Hello, and a happy fall to all! The first fall colors are emerging from some of the trees here, with just a hint of red and yellow peeking cautiously through the many green leaves around here. It won't be long before we see fall in all its brilliance!
A few weeks ago Judith (Carlson) Zickl donated a collection of very interesting Oliver Ames items saved by the Carlson family. Among them are photos of the 1968 Gym Jam! Held on April 5 and 6 that year, the program was a continuation of the Gym Jams that were held in the 1950's, 1960's and into the early 1970's. This particular event, under the careful guidance of Miss Suzanne Rivard and Miss Gloria Ferrandino (girls instructors) and Mr. Eero Helin and Mr. Edward Forbush (boys instructors) included eighteen events, all carefully executed after long hours of preparation. Attached is a copy of the program, and a photo of one of the popular events: the bamboo dance. Featuring sets of bamboo poles opening and closing while students danced between them, this exercise required athleticism and expert timing. In the next few weeks I'll feature a different photo or two. I hope they bring fond memories to mind, and I also hope you can help name any of the people in the photos. At least one photo was taken by Jeff Nystrom, and I suspect all of them may have been taken by him. I look forward to putting names to faces. I would also like to hear from Jeff if anyone knows his whereabouts.
Until next week, stay healthy,
Curator: Frank Meninno