Dear Classmates and Friends,
Yes, this is the third time I have authored a Reunion kick-off letter. Same old, same old…except this time we’re offering a 95% discount!
Yes, I am looking forward to “old” friends (sic) and meeting some new folks who shared our formative experiences. And I always enjoy hearing Yale’s star professors lecture on all matter of subjects; but this year is also the tenth anniversary of the Class of 1957 Music in Schools Initiative, a program that has made a difference in the lives of so many New Haven youngsters. In fact, one of the early MISI students entered Yale this fall. If you say “1957” in New Haven, people know who we are.
We will mark the anniversary, both with a panel of distinguished participants and with a concert by the students. We will have a reception where you will get to meet students, parents and their teachers from the Yale School of Music. Other panels are under consideration, but there will be plenty of time to sit “Neath the Elms” to reminisce, to talk and to share.
Living relatively close to New Haven (42 minutes if I drive relatively fast…I once made it in under 35 minutes when my son had appendicitis), I have had the opportunity to watch the two new Yale Colleges go up. Although they mirror Yale’s architecture, they are true 21st century buildings on the inside. They will add 175 more students to the freshman class. We will hear and see more about them at the Reunion. In addition, Sterling Memorial Library has been renovated and it glows, like the Beinecke, which has also been refurbished. The Yale Art Gallery and Center for British Art, both closed for restoration and now reopened, are world class. If you have not been to campus for a while, you will be pleasantly surprised! A lot can happen in sixty years.
New Haven, meanwhile, had become a destination city for foodies, with many new and exciting restaurants; and ever since Alice Waters’ daughter attended Yale, there has been a revolution in Yale dining itself, both in variety and quality. Being a foodie myself, with awesome powers of Menu Selection, I can promise you mouth-watering and delicious food choices for our various events. And, of course, I am paying particular attention to the reunion wine selections.
There are those of you who come to reunions as frequently at the Monarch butterflies return to Mexico. You can stop reading. As for those of you, who for diverse reasons have never attended a Yale Reunion, let me offer some (hopefully persuasive) data: post-reunion polling shows overwhelmingly that if you come, you will report afterwards that you had a super time.
I ask you to block off May 25-28, 2017 (Memorial Day weekend) as you consider joining your class for its 60th reunion. To help you make that decision, the class has dropped the individual registration fee from $425 to a bargain price of $19.57! Widows of the class are always welcome to join us; your reunion fee and the cost of on-campus housing will be waived.
For those of you wanting to stay at a hotel, rather than the reunion headquarters at Timothy Dwight, you will find that the reunion blocks at the downtown hotels are already full. Some rooms do open up in the Spring, due to cancellations; and you can also use www.visitnewhaven.com/accommodations to locate a room.
What can you do now? Let us know you are coming, or at least thinking about it! Click on the Pre-Register Now" button at left to respond. Further materials will be sent to you in March, which is when you will actually register for the reunion and sign up for on-campus housing.
I hope you all had a joyful Thanksgiving holiday.