Albany Capital District
October. Club president Susan Geary 99 organized a spectacular afternoon at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall for a performance by the Albany Symphony Orchestra and four soloists who dazzled the spellbound audience with great moments from grand opera. Perfect seats accompanied perfect acoustics for a perfect afternoon. Encore!
October.Club president Amy OLeary 92 conducted a lively group on the second annual Skidmore Duck Tour of Boston. The group learned little-known facts and interesting highlights about the city as they toured the back streets of Boston and splashed down in the Charles River on an authentic, renovated WW II amphibious landing vehicle.
November. The Cape Cod alumni club has been revived, thanks to Margie Bishop Maynard 57, Mary Avery Gessner 58, Ruth Schleicher Kroon 47, Sidney Wright Coursen 58, and Agnes Compton Stierwald 38, among others. Close to forty alumni, with graduation years ranging from 1927 to 2000, gathered at the Old Yarmouth Inn for a delicious lunch and even more enjoyable conversation. The energy was high, as was the demand for the group to get together on a regular basis. A springtime event is next on the calendar. Please contact Margie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get involved with the club.
New York City
September. Nancy Fisher 66 worked with club co-presidents Maria Klink 97 and Peter Wan 95 to coordinate an evening at the Museum of Jewish HeritageA Living Memorial to the Holocaust. More than seventy-five alumni and friends toured the moving exhibition of twentieth-century Jewish life. Immediately following the tour, the group gathered in a large open room overlooking the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island for a discussion and reception.
October. Maria Klink hit the right chord for a group of alumni and friends with a special evening with the renowned Festival Chamber Music Society. Following the program, which included works by Beethoven, Reynolds, and Mendelssohn, the group raised their glasses at a champagne reception.
November. There was a lot of hoopla at the Thoroughbreds first basketball game of the season, a match against the NYU Violets. Among the alumni cheerleaders, Spencer Goldin 93 was the high scorer, for organizing the group of fifty alumni and their families to come out in support of the Thoroughbreds. Skidmore was defeated by a narrow margin of 69-64, but that did not dampen the enthusiasm of the energetic crowd.
November. Co-presidents Jo Leach Lewis 57 and Michele Forte 90, with help from Verna Dick Stassevitch 48 and Ian Varley 97, foraged for food and beverages and ferried over to Angel Island for a picnic in the park. There, under sunny skies, area alumni gathered at a reserved picnic site and enjoyed a relaxing afternoon. Entertainment was provided by Bandersnatcher recordingswith former Bander Varley on hand to bring the music to life. After a brief Skidmore update from Vinny Catalano 83, who had just returned from a weekend on campus, people hiked, biked, and toured the island by tram.
November. Alumni applauded club co-presidents Jean Rowe Tourt 50 and Sibyl Ringquist Connolly 50 at the annual luncheon and lecture at the Bird Key Yacht Club. They worked with treasurer Ann Trainer Williams 53 to bring the group together for a delightful lunch highlighted by a very interesting talk on the Florida West Coast Symphony by the symphonys Trevor Cramer.
November. English professor Victor Cahn received rave reviews for his fast-paced, humorous reading and interpretation of Shakespeares Taming of the Shrew. Club co-presidents Nancy Coull Erdoes 66 and Diana Clark Crookes 69 were delighted when Cahn started the evening with some impromptu piano playingillustrating the multiple talents of a Skidmore professor.
November. Nancy Tessein Stine 64 opened her home to prospective students, their parents, and area high school guidance counselors for the annual Worcester admissions reception. A few local alumni helped out with food, beverages, and mingling, and together they set a fine example of the hospitality and warmth of Skidmore alumni.
Take me out to the . . . art museum!
Its not often that people are faced with a dilemma of such magnitude on a Sunday afternoon: love of art vs. love of baseball. But thats exactly what some fifty Westchester and Fairfield area alumni pondered as they entered the Neuberger Museum in Purchase, N.Y., last October. Although the World Series was raging between the Mets and Yankees, the loyal alumni had come out to tour a collection of twentieth-century art and hear Skidmore president Jamienne S. Studley herald the opening of the colleges Tang Museum. And when it became clear that everyone would be home in time to catch that evenings ballgame, the crowd relaxed and enjoyed the afternoon free of conflict.
Attendees were treated to docent-guided tours of Westchester Countys premier modern-art museum, with its Roy R. Neuberger Collection of works by modern American masters Georgia OKeefe, Jackson Pollack, Edward Hopper, and Milton Avery. Alumni and their guests also viewed works by sculptor Barbara Segal, whose fluid renderings in marble seem to defy perception, and photographer Lewis Watts, whose evocative images capture the African-American cultural landscape.
Following the tours, guests were greeted by Westchester club
president Sandra Berk Jacoby 66 and Fairfield club co-presidents
Holly Lorenzo 81 and Claire Simonelli 74. Then
Studley offered an insiders view of the Tang and its
relevance to Skidmores legacy of progressive, interdisciplinary
liberal arts education. She cited Dayton Director Charles
Stainbacks vision of the Tang as a museum about
ideas rather than the objects themselves. For example, the
museums opening exhibit, SOS: Scenes of Sounds, explored
such concepts as the relationship between music and
physics. And Studley described an upcoming faculty exhibit
on mapping that incorporates genetic, geographic, and historical
mapsincluding several documents donated by alumni.
Westchesters Jacoby felt that Studleys presence in such an intimate setting made the event especially wonderful. Fairfields Simonelli said, I think it was a great idea to combine the two clubs so we can get to know more active grads in the area. But before scheduling the next such event, Lorenzo quipped, we probably ought to avoid anything this close to Yankee Stadium during a subway series! MM