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Lord of the Flies

Musings, messages and thoughts
from LSAA President Bob Sansone '68

Friday
Dec092016

Christmas 2016

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing”. Walt Disney

That is precisely what the classes of 1961 and 1966 did during our incredible reunion in OCT. The weather? Suffice it to say that nature seems to have read our Lenox School prayer as the sun shined brilliantly on all of us through the reunion. It was another record attendance as we filled the Lenox Club (yet again!) to capacity.

 

This all came about as a result of the advance work done by members of both ’61 & ‘66 to achieve such an outstanding turnout. So now we’re heading into the Christmas season and the time to start the “doing” is at hand for the Lenox School legacy classes of 1967, 1962, 1957 and 1952. The next reunion is (as always, the weekend following Columbus Day) on 13 and 14 October, 2017.

 

“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.” Winnie the Pooh

 

The events of the 2016 reunion included (for the first time!) the raising of a Lenox School flag, as well as the introduction of a meaningful and symbolic LSAA missing persons table ceremony at the beginning of dinner at the Lenox Club. We raised our glasses in tribute to those that could not be with us and among those that we remembered were Mr. Southworth, Mr. Terwilliger and Mr. Rutledge and Mr. Robert Clark (a class of ‘60 alum and recent benefactor to LSAA).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class of ’48 Kline and Daniell along with Bob Sansone and Bud Wells ready the Lenox School flag while Allyn Burrows Prepares the Halyard

 

LSAA Missing Persons Table

We make a living by what we get; but we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill

 As usual, we were blessed to receive the warm and generous help from Shakespeare and Co. by affording us the use of their campus. We owe S&Co a great deal of gratitude, for without their allowing us to assemble for part of our reunion on the old school grounds, one wonders where a Lenox School reunion could be held and have as much relevancy and significance to alumni, masters, staff, family and friends. Steve Ball, S&Co’s Acting Managing Director, has been a sustained and continual source of this tremendous support and assistance throughout the years, and we remain profoundly grateful to him for this.

 

“We want to be his favorite hello and his hardest goodbye.” Author unknown

 

We were privileged to meet S&Co’s new artistic director Allyn Burrows who gave us an insight as to the path ahead for S&Co. Allyn also ceremoniously became the latest member of our Lenox School little band of brothers as we bestowed upon him the Lenox T-shirt and new Lenox School lapel pin. Following the business meeting, Allyn graciously assisted us by raising our Lenox School flag on S&Co’s flagpole. Allyn finished the flag raising with a flourish, by quoting from Henry V’s St. Crispin’s Day Speech as our flag unfurled in the Berkshire autumn breeze- We few, we happy few, we band of brothers ......”

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Albert Einstein 

We made two very special donations this year, which benefitted not only the recipients but appropriately honored and recalled the incredible and selfless service of those in whose name these donations were made. We provided Shakespeare and Co. a substantial scholarship donation in the name of David Wood who not only served the school for so many years but who also established and led Lenox School in the artistic production of so many plays through the years.

 

“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” Albert Einstein 

Our second substantial donation was to Trinity Church. While we have always donated to Trinity each year as a reflection of the role that the chapel experience played in our matriculation from Lenox; we concluded that this donation needed to be in honor of two men who served not only Lenox School but also were instrumental in Trinity Church through the years as well (Rev Whitman as rector and Rev Curry as a vestryman). The Lenox School Rev Whitman and Rev Curry donation was enhanced by comments made at the chapel by Rev Whitman’s daughters Romi and Sally and by Rev Curry’s son David. Aside from Revs Thayer, Griswold and Monks essential roles in the founding of Lenox School, it is an understatement to assert that without Rev Whitman or Rev Curry, Lenox School would not have existed for us as it did.

The dates for the reunion are October 13 and 14. See you back at school!

 

Bob Sansone, ‘68 

 

Friday
Aug052016

President's Message, Summer 2016

If this man should fall, who will lift the flag and carry it on?” Brigadier General George C. Strong’s demanding question of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry at the battle for Fort Wagner in SC.

