Washington DC Stanford Association
May 1996 Newsletter

Calendar of Events

(Clicking on event takes you to that section of newsletter):


May 21 Ivy Connection Happy Hour
May 31 Botanic Garden Singles Reception
June 2 Stanford in Government Raft Trip
June 7 Seymour Martin Lipset Discussion
June 23Orioles vs. Royals @ Camden Yards
June 24Summer Beer Feast
July 30Gypsy Kings at Wolf Trap
August 15Verdi’s Falstaff at Wolf Trap

Tuesday, May 21st 6:30 to 9:30
@Planet Fred 1221 Connecticut Ave., NW
$5 at the door

U.S. Botanic Garden Singles Over 30 Reception!
Friday, May 31st

Wordsworth claimed, “nothing can bring back the hour / Of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower.” But he was wrong. This event is designed for single members of the Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Wellesley, Stanford and Vassar clubs in the Washington area. You are invited to prove Wordsworth wrong and bask in the glory of the lush flowers in bloom at the Botanic Garden. Call Joan Turek of the Yale Club at (301) 261-5338.

Time: 6:30 to 9:00
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Location: On the Mall at the foot of Capitol Hill (Maryland Ave. and First St. SW)

Parking is available on the street after 6:30. Please send checks (payable to WDCSA) to: Bill Pegram, 815 S. 18th Street #400, Arlington, VA 22202. (703) 486-0952.

STANFORD in Government Rafting Trip!
Sunday, June 2nd

On Sunday, June 2, the local Stanford clubs are organizing the Tenth Annual beginners whitewater raft trip. By popular demand we're going back to the Potomac River's spectacular Mather Gorge. The 500 Stanford alums and friends who have joined us the past nine years have loved rafting and everyone is stunned by the beauty of Mather Gorge. You can only see this unique urban wilderness from the river. This is "Potomac Fever" at its best.

Who: Kids from aged 8 (the minimum age) to 80. Bring your friends. No Stanford connection required. Even Cal grads are welcome. Absolutely no previous rafting experience is necessary. Everyone paddles and enjoys water fights to cool off. Trip goes rain or shine, but will be postponed or canceled if there's high water.

Where/When: Put-in at Great Falls Park (30 minutes from D.C.). Meet at Great Falls Park at 11:00 for a BYO picnic. Get back to D.C. by 7:00

Fundraiser: As with all the other trips, the Stanford Club is organizing this event at as fundraiser for the Stanford in Government (SIG) intern program, which brings 125 Stanford students here to Washington each summer for jobs on the Hill or downtown.

Cost: $45 per person, the same as the past nine years. This is $7 more than the regular commercial rate. We also are getting a $10.50 per person group discount, which we're also passing along to SIG, so your tax deductible charitable deduction is $17.50.

Family or group discount: if you have a family or group of three or more, deduct $10 from the total cost (for example, you'd pay $125 for a group of three, not $135).

Send your check -- made out to Chuck Ludlam -- to Chuck Ludlam, 4020 Reno Road, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008. Remember to include everyone’s name along with your phone number(s), home address and zip code with your check. When you sign up, Chuck will send you a packet of information on where to meet at Great Falls, what to wear on the river, a description of the rapids, etc.

Please try to send in your check by Friday, May 24. Space will probably be open after May 24, but you should call Chuck first to make sure. Chuck's phone numbers are 202-857-0244 and 776-0608 (work) and 202-364-6021 (home).

WDCSA and the Harvard Club present
discussing his latest book, American Exceptionalism, A Double Edged Sword

Introduction by Elie Abel
Friday, June 7, 6:30 - 8:30PM
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Smithsonian Castle

Professor Lipset is currently a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, a Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution as well as member of the faculty at George Mason University. Emeritus Professor of Political Science and Sociology, former Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard, and author of 23 books -- he is indeed one of America’s most distinguished political scientists and sociologists. 

American Exceptionalism, reviewed by the New York Times and the Economist among others, served as the based for one of Robert Samuelson’s recent op-ed pieces in the Washington Post. Professor Lipset makes the case that American uniqueness goes beyond expected differences among societies by its tenacious adherence to the concepts of individualism, anti-statism, populism, and egalitarianism. He then examines the many contradictions in American society (why have we the most laws but are the most lawless?) by comparing the U.S. to other developed nations, asking provocative questions, and providing insights that are especially compelling this election year.

The reception, to precede the talk, will take place in the library’s entry-reception area. Refreshments will include white wine, non-alcoholic beverages., and hors d’oeuvres.

The Library of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is located in the Smithsonian Castle, 3rd Floor, 1000 Jefferson Drive, SW (a guard will direct us to the elevator and stairs).

