Reunion is a very special time. It is about reconnecting with classmates and friends, revisiting familiar spots on campus, and learning about Williston Northampton today. Whether it's been five years or 50 since you were last on campus, we hope you will join us for Reunion 2015. Even if your class is not scheduled for a Reunion this year, you are welcome to join us. If you graduated early, late, or simply feel close to a class beside your own, you are welcome to come and adopt a Reunion class for the weekend. We are grateful for your ideas for events, seminars, and entertainment. Contact Jeff Pilgrim '81, director of alumni relations, at (413) 529-3301 | Please check this site throughout the year for updated information on the schedule of events, how to register, lists of who is planning to attend, and special class activities.

Friday, June 5, 2015

12:30 p.m.

Elm Tree Society Luncheon

Birch Dining Commons

by invitation only

3:00 p.m.

Registration Opens

Henry Zachs Admissions Lounge

5:30-6:30 p.m.

50th Reunion and Beyond Cocktail Reception

Cox Room, Birch Dining Commons

6:30-8:30 p.m.

50th Reunion and Beyond Dinner

Birch Dining Commons

6:00-8:30 p.m.

Food Truck Dinner at Tandem Bagel, featuring Holyoke Hummus Company, Chantarelle’s Food Truck and Wheelhouse Food Truck, Mt. Tom’s Ice Cream.

8:30-10:30 p.m.


Stu-Bop, Reed Campus Center

Can't play an instrument? No worries! Join faculty member Ryan Tyree in the Stu-Bop for some karaoke! We will offer a wide range of songs to cater to anyone's taste or era!

Piano Bar (Dodge Room, Reed Campus Center)

Come listen to Choral Director Joshua Harper tickle the ivories with a variety of songs spanning the decades.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

7:00-9:00 a.m.

Fitness Center Open

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Jack Be Nimble, Jack Be Quick!

David Fitness Center, Athletic Center

Get your blood moving and start the day feeling invigorated by joining Williston Strength and Conditioning Coach Blayne Lapan for a Fitness Training session.

8:00 a.m.

Registration Opens

Henry Zachs Admissions Lounge

8:00-10:00 a.m.


Birch Dining Commons

9:30-11:30 a.m.

Hampsters & Widdigers Rehearsal

Second Floor of Reed Campus Center

9:30-10:15 a.m.

Seminar Session One

Honor Flight

Dodge Room

Jeff Bastable ‘65

Honor Flight is a national initiative driven locally to take WWII and Korean vets to Washington to honor their service by taking them at no cost to the memorials built in their honor. Join Jeff and Susan Bastable as they discuss their involvement in the Syracuse branch of this organization.

History – It’s Not What You Think

Reed Campus Center

Rick Teller ’70, School Archivist

Much of the time, documents, photos, and stories can’t be taken at face value. Join Archivist Rick Teller ‘70 in the Williston Northampton version of “History Detectives.”

10:00-10:45 a.m.

Morning Mimosas

International Terrace

Get your daily allowance of Vitamin C... with a generous helping of Prosecco... while you take in the alumni artwork hung in the hallways of the Reed Campus Center

10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

Seminar Session Two

Through the Lens

Dodge Room

From its humble beginnings in a broom closet in Scott Hall to the state-of-the-art facility in the Reed Campus Center, photography at Williston has continued to evolve over the past seven decades. Join Bob Couch ’50, Ed Hing ’77 for a talk on the history of photography at Williston Northampton.

Rachael Hanley: Social Media

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


Birch Dining Commons

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Balloon Artist

Birch Dining Commons patio

12:00-1:30 PM

Bob Couch '50 Celebration

Grubbs Gallery, Reed Campus Center

Come join us as we take a photographic journey, listen to alumni speak and celebrate the contributions and influence of longtime faculty member Bob Couch '50.

1:00-2:30 p.m.

Closest to the Pin Contest (behind Reed Campus Center)

Test your golfing prowess…or plain luck…in this annual contest. Three balls for $5 or 7 balls for $10. Winner takes home all the cash!

1:00-1:45 p.m.

Seminar Session Three

We Take Care of the Child, Not the Day

Karin Pilgrim

Thinking about starting a family or going back to work and you need someone to watch your children but don’t know what to look for? Sit down with Karin Pilgrim, owner of All About Children in Easthampton, MA, as she talks about home care vs center care, the questions to ask and what to look for.

Rocky Mountain High: The Legalization of Marijuana

Sal Pace ’95 and Peter Gunn, History Faculty

Parents’ Association Room

Join Sal Pace ’95 , one of the leading architects of Colorado's marijuana regulatory regime as both a former state legislator and a current local elected official, and veteran history teacher Peter Gunn for an interactive discussion on the ramification of this controversial decision.

