Abbot Academy - Circle Yearbook (Andover, MA)

 - Class of 1941

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Back Row: Eccler, Shaw, Nelson, Harvey, Leslie, B. Brooks, Packard Front Row: Bennett, Stott, Craig, Todd, Biart, Hardy, Lyt e, Jones, Margery Martin mas vacation we trudged, tousled and ex- cited, through the halls singing carols. Before midyears Mr. Howe was the perfect host at a farewell tea. Miss Friskin back, we sang on the vowels and pronounced our final consonants. Altogether it has been a grand year, and choir membership is a privilege which we are very proud to enjoy. The choir members were Marney Martin, President; Beverly Brooks, Betsy Bennett, Skip Biart, Emma Ann Todd, Dorothy Harvey, Betty Hardy, Betsy Lytle, Julie Nelson, Helen Stott, Nancy Eccles, Polly Packard, Dorie Jones, Bunny Shaw, Louise Leslie, Helen Craig. Abbot Dramatic Society THIS year A.D.S. got off to a grand start with five new members. We began rehearsing almost immediately for the big event of our year, the production of the A.D.S. Plays. Rehearsals were a mad jumble of forgotten speeches, lost cues, stifled giggles and late arrivals, but under the expert direction of our own Mrs. Gray, all was in readiness for the final performance on December 7th. Our Friday night meetings will long be remembered in the hearts of us in A.D.S. There we read and studied many plays, yet somehow al- ways managed to combine a good time with the more serious matters. Betty was ever ready with one of her jokes; Julie could always be counted on to pep up any slow meetings; Mim was usually to be found sitting close beside the door ready to make a hasty retreat should any new play Mrs. Gray was casting contain an old grandmother ' s role. A.D.S. owes much Back Row : Scammon, Gorsucb, Caldarone Second Row: Hartwell, Nelson, Waterhouse, Long, Rath- bone Front Row: D. White, Gourley, Menschik of this year ' s success to its able president, Addie Waterhouse, and of course to Mrs. Gray. As always, she has been our in- spiration, helping us in every possible way to get the most out of our work. We hope we have made her proud of this year ' s A.D.S. Our members were Addie Waterhouse, Jo Hartwell, Julie Nelson, Sue Long, Ruth Rathbone, Lyn Menschik, Betty Gorsuch, Mim Scammon, Dottie White; Glo Caldarone, and Jini Gourley. [48]

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Back Row: Lytle, Shields, Little, Moody, Todd, Wind, Abbott, Finneran, Gorsuch, D. White, Nelson, Parrot, Long, Towne, Biart, Grieco, Hardy, Leslie, Barss, Packard, Eccles, Stott Second Row: Eaton, Fowler, Jones, Craig, Bates, Stuart, Williams, Flint, 7eitung, Campbell, McCreery , Harvey, Harris, Gerrish, Means, M. Dean Front Row: Clark, B. Hill, Waterhouse, Bondy, Johnson, M. Erkert Hall two afternoons a week. We won- dered at Mr. Howe ' s patience with us, and we won ' t soon forget his characteris- tic shrug and sort of hopeless but brave smile in the face of the problems we pre- sented. We were very excited when we heard we were to sing on the radio in December for the benefit of the Chinese Relief. We felt so funny packed in that glass-cage effect in the Lawrence broadcasting station, with Mr. Howe leading us precariously from a chair. This was followed by hurried re- hearsals of our favorite carols for the Christmas service. After our winter vaca- tion we found ourselves working furiously, spurred on by the joint concert with P. A. which, alas, had to be cancelled because of illness " on the hill. " But then we set to work again, this time for our concert with Governor Dummer at Abbot. A raging March blizzard did not hinder the arrival of our guests, and our successful concert was followed by a superb dance. The year flew by, and spring was here all too soon. The Easter hymns were sung, and there was the preparation for rally night. The Seniors stepped out and made way for the vigorous voices of the " New Fidelio " who, we must say, made us wonder if we would be missed at all! Fi- delio has meant happy hours with favorite songs, and in spite of Mr. Howe ' s mis- givings about us, we would not have missed it for anything. Choir ALTHOUGH Miss Friskin ' s absence left an awful gap in choir last fall, we looked forward to our Sunday rehear- sals with Mr. Howe. At first we felt a little shaky, and we still remember his glaring at us over the top of the piano be- cause of a sharp that went flat or a dotted half we didn ' t dot. But dots or no dots, Mr. Howe ' s humor, patience and confi- dence in us bolstered our courage and we sang bravely on. The morning of Christ- [47]

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Aeolian A EOLUS, the mythical god of the winds, Jl . could hardly have refrained from chortling through his bristly beard had he heard us playing our toy symphony. Draper Hall shook from its very founda- tions as Herbie banged away with enviable gusto on her drum, Dorie ' s nightingale either needed a refill or spilled all over her, and Kelly attempted to cuckoo on the off beat! Miss Friskin tried to keep things under control, but her sense of humor in- variably got the better of her. Some of our most enjoyable evenings were those when she so ably reconstructed our vaguely hummed tunes. Miss Friskin ' s guidance, her efficiency, graciousness and incompar- able playing are the things that make Aeolian so special. Miss Tuttle was her gifted substitute during the first semester. Our " symphony players " were: Nancy Eccles, President; Harriet Means, Secretary- Treasurer; Jeannette Biart, Ruth Bondy, Helen Craig, Betty Dunaway, Betty Hardy, Dorothy Harvey, Dorie Jones, Helen Stott, Jane Towne, Edith White. Back Row: Towne, Means, Bondy, Harvey, Biart, Craig, Jones, Hardy Front Row : Stott, Eccles List, Gerrish, Bates, O ' Connell, B. Brooks, Miss Sweeney, Troub, Philbin, Fiske Courant WHAT is Courantl Is it fifty clearly printed pages, bound in blue and white, stuffed into your mailboxes in February and June? No, that is not Courant. Courant means frantic Friday afternoons with the story that refuses to come in time for tonight ' s meeting, hurrying to our very own little room across from His- tory of Art, grabbing a chair, and resting our elbows experimentally on the wobbly table. It is bringing forth that story, finally, and reading it as clearly as possible with our hearts in our mouths; that end- less moment of waiting for the beloved member who may, or may not, sit up and declare " I like it! " ; and listening with a smile while the Board picks apart our carefully worded paragraphs. It means grand talks on various tangents with the indispensable Miss Sweeney, over-exuber- ance and everyone talking at once, Bev ' s authoritative " All right " bringing us back to earth and a deadline. Courant means printer ' s ink, reams of proof, wavy lines and forgotten punctuation, over- lapping pages and odd sounding tenses; it means unique chapels such as this year ' s program in which the stories behind the portraits on the walls of Abbot Hall were [49]

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