 

The reunion is upon us (October 14 and 15). So what could the quote above possibly have to do with our yearly sojourn back to campus to welcome the legacy classes of ’61 and ’66 (and all other classes) back to school?

 

Every year I have felt that there has been something missing as we enter the grounds for the reunion. Then it hit me – no Lenox School Flag. The truth is, there never was a Lenox School flag, but there is one now. Pete Baker ’61 took a rough initial draft and provided the following for our design review:

 

 

In a sense, the school fell in 1971 when it graduated its last class; but here we are, 45 years later, and in a response reminiscent of the one given by Colonel Robert Shaw to a question raised by General Strong – the LSAA will lift the Lenox School flag and carry it on.

 

To accomplish this, we’re going to have a formal flag raising ceremony on Saturday, at the flagpole in front of St. Martin’s, right before our annual luncheon. In this way, we can announce to the world (or at least those driving by on Kemble Street) that Lenox School is back in session (albeit for 2 days!). We’ll have the flag in use for all future reunions and events.

 

None of this of course would be possible without the wonderful support we receive from S&Co. I met briefly with Steve Ball during the scholarship trip to Lenox. Steve reports that they are in good shape both financially and organizationally and their season ahead looks to be a success. S&Co continues to be warm and generous hosts for our annual invasion onto their grounds. We are grateful for their support.

 

For scholarship - if it is to be scholarship - requires, in addition to liberty, that the truth take precedence over all sectarian interests, including self-interest.” John Charles Polanyi

 

We had another wonderful visit to both Miss Hall’s and Berkshire Country Day School to bestow the Pickett and Fawcett scholarships. I accompanied Ed and Sarah Miller and Paul Denzel to represent the LSAA. We now provide a certificate to the recipient, which includes a brief history of Lenox School as well as encouraging them to reflect on the Lenox School motto that influenced us through the years.

 

We may have some additional entertainment this year at the reunion! We are trying to arrange the opportunity for the Miss Hall’s choral group to sing at one of our venues.

 

The classes of ’61 and ’66 look like they are earnestly competing to break the turnout established by ’65. I am hoping for the class of ’71 (the last class) to assemble as well for this, their legacy 45th.

 

Randy Harris has been busy customizing the memorabilia display plans to reflect emphasis on the legacy classes along with other general memorabilia which will be on display. It is incredible what he has accomplished for us over the years.

 

All non RSVP guests will be set on fire. That is all.” Wedding-Day-Bliss.com

 

Coupled with the ever growing ranks of alums, masters, staff and friends that join us, we will likely fill the Lenox Club to capacity once again, so getting your 2016 response form in soon (located at the back of this P&S) will help us ensure the necessary logistics and room to accommodate everyone are made available.

 

Say not in grief: “He is no more”, but live in thankfulness that he was.” Hebrew Proverb

 

We are incorporating a brief but moving “LSAA Missing Person” ceremony at the beginning of our Lenox Club annual dinner. This is to honor and remember all those that have passed and are not able to be with us during the reunion. We will set up a symbolic table to honor those in absence. The story of this ceremony is further explained in the “LSAA Missing Person Ceremony” article elsewhere in this P&S.

 

Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can.” Henry Drummond

 

The individuals we’re going to install this year in the LSAA Hall of fame represent the triumph of being shining examples of the Lenox School motto, having served and achieved in innumerable ways. In a room full of outstanding people, these people stand out. Join us at the reunion as we honor those that have honored us through their life’s work.

 

The dates for the reunion are October 14 and 15. The schedule of events is also enclosed in this edition. See you back at school!

 

Bob Sansone, ‘68

 

Sample of the LSAA Scholarship Certificate:

 

 

Tuesday
May242016

President's Message - Spring 2016

Message from Bob Sansone, LSAA President:

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” ~ Douglas Adams

 

Every year Ed Miller and I start to fret as the response deadline for the reunion approaches. Then we end up marveling at the turnouts we get; to the point that in recent reunions, we have record numbers of alums returning such that we are at the limit of the Lenox Club’s capacity to hold us. In addition, we are enhanced by the increasing turnout of the Masters and their families who seem to come in increasing numbers; and we have accumulated many friends of the school that we thankfully host as guests for the annual pilgrimage. All for this little school that closed but just will not die.