How to Deal with Aging Parents

Reed Campus Center, Room #

Ann Vanderburgh

It happens to us all…we get older and with it come certain realities. It’s made all the more challenging when it’s our own parents who we are talking about! Join Ann Vanderburgh for a frank discussion about how to deal with the inevitability of our parents aging and all of the emotions and responsibilities that can come along with it

1:00-3:00 p.m.

Massages (Campus Center)

Spaces are limited so be sure to sign up at Registration!

1:00-5:00 p.m.

Caricature Artist

International Terrace

Get your picture drawn alone or with friends and family.

1:00-3:30 p.m.

Open Pool and Fitness Center

Work off some of those calories from lunch and follow it up with a refreshing dip in the Babcock Pool. Towels available at the pool.

1:00-2:15 p.m.

Beer & Wine Tasting

Dodge Room, Reed Campus Center

Easthampton and the Pioneer Valley are now home to an increasing number of microbreweries and wineries! Join us as we sample beers and wines from many of these local breweries and wineries, such as Abandoned Building Brewery, Fort Hill Brewery, Bear and
Bramble Brewery Co., Headwater Cider Company, Black Birch Winery, and Mineral Hill Winery.

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Campus Tour

departing from The Homestead

2:00-2:30 p.m.

Hampsters & Widdgers Reunion Concert

Phillips Stevens Chapel

Come hear the first ever reunion concert by the Widdigers and Hampsters.

2:30-3:15 p.m.

State of the School with Bob Hill

Phillips Stevens Chapel

Just how is the school doing and what plans are on the horizon? Find out firsthand as Head of School Robert Hill III P'15, '19 addresses the alumni.

3:00-3:45 p.m.

Hall of Fame Portraits

steps of Reed Campus Center

All inductees and presenters should meet on the steps of Reed to get their photos taken prior to the induction ceremonies.

3:15-3:45 p.m.


Angelus Terrace

Join us as we enjoy some Mississippi Mud, talk about the 90th NSFG Celebration from October 2014 and sing some NSFG songs.

4:00-4:45 p.m.

Seminar Session Four

Wash It! : Watercolor Painting for people with OCD

Reed Campus Center, Painting Studio, Room #

Rachel Chambers

Ever work with watercolors and say "This is a mess" or "I can't control the colors, and it's just all brown now"? Well, there's a solution to that! Faculty Art Instructor Rachel Chambers will show you how to control the flow of pigments, make barriers between colors, and map out your layers to create beautifully constructed small works.

All levels are welcome into the clean and organized studio space.

Ultimate Peace

Reed Campus Center, Room #

Josh Seamon, Math Department Chair

“For a month during each of the last three summers, Josh Seamon traveled through Israel, Jordan, and Turkey, teaching teenagers how to play Ultimate, and experiencing the vibrant culture of the Middle East. From days spent in a Palestinian refugee camp, to helping create friendships amongst fractured populations on the north and south coasts of Israel, Josh had a front row view to a region of extraordinary international importance. During his presentation, Josh will talk about his explorations and work with Ultimate Peace, as well as the lessons he learned while living in one of the most interesting places on the planet.”

Fun with Science

Scott Hall Science Center

Michelle Lawson and Paul Rutherford

Join faculty members Michelle Lawson and Paul Rutherford as they educate and entertain you in the exciting worlds of chemistry and physics. We will explore the most entertaining, mind-blowing and classic demonstrations, including playing with lasers and magnets, seeing something implode and maybe even freezing a flower!

4:00-5:30 p.m.

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Reunion Tent Please join us as we honor this year's class of honorees during the third induction ceremonies.

Tony Lavelli ‘45

Harlow “Chip” Ide ‘55

Jim Edwards ‘65

Roger Walaszek ‘65

Katie Coffey Pasciucco ‘04

Sue Curry Barnett

1986 Girls’ Basketball

1992 Boys’ Golf

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Young Alumni Reception (Classes of 2010 and 2005)

Dodge Room

Hosted by Nat Simpson, Language Department Chair

Join Nat Simpson for an open discussion of your Williston experience over cocktails. Mr. Simpson is heading the self-study for the school’s next accreditation and would love to hear from you.

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Cocktail Party with Former Faculty

Please join us following the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies as we welcome former faculty back and catch up.

Class Photos

International Terrace, Reed Campus Center

Gather your class and get your photo taken. The classes with the biggest turnouts will get their photos published in the next Bulletin!

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Dinner under the Reunion Tent

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Leadership Desserts

Head of School’s Home

Invitation only

8:30 – 11:00 p.m.

Dancing under the Reunion Tent

Dance the night away as DJ Derek Panell of Special Night
Sound and Light plays your favorite requests from the past six decades.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Brunch and Check-out

Birch Dining Commons

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Service of Remembrance

Phillips Stevens Chapel

Join former faculty member and current Baystate Medical Chaplain Ann Vanderburgh as we pause to remember those classmates and friends who are no longer with us.

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Dedication of Hoyt tree

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