Abbot Academy - Circle Yearbook (Andover, MA)

 - Class of 1941

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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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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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revealed. But most of all, it means work and achievement, and that unequaled warmth which comes when you all re- ceive the long-awaited product which to our public is Courant. The Board this year included: Beverly Brooks, Editor; Nancy Gerrish, Business Manager; Jane Philbin, Sue Bates, Dorothy Fiske, Joan List, Mary Carroll O ' Connell, Frances Troub, Jane Bishop, Frances Flint, Gretchen Roemer, Literary Board. Les Beaux Arts L.B.A. is a society for lovers of art. Its greatest asset is its faculty ad- viser who guides us so masterfully through the realms of artistic beauty, and our meetings were punctuated with shouts of laughter caused by her humorous anec- dotes. She has lent much richness to our Thursday night gatherings by her ex- tensive travels and her vast stores of know- ledge. Our year was spent in the study of recent paintings. In our chapel program, which Back Row : Davey, Bertucio, Wilson, D. Erkert Second Row : C. Hill, Waugh, Parrot, Shie lds, Mary Mar- tin Front Row: Finneran, Grieco, Fong came in May, we presented tableaux of the works of contemporary artists. Members of L.B.A. were: Joan Waugh, President; Jane Davey, Secretary-Treasurer; Bonney Wilson, Alda Grieco, Christine Hill, Jane Parrot, Mimi Shields, Mary Bertucio, Dorothy Erkert, Mary Ellen Finneran, Virginia Fong, Mary Martin. Odeon " Books — lighthouses erected in the sea of Time. " WE in Odeon cling to these light- houses for guidance in the turbu- lent sea of our youth. An hour is set aside Back Row: Wbittier, McCreery, Calder, B. Hill, Moody, Zeitung Front Row : Lacey, Belden, Clark, Little every other Friday evening in which we read and discuss all phases of literature to our heart ' s content under the stimulating guidance of our faculty adviser, Miss Wilkinson. By common consent we first read George Bernard Shaw ' s " Pygmalion. " Then Ann read us parts from " Mrs. Min- iver, " and Mimi read the familiar " ' Twas the Night Before Christmas. " In January, Miss Wilkinson began reading to us Alice Duer Miller ' s " White Cliffs. " In Odeon we forget everything for one precious hour and just enjoy ourselves. if; [50]

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