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do recall vividly is Mr. G. as Kafkaesque bureaucrat, shuffling between our tiny desks on his reconstructed knees, inspecting one boy’s meticulously-labeled coin collection and another girl’s sepia photograph of her greatgrandparents in fin-de-siècle Vienna. When he leans down to demand my offering, I gaze intensely into the Formica desktop. I have brought him nothing. I have not even told my parents that he’d asked. “I don’t have any favorite things,” I mutter. “I’m sorry.” “Well, well,” says Mr. G. “Nothing will come of nothing.” How can I know he’s quoting Lear? I want to sink my teeth into his fleshy hand. “Surely, you must have something worth sacrificing,” says Mr. G, sporting the perpetually bemused smile that defines his benevolent, leonine face. “Maybe you could bring in something for us later this week.” “All of my prized possessions have been taken!” I snap. “You’re too late.” This earns me yet another afternoon with the school’s psychologist. THE PRIZED POSSESSIONS that I no longer possessed were two miniature rubber cats, one fat, one thin, given to me by my grandmother’s eldest sister. The thin cat appeared hungry and scheming—a synthetic, feline Cassius. The fat cat looked as though he’d just swallowed an obese goldfish. They were not a matching pair, manufactured as companions, but two independent creatures forced into unsought friendship. Neither of them had names. Merely Fat Cat and Thin Cat. Although they’d once been the most treasured objects of my brief existence—at the age of six, I had carried them everywhere, even the bathtub—they lacked any other social or economic value. Unfortunately, our school’s psychologist, a tense, hyper-analytic fussbudget, got hung up on determining whether Aunt Emma was an aunt or a grandaunt. We never came around to discussing Fat and Thin, so my unspoken anxiety continued to slosh around inside me like battery acid. Even now, I shiver when I recall my private apocalypse. It was the final autumn of the Carter Presidency. My family was driving through northern Florida en route to New York, because, to my mother, every commercial jet was an airborne coffin. She’d been arguing with my father, insisting that a presidential vote for



John Anderson would throw the 1980 Election to Reagan and usher in nuclear winter. We’d just visited my grandaunt in Miami Beach, the last time we would ever see her. I had my two travel companions, Fat and Thin, securely buckled into the back seat of my mother’s foul-tempered Dodge Dart. I suppose my brother was also in the vehicle—he must have been about two years old—but I cannot be certain. I was too busy making sure that Fat and Thin didn’t grow carsick, and later, that they were tucked under the covers in the gloomy motel room outside St. Augustine, where we’d all spend the night. We’d only entered the room long enough to inspect it—we hadn’t even emptied our luggage from the trunk—but my cats decided to enjoy a nap, a fleeting, indolent snooze while the rest of the family ducked out for breakfast at the local Waffle House or Den-

none. Nor did my parents believe there was malice involved in the catnapping. Rather, entering an empty motel room that contained only two rubber cats, the well-intentioned maid probably believed the creatures had been abandoned. So my parents would buy me new cats, they pledged. Better cats. But to hope that Fat and Thin might return home was simply unrealistic. If we pursued the matter doggedly, a blameless working mother might lose her job. What good would that accomplish? Besides, even if it were possible, did I really want to yank these cheap, well-worn toys from the hands of a deprived little boy? So we continued our journey up the seaboard. Past unmarked police cars scanning for Yankee plates, through palmetto thickets blanketed with Spanish moss. We drove by the hospital where, the previous winter, my mother had undergone emergency surgery after dropping a can of tomato soup on her

I AM A SHELTERED TEN-YEAR-OLD BOY IN AN UPSCALE BEDROOM SUBURB OF NEW YORK CITY, A COMMUNITY SO FLUSH THAT ITS GRADE SCHOOL TEACHERS MUST SIMULATE HARDSHIP FOR THEIR STUDENTS. ny’s. Who was I to insist otherwise? Maybe we also collected seashells and pink coral on the public beach. Or we scaled the ramparts of the historic Spanish fort. I have no reason to remember that breakfast, any more than I recall the events of the day, two months later, on which my father drew me aside, following dinner, to reveal that my grandaunt had succumbed to stomach cancer. It was a morning without omens, all prologue to an unforeseen horror. How could I anticipate that, when we returned, joyful and sun-drunk, to our otherwise undisturbed motel room, both Fat and Thin would be gone? As in any self-respecting whodunit, suspicion immediately fell upon the servants—in this case, any of the depleted, middle-aged African-American maids who vacuumed and scrubbed toilets while the Caucasian guests scaled the Spanish battlements and collected pink coral on the beaches. These women had opportunity. They had motive. Who else would pilfer a pair of worthless rubber cats except a mother or grandmother too impoverished to purchase her brood feline companions of their own? That’s how my father explained it to me. I had lots of toys. Most likely, the poor Black child who’d been given Fat and Thin had

left big toe. Soon the air turned crisp and we crossed the endless brooks and runs of Virginia. Then Delaware, where I was bundled into a windbreaker and rewarded with a sour gumball. And New Jersey, an endless colonnade of chemical drums that looked like giant toadstools. Finally, we were back in New York, passing the playing fields where I would soon master the arts of lollygagging and wearing a baseball mitt on my head. We parked opposite the neighbor’s stone wall— the wall that my brother would later reshape with the bumper of his first car. But there were now only four of us in the vehicle, not six. I stared out the windshield at our over-lit house, the carefully timed lamps blazing in the upstairs windows, thinking of that needy boy back in Florida whose toilet-scrubbing mother couldn’t afford to take vacations. Did I really want to yank Fat and Thin from his deprived little hands? Yes, I did. Yes, I did! YES, I DID! TWENTY YEARS AFTER the crime of my century—for Fat and Thin are my Great Train Robbery and Lindbergh baby and Manson family

murders all rolled into one—I was hired to teach an introductory course in applied ethics at Brown University. Whether by coincidence or subconscious design, much of my syllabus focused on the countless moral questions surrounding property rights: Should my neighbor have to compensate me if she builds a house that obstructs my view? Why shouldn’t private business owners be permitted to discriminate on the basis of race or religion? Who has the most convincing claim to a stolen painting that is subsequently sold and purchased in good faith by an unsuspecting third party? These are the conundrums that try eighteen year olds’ souls, during those ephemeral salad days before they start amassing property of their own. When you ask them: Is it ethical for a poor maid to steal a cheap toy for her son from the motel room of a wealthy family, they grapple with the matter quite intensely. On the whole, they tend to be surprisingly forgiving of the well-intentioned and indigent cat burglar. Some even defend the working-class bandit who actually knows that the well-heeled family will return for the toy, yet steals it anyway, comparing the theft to pilfering apples for starving children or swallowing a phone company error in your favor. In contrast, my thirty-something friends—professional, civic-minded couples raising overindulged children of their own— see no ambiguity in the situation. Stealing is stealing. To the last, they are surprisingly lacking in sympathy for the imaginary servant who, in my concocted scenario, makes off with a pair of hypothetical rubber cats. Why are my Brown students so lenient?

HOMO SAPIENS WERE LIKE RUBBER CATS. YOU COULD RETURN TO YOUR MOTEL ROOM ONE NIGHT TO FIND THEM GONE FOREVER. I often suspect it is because they have never before considered the injustice of a social system that allows some children to amass toys while others have none. Sure, they are aware of poverty: kwashiorkor and marasmus in the starving, dust-clad villages of the Sahel; hemorrhagic fevers ravaging war-torn swaths of the Congo. The more socially-conscious among them feel guilty that they have the leisure to study Gramsci and feminist theory, while millions of their chronological peers work fast food counters in urban ghettos and raise toddlers on food stamps. My

students find these inequities fundamentally unsettling, even unjust—though, in all fairness, few will devote their lives to eradicating poverty, and even fewer, if any, would voluntarily exchange places with their less fortunate brothers and sisters. What my students have never done, however, is reflect upon a life without toys. In a society where mass-produced plastic action figures cost ten dollars a piece, and every middle-class family has a closet well-stocked with such wholesome board games as Monopoly and Risk, my students find “toylessness” as alien as home-

lessness. They side with the maid because, accustomed to an arsenal of Xboxes and multiethnic Barbie dolls whose shoe collections rival that of Imelda Marcos, they do not see much cost in losing a single toy. When I describe to them the vanished immigrant world in which my grandmother and Aunt Emma grew up, where one home-fashioned rag-doll was handed down like a cache of jewels from sister to sister, they listen with tolerant incredulity. I might as easily be telling them that when I was their age, I hiked fifty miles to school every morning—uphill, both ways— through drifts of year-round snow. Occasionally, of course, a student will take the side of the wealthy family. I recall one particular girl—a sharp-thinking beauty, well on her way toward professional school and civicminded childrearing—who had already learned WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


not to tinker with the rules of social organization. What about the boy whose toys were stolen? she wanted to know. What if those were his most beloved possessions? What if they’d been given to him by his grandparents on their deathbeds? I admired her eloquence, but I also sensed her passion was not personal—that she had never actually lost anything of value. Think about what being victimized like that could do to somebody, particularly a small child, she urged her skeptical classmates. For all you know, that kid will never get over his missing cats. For all you know, taking those cats away ruined his entire life. I WON’T CLAIM that the loss of Fat and Thin ruined my life, but their disappearance certainly changed it. Even today, I am a far more cautious—even suspicious—person than I might have been if not for that episode. I am



particularly careful not to leave shopping bags in my car while I run a few additional errands or an attaché case at a restaurant table when I visit the rest room. I never loan out my door keys, not even to a close friend or relative for a matter of seconds. When I travel, I phone my home answering machine at least once a day—not principally to check my messages, but to assure myself that my apartment building hasn’t burned down. And every morning, if I’m staying at a hotel, I pack up all of my belongings and stash them inside the trunk of my car. So while I give generously to charity and even to panhandlers, no slippery-fingered room cleaner’s toddler will ever acquire a stray sock or a ballpoint pen at my expense. Of course, even without the St. Augustine massacre, I might have grown into a thoroughly maladjusted adult. Hitler and Stalin could still have proven butchers, notwithstanding

loving childhoods. What I can say with confidence is that not a day passes during which I don’t actively fear being robbed of what I care about most deeply: not tangible objects, but friendships and loved ones. I imagine psychiatry has a label for this walking dread. That is why I don’t see a psychiatrist. Another consequence of this traumatic incident has been my longstanding discomfort with the housekeeping staff at hotels and motor lodges. The winter after Fat and Thin disappeared, I slammed the door in the face of another African-American motel maid—this time on the resort island of Sanibel—and nearly shattered her nose. The woman, a plump battleaxe with a solitary gold tooth, accused me of racism. My prejudice, of course, was of a different sort. Alas, my parents, who had long since moved beyond the previous autumn’s horrors, forced me to apologize. Later that week, my father drove our rental car through the shanty towns where the cleaning staff lived, so that I might witness the corrugated zinc roofs and the undergarments drying in the open air. Yet what most interested me were the dozens of young children, scampering among the chickens and guinea fowl. I scrutinized them carefully, wondering if one of these boys might somehow have acquired Fat or Thin from a cousin who lived further upstate. I had long ago given up hope of recovering both of my cats. My deal with the cosmos was that if one of them returned home, I would behave irreproachably forever. Many nights, I lay awake in bed, trying to determine whether I would prefer the jovial, fun-loving Fat or the wise, worldly Thin. I was trapped forever in my own micro-version of Sophie’s Choice. Whatever the outcome of my fantasies, I ended up sobbing myself to sleep. I am self-aware enough to recognize that while stealing may be stealing, the loss of the rubber cats was far more than merely the loss of the rubber cats. My aunt had died, after all—or my grandaunt, to please the sticklers. Even at the age of six, I understood that this was the ultimate of all calamities, a disaster so unspeakably horrific that we pretend the suffering is bearable and struggle on with our lives. Many people close to me have died since that evening when my father explained that we wouldn’t be visiting Miami Beach anymore, but I’ll never shake the genuine terror I felt when he revealed the true course of human events. I’d been introduced to the

ghastly secret that separated the adults from the children: Homo sapiens were like rubber cats. You could return to your motel room one night to find them gone forever. MY AUNT WAS one of six siblings, all deceased, only two of whom produced biological children. One brother, Harry, eloped with a nonJewish woman and was banished from the life of the family forever. A second brother, Morris, traveled by train to California at the end of World War II—and his children, in perpetual exile, are prosperous restaurateurs in Los Angeles. While I think of Emma’s sister, Ida, as my grandmother, she is technically my mother’s stepmother. (My biological grandmother discovered a lump in her breast in 1953 and was sent home from the hospital to die.) The comedian Jerry Lewis is a distant cousin, as was the stage actor, Bert Lahr, but neither Lewis nor Lahr’s son, John, have answered my multiple letters. I mention all of this to emphasize how few visitors come to Aunt Emma’s gravesite at Mount Ararat, in Queens, where she is buried alongside her parents and thousands of unfortunate strangers. When I visit, on a warm autumn afternoon nearly twenty-five years after her death, the markers are overrun with desiccated vines and thorny creepers. It is amazing how little I know of my aunt. She was born in 1898 and worked her entire adult life as an executive secretary at the Allied Chemical & Dye Corporation. She never married. As far as my surviving cousins recall, she never dated. Most of her time was spent in the company of another single woman named Alice McCarthy, but whether they were merely friends, or romantically involved, is a mystery lost to the ages. What I do remember are visits to her single-occupancy apartment in the old Sherry Netherland Hotel, and how she showed me a paperweight made from glass-encased butterfly wings, and one time she called me on the telephone and I innocently nodded my head to answer her questions. And I remember vividly the evening she gave me Fat Cat and Thin Cat, after a quiet afternoon in which I downed numerous glasses of chocolate milk and she nibbled fruit-flavored baby food, the only meal her esophageal strictures permitted. That is all I remember of my grandmother’s eldest sister. Yet I still love this octogenarian spinster, who is now but a smattering of flashbulb memories in my consciousness, an image of a perpetually impish woman with dimpled cheeks and

a penchant for turquoise hats. I remember loving her and I remember her loving me. I still own the butterfly paperweight, one of the few possessions I carry with me from apartment to apartment. Alongside this heirloom, there is always an empty space on the shelf, a final resting place perpetually waiting for Fat or Thin. I am like a war mother, keeping free a chair for her missing son. At some point reason eclipses hope, but the opening must remain as a tribute to the long departed. TWO MONTHS AFTER I visited my aunt’s gravesite, I found myself once again on the east coast of Florida for the wedding of a childhood friend. I made the terrible mistake of staying in the Best Western at 1505 Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach—an error I wish to encourage all readers of this essay to avoid. The motel appeared a suitable enough lodging at first glance—not too pricey—although the soda machines didn’t work and assorted household debris floated atop the pool. Lulled into lowering my guard by the lush, subtropical air and the swaying palms, I took the risk of packing only my computer into my trunk and leaving my other belongings inside the motel room while I attended the nuptials wearing a tuxedo. How could I ever have anticipated that the housekeeping staff would confuse the day of my departure? When I returned at two a.m., feeling festive but fatigued to the bone, I discovered that the maid had turned over the room in my absence. She’d taken with her my beach clothes, my toiletries, even the prescription medication that I take before traveling on airborne coffins. To this day, despite my repeated pleas, the motel has proven unable to track down my missing belongings. I will not keep an open space of my shelf for them. Of course, as a result of this screw up, I found myself with a day to kill on the Florida coast, lacking so much as a bathing suit to wear or a paperback novel to read. Seized with an irrational impulse, I immediately phoned my mother in New York and asked her for the name of the motel where the rubber cats had disappeared. Which rubber cats? she asked. When she finally understood what I wanted to know, it became clear that she possessed only the faintest memory of the entire episode. My father didn’t remember the rubber cats at all. That left me no choice but to drive up the seaboard toward St. Augustine—intend on stopping at each roadside motel. I didn’t care about my recently

appropriated toothbrush. I was thinking of my long lost friends. My plan was to scour the city, making inquiries of desk clerks. Yet what could I possibly ask? Do you recall if I left a pair of rubber cats here thirty-two years ago? Would you mind if I asked your housekeeping staff if they’d stolen my toys? As I drove past the Pelican Island Wildlife Refuge and the Kennedy Space Center, the absurdity of my scheme grew increasingly clear to me. The woman who had made off with my prized possessions would be long-since retired. Or worse. Her son might well have a sixyear-old boy of his own. Most likely, the motel itself had been purchased by a national chain and then sold off again in a series of complex transactions that might well have concluded with a wrecking ball. The bottom line was that any sane motel clerk would have laughed me out of his lobby before I made it within shouting distance of a housekeeper. I would have had as much luck convincing Dellwood to put the cats’ photographs on its milk cartons. So I turned my car around and drove back—to my bare motel room, to the life I lead without my childhood toys. The irony, I realize, is that if I could find the grown man who’d been that deprived child, I would let him keep the cats. Gladly. I can’t say I would have at the age of fifteen or even at twenty-five—but as a thirty-four-year-old university professor, I’ve finally found enough peace in life to forgive the misguided motel maid who did me a small injustice a quarter of a century ago. Honestly, I don’t even want to see the cats again. Fat and Thin are far more vivid in my memory than they could ever be on a stranger’s shelf—or even, for all I know, on his pillow. So what do I want from this man whom I will never meet— this man who probably doesn’t even know that I exist—this man who has never even once asked himself where his mother or grandmother found the toys she brought home from work? All I want is to see who he is—to discover what became of the boy whose mother gave him a pair of rubber cats, one fat, one thin, on a fateful autumn night in 1980. That’s what I want to ask him: Did they change his life as much as they changed mine?


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AMERICAN PIE WESTCHESTER COUNTY WAS AMERICAN PIE IN THE ‘60S. You could drink whiskey in Rye when I was young. Growing up here, just four exits up Route 95 from the Bronx, yet time zones away in culture, one could order the best brand of Bushmills on an 18th birthday. I did, and paid the price at the Five Points on Midland Avenue, now Kelly’s Sea Level bar, owned today by a childhood buddy, Jerry Maguire, and his family—hardly the alter ego of Tom Cruise. By all measure, Rye is more than a bar stop. It’s a storied place on Long Island Sound at the mouth of New York Harbor, the locus of Rye Beach and Playland where movie scenes from Fatal Attraction with Glen Close and Big with Tom Hanks were filmed. I will always remember the scene in Big with Zoltar the Magnificent, the fortune telling machine that transported a young Hanks, the character of Josh Baskin, from childhood to adulthood and back. Where is Zoltar when I need him? Rye is a place of long-term memories for me, a shoring up of a past that can never be forgotten— memories that offer great solace at tangents of a change in life. In Alzheimer’s, brain cells in charge of short-term memory are losing the war. But longterm memory is still safely tucked away in a relatively peaceful neighborhood. Those memories are like a loyal, trustworthy friend, an ally to spend time with, at least for now. The significance and yet illusiveness of memory for those with Alzheimer’s is edifying. We all need memories; they define us. Saul Bellow, the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winner, once observed, “They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.” Rye, in so many ways, defines my mother and me, and a legion of ethnic transplants, in its simplicity, idealism, and in the everyday ordinary that delineated a time and space, silhouetted by the demographics of a generation—long-term memories to hold tight. Rye was everyone’s town. In the 1950s and ’60s, it was a Norman Rockwell community from central casting, a mix of Stockbridge and Mayberry, R.F.D.—bleached, white picket fences, flannel shirts and faded jeans, Oxford button downs from the Prep Shop on Purchase Street, and some Sax Fifth Avenue suits for the city folk. I’ve never left my childhood; I exist there today, to every extent possible, moments frozen in time of great joy, peace, security, immaturity,



and potty talk at times. On some days, it’s the only peace I know. Alzheimer’s brings one home to long-term memory—in my case, to a time when doctors made house calls, nuns wore black sweaty wool 19th century habits, baseball was king, and a McDonald’s hamburger, fries, and a Coke cost just 25 cents. The memories keep me whole, and serve to stitch a patchwork quilt of experiences that leave indelible images of life that cannot be forgotten. Rye was the quintessence of American Pie. The Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, and Ritchie Valens were icons in my town, and the night a single engine Beechcraft Bonanza, model 35, serial #D-1019, wing number N3794N, crashed in a Clear Lake, Iowa cornfield on February 3, 1959 was the day the music died here. I was in the third grade when the plane went down, and even Sister Timothy, a plump, stern, but benevolent Sister of Charity, took note of the loss. We called her the “Big Bopper.” The day the music died was the first communal tragedy Boomers experienced, a shared loss of innocence to be followed in four years by the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and three decades later by the death of Mickey Mantle, the “last boy.” No doubt, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost of a generation took the last train to the coast. But we Baby Boomers survived, a bit tougher, more cerebral, and always idealistic. Perhaps we should have seen a flood of disasters and dementias coming, like the rise of high tide on a foggy Long Island Sound. But instead, we chose to clip priceless Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, and Willie Mays baseball cards with wooden clothespins to the spokes of our bicycles to mimic the roar of a motorcycle. Made us feel childishly reckless. In street value today, we shredded the collective investment of college tuitions and retirement. And we think we’re so smart. Rye—a place where George Washington slept, Ogden Nash and Amelia Earhart lived, and once the seaside retreat of the Manhattan elite— was inhabited decades ago by ethnic, fist-generation working stiffs. Today, some of the wealthiest, most successful in the nation live here. But to me, Rye simply is home, a place to remember, a patchwork quilt of hometowns across the country. Everyone needs a memory of home, real or imagined; mine is more real than imagined. Innocence, as it was elsewhere, was the coin of Rye in the ’50s and ’60s—a town where first-,

second-, and third-generation Irish and Italian Americans bonded with Jews, connecting on ball fields and sandlots here and in neighboring Port Chester. Young Italians from “the Port,” as we called it in button-down Rye, often cruised Milton Road on Friday nights, beating the shit out of us Irish guys in madras shorts, pink shirts, and deck shoes. I don’t blame them now. I grew up with an ethnic mix in Rye and Port Chester, regular guys like Tommy Casey, Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Vinny Dempsey, Jimmy Dianni, Billy St. John, Tony Keating, Ritchie O’Connell, Al Wilson, Brian Keefe, Chuck Drago, Dino Garr, Carlo Castallano, Rocco LaFaro, Tancredi Abnavoli, Dante Salvate, Ronald Carducci, Ritchie Breese, Micky DiCarlo, and yes, Ricky Blank, one of the most gifted Jewish shortstops I’ve ever known. Many of us played organized baseball on the

In Alzheimer’s, brain cells in charge of short-term memory are losing the war. But long-term memory is still safely tucked away in a relatively peaceful neighborhood. same teams together after we realized that an infield rundown was more fun than a slap down— later communally on a hold-your-breath, mixand-match Rye/Port Chester All-Star Team that twice won the New York State Senior Babe Ruth League Championship with two trips to the Senior Babe Ruth League World Series regional tournament—a non sequitur of young jocks if there ever was one. In time, we all became best of friends. Six of our starters signed major league contracts. I was among those who didn’t, but as a catcher, faithfully wore the tools of ignorance, first presented in the third grade at a Pony League practice. Rye was a melting pot, boiled to perfection by the nuns. The town was predominately WASP—a hornet’s nest, in fact, with three Presbyterian churches and one Catholic church, as well as a synagogue. But you could have fooled us fraternal Catholics, who repro-

duced like rabbits. We were tokens, often looked down upon in social circles, at the country clubs, and in line for groceries at the A&P, but we thought we owned the damn place. And in spirit, we did. Excerpted with permission from ON PLUTO: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s (Codfish Press; September 2014; $15.99).


Greg O’Brien has more than 35 years of newspaper and magazine experience as a writer, editor, investigative reporter, and publisher. In 2009, he was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s. In his memoir, ON PLUTO: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s, he speaks freely about what it is like to lose your mind and to see slices of your very identity slipping away piece by piece. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


from the sidelines by Natalie Axton

ON THE ICE, SHAKEN NOT STIRRED ONE OF THE MOST important rules of curling is that the winners console the losers by buying them a round of drinks. Tonight, still winded after my first match at the Ardsley Curling Club, I see how important this rule really is. My team lost, and I’m not sure how or by how many points. I’ve spent the past two hours running up and down a sheet of ice with a broom trying not to fall. Despite my best attempts at getting acclimated to the space – a kind of cold white bowling alley – my eyes are still whiteblinded and my feet are still sliding. Once we stopped “playing” I realized I was starved. Dutifully, gentlemanly, my equivalent on the opposing team, George, asks me what I want to drink. I have no idea. “I’ll take a beer, any beer,” I mumble. I started curling this year on a whim and I didn’t know what to expect. Curling isn’t as high profile in the United States as it is in Canada and references to it draw blank stares or worse. “You’re doing what?” my mother asked me after I told her I had decided to try it. A coworker said nothing, just looked at me askance and then confessed she and her friends made fun of the curlers during the Winter Olympics. She wasn’t alone. Curling gets the most exposure in the United States during the Olympics. It’s been an event in the Winter Olympic Games since 1998. And so every four years viewers and journalists “discover” curling. Isn’t it funny? Doesn’t it look strange? Who are these silly people who call themselves athletes? Curling, however, has a long history in the United States and much of that history is centered around New York. The game is a Scottish import that first came to Detroit, then spread to and flourished in New York City. (In philosophy, curling is very much like that other Scottish sporting invention, golf.) Early clubs included the St. Andrew’s, the New York Curling Club, the Yonkers, the Thistles, and the Caledonians, and many of them met on the frozen ponds of Central Park for matches or ‘bonspiels.’




