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Arts on view
Highlights of regional club events
by Cynthia Shaw, Associate Director of Alumni Affairs
Albany Capital District
June. A highlight of early summer in Saratoga is the Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Show, including a special day for alumni. After a lunch under the tent, alumni and parents watched top-level competition among the country’s best horses and riders. The two-week show raised some $200,000 to benefit an endowed Skidmore scholarship fund.
July. Louise Beinetti Wise ’40 wanted to do something special for alumni who graduated between 1924 and 1956. So she organized a luncheon in Skidmore’s new Tang Museum. President Jamienne S. Studley was their guest of honor, and lunch was followed by a private tour led by Charles Stainback, Dayton Director of the Tang. Everyone enjoyed reconnecting with Skidmore and getting an insider’s glimpse of its impressive new museum.
July. The way Margi Bishop Maynard ’57 organized a reception and tour at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History for fifty-plus Skidmore alumni, family, and friends, you’d think she had eight arms. In reality, it was the three octopuses (one of the many featured exhibits) that proved even more dextrous than Margi. The group enjoyed watching these and other fascinating creatures—including the other Skidmore alumni fortunate enough to live or vacation on beautiful Cape Cod.
August. Mary Hoff Fallon ’60 decided it was high time for a Skidmore get-together in the Amagansett, Long Island, area. She convinced her classmate and Skidmore trustee Rosemary Bourne ’60 to join them and provide a brief update on news from the college. The Devon Yacht Club provided the perfect setting for the luncheon, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. There is no doubt that this has inspired future Skidmore events in the Long Island neighborhoods.
August. Close to sixty alumni and friends gathered at the beautiful Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth to meet President Jamienne S. Studley and husband Gary J. Smith. With magnificent views of the ocean, delicious food, and stimulating conversation, everyone agreed that this was a wonderful way to spend an evening, and that the group should get together more often.
New Jersey, Central
June. Joan Wexler Kroll ’62 kicked off the summer in style by opening her home to more than eighty Skidmore alumni and friends for a cocktail reception. Along with a chance to meet and catch up with their Skidmore neighbors, it was a perfect setting to meet and mingle with President Jamienne S. Studley and husband Gary J. Smith.
New York City
June. Close to thirty Skidmore alums (along with alumni from Michigan, Colorado, Kansas, and other schools) headed out to sea on an evening boat cruise on the Hudson River. The three-hour tour allowed everyone plenty of time to eat, drink, and be merry. Thankfully, everyone behaved themselves: by the end of the evening, no one had been required to walk the plank.
July. John Johnson ’95 hit another home run by arranging for group seats to a “Bridge Series” baseball game between the Brooklyn Cyclones and the Staten Island Yankees at Keyspan Park. Even though John didn’t buy the pea-nuts or Crackerjacks, everyone rooted for their favorite home team and en- joyed a great afternoon at the ballpark.
June. Audie Ades Reilly ’59 packed the perfect picnic by inviting area alumni to the club’s annual potluck event. Everyone brought a favorite dish, and in a matter of minutes the table was filled to capacity with an endless variety of mouth-watering morsels. Once dessert was served, the club got down to business to discuss its events for the coming year. By the end of the evening, everyone was filled to the brim with food, friendship, and exciting plans.
Albany Capital District: Holiday party, Surrey Williamson Inn, Skidmore campus, December 12, 6 p.m.
Fairfield and Westchester: Reception, tour, and faculty lecture on “Empire of the Sultans: Ottoman Art from the Khalili Collection,” Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Conn., November 27, 6:30 p.m.
Hartford: Holiday party, New Britain Museum of American Art, December 11, 6 p.m.
National: Junior Admissions Workshop, to help prepare high school juniors and their parents for a successful college search, Skidmore campus, February 3-4.
New York City: Nutcracker Suite Ballet, Lincoln Center, December 5, 6 p.m.
Philadelphia: Lunch, lecture, and yuletide tour of Winterthur, Wilmington, Del., December 2, 12 noon.
Sarasota: Cocktail buffet for Skidmore and Dartmouth alumni, Field Club, November 15, 5:30 p.m.
Information about these and other alumni programs is available at www.skidmore.edu/alumni/calendar.
Welcoming new students and families
This summer four regional alumni clubs hosted “send-offs” for newly accepted freshmen and their families. Alumni and parents welcomed new members of the Class of 2005 to the Skidmore community, and current Skidmore students answered last-minute questions for the entering freshmen and their parents. By the end of each evening, the parents seemed less anxious about this major step in their children’s lives and the students seemed confident that Skidmore was the right choice for them.
Many thanks to the hosts of the send-offs: Jeff Anderson ’93 and Michelle Miller Anderson ’92 in New York City; Mark and Fran Seeger, P ’03, in Washington, D.C.; Michele Segre ’90 in Philadelphia; and Carol and Joseph Whitehorn, P ’03, in Boston.