Street parking available after 6:30 PM. Nearest Metro Station is Smithsonian -- very close by.

Price: $20 per person.

Reservations: Space is limited. Please send checks by Monday, June 3, made out to WDCSA, to Sherry Abel, 4100 Massachusetts Ave., NW # 1118, Washington, DC 2016. Call Sherry for questions, (202) 244-4568.

Orioles vs. Kansas City Royals @ Camden Yards
Sunday, June 23rd
First Pitch 1:35 PM
Tickets $10

Once again the WDCSA and the Philadelphia Club are organizing this day at the ballpark. A block of tickets has been purchased in sections 73 and 75 of the stadium. There may be a gathering of fans after the game, but details are not available at this time. Specifics will be included with your ticket order. To sign up send your check (payable to WDCSA) with your return address and number of seats to:

Bill Pegram
815 S. 18th Street #400
Arlington, VA 22202.

If you have questions, call Bill Pegram at (703) 486-0952 or Paul Garrett at (703) 893-3100. Sign-up early to ensure that you get seats.

A Summer Beer Feast Co-hosted by the WDCSA and Harvard Club Presented by the Beer is Good Food Co.* and Naturally Delicious Catering

A Four Course “Cuisine a la Biere” Dinner, Prepared with and Accompanied by Selected Beers. Each beer will be introduced with a short description of its style and origin by Charles Dunn, formerly a bartender at The Brickskeller and currently a chef at Kinkead’s.

The meal is dedicated to the proposition that fine food can be created with the delicious and health grain beverage - beer - as originated and exemplified in the Old World cooking traditions of the British Isles, Germany, Belgium, and Northern France.

Menu: Goat Cheese Terrine and Roasted Pepper Salad with Anchor Liberty Vinaigrette -- accompanied by Augustinerbrau Helles

Lobster Corn Weissbier Bisque -- accompanied by Humboldt Red Nectar

Salmon with Citrust Weissbier Buerre Blanc -- accompanied by Celis White

Espresso Stout Cream Sandwich -- accompanied by Anchor Porter

Date: Monday, June 24
Time: 6:30-9:30. Dinner will be served at 7:00 PM
Location: Stanford in Washington, 2661 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Metro: Woodley Park/Zoo
Parking: Street after 630PM, or the parking garage of the Sheraton-Washington Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road, NW (entrances on either Woodley Road or Calvert Street)
Price: $45/person (covers meal, beer, tax, and gratuities)

Reservations: Space is limited. Checks must be received by Friday, June 14. No cancellations accepted after that date. Please make out your checks to the WDCSA, include your telephone number along with the names of those attending the dinner, and send to Sherry Abel, 4100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW #1118, Washington, DC 20016-4784. Phone Sherry at 202-244-4568 if you have any questions.

Good Food Co is a Washington DC company composed of several young chefs who attended L’Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda, MD, and have extensive experience in the kitchens of local restaurants including Palladin, Kinkead’s, Jaleo, Thyme Square Cafe, and Cafe on M as well as Condottieri Catering. Charles Dunn, in addition, has hosted professional beer tastings at the Brickskeller and for other groups and has written newsletter articles about different styles of beer.

Tuesday, July 30th
Thursday, August 15th

The WDCSA has 30 front orchestra seats for both events. The cost is $30 per ticket for Gypsy Kings and $40 per ticket for the opera. Make checks payable to Washington DC Stanford Association and mail to Bill Pegram, 815 S. 18th, Apt. 400, Arlington, VA 22202. We will mail tickets and a map showing Stanford's pre-performance picnic location. You will be notified if we are out of tickets.

Catch the “Domingo Era” at the Start!

Opera lovers hear me, hear me: Placido Domingo’s first season as artistic director of the Washington Opera is here. The WDCSA has purchased 25 tickets for each of the following three operas:

Antonio Carlos Gomes’ IL GUARANY
November 18, 1996 7:00 PM First Tier $75
With IL GUARANY, Placido Domingo introduces Washington to the Brazilian Opera - an exotic tale of forbidden love and death in the Amazonian Rain Forest.

Giacomo Puccini’s LA BOHEME
November 24, 1996 2:00 PM First Tier $80

Giuseppe Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA
March 24, 1997 7:00 PM First Tier $75

Send in your checks today if you don’t want to miss this outstanding opportunity to buy tickets to the opera of your choice. Please make checks out to WDC-SA and send to:

Monica Mulrooney
3107 Circle Hill Road
Alexandria, VA 22305
(703) 548-5467


Membership Information: Paul Garrett (703) 893-3100; Sherry Dunn-Abel (202) 244-4568
Stanford Club Hotline: (301) 230-5575
PRESIDENT: Bill Pegram, (703) 486-0952