More than 450 moms, dads, brothers, sisters, grandparents, and alumni came to campus for Cardigan’s Fall Family Weekend! It was a great weekend in New Hampshire filled with a full schedule of activities, including conferences with teachers, athletic events, and the 31st Annual Auction.
The festivities began Thursday night with a special reception at Canaan Street Lodge, the original home of Cardigan Mountain School almost 75 years ago. Hosted by Head of School Chris and Cynthia Day P’12,’13, and attended by more than 200 parents, trustees, faculty, and staff, the evening was filled with warmth as we celebrated our school’s rich history and exciting future. Also in attendance was special guest Beverly Wakely H'01, P’70,'73,'75, wife of former Head of School Norman Wakely H’91, who shared memories of life at the Lodge in the early years of Cardigan. Director of Dining Services Joseph Hines P’20 and his team provided delicious food and drink to all who enjoyed this very special night of friends and family.
On Friday, parents had the opportunity to meet with their sons and their sons’ teachers, catching up on all the great learning that has been taking place this fall. In addition, student artwork was on display in Needham Gallery, and parents of ninth graders had the opportunity to hear from a panel of secondary school admission associates. Mr. Day delivered a State-of-the-School Address to parents, sharing highlights from the fall and talking about this year’s Student Life theme, Respect the Climb.
By Friday evening, it was time for the 31st Annual Cardigan Auction. This year’s theme—Out of This World—provided the backdrop for some serious fun. The event kicked off with a video featuring Mr. Day as a disoriented astronaut exploring our campus and discovering the many wonderful attributes our school has to offer. As the video closed, Mr. Day emerged—donning a spacesuit and helmet—in a cloud of smoke to the right of the stage. The energy was contagious, and the auction was amazingly successful! We are pleased to report that this year, the Cardigan community has outdone itself again, and the proceeds, so far, total well over $350,000. The proceeds from the auction benefit The Annual Fund for Cardigan, which supports all aspects of our program. Whether it was through your sponsorship, item donation, patronage, enthusiastic attendance, or “all of the above,” your support helped make the evening a smashing success.
We thank you, our Cardigan families, friends, faculty and staff, and community volunteers, who made Fall Family Weekend a success, and for everything you do to support the boys!