This week we began to see the first signs of fall. Over the weekend, students could be found outside playing Frisbee, bike-riding, going for walks to The Point, or just laying out on the grass enjoying the new chill in the air. Most people found the need to begin wearing hats, scarves, and warm sweaters. The talk of finally being able to use our wood stoves sparked eager anticipation among all of the students. We are expecting to get them fired up in the upcoming week.
On science fieldtrips we went to Sherman Marsh, twenty minutes outside of Wiscasset. There, we learned eight new species found in the salt marsh ecosystem. Each fieldtrip we notice the drastic change of leaf color more and more, reminding us that fall is truly here. While some students were on fieldtrips others were back at Chewonki helping out around campus for work program. People helped harvest the final crops of the season including lettuce and jalapeño peppers, while others had the dirty job of hosing down the chicken cages. Also on the farm, students helped rake leaves and take the kernels off of the corncobs to make popcorn. We also began stocking up on wood for the launching of our woodstoves. A sad goodbye was sent off with our cows Eli and Rosie as they were sent off to slaughter this Thursday.
Friday morning we woke up in darkness to the sound of pattering rain and rushing wind. The prevailing mood of the students seemed to be well represented in the school journal “It’s raining it’s pouring, I wish I was still snoring.” We all were looking forward to OAP (Outdoor Activity Program), and a chance to play in the rain. Ted and Cory organized a game of football…tackle football. What began as an innocent, fair match soon became an intense mud wrestle in the storm. Soon friends became foes and bitter rivalries were established. After the wild football game subsided there was a mad rush for the showers so people could make it to Decomposers (The MCS a cappella group) on time. We are all looking forward to participating in a classic autumn ritual of apple picking and cider pressing on Saturday followed by a top secret Saturday night activity.
Anna Kanter, Syracuse, NY
Alice Kister, Princeton, NJ