We could not have asked for a better opening of the Fountain Arts Building than the one we had two weeks ago. Mr. David Fountain drove all the way down from Nova Scotia to attend the event and delivered a powerful speech to officially open the building. Jan Haman, who brought the old AB to life for so many years, shared her feelings about the transformational gift of a new theater.
Board of Trustees Chair Peter Imhoff put the new space into a larger cultural context and engaged us with the image of a “box” and the memories that will soon be created in this new space. I was fortunate to welcome our many families, students, faculty, trustees, alumni, representatives of the Walden School and friends to the gathering.
We were especially pleased to have former Heads of School Richard Fox and Mike and Mary Cornog in attendance, along with Louisa Birch ’57, daughter of Paul and Nancy Lehmann. Former Walden School student and teacherDave Eggar and his band provided the music for the dedication and quickly brought the crowd to their feet with their rousing renditions of classical, bluegrass and rock and roll songs. At that moment I realized that we truly had a professional theatrical space on our campus.
After a delicious turkey dinner in the Whitney Gymnasium we returned to the Fountain Arts Building for the student performances. When Sola Aderonmu ’11 and three other members of her band (who had never performed on stage before) stood before us playing a song from Bob Marley and the Wailers, I was struck by the generosity and vision of Mr. David Fountain and his mother Mrs. Marjorie Fountain. The joy, confidence, and dedication reflected in that performance reminded us all of the power of the arts to enrich our lives. We thank the Fountains for the incredible gift of the Fountain Arts Building.
-Head of School Brad Bates