I guess what I am getting at here is an appeal to mark your calendars now (OCT 14 and 15) and contact us early. We have become rather The Event in Lenox of sorts for that weekend, with the press now writing stories about this incredible Lenox band of brothers that assembles each year. All this, for a school that has been closed now longer than it was open. Incredible.

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” ~ Hunter S. Thompson

 

We have a tendency to focus on the legacy class years for these reunions (those that are celebrating their 40th, 45th, 50th, 55th, 60th, etc. That said, we are always the beneficiaries of all other class years that ‘skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke’ to enrich the event immeasurably.

To this point - I ended my last President’s message with the following:

The class of ’66 has already begun the preparation and conversation of how to meet the challenge that ‘65 has created. The opportunity is before them and us for another inspiring, improbable and magical reunion for this school that just won’t die.”

There is a debate between ’61 and ’66 as to who held the record for the greatest reunion turn out.. Then the class of ’65 thundered in to unseat them both last year. Which prompts me to paraphrase the title to that wonderful TV sitcom, which preceded ’66’s graduation by about 3 years but started about the time ’61 graduated:

Class of ’61 and ’66, Where Are You?!?

Full disclosure - I’d be accused of sandbagging if I didn’t disclose that I have already been contacted by several ’61 and ’66 folks making sure they had the dates down properly. This is, after all, the golden 50th for ‘66. Then again, perhaps ’61 is planning to upstage ’66 with their own uprising for what will be their 55th? And lest we forget, the class of ’56 has a 70th this year. Then we have the youngsters of the crew from ’71 who will mark their 45th. The one thing we can count on these past few years - a full house.

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ~ Dr. Seuss

 

Looking back, we should all recognize how fortunate we were to have our lives intersect with Lenox School. Yes, the school’s active mission is long over. But it is impossible not to see to see the smiles at the reunions because Lenox School happened, and we were the lucky ones to be there during its time.

 

As one gets older, the tendency is to look back and try to figure out if the spot you currently occupy came as a result of careful planning or from a series external forces or even random, haphazard, sometimes impetuous decisions.

 

One thing to me is clear – that Lenox School intersection, for however long it was for any grad or attendee, in large measure made all the difference in the world for us. I have in the past referred to our collective experience as Lenox School being the Hotel California of schools – you could check out, but you could never leave.

I think that is why, in Howard Prestwich’s (’61) moving “Prayer For A Lenox Reunion” (which we read every year), the two paragraphs that become emotionally poignant to all in attendance seem to be:

 

In Western Massachusetts,

nestled in the Berkshire Hills,

she was but a small school.

But on many a day,

The golden sun shines on her

And it shines on me, and it shines on you

And it shone so brightly that day in June

When we walked between the masters there.

 

So let us recall those days,

But only those days when the sun was shining

And our school mates were smiling

Thank you for the gracious gift of memory.

Don’t cry for us, Lenox School.

The truth is, we never left you.”

 

Please join us OCT 14 and 15, and let the sun shine on you yet again during the Lenox School reunion; and see the smiles that abound. As Howard so eloquently phrased it ”..the truth is, we really never left.”

 

Friday
Jul312015

President's Message July 2015

Message from the LSAA President:

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If Emerson was correct, then the Class of 1965 might just be the poster child for this quote. As I write this, they already have over 50% of their class committed to returning for their 50th reunion. They started their planning after last year’s reunion (motivated no doubt by the stellar example provided by the class of 1964) and ‘65 has been relentless in finding and contacting their classmates across the globe ever since. As a result, it looks like we’re headed for another record turnout.

