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On October 5 for our first auditorium program we were presented with a Recital in Black and White by Mr. and Mrs. Reaser of New York. Mr. Reaser cleverly painted in black on a white canvas while Mrs. Reaser delight-fully played the piano. Both artists displayed great skill and adeptness in their respective arts.
On October 16 Mr. Keyes, representing the Terminex Company, presented a moving picture on the subject of Termites. We were told of the process which the termites have used in making themselves one of the worst enemies of mankind. Their work, which is carried on in a smooth-well-governed, systematic manner, is being studied by scientists, who are trying to learn their secret. Later Mr. Keyes answered the many questions of the audience, which displayed the interest shown in his program. Mr. Keyes also spoke in several of the biology classes.
On October 19 Dr. Carlton Palmer of New York spoke on The Joy of Pictures. Dr. Palmer, a collector of original paintings, has a valuable and varied collection gathered from the entire world. While telling about his love of pictures he showed a number of paintings from his collection. He showed us the difference between photographs and paintings and gave suggestions for looking at pictures so that we may get the real value and joy from them. From Dr. Palmer’s talk the students and faculty gained valuable information and pleasure.
On November 6 Mr. Franklin Caveny, a sculptor and artist, demonstrated his ability in his respective arts. He entertained the audience with his humorous talk and poem quotations while he worked rapidly. He first drew a very artistic picture of a Venetian night, followed by a very beautiful picture of Niagara Falls, which he drew sideways. Modeling in clay, he executed an excellent likeness of Abraham Lincoln, and with this same face he shaped Uncle Sam’s countenance. As a novelty he pictured a scene from plain flannel rags. Mr. Caveny also made caricatures in crayon of Mr. Earley and Mr. Nettleton.
On November 11 an Armistice Day Program was held in the auditorium. Edward O’Connell gave a brief talk on The Unknown Soldier, which was followed by a silent period and the sounding of taps. Roberta Bingham recited In Plunders Field, and the choir sang Lead Kindly Light. Mr. William Fitzgerald, formerly of the United States Navy, spoke concerning the observance of Armistice Day.
Morris Celblum, ’39
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We are pleased at the large number of students who have gone out for debating this year and at the interest these new members are taking in our activities. Robert Slie, president, issues a welcome to any other debaters i n the school who have not yet joined our group. You will find debating a benefit as well as an enjoyable activity.
Charlotte Crump, ’37
Music in Lyman Hall
The instrumental groups this year include the band, the orchestra, the brass ensemble, the string ensemble, and the clarinet quartet. Private lessons are given free of charge on all instruments, including the violin, to anyone wishing to receive t hem. The band of thirty-three members played at the Derby football game and expects to play at the home basketball games. The orchestra of thirty-nine members plays at the assembly programs, the junior and senior plays, the Armistice Day and Christmas programs. The three small instrumental groups are new this year. The brass ensemble consists of six instruments, the string ensemble has five, and the clarinet quartet, of course, four.
Considerable interest has been shown in the vocal groups this year, and it is expected that they will equal or surpass last year's standard. The Boys’ Clee Club numbers thirty-eight members and is the largest which lias ever been in the school. It is progressing well and will take part in the Christmas concert. The Cirls’ Glee Club has thirty-six members and will also take part in the Christmas concert. The A Cappella Choir, with forty-eight members, is outstanding among similar vocal groups of the state. It will sing for the Rotary Club and the Meriden Community Forum, and will sing at the Armistice Day and Christmas programs. The Girls’ Sextet and the Boys’ Quartet have also been organized. The Girls’ Sextet includes Betty Shelley, Fleanor Pogmore, Charlotte Crump, Florence Barnes, Elizabeth Bartholomew, and Shirley Goodwin. The Boys’ Quartet is composed of Raymond Lee, John Ives, Robert Applegate, and John May.
Charles Upham, ’39
Junior College Club
The officers who have been elected for the coming year are as follows: president, Doris McLean; secretary-treasurer, Barbara Cooper. The Program Committee includes Florence Barnes, Phyllis Kern, and Nancy Steele.
In October the Junior College Club held a business meeting in the high-school auditorium, followed by games and refreshments in the “gym”.
The November meeting of the club was held at the home of Florence Barnes. An interesting talk by Miss Clark on books was enjoyed by all. Games were played, and refreshments were served.
Barbara Cooper, ’38
Our auditorium programs this year seem better than ever before, and we thank Mr. Earley for securing such excellent ones for us.
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