According to the New York Historical Society, there was a large enough body of curlers in the United States by 1867 to establish a Grand National Curling Club of America with headquarters in New York City. In 1869 a founding member of the St. Andrew Curling Club created a gold medal to be awarded to the best curling club in the nation. Still played today, the Gordon Grand National Bonspiel is one of the oldest sporting events in the country. (It’s preceded by the America’s Cup yacht race and a summer bonspiel called the Bell Quoit Silver Medal.) The Ardsley Curling Club, (ACC), located on the grounds of the Ardsley Country Club, is a legacy of this early curling history. The club was founded by a member of the St. Andrews Club in 1932. The clubhouse at the Ardsley Country Club opened in 1967. The New York Caledonians relocated to Westchester in order to share space with ACC. The other original clubs are gone. George has gone into the warm room, the club’s cozy living room that

overlooks the ice, to get my drink, and I’m watching Dino and Jim clean the ice after our game. The ACC has three sheets. We’ve been playing on the far right sheet and are the last curlers to finish. The two men tell me they’ve been curling together for five years and that explains the repartee they had during the game. Dino’s been telling me to sweep the ice hard on Jim’s throws so that “he’ll feel better about them” not making it to the house, the scoring section of the ice sheet. Jim has explained to me where to stand during the game and how to follow the strategy. I was playing lead, the first person to deliver the rock. Part of my job was preparing the rocks for the skip, who has to travel the length of the ice to get to the hack, a kind of starting block. I came to the club during a post-Winter Olympics open house. ACC has two open houses a year. Anyone curious about the sport can register for a 30-minute slot on the ice and learn from members how to safely get on and off the ice, how to throw the rocks, and how to sweep. In a non-Olympic year the open house might attract 30 people, according to George. In the open house held after the 2014 Sochi games, 900 people showed up. About a third of those, including myself, signed up for Learn to Curl, a package of more in-depth lessons that include membership and enrollment in a league. (The club also offers open house rentals for corporate events and private parties.) That was in the spring. In the fall I signed up for the Saturday afternoon league, which pairs new curlers with more experienced team members and includes dinner. This league demonstrates what ACC president Jeff Casper wrote to all of us new members: curlers are incredibly social. After the game the curlers retreat to the warm room for dinner. Tonight, dinner has been prepared by Jon and Judith, a married couple who have been curling for a few years. It’s a pork and cabbage dish and it’s been warming in the downstairs kitchen. Those of us who want to have dinner donate $6 to the pot. The members who made dinner are reimbursed. The rest goes to the bartender. (The bar is managed by the Ardsley Country Club.) During dinner I ask my fellow league members what brought them to the sport. “I curl because I’m looking to meet a big, hot Canadian,” jokes Jane, a thirty-something woman from New Jersey. Jane, the most stylish curler in our league, has short dark hair with green streaks through it and wears Van high top sneakers she had customized into curling shoes. Armen, a middle-aged curler and film buff originally from the Bronx, says he looked up curling years ago in the Encyclopedia Brittanica. “I wanted to know, who brings brooms to a sporting event?” he laughs. Once he tried it, he was hooked. Many of the curlers joined because of their wives. This is the case for George, a retired lobbyist. George’s wife started curling when he was still

working. When he was free, George would come to the club to watch. Eventually, he decided to try it. James, another married curler at the table, asks, “Why is it so much fun? My wife and I couldn’t figure it out.” Driving home from curling in their first year they made a list of all the ways curling was fun. Meeting new people topped the list. So did making your shot. In addition to married couples, there are lots of Canadians. (Perhaps Jane’s strategy isn’t so crazy.) We have at least three sitting at my table during dinner, causing one curler to launch into the old joke, “Did you hear how many Canadians it takes to form a world curling league?” His tone is light but his point is serious: Canadians dominate the world circuit. In Canada it’s possible to be a professional curler. Here in the United States, even the Olympic team is fielded by very talented amateurs. The Ardsley Club has its fair share of elite curlers and has hosted qualifying rounds for the US Olympic trials. The near wall along the ice is lined with banners congratulating the club’s more accomplished members, including Bill Stopera, a U.S. men’s national champion in 2012. During dinner people come by and tell me to watch Joyance Meechai, the 2014 US mixed doubles champion who is practicing on the ice while we eat. The form, the control, the focus are all exact. “They’re playing a different game,” says George of the club’s elite curlers. What he says makes curling so enjoyable is that “Almost anyone can learn to curl in an hour or so.” But this statement is greeted with rounds of disagreement. Everyone acknowledges that it’s easy to pick up the basics, but mastery takes much more dedication. League organizer, Laura Hill, explains that like anything else, you’ll get more out of curling with lots of practice and better fitness. But still the naysayers at the table insist, “You can be old and fat and still curl!” This is pointed to as one of the pluses of curling. And so I have to ask: do the social curlers consider curling a sport, or a game? “It’s a sport! It’s in the Olympics, so it’s a sport,” insists one member. “But what, really, is a sport?” asks another. Dino pipes up: “I got into an argument with a woman about whether curling was a sport. I told her that anything that requires physical dexterity and is scored is a sport. Running is not a sport. It’s an activity.” The woman was a triathlete, and she took umbrage. “So by that definition, golf is a sport?” asks one man who questions the dexterity required of golfers. “I was watching sport fishing on television the other day,” says John. “They catch the fish, measure them, then throw them back in.” “Sport fishing is de facto SPORT fishing!” The beer tastes very good.


Natalie Axton is a writer in North Salem, New York. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM






he must have a window seat. This, she promises, is her last phone call for the night, reminding me one more time, it must be a window seat. I tell her I will do my best, the plane seems awfully full, and since it’s a last minute booking, it might be hard. “If I tell you I want a window seat, get me a window seat.” Click. This phone exchange was not long after she had been diagnosed with moderate stage dementia. She had some scary moments; unsettling, jarring, and confusing moments. Having found her curled up in a ball, naked on the floor in her bedroom in Florida while visiting for a long weekend, I knew she had absolutely no recollection of how she landed there. When I shook her from her sound sleep, she smiled and told me I looked a lot taller than she remembered. “Ma, you’re on the floor.” “Oh. It feels comfy though, you sure it’s the floor?” A Bat Mitzvah in Scarsdale, New York spurred her into major travel frenzy. She wanted desperately to go. “I have to go. I have to see Gertie. I have to go.” Gertie was her sister. Theirs was a relationship not dissimilar to Palestine and Israel. “I have to go. Don’t tell me I’m not going.” The thing about my mom, she was as stubborn as the day was long. God’s honest truth, sometimes it was really hard to tell if it was the dementia, or my mother just being herself. “Ma, I don’t think it’s a good idea, you traveling by yourself.” “Oh, really? Fine. I’ll drive to Gertie’s.” Having rammed her car into a fire hydrant – a glaring sign that she should never be behind the wheel ever again – “It came out of no where,” she said, “One minute I was sitting there, minding my own business, and the next minute, there it was, crossing the street.” What do you say? Really? “Ma, it can’t walk, a fire hydrant doesn’t walk.” Unbeknownst to us, my mother had an expired driver’s license. I worked it out so a car service (a very kind man who lived a few doors down from her) would come and pick her up, drop her off at the JetBlue Terminal, and make sure there was no seen or unforeseen problems. I paid the guy to wait an extra half-hour. I called the airline, JetBlue, and spoke with a reservation agent, who had just the right combination of humor and sympathy and could not have been any more cordial or kind. She promised they would do whatever they could to accommodate my mom, but she needed to remind me that the plane was in fact full, and hopefully someone would be able to move if there was not a window seat available. I ask her if there is a ‘companion’ person – a representative – who can help my mom get settled. Help her with the boarding pass, and the other unexpected frustrations that may arise. Yes, she says,

someone will help my mom. I can only hope and pray for my mother to come ‘face to face’ with kindness. I think of all the times I gave up a window seat for an elderly person, or a pregnant woman, or a wife who wanted to sit next to her husband. I am hopeful. She is picked up at the designated time – standing outside her condo with her suitcase and an overnight bag, having packed enough clothing for an entire month. “Maybe I’ll stay for a few extra weeks,” she tells me the night before when she lists all the clothing she’s bringing. I can hear in her voice something I never heard before: loneliness. She gets to the JetBlue terminal, she checks her suitcase outside with baggage claim, and – I am told by the neighbor/car service driver – she hands a crisp ten dollar bill to the lovely bag handler, telling him he is a lovely, lovely, kind man. He deeply appreciates her gesture. Little does he know that the remaining ten or so crisp ten and twenty dollar bills that she has tucked ever so neatly in her wallet will make their way to others who smile, offer a hand, let her get ahead in line, help her with her carry-on. She makes her way up to the counter, where a ticket should be waiting for her. Yes, there is a ticket, but she must go to the gate, in order to get a window seat. She goes through the whole security scene – I am told by the neighbor/ car service guy – the taking off of her shoes, the removing of her belt, the telling a joke or two about her hip replacement after she in fact set off the security alarm and how the sound reminded her of the old days in Las Vegas when someone won at the slots. It was a sound filled with ‘good wishes.’ “No more,” she says loudly as if telling it to every single person on the security line. “It’s a phony sound, it has WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


no heart. Gimme back my shoes.” The neighbor/car service guy cannot go any further with my mom. The rules. The companion person from JetBlue now meets her, thankfully. There is no window seat available. She has an aisle seat. It appears that no one wants to give up a seat. I am horribly sad by this lack of generosity for this old, frail woman, and dare I say, embarrassed, because this old frail woman is in fact my mom. This is where I get to relive the whole crazy scenario as it is repeated to me: My mother throwing a shit storm of a nut-dance, hurling a racial slur at the African American flight attendant, and then, if that wasn’t enough, causing another passenger who was somewhat overweight to breakdown and cry. “You know how fat you are? You have your own zipcode.” The administrator told me on the phone it was like an unstoppable chaotic ruckus. A tornado. A whirlwind. I am sad. I tell her that my mom has the beginning stages of dementia. It comes and goes, but mostly it’s coming these days. I give her all the broad strokes, my dad died, she’s living alone, we know, we know, it’s time to get her settled, she’s stubborn, she’s independent, and there’s the whole question of what to do now. Move her, or does she stay? And she’s always been much more strident and righteous and defiant. Not going gently into the good night. She’s escorted off the plane, and somehow manages to get back to her condo by renting a car even though she has an expired license. I would just love to meet that Avis rental person who gave my mom a red Mustang to tool around in. She calls me in absolute hyper-hysterics. She wants me to fire every single one of those nasty, bitchy flight attendants, and pilots, and the copilot, he’s as much to blame. And where is her luggage, her f---ing luggage? “I bet they stole it. They stole it and you should fire them, the whole lot of them. Now. I want you to fire them now.” “Okay, Ma. I’m gonna fire them now.” I find out from the very cordial and patient JetBlue rep that her luggage is on its way to New York. I am in Los Angeles on business; my brother is at a birthday celebration on Long Island. Neither one of us expected this hailstorm. I try to deal with the airport bureaucracy and arrange for my mom’s luggage



“See that, see that, they’re dancing together. Just like Daddy and me. You can only see this kind of magic from a window seat.” to make its way to Fort Lauderdale within 48 hours, barring any glitches. My mother refuses to speak to anyone. She feels duped and lied to and the fat girl should have gotten up. “My God, she took up two god-damn seats.” And then she said, “I always, always have to sit at the window.” Why, I ask her, why? “F--- you,” she hangs up on me. Shortly thereafter, I moved my mom to New Mexico where she was about to start living in an assisted living facility. “Did you get me a window seat?” “Yeah, Ma, I got you a window seat.” “Good,” she said, “Good.” As the plane revved its engines, and was about to take off, my mom took my hand and squeezed it, staring out the window – watching the plane disappear into the gorgeous white clouds – and after a few long, long, moments, she turned to me, and said: “Up here, in the clouds, I can dream all I want.” Then she pointed to two clouds, almost intertwined, and she said with such joy: “See that, see that, they’re dancing together.

Just like Daddy and me. You can only see this kind of magic from a window seat.” In that moment, on that plane, it was as if every memory was intact. She started to giggle. She was so happy, content. The lines on her face smoothed out, her eyes filled with a sparkle and a twinkle. It was here – up here – that my mother had always been able to see and feel and imagine clouds dancing, forms taking shape, lovers kissing, the intertwining of souls, and as her hand pressed up against the window, she could, in fact, feel the kindness of Heaven.


Amy Ferris is an author, editor, screenwriter and playwright. Her memoir, Marrying George Clooney, Confessions From a Midlife Crisis (Seal Press, 2010) was adapted into an Off-Broadway play in 2013. Amy dropped out of high school, and never looked back. Coming from a middle-class Jewish family on Long Island, this was, as you can imagine, not received well. Her parents sat shiva for two years.



chieving success and happiness involves a lifelong series of building blocks that come with experience. Confidence is a byproduct that cycles children upwards, but without the simple chance to participate some young people never get off the ground. Unfortunately, children with disabilities are far more likely to get stuck due to limited opportunities. That is one of the guiding principles of the Tommie Cares Foundation in Mt. Kisco. Tommie Cares opened its doors in 2013. Tom Kallish, of the Tommie Copper clothing line, wanted to give area children some of the opportunities that his special needs brother never had. The foundation gives children the chance to participate in fun activities like snow sports, stand up paddling, kayaking, outrigger canoeing and swimming. Through trial, error and accomplishment, “they learn that they have far more ability than they ever PHOTO BY TAMRA LEE BUTLER thought they did,” says Tommie Cares Program Director, Emilie Latainer. “Today, I did this, what else can I do now.” The chance to feel accepted goes a long way too. “Kids with disabilities often don’t have a lot of connection outside of their family,” says Latainer. “So to have someone to hang out and be kids with is just a great thing.” The hope is that the effect doesn’t wear off by Monday morning. “It gives them the confidence to walk into school with their heads held high,” says Latainer. Additionally, it allows them to interact with different kids and try things that they might have been too nervous to do before. “We want to create a memory, which they might not have had otherwise.” It all hinges on being able to deliver the fun in a safe manner. “We make sure we provide adaptive equipment to make the activities possible for all.” “We have trained volunteers who do this for a living and ensure everything is safe,” explains Latainer. The results speak for themselves. “We’ve never had a situation where a kid’s disability kept him or her from participating in our activities,” she

says. “We never force anyone – we just ask them to try,” she says. Latainer can safely report that she hasn’t seen any child pass up the chance. They also aren’t deterred if things fail the first time around. “Once they try, kids are willing to keep trying and soon realize it gets better every time.” Turning anxiety into anticipation does take careful coaching. “I think PHOTO BY TRICIA HENKES that’s where our volunteers come into play, by offering support.” As for the volunteers, their reward is a strengthened sense of community. “We hope that our young volunteers take the experience to their school,” Latainer explains. “Then maybe it becomes more commonplace for students without disabilities to approach students with disabilities, and their school eventually becomes a more inclusive and accepting place.” Tommie Cares and their volunteers aren’t just affecting the lives of participating children. Brothers and sisters are greatly impacted too. “Having the opportunities to see siblings succeed in a way that they haven’t seen before is really life changing,” Latainer states. “It’s also uplifting to see their siblings treated with respect, because a lot of times they aren’t, but we are working to change that.” Ideally, Latainer hopes the efforts of organizations like Tommie Cares will pave the way for their own obsolescence. “It would be nice to see a world where we are not even needed because these opportunities are given every day without a third party to facilitate them,” Latainer declares. But for now, she’ll be more than content to make a difference at Tommie Cares. “It makes me happy and proud to come to work every day,” she concludes. To get involved, learn more or donate: Tommie Cares Foundation, 74 S. Moger Ave., Mt. Kisco, NY, 10549. 914-362-2215


Rich Monetti is a Westchester writer. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


school road Rye High School presents:




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arts work of new and first-generation American artists within New York’s immigrant community. Each artist uses his or her autobiography and family history as an artistic tool to explore universal concerns of memory, heritage and identity. This event occurs weekly, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Gallery hours: Tues-Sat, 12-5pm. 31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY. 914-428-4220 x330

EMELIN THEATRE The Ugly Duckling and the Tortoise and the Hare Sat, Mar 28, 2015 at 11am & 1:30pm Lightwire Theater, with its dazzling visuals, poignant choreography and creative use of music EMELIN THEATRE THE UGLY DUCKLING LIGHTWIRE THEATER


RYE ARTS CENTER Eva Zeisel: A Playful Search for Beauty

WESTCHESTER BROADWAY THEATRE West Side Story April 9 - July 5, 2015

Curated by Jeff Taylor Possibly the greatest musical ever creatMarch 15-May 22, 2015 ed! A modern version of Shakespeare’s Romeo Opening Reception: Sunday, March 15, 3-5 pm and Juliet set on the mean streets of New York A solo retrospective features the ceramic works of Eva Zeisel, an internationally recognized midcentury designer whose “playful search for beauty” resulted in abstract, sensuous forms that can be found in her vases, tableware, and home furnishings. Come experience Zeisel’s extraordinary story and 80 year career. 51 Milton Road, Rye, NY. 914-967-0700

ArtsWestchester Crossing Borders: Memory and Heritage in a New America Mar 24 - May 23, 2015 This contemporary art exhibition highlights the MEDALLION PALACE BY NAZANIN H. MUNROE

during the turbulent fifties. Caught between two warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, Tony and Maria attempt to create a life together. This brilliant collaboration by Broadway greats Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim combines music, lyrics and dance into a timeless tribute to young love. 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford, NY 914-592-2222

ranging from classical to jazz to pop, brings these beloved tales into a new and brilliant light. Ages 2+ 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck NY 914-698-0098;

THE KATONAH MUSEUM OF ART A Home for Art: Edward Larrabee Barnes and the KMA March 22 – June 29, 2015 The Katonah Museum of Art celebrates the silver anniversary of its landmark building by Edward Larrabee Barnes with an exhibition exploring the work of this legendary architect in Westchester, where Barnes resided. Though internationally renowned for ambitious modernist museum structures, the Katonah Museum project was unique in design—an intimate, lightfilled space surrounded by the natural beauty of this idyllic hamlet located just 45 minutes from New York City. Unlike many large projects Barnes had undertaken, this one was as much a form of personal expression as architectural design, with the informal feel of a domestic space for art. A Home for Art: Edward Larrabee Barnes and the KMA presents an overview of Barnes’ career and seminal role in modern architecture, including a close look at the many Westchester homes he designed. 134 Jay Street, Katonah, NY.



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A FOUNDER’S PROGENY BREAKS GROUND FOR WOMEN IN LANDSCAPE DESIGN ON DECEMBER 16, 2014, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation announced a list of 100 built sites or projects spanning the last century considered the most impactful of their kind in the everyday life of New Yorkers. What all the entries shared – by design – was that their primary designers or stewards were women. Prominent undertakings like the Brooklyn Bridge and the restoration of Grand Central Terminal, cultural monuments like the African Burial Ground Interpretative Center, and public outdoor spaces including the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden and Woodlawn Cemetery, were just some of the outstanding enterprises nominated for consideration, born out of women’s leadership in the fields of architecture, landscape, engineering, and construction. The list announced by “Built by Women New York City” (BxW NYC) included Mary Rutherfurd Jay, (1872-1953) one of America’s earliest landscape architects and the subject of an upcoming exhibit at the Jay Estate in Rye. The scion of a venerable New York family, Mary’s father, Peter, died in 1875 of a brain hemorrhage when she was only three. Mary’s mother, then 8 months pregnant with her 4th child, moved to Rye to live with in-laws. In the chaos that surely followed, Mary would recall growing up surrounded not just by a loving extended family of grandparents, aunts and cousins, but also a 400-acre backyard that included meadows, apple orchards, vine-covered arbors and “a sunken garden which covered an acre and a half, several hundred feet from the house.” No doubt inspired by the solace all this greenery provided, “M.R.,” as she became known, went to Massachusetts to study design and horticulture at MIT and Harvard’s Bussey Institute in an era when there were exceedingly few men – let alone women – pursuing this emerging career. A small cadre of contemporaries at the time included Ellen Biddle Shipman, Rose Standish Nichols and Beatrix Farrand. Mary studied classical and scientific theory and was exposed to ideas on urban renewal as well. Raised in a socially conscious family, one of Mary’s first papers on “Tenement Gardening,” published in 1905, observed that charities could help improve poor neighborhoods in Boston with the distribution of clematis vines and nasturtium filled flowerboxes to immigrant families. Returning to New York, her first successful residential project as a “garden architect” – her own term – was a “plaisance” or pleasure-ground with shrubs and trees. This she created for her sister Laura at her home “Spring Farm” in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1907. This led to other estate commissions in exclusive Greenwich neighborhoods known today as Khakum Wood, Field Point Park and Circle, and Round Hill. Over the next 21 years, Jay drafted over 46



40 landscape projects from Long Island to Palm Beach for family and friends as notable as New York housing reformer and architect I.N. Phelps Stokes, author of the monumental “The Iconography of Manhattan;” financiers William A. and William G. Rockefeller; Remington Arms President Samuel Pryor; and yachtsmen C. Oliver Iselin and Henry R. Mallory. Her portfolio included commercial work too – a rarity for women at the time. In 1924 she designed a roof garden for the New York Times Annex on West 43rd Street as part of its expansion in the French Renaissance style. She collaborated on the project with muralist and architect J. Alden Twachtman, son of the great impressionist and Cos Cob Colony painter, who customized a pergola for the


terraced setting. A 1928 newspaper article rued the omission of this secret oasis from available New York City guidebooks. Jay grew up in a family and in social circles that embraced travel and cultural immersion and this influence was evident in her work. Her grandfather, Dr. John Clarkson Jay, was a dear friend of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, whose historic expedition opened the doors to trade with Japan in 1854. The stories she grew up with, together with her own junket to Japan in 1909, had a lasting impact on her professional work and personal life. On her return, she incorporated moongates, tea houses, lanterns and water features into her landscape plans for clients like George Wickersham, US Attorney General under President Taft and President of the NY City Bar Association. With an interest that extended to architecture, Jay extolled the virtues of the Japanese bungalow in a 1912 article for House Beautiful Magazine. “No one who has lived in Japan for any length of time can come away without the desire to carry something of the spirit, simplicity and charm which pervades the homes there into our more complex life here.” Her love of Japanese culture carried over into her own homes and gardens. She named her country retreat at Storm King Mountain after a botanical print she transported back with her from Japan: the image of a large Iris with exotic magenta perianths and purple leaves is captioned “Sennyo no Hora” meaning “The Cave of the Hermitess.” This choice of name for a summer refuge was not at all a reflection of a solitary personality but rather demonstrated Jay’s own belief in the spiritual benefits of garden retreats. “What is the purpose of a garden? Some think of it as a showplace to point

out pridefully to their friends; some as a collection of wonderful flowers; some as merely the setting for a well-appointed house. But those who think of a garden as a place to rest the body and invite the soul – those true garden lovers – are to be found in Eastern countries. It is from them we are learning.” Mary Rutherfurd Jay shared and applied all that she had learned about the healing power of gardens during her WWI service with the American Red Cross. Jay was also a “farmerette” and decorated member of the American Committee for Devastated France, a battalion of female volunteers organized by Mary’s close friend Anne Morgan, daughter of banker and philanthropist Pierpont Morgan. Certainly the civilian group’s motto of “Remember Lafayette… Be a Lafayette” would have had resonance for her. Both at home and in France, the humanitarian efforts of these women, which helped entire villages like Soissons in Aisne recover from the destruction of the Great War, were nothing short of astonishing. In her later years giving lectures to garden clubs and horticultural societies around the country, Mary would use luminous “magic lantern” slides to illustrate the beauty of what had been lost, but also to emphasize what could be restored. Visitors can learn more about “Mary Rutherfurd Jay – Garden Architect” when an exhibit focusing on her life and career opens June 7th, 2015 at the Jay Heritage Center. The exhibit will complement the ongoing $1.5 million restoration of the ancestral gardens that fed her soul and her imagination and will hopefully continue to inspire a new generation of landscape architects.


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Chandeliers dramatically transform The New York Botanical Garden’s landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into the country’s largest curated show featuring orchids. Eye-catching baskets and cylinders filled with the stunning tropical flowers decorate the Seasonal Exhibition Galleries in the Garden’s Victorian-style glasshouse—the largest of its kind in the country—with a giant star-shaped chandelier overflowing with hundreds of orchids as the centerpiece of this year’s visual extravaganza.


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ness advice to corporate executives old enough to be their parents. They were just entry-level analysts—the lowest of the low in Wall Street’s pecking order—but the fact that they had managed to get hired by some of the world’s most powerful investment firms meant that they were on the rise. Soon, they would officially become card-carrying financiers, and they would be invited to take part in a giant, globe-spanning moneymaking operation that controls the fates of companies, governments, and millions of ordinary people around the world. I, too, was a twenty-something living in New York, but that was about where the similarities with my fellow Excel grunts ended. I studied English in college, took a grand total of zero business or economics courses, and paid no mind to the corporate recruiting circus that came to campus every year. Neither my upbringing in small-town Ohio nor my schooling had helped me understand or sympathize with what went on inside Wall Street banks. And during the economic collapse of 2008, every story I read about the financial sector’s implosion seemed to be describing a cartoonish fictional universe—one that seemed as distant from my everyday life as reading about Scientology or the mob. But when I moved to New York after college, I started getting curious. The economy was still in shambles, and the world’s anger toward Wall Street banks was still burning blue-hot. Politicians and pundits fulminated on the greed of bailed-out bankers, and many called for them to be prosecuted and jailed. HBO talk show host Bill Maher quipped about executing Wall Street higher-ups; one online clothing vendor sold “I Hate Investment Banking” T-shirts for $18.99 apiece; and a new arcade game called “Whack-a-Banker” was introduced in the United Kingdom, in which players used mallets to take their aggression out on pinstriped financiers. (The game became so popular in its first location, the BBC reported, that the worn-out mallets had to be replaced.) Watching Wall Street incur the world’s wrath, I often found myself wondering how the financial crisis was affecting young bankers and traders—the people my age who started their jobs in 2009 and 2010. They had nothing to do with the crash, of course. They had been in college while banks like Bear Stearns were loading up their books with mortgage-backed securities and increasing their leverage to dangerous levels. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


Still, as a result of the work they’d chosen, they were experiencing the financial industry’s pariah status right along with their elders. Being young on Wall Street has always been a bizarre combination of glamour and masochism. On one hand, you’re a budding Master of the Universe—an apprentice at the feet of some of the world’s most talented moneymakers. You earn significantly more than your peers in other industries, get to witness billion-dollar deals unfold, and have a prestigious launching pad for the rest of your career. On the other hand, the work itself is often repetitive and boring, and the long hours and hellish lifestyle associated with the job can wear down even the brightest and most ambitious recruits. After the crisis, Wall Street recruits also had to cope with their industry’s new stigmatization. Many of the young people who came to Wall Street expecting champagne and caviar got dirty looks and ignominy instead. I first realized how far the financial sector had fallen during a dinner party held at the home of a friend’s parents in Manhattan, shortly after my graduation. During dinner, an acquaintance mentioned that she’d just gotten a job in finance. “Where?” a parent asked. “Downtown,” the acquaintance replied. “At a bank?” the parent prodded. “Yeah,” she said. “Which one?” The young woman blushed, cast her eyes downward, and sheepishly croaked out: “Gold…man…Sachs?” The topic of conversation changed quickly, and for the rest of the night, she looked ill, as if she’d spilled wine on the host or hip-checked a family heirloom. If one bank recruit felt this way, there were doubtless others. For years, thousands of graduates of the world’s most prestigious colleges and universities have gone to Wall Street, most only halfway knowing what they’re getting themselves into. At Harvard in 2008, 28 percent of seniors who had jobs at graduation were headed into the financial services sector. At Princeton in 2006, it was a staggering 46 percent. At Brown, my alma mater, about one in eight employed graduates typically went to Wall Street immediately after graduation—not as many as at some schools, but still a larger chunk than went directly to law school or medical school combined. These numbers struck me as being incredibly important. After all, the junior bankers who flock to Wall Street every year are some of the nation’s most credentialed young people—the kinds of people who will make up the financial and political elite for decades to come. They are the next generation of American capitalists, and they’re coming of age in an era of tremendous shock and upheaval. I realized that if I wanted to understand what Wall Street, and America, would look like in the future, I had to figure out who these people were, and how the crash was changing their initiation process. After my Excel boot camp was over, I decided to back up a bit and try to answer a more basic question about young financiers: namely, how do they get to Wall Street in the first place? So I booked a ticket to a place where the vast majority of financial careers are born—the campus of an elite university—and went to see the finance recruiting machine in action. I wound up in Philadelphia, on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. On the day I arrived, it was raining buckets, but a biblical flood wouldn’t have kept a small army of students from making their way to Houston Hall. There, in their ill-fitting suits, their leather padfolios clutched tightly to their sides, hundreds of eager Penn sophomores,



juniors, and seniors filed into a recruiting session for Morgan Stanley, where they would hear a one-hour pitch for the bank’s virtues and, hopefully, score a business card or two. When most of the seats were filled, the lights inside the room dimmed, and a Morgan Stanley recruiter pressed Play to begin a promotional video. Upbeat pop-rock music played as the screen filled with text banners: IN THE FINANCE WORLD, EVERY DAY IS A NEW DAY. SOME DAYS, FORTUNES WILL BE MADE. OTHER DAYS, HISTORY WILL. THE STORY OF A NEW GENERATION OF LEADERS. FROM THE FIRM THAT BROUGHT YOU GOOGLE, UPS, AND JETBLUE COMES THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME. BOUNDARIES WILL BE SHATTERED EVERY VOICE WILL BE HEARD. AND THE FUTURE WILL BE BRIGHT.

