November 28, 2018
GO BIG OR GO HOME!
The Moby-Dick reading group will host a 25-hour Moby-Dick reading marathon over winter break (Friday, January 4, at 11 a.m. through Saturday, January 5, at about 12 noon) in the Fenwick library.
More than 100 readers (in 15-minute shifts) will read the entire novel aloud. This event celebrates author Herman Melville’s master craftsmanship and his great American novel that addresses so many fundamental human concerns. Our event fittingly falls in the bicentennial year of Melville’s birth.
Happy Birthday, Herman!
One highlight will be Father Peddicord’s reading of Father Mapple’s famous sermon about Jonah in chapter 9, “The Sermon” (approximately 90 minutes from the start), reports event coordinator and English Teacher Ms. Laura Gallinari. Thanks also to the other 14 faculty volunteers stepping up to cover the four-hour shifts; our overnight chaperones are Ms. Hasenbeck-Meyer, Ms. Magrady, Mr. O’Connor and Mr. Wickiewicz!
Other activities and highlights will include:
- Multiple film adaptations (closed-captioned, of course)
- Whale-themed jigsaw puzzles
- Whale-themed games, crafts, activities, and exhibits
- Moby-Dick crossword puzzles and word searches
- Moby-Dick bingo (finding words from the text as it’s read)
- Character drawing contest
- Whale-themed coloring pages
- Whale temporary tattoos
- Whale-themed snacks
- Pizza, soda, and water for sale
The most recent Moby-Dick-inspired movie came out in 2015.
THERE ARE 3 WAYS FOR STUDENTS TO COME ABOARD:
- Up to 30 upperclassmen may register for the lock-in, with a $40 fee (includes snacks, 2 meals, T-shirt). Lock-in participants will stay for the entire voyage and must be picked up by a parent/guardian at the end. If more than 30 students sign up, non-club members will be drawn in a lottery for the chance to participate. Please fill out this form and return to Mrs. Gallinari or her mailbox by this coming Monday, December 3.
- Other Fenwick students may attend on Friday (11 a.m. - 10 p.m.) and/or Saturday (6 a.m. - 12 noon). Students must present their IDs at the lobby to enter, and you may only enter once per day (so when you leave, you’re done for the day). No prior registration is required for drop-in attendance.
- You may sign up to read for 15 minutes:
SIGN UP TO READ MOBY DICK
Actor Patrick Stewart (center) portrayed Captain Ahab in one motion-picture adaptation of the book.