We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I like my kids to get out of the Northeast for at least some part of their education, and they all have done so. I am delighted to have a pup at Kenyon College. She loves it, and I am pleased and relieved about that because through secondary school she spent every free moment banging around NYC, going to theater, museums, concerts, street fairs, theater internships, pubs, etc. I had come to think of her as a city girl.
My overall impression of the Kenyon kids is clean-cut, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, cheerful, studious, not overly Maoist, and very engaged in all of the activities of the school. For one example, the pup tells me that she does not know one kid who is not involved in some musical activity, and that the intro Theater course is the most heavily subscribed, with four large sections.
Small liberal arts colleges in the countryside tend to feel like Prep Schools to me, and Kenyon does have that feeling. If a kid went to school in the relatively isolated countryside or to a place like Exeter, Andover, Hotchkiss, Choate or Deerfield, I don't think they would find Kenyon to be an exciting change of pace. (With around 1600 kids, Kenyon is half the size of the BD pup's high school.)
Kenyon was founded as an Episcopalian seminary and college by Dartmouth grad Philander Chase in 1824 when Ohio was pioneer country. It remains, technically anyway, an Episcopalian school.
Kenyon grad Paul Newman built them a wonderful new athletic center with pool, gyms and work-out rooms (which are shared with people in the town). He didn't need to build them a theater, because they already have three: a black box, a small theater, and a high tech large theater - plus a large music performance auditorium in Rosse Hall. That's enough for 1600 kids.
I took some snaps of the cozy campus, of course.
The pup's favorite classroom, in Ascension Hall:
Lots more snaps of the Kenyon campus below the fold -
The pup should go to downtown and see the opera house. Mt. Vernon has the oldest opera house in the USA. It's just a historical site nowadays, and opens for tours from time to time as the volunteers get their acts together.
There is also the Historical Society south of downtown on Harcourt Rd. It has all sorts of memorabilia, including Paul Lynde's (a native) hideous green-yellow 1950s T-Bird. Paul and his brother Johnnie are buried in Amity, a few miles north of Mt Vernon on Rte 3.
The best restaurant in town is the Festiva Mexicana (truly authentic), but the Hunan Garden on the Rte 36 strip is good, too.
Thanks for the Ohio posts BD. I live in Columbus and travel throughout Central Ohio for my job. Seeing your photos of my stomping grounds here on the farm is a treat for me. Gambier is one of places where I've been known to turn off my phone, turn off the radio, roll down the windows, eat my lunch and watch the leaves change. You get your best ideas when you're not thinkin' too much.
No Amish in New England. Land prices are too high for them, or winters too cold and land too rocky in those areas where it isn't. Though I heard rumors of some moving to Maine, don't know if there's any truth to it.
Great post Bird Dog. I've been following Maggie's for well over a year, and these kinds of posts make the visit worth it every day (along with the other great content).
If you have a moment to check out my Blog, please do so, and if it's worth a link or a mention, I'd appreciate it. It's a unique project, and I'll be bringing conservative values to a re-telling of New Hampshire History.
Mike in New Hampshire
"With around 1600 kids, Kenyon is half the size of the BD pup's high school."
Heh. There were 88 in my high school graduating class.
"Goodbye, Mr Chips", anyone? Indeed, the Kenyon campus looks wonderful, particularly the lecture halls and classrooms. They just reek of respect for academic tradition, discipline and inquiry, just what an inspirational academic environment should strive to first create in it's students. Almost makes me want to sign up for something-or-other 101 and find a seat next to a nubile co-ed who takes good notes.