Ruthie Spencer ’22 Competing in the 2021 National Irish Dance Championships

On July 7, Ruthie Spencer ’22 will be competing in the 2021 National Irish Dance Championships in Phoenix, AZ. This event brings dancers from all over North America; to qualify for Nationals, dancers must have reached Open championship level, the highest level of Irish dance. Ruthie entered Open Championships in October of 2019 after placing first overall (combined score of three judges in hard and soft shoe) at two separate feiseanna (gaeilc for competitions). Nationals is also a world qualifying event, think Olympic trials, with the top dancers competing to qualify for the World Championship competition, held in April 2022 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Ruthie has been Irish step dancing since the age of seven and is currently a member of the Cassin Academy of Irish Dance in West Springfield, MA. Cassin Academy will be sending ten dancers to compete in Nationals this year. Ruthie first qualified for the 2020 Nationals in Nashville; however, that event was cancelled due to COVID, so this will be her first Nationals competition. Good luck and Slainte to Ruthie!

Winter Chamber Music Concert: Mozart’s Magic

Please join us for the Winter Chamber Music Showcase, Sunday, March 1, 2020, Wachsman Concert Hall, 4:00 pm. Featuring the music of that timeless charmer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the performance is sure to delight!

How I Became a Pirate: The Much-Beloved Children’s Musical in the Black Box This Weekend

There are three opportunities for the Deerfield community to see the show—no tickets necessary, and the running time is approximately 50 minutes. Please spread the word—friends are invited, and we would love to see your kiddies dressed as pirates!

Friday, February 21, @ 6:45 pm in the Black Box Theater, Hess Center for the Arts.
Saturday, February 22, @ 10:00 am and 2:00 pm in the Black Box Theater, Hess Center for the Arts (please note that our 10:00 am show is already in high demand, and we recommend the 2:00 pm show). 

Pete Nelson ’81: 2017 Wick Huffard Visiting Architect

Pete Nelson ’81, star of Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters, spoke at School Meeting today as the 2017 Wick Huffard Visiting Architect. Pete and his team have traveled the world designing and building everything from simple one-room treehouses to amazing abodes with all the comforts of more traditional homes.

Thanks to the generosity of the Huffard family, every year a Huffard Architect is named and comes to Deerfield to share their work with students, faculty, and staff. The program was established in 2005 in memory of Wick Huffard ’03, who had hoped to pursue a career in architecture after college.

Big Ink on Campus

In anticipation of Deerfield’s Reimagining Audubon exhibition, printmaker Lyell Castonguay visited campus today to demonstrate his craft outside the Hess Center for the Arts. Castonguay is

Foggy Friday

Deerfield’s campus is shrouded in mist this morning…

“Playing” It Forward

Senior Mia Cuda’s summer service project was all about that bass…and brass…and strings…and more.

DIY Island

Floating off the coast of Vancouver Island, a 45-minute boat ride to the nearest town, is a sustainable island fortress complete with a dance floor,