Friday, December 4, 2009

Our Longwood Tree

Here is a picture of the outdoor Wildlife Christmas Tree decorated with ornaments our students made. Beautiful!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Be on the lookout....

for the next Community Courier, where you might recognize some front page faces!

The Community Courier is helping us publicize the Solstice Fair with a front page article and picture of some of students showing off handcrafted wares. I'm going to try to nab some preview pictures of my favorite items before the show...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Walt Strauss!

Upattinas Music Series

proudly presents:

An Evening with


Walter Strauss

Upattinas Alumnus 1980

Live in Concert @ Upattinas School

Saturday, November 14, 2009

7:00 p.m. $10 admission

Please join us for a special evening with highly acclaimed musician, Walter Strauss.

Over the last five years, Walter has engaged in unique crosscultural collaborations, touring periodically in a duo with Malian kora virtuoso and 2005 Grammy nominee Mamadou Diabate, and in a duo with Malian kamal'ngoni (hunter's harp) master Mamadou Sidibe. Indeed, Maverick Magazine (UK) credits Walter's music with "an enormous sonic and musical and ethnic palette... world music on guitar." Of late, Walter has been performing solo and with The Walter Strauss Trio – with bassist Sam Bevan (David Grisman, Joe Craven) and drummer/percussionist Kendrick Freeman (Alison Brown, Rob Ickes).

Walter is a graduate of Upattinas School and fresh off a tour of the U.K. and Ireland.

Check out his website for music, photos, personal background,

and tour dates.
Please invite friends and family to this unique musical event!
All are welcome!

Thursday, October 22, 2009


At this moment, a handful of Upattinians are manning the phones during WHYY's pledge drive! Tune in to 90.9 and pledge!

Checking in....

Yes, it is October and school certainly started more than a month ago! Apologies for the lack of pictures and updates, but we're gathering steam to streamline photo transfers and updates on a regular schedule. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Courtesy Posting

This, from our friends Jim and Nao:

Internship and Volunteer Opportunities
For Alternative Learning Center
Wandering Seed
The Alternative Learning center for Middle school Youth along the Thai Burmese Border; The Wandering Seed Project, is the growing pilot project from Whispering Seed Foundation, 501 (c) (3) USA. And with cooperation from Global Village School, International Home School USA, Children Village School, Thailand , Children and Youth for Development Foundation , Thai Volunteer Service and student volunteers from various universities and with cooperation from education organizations and the local District Organizations
Internship for these positions for 3 months June-Aug 2009
1. Teaching English for students ( teenagers age ) in program and ethic Thai-Burmese-Karen tribe adults
Teaching Position in Alternative Education for teenage, middle school age, Experience in Walkabout passage will be highly interested.
2. Vocational Training teacher in Wood carving and Sculpture/Pottery/Ceramic
3. Documentary Filmmaker and Animator and Graphic Designer and Children Literature
( At least one week in all above areas and… )
1. Fundraiser
2. Writer for articles, Journalist
3. Teaching academics, English, Math, Science, Social, Ecology, Non-violence communication etc.. for Middle school student, teenage.
For more info contact ; Saowanee Sangkara ( nao )

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Darling, Darling, Darling

Finally, at the end of this string of NCACS posts, we come to Darling. I cannot list all that she did, or how many months she spent planning, or how many hours of sleep she got in the weeks before and during the conference. From brochures and registration packets to camping space and name tags, Darling anticipated the needs of the conference and held the project in her heart and hands for a very long time. The equivalent of planning a three-day wedding, the flow and success of the conference was not a surprise to Darling, who knew all along what she - and we - could do.

A final THANK YOU! to Darling, who was pulled in multiple directions and had an answer for eveyone during the conference and managed to look glamorous at the same time!

*Note - Just a few days after the conference ended, at the weekly All School Meeting, Darling's announcement was for everyone to rally for the next event, Evening of the Arts. Relentless.


There is always the danger, when trying to thank a group of people individually, that someone's name will be left off the list. The size of this event and the level of participation make it nearly impossible to list everyone's contribution - you know who you are, and we know we can count on each other.

While it shouldn't be a surprise to any of us, our community rocked before, during, and after this conference! Staff, students, parents, board members, and alumni worked together on workshops, cleaning, planning, transporting, cooking, serving, directing, wiring, networking, greeting, nursing, washing, sweeping, stocking, supplying, sweeping, singing, presenting, organizing, shopping, weeding, recycling, laundry. . . this could go on. Really. And then there are the conference attendees, students and staff alike, who pitched in and offered workshops, volunteered in the kitchen, ran meetings, cleaned up, organized games. . . really, how cool are we?

