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Grubbs Gallery Exhibits Paintings by Barbara Hadden

barbara haddenBarbara Hadden will exhibit “Paintings,” at the Grubbs Gallery in the Reed Campus Center at The Williston Northampton School from January 4 –February 12, 2011. An artist’s reception will be held on January 9, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Using oil, gouache, and watercolor, Barbara Hadden explores landscapes of varying terrains. “I paint from observation, in the world and from memory, and this involves a lot of walking, staring, drawing, and even photography. One of the things I stare at, by the ocean, is the foam that momentarily covers what is under foam,” says Hadden about her work. Some of the works in the exhibition began for Hadden during a month-long residency on Cranberry Island, Maine, at the Heliker–LaHotan foundation. Others came out of two visits to a stretch of the National Seashore in Truro.

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Journalist Thomas French Completes Writers’ Series

thomas frenchThe 13th Writers’ Workshop Series ends with author and journalist Thomas French on November 30, 2010, 7:00 p.m. in the Dodge Room in the Reed Campus Center. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Thomas French was a feature journalist for the St. Petersburg Times where he wrote seminal pieces such as ‘A Cry In The Night’, a story that “made a model for the rest of us to follow,” according to Washington Post reporter Anne Hull.

In 2009, his book Zoo Story was published. Based on six years of research, the book chronicles the inner world of Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo by following a cast of animals through their adventures of captivity and addressing the moral complexities of zoo life. He has appeared on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” and most recently on the “Colbert Report.” In 2008, French returned to his alma mater Indiana University where he has since served on the faculty of the Indiana University School of Journalism.

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Gene DeFilippo ’69 Receives Award for Distinguished Record in Life

Gene DeFilippo

The Williston Northampton School is proud to announce that Gene DeFilippo ’69, the director of athletics at Boston College, is the 2010 recipient of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council’s Martin Williams Souders Award. The presentation was made at the NEPSAC annual meeting at the Best Western Royal Plaza and Trade Center in Marlborough, MA, on Friday, November 19. Williston’s former athletic director, New England Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Rick Francis H’00, presented the award.

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Samples-Smart Signs National Letter of Intent

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The Williston Northampton School’s Kay Samples-Smart signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Division 1 Bethune-Cookman University during a special ceremony in Williston’s Athletic Center on Friday, November 12.

Surrounded by her family and joined by her coach, Kevin Kudla, Williston’s Athletic Director Mark Conroy, and Head of School Robert W. Hill III, Kay agreed to attend Bethune-Cookman University as part of the class of 2015. In return, the university agreed to provide her with a full scholarship. Signing the letter also gives notice to other schools that she may no longer be recruited, which will allow her to better focus on her senior year, both academically and athletically.

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“Rhythmic Shock!”— A Fall Dance Performance at Williston

The Williston Northampton School’s Dance Ensemble presents “Rhythmic Shock!” an evening of dance ranging from Latin to jazz to ballet en pointe in the Williston Theatre on November 12 and 13, at 7:30 p.m.

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A collection of new dance pieces choreographed by Williston dance teacher Laurel Raffetto, guest artists, and student choreographers will be performed. This year’s Williston Dance Ensemble concert will showcase the talents of guest artists Debra Vega and Erin Law. Student choreographers include Maddison Stemple-Piatt of Hatfield, Madeline Wise of South Hadley, Mika Chmielewski of Southampton, Victoria Durocher of Blandford, and Tory Kolbjornsen of Haydenville. There will also be a special presentation by the students who are in the fall choreography class.

Join Williston’s Dance Ensemble for these exciting new fall performances. Tickets are $5 for general admission and may be purchased at the box office. Children under 12 are free. For further information, please contact Laurel Raffetto at 413-529-3773.

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