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CFS in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

March 3-4, 2017

Baltimore | Friday, March 3

6:00 p.m. Gather | 6:30 Dinner

Germano’s PIATTINI

300 South High Street (at Fawn St.), Baltimore, MD 21202, 410-752-4515

Parking information

Washington, D.C. | Saturday, March 4

10:30 a.m. brunch

James Hoban's Irish Restaurant and Bar

1 Dupont Circle NW,, Washington, DC 20036, 202-223-8440

At each event, you are welcome to bring a spouse, partner, significant other, or other guest--also our treat.

Please RSVP to Rebecca Swartz rswartz@cfsnc.org or 919.383-6602 x228 as soon as possible. If, at the last minute, you can join us, we’d love to see you. Feel free to call at 919-423-6901 any time during the weekend if you can join us.

Class of 1986 30th Reunion (1985-1987)

June 10-12, 2016

Please join us for a weekend of casual get-togethers that include food, drink, memories, and reconnecting with old friends.

Please RSVP by June 3rd.

Friday, June 10

6:00 pm
Vimala’s Curry Blossom Café, 431 W. Franklin Street. Suite 16, Chapel Hill
Pay your own way, complimentary drinks
Curry Blossom Cafe
Host: Fleming Best; Please RSVP to flemingobest@gmail.com

Saturday, June 11

10:00-12:00 CFS Campus tour
12:00-1:00 Picnic lunch at CFS
If you haven't been to school lately you'll be amazed by all the changes.
Host: Laura Shmania; Please RSVP to LShmania@cfsnc.org

Sunday, June 12

6:00-8:00 pm
Social Games and Brew, 1007 W Main Street, Durham
Join us for complimentary light refreshments and drinks
Social Games and Brew
Host: Tim Wells; Please RSVP to timwellsmusic@gmail.com

CFS in San Francisco

25 February 2016

Principal Mike Hanas, Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning Renee Prillaman, Director of Advancement Anthony L. Clay, Middle School teacher Anna Lynch, and former CFS College Counselor and Dean for Students Elise London will be welcoming Carolina Friends community members to a dinner in San Francisco 6 to 9 pm, Thursday February 25.

We'll return to Henry's Hunan (the friendly venue for our November 2013 dinner) for drinks, appetizers, and socializing starting at 6 pm and then dinner and a program around 7 pm, but please arrive as your schedule allows.

Henry's Hunan Restaurant
110 Natoma Street (near the Montgomery Street BART station)
San Francisco, CA 94105
415.546.4999 tel

Current and/or former trustees Margy Campion, Mark Kuhn, and Natasha Nazareth-Phelps will also be joining us.

If you're anywhere in California or on the West Coast, please share updated contact information to make sure you get your invitation to this event and any other that might be happening in your area! aclay@cfsnc.org

Alumni Dance, Theatre; FriendsFest

Our winter alumni dance and theatre performances and April's FriendsFest music festival during our 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2014-2015 were particularly large-scale undertakings.

So, we're going to take a rest from these events in 2015-2016, but look for other alumni engagement opportunities this year and beyond!

Alumni Sports Events

December 2015

ULTIMATE GAMES - Alums vs US Students

Friday, December 18, 1-2:30 pm – Gym

Watch a vigorous match between alums and Upper School students led by Jason Parker '09 and Tristan Green '05. Alums who would like to play, should contact Jason at jasonhopkinsparker@gmail.com.


Saturday, December 26, 1-4 pm – Gym

Cheer on your favorite alum players as they go head to toe! All alums are welcome!

To play, please contact Will Gordon '01 at wtgordon@gmail.com.

Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

Thursday, November 27, 2014
9:30 am

Students, staff, families, alums, board members, and friends of CFS enjoyed a walk or run with family and friends.

Student vs Alumni Ultimate Games

Friday, December 19, 2014
12:30-2:00 pm
CFS Gym and Soccer Fields

Students and alums enjoyed an energetic game of Ultimate on the afternoon before winter break began.

