Friday, June 8 – Sunday, June 10
Dear 1968 Classmates,
We are delighted you will be joining us at our 50th Reunion! We are 236 strong, accompanied by 93 guests.
The purpose of this note is to give you a heads up about some of what is planned. And some hints to get the most out of the weekend.
We are fortunate to be headquartered in Tower Court. Besides accommodating 119 classmates and guests who are staying there, the dorm offers us the Great Hall for events involving everyone and two more intimate side living rooms for quieter times with friends. There will be a few alumnae from other classes housed in Tower, as the campus will be overflowing with returning alums. Tower Court has its own kitchen and dining room, so those staying in the dorm can just go downstairs for breakfast and those who signed up for lunch on Saturday can eat right there, too.
We will have six students to help during the weekend. Two Student Hostesses will be in charge and they are the go-to people with any problem. Classmates will be at the Welcome Desk Friday afternoon and most of Saturday to greet you and give you all the information you will need.
Since it is our 50th, we wanted to showcase how classmates have been spending their time over the years. We were especially interested in their activities since leaving their vocations. Your response has been terrific and we are using much of Saturday to exhibit these Passions and Projects.
We have purposely left open Friday afternoon and Sunday morning before the Alumnae Parade. Friday is an excellent time to attend faculty lectures, take a walk around the lake, play a round of golf or just catch up with friends. Our dorm, Tower Court, opens at 1:00 p.m.
Cocktails in the Great Hall start at 5:00 p.m. with dinner following in a tent in the courtyard. We expect President Paula Johnson to join us during cocktails.
Dana Fisk Pitts has developed a creative way for us to choose our tables for dinner. There are two tables for each birth month. You can sit at your birth-month table or that of a companion. If your calendar month table is full, move to the next month. We thought this would help you to meet classmates you might not have known before, reduce confusion about where to sit and add some fun.
Dessert and coffee will be back in the Great Hall. At 9:00 p.m. we will have an informal sing-along of Junior Show tunes, led by our Song Leader, Cherrie Hepburn Greenhalgh. We hope many will join in.
Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. sharp is our Class Meeting in the Great Hall. It will be a short meeting to elect our new class officers and take care of other business matters. Right after there will be a Memorial Service for our departed classmates. The service will be led by Anne Messenger with Suzanne Ciani providing beautiful music that she composed.
At 10:00 a.m. there will be time to see some of the Passions & Projects of our classmates via a “video” compilation prepared by Nancy Kellogg Lightbody. This will be a nice preview to the afternoon’s program.
The Alumnae Association Annual Meeting is at 11:00 a.m. in Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall. Our class has wonderful giving participation and we hope many of you will attend the meeting. It wouldn’t surprise us if we break some college records.
Saturday afternoon is devoted to the Passions and Projects of our classmates. We kick off in the Great Hall at 1:30 p.m. (Note: lunch is officially scheduled to end at 2:00 p.m. so make sure to get to the dining room early.) We start with a panel discussion organized by some of our scholars entitled: “From ‘Who, Me?’ to ‘#MeToo’: A Half Century of American Women’s Struggle to Gain Equality”. Panelists are Ellen DuBois, Kay Evans, Demie Kurz and Kay Lehman Schlozman, with Catherine Wells moderating.
Beginning at 3:00 p.m. we will have a display of a wide variety of materials submitted by classmates: books they wrote, jewelry they made, photography and paintings, and more. Simultaneously, we will have discussions in alcoves off the Great Hall for those classmates with special interests. Please check out all the parts of our Passions & Projects program here http://tiny.cc/Wellesley68PandP and if you want more information about the participants you can follow the links provided.
Many classmates are bringing items they have made, so from 5:00-6:00 p.m. we will have a Pop-Up Store in the side living room for classmates who might want to buy these wares. Be sure to bring cash or checks in case you want to buy jewelry, note cards, African linens, or anything else that will be for sale. A limited number of Reunion umbrellas and Record Books will also be available.
Cocktails will start Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. in a tent outside Alumnae Hall. If you are not comfortable walking over, there will be some vans and maybe golf carts to transport you. Dinner will be held after in the Ballroom of Alumnae Hall, as well as on a side terrace and in the cocktail tent. We have over 300 people signed up for the Saturday dinner, and with these varied locations, all very close to one another, you can choose that which suits you best. After dinner we will have a DJ in the cocktail tent, with dancing until 10:30 p.m. For those who just want to chat with friends, you can stay in ballroom or go back to Tower Court.
Sunday morning the Alumnae Parade starts at 10:30 a.m., and we should be lined up by 10:15 am. Be sure to wear white, and bring your insignia umbrellas and anything red from past reunions like fascinators, pareos, boas or your freshman beanie. There will be a Chapel service before if you wish to attend.
For those who might have trouble walking to where we line up for the Parade, there will be transportation -- but start out early. Our class will be near the back of the line, so it is a distance down College Road to our gathering point. We will have some chairs for those who can’t stand. If you cannot walk in the parade, be sure to tell our Student Hostesses in Tower Court and they will make arrangements.
At the end of the Parade all the alumnae and guests will gather at the outdoor amphitheater behind Alumnae Hall for step-singing, led by our 50th Reunion Song Leader, Cherrie Hepburn Greenhalgh.
Lunch at 12:00p.m. will be back in the courtyard of Tower Court. It will be an informal box lunch, so those rushing to make transportation can just grab a box and go. The dorm will close at 2:00p.m. and all alumnae must vacate by then.
We hope you will visit our Class Website -- 1968.alum.wellesley.edu -- to see all the wonderful classmates who have worked so hard on this reunion. We won’t have enough time in the class meeting to thank everyone, but please look at the volunteer list under the tab Reunion.See you soon!Ellen Genat HoffmanUrsula Moore Smith
P.S. Judy Siskind, our fearless photographer, has set up this link for anyone to upload and download photos taken at Reunion: http://tiny.cc/Wellesley68Photos