Each year I marvel at the incredible (yet concurrently improbable) overflow gathering of alums, masters, staff and family members who assemble to recall their respective time. Why improbable? Because after all, we’re having a reunion at a school that ceased to exist over 40 years ago. The school has now been closed longer than it was open!

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family ... in another city.”

George Burns

Maybe that is what we have become as a result of our Lenox experience: a large family, albeit in different cities, who are seldom in contact. And yet, we have this annual gathering that in many ways represents a more active alumni than some schools that still exist to this day. What gives here? I’m sure there are many opinions on what is at work that compels us to sustain this connection.

The real threat to society is darkness. 

Humanity is our common lot. All men are made of the same clay. There is no difference, at least here on earth, in the fate assigned to us.” Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

 

Perhaps our continued connection to the Lenox experience stems from the school being an academic analog for a pottery enterprise: the masters were entrusted with the clay of our youth. Their mission was to throw this clay on the Lenox wheel and form it into something that they would be willing to pass along with a “Made in Lenox School” sticker affixed. In the process, their selfless dedication served as a life lesson to us to live in accordance with our motto.

Some may think the connection is akin to the Lost Boys – “(Lost Boys) are the children who fall out of their perambulators when the nurse is looking the other way. If they are not claimed in seven days they are sent far away to the Neverland to defray expenses. Are none of the others girls? Oh no; girls, you know, are much too clever to fall out of their prams.” ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

 

No! We weren’t the Lost Boys and Lenox was not Neverland! In a sense we were the Found Boys. After all, it was at Lenox that Rev. Curry’s “Miracle of Growability” was practiced. We developed camaraderie during these formative years of our youth that remains to this day.

 

No doubt, Lenox memories vary for each of us – for some it is in the classroom; for others on the playing field (gilded no doubt by the passage of time). One thing is consistent however - age has brought us the wisdom and perspective we probably lacked as self-absorbed adolescents to better appreciate the unique experience we were privileged to have by attending Lenox School. No, it wasn’t all roses, but the thorns probably served us as well.

 

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You Will Go

 

I had the great privilege of joining Paul Denzel and Ed Miller in representing LSAA at the end of May for our annual scholarship trip to Miss Hall’s and Berkshire Country Day School. At Miss Hall’s we conferred the LSAA Pickett Scholarship to two deserving young women - Ifunanya (Nanya) Okeke and Emma Bullock. At BCD, we conferred the LSAA Fawcett scholarship to two deserving students - Ruby Merritt and Nicolas Adams.

 

It was especially meaningful for us to have Mr. Fawcett at BCD to provide his comments and to present the scholarships. This year we created a certificate to go along with the scholarship, which briefly tells the story of Lenox School and relates the motto and meaning. A copy of the template we used for the Fawcett certificate is in this edition.

 

If we don't change direction soon, we'll end up where we're going.” - Professor Irwin Corey

 

As many of you may already know, our good friends at Shakespeare & Co (S&Co) have undergone some leadership and organizational changes. I met briefly with some of the new leadership team in May, and while it was understandable that anxiety existed (internal and external) when change like this occurred; it appeared that this was dissipating.

 

I expect that this will smooth out and afford them the opportunity to continue the wonderful work S&Co has accomplished thus far. In addition, their financial strength appears to be sound and they are well into their performance season without disruption to any production.

 

S&Co have become not only wonderful custodians of the property, but we have made enduring friendships with them through our relationship. They have always been warm and gracious hosts to us during our annual October reunion, and I look forward to seeing them again this fall for our get-together.

 

Good times and bum times,

I’ve seen them all and, my dear,

I’m still here.

Plush velvet sometimes,

Sometimes just pretzels and beer,

But I’m here.”

Lyric from the song “I’m Still Here” written by Stephen Sondheim for the 1971 musical Follies.

 

Here’s the thing: We’re still here! If we change a few of the words, this could be the Lenox School theme song! I have described Lenox as the “Hotel California” of boarding schools (You can check out, but you can never leave.). The question is, will you be with us for this annual celebration of endurance, survival, friendship, remembrance and homage to the school and people that connected us?