Mid-Winter Alumni Performances

Saturday and Sunday,December 27 and 28, 2014

We enjoyed alumni theatre and dance productions each day of the weekend,
separated with a reception.

Dance/Performance - Vignettes
Directed by Jessica Harris
A collection of vignettes and dances to celebrate 50 years of CFS history!


Aubrey Griffith-Zill, Austin Campion, Jessica Harris, Hana Ginsburg, Alison Kibbe, Jessica Alexander, Sydney Ray, Jasmine Powell, Henry Walker, Corrie Bauer, Caitlin Linney, Eric Love, Eric Kuhn, Jim Henderson, Tommy Noonan, Kyle McConaughey, Lindsay Leonard, Sarah Yanuck, Alyssa Whitney, Mariah Hayes, and Isaac Dalsheimer. Technical Director: Alexander Kenan

Theatre - Long After Love
Directed by Lucius Robinson
Drawn from the works of Yukio Mishima and Arthur Waley, Long After Love is a series of intertwining stories dealing with the redemptive nature of love. (Rated PG-13 for mature themes)

Emily Anderson, Marley Toben, Andrew Meriwether, Emma Rosenstein, Emma Trisolini, Elizabeth duBose, William Booker, Chris Carter, Lucius Robinson, and Eric Love, Technical Director: Daniel Peraza-Rudesill, Assistant Technical Director: Elisabeth Maillard


Click HERE for a one-minute look at the work as it was in progress.


We wish to thank our performers, project directors, and tech engineers listed above for sharing their awesome creative initiative. We are deeply grateful to be the recipients of their talent.

Additionally, we wish to thank the following folks for their behind-the-scenes support:

  • Volunteers - Jane Anderson, Lisa Hess, Nancy Kelly, Amy Knight, KT Childress, and Ron Ginsberg
  • Rehearsal-week cooks- Amy Shmania, Ida Trisolini, Lisa Ray, Chari Smith, Katrina Pointer, Amy Clark, Mary Rosenstein, and Elaine Funaro Love
  • Staff - Annie Dwyer, Henry Walker, Bradley McDevitt, Terry Pendergrast, Dylan Pendergrast, Kathy Schenley, Carrie Huff, and Laura Shmania

Click here to see a video collage of all the mid-winter activities: ultimate and basketball games, theatre and dance productions, and receptions!

First Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

Saturday, January 3, 2015 ~ 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Gym and Quaker Dome

We had a great turnout for our first ever 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Here are the participants!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Monday, January 19, 2015 ~ 10:30 am to noon in the Gym

Once again, students, parents, grandparents, staff, and trustees--past and present--as well as friends of the School gathered in the Gym from 10:30 am to noon to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

We also collected children's books for Book Harvest, hand sanitizer, and canned soups for Liberia.

In the afternoon, we offered on- and off-campus service projects.

All the details, including information about keynote speakers (and CFS co-founders) Martha and Peter Klopfer and Upper School speaker (and award-winning literary figure) Dr. Nathaniel Mackey, can be found at www.cfsnc.org/MLK_2015.

All were welcome for this important event in Carolina Friends' 50th year!

Click here for a description of January 2014 festivities.

Authors' Tea — 27 Views of CFS

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 3:00 pm
Upper School Meeting Hall

Two years in the making and in honor of our 50th Anniversary, we have compiled a collection of essays, short stories, poems, and remembrances. Our collection of authors includes three principals,10 staff members (former and current), nine alums, 20 parents (former and current), two co-founders, one basketball coach, and many published authors.

At our Authors' Tea contributors will read from their writings and share their experiences at CFS. Of course, a variety of teas and yummy treats will be on hand. We hope you will join us in this continuation of our 50th celebration as we learn about just some of yesterday’s memories that brought us to today. You will be an important part of the discussion!

Click HERE for more information about 27 Views of CFS as well as a sneak preview of the book.

Carolina Friends School 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend

April 24 - 26, 2015

Please save the dates and join us!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Late afternoon/evening – Alumni Gatherings

Open to all alums, and current and former parents, staff, and board members.

