The only thing better than the weather on September 27 at Forman School was the looks on the faces of the students and their visitors. It was Forman's annual Grandparents' and Special Friends' day. The campus was buzzing all day due to a record 170 special guests for the day.
Over in the Visual and Performing Arts Center, Chair of Arts Department Austin Zimmer gave an informative introduction to pottery throwing. Olivia Glick '20 was surrounded by loving family as her mother Rachelle Glick, grandfather Shelly Glick, family friend Marsha Hutter, and great grandmother Joan Prince all made the trip to Litchfield from Westport, Connecticut. Clair and Don Simpson came up from New Jersey to visit their granddaughter Rosei Simpson '20. All enjoyed Mr. Zimmer's presentation.
Andrew Kokes '19 gave his grandparents Jan and Holly Kokes a campus tour including a nice trip to the new Visual and Performing Arts Center. After lunch, Jan and Holly, visiting from Monmouth County, New Jersey, made the drive to the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville to watch Andrew play for the junior varsity soccer team.
During a discussion of Oliver Wendell Holmes' "The Chambered Nautilus," English teacher Mr. Bill Bucklin engaged students and their guests in a classroom exercise of "Turn and Talk." Among the participants were Nate Winalski's '18 grandmother Sally Tonks and her sister Sandra Dalton both from Old Lyme, Connecticut. Hailey Strauss '19 discussed the poem with her grandmother, Claudette Silberfein from Cheshire, Connecticut.
The afternoon activities started off in the wonderfully air-conditioned Jake Cloobeck '16 Theater in the Visual and Performing Arts Center. Head of School Adam K. Man and Assistant Head of School for Advancement offered welcoming remarks and reminded the guests of how grateful Forman is for their support.
The presentation ended with Music Teacher Mr. Cattey leading student musicians and singers in lovely versions of "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "The Way You Look Tonight," and "Mack the Knife."
One special music performance captured the day as Sami Novick '18 sang a duet of "What a Wonderful World" with her grandfather Sam Novick with Mr. Cattey on piano. More than a few in the audience had tears in their eyes as the Novicks christened the still brand-new theater with a performance that summed up the day for many; music, love, and family.
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