 

The Lenox School Class of 1965 will lead us to another incredible reunion. Lenox School Classes of ‘60, ‘55, ‘50 and ‘45 will likely be there as well, along with a myriad of other classes that simply enjoy coming back to school while their legacy years approach.

 

Please join us and witness what that “Miracle of Growability” produced!

 

Saturday
Apr112015

President's Message Spring 2015

“Weather forecast for tonight: dark.” George Carlin 

Having endured record low temperatures and snowfalls this past winter in the northeast, we now get this cheerful headline from the Weather Channel as I write this on the 14th of March:  “First Day of Spring to Disappoint as Cold Weather Pattern Returns Next Week” Really? More cold weather? Why not have some more snow while you’re at it? Apparently the lion that is supposed to give way to the lamb in March has decided to extend its stay just a bit longer. Apparently the memo never reached the wild turkeys in my backyard on the delayed spring weather as they have already started their pecking order and mating rituals on the top of what are now only 2 foot snow drifts. Perfect. Spring Equinox around the corner and more winter ahead.  As they go, equinoxes have their own unique science (and it turns out history and meaning as well!). The science of it is rather simple - the spring equinox (or vernal equinox if you prefer) marks the moment the sun crosses an imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator. Thus the amount of daylight and night are roughly equally divided from north to south.  The history and meaning of this time period on the calendar is colorfully littered with some interesting (and some frankly unsavory) practices, which run from harmless ritual to Mayan sacrifice.
I should take Oscar Wilde’s advice at this point; “Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”  We have our own LSAA Spring ritual, which serves to awaken and stir all Lenox alums toward the October reunion and the gathering of the legacy classes. 

“The long and winding road 
That leads to your door 
Will never disappear 
I’ve seen that road before 
It always leads me here 
Leads me to your door” Lennon-McCartney 

For the younger LSAA crowd, you will recognize this as the lead lyric to the Lennon-McCartney song “The Long and Winding Road.” How appropriate, as this was the #1 song when Lenox ‘70 was graduating. We hope that this lyrical road metaphorically leads them back to Lenox in OCT to celebrate their 45th reunion. 

 
As for the Class of ’65, “Help me Rhonda” was the #1 song as they walked between the masters, and we’re looking forward to hearing from them during the reunion to see if Rhonda did indeed provide any assistance. 
Speaking of ’65, let me share some rather warming news: just like the crocuses that pop up as nature’s indicator signaling that spring is here, so too has the class of ’65 emerged from the winter signaling an enthusiasm for their coming 50th reunion under the influence and work of Dave Curry. As a result,’65 has an incredible and sustained effort already afoot to strive for a record return of their class (along with a record number of masters) to Lenox on the 16th and 17th of OCT for our annual get together.

  
The  Class of '60 had the Everly Brothers musically escorting them through graduation, as “Cathy’s Clown”was the #1 song during June. We’d like to get their insight on whether they resolved this unpleasantness with Cathy and her clown. And what better opportunity than at the 2015 reunion to clear this up? 

The Class of ’55 has an interesting song that accompanied them during their matriculation in June from Lenox. The number one song during the time of their graduation was “Unchained Melody” by Alex North and
lyrics by Hy Zaret. This song went on to be covered by literally hundreds of artists (most notably here in the U.S. by the Righteous Brothers). However, here’s the more interesting historical tidbit about the original song: Mr. North wrote the music as a theme for an obscure prison film “Unchained.” The 1955 film was about a man who contemplates either escaping from prison to live life on the run, or completing his sentence and returning to his wife and family. We’d like to hear from any of the alums from ’55 as to whether Lenox graduation had any possible correlation to a prison break. 

  
For the Class of ’50, the number 1 song during the June graduation was by Perry Como. The song was titled “Hoop-Dee-Doo” and we’d love to hear your explanation of what that was all about!  As for any class earlier than ‘50, it’s always a legacy year for you and we look forward to seeing you as very special guests.

