Abbot Academy - Circle Yearbook (Andover, MA)

 - Class of 1940

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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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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]

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Snow and Schick Igloo are you? " with the answer or " Negative " were constantly Schicked — " Seniors be at the infirmary at 2:20, Senior Mids at 2:45 etc. etc. " -cries of " What " Positive " heard up and down the halls, and with this, arms were thrust violently forward and lovely red spots or pale white bumps exhibited. But soon it was a thing of the past, Mary Dean was out again, and no one the worse for the experience. Fire drills are wonderful things! Every- one looks so different — some with curlers tight to the head and cold cream smeared all over, others slinking by frantically rubbing to get " 9 P.M. make-up " off, and still others sauntering slowly, glamorously arrayed and apparently unruffled by the unexpected disturbance. Best fire drill of the year was the one unscheduled and unwanted- but one lovely April afternoon just before the end of study hour the alarm sounded for several minutes without ceas- ing, and within a few seconds all buildings were cleared of surprised students and faculty, while Charlie dashed madly from cellar to attic looking for the fire which happily did not materialize. All ' s well that ends well. Calling nights are ever in a category by themselves, and strange things go on like dancing on the second-floor front, peeking through banisters, waiting for callers, sitting in bed placidly writing home to the boy friend, and being horri- fied to find Katharine at the door saying " You have a caller! " And will we ever forget our walks along the bright, clear road in the early morning, six abreast, for breakfast at the Kirkshire? For once we were not honked to the gut- ters by oncoming cars. The world was ours. Can ' t we do it again next week? The radiator — meeting place for all — letter problems promptly solved, free of charge — Mrs. Duncan available " apres diner " — tailor, " special man, " Western Union boy, and all people of interest enter via the " students ' entrance! " Room 5! We couldn ' t live without it or its contents — namely the coca-cola and cookies, the iron and ironing board, and the bull sessions. High spots of our Senior year have been our wonderful Sunday night suppers at " Sunset " with Miss Hearsey. We actually had a Spanish twang in our voices and a slight tango and rumba appeared in our walks after her delightfully different Spanish supper! Birthdays at Abbot are special occasions, and we are grateful to Miss Hearsey for never forgetting them, and to Miss Cool- [82]

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