Peggy Herring
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England Trip - Spring 2002

The annual Department of English and Fine Arts trip to England took place during the week of Spring Furlough, 2002. 

2002 Trip 
FRONT ROW (kneeling): Will Ragland, Ronnie Huffman, & Justin Abbinante

SECOND ROW: Sam Stephens, Amie-Anne Novak, Bo Pasko, Dave Becker, Tamara Ferguson, Joel Andrus, & John Casper

BACK ROW: Matt Hendricks, Stan Kielczewski, Prof. Thompson, & Ted Nevatt (arms outspread--show-off)

Faculty who accompanied them were Profs. Alan Baragona and Roger Thompson.

Cadets saw three plays, Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan, directed by Peter Hall and starring Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson; The Feast of Snails, by Icelandic novelist and playwright Olaf Olafsson and starring David Warner in his return to the London stage after nearly 30 years; and Shakespeare's Hamlet, performed at the Barbican Theatre by the Royal Shakespeare Company. In London, the entire group toured the Globe Theatre, the British Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the Imperial War Museum, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London and saw the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Individuals and smaller groups also toured St. Paul's Cathedral, the Museum of London, the Tate Modern, Tower Bridge and various other museums and landmarks.

As in the previous year, the group also took two day-trips, one to Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle and another to Canterbury, Leeds Castle, and Dover Beach. Dover Beach is the setting of Matthew Arnold's famous poem by the same name (it's always cold when we go there, which would explain the poem). Leeds Castle has a Virginia connection. It was once owned by Lord Fairfax, who founded Fairfax, VA, and put up a sundial in Fairfax that was oriented to show the time in Leeds and a sundial in Leeds that was oriented to show the time in Virginia.