When looking at schools to visit, I singled out Penn for a reason. Like all Ivy League schools, Penn sends a chunk of its graduating class into the financial services industry every year—about 30 percent in 2009. But Penn’s link with Wall Street is particularly tight because its Wharton School, a business program that contains both graduate students and undergrads, is considered America’s primo farm team for budding young financiers—a sort of West Point for Wall Street. More than half of Wharton’s six-hundred-person undergraduate class typically heads to banks, hedge funds, private equity firms, and other financial services companies after graduation. Among the celebrity financiers the school has churned out are SAC Capital billionaire Steven A. Cohen, the junk-bond impresario Michael Milken, and real estate megagoon Donald Trump. Wharton’s list of famous alumni, and the fact that its graduates emerge armed with advanced finance training, has made it a place where recruiters are prone to drooling. “Penn, and especially Wharton, is in a league of its own,” one hiring manager at a top Wall Street firm told me. “It’s the only place where you go to campus and it’s already done and dusted—it’s a matter of which financial services firm students want to go to, not whether they want to go into finance.” (Patricia Rose, the head of Penn’s career services department, gave a slightly milder diagnosis: “To come to Penn is to, at some point in your undergraduate years, ask yourself the question, ‘Should I think about investment banking?’”) These days, financial firms—as well as top-tier management consulting firms like Bain and McKinsey—court Wharton students in a manner reminiscent of very polite stalking. They barrage students with information sessions, interview workshops, lavish restaurant meals, “sell days” in New York City, follow-up calls, and follow-up calls to the follow-up calls. At Wharton, these firms behave less like faceless corporate entities than like insecure middle schoolers, desperately fishing for clues about whether their favorite students like them back. Getting a job at a top firm on Wall Street, even with a Penn degree in hand, is never easy. But it’s especially hard when the financial industry is in turmoil, since a similar crowd of applicants competes for fewer spots. (In one recent year, Morgan Stanley received 90,000 applications for 1,200 full-time analyst positions—an acceptance rate of 1.3 percent.) And most banks draw between 50 and 90 percent of their full-time hires from the previous year’s pool of summer interns, meaning that competition for the best offers is often all but locked up by junior year. The race for Wall Street jobs is so cutthroat that an entire cottage industry has sprung up to give aspiring bankers a boost.

You can now buy the “Investment Banking Interview Prep Pack” for $79.99 from Wall Street Oasis; the “Ace the Technical Investment Banking Interview” webcast and PDF guide for $99 from Wall Street Prep; or, if you’re really playing catch-up and don’t mind shelling out, a four-day “Intern Core Skills” workshop from Adkins Matchett and Toy for $3,000. Wharton students generally don’t need these study aids, since they already learn advanced financial skills in their classes. Still, in an attempt to garner offers from their financial firms of choice, they spend months burnishing their résumés, practicing their interview skills and elevator pitches, and poring over the Money and Investing section of the Wall Street Journal in order to arm themselves with sufficient knowledge to impress the recruiters. And then, every year, they head off to information sessions to begin closing the deal. It wasn’t always such an ordeal. For many years, Wall Street banks recruited like any other corporation—hiring a handful of graduates from top colleges to fill their junior ranks and employing them indefinitely. But in the early 1980s, banks began instituting what became the modern Wall Street recruiting program, in which college seniors are hired for two-year stints as analysts. After their two years are up, analysts are expected to find work at a hedge fund or private equity firm, or, in a few cases, get an offer to stay on for a third year of banking. The ones who

This possibility was explained to me several weeks before my Penn trip by a second-year Goldman Sachs analyst, who stopped me short when I posited that college students flock to Wall Street in order to cash in. “Money is part of it,” he said. “But mostly, they do it because it’s easy.” He proceeded to explain that by coming onto campus to recruit, by blitzing students with information and making the application process as simple as dropping a résumé into a box, by following up relentlessly and promising to inform applicants about job offers in the fall of their senior year—months before firms in most other industries—Wall Street banks had made themselves the obvious destinations for students at toptier colleges who are confused about their careers, don’t want to lock themselves in to a narrow preprofessional track by going to law or medical school, and are looking to put off the big decisions for two years while they figure things out. Banks, in other words, have become extremely skilled at appealing to the anxieties of overachieving young people and inserting themselves as the solution to those worries. And the irony is that although we think of Wall Street as a risk-loving business, the recruiting process often appeals most to the terrified and insecure. “It’s incredibly risk averse,” the Goldman analyst told me. “Think about it: if you go to a bank, you make as much money as anything except hedge funds, private equity, or possibly a tech startup. Those things

SOON, THEY WOULD OFFICIALLY BECOME CARD-CARRYING FINANCIERS, AND THEY WOULD BE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A GIANT, GLOBE-SPANNING MONEYMAKING OPERATION THAT CONTROLS THE FATES OF COMPANIES, GOVERNMENTS, AND MILLIONS OF ORDINARY PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD. don’t are gently shown the door. This new plan, nicknamed “two and out,” was a brilliant tactical move. Selling Wall Street jobs to undergraduates as a temporary commitment rather than a lifelong career enabled banks to attract a whole different breed of recruit—smart, ambitious college seniors who weren’t sure they wanted to be bankers but could be convinced to spend two years at a bank, gaining general business skills and adding a prestigious name to their résumés in preparation for their next moves. The strategy also created a generation of accidental financiers—people who had graduated from elite colleges with philosophy or history degrees, had no specific interest in or talent for high finance, yet found themselves still collecting paychecks from a big bank three decades later. At Penn, though, most of the enthusiasm was genuine. “Finance is a great industry filled with great people,” one revved-up student told me. “Traders are probably the coolest people you’ll ever meet!” raved another. Morgan Stanley’s actual recruiting pitch was a fairly unremarkable collection of corporate banalities (“culture of excellence,” “world-class mentoring opportunities”) and promises of prestigious “exit opps” once the analyst years were over. But few words were given to describing the actual, day-to-day work of being a first-year analyst. And nobody from the bank mentioned the biggest reason a college senior might be attracted to Wall Street—namely, the fact that first-year analyst jobs pay a starting salary of around $70,000, with a year-end bonus that can be upwards of $50,000. The lack of overt focus on money surprised me, though perhaps it shouldn’t have. As strange as it sounds, a big paycheck may not in fact be central to Wall Street’s allure for a certain cohort of young people.

are wildly more risky and a lot harder to do. So if a bank comes to me with an opportunity to lock down a good, high-paying job in September of my senior year without working too hard for it, I’m going to privilege that over anything else I might be thinking about doing.” After watching Penn students line up to nab precious seconds of face time with Morgan Stanley recruiters that night, I couldn’t help feeling like not much had changed since the financial crisis. Whether because of the structured, well-timed nature of recruiting or simply Penn’s financecentric campus culture, the fact remained that these jobs were still objects of intense desire. Even a financial near-Armageddon, it seemed, hadn’t been able to dislodge Wall Street from its pedestal. And I wondered: if students at Penn couldn’t be swayed from their synchronized march to big banks by the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, was the financial sector’s allure simply irresistible?


Excerpted from the book YOUNG MONEY: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street’s Post-Crash Recruits by Kevin Roose. Copyright (c) 2014 by Kevin Roose. Reprinted by permission of Grand Central Publishing. All rights reserved. Kevin Roose is a business and technology writer for New York Magazine and Previously, he was a staff reporter for The New York Times, where he covered Wall Street for the business section and for DealBook, The Times’ award-winning financial news site. He is the author of The Unlikely Disciple, and his writing has appeared in GQ, Esquire, ESPN: The Magazine, and other major publications. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


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A Business Feud of Epic Proportions BY REBECCA HARRINGTON Did you know? Gwyneth Paltrow and Martha Stewart are having a feud. It’s ok. Not all people know everything. Look, I’ll even explain it. Thanks for asking! Martha was the one who started it. One day in 2013, Martha randomly told a magazine, ““[Gwyneth] just needs to be quiet. She’s a movie star. If she were confident in her acting, she wouldn’t be trying to be Martha Stewart.” Gwyneth responded saying, “If I’m really honest, I’m so psyched that she sees us as competition. I really am.” You would think the whole thing would stop there. That was so intense right? But no. The whole thing eventually devolved into dueling recipes. First, Martha released a blistering recipe for Conscious Coupling Pie–a blatant reference to Gwyneth’s recent divorce !!!!!!!! The description of the pies was especially wild. Just listen to this insanity! “Every Thanksgiving table should be blessed with the presence of a long-married pair who bring out the best in each other, are completely enamored despite their differences, and leave every other guest thinking, I’ll have what they’re having. Our holiday pies honor such so there’s a pleasant mix of textures and flavors in every bite.” But Gwyneth couldn’t take it lying down. In her new holiday menu she introduced her Jailbird Cake–a blatant reference to Martha’s jail sentence a couple of years ago (!!!!!!) A source from Gwyneth’s camp told People Magazine, “The folks at goop know how to have some fun, too… If Martha served up the appetizer, the Jailbird Cake is just desserts.” Are you being reminded of Bill Ackman and Carl Icahn? Me too! As a lover of business feuds, I immediately became interested in this fight. The problem was my loyalties. They were confused. I love both Martha and Gwyneth. Who was I rooting for? Why were they even fighting? And how was I able to move on without a clear side to take? I decided I needed to figure out who was the winner of this feud, objectively, like people did in ancient Rome. I would make a Gwyneth holiday dinner and a Martha holiday dinner and I would have a panel of tasting experts (my friends) come over and decide who made the best meal and therefore was the winner of the feud. It was the only thing to do. Obviously both Gwyneth and Martha have holiday menus. A good lifestyle guru must have a holiday menu or else how would we know what to do during the holidays? We would just eat bread with nothing on it. Gwyneth’s holiday menu featured Turkey Osso Buco and Parmesan Polenta. If you know Gwyneth like I do, this is a very typical Gwyneth feast. Gwyneth LOVES making normal dinners with lighter ingredients. To wit, osso buco is traditionally made with veal, but Gwyneth switched it to turkey. Like, such a bummer but in another way inventive. For Martha’s holiday menu, I decide to make her Holiday Beef Loin with Rosemary Potatoes. I also decide to make the desserts that started it all–the Jailbird Cake and the Conscious Coupling Pie.

I decide to make the Gwyneth Paltrow menu first. I procure the turkey legs quite easily (I make this the week after thanksgiving so there are millions of turkey legs flying around) but the “Famous Wafers” for the Jailhouse Cake are a little tougher to find in the grocery store (they are practically hidden on the bottom shelf ). When I finally locate the darn things, I look on the back of the box of the wafers and see that the recipe on the back of their box is practically identical to Gwyneth’s Jailbird Cake recipe. Gwyneth copied this recipe from the back of a “Famous Wafers” box! What a DIG, really, when you think about it. The Turkey Osso Buco was relatively easy to make. There were a million ingredients but all you had to do was put them in one pot. While the turkey was cooking, I busied myself with the Jailbird Cake. The cake consists of taking whipped cream and spooning it on to overlapping layers of “Famous Wafers.” That’s why it looks like a jail cell. Next, I start on Martha’s menu. The roast is very easy–almost too easy. You just salt the beef and throw it in the oven. It is so simple and austere, just like a poncho Martha knitted in jail. I then start on the Conscious Coupling Pie–a combination of filo dough and chocolate mousse. This is a very confusing recipe. You have to sprinkle the filo dough with a butter sugar mixture and then pour melted chocolate on it. My melted chocolate didn’t really melt and coheres irregularly to the filo dough. My mousse is really watery. It looks like chocolate milk poured onto filo dough. Then I put the whole thing in the refrigerator. Soon, my guests arrive. Some are rooting for Martha and hate Gwyneth. Some are rooting for Gwyneth and hate Martha. Some didn’t know that Gwyneth or Martha made food. It was a real mixed bag. The contest started out in a dead heat. Everyone ate the osso buco and loved it—the meat was so melt off the bone no one even cared if it was turkey instead of veal. The polenta was a nice counterpoint to the turkey’s heaviness. However, Martha’s two-ingredient roast was a true wonder. The meat was delicious and perfectly rare. The potatoes were garlicky and delicious. What were we all going to do? It all came down to the desserts, which were harder to judge because of the dreaded scourge of human error. The Coupling Pie was so bad. The melted chocolate solidified, making the pie really hard to cut, plus I forgot to tear some paper off the filo dough. The Jailhouse Cake was good, but it was just cookies and whipped cream and thus less impressive. Who to choose? My friends were no help in the matter at all. One friend declared she liked the osso buco sauce on Martha’s meat. Ultimately, I consider the entire thing a draw. Who knows why powerful CEOs fight? It’s far too complicated for the rest of us to understand.


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Another couple is tottering on, behind them. “There’s always room for more!” they say, squeezing in sideways. We were past occupancy three large bodies ago. The door is closing. We are sardines standing on our tails in black tie. I can smell hair. My husband and I are pressed in the corner. Judith Miller: General Petraeus, how do you sustain your joie de vivre when things run amok? The door opens again. A woman who could be a stand-in for a medieval pageboy in tights and velvet flats gets on with her husband whose head is red from laughter. “All aboard!” they say giggling. The door closes for the final time. The elevator revs. I feel it drop in the stuttered motion of a ball bouncing down a flight of steps. My husband puts his mouth on my ear, “Seventeen.” Seventeen civilians, I confirm. The plaque on the wall says Maximum Occupancy 10. I can barely bend my neck forward but I glance down and see a stale pedicure through my black lace shoes. We are bumping down. I watch the screen, 17, 16, 15…3, 2, 1, and we bump past L. We are below L in a place I am certain is the Waldorf basement with extralong-tailed rats smart enough to camouflage. But we are not in the basement. We are stuck in a place that has no stops. We are in between floors. The doors will not open. We all will make mistakes. #5. General David Petraeus’s Rules for Living. And I don’t have my phone to call my children because it wouldn’t fit in my evening bag. I think of them in their surroundings, their faces, so unaware of their parents in a human trap. I feel a wad in my chest. It’s inflating like a defective airbag pressing on my heart. I long to be at “Gigi’s Resort” where there are no elevators, just a short stairway to the second floor so close to the grove you can reach out and grab an orange. We stand in silence. The staid expressions of our companions reveal they don’t realize we are not moving. My husband is tugging on his collar and the first to say, “Press the emergency button.” In this moment I develop powers. I see the vintage poster that covers a small wall at our apartment, an advertisement for French paint, Nitrolian. A man is painting a flight of steps bright red and the paint is drying so fast a woman is able to walk down the steps as he paints just one step ahead of her foot. I summon him from within to come paint us out. But he ignores me and keeps at his work in Paris with a can of Nitrolian in his hand and that cigarette hanging out of his mouth. Then I look into tomorrow and see the chef from Greenwich rolling out the pastry for the lemon tartlettes remembering her tablemates, in sympathy, at an event she really didn’t want to be at. I hear a voice coming through to us. “How many of you are in there?” My husband is yelling back to the buzzer that has taken on a wooden face with holes embedded in it like pockmarks. A leader needs to give energy; don’t be an oxygen thief. #3. General David Petraeus’s Rules for Living. I’m looking up at the service hatch where we will climb out while risking electrocution or being crushed to death. My husband and I will help these people; some are frail. I have always had a lot of strength in my arms and I wonder if this is why. When the top opens there will be air. The wad in my chest is wiggling into my throat like insulation. “We are going to try and bring this up again, people,” the voice says. The elevator starts to rise in a dead lift. We pass one floor. It immediately halts. We are in the middle of nowhere again. If only we could have the arm of Hercules I think, recalling stories I told to my son when he was a toddler.

I feel rocket ship hydraulics under my feet without the juice. We are being lifted to the next floor, and the next, in a tedious ascent. Finally, we reach the 18th floor where we started. Almost. The elevator nudges itself up, a little more, then a little more because we are too heavy to go down. Finally, we are level to the 18th floor. The doors open. The cool air hits us and I realize I am sweating. I want to scramble but I am still plastered in the back. My husband and I are holding hands. We are only a few steps to safety, but the nucleus, those that got on when we were already at max, and the woman with the pageboy, doesn’t move. I envy the crowd out there milling in normalcy. I hear Jeanine Pirro’s voice. I see news anchors. I have questions for Tom Wolfe. Before I would have only seen Republicans, but now I don’t care. Be humble. The people you’ll be leading already have on the ground conflict experience. ‘ Listen and learn.’ #6. General David Petraeus’s Rules for Living. “Excuse me,” I say to the elderly woman trying to pass her, “Can I

I ENVY THE CROWD OUT THERE MILLING IN NORMALCY. I HEAR JEANINE PIRRO’S VOICE. I SEE NEWS ANCHORS. I HAVE QUESTIONS FOR TOM WOLFE. BEFORE I WOULD HAVE ONLY SEEN REPUBLICANS, BUT NOW I DON’T CARE. help you?” I sense the doors are getting ready to shut over the boundary line. I think of the phrase timing is everything and how fitting it is for me and especially for the General. The elevator will drop. I will be stuck again. I inhale and exhale deeply until I’m in my usual breathing rhythm, the one unnoticeable to me. I will pick this lady up and carry her out if I have to. Lead by example from the front of the formation. #1. General David Petraeus’s Rules for Living. The woman is staring at me, studying my face. There is recognition. Have I seen her before this night? It’s as if her image has been peeled off a fresco. The flat face. A thin fur hat in the shape of a head wreath. The scent of citrus. I tell her “we are safe.” She cannot hear me. She cannot hear anything. I lead her by the arm. I look for her hearing aid but her hair stylishly covers her ears. I nod to my husband to go on. I walk with her slowly out of the elevator. In her hands dressed in black satin gloves she is clutching a small orange. I know where I have seen her before.


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Y NAME IS UNDERDOG. You may remember I had a Saturday morning cartoon show back in the ’60s. I was big. I was physically small, especially on the TV sets of the time, but I was big in Show Biz terms. Now I’m physically large, but I’m basically a Show Biz has-been. Back then, there were Underdog comic books, Underdog lunch boxes, Underdog watches, you name it. Eventually, however, the show got canceled. I was devastated. My girlfriend, Sweet Polly Purebred, dumped me and started dating George of the Jungle. I began hitting the bottle pretty hard, and I wallowed in self-pity for over a year. My agent, Sid Tinsel, finally called me one day with a job offer. I asked him what it was. “As a result of all your queries,” I said, “is it perchance another series?” (I always speak in rhyme. It’s part of my Underdog schtick.) “Well, no,” he said. “Will there be an opening day, the kind you find with a Broadway play?” “No, it’s not a play.” “Tell me it’s not controversial: a tampon ad or a beer commercial.” “Not exactly.” “Please enlighten me, but do not frighten me!” “They want you to be a balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” I was aghast. “A balloon? A balloon? Do you take me for some buffoon?” “Take it easy, Underdog.” “How would I achieve this feat? Underdog is quite petite!” “You’ll have to bulk up,” he said. “You’ve got plenty of time.” “This requires thought aplenty. Let me call you back in twenty.” Even before I hung up the phone, I knew I had no choice. My back was against the wall and I had to take whatever work I could get. I called Sid and told him to write up the contract.

Over the next several months I ate like a pig. Not literally. I called Porky Pig for some tips, but he told me he ate slop. I didn’t want to eat slop. So I ate a lot of pastries, pizzas, and Texas Tommys. I literally, well, ballooned up. I was humongous. You have to remember, this was years before De Niro gained a bunch of weight for his role in Raging Bull. But like Bobby, there’s nothing I won’t do for my art. Finally it was late November, and a meeting was scheduled with the Macy’s people. It was two days before Thanksgiving. At the meeting, Sid introduced me to two Macy’s executives and one doctor. What was a doctor doing there, I wondered. I found out when he handed me a prescription. I asked him what it was for. “It’s a combination of sodium chloride, sodium bicarbonate, and potassium chloride,” he said. “If I am prying please accept my apology, but what is all that in layman’s terminology?” “It’s an extremely powerful laxative.” “Why in the name of all that is holy would you give me this? Explain to me slowly.” The doctor explained. “You’ll need to completely cleanse your system tomorrow before I perform your balloonoscopy on Thanksgiving morning, Mr. Underdog. The balloonoscopy itself involves blowing you up with helium, of course.” “‘Of course’? ‘Of course’? Helium pumped in a dog by force?” Sid chimed in. “The helium is what makes you float, Underdog. How did you think you were going to float?” I hadn’t thought about that, I must admit. How else WOULD I float? Jeez, what had I gotten myself into? I put the prescription into my cape’s inside pocket and signed the contract. I had no other options. I stopped at the drugstore on my way home and got the stuff. It was a huge, plastic, four-liter container with white powder at the bottom, along with four flavor packets to choose from. The next day I read the instructions and started the process. I added water to the powder and shook it until the powder dissolved. I gulped

down my first eight-ounce glass. It was vile. I tried adding a flavor packet. I chose cherry. Bad choice. It tasted worse. I drank another glass every ten minutes until the container was empty. I barely got each glass down without throwing up. Then the real fun began. Let’s just say I stayed within close sprinting distance of the bathroom for the rest of the day, and we’ll leave it at that. Finally it was over, and I went to sleep, exhausted. My alarm clock went off at dawn and I kept my appointment with the gastro-balloonologist at the hospital. The nurse told me my blood pressure was a little high, but said it was probably just due to balloonoscopy anxiety. She had that right. The anesthesiologist introduced himself and the nurse inserted an IV into my vein. I began counting backwards from a hundred. The next thing I knew I was waking up and my balloonoscopy was over. I hadn’t felt a thing. It’s like every Macy’s balloon will tell you: it’s the prep day before a balloonoscopy that’s the ordeal. The balloonoscopy itself is a breeze. Literally. I was strapped to the table to prevent me from floating to the ceiling. They wheeled me to the start of the parade route and attached tethers to me. A lot of my old friends were in the parade, and it was good to talk with them about happier times. The parade started, and they put me in front of Popeye the Sailor Man, and right behind Linus the Lionhearted. Linus was having a slight problem with flatulence, but that’s quite common after a balloonoscopy. I’ve been in the parade ever since, and I have to admit I now look forward to it. (Except for prep day.) It pays the rent, and it’s good to see my friends every year and to see the smiles on the faces of the kids lining the parade route. And this year I’m hoping to get Betty Boop’s phone number.


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an answer. She has known for years that, eventually, the twins would give in and realize that they love Muppet Christmas almost as much as their dad, the same way she gave in more than twenty years ago, the same way various department heads and vice presidents had made way as he willed himself toward the upper reaches of Canaan Capital. “Cynthia,” he calls. “We’re ready down here.” There’s something in his voice, pride swelling. Anticipation. She is torn between not wanting to know anything, and wanting to know every single thing. She puts on a Pucci wrap and her Ugg slippers. She wonders if they’ll be able to keep the clothes. Are the clothes paid for? She realizes it’s been years since she’s seen a Visa bill. She walks to the hall, shouts “coming!” down toward the kitchen. After so many years in the twobedroom in Hoboken, it took them some time to get used to these nearly six thousand square feet. At first, it was just the two of them. Then the dogs, and then, after two years of trying normally and five frustrating IVF cycles, the twins. Now the place seems the perfect size. Each of them has a room, each of the adults an office. The au pair has her suite. The children have their playroom. The dogs, their basement. The gardeners, their lawn. She wonders how long it would take to clean the house by herself. She realizes she’s never even tried. She looks at the walk-in closet, as large as their entire Hoboken apartment. Her friends tend to romanticize those early days of struggle, of two mid-level incomes, but she knows that this is what they always wanted. Both of them. When they did leave Hoboken it was with the Springsteen surety of small town college graduates making out for the big city. They were destined for Greenwich, for this, and so this is where they wound up. “Mom!” Clarice shouts. “We want to open our presents!” She sits down on the comforter. Part of her wishes she didn’t know a thing. She was looking for an Evite invitation, of all things. He was in the shower and she needed directions. His phone was on. She opened his email and saw the subject line “Options without bankruptcy” and the name of their accountant. She has made her peace with losing the house, but it is all the rest of it that she’s dreading: the pity in her sister’s voice, the questions from the kids, the fact that William has carried on for these past months like nothing has changed, has kept up appearances, plowed ahead with his usual dogged good humor as if the only concern

is whether to vacation in Bali or Saint Lucia. She makes her way downstairs, staring at her feet as she goes. When she gets to the bottom, she sees them lined up, William and the twins, at the door. “What?” she says. “Let’s take a look outside,” William says. “Looks like Santa thought somebody was awfully good this year.” The rumble returns to her belly. What could he possibly be doing? What is he thinking? She shoots him a look, but he is too busy high-fiving Samuel and then Clarice to notice. “It’s pretty awesome, Mom,” Samuel says. The boy smiles William’s smile – confident, carefree. She wonders what public school would do to that smile. William swings open the door and the first thing she sees, framed in the entryway, is a giant red ribbon. She walks outside in a daze. William steps aside to reveal a silver SUV. A Lexus. The outsize ribbon makes the car look like a giant matchbox. Her first instinct is to turn back to the house. Her second, to start driving and not stop. It is cold outside and she pulls the shawl tight on her shoulders. She sees the O’Connells walking by with their twin corgis and wonders what they could possibly think of this display. “William…” she starts. And then she sees it. He is tapping his foot, pulling at the cuticle of his right thumb. French. She thinks. French 202. Junior year at Brown. His mind, so efficient and calculating in finance or math, couldn’t comprehend the intricacies of verb conjugation, couldn’t make the transition from utilitarian English to the fluid music of French. They would sit down to study and he would start up right away, picking at the cuticles like they held an answer, tapping his feet nervously. He would emerge from tests bloody-thumbed and silent. “What do you think?” he says, trying for the usual smile. He picks at one thumb, then the other. The children are already in the car, wondering at the smell, the mounted DVDs in the back seat, the USB ports and dashboard like a spaceship from some movie. Something in his face changes and she realizes that he knows. He knows she knows, has all along. She holds her hands out and he throws her the keys. “It’s wonderful,” she says.


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“Lexus” by Dave Housley originally appeared in Hobart magazine and is part of his collection, Commercial Fiction, published by Outpost19 (2013). Reprinted with permission.

