Friday, October 20th
On Friday morning at 9:00 am, we filled a bus with 34 students, four parents, and six faculty members and started the drive to Concord, MA.
This normally 8-10 hour drive turned into a 14 hour trip after stops for lunch and dinner and major traffic problems. Amazingly, everyone was in good spirits — playing cards and board games, chatting with friends, and catching up on some sleep.
Saturday, October 21st
A group of eight students and two faculty members gathered at 2:00 am to watch the night sky for the Orionid meteor shower. They talked about constellations, supernovas and meteors, and then returned to the hotel for a couple more hours of sleep.
After breakfast at the hotel, we set off for our first stop of the day at the Minute Man National Historic Park.
Deep, Mr. Percoco, and Dr. Oliveau took the opportunity to fill us in on some regional history while we waited to watch the Park's introductory film, The Road to Revolution. Then we moved on to see Concord's North Bridge, site of “the shot heard ‘round the world”, and the famous Minute Man statue by Daniel Chester French.
We enjoyed lunch in downtown Concord before heading over to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
After Walden Pond, it was time to board the bus again and move on to the Boston area. Our first stop was in Cambridge for a faculty-led tour of Harvard University.
Dinner and shopping in Harvard Square was next on our agenda.
Our last activity of the day was a mindfulness talk with Mr. Percoco's brother, Anthony, followed by some time in the pool. After the busy day that we had, it was the perfect way to relax for the evening.
Sunday, October 22nd
On Sunday morning, a group of early birds headed over to MIT for a tour led by Dr. Oliveau (who is an MIT alum).
We all met back up at the Boston Tea Party Museum for a unique look at the Boston Tea Party and the events leading up to it. Students got to participate in the town meeting and helped to throw some tea overboard.
We enjoyed a quick cup of tea (and/or game of checkers) at Abigail's Tea Room & Terrace before moving on.
Our next activity was a Boston Harbor Fall Foliage Luncheon Cruise — a two hour narrated trip around the harbor with a picnic lunch.
From Rowes Wharf, we squeezed in a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts before they closed.
Our last stop of the day was Boda Borg Boston for some questing. Students (and faculty and parents) broke into teams to try out this unique real-world gaming environment. In between quests, we enjoyed pizza and compared notes on the various rooms.
Monday, October 23rd
We got up early on Monday and walked over to the Navy Yard for a tour of the USS Constitution.
After the ship tour, it was time to board the bus home. It was a great trip with lots of history and unique experiences.