Cabin Fever

What do your teachers do in their free time? This Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Log Cabin in the Sanctuary, you will have a chance to find out while hanging out with your friends near the warmth of a fireplace. The purpose of the “Cabin Fever” community festival is to bring together visually motivated members of the community who may not be aware of each other’s talents outside the classroom, office or home. It allows members of the community not involved in the arts to appreciate the work of others and offers a chance to get outside while staying warm. During this inaugural opening of “Cabin Fever,” a variety of faculty and staff will display and sell the arts and crafts that they have made. Handmade articles will include jewelry, oil paintings, hand-painted porcelain, bags and belts, fleece hats and mittens, works on paper, cards, blank books, lanyards, soap and home accessories. People from the Phillips Academy community can come to see their work, ask questions about how things were made and even buy unique gifts for the holidays. There is no pressure to purchase anything, though, as the focus of the festival is on creating community and sharing. Throughout the day, Don Whittemore will be painting on site and Sarah Hackney ’10 will be playing acoustic guitar. Emily Trespas, an art instructor who helped organize the event, said, “I hope that a diverse group of people will come to view, share and develop connections with each other. I think there will be a lot of great surprises when people see and learn about what your librarian does after work, or how detailed a man from OPP paints, or that the wife of your music teacher is an artist! We might see each other every day but not know of one another’s creative talents, hobbies and crafts” “Cabin Fever” is open to the entire Phillips Academy community including faculty, staff and students and their families. To get to the Log Cabin via the Bird Sanctuary on foot, pass through two gates between Nathan Hale and Fuess. Take a right on the main trail and continue right at each junction. The Log Cabin is a half mile from the gate and about a 15-minute walk. To reach the Log Cabin by car or road take Highland Rd. from Salem St. (by Smith House). Entrance into sanctuary is .75 mile on the left, just past Heather Drive.