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ifty years ago, Long Wharf Theatre was founded by Yale School of Drama grads Jon Jory and Harlan Kleiman, and a group of visionary civic leaders who believed that New Haven deserved a major regional theatre. Named for the Long Wharf port along New Haven Harbor, the theatre was built in a vacant warehouse space in a busy food terminal, with its Mainstage originally stocked with seats borrowed from a retired movie house. No one, included the people who founded it, could have envisioned the heights their ostensibly modest theatre would scale. Long Wharf Theatre evolved into an organization of international renown, producing an annual season of six plays on its two stages, along with children’s programming, new play workshops and a variety of special events for an annual audience of approximately 100,000. Under the leadership of Arvin Brown and Edgar Rosenblum for over 30 years, Long Wharf Theatre established itself as an important force in the regional theatre movement, regularly sending shows to New York and winning a Tony Award in 1978 for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Current leaders, Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein and Managing Director Joshua Borenstein, have helped Long Wharf Theatre continue to be a force in American theatre, revitalizing classic and modern plays for a contemporary audience, discovering new resonance in neglected works and premiering new plays by new voices that both investigate and celebrate the unique circumstances of the times. Long Wharf Theatre has transferred more than 30 Long Wharf



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B.O.G. I had been traveling through Colombia a good deal more ruggedly for about two weeks by the time I hit Bogota and the blessed 6-pronged showers, plush as they come comforters, and luscious 500 thread count linens at the boutique B.O.G hotel. After doing my time with watered down 1600 Poker beers and 3000 peso corrientazo or menu ejecutivos, (delicious gruel-like soup followed by a massive plate of beans, potatoes, rice and meat option) arriving at the B.O.G hotel with its emphasis on edgy décor in rich golds and emeralds, with stylish accents crafted by local artisans, and layers of texture, I felt like I had come home. Keep in mind that 1 US dollar is equivalent to about 2000 Colombian pesos. I

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What can you expect from a luxury boutique hotel on the Costa Brava that calls itself “Malcontenta?” Well, as it turns out, plenty. This includes a serene country setting with swimming pool and gardens not far from the beach, large and airy guestrooms, marble-clad bathrooms, a dining pavilion serving refined, nouvelle Catalan fare, comfortable sitting rooms and terraces and bar. Hairdressing and massage services, as well as babysitting, are available. The hotel, once a rambling farmhouse, takes the name given to a fairytale woman who was never satisfied, and strives to offer all that she could have wished for. Guests are made welcome with attentive and personalized service, and quickly slip into the easy flow of the intimate hotel’s routine. A lavish continental breakfast including local cheeses and jamon is served daily; hot dishes may be ordered a la carte. At night, enjoy the famous locally caught prawns; herbs, vegetables and fruits grown on the property, and other regional fare based on seasonal availability in the hotel’s stylish restaurant. The property is surrounded by bike paths that will take intrepid cyclists for miles, and bikes are available for loan at the hotel. A few minutes walk or bike ride brings guests to Castell beach, a lovely, remote fishing beach uncrowded by day trippers. Nearby, and ripe for exploring, lie the beautiful medieval towns of Gerona, Begurs, Pals and Peretallada, as well as the Dali Museum in Figueras.



If you prefer your stay on the Costa Brava–or at least part of it–to be situated in a modern town and on the beach, then the Hotel Trias in Palamós is for you. Located on the seafront with views over the bay of Palamós and the town’s lively promenade, the Trias is laid back, family friendly, and full-service. The beach, the sun, the fun (the people!) are just a few steps away. The hotel offers simple, airy, white washed rooms with parquet


floors and wood paneled walls. Bathrooms are rustic yet comfortable. Most rooms have balconies, and sea view rooms are especially delightful. The property includes a swimming pool, game room, bar, outdoor terrace dining area and handsome restaurant. In the restaurant, enjoy a variety of traditional Spanish and Mediterranean dishes, such as seafood paella or grilled Iberian pork, with a daily prix fixe menu and à la carte options. Take the steps up into the older part of the city in the early evening to enjoy tapas, a glass of Cava (Spain’s sparkling wine) and a stroll among shops and restaurants. When the allure of the beach grows thin, the concierge can arrange a wide variety of local activities, including boat excursions, gastronomic tours and tastings, bicycle outings, and guided tours to nearby museums and attractions. The Hotel Trias offers the easy charm for which the Costa Brava is known, and a relaxed and restful beach holiday.


For a wonderful visit to the Veneto region of Northern Italy outside of the fray that is Venice, consider a jaunt to fascinating, culture-laden, nearby Padua. Padua is a rich and dynamic, but less visited city. See one of the most important masterpieces of Western art, Giotto’s fresco cycle, at the Scrovegni Chapel. Visit the University of Padua, founded in 1222 and one of the oldest in the world, where the likes of Galileo and Copernicus were professors. Wander the historic center with its many piazzas, antique Jewish ghetto, outdoor cafés and fine shopping. In the elegant salons or on the terraces of the renowned Café Pedrocchi, enjoy the eponymous coffee concoctions and stupendous people-watching. Improve your sightseeing stamina by staying at the Abano Grand Hotel, an “anti-aging” thermal spa in nearby Abano Terme. The only five-star deluxe hotel in Padua, the Abano is an oasis of thermal swimming pools, healing mud baths, serene and elegant Louis XV style guest rooms, attentive service and fine dining. The recently opened and ABANO GRAND HOTEL

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Pietro d’Abano, serves refined yet contemporary Italian fare paired with offerings from an extensive cellar. Guests can choose from an a la carte menu, or opt for the five-course chef ’s tasting menu, which changes daily. The James Bond Bar offers some of the bestmixed cocktails in Italy; when you’ve had your fill of wine and Prosecco, indulge in a Vesper martini and other 007 favorites. Between the attractions of Padua and the luxury resort enticements of the Abano Grande you could easily spend a week here, (as Europeans like to do) but if you must, Venice is only 45 minutes away…

pool, terrace bar, sitting rooms and grottos. Gordes is an exceptionally pretty and wellpreserved stone village, with charming shops, restaurants, cobbled streets and churches to explore to your hearts content. If you are headed to Provence any time soon, don’t miss a visit to this exceptional property. Member, Leading Hotels of the World.



La Bastide de Gordes, a luxury hotel spa perched on the ramparts of the walled, medieval town of Gordes in the Luberon, is a swoon-worthy place to stay in Provence. Everything the name Provence conjures–lavender fields, sunflower heads turned to the sun, ancient abbeys, rolling vineyards, gastronomic meals–is made real here. Once a private chateau, the Bastide boasts 33 bedrooms and six suites, done up in elegant toile LA BASTIDE DE GORDES

fabrics, period furniture, fine antiques and artwork. All guestrooms have lavish marble bathrooms and amenities like fine linens and toiletries. Public rooms are airy and elegant, all with extraordinary views over the valley. Service is exemplary here, from directions to nearby walking trails in the hills, to a recommendation of wine with dinner from the nearby vineyard featured in A Good Year and favored by director (and frequent guest) Ridley Scott. Wonderful Provençal and Mediterranean fare is featured in the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, which encompasses an elegant stone-vaulted dining room, terrace overlooking the hills, and private dining cellar. The hotel features a beautiful, stone-clad Sisley spa with a range of mind-body treatments, an indoor and an outdoor swimming


Enter the former home and grounds of artist Bernard Buffet for a stylish and gourmet villa stay in Provence. Situated on over 90 rolling acres, the villa offers a luxury rural retreat with exquisite guestrooms, lavish salons, intimate dining areas, covered courtyards and magnificent terraces. Spacious rooms and suites are individually decorated in 18th century French country style, with beautiful papered walls, elegant furnishings, ornate bathroom tiles and unique objets. The villa is awash in color, a tribute to Buffet’s keen eye and expressionist style. Here one can take a cooking lesson, join a Pilates or yoga class, climb to a waterfall, play tennis, lounge by the swimming pool, enjoy tranquil spa services, and admire the property’s views over the hills of Provence. Olive oil served and sold in the restaurant is cultivated on the property, as are honey, herbs, and vegetables. A complimentary afternoon tea with house made pastries is served daily, on the terrace if weather permits, in one of the charming salons if the Mistral is blowing. The same holds for dinner, which is a nightly tasting menu of the chef ’s preparation of seasonal, locally sourced, farm fresh fare. Nearby Tourtour, a lovely, typical Provençal village, sports winding streets, fountains, watchtowers, cafés and art galleries, if you can tear yourself away from the myriad and magical offerings of this enchanting domaine.


A unique, 60-room boutique hotel, Cour des Loges lies in the heart of Lyons’ charming, regentrified, old town. (Don’t lose the code on your email confirmation; you’ll need it to open the gate to drive through the pedestrianonly streets to the hotel’s entrance). Step back through time into a renaissance-era chateau with tapestried walls, brick arches, coffered ceilings, candlelight and an enclosed, interior courtyard that now serves as the Loges Michelin-starred restaurant. Twisting stairways (and a 21st C. elevator) lead guests to individually decorated rooms awash in silk and antiques. Enormous bathrooms offer every amenity, and hidden pleasures. Opulence abounds. Mystery prevails. Les Loges restaurant, a soaring Italianate space at the heart of the hotel, is overseen by talented young chef Anthony Bonnet, who earned the restaurant its Michelin star with refined yet exciting gastronomic cuisine. Duck foie gras with onions and roots served in half of an orange; braised veal sweetbreads with black truffles in pithiviers (pastry crust); and codfish from Brittany with seasonal vegetables with cinnamon bark and Tonka beans, are the kinds of dishes that wow the palate and earn accolades. Don’t be surprised if you see elegant clientele eating their soft cheeses off of their knives here, as French etiquette permits them


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The epitome of a sophisticated boutique hotel quietly tucked into a street just off the Champs Elysees in the 8 th arrondissement, Hotel Marignan offers, in the words of its owner, Nathalie Richard, luxury, authenticity, confidentiality and modernity. After a day of shopping and museum hopping, returning to this oasis, a home away from home, one can only marvel at its marriage of contemporary architecture and design while enjoying the spirit of its rich textured past. In its former life, the hotel was the private home of a succession of great families and generals of the French Empire. It then became an aristocratic house when the Princess CharlesMarie de Faucigny-Lucinge, took possession to house her celebrated art collection. In 1925 it became the Elysees Palace. The reception rooms were retained while a succession of owners transformed the building, little by little, adding rooms with ornamental columns and the terraces on the top floor, all in art deco style. The Richard family took ownership in 2004 and six years later, Nathalie Richard chose Pierre Yovanovitch, to put his signature style on this project. Guests entering the hotel are greeted by a red “serpent” sofa in the lobby, and “rainbow” bookshelves, juxtaposed with contemporary art. Ceramic lighting fixtures and sconces in the lobby and an exquisite chandelier in the bar and dining room add glamour to the décor. Suites on the parlor floor boast impressive thirteen-foot ceilings, others offer views of the Eiffel Tower with spacious terraces furnished



like outdoor living rooms. The hotel is exceptionally well soundproofed, leading to a sense of absolute calm. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the exquisitely elegant and intimate dining room, where you can dine on such favorites as artichauts poivrade barigoule (barigoule artichokes), slow cooked duck foie gras accompanied by campagne kayser bread, a savory delicacy. For an entrée, the cote de veau romarin, accompanied by fevettes and petit pois, (a braised veal chop with rosemary, broad beans


Upon entering the Hotel Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel, the first thing you notice is–you guessed it–a magnificent, close-up view of the Eiffel Tower dominating the Paris skyline. The hotel, located on 18 Avenue de Suffren, recently underwent an extensive renovation, overseen by designer Christophe Pillet, renowned for his elegantly understated approach to interiors. This five-star hotel in the 7th arrondissement features a color palette of warm yellows, reds and oranges accentuated by forest greens and juxtaposed with wood, stone and mirrors. This harmony of colors lends itself to a sense of calm and tranquility, not found in usual chain hotels. Its 430 guest rooms, including 26 suites, all feature memory foam pillows. A popular place for meetings, there are twenty-three meeting spaces that can be set up for any function. On the tenth floor are the Business Playground

and Salon Trocadoro boardrooms featuring panoramic views of Trocadoro as well as the Eiffel Tower. Guests who want to fit an exercise schedule into their Parisian vacation can work out at the Fit Lounge while enjoying a stunning view of the city. The Fit Lounge offers individual coaching and exercise classes with the accent here on relaxation and regeneration. Massages are available upon request. As an added attraction, for those who want to shop, The Beaugrenelle shopping center is just around the corner. And of course, it’s a short walk to the entrance of the Eiffel Tower, which is a mustsee when you are in Paris. There is a casual coffee shop on the lower level, where guests can partake of a hot and cold buffet every day. The California Frame restaurant on the first level offers casual fare.


the largest in a Parisian luxury hotel. The exclusive Cigar Lounge, Club Vinales, is a dark-wooded escape into exclusivity and pleasure, reserved for members and guests, each with their own private humidor. Guests can enjoy the latest movies in a luxury cinema equipped with 3D and the latest technological equipment.

Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris is an exquisite hotel in the 8th arrondissement, with one hundred forty-nine rooms and suites with elegant period furnishings, one quarter mile from the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe. Originally opened in 1928, it was recently refurbished by the renowned designer and architect, Philippe Starck, into a sophisticated, inspiring and imaginative residence emboldened with Starck’s touch of panache and irreverence, imbued with the Gallic spirit. For art aficionados, the Monceau offers an art gallery focusing on the latest contemporary art with an art concierge, who will help guide you to the best art happenings, galleries and museums in Paris. Works from the collection are exhibited in the hotel rooms and suites as well as in the public areas and garden. Just across the hall, La Librairie is known to be the leading contemporary art bookstore in a Parisian luxury hotel. Its spa, the first for My Blend by Clarins, is a paradise of pure white including a twenty-three LE ROYAL MONCEAU RAFFLES PARIS meter infinity pool, said to be

The hotel boasts two fine restaurants, La Cuisine, which immerses guests in a friendly artistic décor in keeping with the rest of the hotel while serving up the finest French dishes; and Il Carpaccio, the only one-star Michelin Italian restaurant in Paris, which offers the finest in Italian food under the auspices of Chef Roberto Rispoli. The restaurants are situated side by side overlooking the Terrace Garden, a place of luminous greenery and moving water. Both restaurants share the limelight under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Laurent Andre, while head sommelier, Manuel Peyrondet, is always on hand to help you select the correct wine to go with your dinner. 37 Avenue Hoche, Paris.

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This latest addition to the five-star hotel scene in London, the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, in the heart of the city, is within walking distance to the London Dungeon and the famous London Bridge. Also nearby are Borough Market and HMS Belfast. There are also unsurpassed views from its rooms of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, London Bridge and other famous London landmarks. Occupying floors 35 to 52 at Renzo Piano’s iconic building at the Shard, it is the first venue in the UK to be managed by the Chinese hospitality group, and the commanding views over many of London’s outstanding landmarks are awesome. The hotel has 202 rooms on nineteen floors and offers babysitting or childcare, and a business center. All rooms have LED televisions with digital channels, complimentary wireless internet access and bathrooms, which include separate bathtubs and showers and designer toiletries. For those who like to watch the news while getting dressed, there is a television on each mirror in the bathroom as well as heated toilet seats and towel bars. An added feature is



In the heart of London’s fashionable Marylebone district, visitors to this hotel will be greeted by a stunning glass-roofed eight-story atrium with towering palm trees, and an indoor pool and spa. Rooms are decorated with fine fabrics and elegant furniture and the marble bathrooms are equipped with designer toiletries throughout. However, this building did not always look like this. As one of the last grand Victorian railway hotels, opened in 1899, the Landmark has undergone many changes in its history. At the beginning of World War I, it was requisitioned for use as a convalescent home for officers. In 1949, the British Transport Commission took it over until 1986. In 1991, it was restored by the Hazama Corporation and was sold to the Lancaster Landmark Hotel Company in 1995. After a shopping binge in Paris, what could be more pleasant than a hotel with a Health Club and Spa that offers relaxing and therapeutic treatments including massage, reflexology, even hot stone treatments. There is also a



sauna, steam rooms and fully equipped gym. Be sure to try afternoon tea while you are here. The Landmark, holder of two AA Rosettes and a member of the esteemed Tea Guild, features an assortment of sandwiches, freshly baked scones and French pastries, freshly brewed leaf and herbal tea and for those who love chocolate, a chocolate afternoon tea as well. The Winter Garden restaurant at the heart of the atrium offers fine modern cuisine presided over by a very conscientious wait staff, who will attend to your every need. Whether it be braised octopus as an appetizer or charbroiled sole with artichokes as an entrée, everything is served with fresh ingredients, and will make for a memorable dining experience. If you opt for a more informal setting, 222 Restaurant and Bar in the hotel is a place to relax and enjoy a cocktail or a glass of wine, along with such culinary delights as green chicken curry or a grilled filet steak served with bearnaise sauce. 222 Marylebone Road, London.


the Shangri-La bed, featuring patented bodycontouring technology, guaranteed to give you a good night’s sleep. Floor to ceiling windows showcase breathtaking views of the city’s landmarks and you can watch the life of the city unfold along the River Thames. The coffee shop, Lang, specializes in British cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and light fare. Gong, the cocktail bar on the 52nd floor, has made a name for itself in a short time as the highest champagne bar in London. Its rich, lush interior in shades of gold and burgundy with chairs overlooking a shimmering infinity pool is an inviting place to wind down after a day of sightseeing in London and enjoy a drink. For casual dining, Ting Lounge, specializes in

Asian cuisine. Its main restaurant, Ting, with gleaming marble floors and a gracefully warm, minimalist interior, is a safe haven from the hustle and bustle of the city below. Executive chef Emil Minev excels with modern European dishes with an Asian twist. He uses produce from nearby local food markets and each dish is delicately crafted with meticulous attention to detail. His artistic creations are a sight to behold. Next to each bed, there is a bound book, “Lost Horizon” by James Hilton. It tells the story of a group of people marooned in “Shangri-La.” Everything they could want or need is there for them, away from the cares of the rest of the world. Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard London lives up to its name.

The Dorchester Spa, relaunched five years ago as an Art-Deco-styled temple to treatments, features the Carol Joy London hairdressing salon, which offers a consultation, cutting, styling and coloring. Its intensive hair treatments use golden millet oil and diamond dust ingredients. There is also a gentlemen’s barber shop that has been offering traditional grooming services for over thirty years. The Spatisserie is an intimate space for light lunches, afternoon tea, champagne and spa cocktails. The hotel’s other restaurants include The THE DORCHESTER HOTEL


minous oval curtain. The table is surrounded by 4,500 shimmering fiber optics, which drop from the ceiling, allowing guests to enjoy the ambiance of the restaurant while still being screened from view. Guests are served exclusively with Hermes china, Puiforcat silverware and Saint Louis crystal. A sample of Alain Ducasse’s lunch menu includes royale of foie gras accompanied by celeriac and dried figs presented in silver ovalshaped covered bowls. A soft-boiled quail egg in a cucumber sauce had a delicate flavor as did the succulent plaice, a light white fish surrounded by seasonal vegetables. Top this off with a dark chocolate bar surrounded by fresh raspberries or a dish of sorbet. 53 Park Lane, London


When visiting the Dorchester, London, now over eighty years old and one of the world’s most iconic hotels, it is easy to see why it is a favorite of celebrities, world leaders and royalty ALAIN DUCASSE AT THE DORCHESTER PHOTO BY PIERRE MONETTA

45 Park Lane, in the heart of London’s Mayfair, is the sister hotel to The Dorchester, located just a few steps away. Opened in 2011, it boasts 45 rooms, each overlooking Hyde Park, and containing unique works of art by contemporary British artists including Damien Hurst, Sir Peter Blake, and Brendan Neiland. Known for its contemporary interiors designed by New York-based designer PARK LANE HOTEL

alike, for it is the epitome of timeless glamour. Its 250 rooms and suites, adorned with antique furniture, beautiful English wallpaper and the finest of fabrics, are designed with one’s comfort in mind. Everything from the white Italian marble bathrooms with their extra deep bathtubs, to the exquisite views of Hyde Park from the beautifully festooned windows, adds an aura of elegance to the surroundings. The suites at the Dorchester are indeed fit for a king and queen. Two adjoining rooms offer unparalleled luxury. A canopied bed, English writing desk, a fireplace, and exquisite moldings throughout, add to the décor.

Promenade, with grand marble pillars, known worldwide for its afternoon tea, served from 1:30 to 6:30 pm; The Bar, known for its fine selection of award-winning cocktails; and China Tang, set in the Art-Deco style of the 1930s, offering authentic Cantonese cuisine. However, visitors to the hotel must experience the three-star Michelin Alain Ducasse restaurant at The Dorchester, where executive chef Jocelyn Herland interprets the famed chef ’s cuisine using seasonal produce from British and French suppliers. For a private gathering, The Table Lumiere is the centerpiece of this restaurant, shielded from the rest of the patrons by a luWESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


Thierry Despont, each of the hotel’s guestrooms is immaculate and spacious, with such amenities as freestanding showers and mirrormounted TV screens. If you’re lucky enough to book the 9th floor Penthouse Suite, its ArtDeco design and wrap around balcony featuring panoramic London cityscape views, will make for a memorable experience. For your enjoyment, a yoga DVD and mat are provided in every room, or you can work out with fitness guru Matt Roberts in a series of in-room fitness videos. The hotel also has a Fitness Studio open seven days a week. For those who prefer to get their exercise jogging, just walk across the street to Hyde Park for access to prime jogging terrain; for bicycling through the park, Brompton bicycles are available. If you would like a pre-dinner cocktail, head for Bar 45, and if you’re looking for a light dinner, ask for the bar menu of “Rough CUTS” by Wolfgang Puck, where you can choose from mini Kobe beef sliders to spicy tuna tartare cones. However, during your stay, you will want to sample the menu of famed restaurateur Wolfgang Puck’s first restaurant in Europe, CUT, with its enticing menu and vibrant interior, overseen by executive chef David McIntyre. The walls are covered with prints by British artist Damien Hurst, and the menu with its large range of offerings of steak, includes Wagyu/Black Angus beef from Queensland, Australia, topped off with such exquisite sauces as shallot and bordelaise, Armagnac and green peppercorn, or creamy horseradish. The menu also includes

pan-roasted lobster, sautéed whole fresh fish and seasonal salads. The outstanding cuisine is accompanied by an exceptional wine list of over 600 wines. 45 Park Lane, London


Tucked away off fashionable Sloane Street in the Knightsbridge/Chelsea section of London, 11 Cadogan Gardens has a unique history dating back to 1717 when Charles, the second Baron Cadogan, married Elizabeth Sloane, the daughter of Sir Hans Sloane, who had purchased the Manor of Chelsea in 1712. Three hundred years later, the family still owns the Estate, presided over by the present Viscount Chelsea, who succeeded his father, Earl Cadogan, in 2012. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, behind its classic Victorian façade, 11 Cardogan Gardens resembles a grand private residence. On ascending the stairs, guests are greeted by many gilded oil portraits of distinguished royalty and aristocrats, reminiscent of days gone by. The hotel is very English in feeling with lifts that open with old-fashioned wrought iron gates. Upon entering one of the 54 elegant rooms or suites, which incorporate an array of rich colors throughout, one’s eye is drawn to the plush brocade fabrics, gilt edged mirrors and Murano glass chandeliers that add to the glamorous ambiance of this historic building. For those who wish to work out, 11 Cardogan

Gardens has been refurbished to combine the latest facilities and technologies with the architectural features and style of a romantic, bygone era. The gym is fitted with high-performance physical fitness facilities, and all equipment have touch screen TVs and radio monitors. There is a lovely library off the main lobby, where you can enjoy a drink before dining at Tartufo, the hotel’s signature restaurant. Chef Manuel Oliveri offers an exquisite contemporary menu which is light and inventive. He uses the freshest ingredients, from seasonal truffles and homemade breads to Wiltshire cured bacon served at breakfast. For those who wish to shop, the fashionable houses of Tom Ford, Alberta Ferretti, Prada and Club Monaco line Sloane Street. Harrods Department Store, the Saatchi Gallery, the Victoria and Albert and Natural History and Science Museums are all a short distance away. 11 Cadogan Gardens, Knightsbridge, London.


The Edition group of hotels is the creation of Ian Schrager, a constant trendsetter in the hotel industry. Schrager has partnered with Marriott International to create an expanding group of





ultra-chic Edition Hotels, a lifestyle brand that offers guests a chic and modern space that just feels right, whether you’re traveling for work or pleasure. The rooms are luxurious, modern and outfitted with marble baths and the most inspiring mini bar ever. The London Edition has a fascinating backstory beginning in 1854, when the property was developed into a row of luxury houses. At the height of the Edwardian era, 50 years later, the houses were converted into the luxurious Berners Hotel, becoming the center of London’s nightlife. Luminaries such

as King Edward VII and Carl Fabergé wined and dined in these magnificent rooms. Over one hundred years later, the hotel continues to be a rousing success. The London Edition’s classical architecture is the backdrop for the stunning work of renowned interior design firm Yabu/Pushelberg. The original splendor has been artfully restored, and velvet sofas in emerald green entice guests to socialize and unwind, while a sumptuous walnut workspace offers up Apple computers and stations for personal laptops. On the weekends, the lobby is abuzz with activity, with an A-list crowd mingling at the bar, others taking to the pool table or chatting by the fireplace. Perfectly situated in London’s Fitzrovia neighborhood, the Edition is walking distance to Soho, Covent Garden, Oxford Street and the theatre district’s West End. Berners Restaurant is a must for breakfast; the space is spectacular, only to be matched by the delicious culinary offerings.

don address should be the upscale and modern Belgraves London Hotel. Set in London’s aristocratic Belgravia neighborhood, home to embassies and ambassadors, Belgraves Hotel is a combination of time-tested British hospitality with a touch of American “boheme.” Belgraves London is one of a total of six ultra-modern Thompson Hotels in the U.S., Toronto, and London. Acclaimed British designer Tara Bernerd has created the ambiance of a swank New York City loft at this London property. The lobby’s intimate seating areas beckon guests with low velvet couches, subdued lighting and coffee tables piled with books. The rooms are just as “mod,” with wide, wood plank floors, animal print area rugs, and oversized leather headboards. I especially loved the desk alcove surrounded by windows over-

looking a lush Belgrave Square. After a day touring nearby Kings Road and Sloane Street, guests unwind with cocktails on the Cigar Terrace while perusing the humidor’s vintage Cuban cigars. Tucked away is the Snug Bar, possibly the coziest spot in London, where locals and guests meet and mingle on cashmere sofas. At the hotel restaurant, Pont St., London’s youngest female executive chef, Sophie Michell, serves up delicious contemporary seafood with a menu inspired by her Mediterranean sojourns. Pastas, jams, cakes, and chocolate truffles are all handmade. As you may have guessed, Belgraves is not your average luxury boutique hotel; Thompson has created the feel of a private club, with bespoke service and delicious fare. BABYLON AT THE ROOF GARDENS


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It is most unusual to find a restaurant situated one hundred feet above the ground, but Babylon at the Roof Gardens towering over Kensington’s High Street, is just that. This elegant, contemporary space with a subtle “nature” theme, emphasized by vivid greens and leaf motifs is a popular eatery for Londoners. The gardens were designed in the 1930s by Welsh designer Ralph Hancock, and today they are on a Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest and may not be demolished, extended or altered without special permission from the local planning authority. The dining area of Babylon, on the seventh floor, offers a classic British menu that changes with the seasons and features the freshest seasonal produce. Diners can choose from a chilled seafood menu, including such delectable delights as corn-dressed crab with mayonnaise, shallots, chopped boiled egg and parsley accompanied by sourdough toast; or lobster, oysters WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM



is the latest venture for Michelin-starred chef, Jason Atherton, in partnership with Restaurant Associates. Head chef Paul Walsh dishes up contemporary European cuisine, creating simple dishes, showcasing the best of British ingredients in a beautiful environment. Try the John Dory with mussels and the strawberry soufflé for dessert. If you prefer a casual dinner with a large selection of drinks to choose from, City Social also features a bar area that seats 85 people in a stylish, glamorous setting with incredible views of London down below. Bar service includes a selection of cocktails inspired by the 19101930s prohibition era. Award-winning mixologist, Gareth Evans, has designed simple, short, spirit-based cocktails featuring Scotch, American whiskies, gins and cognacs; be sure to try his Champagne cocktails. 25 Broad Street, London


It’s no surprise that the Metro Wine Bar and Bistro is a culinary success given that renowned hotelier David Levin is at the helm. Discreetly tucked away on Knightsbridge’s Basil Street, the restaurant is located in the stylish 5-star boutique hotel, The Levin. A stone’s throw from Harrod’s, Harvey Nichols, and the chic designer shops on Sloane Street, the Levin is a must on your London dining excursion. The Metro serves British favorites like fish and chips, Shepherd’s pie, double baked cheese soufflé, and a mouthwatering selection of puddings and warm chocolate torte.



and mackerel rillettes. Among entrées, the diver scallop and roasted chicken with an English pea velouté, baby courgette flower, peas and pea shoots, and an English asparagus fritter doused in lemon oil is a succulent dish. A popular vegetable is the steamed baby bok choi with smoked rapeseed oil and fried crumbs. Complete the meal with an awesome apricot and Cointreau soufflé. An



extensive wine list is available. 99 Kensington High Street, London


A recent addition to the London scene, City Social at Tower 42 has started off with a bang. Situated on the 24th floor of this iconic skyscraper in the heart of London, the restaurant

Yotem Ottolenghi’s cookbooks, Plenty and Jerusalem, are favorites of mine, not only for the innovative recipes of Mediterranean, Middle East, and Asian dishes, but for the fascinating story behind the partnership of Yotem Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. Both grew up in Jerusalem–Yotem in the Jewish west, and Sami, in the Arab east. Their paths crossed while they were both living and working in the London food scene. Certainly, my trip to London would not have been complete without a visit to Nopi, Ottolenghi’s West End restaurant. The restaurant is dazzling, bathed in white with marble floors, tile walls and tabletops. The monochromatic theme allows the imaginative

for a pre-theatre meal, or a more leisurely breakfast, lunch or dinner.



