Unforgettable Celebration Caps 125th
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On Saturday, May 7, 2011, hundreds of Winsor alumnae, students, faculty past and present, families and friends returned to campus, accepting the invitation to "be part of history."
All in attendance had a chance to celebrate the Winsor of today, reflect on the past and look ahead to the school's future. At a tea honoring faculty later in the afternoon, Winsor's fifth director, Virginia Wing, shared the words of the first director Mary Pickard Winsor at the school's 50th anniversary. Addressing the Winsor community of the future, Miss Winsor had said, "May your celebration be as happy as ours...remembering this past, and working still through better education, toward higher life!"
The 125th anniversary celebration day was filled with happiness. From the start, the family carnival created a lively, playful atmosphere on the courtyard. While the varsity sports action was cut short by the weather, the passing storms did little to interrupt the fun or quell the overall spirit.
Inside, girls' artistic talents were on full display, both in gallery talks and in the Assembly showcase of music and drama. Student-led tours and a student panel also enhanced the program.
Many guests crowded into three lively "classes without quizzes," enjoying the engaging teaching of science's Denise Labieniec, history's Dorian Bowman and English's Susanna Ryan.
In a reprise of an earlier student assembly, former director Carolyn McClintock Peter enlightened many in attendance with a presentation on Winsor's early years.
The tea in honor of all faculty past and present provided a fitting conclusion. Director Rachel Friis Stettler, Mrs. Peter and Miss Wing each took a moment to welcome guests and salute Winsor teachers. Alumnae and parents joined them in paying tribute to memorable teachers. Faculty, in turn, enjoyed reminiscing with past students and colleagues alike. The two former directors, who served as the 125th's honorary co-chairs, also thanked the many volunteers behind the celebration, including co-chairs Peggy O'Brien Eysenbach '81, P'10, and Kim Heald Krawshuk '87.
In this year to remember, this was truly an unforgettable Winsor day.