The couches by the tables in the dining hall were moved out of their usual circular arrangement in order to make a “stage” for Semester 49’s very first Coffee House after an interesting but exhausting day raking up blueberries at our math teacher, Bill Hinkley’s farm. We had mostly musical acts, but Max did an amazing show with his diablo and Megan told a great story. Everyone was so talented and happy to be sharing what they love with the audience. It was a great mix of hilarity and more serious things, like a beautiful waltz that Dakota played on her violin. After the Coffee House, we all ran into the woods to enjoy the great bonfire that Fritz made with his bonfire building expertise. We had S’mores and some people had impromptu dance parties. No big deal, but they were great.
After the bonfire, everyone retreated to their cabins, settled into their bunks or their single beds, and (hopefully) fell asleep. In the morning, everyone got to sleep in until as late as 10:15 except for my cabin, SoHo (South Hall). We are on farm chores so we got to sleep in until 6:15 – woohoo! Our “sleeping in” is still earlier than everyone else gets up on a normal day. But, farm chores are THE best (seriously, though, they’re fun and it’s great to take care of all the happy animals like Sal our draft horse and Rosco, a baby cow). We had a delicious student and teacher made brunch of omelets and muffins made with the blueberries harvested from Bill’s farm, before dispersing into our personal time that lasted until dinner. While Sunday was relatively uneventful, it was a nice breather from the overwhelming but incredibly exciting lifestyle of Chewonki. We’re all still settling in, and it was nice to have Sunday to make better friends, explore the land, and (in some peoples’ cases) bike into town to go to the grocery store and get some chips. The first weekend on the neck was amazing!
Becca Beardsley, Princeton Day School