A trip to London is not complete without Afternoon Tea; the InterContinental London Park Lane Wellington Lounge offers service fit for a Queen. First course is a three-tiered platter with mouth-watering sandwiches, including free-range coronation chicken with mango and coriander cress; and a buttery Speyside smoked salmon, cucumber and lemon. The French have their croissants, but the English have their warm sultana buttermilk scones. Desserts include raspberry and shortbread Eton Mess, Victoria sponge cake, a flawless pink and yellow checked Battenberg cake with a marzipan shell, and the executive chef ’s own Windsor Castle recipe, a coffee mousse and walnut torte. NOPI

dishes to stand out boldly–and stand out they do. Dining at Nopi is a shared experience, as guests are encouraged to dine tapas-style. Located in London’s Theater neighborhood, Nopi is perfect


Afternoon Tea at Thames Foyer will bring out the child in you; it will delight your eyes and thrill your taste buds. Considered to be the center of the iconic 1880 Savoy hotel, The

Thames Foyer was the elegant room where the dinner-dance was conceived. The tradition of live music continues today; musicians serenade guests as they feast on scrumptious culinary treats. The Traditional High Tea begins with a selection of finger sandwiches, followed by smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, served with toasted crumpets and homemade strawberry preserves. Adjacent to the Thames Foyer THAMES FOYER

is the Savoy Tea, a sweet shop where skilled chocolatiers create beautiful morsels using the finest chocolates. Decorative tins with teas from all over the world and homemade preserves are ideal souvenirs.


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THE RITZ-CARLTON, BACHELOR GULCH ON BEAVER CREEK MOUNTAIN THERMAE BATH SPA ‘lazy river’ hot tub. Start the day with the Mountain Spa Morning Package, combining a morning snowshoe tour, yoga and massage or try the Spa’s “Hot Toddy For The Body.” Après ski, unwind at the new Bachelor Lounge, an exclusive adults-only escape featuring handcrafted cocktails, fine imported cigars and music nightly. Try



he Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch on Beaver Creek Mountain in Avon, Colorado is out to spoil you. The renowned resort completed a multi-million dollar renovation last year, and has added some fabulous new amenities. The Great Room is fantastic, the central meeting spot for hotel guests and visitors. Dining is first rate: the open kitchen at Buffalos invites diners into the culinary action led by Executive Chef Fabien Buraud. The fare is casual with an emphasis on local organic ingredients, as well as his signature Buffalo and Bison specialties. And then there’s Spago, THE place to be seen. Love the buzz of Wolfgang Puck’s sensational American cuisine. There’s no morning hassle when you ski at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. Ski valets are at your service: boots are warmed for your morning arrival and skis await you on the snow. When you return, hot cider and hot chocolate take the chill away. If you have forgotten anything, the famed alpine retailer Gorsuch is now open adjacent to the lobby. For the ultimate convenience, in-room private custom ski and boot service is also available for Club Level Guests. An iPad-toting boot fitter will arrive at



your door with a rolling equipment cart ready to outfit your family. Decompress at the 21,000 square foot Spa and Fitness Center featuring 19 treatment rooms, an integrated wellness program, Pilates and yoga studios, and a rock lined grotto and

their flavored Vaportinis or have a hookah experience in the contemporary indoor lounge or heated outdoor smoking area around the fire. Debuting this season are the two magnificent Penthouse Suites, ideal for families seeking exclusive residential accommodations. Both three-bedroom penthouses boast expansive living areas, impressive views and access to all Ritz Carlton Club Level services, with continuous beverage and food service, as well as oncall airport and local transportation. The Ritz-Carlton “Chef at Your Service” culinary team is also available to prepare meals right in your penthouse kitchen. With its groomed-to-perfection ski trails in the winter and magnificent Colorado summers, the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch on Beaver Creek Mountain is the perfect spot for friends and families to reconnect year round.




he town of Park City, Utah rocks. It’s got a vibrant Main Street, three world-class ski resorts, an exciting dining and entertainment scene and is home to the annual Sundance Film Festival. Convenient to get to, Park City is only 40 minutes from Salt Lake City International airport, with several non-stop flights daily from New York’s JFK. For luxury travelers and families alike it’s a wonderful year-round destination. Park City Mountain, recently purchased by Vail Resorts, has long been the “locals” spot, with one lift rising right up from historic Main Street. Canyons, which has been in the Vail Resorts fold for only a few seasons, has come alive under Vail’s guidance and resources. The biggest news for next season has taken the ski world by storm: Vail Resorts will be connecting the two, renamed Park City Mountain Resort. Combined, there will be over 7,300 skiable acres of terrain, creating the largest mountain resort in America. Fifty million dollars of improvements will include an eight passenger interconnect gondola, as well as upgrades to several other lifts and on-mountain restaurants. Each ski area is impressive, but combining the two is sure to make for a memorable guest experience. Vail Resorts is the largest mountain resort operator in the United States. Along with Park


City Mountain Resort and Canyons, its ski areas include the iconic Vail, as well as Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area, and Afton Alps and Mt. Brighton in the Midwest. And you can ski all the areas with one reasonably priced season pass. The Vail Resorts “Epic Pass,” the most incredible deal in all of ski country, allows unlimited access to all of the these resorts, as well as five days in Verbier, Switzerland, Les Trois Valles in France and Niseko, Japan. Ski the World: 21 mountains… four Countries…1 EPIC PASS.

DEER VALLEY is the most exclusive of the trio of Park City Resorts. It features a limited number of skiers per day, no snowboarders and mountain hosts at every turn to simply make your day more enjoyable. It also boasts three of the world’s finest mountain hotels: The Stein Eriksen Lodge, The St. Regis Deer Valley Resort, and the Montage Deer Valley. But Deer Valley’s secret weapon–the thing that sets it apart from any other US ski resort– is undoubtedly the food. Whether it’s the elegant Mariposa, the romantic Fireside Dining, family-friendly Royal Street Café, or the incredible Seafood Buffet, it’s nothing short of a foodie feast. Even a quick lunch on the slopes is memorable at the Natural Salad Buffet, with freshly carved meats and world famous turkey chili. This season brings the debut of the Brass Tag, a casual dining spot with a brick oven twist, a perfect place to meet friends for a cocktail, appetizers or light dinner after a great day on the hill. THE BRASS TAG AT DEER VALLEY







fter finishing a most delicious blackened crawfish taco smothered in creamy dressing and hot sauce, one of Austin’s most renowned delicacies from Surf & Turf Po’ Boys, I sat down on the curb next to an old friend from Northwestern, an investment banker with a love for electronic music, who I hadn’t seen in years. At SXSW® 2014 I ran into friends and colleagues from nearly all walks of life, a friend who handles social media for the Clinton Foundation, a fellow film major who was one of the hottest breakout directors from Sundance 2013, band managers and music journalists I had met at a music conference in Greece two years ago. I felt like I was in a bizarre version of “This is Your Life.” Even a rented bicycle offers a random connection. SXSW® Cycles offers free bike rentals, essential for navigating back-to-back film screenings, lectures, barbecues and concerts. When I unlocked my bike, I noticed something pink in my basket, a plastic pink flower with a note attached: “Please upload a picture of you with the flower and then pass it on to someone else! #193project.” I instagrammed my flower picture and passed the flower on to a tie-dyed bystander named Roxy and headed out to the first music showcase of the night. No, this isn’t Burning Man, although it may sound like it. South by Southwest® (SXSW®) features three major conferences and festivals in



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of New Yorkers struggle with anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder and/or exercise addiction. These complex, progressive and debilitating illnesses require medical, nutritional and psychological intervention. They attack the health (and hijack the families) of millions of women and men from every background, age and ethnicity. It’s no wonder that people suffering from eating disorders often need a structured treatment environment to achieve recovery. However, until recently, New York had no residential eating disorder programs. In fall 2014, Monte Nido New York opened in Irvington, with an evidence-based, state-ofthe-art residential program drawing on two decades of expertise in California and Oregon. The facility includes a tranquil manor house and 11 acres of wooded grounds 17 miles north of Manhattan. “Lack of residential programs left a major void,” according to eating disorders expert Carolyn Costin, LMFT, MA, Founder and Chief Clinical Officer, of Monte Nido & affiliates. “It was imperative to fill that gap, providing the TriState area with a level of care that significantly contributes to recovery and prevents relapse.” Douglas Bunnell, Ph.D., Executive Direc-



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SEMESTER ABROAD BY SIMON RICH September 23rd, 3014 Okay, so this is, like, my diary or whatever. I wasn’t going to keep one, because it’s sort of annoying to remember to do entries, but then I started thinking, when Derek and I are old, we’re going to look back at this time in our lives and be, like, “wow,” so I decided, I’m going to speak into my transcriber every night before I go to sleep, unless I’m, like, you know, really wasted. I guess I should start with the rocket launch. Derek came with me to the spaceport to say goodbye, which was really sweet of him, because he was right in the middle of a video game. And I was, like, “Long distance is going to be so hard, but I know we can make it work, because we’re fully invested and we love each other,” and he was, like, “yeah.” The flight was awful. I had to put my phone away during lift-off, even though I was right in the middle of texting Derek. Eventually, the pilot said phones were okay, but by then we were in outer space, so when I took out my phone it kept floating around the cabin, which was, like, annoying. Eventually, I was able to finish texting Derek, but he didn’t text back, not even after I texted him again and also left him a voicemail and some holograms. And I started to freak out, because my semester abroad just started and things were already weird between me and Derek. So then the pilot was, like, “If you go to the observation deck, you can see a view of earth,” and I really wanted to go, because seeing earth from space is supposed to be this, like, transformative experience or whatever. But there’s no reception on the observation deck, and so I couldn’t go, because I was still waiting for Derek to text me back. He never did.

September 27th 3014 Okay, so, things with Derek have been really weird, but before I get into it, I guess I should talk about the program or whatever. I’m doing my

semester abroad on Saturn, which I know is, like, pretty random. I was going to do Mars, but everyone was doing Mars, and I didn’t want people to think, like, “Oh, she’s only doing Mars because everyone’s doing Mars.” So on the form I checked Saturn. Anyway, classes so far are pretty easy. It’s a lot of Saturn history, which is super boring, but there’s only two hours of lectures a day, and also the days here are two weeks long, so when you think about it, that’s really not so much class time. On the weekends there are optional tours you can do to see what life is like among the aliens (sorry, I mean, natives). I really want to do the tours, because I’m interested in other cultures and, like, one of the main reasons I’m doing semester abroad is to get perspective. But I haven’t had time because Derek has been so weird. Which brings me back to things with him. Okay, so, yesterday he finally sent me a hologram, but it was, like, only five seconds long and he did it at the dining hall so there were, like, bits of people’s arms and trays in it. And I was, like, if you can’t take the time to go inside an orb and send me a private hologram, how is this ever going to work? But I didn’t actually say that to him because I didn’t want him to think I was being clingy or whatever. Anyway, I’ve decided I’m not even going to think about Derek for a while, because this is my semester abroad and it’s supposed to be about me.

September 29th 3014 Tomorrow we have our first quiz. It’s on the culture of the Narvians, who are our host tribe. I’m sort of nervous, because at Williams I get time-and-a-half, and I’m worried that the teachers here won’t know that I get that. Also, the reading is really confusing. The Narvians don’t have any concept of “me” or “you” (they see their tribe as a “single, living being”). It’s, like, really hard to keep track of all the names. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


{ INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE } Anyway, yesterday morning I sent Derek a text to be, like, “I’m freaking out about the quiz,” and I figured he would just ignore it, as usual. But he wrote back right away, saying, “you’ll do fine,” and I was, like, oh my God, that’s so Derek. Just when I think he’s a total jerk, he’ll do something that’s freaking amazing and I’ll remember how much we love each other. In a way I think that this long distance thing is a good test for us, because if we can get through it, it means we were really meant for each other. Anyway, I was so relieved that things with Derek were finally good again that I signed up for one of the optional culture trips. We went to Titan, which is like the biggest moon. It’s sort of cool, because it has all these underground rivers. But when I tried to text a picture to Derek there was no reception. Like, none. So I complained to Narvia, who’s, like, the alien lady who runs the program. And I was like, “I don’t want to be rude, but in the brochure it said there would be reception and I’m, like, trying to make long distance work with my boyfriend Derek and there’s no reception.” She tried to fix my phone by zapping it with her eyes, and it helped a little, but not really. And at this point, I was sort of freaking out, because even though Derek can be a total jerk, I love him unconditionally, and I, like, for real want to have babies with him someday, and that’s, like, actually something I think about, and I don’t want it all to end just because of my stupid phone. So I was, like, “Narvia, what’s going on with the reception?” And she explained that a war had started that morning between the Narvians (her tribe) and the Gorgons (who live on some other moon). It’s complicated, but basically, when they have their battles, or whatever, it screws up reception. So I was, like, “I know it’s not your fault, or whatever, but I just want you to be aware that there isn’t reception.”

September 31st 3014 Last night was the worst. I was doing XanXan shots alone in my room and watching American Idol MXIII on Hulu when I realized I’d forgotten to eat dinner. The thing is, though, you’re not supposed to leave your pod at night, because that’s when the Gorgons do their air strikes. I thought about waiting until morning to eat, but my stomach was, like, literally rumbling. And so eventually, I was, like, forget it, I’m getting a Nutrigrain bar. So I put on my suit and floated down the hall, but when I got to the vending machine, they were out of blueberry, which is the only kind I like, and all they had was strawberry, which tastes like straight ass. And this was just, like, the last straw. So I called up Derek and he picked up, but he was acting really weird. And I heard voices in the background. And I was, like, “Are you at a party?” And he was, like, “No, I’m just hanging out with some people.” And I heard some girls laughing, and I was like, “Are there girls there?” And he was, like, “There are a lot of people here.” And I was, like, “I thought you said it wasn’t a party.” And he was, like, “It’s not a party.” So Narvia came by and was, like, “You must stay within your pod. The Gorgons are attacking.”

September 30th 3014 So the quiz went okay, but I think I screwed up the last part because I was having trouble concentrating. Narvia made us turn off our phones for the quiz, so the whole time all I could think about was Derek and whether or not he was trying to get through to me. Also, I was really, really hungry. That’s the one complaint I have about semester abroad: I’m interested in other cultures, and that’s why I came to Saturn, is to experience new things, but I’m sorry, the food here is ass. The Narvians don’t eat meat, because they believe everything has “a common soul,” and I respect that, or whatever. But the fruits and vegetables here are totally weird. All they have in the cafeteria are these purple star-shaped thingies and these giant petals from different flowers. There’s one vending machine in the hallway that has Nutrigrain bars and that’s what I’ve been living on this whole time. Also, there’s no beer, only XanXan, which is made out of flowers (like everything here). I’ve tried it, and it’s actually not horrible, but it makes you really hungover. I usually only drink on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and it’s a Tuesday, but the quiz was so stressful and things with Derek are so weird that I think I’m going to make an exception.



And I was, like, “Listen, I know this isn’t your fault, and I don’t want to be rude, but in the brochure it said there’d be nightlife and there isn’t any nightlife, like, at all.” And she apologized and said that the war had escalated, and that the Gorgons had started enslaving and torturing the Narvians, and because of her antenna, or whatever, she could physically feel it when her fellow Narvians were being tortured, because that’s how her species has evolved. And I was, like, whoa, too much information, but of course I didn’t say that, because I didn’t want to be disrespectful of her culture. So anyway she made me go back inside my pod, but by that point, Derek wasn’t picking up his phone.

{ INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE } I would never admit this to anyone, but sometimes I wonder if Derek and I are even compatible. I mean, I love him with all my heart, and I know he loves me, even though he’s never, like, said the words, or whatever. But the thing is, we have pretty different interests. For example, he’s really into full-immersion virtual reality first-person shooter games and I’m really into, like, relationships. That’s the whole reason why I’m majoring in communications – because I want to work for a non-profit when I graduate and try to save the world. I know a lot of people would say that’s a crazy pipe dream, and I should just give up, but I’m, like, you only live once and you have to seize the day or whatever. There’s this quote I saw once on my friend Karen’s yearbook page and I liked it so much that I put it on my yearbook page, even though I knew everyone would be, like, “you copied that from Karen,” but I was, like, who cares, I like the quote. It goes: “shoot for the moon, because even if you miss you’ll end up among the stars.” When I first saw that, I was, like, oh my God, I’m going to freaking cry, because I freaking love that. I try to talk about this kind of stuff with Derek, but it never works, because he doesn’t like to have deep conversations. All he wants to do is play his video games, and break his

SO I CALL HIM AND TEXT HIM AND LEAVE A VOICEMAIL AND A HOLOGRAM AND I EVEN SEND HIM A TELEPATHIC MESSAGE, EVEN THOUGH THEY’RE EXPENSIVE, AND MY PLAN DOESN’T COVER THEM IF I’M ROAMING, BUT DEREK NEVER RESPONDS. kill records, which are, like, really high, but so what? I’m trying to decide now whether to text him goodnight. I kind of want to, because I miss him like crazy, but also part of me is, like, he doesn’t deserve it, because I’ve sent him goodnight texts for nine straight days and he hasn’t written me back once. I don’t want to play games, though, because I don’t believe in them, so I’ll probably just text him what I always text him, which is, “Goodnight, XO, I love you.”

October 10th 3014 Derek broke up with me. That’s why I haven’t been recording new entries, because it happened four days ago, and since then I’ve just been crying. I was taking a quiz when he called me up out of the blue. You’re not supposed to use your phone in class, but Narvia was distracted, because

there was some big Gorgon battle going on, and her eyes were rolled back in her head, so I was able to sneak out and take the call. The first thing Derek says is, “I want to talk to you about something,” and my heart immediately starts pounding, because he never wants to talk about anything. So I’m like, “what’s up?” You know, trying to sound casual, and he’s, like, “I think we should do an open relationship.” And so I’m, like, “Where is this coming from?” And he’s like, “I don’t think long distance is working.” And so, by this point, I’m starting to get mad, because it’s not my fault long distance isn’t working, it’s his for not making an effort. So I blurt out, “if you’re going to be weird like this, what’s the point of even dating, why not just break up?” and he says “fine” and hangs up. And I’m, like, “Did what I think just happened actually just happen?” So I call him and text him and leave a voicemail and a hologram and I even send him a telepathic message, even though they’re expensive, and my plan doesn’t cover them if I’m roaming, but Derek never responds. And finally I realize, “oh my God, it’s over. Derek Kleinbaum and I are no longer a couple.” So for the next four days, I don’t leave my pod, not even to go to class, and eventually Narvia knocks on my door and I’m, like, great, just what I need right now. So I let her in and I expect her to lecture me about schoolwork or whatever but instead she says, “Please pack your bags. The rocket leaves in one hour.” And I’m, like, “what?” And she’s like, “Have you been watching the news?” And I’m, like, “No, Derek broke up with me.” And so she explains that the Gorgons won the war by rounding up all the Narvians and destroying them with a heat blast. And I’m confused, because she’s a Narvian, but she’s still alive, and she explains that she survived, because the lasers couldn’t permeate the school, but all of her friends and family died. And I’m, like, “Oh my God,” because that’s freaking horrible. And I start to feel really bad, because all this time I thought we had nothing in common, but now that she’s lost her tribe, and I’ve lost Derek, and both of our worlds have come crashing down, I realize we’re, like, the same person. So I’m, like, “I think it’s time for some XanXan,” and she waves her antenna like she doesn’t want any, but I just ignore her and pour out two huge shots. And we start downing shots, like, one after the other, and I’m, like, “I know what will get our minds off things, let’s play ‘Never Have I Ever!’” She doesn’t know how to play, so I explain the rules and say, “you go first.” And she’s, like, “Never have I ever seen so great a genocide as the one the Gorgons inflicted on my people.” And I want to be, like, no, you’re supposed to say fun stuff, but I don’t want to make her feel bad, so I just nod and take a sip. We finish the bottle and I get on the rocket, and that’s where I am now, just riding back home through space. And the pilot just said, “If you go to the observation deck, you can see a view of earth.” And I didn’t look the last time, but this time I kind of want to look, because who knows when I’ll get another chance? So I guess this is the end of my diary, because phones don’t work up there. So I guess I’m just going to turn this phone off and go up there. Okay. This is it. I’m doing it. I’m turning this off. I’m going up there.


Simon Rich is the author of The Last Girlfriend on Earth, What in God’s Name, Ant Farm, Free-Range Chickens, and Elliot Allagash. His work appears frequently in The New Yorker. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Excerpted from the book Spoiled Brats by Simon Rich. Copyright © 2014 by Simon Rich. Reprinted with permission of Little, Brown and Company. All rights reserved. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM




The Rudolf Steiner School

Georgetown Preparatory School 

New York, NY The Rudolf Steiner School, on the Upper East Side near the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is the first Waldorf school in North America (est. 1928). The coed school of 325 students is part of an international community of 1,200 schools worldwide. From Early Childhood through Grade 12, we cultivate students’ imaginations through the use of the arts in our studies of humanities, science, and math. The Waldorf method is designed to engage growing children with their surrounding world: in the Early Childhood through creative play and daily trips to Central Park; in Elementary School, students learn through social, emotional, and academic growth; and in the High School, the intellectual perspective combines the visual and performing arts with the academic curriculum. In the grades, each morning begins with a “main lesson” in one subject that lasts for three to four weeks. Students create beautifully illustrated main lesson books, which help them become independent, self-directed, and confident learners. Teachers stay with their class for several grades, sometimes from first though eighth grade. Students develop lasting relationships with their classmates and teachers. The high school prepares students for life by cultivating artistic expression, excellent writing, public speaking and through a rich academic program. Tenth grade students may participate in the school’s foreign exchange program where they live with Waldorf families and attend schools in Europe and South America. Students enjoy a social life that is lively and warm. Many participate in sports, including soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball and track, which are open to all students. Community service and trips to farms, the opera, Broadway, and museums, enhance the curriculum. Popular college choices include Georgetown, Brown, Columbia, Middlebury, Vassar, Smith and Rhode Island School of Design. Steiner graduates pursue a path defined by academic excellence, global perspective, social and environmental conscience, and well-earned confidence. Call or e-mail to arrange for a spring tour of our Early Childhood through grade 12 program, and attend our Open House for grades 7-12 on Thursday, April 9 from 6:30-8:00 PM. Learn more about why Waldorf education inspires students to be thinkers, creators, and innovators. Dr. William Macatee, Administrative Director Irene Mantel, Director of Admissions Telephone: (212) 535-2130 Website:

N. Bethesda, MD Georgetown Preparatory School enjoys the unique distinction of being the oldest Catholic Preparatory School for boys in the United States. The first Archbishop of Baltimore, John Carroll, established the “Academy on the Patowmack” in 1789, continuing a tradition of Jesuit education in Maryland that dates back to the founding of the colony more than three hundred fifty years ago. That tradition has for its purpose the same goals that St. Ignatius set for the administration of schools: “promoting the full growth of the person which leads to action based on sound understanding and enlivened by contemplation.”



