Abbot Academy - Circle Yearbook (Andover, MA)

 - Class of 1940

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Odeon Once upon a time quite a good many years asro somebody who loved literature very much decided to start a society at Abbot for people with such a yearning. This soci- ety was promptly called Odeon. We are all very grateful for this somebody who did this favor because now even though we go rushing around madly ( Donald Duck fashion) we have a regularly organized time, on alternate Friday nights, which we have set aside for reading and discussing all phases of literature. We have done many different things this year. One evening we had an " In- formation Please " contest. Mollie was the spokesman. One question we thought was particularly good was " What bird in American poetry said two words and what were the two words? " Answer: " The Raven " and " Never More! " Interesting book reviews were read on a few occasions. Most of our time we spent on bringing in our favorite poems, gathered from the litera- ture of many lands. This research helped us with our chapel program in which travel was the dominant theme. In poetr we found set forth the beauty of different countries. Europe nowadays is out of the question for leisurely sight-seeing trips, and therefore we stressed in the end how much beauty we have in our own country which should surely not be overlooked. Our parties this year started off with a bansr. We were terriblv afraid that Miss Wilkinson, our new faculty adviser- competent and stimulating — thought we had lost all perspective when we greeted her with a boisterous feast. Our new mem- bers too must have had somewhat the same idea — a rash opinion, we assure you, for that is definitely not our first thought! Odeon membership is as follows: Mollie Chase, President; Carolyn Bittner, Joan Carlson, Mary Dean Naff, Ruth Poore, Mimi Calder, Margaret Little, Tink Downev, Nancv Whittier and Susan Woodman. Back Row: Little. Downey. Bittner. Carlson. Calder. Woodman Front Row: Whittier. .Xaff. Poore. Chase [59]

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Back Row: Chadwick, Littauer, Sawyer, Hall Front Row: J. Wilson, Weaver, Waugh, Wick, N. Wilson, Russ, Whitney Les Beaux Arts At the beginning of the year there was no indecision about what we wanted to study, for last year we delved somewhat into Egyptian art and from that vantage point, Greece seemed the next logical step. But between our business meetings and our filling feasts, we had very little time left for the field of Greek art, and we decided to concentrate on Greek myths as depicted on the ancient vases. Miss Gay read or told us stories and their applica- tions to astronomy and poetry, as well as their use in art. There never was a person with a more vivid and inexhaustible supply of stories (all true and never the same one twice) ! Often she stopped in the middle o f a fascinating narrative and said it would be continued next week. Realization dawned, and we groaned and pled, but all in vain. Another week we had to wait. For our chapel program we chose the familiar myth of Perseus. In this one it was luckily more possible to make silhouettes look like those on Greek vases. We labored and laughed while we were making the funny pasteboard dragons that looked so surprisingly like the models when they were finished. We giggled unavoidably at the tremendous twists of the bodies —come Egyptian art! — perhaps you remember! However, it does have beautiful rhythm. Memories of our parties will linger long, even though they were usually on a Thurs- day night when time was limited. The spread on Margi ' s floor was quite the op- posite. We ate, and ate, and every now and then the words " tone, " " color, " " Grecian " etc. were heard, but we went on eating furiously in the hope that the " lights out " bell wouldn ' t ring for another minute anyway. Members of L.B.A. are: Margi Hafl, President; Jane Littauer, Priscilla Russ, Doris Sawyer, Bettie Weaver, Jane Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Rachel Whitney, Margery Wick, Sue Chadwick, Joan Waugh. [58]

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Philomatheia This rather peculiar name means science to us, and we hope it does to you. We usual- ly meet on alternate Friday nights when time leaves us completely as we shut our- selves up in a scientific world. Gazing at the stars from the observatory, seeing slides of rocks and their strange and beau- tiful formation, learning to use a moving- picture camera and projector — all this and much more have we enjoyed as part of our program this year. In the beginning we were all thumbs. We fumbled and mumbled weirdly as we tried to thread a projector. Eventually we became expert enough or nonchalant enough to show some pictures to the school. Then rushed rehearsals for our chapel and on The Day, with knees still knocking and voices still strained, we presented our scientific " Information Please, " with the Gargoyles and the Griffins competing. Betty Hosford asked questions on one side and Eleanor Knox on the other. Phyll Crocker, Connie Cross, Phyllis Campbell, Nancy Harrison and Betty Ellis did the experiments demonstrating the correct answers, while Dottie Schwiebert, Winnie Wiglesworth, Marietta Meyer and Ellen Spear were the mighty judges. Bobbie Brown is also a member of the society, but she could not be with us that day. We learned many things from this program, one being that most unfortunately one needn ' t necessarily play with fire to get burned, for dry ice will do the trick just as well. We had another surprise when we found that Galileo lived in the 17th and not the 20th century! I guess we were thinking of Gary Cooper. We feel very fortunate to have Miss Tucker as our capable guide on our vari- ous journeys into scientific realms. But it would be much easier to say what Philo- matheia would be without Miss Tucker. Surely with Abbot ' s fine equipment and Miss Tucker we have science at its best! Back Row: Crocker, Spear, Wiglesworth, Marietta Meyer, Hosford, Brown, Ellis, Knox Front Row: Cross, Schwiebert, Campbell, Harrison [60]

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