On November 19, 2010, The Williston Northampton School will host its semiannual blood drive from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Reed Campus Center. All are welcome to attend, particularly parents who might wish to donate with their children.
The blood drive takes place on the Friday before Thanksgiving because demand for blood increases at this time of year due to holiday travel, and supply decreases because people are busy.
Rita Edelman, Oriole Farb Feshbach, and Carl Sesar will exhibit, “Write a Painting, Paint a Poem,” a group show at the Grubbs Gallery in the Reed Campus Center at The Williston Northampton School from November 4 to December 17, 2010. An artists’ reception will be held on November 7, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Rita Edelman, Oriole Farb Feshbach, and Carl Sesar independently explore the relationships between painting and poetry. Rita Edelman uses poetry and the calligraphic geometry of ancient symbols in developing her paintings; Oriole Farb Feshbach is inspired by poetry to capture the visual panoply on array in our natural world; and Carl Sesar paints poetry with typewriter ribbon and rubber stamps.
The Williston Northampton School will present its fall play, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, October 21 -23 and October 28-30, 2010. All performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Williston Theatre, 18 Payson Avenue, in Easthampton.
One of the most famous comedies of all times, The Importance of Being Earnest tells the story of two men who decide to take on hidden identities in order to win the women of their dreams. Set in the London countryside at the turn of the last century, the play is full of witty dialog and sly criticism of the status quo.
The Williston Northampton School’s Writers’ Workshop Series will host author Debra Monroe for a public presentation on Thursday, October 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Dodge Room of the Reed Campus Center. This event is free and the public is welcome.
Declared “required reading” by Vanity Fair and picked by People Magazine and Salon.com, Monroe’s memoir On the Outskirts of Normal: Forging a Family Against the Grain tells an unsentimental story about a white woman who adopts a black baby in small town Texas. Published in June 2010, it has since been on the “Top 10 Books to Pick Up” in O: the Oprah Magazine.
International humanitarian and author Greg Mortenson will be a special guest on campus this fall. In preparation for his visit, students, teachers, staff members, parents, alumni, and friends are invited to participate in an all-school read of Mortensen’s co-authored first book, Three Cups of Tea, which tells the story of his experiences after a mountaineering trip up Pakistan’s K2.
While recovering in a nearby village, Mortenson promised children he met to help them build a school. As of 2010, he has established over 141 schools, and another five dozen temporary refugee schools, that provide education to over 64,000 children, including 52,000 girls, in rural and often volatile regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, where few education opportunities existed before.