Class of 1953 Philadelphia Mini Reunion

Class of 1953 Philadelphia Mini Reunion
Wed, 04/27/2011 - 6:00pm - Sun, 05/01/2011 - 11:00am

From:              John Keene, Reunion Chairman

Date:               March 2011

Subject:           Details and Registration for the Philadelphia

                        Mini-Reunion, April 27th – May 1st


                        Many of you have expressed interest in attending our Philadelphia Mini-Reunion in the end of April, so I am sending you information about our entertaining, educational, and diversified five-day program. Preliminary responses suggest that we can look forward to our largest group of attendees yet, exceeding Washington, Santa Fe, San Juan, Cannes, Charleston, and Chicago.


                        Wednesday, April 27th


Headquarters Hotel: The Union League


Check in at the Union League, situated right in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, a stone’s throw from City Hall, in the afternoon. We have reserved a block of rooms, and you need to make your own reservations by contacting the Union League at (215) 587-5570 and mention that you are a member of the “Yale Class of ‘53”.   A quick reminder: the Yale Club of NYC has a reciprocal agreement with the Union League as may your club.


·         We meet at 6:00 pm at the Union League for a welcoming cocktail reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres. Following cocktails, you’re on your own to go to a restaurant of your choice. We will be e-mailing a list of suggested places to eat.


Thursday, April 28th


·         To begin the day, we take the bus to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for a private guided tour led by Anna Marley, Ph.D., curator of Historical American Art. The collection of American Art is deemed by scholars to be one of the three best in the world.

·         We then move on to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the third largest art museum in the country, for a sit-down lunch on the museum’s east balcony. Following lunch, we’ll have well over an hour to enjoy the museum’s remarkable permanent collection. We’ll then regroup for a private docent-led tour of the acclaimed special exhibition, “Paris through the Window: Marc Chagall and His Circle.”

·         Dinner will be served on the Delaware River waterfront in the Tall Ship Moshulu in a private dining room. The Moshulu is one of the world’s grandest tall ships and fine dining restaurants. The speaker will be Robert Giegengack, Yale ’60, Ph.D. ’68, Professor of Earth and

Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania (and son of Robert Giegengack, Yale’s track coach in our era) who will speak on the topic of “Global Warming” during dinner.


Friday, April 29th


·         We take the bus to the world-famous Barnes Foundation in its original location (it officially moves to a center-city location in June 2011). The Barnes houses one of the finest collections of French impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern paintings in the world.

·         Next we’ll go to the National Constitution Center, dedicated to appreciation of the contemporary relevance of the Constitution. We feel this destination is much more interesting than Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, which many of you have already seen. It offers the award-winning live performance of “Freedom Rising,” plus the main exhibition story of “We the People.”

·         Following this busy and stimulating morning, we lunch at the colorful and historic Colonial City Tavern, where we will be greeted and served by staff dressed in authentic colonial clothing. You will have the afternoon on your own.

·         Dinner will be at the private and highly esteemed Acorn Club. George Thomas, lecturer in historic preservation and urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania (who just published a book on Eastern Pennsylvania architecture) will speak at dinner.


Saturday, April 30th


·         Our bus offers a full day tour through the rolling fields and forests of Philadelphia’s countryside. First stop is the Brandywine River Museum, home of three generations of Wyeth family art as well as an esteemed collection of American still life and landscape painting. This is an internationally known and respected collection.

·         From the Brandywine we go to Winterthur, the incredible American country estate of Henry Francis du Pont and his descendants. Lunch will be at the Pavilion with great views of the garden at a time when the azaleas are in full bloom. This is the one meal that is not included in the event charge, to save extra group charges. After lunch, we’ll split into intimate groups of ten for an elegantly entertaining private tour of the estate house and its outstanding collection of antiques, objets d’art, and furniture.

·         Our classic awards and weekend recap will take place at the Positano Coast, a delightful restaurant in the Old City section of Philadelphia, whose décor recalls the quaint charm of the Italian seaside town of the same name.


Sunday, May 1st


·         We head back home, happy in the knowledge that the Yale Class of 1953 continues to be the class act in group travel.


The total cost for the weekend events will be $875 per person. We look forward to seeing you there.


                                                                                    John Keene, Reunion Chairman

                                                                                    Marvin Deckoff, Secretary

                                                                                    Bill Nightingale, Treasurer