Established in 1930, Leverett House is the largest residential House at Harvard. Leverett’s social calendar was overflowing in mid-December with a series of events that included a Master’s open house, a student-faculty reception and dinner, and a talent show. Hosted by Masters Howard and Ann Georgi, the open house featured the famed Leverett monkey bread (cinnamon-flavored bread chunks baked to a warm golden-brown hue), the making of foil snowflakes, gingerbread decorating, and impromptu caroling around the piano.

The student-faculty dinner, held once each semester, is a chance for students to get one-on-one time with a teacher of their choice. It was a party atmosphere, with “Chief “ Georgi setting the light-hearted tone, as elbow-to-elbow guests engaged in excited conversation. Lurking under the tables, waiting for tasty morsels to fall, were the two canines-in-residence, a Welsh corgi named Bandit, and Rosie, a gentle Australian shepherd. They didn’t wait in vain.

The annual talent show wrapped up the busy week, featuring a number of moving performances. The acts consisted of several folksingers, a poet reading her work in two languages, a stand-up comic, and two piano players. To make the evening sweeter, a table of desserts offered enticements of apple and pumpkin pies, oatmeal raisin cookies, brownies, German chocolate cake, biscotti, orange chiffon cake, and, oh, yes, a healthy but not-so-tempting bowl of fruit.

— Photographs and text by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer

1 House Master Howard House Master Georgi (right) joins student choristers for impromptu carols around the piano.
2 Leverett residents enjoy the popular monkey bread.
3 Georgi wears a bit of Leverett humor on his shirt.
4 Gary Carlson ’13 (left) and Paul Stavropoulos ’13 take a moment from their laptops for some personal time with Rosie, one of two Leverett House canines who live in the master’s residence.
5 image The Leverett House guest book shows the The Leverett House guest book shows the signatures of many historical figures over the years, including William Butler Yeats and T.S. Eliot.
6 Ph.D. candidate Charlotte Cavaille (left) and student Gary Gerbrandt (right) take time to mingle.
7 A Leverett bow tie displays House spirit.
8 Tanya Mair ’14 chats with Michael Puett, Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History, at the reception preceding the student-faculty dinner.
9 House Master Georgi, affectionately known as “Chief” to House residents, bangs the gong to signal that dinner is ready.
10 What a talent! Alexandra Mendez reads her poems in both Spanish and English.
11 Gary Gerbrandt performs a stand-up comedy routine based on his memory of being “motion-challenged” as a youth. To put it bluntly, he lacked finesse in doing everyday, normal activities.
12 Courtland Kelly ’13 sings and plays guitar