Abbot Academy - Circle Yearbook (Andover, MA)

 - Class of 1940

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Page 84 text:

Abbeyites — the envy of us all — but still we love our Draper Hall, unquote. Win- chell you ' re uncanny! With the approach of Thanksgiving came verses and more verses, and then the service when for the first time in the new year we appeared in our whites. Following in breathless succession came the Christ- mas Party for the children of Andover, the Christmas Dinner and table singing, the Christmas Service— a symphony in white and green, and Mrs. Gray ' s reading of the Christmas Carol. Vacation! The blue weeks after Christmas and lasting through midyears were soon for- gotten in preparations for Intervale. We left Andover at 4:30 with salted nuts (from Miss Hancock and Miss Rath) of which too soon only a few grains of salt were left. Many portable radios and vies were much in evidence, and voices competed with each other violently all the way. Delicious box suppers with hot coffee were served, and then the shout of " Snow! " brought us quickly to the observation platform. There amid coal fumes and cold breezes we caught our first glimpse of beautiful, snowbound New Hampshire serene under a blanket of twinkling winter stars. Intervale at last! The Emersons had cocoa and sandwiches for us upon arrival. Then some went walking, some moonlight skating on the flooded courts, some sat be- fore the blazing fire, while others danced — " 720 in the Books " a definite favorite. Saturday we were awakened rather abrupt- ly by someone saying " Isn ' t it lovely? Pink — really pink — and the rest are pur- ple. Look Tink! " By this time we had been aroused sufficiently to recognize Jacquy ' s voice — and Tink joining in with several (dozen) exclamations. We got up and agreed that Mt. Washington couldn ' t have blushed more gorgeously. Mt. Washington at sunrise, and all the other ranges and peaks as well, were the subject of consid- erable conversation. Then came the food. What pancakes! What food! Never has been or will be food as welcome. But it was time to go out again, and how joyous was the crunching sound of our skis breaking the crust of the crystal snow that Saturday morning! We did Russell ' s slope intermittently all week end, with Miss Carpenter feverishly cramming us with snowplow techniques. The sting of snow against inquiring faces as we bumped down the toboggan slide, and trail blazing in the lovely woods, on snowshoes or skis- were experiences we won ' t soon forget. Then came movies at North Conway. En route Jacquy reminisced about her child- Big Plans Good Times Ahead [80]

Page 83 text:

THE YEAR 1939-40 A.D. We arrived September 27th and were terribly excited about being Seniors at long last — and,— our Senior privileges! First and foremost the Senior Parlor with its new radio bringing us football games, symphon ies and static; general meeting place for research work in studies and people (alias bull sessions) ; coffee on first Sundays; toasting ourselves by the fire or on the porch. Yes, the Parlor is one privi- lege we won ' t forget in a hurry. Next— Senior Saturdays in Boston; and — Senior lights! With Miss Hearsey at Pomps The first Saturday this fall was memo- rable. Pomps Pond was the scene of action, action consisting of picnicking, feeling the water and playing many unique games on the way home. Then Senior teas when everyone ate and ate and tried to see who had the best at whose tea. The teas cer- tainly filled the requirements -and the people. Then came corridor stunt nights when we Seniors portrayed Life advertise- ments (Duchess, the Ovaltine kid) and latest news flashes. Pinch me! Are we really going? It ' s wonderful! Our Senior picnic at Ipswich with cold, clear breezes, bright moon, Senior Parlor warm fire, cold white dunes, onions- hamburgers — onions — cocoa — more on- ions. At last we felt " Seniorized. " One day we heard a crashing above us and found it was the Fourth Floor leaving, bag and baggage, and they weren ' t even sore about it. We can ' t say we blame them, either. Abbey with ping-pong table, radio in the rec room, spacious laundry, blue- tiled showers, silent bells, teachers ' rooms with fireplaces and private baths, and a kitchenette for teas! Winchell says, quote, Abbey House and New Tennis Courts [79]



Page 85 text:

Off for the Day Russell ' s Slope hood days, still gazing at Mt. Washington. Hymns by the crackling fire, Miss Hearsey reading " Winnie the Pooh " and Libby playing Clair de Lune (though we all missed the first measure because of Marge ' s terrific sigh), brought our days to a con- tented close. Monday brought us Cranmore Moun- tain and the skimobiles. Said Duchess, " Makes an amusement look sick, yes? Yes. " And so it went on for three glorious, carefree days, and before we knew it we were marching into the Abbot dining room trying vainly to give to the school in our train-made songs some idea of what they ' d missed. . .Hidden in those vagrant New Hampshire hills are memories, and timeless their power shall be. Second Semester begun — and Mother Nature, we thank you for Andover ' s won- derful winter! Skating on the new flooded tennis courts behind Abbey, skiing and then roasting marshmallows over a roaring fire on the hockey field by moonlight these were new thrills for us all. And in the midst of it we were suddenly quarantined for a week: sixty week ends were cancelled, parents were notified, Miss Sweeney pi- loted us through bravely, and Mrs. Dun- can laid down the law. We were all Sillies Ski-Mobile Sky Session [81]

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