learning with a group of new friends, or practicing the finer points of a favorite sportâ€”WPI is the place for summer. From Frontiers and Launch to Camp Reach, Advanced Robotics, and more, WPI offers overnight and day camps and enrichment programs for elementary, middle, and high school students. To learn more or to apply, visit go.wpi.edu/summer14.
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THE ETHEL WALKER SCHOOL is a private, independent boarding school for girls in grades 6-12. Research shows that all-girls learning environments produce young women who study better, test higher, excel in mathematics and sciences, and build academic poise and self-reliance. Come see how we empower girls to lead with integrity, conďŹ dence, courage, and conviction. The results are, in a word, extraordinary.
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Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School
Five weeks of academic exploration and discovery at one of America’s outstanding independent schools
July 6-August 9, 2014 The UPPER SCHOOL — Comprised of students who have completed grades nine, ten, eleven, or twelve — enrolls some 500 students who come to us from more than 40 states, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., and several dozen foreign nations. ACCESS EXETER — Open to students who have completed grades seven or eight — provides a challenging academic program for approximately 250 students. Together, these students embody a rich diversity of language, culture, religion and race.
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Cheshire Academy’s individualized approach to education places the student at the center of the learning process. The curriculum for boarding and day students, grade eight through postgraduate, features an average class size of 12. The Academy offers AP and Honors classes in addition to the International Baccalaureate® Diploma Programme. The Roxbury Academic Support Program helps students build study skills that serve them well in college. The academic program is complemented by offerings in athletics, the arts, and community service. The college counseling process focuses on matching students with the colleges and universities that are best suited to what they hope to achieve in life. Call today to arrange a visit. We look forward to helping you imagine yourself here. Established 1794 • 10 Main Street • Cheshire, Connecticut A d m i s s i o n : 2 0 3 . 4 3 9 . 7 2 5 0 • a d m i s s i o n s @ c h e s h i r e a c a d e m y. o r g w w w. c h e s h i r e a c a d e m y. o r g
Rethinking Learning, Reigniting Lives
A school where dyslexic students rethink the learning process and reinvent themselves, forging futures they hadnâ€™t thought possible.
grades 7-12, boys boarding, coed day
152 students from 25 countries and 22 states
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Lots of students are thinking about going to college. If you’re thinking way beyond that—not just about going, but about succeeding, leading, and building your future…
JSA HAS THE RIGHT SUMMER PROGRAM FOR YOU. Nobody builds leaders like JSA. Our pre-college summer programs are transformational. They prepare you to be way ahead of the curve when you get to college. If you’re ready for life out in front, we’ll help get you there. “JSA taught me the skills that prepared me for leadership on the college level. ” – Jared Odessky, Columbia University University Senator, Class of 2015
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For over 105 years Riverside Military Academy has produced young men of purpose, integrity, and character who “seek something greater” than their current educational experience. We empower our cadets to unlock their potential through a program of academic excellence, character development, social skills, and leadership training within a structured environment. The 2012 graduating class consisted of 84 cadets who received over $2,000,000 in scholarship and were accepted to over 90 universities include the U.S. Military Academy-West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy.
Educating young men in grades 7-12
Over 460 cadets from 25 states and 22 countries
AP and honors courses
12 athletic sports with many championship titles
Aviation and driver’s education programs
Visual & performing arts programs
Over 20 student organizations
Fully accredited & year-round enrollment
4 Week summer school program (20 courses)
Located one hour north of Atlanta’s international airport Follow us:
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Avon Old Farms believes strongly in the benefits of a single-sex education and understands the unique learning styles of young men. A structured academic day includes regular all-school meetings, family-style meals, athletic practices, and quiet evening study hours. Core values such as brotherhood, integrity, scholarship, and sportsmanship are emphasized and modeled by a caring and committed faculty who also serve as coaches, dormitory masters, counselors, valued mentors, and friends. Avonâ€™s diverse academic program is both challenging and supportive. Avon Old Farms is a fully-accredited college preparatory school and its graduates represent their school proudly at some of
the finest colleges and universities in the nation and abroad. Avon Old Farms is located 15 minutes northwest of Hartford, offering a magnificent campus with outstanding facilities.
QUICK FACTS: Established: 1927 Enrollment: 405 boys States/Countries Represented: 22/22 Average Class Size: 12 Student-Teacher Ratio: 6:1 Campus Size: 990 wooded acres Interscholastic Sports: 15
To schedule an interview, please call us at 800-464-2866, or email us at email@example.com 500 Old Farms Road, Avon, Connecticut 06001
Avon Old Farms School welcomes students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin.
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Westover School, a leading preparatory school for young women, is known for its graduates – confident young women prepared both academically and personally to get the most out of their college experience. At Westover your daughter will have opportunities to explore and discover her strengths through signature academic programs that allow for in-depth study in areas including Women in Science and Engineering, Global Exchanges, Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Online School for Girls. Here your daughter will grow both academically and personally within a collaborative community of students in grades 9 - 12 from 16 states and 17 countries. For more information or to arrange for a visit to the School, please call the Office of Admission at 203.577.4521 or visit westoverschool.org.
Martha Stewart’s Ten Commandments for Snow By Vivian Shipley I.
Make the paths neat with a slight curve. Leave at least an inch of snow. Aesthetics are important.
VI. You can sleep out at ﬁve below zero. It will be cozy. Dream a little. Dye the iced walls with food coloring.
Pack perpendicular walls of snow. Cross country ski through them to the gym. Snowshoe to work.
VII. Wrap yourself in layers of pastel tissue from Chanel.
III. Walk your dog. Always hang a little whisk broom
on your wrist. When you see yellow snow, remove it.
If you are poor, newspaper, cardboard, just anything. Hypothermia could set in. First signs are that you feel weak or sleepy. Keep someone nearby, a bottle will do.
IV. If you are old, stay in your own home if you have one. Tie grosgrain ribbons on sheets. Wash the gold china.
V. It takes two hours to make a snow cave. If you don’t hibernate balled in like a snake, an igloo takes three.
The body is a furnace. Funnel or pour anything handy into your mouth—86 calories per hour or 2,000 a day. You may have problems walking on ice and fall down. Don’t beg. In calligraphy, letter: Please Pick Me Up.
CSU Distinguished Professor, Vivian Shipley teaches at SCSU. Her eighth book, All of Your Messages Have Been Erased, (SLU Press, 2010) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, won the 2011 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement, Sheila Motton Book Prize for Poetry from NEPC and CT Press Club Prize for Best Creative Writing.
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