Lest we leave the other classes to allow ’70, ’65, ’60, ’55 or ‘50 to do all the heavy lifting, we are looking for all classes to emerge from the mist and make the same effort to join us as part of that little Lenox School band of brothers in October.

 
“There is nothing more constant than change” Heraclitus 535

BC 

Spring has also brought about some changes within the organization of our good friends at Shakespeare and Company. Last year, we saw the departure of our long time close friend Tony Simotes, who succeeded over a number of years in leading S&Co to a healthy financial and artistic condition. Rick Dildine succeeded Tony in the latter part of 2014 and Rick warmly welcomed us back to our old campus and joined us during part of our 2014 reunion activities.  On March 5th, I received a personal e-mail from Chair of the Board Sarah Hancock advisingthat S&Co sadly announced the departure of Rick Dildine. However, Sarah went on to indicate that Steve Ball (another longtime, good friend of the LSAA) had assumed the interim duties as Managing Director along with Ariel Bock and Jon Croy who will be Interim Co-Artistic Directors to lead the organization while a search is underway for a permanent replacement for Rick.

 
Subsequently, we have been advised that Sarah and her vice chairwoman and vice chairman stepped down from their leadership positions, but she and the vice chairwoman will remain on the board. We were also pleased to hear that Tina Packer had issued a statement indicating that the reorganization did not reflect on the financial condition of S&Co, which is on a solid footing.  I will be communicating with S&Co as appropriate to stay abreast of developments and to keep the LSAA Board of Directors apprised while ensuring our long term, close, and rewarding relationship with S&Co endures. 

  
In the meantime, as we always say, save the dates (October 16 and 17) and we look forward to seeing you all back at school! 

Very warmest regards, 

Bob 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
Monday
Feb022015

Message from the LSAA President: Dec 2014

As I write this, it is 23 NOV (4 more days to Thanksgiving) and the Christmas season is already being thrust at us (witnessed by the trees which were already for sale in early November). Who buys a tree in early NOV?!?

However, I must admit that my reflections are less on the holidays that approach and more on the recent, incredible Lenox reunion. Thus, with respectful deference to the holidays, I’d like to devote this message to reflect back on our recent reunion (which was a holiday of sorts in its own regard).
“May the good Lord be with you
Down every road that you roam
And may sunshine and happiness
Surround you when you're far from home
And may you grow to be proud, dignified and true
And do unto others as you'd have done to you
Be courageous and be brave
And in my heart you'll always stay
Forever young, forever young
” 
“Forever Young” – Rod Stewart  by way of Bob Dylan 


 

As the Lenox School Class of 1964 was about to graduate and depart the Berkshires, the number one song on the national Billboard was “Chapel of Love” by the Dixie Cups. Frankly, other than some loose connection about going to a chapel (which we seemingly did every day at Trinity Church) I don’t think the song accurately captures or reflects the Lenox ’64 spirit.

 

 

 

However, 10 years after the class of ’64 graduated, “Forever Young” was written and released by Bob Dylan; and then a version of Dylan’s song was recorded and released by Rod Stewart in 1988.  If any class reunion deserves “Forever Young” as their signature song, it is the 2014 Lenox School reunion and the class of ‘64. What an incredible event we had this year!! The advance planning/ organizing efforts of Pom Pomeroy and a few others from ’64 certainly paid dividends! In short, the class of 1964 arrived in phenomenal numbers (and forever young) to celebrate their 50th - They even had picture nametags made up, and created a 50th year reunion prayer. The class of ’48 anchored the reunion with Bob Kline and Charlie Daniell in attendance; classes from many years in between were also represented; and we got to see some folks who had not been back in a while.

 

Paul Denzel’s untiring efforts yielded another success for the reunion by setting up the golf tournament at Cranwell (John Schneiter managed the event for us this year) and for coordinating and arranging the business meeting and luncheon catering at the Tina Packer Playhouse (our old gym) with S&Co. 