We are celebrating our 225th year of educating men of competence, conscience, courage and compassion, men of faith, men for others. Georgetown Prep offers a rigorous, liberal arts education that encourages growth in mind, body, and spirit. As a boarding and day school, we foster a close-knit, global learning environment that challenges each student to achieve his utmost potential. Georgetown Prep students excel in academics, the arts, and athletics. However, at the heart of our education is a call to be men in service to others, who will, as St. Ignatius exhorted, “ite inflammate Omnia,” go forth and set the world on fire. By setting the bar high for our young men, we push them to be their very best. As a result, each year our graduates matriculate to some of the best colleges and universities in the world. Prep’s 92-acre campus features state of the art facilities including smartboards in all classrooms, a recording studio, and some of the best athletic facilities available. However, the learning environment at Prep reaches far beyond our front gates. Located directly across the street from the Metro Red Line, our students enjoy the benefits of studying in our Nation’s Capital. On any weekend, students can be found touring the Smithsonian, catching a Capitals or Georgetown University game at the Verizon Center, studying at the Library of Congress, or sharing a meal in Eastern Market. At Georgetown Prep, we shape our men into leaders that are prepared for the challenges of life and ready to meet them with reflective action. Brian J. Gilbert, Dean of Admissions, Georgetown Preparatory School, 10900 Rockville Pike, N. Bethesda, MD 20852. 301-214-1215;;;



Ecole d’Humanité Switzerland Situated at the base of a large ski area, the stunning natural setting of the Ecole d’Humanité provides a wholesome learning environment and exceptional opportunities for hiking, skiing, climbing, and other outdoor activities. The Ecole has a long history of graduating learners and leaders who demonstrate strong intellectual, social, and ethical habits, and who are globally-aware problem solvers capable of meaningful collaboration with adults and peers. Our academic program aims to promote meaningful understanding rather than surface knowledge. Students take three academic subjects per trimester, allowing them to concentrate on each one with special intensity. Small classes allow for individualized instruction and demand active participation. Students are not “marked” with grades, but instead receive extensive feedback from their teachers based on their papers, tests, and oral presentations. The Ecole is an official testing center for the College Board SAT exams. Students can prepare for exams leading to the Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID) and entrance to universities around the world. Recent graduates have been accepted to Oxford, Brown, NYU, Oberlin, Smith, Reed, Pitzer College, Kings College London, University of London, and to the University of Basel in Switzerland. To balance the intensive academic program students devote afternoons to the arts, sports, and craftsmanship. Blacksmithing, skiing or snowboarding, woodworking, team sports, rock-climbing, theater, music, gardening, and animal husbandry are just a few of the fields students can choose to explore. Special focus areas include our accredited Outdoor Education Program, Sustainability Program, and Arts Programs, including outstanding opportunities to pursue visual and performance art. Twice a year the entire school sets out in small groups on 4- and 6-day hikes into the mountains of Switzerland and Italy. Our 140 students live in fifteen “families” of two or three teachers and eight to ten students who live together in one of the school’s chalet houses. Living in a mixed group including students of both sexes and various ages and cultures helps everyone to see beyond stereotypes and appreciate individual differences. Our School Program is accredited by AdvancED and our Outdoor Program is accredited by Safety in Adventures. We are the only school in Switzerland to have earned this accreditation for outdoor education and safety. Contact: June Vinhateiro, Director of Admissions Email: Phone: 401.782.8682 (US) Website:

Barnesville, OH Olney Friends School is paving the way for the next generation of American innovators. With 178 years’ experience in successfully educating young men and women, the school is changing with the times in an effort to help students meet the demands of a global economy. Olney recently added an extensive STEM education program to its traditional, collegepreparatory program of integrated Humanities courses and farm-based learning opportunities. STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – has become a national priority. Demand for biomedical engineers, computer systems analysts, graphic designers, architects and environmental educators is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years, and a STEM education provides the necessary foundation for these and many other careers. At Olney, STEM education has characteristics that are unique among such programs. For decades, Olney was a school that served the Quaker families of southeast Ohio. That has changed, and today the school educates students of all faiths from across the nation and around the world. From its Quaker roots that date back to 1837, Olney has developed a long tradition of stewardship and a strong connection to the land and the environment. That heritage plays a prominent role in the rigorous


STEM program, with courses that supplement the standard biology, chemistry and physics. A STEM education at Olney includes courses in Environmental Science, Agriscience and Engineering, in partnership with the national Project Lead the Way organization. Designed to encourage collaboration, innovation, curiosity, critical thinking and social responsibility, these classes equip students to become analytical problem-solvers and ethical leaders of their communities and our changing world. The school’s 350-acre campus functions as a laboratory where students in grades 9-12 gain connections to natural resources and learn to make healthy choices for themselves and the environment. The Agriscience class provides lessons about the organic practices used on the school’s farm to help renew the land and produce crops that are shared regularly at school meals. That same class offers opportunities to learn practical life skills, as well as financial literacy. The school’s thriving Farm-to-Table program provides nutritious daily meals and the chance for students to help grow and prepare some of their own food. Olney Friends School is a co-educational, board and day school for students in grades 9-12. For more information, visit or call 740-425-3655. You can also follow Olney’s activities at WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM



Brewster Academy

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 over 860 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 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. 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,

Wolfeboro, New Hampshire Nestled in a resort community, Brewster Academy offers a student-centered, highly interactive, and collaborative college preparatory environment. The Brewster curriculum integrates best practices – guided practice, differentiation, peer tutoring, collaboration, project-based learning, and emotional literacy – to put the student at the center of the learning process. The faculty is dedicated and expert at teaching both knowledge and application skills and adept at understanding and teaching to individual learning styles. With a 1:1 laptop program in place for the past 20 years, use of innovative technologies to optimize teaching and


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. 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;




learning is at the foundation of its program. Knowing that EQ is as important as IQ (if not more so) to success, Brewster has partnered with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to implement a skills-based approach designed to help students use and reason with emotion to develop competency, skills, and knowledge related to character development, social awareness, and life skills. Competitive athletics, a rich arts curriculum, and an intensive community life program offer a community of learning and leadership opportunities. Students live in 20 dormitories with faculty and their families; most dorms boast views of the lake and mountains. Brewster’s athletics program serves both the competitive athlete who plans to play in college and the recreational athlete who prefers a less intense sports experience. Indoor athletic facilities include an athletics and wellness center with a convertible turf floor, an indoor track, a rowing tank, and a fitness center; and a climbing barn. Outside, six playing fields, including a new synthetic turf, nine tennis courts, and a boathouse for the sailing and crew teams sit along the school’s ½-mile of shoreline on Lake Winnipesaukee. Anderson Hall, an enhanced and expanded 450-seat performing arts center, opened in September after extensive renovations. A dance studio, blackbox theatre, and music practice rooms round out the performing arts spaces while a studio for more traditional arts and pottery and classrooms for digital arts and the latest hardware, software, and tools for producing digital media complete the visual and performing arts facilities. The Academy’s leaders believe it is the relentless centrality of the school’s focus – to prepare students for college; to prepare them to understand and manage their emotions, to learn to be adaptable, and to be lifelong learners that makes Brewster a relevant choice in a time of great change. Contact: Denise Morrill at 800-842-9961;

{ INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE } Kimball Union Academy Meriden, NH Kimball Union Academy is an ideal environment for learning set on 1,300 spectacular acres. Nestled among New England’s best ski mountains, we say, “opting out is not an option.” Our students are engaged citizens of the world supported by a world-class faculty, and enriched by a rigorous college preparatory program built on a cutting-edge curriculum. Immersed in a diverse, globally centered environment just 15 minutes from Dartmouth College, Kimball Union students are exposed to the world through experiential learning opportunities and study abroad programs. Connecting real world experiences with an advanced curriculum, Kimball Union Academy equips students with the skills necessary for success in college and beyond. This past December, we bid “güte reise,” or “safe travels” in German, to members of Kimball Union’s ski team, as they traveled to Hintertux, Austria for 4 weeks. Training with Olympians on the glacier, while maintaining their academic course load with the help of Kimball Union faculty, our skiers learned the importance of balance, commitment, and dedication. Kimball Union’s innovative technology-driven academic program enabled them to stay on track with their studies – even on the slopes shoulder to shoulder with World Cup skiers. On campus, students are engrossed in a wide variety of unique programs, including hydroponic vegetable production for consumption in our dining hall, even in mid-winter. Equipped with state-of-the-art Tower Gardens, students are increasing efficiencies in the greenhouse, and learning about sustainable practices. Our extensive science curriculum provides the academic foundation to launch students’ exploration of all the scientific disciplines. From athletic pursuits to scientific discovery, and an academic program rivaling any in the country, come discover the best environment for learning. For more information, please contact our admission office at (603) 469-2100 or e-mail KIMBALL UNION ACADEMY

MILITARY ACADEMIES Valley Forge Military Academy and College Wayne, PA Valley Forge Military Academy and College is an international leadership institution, comprised of a middle school, high school, and college. Located in Wayne, PA, 12 miles from Philadelphia, VFMAC offers commuting and boarding options. Students are immersed in a unique educational experience centered on academic excellence, personal motivation, and character that helps them reach their academic potential to achieve success in the classroom and beyond. From its cadet leadership ranks to the rifle club to its award-winning equestrian program, VFMAC teaches students leadership and responsibility in practical ways. Established in 1928, the Academy is an independent, private, college preparatory school for boys in grades 6-12. VFMA has a long tradition of instilling values and building selfconfidence to prepare tomorrow’s leaders. VFMA offers college preparatory academics, credentialed faculty, competitive PIAA athletics, VALLEY FORGE MILITARY ACADEMY AND COLLEGE and individual attention, providing cadets with an environment focused on their academic success. VFMAC President Dr. Stacey Sauchuk notes, “The education at the Academy builds minds and character, providing a solid, education alternative that prepares young men for college.” 95% of Academy graduates enter college after high school. High achieving students at VFMA may take college courses at Valley Forge Military College (VFMC) also located on the Wayne campus. These students experience college coursework, earn college credits, and a VFMC transcript. Established in 1935, Valley Forge Military College (VFMC) is a coeducational, accredited, private, two-year college. VFMC students are highly focused young women and men opting to hold themselves to a higher standard. They enroll in academic programs that lead to the AA, AS, or ABA degree. As a member of the NJCAA, Valley Forge’s competitive athletic programs provide students with physical development and competitive challenges. VFMC’s cadets compete in collegiate athletics including football, soccer, volleyball (women), cross-country (men and women), basketball (men and women), wrestling, and softball (women). From academics to athletics, Valley Forge Military College sets a higher standard to build future leaders of character. Additionally, VFMC is one of only five ROTC regiments in the country to offer the US Army’s Early Commissioning Program, providing students interested in becoming an officer in the US Army, the opportunity to earn their commission as a Second Lieutenant upon graduation – thereby earning both their commission and degree during their matriculation at Valley Forge. Small class sizes, specialized instruction, and dedicated faculty provide an enriching educational experience that imbues students with character traits and the skills to succeed. Contact: Jamieson Bilella, 610-989-1206; WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM



Riverside Military Academy

Melbourne, FL Florida Air Academy is a co-ed, college-prep military school for young boys and girls in grades 6-12. The school is located in Melbourne, Florida in the heart of Florida’s Space Coast, just a few hours north of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Boca Raton. For 53 years, Florida Air Academy has developed young men and women who blend academic ability, integrity and good character, along with a knowledge of world cultures, into a powerful force—well prepared for future success, growth, and leadership. The school offers Advanced Placement, Honors and traditional academic classes, and students can earn college credit through dual-enrollment. With 100% college acceptance since 1978, FAA provides a challenging academic program together with a structured environment that allows students to be successful in the classroom and well prepared for success in college and beyond. In the past four years, FAA seniors have earned well over $6 million dollars in college scholarships and acceptances to top colleges and universities. For those students looking for Military Focus, FAA has an active Air Force Junior ROTC program that has been an “Honor Unit” for a number of years—placing it in the top 20% of all AFJROTC units across the country. Students originate from more than 20 countries, and the school’s academic program provides individualized instruction while celebrating the diversity of the student body through academic study. FAA has successfully implemented a 1:1 Apple iPad Program, which provides technologycentered activities and real-world problem solving to engage and challenge students. Teachers also promote curiosity and learning in ways that reveal each student’s intellectual strengths, interests and passions. Florida Air Academy recognizes that school is much more than just education—it’s about each child’s unique journey into adulthood. The strong academic program is enhanced with an established athletics program, forward-thinking elective courses, and fun extracurricular activities that can be tailored to a child’s interests and life dreams! The school is also located minutes away from the Melbourne International Airport, where students can gain the certified instruction and flying time needed to earn a pilot’s license prior to high-school graduation. FAA is a member of and accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). It is also a member of the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA), and the Association of Military Schools and Colleges (AMCSUS). For more information, visit or call (321) 723-3211. Visit our website at or call 321-723-3211 X 30040

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. 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 2014 consisted of 97 cadets who were admitted to over 90 universities including the U.S. Air Force Academy , and the U.S. Military Academy –West Point, and received over $4.3 million in collegiate 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: or calling our admissions office at 800.MY.CADET.





{ INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE } DAY & BOARDING SCHOOLS Knox School St. James, NY The Knox School in Saint James is the North Shore of Long Island’s best-kept independent school secret, serving students in grades 6-12 and Post Graduate. We offer a comprehensive, challenging curriculum infused with the core values of Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Courage, Kindness and Scholarship. Our college preparatory program includes Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) offerings, prepares students for success at the university level, and provides them with the necessary skills to survive in our globalized 21st Century. Class sizes are small – 12 students per class is our maximum. Knox also offers an on-campus Crew Team and Equestrian Program, competitive athletic teams and co-curricular programs such as Model U.N., Student Government, National Honor Society, Visual, KNOX SCHOOL

Performing and Fine Arts and so much more. Rich in the fine and performing arts, Knox students can sing and act in a musical and play, dance, draw, sculpt, paint, design and sew clothing and costumes, capture life in photos and display their personal talents in our Solarium Art Gallery. What Knox does not offer is the confinement of the Common Core and the rash of testing that goes along with it. Instead, our focus is on building intentional learning communities in which our educators teach to the standards and levels of our global competitors. Our students are safe, accepted and tolerated, and the only “common” thing about our Knox environment is the commitment our entire school community has to education, success, and the advancement of each individual that makes up our diverse student body. One-on-one college counseling begins the summer before Junior year and continues until your child decides to which college or university he or she will commit. Recent college acceptances include: Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, Brandeis University, George Washington University, Northeastern University, Emerson College, Sarah Lawrence College, University of Miami, University of Connecticut, Syracuse University, Rutgers University, Michigan State University, Penn State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and many more…. Call to schedule a private tour or to speak to an admissions associate about The Knox School difference. We would be happy to share our honest, professional opinion with you about your child’s education, and the best way for you as a parent to help him or her realize his or her true potential. You can reach Knox admissions at 631-686-1600 EXT. 414. Or visit

Westover School Middlebury, CT Westover School, a leading college-preparatory school for girls since its founding in 1909, is a selective boarding and day school in Middlebury, Connecticut, with 206 students in grades 9-12 from 18 states and 19 countries. The School offers its students more than 20 Advanced Placement courses as well as signature programs in science, engineering, art history, and music. Westover engages young women in a powerful college-prep foundation. From that firm foundation, students build up and out, using our broad and diverse curriculum as building blocks. Students choose from compelling interdisciplinary electives and dive into Signature Programs in music, science, engineering, finance, global exchanges, and more. Westover’s Signature Programs offer our students a wide range of educational experiences. The first two programs established were the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program, begun in 1992, which encourages students to pursue careers in fields of technology, and the Manhattan School of Music Program, which since 1990 has allowed Westover students with a serious interest in music to study at the prestigious music school’s pre-college division in New York City. Our Global Exchange Programs offers diverse opportunities to study abroad – cultural exchange programs with schools in Jordan, South Africa, England, Australia, and China, and language immersion exchanges with schools in France and Spain. Westover also offers a travel program for students to visit the Maranyundo School for Girls in Rwanda, a middle school established in 2007 with the support of Westover alumnae, administrators, and faculty. Other Signature Programs include the Online School for Girls (OSG). Westover is a founding member of this consortium of all-girl schools offering online courses taught by consortium faculty. Invest in Girls (IIG) offers students financial education workshops and one-onone mentoring with female financial professionals. The Westover Poets Program provides writing skill workshops and the opportunity for our award-winning young writers to study with visiting poets. The WESTOVER SCHOOL Sonja Osborn Museum Studies Internship (SOMSI) is offered in conjunction with Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington; it offers students opportunities to conduct independent research in art, architecture, and history while assisting the museum staff in event management and curatorial services. All of these programs support Westover’s Mission: “To provide an environment which inspires the intellectual, artist, athlete, and philosopher in each student. Westover challenges young women to embrace diversity, and to grow intellectually and spiritually. Westover encourages integrity, responsibility, and commitment to community in every student.” WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM



Chapel Hill – Chauncy Hall School

Learning. Transformed. For children ages 6-16 with language-based learning disabilities

Waltham, MA At Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School, a coeducational day and boarding school grounded in over 180 years of history, we remain dedicated to teaching the way our students learn. Students in grades 9-12 and postgraduate thrive in our college-preparatory curriculum where they find small class sizes, academic challenges and a tailored approach to learning necessary to be successful, innovative thinkers. Our students discover engaging classes, teachers, and peers, and actively contribute to a community that encourages participation in the arts, athletics and other extracurricular opportunities. Our rigorous curriculum challenges students, while instruction tailored to individual learning styles empowers our students to achieve their potential. Our multiple intelligences approach to teaching, along with support seamlessly integrated into the classroom, creates a transformational learning experience for students.

Greenwich, CT At Eagle Hill, our students and their families discover a specialized education for children with learning disabilities, one that suits each child’s strengths and needs, within an environment that is as traditional as possible. Our mission is clear: to provide individualized, academic remediation for children with language-based learning disabilities, and help them develop the skills and strategies to successfully transition to their next school. We believe that everyone can learn with the right kind of intervention. Students learn in different ways, so our research-based teaching methods and customized programs vary to suit each child’s learning profile. And, since children with learning disabilities often experience difficulty in social skills development, remediation of these skills is also provided. EAGLE HILL SCHOOL

We Teach the Way Students Learn: • An average class size of ten allows us to truly know our students • Dynamic 75 minute classes engage students in multiple ways of learning • Skills and Academic Support Program develops independent learners • Diverse population enriches the culture of our School • Co-curricular and arts programs inspire students to discover their passions • All CH-CH graduates enroll in college or university The supportive, nurturing environment at Eagle Hill is key to the development of socially competent and emotionally secure children. Here, there is a recognition and acceptance for a variety of learning and social styles. But beyond that, our onsite team of social workers, school counselors, and psychologists ensure that there is always someone with additional support and expertise if needed. Our faculty genuinely enjoys children and consistently models their support and acceptance of all of our students. Every class and program is structured so that all students have an opportunity for success. By the time our students leave Eagle Hill, they are well on their way to developing the self-assurance they need to learn, and the confidence to advocate for themselves. At Eagle Hill, we are committed to making learning enjoyable once again, and to providing our students with a sense of accomplishment as they make their way through each day. That is why our program is not only child-driven but also child-friendly. Quite simply, our students are happy to come to school. In addition to an intensive and customized academic program, they also enjoy art, music, athletics, and an extensive list of afternoon activities. Founded in Greenwich in 1975, Eagle Hill School is an independent, co-educational day school and five-day boarding school enrolling 250 students ages 6-15 from the tri-state area. The hallmark of Eagle Hill’s curriculum is an individualized, child-driven program, with a studentteacher ratio ranging from 1:1 to 12:1. 2015 OPEN HOUSE DATES April 21, May 19 (All sessions begin at 9 a.m.) 2015 SUMMER PROGRAMS OPEN HOUSE DATES April 28, 7-8:30 p.m. For reservations, please RSVP to: or call (203) 622-9240 x. 612



Teaching to Students’ Strengths The CH-CH community is committed to each student’s individual success and to understanding the unique ways in which each student learns. Our approach to education embodies the knowledge that students learn differently, exhibiting various academic strengths and areas which need more improvement. This requires varied, creative methods of instruction. An attentive, experienced faculty identifies ways to encourage each student to harness his or her strengths for continued progress, while devising strategies to engage students in learning methods that suit individual skills. CH-CH classes are both active and challenging. For example, students in a Spanish class may study a CHAPEL HILL – CHAUNCY HALL SCHOOL song, use its lyrics to hone speaking skills and engage in group work to examine the piece’s cultural nuances. Then, they may create their own lyrics to the same tune, cementing their understanding of a particular set of vocabulary terms. Our layered approach to instruction provides students with meaningful interactions and a deep understanding of academic material. Visit for more information. Located at 785 Beaver St., Waltham, MA 02452. If you would like an individual campus tour and school visit, please contact the Admissions Office. Lisa Pelrine, Director of Admissions, 781-314-0800,

{ INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE } The Ethel Walker School

Canterbury School

Simsbury, CT The Ethel Walker School offers an invaluable learning experience for girls in grades 6 through 12, preparing students for an ever-changing world and workplace environment. Our diverse global community is composed of students, faculty, and alumnae who are dedicated to scholarship, the arts, athletics, and service. A strong emphasis is placed on leadership and experiential learning. Girls learn to lead with integrity, conďŹ dence, courage, and conviction. The Power of an All-Girls Education: Research shows that girls educated in a same-sex learning environment test higher, experience

New Milford, CT Canterbury School is a coeducational boarding and day school enrolling 360 students in a college preparatory program for grades 9-12. In addition to its strong academic program, the school is known for the beauty of its location, a true dedication to spiritual growth, and competitive sports programs for both boys and girls. Canterbury was founded in 1915 by prominent lay Catholics. One of the founders, Dr. Nelson Hume, was honored by Pope Pius XI for his outstanding work in education. Today the Canterbury student body is a diverse mix of both Catholics and non-Catholics from 16 countries and 21 states. Canterburyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s buildings, set on 150 acres, are a rich architectural mix of traditional and modern. The campus is about 80 miles from New York City in an area of natural beauty near the Housatonic River and the Appalachian Trail. The Chapel of Our Lady is both the physical center and the spiritual heart of the campus. The large newly renovated and expanded Robert Markey Steele Hall has a dining room, a student center, two computer labs, a library, a 100-seat lecture room, and the Steers Admission Center. Next door, Nelson Hume Hall has classrooms, science labs, a 400-seat auditorium, and the Theater Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;green room.â&#x20AC;? The sports facilities include ten playing ďŹ elds including one new multi-purpose turf ďŹ eld, three baseball diamonds, softball ďŹ eld, eight tennis courts, a track, an aquatic center, and a hockey arena. The athletic facility houses three basketball courts, ďŹ ve international squash courts, locker rooms, a state of the art weight and ďŹ tness room, a wrestling room, as well as space for aerobics and dance. Canterbury School There are eight student New Milford, CT dormitories, which, like the classroom buildings, have wireless Internet access. Canterbury School takes pride in the breadth and depth of its course options. Few boarding schools of Canterburyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s size offer as many AP classes (19). Canterbury is among the very few offering AP courses 'RADES s"OARDING$AYs  sWWWCBURYORG in World History, Drawing, and Music Theory. The school also offers four years of Latin. Canterburyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sports program is extensive, the athletic facilities are substantial, and the coaches are dedicated. All students participate in athletics. Three team levels â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Varsity, Junior Varsity, and recreationalâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are fielded in most sports to accommodate players of varying skills, ages, and size. Canterbury offers nineteen Varsity sports and is competitive amongst other New England boarding schools.


greater academic achievement, have better mathematics and computer skills, and exhibit greater civic and political engagement. Academics: Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s embraces 21st century learning, where what girls can do with what they know is valued over how much they know. Our engaging STEAM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) integrates the arts into challenging academic opportunities with an emphasis on writing in every subject. We offer a full complement of world language and elective courses. The close community of dedicated faculty provides the simultaneously nurturing and rigorous environment in which our girls learn, stretch, and grow, reaching the highest level of their intellectual capability. Technology: All students and faculty use iPads to effectively create a personalized learning experience. Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s maintains a wireless campus, SMART board-equipped classrooms, multi-media learning and presentations tools, and a state-of-the-art library. Classes in Computer Science and Coding are a fundamental part of the curriculum. Athletics: Sports are a source of pride at Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, informing lifelong skills such as goal setting, discipline, work ethic, and teamwork. Our programs beneďŹ t from a state-of-the-art turf and irrigated natural ďŹ eld complex, new tennis courts, and a multi-faceted gym facility. We compete in the Founders League as well as New England Preparatory School Athletic Council, and we ďŹ eld strong teams across all seasons each year. Recent championship teams include softball and golf. Equestrian: The nationally acclaimed equestrian program is for girls who compete locally and on the A show circuit. Each year a select group of student equestrians travel to Wellington. Leadership and Life at Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s: The joy of friendship is a fundamental principle at the School. Student voice is the foundation of our community, resulting in a strong sense of spirit and camaraderie. Traditions tie together generations of alumnae and current students. Myriad clubs cover many interest areas. The campus â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 300 acres of ďŹ elds, forest, and trails â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is a beautiful, natural resource for students. The Ethel Walker School, 230 Bushy Hill Road, Simsbury, CT 06070. 860-408-4467;




Cheshire Academy:

South Wales, NY The Gow School is a college-prep boys’ boarding and coed day school for students, grades 7-12, with dyslexia and similar languagebased learning disabilities. Focusing on small class sizes, 3-7 students per class, and a low 4:1 student to faculty ratio, The Gow School offers

Meeting students where they are and taking them beyond where they imagined possible. Cheshire, CT Founded in 1794, Cheshire Academy is one of the oldest boarding schools in New England. Known for its diversity, the Academy is home to students from nearly 35 countries and 20 states. Admission has never been stronger at the Academy, with success that can be attributed to the studentcentered philosophy, strong interest in the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Program, and Roxbury Academic Support Program. To learn more about applying to Cheshire Academy, visit Fostering Academic Success From the in-depth IB program offerings to AP courses, students have the opportunity to delve into a rigorous and challenging academic program. The ability to succeed at the Academy is enhanced by small classes (an average of 12 students), low student-teacher ratio (7:1), 1:1 iPad program bringing the latest technology to the classroom, and an advisor program. Those who need even more personal attention may benefit from the Roxbury Academic Support program, which helps students understand how they learn while developing strategies for success. For more information about academics at Cheshire Academy, visit Earning Athletic Championships In athletics, the Fighting Cats have seen several victories, taking home four championship titles in 2013-2014: girls volleyball, football, boys basketball and girls softball. Softball’s win marked the second year in a row earning the title. This fall, the football team took home the Colonial League Championship and volleyball won the NEPSAC Class C Championship. For more information about athletics at Cheshire Academy, visit Exploring Artistic Expressions From painting and drawing CHESHIRE ACADEMY to photography and digital imaging, there is something for everyone at Cheshire Academy... Our performing arts have recently showcased their talent through several productions. Actors took the stage in the Black Box Theater to perform Bertolt Brecht’s “Galileo,” while both our dancers and musicians held concerts recently. A unique program for boarding schools, Cheshire Academy offers an Arts Major program which helps students prepare for college level arts while developing strong portfolios. For more information about arts at Cheshire Academy visit, It’s an exciting time to join the Student-Centered School. Visit us at to learn more about how you can be a part of the action!


a multisensory approach to teaching that enables dyslexic students to thrive. The Gow community has a sense of belonging, of equality, and of connection born on common trials and shared triumph. Gow has a start fast, finish strong mentality and students typically start to see progress soon after they step foot in our classrooms. Students are often reading and writing better, enjoying school again and looking forward to what they can accomplish. At the School’s core is a structured program designed to help students navigate the academic day and a daily schedule designed to keep students busy. Between a packed class schedule, after-school sports, study hall and Saturday classes, there is little unprogrammed time. The School is settled on a 120 acre campus, which gives our students plenty of room to learn and play. Boarding school life does not always allow lots of free time, but it has plenty of room for fun. It is precisely because students are so involved – playing sports, going on trips, and hanging out with each other – they get the most out of the rich residential experience. In July, the school’s co-ed summer program is five weeks of learning and fun for ages 8-16! The Gow School Summer Program is for students who have been experiencing academic difficulties, or have been diagnosed with dyslexia or specific learning disabilities. The Summer Program runs from the end of June to early August with morning academics, afternoon fun and games and weekend adventures! The Gow School Summer Program gives students academic tools and self-confidence they can take with them wherever they go; to the classroom and beyond. By combining a structured program and environment with flexibility, individualization, and room for fun, Gow provides a rich school experience that is precisely what dyslexic students need to learn and to enjoy learning. 2491 Emery Rd, South Wales, NY, 14139. Phone: 716.687.2001 Email:



{ INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE } HIGHER EDUCATION Marymount Manhattan College Creative. Connected. Collegial. You come to New York City to make your mark and achieve at the highest level. But where do you begin? You find yourself—and a world of opportunity— at Marymount Manhattan College, where a well-rounded education connects with professional development in every field. From business and the sciences to media communications, and the arts, Marymount Manhattan College offers the best of all possible worlds right in the heart of New York City. Here, at Marymount Manhattan College, the personal approach of a small, private metropolitan college couples with all the excitement and opportunity offered by one of the world’s greatest cities. New York City is our campus, and the College reflects all the diversity and vibrancy of this exceptional metropolis. Marymount Manhattan College is a place to be creative, entrepreneurial, and to get connected through a personalized, cross-functional curriculum and internship opportunities only New York City can offer. Whether you live in our East 55th Street Residence Hall or on the Lower East Side at Cooper Square, you get to be at the center of it all. The College’s mission is simple: that every student who passes through its doors should acquire the intellectual, social and moral qualities that lead to personal satisfaction and exemplary citizenship. Marymount Manhattan College creates an environment of civility and inclusiveness that supports and enhances each student’s many talents, such that the leaders and innovators of tomorrow are able to find their voices at Marymount Manhattan College today. You can choose among a wide variety of study options based in a liberal arts foundation and you learn in small classes with teachers who not only know you by name—but who also recognize your passions and goals. As your academic advisors, these same teachers will guide you through your study options to help you customize your own academic program and cultivate your best self. You are able to choose two majors or add a minor or two to complement your major. Faculty members at Marymount Manhattan College have made extraordinary contributions to scientific publications, the performing arts, scholarly pursuits, and are the recipients of grants, awards and citations within the collegiate community and world at large. Apply yourself in a city that doesn’t stand still and at a college where you stand out. Scholarships and financial aid opportunities are available. Learn more at Capture MMC’s dynamic energy by visiting us on Facebook: Marymount Manhattan College 221 East 71 Street New York, NY 10021 Call 1-800-MARYMOUNT MARYMOUNT MANHATTAN COLLEGE

Clark University Worcester, MA The college that changes lives – Founded in 1887, Clark is committed to scholarship and inquiry that addresses social and human imperatives on a global basis. Located in the heart of New England—Worcester, Massachusetts—Clark enrolls approximately 2,200 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students and is featured in Loren Pope’s book, “Colleges That Change Lives.” Clark students are passionate about ideas, causes and events beyond themselves; embrace issues and take action; and approach life with open minds and a global perspective. Transformative force in higher education – Clark is also emerging as a leader in higher education today. LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice), Clark’s pioneering model of education, combines life-changing world and workplace experiences with a robust liberal arts curriculum. CLARK UNIVERSITY Through LEEP, you will confront complex problems, collaborate with faculty, learn directly from industry experts, and explore topics of global consequence. Internationally recognized for academics, entrepreneurship, and value – Recent rankings that acknowledge Clark’s growing reputation include U.S. News & World Report # 76 in Best National Universities, Forbes # 13 in America’s Most Entrepreneurial Universities, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine #24 in Best Values in Private Colleges and #10 in New England’s Best Values in Private Universities. A dynamic community with global insight – You’ll be known by name and face as the Clark student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1 and the average class size is 21 students. With approximately 600 international students, faculty members and scholars from over 90 countries, you will also encounter a variety of cultures, traditions, religions, political ideologies and people in the community. Some of the most popular majors at Clark are Psychology, Biology, Geography, International Development and Social Change, Communication and Culture, Political Science, and Business Management. Fifth-year tuition-free accelerated B.A./Master’s Degree program – With Clark’s excellent graduate programs and research institutes, the University can offer you a unique cost-saving opportunity. If you work hard and meet the eligibility requirements, you can earn an accelerated bachelor’s and master’s degree from one of 14 different programs with the fifth-year of tuition free. Make a difference in a world hungry for change – At Clark, you will develop creativity, adaptability, resilience, persistence, and more, all of which enable you to translate your passions and studies into a remarkable career and a purposeful, accomplished life. You will have the opportunity to graduate with the skills employers demand and the world needs, prepared to live the University’s motto: “Challenge convention. Change our world.” Clark University: 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA. 800/462-5275 or 508/793-7431;




College of Charleston

Portland, ME The Bob Crewe Foundation has awarded a $3,000,000 gift to Maine College of Art (MECA) to develop a new program that focuses on the study of contemporary music and its relation to visual art. The curriculum will explore a wide range of topics and subject matter relating to the interplay between music and art. A sampling of courses for the new minor include History of Contemporary Music, Applied Theory Through Composition, Music Business and Management, Ethnomusicology, and experimental courses like Sound and Color. Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Ian Anderson, believes that by creating curricular and co-curricular experiences for students in art and music, MECA can be the first art college to explicitly engage in combing the study of contemporary art and design with music. He states, “MECA is uniquely positioned to develop this area because of our size, history and willingness to experiment.” Anderson says, “One of the things that makes MECA unique is its ability to combine, integrate, and synthesize multiple disciplines. I see ways in which all of our eleven undergraduate majors and two graduate programs will overlap and integrate with The Bob Crewe Program in Art and Music. This is an exciting period of growth and innovation here at the college.”

