Back to the Forest

We had an interesting weekend: nearly eight months after our move to Richmond, Kelly made her first return trip to Woodberry. (I had made a brief visit in early September to finish up a bit of business.) The main reason for our trip was to see a Black Box production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile, one which featured our cousin, but we also wanted to see a few familiar faces and places. (I also wanted to be able to tell everyone about Kelly's recent promotion/raise, but she's probably too modest to mention that.)

Not all the places were all that familiar. For example, the new math building was finally open. Having watched it go up during the 2014-15 era (and having watched its predecessor, the Gray Science/Math Building, go down in destruction before that) it was nice to get to see it being used by the students at last. 

Classrooms, offices, and a shiny new lecture hall lie behind those columns, as does this decidedly more-Mad-Men-style-than-classical-architecture lobby. (Note also the mathematical relationship between the various wall panels and the window panes:

DSC02946.JPGThe building's main purpose, however, is in its basement, where the new Terry Dining Hall lies. We took two meals there, a relaxed Saturday night dinner of steak and mashed potatoes, plus plentiful choices in the salad bar area and even a permanent panini station. The layout is new, but the carpet remains just as, um, busy as that of the old Reynolds family dining hall, wherein I and my family consumed several thousand meals in our twenty-year tenure. 

DSC02944.JPGOne nice feature is the view. The building overlooks the Rapidan River valley, and from the third-floor lounge, one can look across to the hill where Grelen Farm lies. The first four years of our lives at WFS were spent living in the farm manager's house at Grelen--WFS rented the place for us--and though the current owners have made the property largely inaccessible today, it's nice to get even a glimpse of the big house there.

DSC02947.JPGThe lounge also features this painting, a rather startlingly colorful depiction of the Residence, the old yellow farmhouse that once housed the whole school and now houses the Headmaster and his family. In the eerie light of the canvas, the shadows look rather like tentacles, the window over the porch looks ominously like a singular eye, and the whole scene is filled with portent. Frankly, it's a bit more Lovecraftian than the typical landscape painter's take on the place. That makes it much more interesting, albeit much more unsettling.

Our hosts were our pals and former next-door neighbors Greg and Shari Jacobs, who let us play with their dogs, eat their macaroni and cheese, and watch the Super Bowl on their big-screen TV. For Greg and me, it was a chance to get back to the many hours we've spent yelling at football players who can't hear us, but for the rest of the crew, it was more of a chance to watch us, and to enjoy the various anthems and entertainments presdented when the game wasn't being played. (I won't go into detail on that, except to say that I wish people were half as upset about Flint, Michigan's drinking water as they appear to be about the black berets worn by Beyonce's backup dancers.) All in all, Kelly and I had a lovely time, even if her commitment to the gridiron action is best expressed by the hoodie she's wearing in this pic with Greg:

DSC02955.JPG(For those having trouble reading the fine print: "GO SPORTS! I'M SUPER WORKED-UP BECAUSE MY TEAM DID STUFF! MOVE THE THING TO THE OTHER THING!")

Thanks for having us, WoFo. See you again soon.

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