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Summer 2003

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Centennial spotlight

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Club do’s

Boca Raton. Alumni gathered in March for the Skidmore Bandersnatchers’ annual spring-break concert. Thanks to Chuck and Leah Cunningham Wood ’49 for hosting the event.

Boston. In late April Justin and Keirnan Conroy Klosek ’95 hosted an open house for the Boston marathon. Their apartment provided a great vantage point to view the race and cheer the participants. • A large group of alumni, parents, and friends gathered for a Boston Pops concert at Symphony Hall in May. Peggy Frew-Nehms ’82 orchestrated the event.

Cape Cod. Andrea McCarthy ’96 gave a Celtic harp concert for club members in May. The group then enjoyed lunch at Spark Fish Restaurant. Sidney Wright Coursen ’58 and Mary Avery Gessner ’58 coordinated the events.

Chicago. In March a group of alumni gathered for a performance of The Devil’s Sonata by Visions & Voices Theater Company. John Beckman ’94 made it all happen. • Art history professor Rob Linrothe offered a special guided tour of the Himalayas: An Aesthetic Adventure exhibit at the Art Institute in April. Liz Ernst ’00 and Sarah Boyd ’96 organized the tour and a reception afterward.

Club of the Indian River. Vero Beach was the first stop of the Bandersnatchers’ annual spring-break concert tour in March. Rick and Laura Griffith McDermott ’72 were hosts. • Patti Sherman Jones ’55 planned a special day for Skidmore guests at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. They toured the facility, enjoyed lunch, and heard a presentation by Edie Widder, one of the world’s foremost authorities on bioluminescence.

Naples. Alumni enjoyed a lunchtime performance by the Bandersnatchers in March. Dick and Honey Koenig Gardiner ’67 sponsored the group at the Club at the Strand.

New York City. In March guests had a backstage tour of the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center and a wonderful performance of Coppélia by the New York City Ballet. Kayne Rourke ’95 choreographed the event. • Ronnie Zolondek Bramesco ’63 was instrumental in bringing together a group of alumni to attend the New York City Opera’s performance of A Little Night Music. • Students, alumni, and parents gathered for the second annual Career Networking event in March. Dave Kovall ’00, Jennifer Kong ’92, and Justin Model ’91 worked out the details. • Alumni enjoyed a special tour of the Cloisters by art history professor Penny Jolly and followed up with lunch at New Leaf Café. Steve Shernicoff ’88 planned this one.

Philadelphia. Alumni gathered in April for a tour of the Degas and the Dance exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, followed by a dessert reception with faculty emeriti Elisabeth Carroll and Felix Smith. Dina Silver Tau ’93 made it all happen. • Also in April, a group gathered for a tour and wine-tasting at the New Hope Winery. Michele Segre ’90 was the coordinator.

San Francisco. Winnie Wan ’74 hosted a wine-tasting event at her home in March. • A group of alumni participated in a hands-on ceramics studio experience in Sonoma with art professor Regis Brodie. Afterward, the group gathered for lunch and heard Brodie’s comments on “The Creative Process: An Artist’s Point of View.”

Sarasota. Alumni enjoyed a spring-break concert by the Bandersnatchers, followed by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Seattle. Music and art came together for alumni at the Seattle Art Museum in March. After hearing New York City’s Aaron Parks Trio, attendees enjoyed a guided tour of the exhibit Over the Line: The Art and Life of Jacob Lawrence. Maritza Rivera ’91 was the organizer.

Washington, D.C. Mary Chunko ’79 organized a tour of the Hillwood Museum & Gardens in May; longtime docent Judy Stahr Stembel ’56 led the group on an “unofficial” tour of the gardens.

—Compiled by Kirstin O’Rielly Drabek ’94, Senior Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs

Want club info?

Jo Leach Lewis ’57, the alumni board’s chair of alumni clubs, serves as liaison among regional club officers, the alumni board, and the college.

She welcomes questions and input at jlewis124@aol.com or 415-456-2103.


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