Shouts of recognition, hugs and handshakes were shared among returning alumnae/i, former faculty/staff, former trustees, current trustees and current local parents.
by Becky Cummings, 125th Anniversary Coordinator
On September 21, 2011 The White Mountain School community celebrated its 125th Birthday with a full-blown birthday party including an elegant three-tiered cake! This date was chosen as the birthday of the School as it was on September 21, 1886, that the School, then St. Mary’s School in Concord, NH, opened our doors to our very first students. On September 21, 2011, the McLane dining hall glowed with warmth as dusk settled over the White Mountains bringing with it the promise of fall coolness. Inside bright sunflowers, cheerful balloons and swirling crepe paper created a festive atmosphere. Blue and white frosted cupcakes formed the number “125” under The White Mountain School flag. Students, parents, and faculty/staff from the current community mixed with faces from the past as the dining room began to fill. Shouts of recognition, hugs and handshakes were shared among returning alumnae/i, former faculty/staff, former trustees, current trustees and current local parents.
Prior to dinner, visiting alumnae/i were invited to a coffee reception at Head of School, Tim Breen’s and Director of Alumnae/i Relations, Julie Yates’ home. WMS was pleased to welcome back special guest, Lucy Niles Silva ‘53 (the great granddaughter of the founder of the School, Rev. William Niles, Bishop of NH), Fran Walter Lewis ‘53, Sally Millar Marlow ‘53 (who was visiting all the way from London, England), Ellie Como McLaughlin ‘53, Judy Butler Shea ‘58, Michelle Spanos ‘76, Luke Greaves ‘04 and Kate Richey ‘04. After opening welcome remarks at dinner by Tim Breen, Rev. Ellie McLaughlin ‘53 gave the blessing. Dinner was prepared by WMS chef, Michael Lambrecht, using recipes from the 125th compilation cookbook. (Chicken with Artichokes by Sandy Clark Dodge ‘54, Roasted Tomato and Eggplant Penne by Constance Young Compton ‘80, and Baked Couscous by Emily Angeloni ‘02 and Chef Ray Anderson’s Sweet Rolls by Michael Lambrecht). After dinner, Justin Solomon, Assistant Head of Institutional Advancement, was pleased to announce achievement of the goal of receiving 125 donations in honor of the 125th Birthday and thanked all who support their belief in our School through their generosity.
At last “Happy Birthday!” was sung around the lit cake and current students and alumnae/i gathered to blow out the candles. Maurice McCarthy ‘03, Capital Campaign Officer, cut the cake. The sweetness of dessert reflected the sweetness of the evening; a remembrance and celebration of The White Mountain School, an extraordinary place that has witnessed three centuries, been known under three names, existed in two locations, yet, through it all, has remained one School. May the tradition of yesterday support the evolution of the future, reflected in the joy of today.