A meeting the other day brought us to the beautiful campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.
|Hubbard Hall, The Original Library (Henry Vaughan, 1903)|
|Moulton Union (McKim, Mead and White, 1928)|
An alumnus and still very active on campus, our friend was recently profiled in this college publication for nearly a lifetime of giving to Bowdoin. And while our long friendship (my mother has known him his entire life) includes a tremendous amount of good-natured ribbing (or in his case, bad natured!) he has been one of my role-models for stewardship.
|He "...shares his love of music by giving pianos and organs to Bowdoin, including a Steinway piano for the Bowdoin Chapel in honor of his 50th Reunion."|
|In reference to the scholarship he set up, he said (as quoted) "It will help a few Bowdoin students each year in need of financial aid." (He was photographed, here, in front of the 1927 Austin Organ.)|
Then, he took us....
...a neighbor's guest house...
...and his dock.
Finally,we ended the day with Monday evening music, now moved inside the general store due to the chillier fall weather.
(As an aside, the role of music in small New England enclaves cannot be underestimated. Almost all community halls (sometimes called "casinos") have upright pianos in one corner. Dinner dances are regular events. The conclusion of summer for many is the follies or other talent shows. Summer camps have their weekly campfires and prep schools, their all-school meetings.)
|We left with tunes in our head, pizza for dinner,...|
|...and their homemade Whoopie Pies for later.|