I have been looking forward to Harvest Weekend for a really long time and now it is finally here. I love the chance to share something that I really love and enjoy with the people I love most.
All of us have been working really hard to prepare for this weekend. Saturday was packed full of scheduled activities. I love how much of the weekend program was almost completely run by students. The morning started with farm chores, feeding sheep, chickens, and ewes, followed by breakfast and then our first activity block. I led a farm tour with Cammie. The parents made me realize how much more I have to learn about the farm when we return from Thanksgiving break. We then continued to our second activity block. I led an Outreach tour with Matt. I love the animals in the Outreach lab and will do anything to be able to go and see them. I especially enjoy watching the woodchuck, Wejak, sleep. After an incredible lunch we had some free time. Then we cleaned some more.
Just as the sun was setting, Theo and I decided to go watch the sunset from a point out on the neck. We walked for about 40 minutes, got coffee, and then lay down on the grass in the quad. We stared at the stars while talking about life and transitions and doing a penguin huddle for warmth. We then joined the art show that was very impressive. The art show was filled with everything from scarves to wooden paddles. There is a lot of diverse talent in our small group of 36.
The actual Harvest dinner was wonderful. Discussions followed dinner for the parents while the students rotated in for dish crew. It is funny, we used to dread having to do dish crew, but now that we have hardly any more chances to clean dishes, I was disappointed when I was told my dish crew wasn’t needed because the previous dish crews had already finished the job.
Everyone then proceeded to the “Whale Room” to listen to the evening presentation. First we heard the “Decomposers,” our a cappella group of students and faculty. They were amazing. Everyone found out how many hours we have worked on the farm as well as exactly what jobs we have done on the farm. We listened to student readings. Many of them were very funny while others begged to stay here at Chewonki instead of returning home at the end of the semester. Scott then presented the slideshow that he had been working diligently on. I was really impressed with all of the photographs. The colors were bright and the lighting and composition was wonderful. During the slideshow all of the students sat together in a big pile near the front of the room. We held each other as we laughed and cried, usually at the same time.
To finish off a wonderful evening, the whole Chewonki community, led by the magical “Decomposers,” sang “Feels like Home.” We all left our parents crying. I want to stay at Chewonki forever. I can’t believe the time has gone by so quickly. We have done so much here already and when we return from Thanksgiving break I’m sure that our days will be even more fulfilling. I can’t wait to arrive back here next Monday.
-Lexi Barab, Atlanta, GA