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The Williston Northampton School Presents Annual Children’s Play

The Williston Northampton School will present its annual children’s theater program during the public schools’ February vacation week. This year, Story Theatre: Journeys of Transformation from Around the World and Beyond will delight audiences of all ages.

The play is a collection of folk tales and other stories revolving around the theme of change. The stories, including “The Magic Garden,” “Tipingee,” “The Seal’s Skin,” and others, were adapted into a unified script by the Williston Children’s Theater ensemble. The production will be directed by senior theater student Emilia Caligiuri ’11.

Performances take place every day, February 21-26, at 3:30 p.m. in the Williston Theatre, 18 Payson Avenue, in Easthampton. Tickets are $5, general admission. For more information or to reserve tickets, call the box office at 413-529-3434.

The Cast

Hannah Brooks, A’kala Chaires, Kate Glowatsky, Jenn Hall, Brian Hendery, So Ra Jung, Kathleen Kaisla, Umi Keezing, Denison Marsland-Rello, Mojdeh Mostafavi, Mairead Poulin, Nickki Sarkar, Marie Schonfeld, Matthew Steinberg, Alyssa Stern, Chase Tanguay, Maya Wilson, Talya Wintman, Maddi Wise, Kiernan Zehring

Summer Opportunities Fair: Explore the Possibilities

The 8th Annual Pioneer Valley Summer Opportunities Fair will take place on Sunday, February 27, in the Reed Campus Center at The Williston Northampton School, 40 Park Street, Easthampton. It will be open to the public from noon–3 p.m. This informational fair is intended for families with children entering kindergarten through high school. Admission is free.

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This exceptional fair showcases a wide range of programs that focus on academic enrichment, outdoor adventure, international home-stay, travel, internships, community service, camps, arts, sports and more for elementary, middle school and high school students. Representatives from more than 30 local, national, and international summer opportunities programs will be available to talk with interested students and their families.

In addition to the fair, several panel discussions will be offered for families on the following topics:

  • Choosing the best program for your child ages 4-10
  • Maximizing high school students’ summer experiences for college admission
  • How to find and land a great summer job or internship

For more information, contact Nola-rae Cronan, Director of Student Activities, at 413-529-3340 or

Photographer Vince Cianni Continues Lecture Series

vince cianniPhotographer Vince Cianni will give a lecture at The Williston Northampton School’s Photographers’ Lecture Series in the Dodge Room of the Reed Campus Center on February 17, 2011, at 6:30 p.m.

Vincent Cianni’s documentary photography explores community and memory, the human condition, and the use of image and text. His photographic project and book We Skate Hardcore is an eight-year study of urban latino youth in NYC, published by NYU Press and the Center for Documentary Studies. The photographs from We Skate Hardcore have been widely published in magazines and journals including Double Take, Aperture, The New Yorker, and La Fotografia. Cianni’s new documentary project, ‘Gays in the Military: How America Thanked Me,’ explores how the lives of many gay and lesbian service members have been affected by homophobia in the military and by the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. His photographs have been exhibited in many museums including LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), MFAH (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston), and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Cianni teaches photography at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.

Upcoming Lecturers in this year’s series are scheduled as follows:

Ken Sklute, March 1

Michael Lesy, April 1

Thatcher Cook, April 18

All presentations, which are free and open to the public, take place in the Dodge Room of the Reed Campus Center at The Williston Northampton School. Full biographies of the visiting lecturers can be found at

The Photographers’ Lecture Series features internationally acclaimed photographers who present and discuss their work to the school and community. Advanced photography students will have the opportunity to participate in a class taught by the photographers preceding the public lecture. Past visiting photographers have included photojournalist Yunghi Kim, who is known for her coverage of international conflicts; Sean Hemmerle, an architectural and landscape photographer; and Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Ed Keating.

For more information, please call 413-529-3237. Dates are subject to change.

Eudora Welty: Photographs of the 1930s and 40s

eudora welty photoEudora Welty: Photographs of the 1930s and 40s will be exhibited in the Grubbs Gallery of the Reed Campus Center at The Williston Northampton School from February 27 – April 9, 2011. A reception will be held on February 27 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

During her spare time as a junior publicist for the WPA in the 1930s, Eudora Welty captured people and places in Mississippi with her camera. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author would later write in her memoir One Writer’s Beginning, “Photography taught me that to be able to capture transience, by being ready to click the shutter at the crucial moment, was the greatest need I had. Making pictures of people in all sorts of situations, I learned that every feeling waits upon its gesture; and I had to be prepared to recognize this moment when I saw it.” Eudora Welty was known for her writing, yet her photographic documentation of the Depression-era created a compelling record of the time and place that would greatly influence all of her creative works. Her photographs have been shown in the Smithsonian, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Museum of the City of New York.

This exhibit, curated by Burns Maxey, will focus on the story of the photographer and how Welty’s influence has permeated other lives. Alongside the 20-plus silver gelatin prints there will be supplemental multimedia materials exhibited. Ephemera and audio narratives of people who met Eudora Welty will be part of the exhibition and will include a story by renowned illustrator Barry Moser who is a former Williston teacher and currently a professor in residence at Smith College.

The Eudora Welty: Photographs of the 1930s and 40s exhibit is also free and open to the public and takes place in the Grubbs Gallery of the Reed Campus Center at The Williston Northampton School.

Classics Day at Mount Holyoke College

Williston students at the certamen (trivia) contest

The 2011 Classics Day at Mount Holyoke College drew more than 300 Latin students from area high schools for a day of workshops and competition. Williston students regularly participate in this event, which is held annually at one of the Five Colleges. Classics Day celebrates the study of Latin and classical culture.

The following students won honors at Classics Day:

1st place – Latin I certamen (trivia)
Ben Greeman ’15
Lena Gandevia ’15
Hannah Lewis ’13
Kelly O’Donnell ’13

1st place – poster contest
Elyssa Katz ’15

1st place – model contest
Laura Bowman ’13

2nd place – model contest
Josh Simpson ’15 and Chase Tanguay ’15

2nd place – novice level oration contest
Lucas Ferrer ’16

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