Washington DC Stanford Association May 2001 Newsletter

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

May 17Third Thursday at Palominos (sorry for the after-the-fact notice)
May 22 The Homecoming Discussion
Looking ahead...
June 7 Fiddler on the Roof at Wolf Trap
June 10 The Homecoming at Olney Theater
June 10 GALA Event
June 18 Lulu discussion
June 21 Canoe Trip and Picnic
June 28 Lulu performance
July 7 Hike Rose River Canyon
Aug. 11 Orioles Game
Aug. 30 Guys & Dolls at Wolf Trap
Meyer Adopt a School needs volunteers!

Third Thursday Happy Hour
Thursday, May 17
6:00 pm-8 pm

Join other recent graduates for the next Third Thursday happy hour on May 17th at Palomino.  Look for us on the patio from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. Palomino is located in the Ronald Reagan building at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave.  It's Metro accessible from (a) Federal Triangle or (b) Metro Center - walk down 13th Street to Pennsylvania.  Restaurant will be directly in front of you, with chairs outside.  Bring friends and spread the word!   Questions?  E-mail Lisa Dawe:  ldawe@welfaretowork.org

Modern Drama Discussion Group
Tuesday, May 22-The Homecoming (discussion)
Sunday, June 10-The Homecoming (performance)
Monday, June 18-Lulu (discussion)
Thursday, June 28-Lulu (performance)

On May 22, the Modern Drama Discussion Group continues its discussion of "survival of the fittest" with Harold Pinter's classic The Homecoming (1965).   The drama group will discuss The Homecoming 7:30-9:30 pm (dinner at 6:30) at Delray Vietnamese Garden, 4918 Del Ray Ave., Bethesda (a few blocks north from Wisconsin Ave. and the Bethesda metro).  Our discussion will feature Middlebury College professor and Homecoming director Richard Romagnoli.  RSVP by contacting Betty Byrne BS'55 at 202-483-4048 or

Our Sunday, June 10 performance begins at 2 pm and takes place at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road (MD-108) (midway between Georgia and New Hampshire Aves.), in Olney, MD.  Discount tickets are $19 and include a post-performance discussion.  The deadline is May 27.  Mail your check, payable to "Footlights," to Robin Larkin, 5403 Nibud Ct., Rockville, MD 20852 (301-897-9314 & rlarkin@footlightsdc.org

On June 18, we'll discuss a "strange and unforgettable" play (New York Times) about "the most notorious femme fatale in Western dramatic literature" (San Francisco Chronicle), Frank Wedekind's Lulu.  The drama group will discuss Lulu at 7:30-9:30 pm (dinner at 6:30) at Delray Vietnamese Garden).  Our discussion will feature Washington University professor Gerald Izenberg, author of "Modernism and Masculinity: Wedekind, Mann, Kandinsky Through World War I" (2000).  RSVP by contacting Betty Byrne BS'55 (202-483-4048 & BettyByrne@stanfordalumni.org)

Our June 28 theater trip takes place at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theatre.  It starts with a cast discussion at 6 p.m.  The performance itself-already acclaimed as the "Perfect 'Lulu' for our time" (Financial Times)- begins at 7:30.  Tickets are $29 ($21 without the cast discussion.)  Mail your check, payable to "Footlights," to Robin Larkin, 5403 Nibud Ct., Rockville, MD 20852 (301-897- 9314 & rlarkin@footlightsdc.org).  We regret we cannot issue refunds for either The Homecoming or Lulu.  For general information about the drama group see www.footlightsdc.org.

Stanford goes to Wolf Trap
Thursday, June 7, 8 pm - Fiddler on the Roof with Theodore Bikel
Thursday, August 30, 8 pm - Guys and Dolls with Maurice Hines

The Washington DC Stanford Association has purchased 20 front orchestra tickets to each of the above performances at Wolf Trap.

Tickets are $41 each and will be mailed to you 2-3 weeks before performance date.