Charleston, S.C. More than a place, or a state of mind, the College of Charleston represents an exceptional experience for our students. It means individual growth, choices, adventure, achievement, curiosity, flexibility, spirit and community. If you want a college where every opportunity you can imagine will be available to you – look no further. At the College of Charleston, you really can have it all.

ABOUT MECA MECA’s mission is to educate artists for life. MECA’s educational philosophy recognizes the growing demand for creative problem solvers by combining a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum, immersive studio practice, and wealth of professional development opportunities to provide an educational experience that embodies artistic excellence, creative entrepreneurship, and civic engagement. Each year, MECA attracts over 2,000 students to the BFA, MFA, MAT, Continuing Studies, and Pre-College curriculum. MECA is also home to the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA) and the Joanne Waxman Library. Considered one of the first Public Engagement programs of its kind in the entire country, MECA students gain the necessary entrepreneurial skills and confidence to positively impact their communities and themselves. Located in the heart of Portland, Maine, MECA is uniquely situated in the epicenter of a perfectly sized city that blends historic charm with all the personality and vibrancy of a creative urban center. Meet the faculty, staff and BFA students, make art in the studios, tour the campus and residence halls, have lunch, get your portfolio reviewed and have an opportunity to explore downtown Portland. Please contact Admissions to schedule an individual campus visit. We encourage you and your family to come tour our facilities and talk with our students and faculty. Campus tours, personal interviews, and portfolio reviews are available Monday-Friday. To schedule your visit, please contact the Office of Admissions at or by phone at 800/699-1509.



See for yourself The College of Charleston campus is a curious blend of the old and historic with the new and modern. Take Randolph Hall, for example. Originally built around 1828, it has survived earthquakes, wars and the ravages of time, and remains to this day the centerpiece of campus. By contrast, the Beatty Center – a four-story, glass-and-steel building in the design of a Charleston single house – is a mere two blocks away. The campus is surrounded on all sides by the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Charleston, which Fast Company magazine labeled “Silicon Harbor” due to the growing number of tech startups here in recent years. We invite you to spend some time in Charleston. Sign up for a campus tour and information session ( Come to an open house. Use a Multicultural Overnight Visit Experience (M.O.V.E.) to test-drive the College. Or, go to our YouTube channel ( youtube) and explore what the College has to offer. Location, location, location Charleston has long been a top destination for tourists. Now it’s becoming one of the most dynamic cities for businesses, too. In the last several years, more than 250 tech startups – including Bibliolabs, PeopleMatter, BoomTown and Avista Solutions – have chosen Charleston as the place to be. And larger firms are invested here as well – think Boeing, Google and Blackbaud. With a thriving arts community, a booming tourist scene and tremendous growth in biomedicine, this city has become the perfect livinglearning laboratory for our students – whether they’re studying computer science, public health, theatre, business or marine biology. Our location, in the heart of the city, makes it easy for students to add internships to their résumés. The Medical University of South Carolina is just blocks away. A busy international port is just down the street. One of the country’s hottest hospitality scenes is happening all around. Add the city’s history and international flavor to all of that, and you can see why the College of Charleston is the home of boundless opportunities. Contact: Office of Admissions; 843.953.5670;



Rustic Pathways

Tufts Summer Study

Authentic, Immersive, Volunteer Travel for Teens

Medford, MA Tufts Summer Study is an opportunity for you to challenge and stretch yourself in new ways while getting a head start on your college career. With residential and commuter options, Tufts Summer Study is a pre-college program that (1) prepares high school juniors and seniors for the college admissions process, (2) equips them with practical knowledge on how to gain admission to the nation’s leading colleges and universities, and (3) helps them build the skills and confidence necessary to succeed at the collegiate level. Programs include Bioinformatics Inquiry through Sequencing, Foundations of Law & Ethics, The Tufts Summer Writing Program, Health Science Honors, and College Courses for Seniors. Nearly 35 college courses are offered in the College Courses for Seniors program, and can be taken for credit with current Tufts and visiting undergraduate students. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to enrich their college preparatory experience by participating in a series of College Preparation Workshops, including SAT Prep workshops, College Application Essay Writing Series, and College Life & Planning Sessions. Additionally, residential students will spend six weeks immersed in a creative community that fosters academic excellence and will have the opportunity to visit a variety of cultural attractions and participate in tours of local colleges. During a summer at Tufts, students have a rare opportunity to investigate possible college majors and get a glimpse of college life. Tufts Summer Study is for highly motivated rising high school juniors and seniors who want to spend their summer studying alongside other highly motivated and academically-oriented peers in a world-class university setting. Tufts University offers over 250 courses in the summer— including online courses—with opportunities for high school students, college students, and adults looking to advance educational goals at a premier Boston-area university. At Tufts Summer Study, you will be immersed in intensive programs tailored to your academic interests. You will benefit from small class sizes in lecture- and lab-based courses with outstanding resident Tufts and visiting faculty. You will have full access to Tufts’ libraries, recreational facilities, and computer labs. You will benefit from the added value of a thorough college preparatory experience and a supportive academic community. At Tufts Summer Study, you will EXPLORE your academic interests, EXPERIENCE the college environment, and PREPARE for your college career.

Come meet us! We have Open Houses in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Visit to see when we’re coming to your town. Rustic Pathways is the leader in providing superior quality international community service, education, and adventure programs for students. We offer one to three-week spring break and summer experiences in 18 countries across the globe. Each program is carefully designed to help students make meaning of their travel experiences, identify interests and passions, gain confidence, and grow as individuals. We believe travel should be a component of every education, and we pride ourselves in creating unforgettable adventures that are fun, safe, inspiring, and educational. Our extensive yearround operations, top-notch country directors, and welltrained staff allow us to offer RUSTIC PATHWAYS 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 96 different programs, Rustic Pathways has options for a variety of interests. Whether you’re a first-time traveler, a community service enthusiast, a thrill-seeker, or just looking to expand your horizon, we have a program that you will enjoy. While most of our programs involve community service, we also offer Spanish and Chinese language programs, wilderness first aid certification, photography workshops, and pure adventure trips. No matter what program students choose, they will always have an authentic travel experience with supportive program leaders that enable them to learn and grow from their experience. We meticulously design each of our programs in a way that provides a transformative experience for our students. We encourage students to challenge themselves 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 Open House events in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut throughout the year. To find out about upcoming Open Houses, request a catalog, or schedule a home visit, please visit us at or You can also contact us by phone at 800.321.4353 and by email at


{ INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE } Pre-College Programs at Brown University: Summer 2015

University of Cambridge International Summer Schools

Providence, RI A True Residential College Experience Brown’s Pre-College Programs attract serious college-bound students from around the world. As a student, you’ll live in a Brown University residence hall, eat at a Brown dining hall, and join your fellow students on The College Green—just as you would if you were a Brown undergraduate. You will be surrounded by peers from diverse backgrounds and cultures—all sharing a passion for high- level academics and a desire to succeed at a selective institution like Brown University. A student who completes a Pre-College 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.

Summer Programs For Undergraduates, Graduates and Adult Students

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 BROWN UNIVERSITY MAIN GREEN PHOTO BY KARL DOMINEY

development. Pre-College Programs are 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 Brown Pre-College Programs to experience college life, prepare for academic success, and make new friends from around the world. Brown University Pre-College Programs. Providence, Rhode Island



The 2015 University of Cambridge International Summer Schools, which run between 5 July and 15 August, give you the opportunity to meet award-winning lecturers, stay and dine in one of the historic Colleges and enjoy a range of weekend excursions and social activities. Long summer days allow time to explore all that Cambridge has to offer, from Colleges and collections, to punting on the river, or a traditional English tea at nearby Grantchester. In the evenings, you can choose from a wealth of talks, concerts and plays. At the core of the experience lies a vibrant and truly international community: some 60 nationalities will be represented. UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE The programs are delivered at university level and geared towards an adult audience of undergraduate and graduate students, professionals and retired people. All are taught by leading Cambridge scholars and guest subject specialists, dedicated to making their courses both academically rigorous and immensely enjoyable. 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 program. The Interdisciplinary Summer School comprises three two-week terms, which allow for two-, four- and six-week study periods. Within these terms are study paths of linked courses in international politics, philosophy, political thought, archaeology, history of art, English Renaissance, English houses and gardens, history of science and a plenary lecture series which extends for the full six weeks. Courses cover subjects which include making film, writing for stage and screen, the modern graphic novel, literature, Shakespeare, forensic archaeology and anthropology, animal behaviour, data science and economics. In addition to the Interdisciplinary Summer School, there are seven specialist programmes: Ancient and Classical Worlds, Science, Literature, History, Shakespeare, Medieval Studies and Creative Writing. Within these, you can choose from a wide variety of courses to create your own personalised study program. The University of Cambridge International Summer Schools’ programs offer 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. Apply online: or email

{ INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE } Carleton College Summer Academic Programs

Summer Program University of Dallas-Rome

Northfield, MN Why choose Carleton? We love to learn. We have a passion for delving into the unknown to inspire new perspectives. We enjoy wrestling with ideas to make sense of the world. Carleton’s faculty—known for their dedication to teaching undergraduates— truly shine in the classroom. Your student will be challenged in a rigorous academic setting by both top-notch faculty and high-achieving peers. During our three week programs, your student will be challenged to think critically, communicate effectively, and solve problems creatively. “Everyone here is so interested and invested in learning, it’s a different environment than school or another camp. It felt great to be around other people who I knew were smart and happy to spend their summer learning.” – Summer 2014 participant We’re friendly and fun! People at Carleton are friendly and welcoming. We’re grounded in the Midwestern values of hard work, compassion, and congeniality. Our summer students work hard, but we make sure they don’t miss summer. They easily poke fun at life and its interesting twists and turns, making for a lively, engaging campus environment. They can step out of their comfort zones and laugh at themselves, while still being confident in their work and their worth. As our students and program alumni will tell you, there’s just something different about Carleton. Maybe it’s our small class size of 15 students or less, or maybe it’s the round-the-clock proximity of so many creative minds. Whatever the reason, Carleton is a place where working hard doesn’t mean forgetting how to play. “We have a mandatory snack break during the middle of research. One day we danced to “Friends Forever” by Jon Jacobson, making it one of my favorite memories.” – Summer 2014 participant We’re worth the investment. We know that a Carleton education is an investment for your family. We take our commitment to you and your student seriously. Students who pass our summer courses receive 6 Carleton credits and a written evaluation. “Every class was truly taught at a college level, and we had new material every single day. We were treated as college students and got a chance to prove to others, but most importantly, I was able to prove to myself that I can handle the college life and shouldn’t be afraid of following my dreams.” – Summer 2013 participant For more information visit call 866-767-2275, or email

In the Alban Hills just South of Rome, amid olives trees, umbrella pines, and a vineyard, the University of Dallas has a campus where for many years it has offered a Latin reading course for three units of college credit to qualified high school students, Latin in Rome. The course devotes mornings to travel into the city to visit museums, monuments, and archaeological sites



connected with the primary texts that constitute the curriculum. Afternoons and evenings are for reading and reflection and seminars, spent discussing and interpreting these texts, 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, but to do so in the context in which these texts are set, and consequently to bring the texts to life in a way that can not be duplicated at home. Latin in Rome (July 8 to 30) is led by David Sweet, Associate Professor of Classics and Chair of the Classics Department, Gwenda-lin Grewal, Assistant Professor of Classics and Philosophy, and a staff of seminar leaders drawn from 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 museums and archaeological sites in the area of Rome, including Ostia Antica, Cerveteri, Tarquinia, Tusculum, Monte Cavo, and Alba Longa (modern Castel Gandolfo). On a five day trip to the Bay of Naples students climb Vesuvius, tour Pompeii and the Villa Poppaea at Oplontis, spend two nights in Sorrento while taking a boat trip to Capri and visiting Tiberius’ villa, spend part of a morning at the Roman amphitheater in Pozzuoli, read from Aeneid 6 at the cave of the Sybil in Cumae, and stop at Monte Cassino and Cicero’s home town, Arpinum, on the way back to Rome, all the while reading Latin texts that illuminate the sites that are being visited. 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.” Her statement reflects the hope of every student and teacher, that living and learning, work and play, become confounded and finally inseparable. Such a confusion is the aim of this program. 972-721-5181; Twitter: @UDRomeandSummer



{ INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE } Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College + Summer Studies Providence, R.I. 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. 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. 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 21 diverse majors. Throughout the program, students are expected to maintain a high level of initiative and responsibility regarding their RISD work and behavior. Students who come to RISD’s Pre-College program have varied backgrounds and choose the program for many reasons: to find out if the arts is the right choice for them, to further pursue their art or to build their portfolio for college applications. Most come for a combination of reasons. Whatever the catalyst, students attending RISD’s Pre-College program all have one thing in common – they are passionate about art and design and are seeking an incomparable arts education and summer experience. Summer Studies RISD’s Summer Studies Program in the visual and liberal arts encompasses a wide spectrum of interests designed to meet the needs of beginning, intermediate and advanced students. Scores of accomplished, award-winning 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. 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.



Columbia University – Summer 2015 New York, N.Y. Columbia’s Summer Sessions offer the opportunity to take classes and begin a certificate program from across the University. Taught by world-class faculty, courses are available in over 50 subject areas, including Arts, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Human Rights, International Affairs, Mathematics, Prelaw, Quantitative Studies and Statistics. Summer is a terrific time to learn something new, advance careers, and meet like-minded people in the setting of one of the world’s most vibrant cities. Each summer, Columbia attracts students already enrolled in degree programs, individuals looking to improve their knowledge in anticipation of applying for higher education programs, professionals who want to move toward the next step in their career, and seeking personal enrichment through post-baccalaureate studies. Summer students have access to the state-of-the-art student center, gym and recreational facilities, as well as one of the most renowned library collections in the nation. The varying academic needs and backgrounds of students who attend the Summer Sessions make the community one of the most diverse and dynamic on campus. Expert advisers help students customize a summer plan of action, whether they have their goals lined up and need a few more courses to fulfill them, or they’re starting a new career and want to deepen their knowledge in a field. Taking advantage of the resources of one of the world’s most esteemed universities can help any student reach his or her next step. Columbia University’s Summer Session 1 runs from May 26–July 2, 2015, and Summer Session 2 from July 6–August 14, 2015. Application deadlines begin in May. To apply, see a complete summer calendar, and learn more about summer options at Columbia, visit In addition to classes for visiting and returning students, Columbia University’s Summer Programs for High School Students offer highachieving students the opportunity to experience college life in the Ivy League while sampling the vibrancy of New York City as well as programs in Barcelona, Jordan and, beginning in 2015, Beijing. All programs combine academic rigor and instructional excellence with lively extracurricular offerings and careful supervision and support.



Interlochen Center for the Arts

Putney, VT Landmark College’s summer programs, offered on our beautiful campus in southern Vermont and at select locations nationwide, introduce learning strategies to high school and college students who are struggling to gain a greater understanding of their personal learning styles, and who are seeking new techniques for achieving success throughout their academic journey. Our innovative academic strategies can provide learning tools for students who study hard but have trouble retaining information; who start assignments but can’t finish them; and who show signs of learning difficulties as the demands of high school, pre-college, and college courses become more challenging. Summer programs offered in 2015 are: High School Summer Program for Rising Juniors and Seniors This three-week program offers abundant learning opportunities for high school students who struggle to keep up or who simply want to get a taste of a college atmosphere. Students are encouraged to assess their own college readiness while living and learning with a peer group and working with enthusiastic faculty and staff. (Offered in two locations: on campus in Putney, Vermont; and at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.) High School Summer Program, Social Pragmatics Track Running concurrently with the traditional Summer High School Program, this track is designed for students who have strong academic potential but who need to focus on making successful social connections while developing stronger academic routines and assessing their college readiness. Transition to College Program In this two-week program, students who have graduated from high school will develop a clearer understanding of their own learning strengths and needs, and will discover how resources and self-advocacy can support their success in college. Summer Session for Visiting College Students A five-week session for current college students to learn and practice new learning strategies as part of a challenging academic atmosphere that leaves plenty of room for extracurricular activities, sports, recreation, and exploration of Vermont’s beautiful countryside. Transition to College Workshop (New York City) Landmark College and Winston Preparatory School together offer this 10-day workshop for college-bound students, located at Winston Prep’s NYC campus. Intensive Workshop for Success in College (Berkeley, California) Landmark College instructors teach this rigorous, five-day workshop at the University of California, Berkeley, for new and continuing college students. Specific focus is on test-taking strategies, time management techniques, note-taking skills, active reading, and useful technology applications. For additional information, call 802-387-6718 email or visit

Interlochen, MI Interlochen Center for the Arts, recipient of the National Medal of Arts, is the only community in the world that brings together: a 2500-student summer camp program; a 500-student fine arts boarding high school; lifelong opportunities for arts education and enrichment; two 24-hour listener-supported public radio stations; one of the nation’s largest arts presenters with 600 events annually. Interlochen Center for the Arts has good news for creative students who are looking for inspiration and new opportunities. The internationally renowned leader in arts education is accepting applications for summer 2015 arts camp and boarding school programs in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, filmmaking and creative writing. At Interlochen, creative



young people work alongside artistic peers and educators from around the world—to learn, create and perform together. At Interlochen Arts Camp, students make the most of their summer vacation by focusing on their chosen arts discipline. In programs ranging from one to six weeks in length, students take an artistic leap forward by working with teachers from top university arts programs and learning from motivated peers. Students return to their home arts programs with newfound technique, confidence and inspiration. Interlochen Arts Academy is a fine arts boarding high school for students who want long-term pre-professional arts training. Each year, more than 500 students from around the world immerse themselves in artistic studies every day. Led by a faculty of artist-educators, the students produce hundreds of performances and artistic collaborations throughout the year. Challenging and comprehensive college-preparatory academics enhance students’ artistic study and prepare them for any career path. Since the school was established, it has produced 42 Presidential Scholars, a record unmatched by any school in the United States, public or private. Graduates leave Interlochen prepared for competitive arts programs or challenging academic programs in the United States and abroad. Interlochen strives to make its programs affordable to all deserving students through a generous financial aid program. Thanks to the generous support of donors who want to build a brighter future for the arts, Interlochen is able to provide millions of dollars in scholarships and financial aid each year. The need for financial assistance should never discourage a student from applying to Interlochen. Application, audition and portfolio requirements vary by arts program. To learn more about Interlochen programs or the application process, visit WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


{ INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE } Cranbrook Summer Art Institute Bloomfield Hills, MI Offering intensive summer art programs for artists, ages 14-18 years. Spend your summer surrounded by students and instructors from around the world who inspire creativity and learning. Cranbrook Summer Art CRANBROOK SUMMER ART INSTITUTE Institute is a place for artistic education for artists of all experience levels. CSAI attracts experienced and novice students and embraces their differences through our small class sizes. Our summer programs are taught by graduate students and alumni of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and are designed to both bolster creativity and develop fundamental skills. Our teaching artists excel in providing individual attention and innovative instruction – accommodating students of all levels. Enrollment is firstcome, first-served, and no portfolio is required because we support the development of all young artists. Students have the option of attending as a day student or staying with us as a boarding student. The Boarding Program offers extra studio time, evening workshops, and field trips throughout Metro Detroit. This comprehensive summer experience allows students to experience local cuisine and culture, while forming lasting friendships with other campers from across the globe. The Cranbrook Difference Location. We are located at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, in the heart of the RISD330-acre Cranbrook Educational Community. The grounds are home to picturesque trails, inspiring art, and world-renowned architecture. Instructors. All programs are led by graduate students and alumni of the Cranbrook Academy of Art. The Academy is consistently ranked as one of the top graduate art schools in the world by the US News and World Report. Individual Attention. Classes are limited to 16 students, so instructors have time every day to connect one-on-one with each young artist. Intensive Study. CSAI students are enroll in a single, intensive area of study for their two- to three-week term, for a total of 60 – 90 hours of focused development. 90 hours is equivalent to a full semester-long high school class. Exhibition. Each session culminates in an exhibition of student work in Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Forum Gallery. Family members and the general public are invited to an opening reception, celebrating the accomplishments of each student. On-Campus Boarding. Students who board enjoy the complete college experience by living in supervised campus dorms. Find out more about the NEW Boarding Experience at Cranbrook Summer Art Institute. Diverse Students. CSAI attracts students from metropolitan Detroit, across the nation, and around the world. Last year, students from sixteen different states and eight countries attended CSAI. Each year, students form lasting bonds that become a highlight for many who attend.



Pre-College Summer Enrichment Programs at WPI Worcester, MA What are you doing this summer? How about spending a few weeks on a classic New England campus with its beautiful architecture, ivycovered walls, and state-of-art labs and research facilities? 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, WPI founded in 1865, our curriculum, like our students, continues to be both innovative and practical. Small classes, flexibility, and oneon-one interaction with professors at the top of their fields make learning at WPI an experience unlike any other. Our goal is to give you a taste of the WPI experience and leave you wanting more Frontiers, WPI’s flagship summer program, offers rising juniors and seniors a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Imagine spending the summer splicing DNA or designing a robot. Or creating your own multimedia web pages, investigating interplanetary travel, or exploring flight. Choose from a wide range of areas of study: Aerospace engineering, Biomedical engineering, Biology and biotechnology, Chemistry/biochemistry, Civil and environmental engineering, Computer science, Electrical and computer engineering, Engineering exploration, Environmental and sustainability studies, Global sustainability, Interactive media and game development, Mathematics, Mechanical engineering, Physics, Robotics, Women’s Leadership 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 offers an excellent opportunity to meet the current WPI students who serve as program leaders and interact with other participants from across the nation and around the globe. To learn more about the program or to apply, visit WPI Summer Programs also offers a wide variety of day and overnight experiences that focus on engineering, leadership for young women, game design, entrepreneurship, sports, and more. Middle school as well as high school students will find enjoyment and learning in these creative, enriching, and challenging topics. Learn more at

{ INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE } Summer at Smith College Northampton, MA Our “Summer Smithies” have the opportunity to take classes with our faculty, recently ranked as “the smartest faculty” in the country, and experience hands-on courses that will better prepare you for college academics. We don’t offer grades or credit, which allows you to explore, experiment, and remember why you love to learn! The courses are extremely rigorous, and the faculty will have the same expectations of you as they do of Smith students during the academic year. If you are looking for a program that will challenge you academically, allow you to meet like-minded students, and learn about college expectations while having a blast, Summer at Smith is for you. The Smith College Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) is a twenty-five year old program for young women interested in science. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in a class of young women like yourself? Are you passionate about robotics and not afraid to show it? Wondering what your DNA looks like? Maybe homeopathic healing, or classifying meteorites gives you a charge? Well, SSEP enrolls 120 students just like you, each summer. Field Studies for Sustainable Futures is a program for the environmentally conscious. Students visit permaculture communities, food banks, organic farms and learn about how adopting sustainable living practices can change the trajectory of climate change. Plus, you get to eat lots of delicious, local food and make your own hand-churned ice cream. What could be better? Hidden Lives: Discovering Women’s History is a training ground for future women’s history buffs. This program explores 19th- and 20thcentury women’s history topics, in Smith’s world-renowned archive, and the life and times of famous Smithies like Sylvia Plath, Gloria Steinem, Julia Child, and Nancy Reagan. This past summer, our students opened boxes that hadn’t been opened in 70 years! Young Women’s Writing Workshop is an exciting program that focuses on the following areas: poetry, creative fiction, and memoir, just to name a few. Participants work with published authors, lay the groundwork for a strong writing portfolio, and learn the steps involved in becoming a published writer. Students report they have never written so much, or so well! Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so applying before the deadline is suggested. All applications are due May 1. For more information, please contact the director of non-degree programs, Sarah Craig: or 413-585-2165. We hope to see you in July!

