For many years, Dublin School has celebrated the various traditions of the holiday season and the winter solstice and its promise of longer and brighter days with the Celebration of Light. In a break with tradition (and possibly the establishment of a new tradition?), the Celebration of Lights was partially celebrated outside this year. After a traditional family style meal, students and advisors walked up a candle lit path to the outdoor stage of the Fountain Arts Building where a roaring bonfire warmed toes and hearts.
They were then entertained by a series of performances:
“ the Shortest Day”
by Susan Cooper
Read by John Emerson
"White Winter Hymnal"
(Pentatonix, Fleet Foxes) - Robin Pecknold
Dublin A Cappella Group
Written and read by Alex Scalfano
by Eric Whitacre
Dubliners Chorus & Otto Vogel ’20, Piano
“Song for Three Voices”
by Henry Walters
Performed by: Destiny Goncalves ’18, Jacob Horowitz ’18, Idriss Traore ’19 and Wesley Strubbe ’19
(Mumford & Sons) – Winston Marshall
All School Sing with Dublin Musicians
At the conclusion of the musical and poetry performances, the Dublin sky over Upper Field erupted with fireworks (a special thank you to Trustee George Foote for arranging, choreographing and firing the show).
After the show, the student body, faculty and a fair number of recent alumni entered the Fountain Arts Building for cookies, hot chocolate and the boisterous and energetic singing of the 12 Days of Christmas led by Dean of Students, Simon McFall. The evening concluded with a short dance performance by the Dance Ensemble and an all-school dance.
Great thanks to Jenny Foreman for her never- ending leadership and effort to make this event great.