Refreshments and live music at a variety of local venues.

Note: This is still a work-in-progress! Check back for confirmed details!

Class Years -- 1970 - 1992

Invited: all alums, current and former staff, board and parents

Organizers: Lisa Hess and Fleming Best

Location: Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe, 431 W Franklin St., Suite 16, Chapel Hill 27516

Time: TBA

Music: Dmitri Resnik '84 and Robert Bittle '74?

Food: Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages provided by CFS?

Class Years -- 1993 - 1999

Invited: all alums, current and former staff, board and parents

Organizer: Hopie Mooney '97

Location: Social Games and Brews, 1007 W Main St., Durham 27701, owner Mark Cromwell '99

Time: TBA

Music: Mountain Mountain Mountain Boys, Grant Thomas '99 and David Hughes '99

Food: Food truck with a $150 guarantee

Class Years -- 2000 - 2008

Invited: all alums, current and former staff, board and parents

Organizer: Will Gordon '01

Location: Margaret and Ed Campion’s House, 101 Zapata Lane, CH 27517-9199

Time: 7:00 -11:00 pm

Parking: on Zapata Lane :: ONLY ON OUR SIDE OF THE STREET :: the South side - on the left as approaching.

Music: NOT CONFIRMED!!! Kodiak Farm Boys, Dave Henderson '05?

Food: Beverages and BBQ provided by CFS? Potluck the rest?

Class Years-- 2009 - 2014

Invited: all alums, current and former staff, board and parents

Organizer: Davi Cheshire '13

Location: TBA -- CFS? The Station? Private Home?

Music: Daniel Fields '11?

Food: Beverages and BBQ provided by CFS? Potluck the rest?

More information here!! www.cfsnc.org/50thFriday

Saturday, April 25, 2015

11:00 am - 5:30 pm – FriendsFest, Hay Wagon Stage, Saxapahaw, NC

Live music from five decades of alumni performers, family fun, fresh local food, and lots of friends


11:00-12:00 -- Michael Rank '83 (Damaged Country) with Gabriel Pelli and Ron Bartholomew

12:00-12:10 -- ES Chorus (?)

12:15-1:00 -- Eric + Erica '01 (Unconventional Pop): Eric Kuhn ’01, Jonathan Henderson (CFS ‘01)

1:00-1:10 -- Lower School Chorus (?)

1:15-2:00 -- Aaron Lopez-Barrantes ’06 (Americana)

2:00-2:10 -- Middle School Chorus

2:10-2:20 -- Alumni Photo

2:30-3:15 -- Gretchen Klopfer Wing and Friends '79-'89 (Original Folk): Gretchen Klopfer Wing ’79, Bradley McDevitt ‘89, and current and former music teachers - Dave Smith '80-'85, Kris Whitenack '84-'99, and Joanna Sisk-Purvis '08-present

3:15-3:25 -- Upper School Quaker N'Oats

3:30-4:00 -- Caitlin Linney ‘07 (Pop)

4:15-5:00 -- Orange County Sirens '86-'05 (Americana): Krista McKinnon ’04, Tim Wells ’86, Paige Berry ’04, and Dave Henderson ’05

5:00-5:30 -- Acoustic Community Jam: Bring your instruments and Jam during the cleanup led by Aaron Lopez-Barrantes (CFS ‘06)

5:00-6:00 -- Community Cleanup

Evening Concert at Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC

7:00 Doors open

8:00 Kodiak Farm Boys with David Henderson '05, Sam Huff '05, Matthew Rubin '06, Nathan Case-McDonald '07, Jesse Jordan, Wes Jordan

9:00 Black Masala

10:00 Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba with Jonathan Henderson ’01

Tickets $10 advance/$12 day-of:


Parking in Carrboro: http://gis.ci.carrboro.nc.us/GIS/downloads/printmap/BWParking.pdf


Sunday, April 26 , 2015

9:00 am - 12:00 pm – Closing Meeting for Worship, CFS Center Performing Space

Childcare provided for children aged 3 (potty trained) to 14

9:00 Campus tours

10:00 Nicholas Kitchen '83 violin performance

10:35 Jim Henderson guided meditation

11:00 Meeting for Worship

Noon Close of meeting

Followed by lemonade, cake, and campus tours

1:00 - 3:00 pm – Luncheon for Staff and Board Members – Past and Current

Catered casual lunch for staff and board members in the Quaker Dome, followed by remarks; hosted by the CFS Board of Trustees

Click here for a full description of FriendsFest2014.

