Washington DC Stanford Association August 2004 Newsletter

Calendar of Events - click to take you to that part of the newsletter)

Sun 8/8 DC Stanford Book Club
8/14 - 8/21 Legg Mason Tennis Classic
Sat 8/21 Ivy Singles - Wolf Trap
Fri 8/27 Young Alumni - Blues Bash
Sun 9/5 Wolf Trap- The King and I
Kennedy Center Opera
Elie Abel Memorial Service

Welcome from Risa Shimoda

We hope this finds you savoring the last few weeks of summer with family, friends! The Washington DC Stanford Alumni Association has a few summertime events that will suit your interests, whether they are contemplative discussion, courtside excellence, the mastery of Ms. Judy Collins, or the King (and I)! The sultry Stanford summer options abound. Join us!

Also, a large ‘thank you’ goes to all of you who have volunteered your hard work and support for WDCSA this past year. It is only through the diligent efforts of the members of our board and many volunteers that our events materialized and succeeded, beautifully. Thanks also for those of you who simply attended 2003-2004 WDCSA events. Your participation evidences your support for the club as an extension of the University and the Stanford Alumni Association in the DC area!

We have a solid lineup of events on tap for the 2004-2005 year, already in the planning stages. If you are interested in organizing and/or helping out with the WDCSA program, don’t be shy about getting in touch, as this is your club! Email risashimoda@msn.com and we’ll find a role that suits your interest and availability!

Washington Stanford Book Club
Sunday, August 8 6 - 9 PM
Location: Home of Perry and Dianne Seiffert, Bethesda, MD
Book: The Optimist's Daughter, by Eudora Welty

The Washington Stanford Alumni Book Club will meet on Sunday, August 8, 6:00-9:00 p.m. for discussion and potluck. We will discuss The Optimist's Daughter, by Eudora Welty. For more information and to join this club, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wdcsabooks and click "join this group". For more information, you may contact Janet Zinn, Janzinn@aol.com, 301-495-5556.

Legg Mason Tennis Classic
August 14 - 21

The WDCSA purchased 6 box seats in Aisle 36, Section 3 to all sessions of the tournament at 16th & Kennedy, NW. This year our seats are at the end of the court rather than on the side. Prices are 25% lower than single box seats and there is no service charge. Additionally, we get two onsite parking passes per session - we will allocate by lottery if more than 1 person purchases the 6 tickets for that session. The remaining seats are:

Sat., August 14, 11 a.m. $15 (4 seats)
Monday, August 16, 4 p.m. $26 (4 seats)

Please email Bill Pegram at wmpegram@comcast.net or call 703-486-0952 indicating the number of tickets desired and the session. When Bill replies, send in a check, payable to WDCSA, to him at 815 South 18th St., #400, Arlington, VA 22202. You may buy as many seats or sessions as you like. Remind me by email

Ivy Singles - Wolf Trap
Saturday, August 21 3:30 PM until…

3:30 to 6:30 PM - Picnic in the Meadow
6:30 PM - Lawn seating opens
8:00 PM - Judy Collins' "Wildflower Festival" in the Filene Center
Hosted by the Cornell Club of Washington

Our afternoon event is an informal get-together in the large picnic area at the far end of the Meadow to the left of the Filene Center (the main Wolf Trap stage). Bring a picnic lunch; no grilling is allowed. You may bring drinks, including wine and beer.

The setting is casual and relaxed. Cost for the picnic only is $5.

Later in the evening, Judy Collins' "Wildflower Festival" is onstage at Wolf Trap's Filene Center. Guest artists include Suzanne Vega, Rita Coolidge and Eric Weissburg. We have a limited number of lawn and in-house tickets available on a first paid, first served basis. The price, including the picnic, is $25 for lawn tickets and $37 for in-house seats. These tickets must be reserved and paid for by August 10. No tickets will be made available at the event.

Reservations (prepaid only): Send a check payable to ‘The Cornell Club of Washington.’ Note your school on the check and send to Steve Piekarec at 2535 West Meredith Drive, Vienna, Virginia 22181. If you plan on attending the picnic only, you need not pay in advance; however, please RSVP for planning purposes.

