The night of Thursday, November 18th an advisee group carried out a radical idea to have a barbecue. The Pioneers included Caitlin Scott (the advisor) Michelle Berube, Francesca Mennella, and Patrick Hilbert, who ventured out into the brisk November evening where no group had previously been. To add to the irregularity, the idea was conceived and executed solely by the advisees! Beyond our personal benefits of having more freedom, the event represented the faculty’s profound trust in the student body at Chewonki. Having said that, we did improvise much of the meal (everything excluding the meat for the burgers was not prepared) but it was not outside of our plan; of course to maximize excitement and spontaneity.
We scrambled around the in the dark, and in no time, we had a quaint campfire and a grill-top thirsty for red meat. Unfortunately, it was not venison but, Bernie, a late Chewonki cow, which made a good second. The fire crackled as if we were walking on dried leaves on the forest floor, and burned brightly enough that with the combination of the stars and big new full moon we didn’t even need Caitlin’s headlamp. We cracked open a few Cokes, and finished our rare, gargantuan pieces of meat. To conclude the evening we had peanut butter s’mores and were off to study hall 45 minutes late.
We are hoping to have another amazing advisee meeting like that again soon!!
-Michelle Berube, MA
and Patrick Hilbert, NY