 

At our business meeting, we introduced Rick Dildine (the new executive director of Shakespeare & Co.). Rick gave us an overview of S&Co along with the facilities renovations that were being undertaken. We were pleased to be able to present Rick with a $1,000 scholarship for S&Co’s youth program. Also at the business meeting, in the process of installing the officer and board slate, Cal Smith ’64 agreed to place his name into nomination to fill one of our vacant LSAA Board of Director slots. Cal received unanimous support and approval from the voting members and was installed (along with the existing members) as part of the 2015 LSAA Board of Directors.

 

Following the business meeting, we hosted over 60 alumni and guests for the luncheon in the foyer of the Tina Packer playhouse, where Randy Harris had assembled a truly impressive memorabilia display. A special thanks go to Cal Smith and Jody Hart for their assistance in setting up and moving the displays.  Among other guests, we were joined at the luncheon by Dennis Mallon of Berkshire Legacy (representing the new owners of the Springlawn Mansion and surrounding property, better known to us as Schemerhorn Hall and the Annex), who arranged for folks to have a tour inside to see Schermerhorn and learn about the plans for the property.

 

 
Attendees were treated to a vocal reprise of portions of the “Lenox Mass” written by John Davies ’64 who directed an assemblage of alums from ’64,  a few other classes (and even a master) at both the Hymn Sing (where we gratefully acknowledge Steve Lowry’s accompaniment not only on the organ but the piano as well this year) and at the Lenox Club.  Speaking of Steve, he indicated he is retiring to Florida and we may be looking for someone to fill his organist shoes. His support through the years has been invaluable and we thank him for the selfless and dedicated service he has provided for LSAA.  

 

At the Lenox Club (where we had a full house) we had the following masters also in attendance: Mr. Blanchard (inducted this year into the LSAA Hall of Fame), Mr. Braim, Mr. Dostourian (also inducted this year into the LSAA Hall of Fame), Mr. Fawcett, Mr. Kline, Mr. Lowry and Mr. Southworth. Mr. Rutledge and his wife were represented by their son Norman and daughter Marian Rutledge.

 

 
Honored Guests included Rev and Mrs. Tuck from Trinity Church, Beryl Wells and her daughter Kris Warfield (Bud joined us at lunch), Mary Lou Dumont (Gene St Jean’s sister), Wendy McGee and her Mom, David Curry and his wife (representing the Curry family) and Ute DeFarlo of Shakespeare & Co.

 

We have to give special thanks to Rick Dildine, Steve Ball, Ute DeFarlo and all the folks at Shakespeare and Company (especially Tom Rindge) for the warm hospitality and tremendous support they provide to us in accommodating our yearly arrival in ways that are too numerous to list entirely, but include: affording us a spot for those arriving with RV’s to set up, supporting us with AV equipment, catering and supporting our business meeting and luncheon, providing guided tours throughout the old campus, allowing us to store our LSAA memorabilia and boards, affording us locations for the permanent memorabilia displays, etc. We are extremely fortunate to have them as the owners of the property, as they have not only been wonderful custodians of our former campus, they have also become close friends of the LSAA.

 

 
The memorabilia displays set up in both the Tina Packer Playhouse and the Lenox Club by Randy Harris were both customized to reflect not only the history of Lenox School but also had some very specific items relevant to the class of ’64 and attending masters. In addition, Randy was able to display the enduring theatrical effort and the long standing artistic endeavors that Lenox School was known for by showcasing many of the timeless aspects of theater life, as well as plays and production numbers that Lenox put on through the years. This was especially appropriate given that the property is now dedicated to the pursuit of performance art. As Mark Gottsegen used to sign off on most of his correspondence: “Ars longa, vita brevis” (“Art is long, life is short”). Indeed.