Questions? Contact Steve at spiekare@cs.com or call 703-281-4311. Registration, directions, and additional info at www.ivysinglesdc.com. Remind me by email

End-of-Summer-Blues Bash
Friday, August 27 7:30 – 9:30PM
Location: Blue Gin
1206 Wisconsin Ave., NW

Don’t miss the Stanford Young Alumni event of the year at Blue Gin, Georgetown’s newest hip hot spot! Whether you have been in D.C. two years or two days, come reconnect with old friends, meet new alumni faces, reminisce about the Farm, and be officially welcomed to the Capital’s Alumni network. Best of all, this ain’t FloMo dining – enjoy a plethora of free, tasty hors d’oeuvres and treats while you sidle up to the cash bar. The Stanford bubble will burst at 9:30 PM when the doors open to all (and the free food stops flowing), so be sure to arrive promptly at 7:30 PM to take advantage of the reserved VIP lounge upstairs.

If you miss an event this year, this should NOT be it! Please RSVP to Lindsay at larnold@stanfordalumni.org. Hosted by the Washington, D.C. Stanford Association (WDCSA) and the Stanford Alumni Association (SAA). Remind me by email

Wolf Trap - The King and I
Sunday, Sept. 5 8:00 PM

We have 1 side front orchestra seat remaining in our group of 20 (row F 48-53 – the end seats are about 15 seats in from the side). Tickets are $45/ticket, which is a $3 discount off the regular price (and no service charge). To reserve your seats, please send a check, payable to WDCSA, to Bill Pegram, 815 South 18th, #400, Arlington, VA 22202. You can also pay online at www.stanfordclubs.org/dc. Questions, email Bill Pegram at wmpegram@comcast.net or 703-486-0952. Remind me by email

Kennedy Center Opera

OPERA LOVERS - the tickets are selling fast. Tosca is sold out and only 6 orchestra seats for each of the following performances remain. Prices are $140 each before September 1st and $141.50 thereafter. All performances are Monday evenings 7PM, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC:

November 8, 2004 - Il Trovatore (Verdi)
April 4, 2005 - Magic Flute (Mozart)

To order: Send your SASE and a check for the requisite amount to:
WDCSA c/o Taplett, 6620 North 32nd Street. Arlington, VA 22213-1608

Feel free to alert taplett@juno.com of your intentions. Remember, tickets are sold in the order the payments are received. Remind me by email

Memorial Service for Professor Elie Abel

A remembrance of former Stanford Professor Elie Abel will be held at the Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC on Sunday, September 19 from 12-3PM with the memorial service beginning at 12 noon. His career spanned print (The New York Times and The Detroit News), television (NBC News), and academia, first as dean of the Columbia Journalism School from 1970-1979 and then to Stanford in 1979 where he later became Chairman of the Communications Department and chair of the Faculty Senate. He was director of Stanford in Washington from 1993-1994. He wrote several books, including The Missile Crisis (1966), Roots of Involvement: The U.S. in Asia 1784-1971 (1971) with Marvin Kalb, Special Envoy to Churchill and Stalin, 1941-1946 (1975) with Averell Harriman, and The Shattered Bloc: Behind the Upheaval in Eastern Europe (1990). He is survived by his wife, Sherry, past president of the WDCSA, his daughter Suzanne, a director at the Haas Center, his son Mark, and a granddaughter. For more on his life, visit http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2004/august4/abel-obit-84.html, www.jrn.columbia.edu, and www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10521-2004Jul23.html


Co-Presidents: Risa Shimoda '77, risashimoda@msn.com (new email address) - Events and Outreach; Garry Tyran '75, gktyran@aol.com - University Contact and Outreach
Vice-President: Lindsay Arnold '02, larnold@stanfordalumni.org
Treasurer: Jim Finucane '61, jim.finucane@eia.doe.gov
Webmaster/Email Newsletter/Membership: Bill Pegram '73, MBA '77, wmpegram@comcast.net (703) 486-0952
Newsletter Editor: MJ Hermes '83, mhermes@bbandt.com, (301) 662-1148 #74
Club Mailing Address: 815 South 18th Street, #400, Arlington, VA 22202
Website: www.stanfordclubs.org/dc (new address - now plural)

Revised: August 23, 2004