Summer Pre-College Program at Skidmore College 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 SKIDMORE COLLEGE College’s state-of-the-art facilities and resources. Do your interests range from math to studio art, anthropology 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.




{ INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE } Fordham University Summer Session More than 200 courses at three New York campuses Bronx, Manhattan, Westchester Fordham University invites visiting college students and high school seniors to catch up or get ahead this summer. Meet your goals this summer 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, and make the most of their positions with valuable career guidance. Need to fulfill premed 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: Taught by the former ambassador of Iraq to the United Nations, Hamid al Bayati, Ph.D., the course U.N. and Political Leadership will give students an inside track to learning about diplomacy. The intensive Special Topics class, Business and Ethics of Sports, will investigate the legal guidelines and business practices that underpin issues like doping and discrimination in the sports industry. 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. Think Summer, Think Fordham. To learn more, call 718-817-4665 or visit



Junior Statesmen of America Summer Programs – Future leaders start here! JSA has been educating high school students about leadership and active civic engagement for 80 years. JSA Pre-College Summer Enrichment Programs provide outstanding and enriched learning environments where high-achieving high school students come together to create a unique and supportive academic village. Students from all over the world attend these programs where the academic coursework is augmented with interactive, student-run activities and simulations so that students graduate from the program with increased confidence, expanded knowledge and a greater sense of civic responsibility. JSA Summer Schools are structured to develop a student’s knowledge of politics, leadership and history, as well as sharpening their public speaking skills and ability to write persuasively. JSA Summer Schools are held at some of the nation’s preeminent universities, such as Princeton, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Virginia (UVA). The JSA Diplomat Program offers a study abroad experience in Beijing, China where the students learn Mandarin Chinese, and take a course in Chinese History and Culture. The program uses Beijing and iconic sites like the Forbidden City and the Great Wall, and trips to the historic cities of Xian and Shanghai as experiential supplements to the 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 a official provider of Advanced 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 that are offered. Details are at For rising 9th graders there’s the JSA Freshman Scholars Program at Princeton where recently graduated 8th graders get an incredible jumpstart on success in high school with a special program of study and writing skills while taking AP U.S. Government & Politics. The four-week JSA Summer School at UVA offers an in-depth study of AP U.S. History where students visit Washington, DC, Monticello and Montpelier to enhance their coursework. In addition to the JSA Summer Schools, JSA also conducts several 3-4 day long JSA Summer Institutes that are mostly focused on state government and politics and held in Arizona, Texas, California, New Jersey and Los Angeles. For more information about JSA Summer Programs, please visit or call 800-317-9338. JUNIOR STATESMEN OF AMERICA

{ INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE } Summer Institute for General Management Stanford Graduate School of Business

Summer Pre-College Program at Elmira College

Stanford, CA Do you have a passion to change the world but need a place to start? SIGM can help you find direction. The Summer Institute for General Management (SIGM) is a fourweek residential program for college students and recent college graduates who major in non-business fields. Taught by world-renowned Stanford MBA faculty, program participants: • Learn business and management fundamentals; • Participate in professional development opportunities such as resume writing workshops, public speaking and interview coaching; • Engage with business and non-profit leaders; and • Build a diverse network of talented peers from around the world.

Elmira, NY The Summer Pre-College Program at Elmira College is an opportunity for high school students to earn college credit while experiencing college life in a diverse campus environment. This 2-week residential program is ideal for rising junior and senior high school students. The Summer Pre-College Program at Elmira College provides talented, motivated high school students with opportunities to earn college credit with challenging courses taught by faculty who are experts in their fields. Students live and learn in a supportive community that encourages exploration, discovery, and interaction inside and out. Credits earned during the two-week summer college program are accepted at Elmira College and are normally transferable to other colleges. High school students experience college life, attend innovative, small classes led by some of Elmira College’s best faculty, and earn three (3) college credits. Past course offerings have included BRAVO! (performance); Chemistry: Forensics; Mathematics: Chaos and Fractals; Interactive Medicine: Cells Alive!; Video Art Production; Traditional and Modern Printmaking Techniques; and Literature: Comic Books and American Culture. A unique option of Summer Pre-College at Elmira College is the Student Racing Challenge: a one-week, one-credit program designed to teach the science of motor sports through mathematical modeling, physics and analysis. Using a 1:10 Scale RC car and controller, students choose the best gears, chassis geometry, map the ideal drive ELMIRA COLLEGE path around a curve and – just like the car companies do – use a skid pad and Newton’s Laws of Motion to find the coefficient of friction. Additionally, Summer PreCollege at Elmira College includes several fun, off-campus excursions to attractions such as the National Soaring Museum, Darien Lake Theme Resort, Mark Twain Historic Sites, and Corning Museum of Glass. Students will also participate in several interactive workshops focused on the transition from high school life to college life, maneuvering through the admissions process, and making career choices. All transportation and fees are included in the program cost. Learn more about this Pre-College opportunity at or by contacting: Office of Continuing Education and Graduate Studies Elmira College, One Park Place, Elmira, NY 14901 (800) 354-4720;;

Upon completion of the program, participants are awarded a certificate endorsed by the Dean of the Graduate School of Business and the program’s faculty directors. Academics The SIGM core curriculum covers eight functional areas of business, including: finance, accounting, statistics, economics, operations, strategy, talent management, and marketing. Additional course modules supplement the core: STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS negotiation, ethics, organizational behavior, and leadership. These courses are foundational and assume no previous coursework in business-related subjects. Professional Development Participants have the opportunity improve their resume writing, interviewing techniques and public speaking through professional coaching. These workshops equip participants with the skills and information they need to get the jobs and internships they want. Guest Speakers & Company Tours SIGM also offers participants the opportunity to engage with professionals from prominent companies through the guest speaker series. We draw from the diversity of the region to explore different industries including consulting, nonprofit, retail, entrepreneurship, sports and technology. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to visit and tour local companies. Campus Life Days typically begin with class sessions until the early afternoon, followed by guest speaker presentations and professional development coaching. During the evenings, participants work in groups to complete assignments and prepare for their final projects. Participants reside in premiere Stanford University student housing. On the weekends, participants can take advantage of social activities organized by program staff as well as explore Palo Alto and the Bay Area. Program Dates: June 21—July 18, 2015 Application Deadline: Priority Deadline: March 25, 2015; Final Deadline: April 20, 2015 For more information or to apply, please visit:




Summer Study

Camp Invention is where BIG ideas become the next BIG thing! Your child will experience the excitement of collaborating on challenging hands-on projects to change his or her world. Join in as they celebrate their 25th year of reinventing summer fun! This weeklong summer enrichment program for students entering 1st-6th grade has encouraged nearly one million children to uncover their own innate creativity and inventiveness. Many times, the students are having so much fun, they don’t realize they are learning and developing new skills. Research results prove that participation in this day camp raises creativity scores and creativity and innovation are critical to college readiness and future success in the 21st century. In fact, Elizabeth Beattie, a former Camp Invention participant, was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list earlier this year, demonstrating that spending time here can take you places. Grouped by age, boys and girls rotate through several fascinating themed modules led by the country’s best educators. With locations nationwide, the organization has impacted students in all 50 states since launching in 1990. Throughout the week, participants practice the trials of prototyping and the taste of success while disassembling household objects, and, in

SUMMER STUDY PROGRAMS offers high school students the opportunity to experience college life at PENN STATE UNIVERSITY, COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY, FORDHAM UNIVERSITY and at THE SORBONNE in PARIS. Summer Study offers a variety of college courses, enrichment classes, SAT preparation, community service, and leadership workshops as well other exciting day, night and weekend activities! Students completing 9th - 11th grade may enroll in our programs ranging from 2 to 6½ weeks. At Penn State, students take full advantage of state-of-the-art “Big Ten” athletic and recreational facilities, the “Ultimate College Town,” and weekend excursions touring other colleges and universities in the northeast. Summer Study in Colorado combines academically challenging courses with the sports, recreation, and outdoor adventure available only on a Rocky Mountain campus. Students may choose from a wide range of educational courses, afternoon activities (outdoor, musical, or sports) and night activities (movies, concerts, ballgames, etc.). All students attend weekend trips to Vail, Breckenridge, Rocky Mountain National Park, whitewater rafting and more. Summer Study at Fordham is a unique program set in the heart of the greatest city in the world: NEW YORK CITY. The Lincoln Center campus is conveniently located near excellent shops, stores and restaurants. Meals are prepared daily in the dining facility and students are provided a metro card for traveling around the city with staff visiting Manhattan’s most popular museums, landmarks and sights. Classes are designed to be “high-interest, low-pressure.” Nights are also filled with amazing activities, unique to NYC: Broadway Shows, Top of the Rock, Circle Line Cruises around Manhattan, and more. Students in our Summer Study in Paris program, have the opportunity to study in the most awe-inspiring city in the world, by taking 3 enrichment classes and/or a Sorbonne college credit course in French! Students lodge in all-suites hotel rooms, with a kitchen, bathroom and color television. A dedicated team of staff escort students on the metro to tour monuments, museums, and sights of the cultural capital of the world. Evening activities include dance clubs, café nights, “Paris by Night” excursions and more. Students get an opportunity to visit the Loire Valley, the Palace of Versailles and Disney Paris on weekend trips. A “French Immersion” option is also available for students who would like to speak French all day, every day. All programs include lodging, meals, activity fees, weekend trips and meals on weekends. Contact us at or (800)666-2556.


turn, building prototypes out of their findings. “As prototypes unfold, they allow you to work on things, they allow you to make changes – prototypes don’t often work, they break, they change, you have new ideas. You have to manipulate them a lot. Your prototype has to be flexible. And that’s the Camp Invention way, fostering creativity and innovation organically,” said Steve Sasson, creator of the digital camera and 2011 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee. This year’s brand new Camp Invention curriculum is themed “IlluminateTM” and gives children the opportunity to investigate circuits while connecting science and technology concepts! As they dream, build and make discoveries, they will also have a chance to examine geometry from a new angle when they create origami flight models during team-building exercises. Camp Invention, a program of the non-profit Invent Now, is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on teaching children to explore creativity and the spirit of innovation. With curricula inspired by the world’s greatest inventors, Camp Invention is the only program of its kind supported by the National Inventors Hall of Fame in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. For additional information or to find details about your nearest location, visit or call 800.968.4332.




{ INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE } Putney Student Travel

The Experiment in International Living

For 63 years, Putney Student Travel has offered high school and middle Extraordinary High School Summer Abroad Programs school students the opportunity and insight to shape their world through travel, The Experiment in International Living provides 3-, 4-, and 5-week unique cultural engagement, friendship, and fun. Our summer programs range summer programs for high school students who want to connect deeply and from two to five weeks in length and include community service, language engage meaningfully with the richness and complexities of another country. immersion, adventure travel, pre-college enrichment, and global awareness. Students explore the host country through hands-on-experiences in With 41 programs in 28 countries, there is a Putney program to fit your local communities and through the lens of a specific theme: • Arts and Social Change • Sustainability and the Environment • Peace, Politics, and Human Rights • Language and Cultural Discovery • Experiment Leadership Institute Experiment Groups Experiment groups (typically 10–15 students) represent a range of backgrounds: small towns and large cities; urban and rural areas; and public, private, and home-school educational experiences. In addition to learning about the host culture, Experimenters learn about the diverse cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds that exist within the US and around the world. In summer 2014, nearly 500 Experimenters traveled to 20 countries and participated in 31 programs. Our 2014 Experimenters came from: • 36 US states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico •11 countries outside the US, including Canada, China, Ecuador, Germany, Israel, Kenya, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Uganda, and the passions and expand your worldview. We are particularly excited this year United Kingdom. Experimenters played more than 20 different sports, more than nine types about new additions such as Cultural Exploration Cuba, Community Service Nepal, Farm to Table in Spain, Pre-College Shanghai, Pre-College London, of musical instruments, and were involved in 175 student clubs and activities. During the summer, Experimenters spoke, in addition to English, Foundations Alaska, and Writing in the American South. Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Who are Putney Students? Put simply, Putney students are interested in connecting and exploring. Kiswahili, Korean, Arabic, Spanish, and Thai. The average group size was 13 and each group had two adult group leaders. Whether it is taking a Business and Economics seminar on campus at An 80-Plus-Year History of Leadership and Innovation Amherst College, reconditioning a school together with community The Experiment has been providing immersive experiential learning leaders in rural Nepal, or bargaining in Spanish at an open-air market in Otavalo, Ecuador, Putney students have a keen interest in going beyond programs abroad since 1932. Each year, students come away from an the more surface-level interactions of a typical teen tour. They seek to Experiment program with invaluable new skills, connections, awareness, connect — as only a traveler can — with people, places, topics that and knowledge that helps them to thrive—and lead—in diverse capture their interest, development issues, one another, their leaders, and intercultural environments. Countless Experimenters have gone on to do extraordinary work in the communities in which they live. They know that one of the best ways to connect is to put themselves out there and explore, comfortably the world and attain important leadership position in a diversity of fields and professions. pushing their own boundaries. What makes Putney unique? Global Network and Family Our experience and leadership. In addition to a 63-year track record of Programs of safety and security, our long-term dedication to experiential learning The Experiment in International means we know how to engage students, capture their curiosity, and facilitate their success and discoveries. Many of our network of Living is the founding program collaborators, partners, and host communities around the world are of World Learning, a nonprofit meeting with their second or even third generation of Putney students; that advances leadership through we are treated as family, not as tourists. Further, our immensely talented education, exchange, and development and experienced program leaders make all the difference. Leaders are programs in more than 60 countries. college graduates, have significant living experience abroad, a shared In addition to The Experiment, the commitment to safety, a passion for exploration, and an enthusiasm for World Learning family of programs helping students become active creators of their own unique experiences. includes SIT Study Abroad, SIT They are not only advisers, guides, and mentors, but also good friends. Graduate Institute, World Learning International Development Programs, and World Learning International Exchange Programs. See bios for all 2014 leaders here: Phone 800 345-2929 | TTY 802 258-3388 | Fax 802 258-3428 From learning photography at Pre-College Paris, to cooking a feast PO Box 676, 1 Kipling Road, Brattleboro, VT 05302 USA with Farm to Table Italy, to snorkeling with friends from your host village in Fiji — go beyond this summer. Go Putney. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM



Summer at St. Stephen’s School

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 student-toinstructor ratio. Traveling in a small group allows each course to follow a flexible itinerary and prioritize low-impact cultural engagement. This

Rome, Italy Spend your summer in Rome, Italy this year at St. Stephen’s School, a non-denominational, co-educational, international boarding and day high school. Choose from one of three summer programs, which are open to students from ages 12 to 19. Classes are conducted in English and boarding is available to students from around the world. Generations at St. Stephen’s: June 14 – 27 (ages 12 – 19 and grandparents) This one-of-a-kind program is designed to foster close relationships between grandparents and their grandchildren. Generations allows participants to experience the Eternal City through history, art courses and walks, visits to spectacular sites, memorable dinners, and special summer cultural events. The Arts & Humanities Program: June 28 - July 11(ages 13 - 18) Encouraging a harmonious balance of intellect and creativity, this twoweek session offers students the opportunity to explore both academically and artistically in a program tailored to their individual interests and talents. Students take one core course, a language class (either Italian or Latin), and one or more elective courses. Core courses feature Renaissance Art, and Ancient Roman Topography, which allow students to visit important monuments and sites in person, and to attain an in-depth knowledge of the ST. STEPHEN’S SCHOOL city. Elective courses include Creative Writing, 2D/3D Studio Art, Music Appreciation, or Dance. Student exhibitions and special performances will be held at the conclusion of the summer school session. A trip to Pompeii and other sites in the south of Italy is also included. The American Institute for Roman Culture-St. Stephen’s School Pre-College Program in Rome: July 19 – August 8 (ages 16 – 18) Participate in an archaeological dig in the harbor city of ancient Rome! Offered by St. Stephen’s School and the American Institute of Roman Culture, the first week is an intensive introduction to ancient Rome and Roman civilization, involving lectures on Roman history and topography held onsite at archaeological sites around the city. Weeks two and three feature an archaeological field school and excavation in the Parco dei Ravennati at Ostia Antica. Hands-on instruction in video and photography documentation provides a rich, visual experience. Evenings include visits to cultural events and sites, and exciting guest lecturers who offer their expertise on everything from current Italian politics, Italian culture, social media, and more. Weekend overnight trips to the south (Pompeii and Sorrento), and north of Italy (Florence and Siena) are included. College credit may be offered. For more information and to enroll online: St. Stephen’s School Rome, Via Aventina 3, Rome – 00153, Italy Tel. +39.06.575.0605 Fax. +39.06.574.1941 Email:


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.



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2015 Summer Pre-College Program at Elmira College July 26 – August 8 Earn college credits while experiencing campus life. Two-week program designed for high school students who have completed their sophomore or junior year. Several courses to choose from, each offering three college credits! Student Racing Challenge for one college credit, August 2 – 8. Learn more about this great Pre-College opportunity at or by calling (800) 354-4720.

This was an amazing experience and I learned so much. I also gained friends for life. —Emily J.


The Pre-College Program at Elmira College provides talented, motivated high school students with opportunities to earn college credit with challenging courses taught by faculty who are experts in their fields. Students live and learn in a supportive community that encourages exploration, discovery and interaction inside and outside of the classroom. Find out what the Pre-College Program at Elmira can do for you.

Precollege Programs for High School Girls

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College Admissions Workshop July 19–25

Field Studies for Sustainable Futures July 5–18

Summer Science and Engineering Program July 5–August 1

Hidden Lives: Discovering Women’s History July 5–18

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Young Women’s Writing Workshop July 5–18


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:

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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

™ RISD in Rome ™ Summer Travel Classes

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.


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Summer Pre-College Program at Skidmore College 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.

Live and learn at Skidmore

Prepare for college success

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.

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2015 HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAMS Arete: An Introduction to the Classics July 12–25 – $1,500

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

Shakespeare in Italy July 8-27, 2015 – $2,999 “Shakespeare in Italy” 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.

Why attend a summer program at UD? • Earn three hours of college credit. • Engage with fellow thinkers. • Study with UD faculty.

Apply early to reserve your spot and to receive a special tuition rate. Students who participate in a UD high school summer program in Rome and later enroll as an undergraduate student at the University of Dallas will be eligible for a $4,000 scholarship ($1,000 per academic year).

Rome & the Catholic Church July 8-27, 2015 – $2,999 In “Rome & the Catholic Church,” enthusiastic and gifted high-school students will study classic works of the Christian tradition: St. Clement’s “Letter to the Corinthians,” St. Augustine’s “Confessions,” and St. Thomas Aquinas’ “Summa.” In Rome, you will walk the ancient roads Peter and Paul trod, celebrate Mass in the Basilica of St. Peter’s and listen to Pope Francis at a Papal Audience. Deepen your knowledge of the Catholic faith on an intellectual and spiritual pilgrimage you will never forget.

Latin in Rome July 8-30, 2015 – $3,750

“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.

High School Program Application

For More Information Call 972-721-5181, email or visit udallasromeandsummer @UDRomeandSummer

Summer Learning Opportunities For Academic Success Helping high school and college students better understand their personal learning styles, develop effective learning strategies, and prepare for academic success. HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS & SENIORS



High School Summer Program* July 12 – Aug. 1

Transition to College Program July 26 – Aug. 8 10-Day Transition to College Workshop* June 29 – July 10

Summer Session for Visiting College Students July 5 – Aug. 8

* Offered at Winston Preparatory School, New York City

* Offered at the University of California at Berkeley

Optional Social Pragmatics Track July 10 – Aug. 1 * Also offered June 28 – July 19 at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa.

Intensive Workshop for Success in College* Aug. 3 – 5

Summer scholarships available. To learn more, call 802-387-6718 or visit Scan to explore Landmark College’s opportunities for students who learn differently. Connect with us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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At the College, we challenge everyone – our students, faculty and alumni – to think big and go big. For alumnus Ned Goss ’02, that meant breaking speed records and becoming the fastest dinghy sailor in the world. Learn more about our alumni and how they are pushing the envelope.






Exciting new programs for 2015 in Cuba, Nepal, China, and more! Pre-College programs at Amherst College, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, London, Florence & Shanghai.



OPEN HOUSE FOR GRADES 7–12 THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 6:30–8:00 PM CALL 212.535.2130 TO RSVP! Rudolf Steiner School, on the Upper East Side, is the first Waldorf School in North America. There are more than 1,200 Waldorf Schools worldwide. From Early Childhood through Grade 12, we merge the visual and performing arts with science, math, and humanities to inspire our students to be thinkers, creators, and innovators. Attend our spring Open House for grades 7-12 or tour our Lower School to find out why Waldorf education is the fastest growing independent school movement in the world.

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Register for Camp Invention by March 20 to save $25.

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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

APPLY NOW . . . for the best summer of your life!


For additional information, contact us at 1 (800) 317-9338 or email The Junior State of America (JSA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing high school students to be active citizens.

From the summit of our mountain, a world of learning is at your feet.


Ignite a lifelong passion for the arts

INTERLOCHEN FINE ARTS BOARDING HIGH SCHOOL INTERLOCHEN SUMMER ARTS PROGRAMS Creative Writing • Dance • Motion Picture Arts • Music • Theatre • Visual Arts

Summer at WPI Pre - College STEM Programs

Jump-start your college experience with WPI’s challenging, creative—and fun— summer programs. High school juniors and seniors can explore the outer limits of knowledge in science, math, and engineering through our immersive Frontiers program. Freshmen and sophomores can work alongside WPI students and faculty to solve problems in biology, computer science, robotics, and more through our popular Launch program. Students can also stretch their minds and bodies in challenging sports camps, Humanities and Arts workshops, and women’s leadership activities. To learn more or to apply, visit

Gow is a college preparatory, boarding and day school, grades 7-12, for students with dyslexia and related language based learning disabilities. Gow provides the right environment and the right tools for dyslexic students to rethink the learning process and reinvent themselves. The Gow community has a sense of belonging, of equality, and of connection born through trials and shared triumphs. Come explore Gow.

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DISCOVER THE BEST ENVIRONMENT FOR LEARNING Kimball Union Academy provides an ideal environment for learning free from distractions, set amidst 1,300 spectacular acres just a 15-minute drive from Dartmouth College. Its rigorous college preparatory program is built on a technology-driven, cutting-edge curriculum. Take a look:










It’s About YOU Education at Brewster is about a customized experience that puts you at the center of the learning process.

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Collaboration, project-based learning, peer tutoring, knowledge of individual learning styles, integrated Academic Support, two decades of laptop and innovative, integrated technology use.

In partnership with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Brewster is the first boarding school to offer an emotional literacy program, helping students develop skills for creative problem solving, critical thinking, and leadership.

Be Inspired The lake, the mountains, the town – “The Oldest Summer Resort in America” – live and learn in a college preparatory setting that is truly inspiring and like no other school!

Olney Friends School Where Academic Adventures Await in a Community of Many Cultures New STEM program this fall!

Farm-fresh foods grown on campus!

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Valley Forge Military Academy & College A private international leadership institution, comprised of a middle school, preparatory high school, and college, located in Wayne, PA, 12 miles from Philadelphia. Students are immersed in a unique educational experience centered on academic excellence, personal motivation, and character that helps them reach their academic potential. Small class sizes, specialized instruction, and dedicated faculty provide an enriching educational experience that imbues students with character traits and the skills to succeed. Schedule a tour today at Follow us @ VFMAC 610.989.1300 |

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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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: 860+ wooded acres Interscholastic Sports: 15

To schedule an interview, please call us at 800-464-2866, or email us at 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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IT'S AMAZING WHAT A WALKER'S GIRL WILL DO WITH WHAT SHE KNOWS. “Walker’s faculty challenges me to use knowledge differently. I have to apply what I know, rather than regurgitating answers to questions. I’m a hands-on person; my passion is understanding how things work. A Walker’s education feeds this. I plan to pursue biology, and I know I will be ready for whatever that brings with it, thanks to Walker’s.” — KESTREL, Class of 2015 Learn more. Contact Admissions at 860.408.4200 or visit

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Give your child the GIFT of INDEPENDENCE without giving up your child... Explore our FIVE-DAY BOARDING option for tri-state area students. ‡ Rigorous curriculum includes Advanced Placement courses ‡ Small class sizes support success ‡ Competitive college placements ‡ Section XI athletic program ‡ On-campus Equestrian and Crew programs ‡ Rich Visual and Performing Arts offerings ‡ Accessible from the Long Island Railroad ‡ Rolling Admissions, grades 6-12 and PG for 2014-2015 ‡


Call to schedule a tour or attend our OPEN HOUSE on February 7, 2015, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. To R.S.V.P. call 631-686-1600 ext. 414 or email 541 Long Beach Rd., Saint James, NY 11780

Eagle Hill School

Summer Programs 2015

SUMMER ACADEMIC PROGRAM For students ages 6-11 Monday to Friday, June 24-July 31, 2015: 8 a.m.-12 noon Program includes a language tutorial plus four additional subject areas. SUMMER AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES PROGRAM For students ages 6-11 in the Summer Academic Program only Monday to Friday, June 24-July 31, 2015: 12-3:30 p.m. A fun and energetic afternoon program with focus on fair play & social skills. SUMMER MIDDLE SCHOOL WORKSHOPS For students entering grades six through nine July 6-17 and/or July 20-31, 2015 8-10 a.m. and/or 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Two-hour workshops with remedial instruction & targeted help in either Writing, Study Skills, Math, or Reading Comprehension. FURTHER INFORMATION AT: (203) 622-9240

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Rustic Pathways


WE’RE HOSTING EVENTS IN NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, AND CONNECTICUT We’re hitting the road this March and headed to a living room near you. Meet us in person at an open house and hear more about our 2015 spring break, summer, and gap year programs. Each open house is hosted by a family whose student traveled with us this past year. A Rustic Pathways staff member will also be present to answer questions. We will have multiple events in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. For full listing of our open houses and the stories behind each alumni family, visit



You’re in the Quiet Car by Hal Sirowitz

“Whether you know it or not, you’re in the Quiet Car,” the conductor announced. “That means you have made a commitment to silence. The first obligation is to shut off your cell phones. And just because the train stops at a station doesn’t give you the right to turn it back on to listen to your messages. The phone is off for the duration. If by some mistake you didn’t turn it off completely and it rings, you’re not allowed to answer it. But don’t worry about not having anything to do. The way this train has been running, we’ll most likely have an eventful trip. We’ve lost our electricity two times on the way here. There’s a good chance we might lose it again. There seems to be more electricity in the sky than in the wires.» Don’t blame it on Metro North. Blame it on Con Edison, then the weather. Metro North isn’t responsible. We guarantee you a safe ride. But if you look at your ticket, you’ll notice there’s no fine print guaranteeing we’ll get you to your destination on time. Luckily, the driver used the train’s momentum to coast into the stations. Also, it was helpful that we were going downhill. Unfortunately, the remaining part of our trip is uphill. We’ll just have to wait for the electricity to get turned back on. How long that’ll take, I couldn’t tell you. I work for Metro North, not Con Edison or the Weather Channel. So thank you for you cooperation. I hope I can thank you again for it when we’re stuck.” *

Hal Sirowitz is the former Poet Laureate of Queens, New York. His latest collection of poetry was awarded the Nebraska Book Prize 2013 Poetry Book Competition. Reprinted from Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood.



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