Click here for a full description of FriendsFest2013.

CFS in the Big Apple!

Friday April 11, 2014 Rockefeller Center

img_9871-1 Henry Walker img_3684-1_pp

Carolina Friends School's longest-serving staff member, Middle School teacher Henry Walker, Principal Mike Hanas, and Director of Advancement (and former College Counselor) Anthony L. Clay hope to see you in the Big Apple on Friday April 11.

We're inviting our alumni, former staff, current and former CFS parents and grandparents, former trustees, and all other friends of the School who live in New York and also Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Vermont to join us. We know some of you are at great distance from New York City, but we're casting a wide net because we've been amazed at the lengths community members will go to be part of a CFS event. If we have outdated location and contact info for you, we welcome an update!

On the 11th, we want to catch up with you and catch you up on what’s happening at CFS, including: the ongoing Middle School expansion; the green Lower School addition coming this next year; and some exciting Upper School opportunities we hope to have ready this fall (thanks to the Building Friends Campaign).

We’ll gather (thanks to the suggestion of a '74 alum) at Pulse Restaurant, located in Rockefeller Center, 45 Rockefeller Plaza 3rd Floor (International Building, entry off Plaza). 212.218.8666, http://pulse-restaurant.com

We’ll begin at 5:30 pm with drinks, appetizers, and socializing. We’ll move to dinner and the "program"—a short video (which includes co-founders Martha and Peter Klopfer and longtime staff members John McGovern and Terry Pendergrast) and remarks—between 6:30 and 7 pm, so please feel free to arrive as your schedule allows.

You are welcome to bring a spouse, partner, significant other, or other guest—also our treat.

Thanks for your prompt RSVP to aclay@cfsnc.org (919.383.6602 x268), but if plans change and you can unexpectedly attend at the last minute, please come!

We're posting details at www.cfsnc.org, on our CarolinaFriends Twitter feed, and on our QuakerDome Facebook site. Please help us spread the word to others in the area so we don't overlook anyone.

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you Friday April 11, 2014!

2nd Annual FriendsFest 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 3 pm until...
Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw

Live music and family fun!

Please join us for FriendsFest, a day of celebration featuring the musical talents of Carolina Friends School Alumni, at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw.

This event is open to the public, so please invite all your friends!

  1. From 3-7 pm, Haw River Ballroom’s outdoor amphitheater will be hoppin’ with ‘almost acoustic’ bands. Bring the whole family – there will be an abundance of activities and crafts for kids, delicious local food, and, of course, the music. Free!
  2. Beginning at 7 pm, Haw River Ballroom’s indoor stage with be rockin’ for a ticketed event. Bring your dancin’ shoes!

Click here for all the details - music and activities schedule, driving directions

Click here for a fun video invitation from alum Bradley McDevitt.

Alumni Theatre Project Presents - 2014

Twelfth Night -- Winter 2013

(One-act original adaptation inspired by William Shakespeare)

Saturday, December, 28, 7:30 pm, doors open at 7:00 pm

Sunday, December 29, 5:00 pm, doors open at 4:30 pm

CFS Center Building; fun for the whole family!

FriendsFest 2013 in Review

Relive the magic of the day in stories, photos, and videos. Click here for the full scoop!

Be sure to click the links to these videos:

Haw River Ballroom evening performances

Photo slide show

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Note: Once you click on a story, you'll have to scroll back down to the bottom of the page to see it.

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