So THANK YOU everyone and CONGRATULATIONS on being an amazing group of people!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Conference Randomness

The folks in the kitchen had a pleasant surprise - the Peace Tomato! Lycopene and harmony in a salad; can't beat it.

Gratuitous picture of Indy.

We were happy to have Hobo Ed* and his fabulous coffee on Saturday. It was an unusually hot day and his iced coffees were moving like, well, iced coffees on a hot day. Ed and his family have long ties to Upattinas and it was fun to have him back on campus!

*I don't know why I can't get that link to work, so check him out!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Yes, I still have more pictures. And yes, there are still a few things to be said.

Think about this: Every room that had a workshop using a microphone or projector had to have been set up. So did the stage, and the music studio. Power had to be run all over campus. AV equipment distributed, connected, checked, maintained. Aren't we lucky we have JEFF DOMENICK???

And on top of all that, he sings.

Saturday, May 2, 2009


Shout-out to the new NCACS Board

A little bit of business-reporting here; there is a new board, after all! It's too early to alphabetize so here, in no particular order besides the executive committee listed first, are the members of the new NCACS Board.

Kristin Lamoureux, Chair
Darling Bonjo, Vice Chair
Cheryl Kruckeberg, Secretary
Terri Wheeler, Treasurer
Vikram Babu, Tech Advisor
Andrew Oak, Student Rep
Maria Corse
Justin Colella
Mary Ellen Bowen

Thank you for taking on the responsibility!

Thursday, April 30, 2009


I had a hard time thinking of a catchy title for this post, one that neatly summed up how delicious and diverse the food was while hinting at the talents, both culinary and organizational, of Schuyler, our Kitchen...what? Manager? Goddess? Magician? Schuyler, who fed over two hundred people, three meals a day, but also divided those meals into vegetarian, "meat eater," vegan, and gluten free. The very same Schuyler who planned the menus, organized the shopping and storage of ingredients before and during the conference, and calculated utensils/pans/pots/serving items..midday snacks...cold drinks in a heatwave....this was huge!

Schuyler would be the very first person to point out that she had lots of help, and she did, of course, have a full roster of people from all the schools ready and willing to prep, serve, or clean up. Hats off to them and a rousing blog cheer for Schuyler, who was instrumental to the success of the conference!

Lady-of-the-moment, Schuyler!

Schuyler and Elaine doing some juggling at the stove.

Good morning!

Food line in the stone hallway. They look really hungry, no?

Some of our kitchen helpers were shy about being photographed.

Some were not.
Frosting cakes and cutting bagels, with Ayako peeking from the stove.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


I know, the pictures are grainy and I had to tweak them a bit because the gym was dark but the energy and joy in the dancing makes them worth posting! I had a hard time choosing between taking pictures or singing and dancing myself as Jeff Domenick and the Fraction - the full band - played!

Monday, April 27, 2009


Nothing builds community like a couple of meetings.....or creating in the Art Tent.....

or hanging out...(take a look at the community painting-in-progress)

or listening to music....
or listening to poetry....
or a little friendly competition!

Tents II

As all of you arrive back at your schools and air tents and sleeping bags, a little revisit of the tent village you just left as a reminder of why all of today's work was worth it.....

Friday, April 24, 2009

NCACS Friday

What a wonderful, absolutely picture perfect, fabulous first conference day!! The conference is off to a great start - workshops were well-attended all day, the food was delicious, and by this evening there was a huge game of Ultimate Frisbee just after the concert and before Open Mike time.

I have too many pictures to put up at once so I'm going to first post pictures of beautiful people on this lovely day of sunshine and sharing....

Lower school students arrived this morning and were either thrilled or overwhelmed to find a campus full of people and breakfast in full swing. The weather and the activities won everyone over in short order.

The field was a place for resting.......
and chatting.....

and greeting friends......

and music, of course.
Donna in the store
Anonymous feet
Announcements from Darling....
and from Sandy!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Tent Excitement!

Nothing like a tent-raising to start a conference!

Stay tuned!

NCACS Conference!

Here we are, Thursday, and schools are arriving for the NCACS Conference! We are all so excited for the conference to start tomorrow morning, and our staff and students have worked many hours to plan and prepare for a great weekend. Kudos to Darling for heading up the project!

Right off the bat, this is going to be trouble..... but this could be even bigger trouble! The NCACS Board met today in the school conference room. Our own Josh Heake, a board member, was in attendance. The board at work! Or at least, half the table of board members. Setting up tents A couple of Farm School students ... all the way from Tennessee. Setting up for music!