 

“In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukkah!' or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall!” Dave Barry

 


Mr. Barry’s humor aside, one enriching aspect of a school like Lenox (which was founded by Episcopalians) was that we were actually exposed to all types of religions &beliefs through the outreach the school provided to students from across the globe. As such, I want to wish everyone a safe, peaceful and joyful time with family and friends. We have much to be thankful for, and notable among those things is the support we receive from LSAA members and others as we continue to keep the legacy of our little school alive. It is nearly impossible for me to recall the holiday and winter season while a student at Lenox without remembering this iconic picture: 

 

The last stanza of “Forever Young” is particularly poignant given our alumni 
demographic:
“And when you finally fly away
I'll be hoping that I served you well
For all the wisdom of a lifetime
No one can ever tell
But whatever road you choose
I'm right behind you, win or lose
Forever young, forever young”

 

Don’t fly away! Vow instead to be forever young; attend the next reunion (OCT 16 & 17 2015) where the class of ’65 will strive to top the incredible response just displayed by the class of ’64. Other legacy classes for OCT 2015 –’60, ’55,’50 & ’45. I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful, and I wish you all (pick one):

 

Merry Christmas
Happy Hanukkah
 
Other
Bob
 
Monday
Sep082014

President's Message September 2014

 

The President’s Message

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible” Victor Aguirre

When Ute DeFarlo from Shakespeare & Co. contacted us to see if we’d be willing to send in a letter of support for a grant they really needed to start the much needed campus renovations (including St. Martin’s), we enthusiastically put a letter together supporting their application.

Could it be possible that winning this grant might be the opportunity that would allow them to triage the campus and earnestly start the rescue, renovation, demo or upkeep of some campus buildings, including St. Martin’s?

Nothing is impossible.

In the letter, we included our history and legacy and indi­cated that S&Co. were stewards of what once was Lenox School, and the impact of the grant would not only benefit future generations, it would preserve the historical heri­tage of this school. And then we waited.

Nothing is impossible.

On July 10, I received an e-mail from Ute. Here is an ex­tract from that communication:

I wanted to let you know that your and the Lenox School for Boys’ amazing support for our Facilities Fund Grant application yielded wonderful results: We were awarded a $290,000 grant (not quite as much as we had requested, but it was one of the largest in Western Massachusetts) and we are thrilled!!!!”

Was it because of our letter? Not singularly, but I like to think that it helped to push the favorable consideration over the goal line. During the month of August they will be receiving matching funds for this grant from their donors. Nothing is impossible if you put your mind, focus and energy into something and do not allow the obstacles that always will be there to thwart your drive.

When told the reason for Daylight Saving time the old Indian said, “Only a white man would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket and sew it to the bottom of a blanket and have a longer blanket.” Unknown

Which brings me to the reunion: Are the years starting to become obstacles to attendance? Sure, but nothing is impossible.

Have we run out of younger classes to keep the legacy class years going? Yes, none since ‘71.

But nothing is impossible.

The very legacy of the school represents a sort of indomi­table spirit. So how do we influence the arc of what lies ahead that will allow us to sustain this flinty determination to preserve the memory of the school while sharing the es­sential message of Lenox embodied in the motto?

The answer to that I believe lies in the reunions. That little band of brothers that arrives each year represents the much larger band that still exists. The gathering seems to reinforce the following view: “Lenox is still alive in spirit, and we’re here to give living testament to that fact.” So I am asking that for this reunion, you make a special effort to attend. The class of ‘64 already has 28 returning!!

Nothing is impossible (but reunions are also not forever!).

People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no base­ball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” Rogers Hornsby

Around this time each year (post all-star game), I am oc­casionally entertained by emails or snippets of conversa­tions on LSAA conference calls regarding the national past time (that would be baseball for those of you who have been hopelessly gazing down at your smart phone or lost in a politically fragmented haze or waiting for the start of the NFL season). The most entertaining of these seems to always surround the Yankees and the Red Sox.

I thought I’d take some broad literary license and share what I feel distills these Lenox alum baseball discussions (and maybe bring a smile to you):

Is There Lenox Baseball In Heaven?

Two older Lenox alums (are there any young ones left?) had been roommates while at school, both played on the Lenox baseball team and remained life long friends there­after. One of them suddenly fell very ill. His classmate came to visit hi