In addition to good tickets (these tickets were ordered December 9th) and a good price ($4 less than the price to the public and no service charge), you will sit with others from Stanford and there will also be a optional pre-performance, bring-your-own Stanford picnic for each, with details sent with your tickets.  To purchase tickets, please send a check by June 1, payable to WDCSA, to:
Bill Pegram
815 South 18th Street, #400
Arlington, VA 22202
If you are ordering for more than one performance, please write a separate check for each performance.

GALA Event
Sunday, June 10

The Stanford DC Gay and Lesbian Alumni (GALA) will be joining together with Yale DC GALA to host an outdoor gathering on Sunday afternoon, June 10, in honor of the Capital Pride Parade and Festival.  The event will be held at a private residence in Georgetown.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Guests are welcome.

If you are interested in attending and would like more information, please contact Jason Husgen (AB '97) at (202) 887-9781 or j.husgen@stanfordalumni.org.

Canoe Lessons and Picnic
Thurs., June 21 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

A canoe class will be held from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Swains Lock on the C & O Canal in Potomac, Maryland.  The class covers canoeing at all levels on a particularly beautiful stretch of the C & O Canal.  A "communal picnic" (bring stuff to share) will follow.  Directions: From the Beltway, take Exit 39W onto River Road, heading west toward Potomac.  Go 5.5 miles on River Road and turn left on Swains Lock Road.  Drive to the end and park (sometimes quite difficult).  Class starts at 6:30 sharp.  Please allow extra time to drive in rush hour traffic.  Cost is $2/person (for canoe, paddle, lifejacket, and lessons).  For more details, contact Jim Finucane (301) 365-3485 before 9 pm.

Rose River Canyon and Trail Hike
Saturday, July 7

We will spend a couple of hours working on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in the Northern Shenandoah National Park, followed by a circuit hike down the Rose River Canyon in the Central Shenandoah National Park.  The service trip portion will be an inspection of a short section of the AT including carrying out modest repairs (clipping of vegetation).  The Rose River Canyon is spectacular and offers great swimming opportunities.  Bring a lunch, liquids to drink, and a swimming suit (optional).  Meet at the Oakton Shopping Center at 8:00 am to form carpools.  Please contact Jim Finucane (301) 365-3485 before 9 pm for reservations.

Baltimore Orioles Game
Saturday, August 11   1:15 pm

WDCSA has purchased a block of 30 tickets to go to see the Baltimore Orioles play the Boston Red Sox at 1:15pm, Saturday, August 11, 2001.  Tickets are $18.50 each.  Please contact Jody Woods at 703-812-7936 or Tom Hwang at 410-884-3533 for more information.  To RSVP, send your check to Jody Woods, 1860 N. Scott St. #242, Arlington, VA, 22209.

After the game, we will go to dinner at McCormick and Schmick at Pier 5 on the Inner Harbor.  We will have info on local nightlife.  Also, Ft. McHenry is a short, and very scenic, water taxi ride away from the Inner Harbor.

Directions: Take the Baltimore Washington Parkway to Baltimore.  This will turn into Russell St. and end at the stadium.  Then find somewhere to park.

Community Service Opportunity

Need a break from the insanity of day-to-day life to do something worthwhile and meaningful?  Looking for a new volunteer project?  Interested in helping some wonderful but underprivileged kids?  Look no further than the Stanford-Harvard-Princeton Adopt-A-School Program!

What it is: The Stanford-Harvard-Princeton Adopt-A-School Program was started almost 10 years ago by a group of friends from each of these three schools to help their alumni organizations have a volunteer presence in Washington, DC.  We work with kindergarten to 5th-grade students at Meyer School, in the Shaw neighborhood of D.C.  The tutoring occurs most Saturday mornings during the school year, from 10-11:30, with a focus on reading, writing, math, and computer skills.

What we need: The program is currently searching for people to help in a variety of ways:

-- Program Coordinator: This person coordinates the logistics of the program, works with the school to complete the paperwork to begin the program each fall, mobilizes tutors, and helps provide structure to each week's session.  This person needs to enjoy working with kids but DOES NOT need teaching experience.  You would need to make sure there are tutors (and juice and donuts!) each week.  Regular Saturday morning availability essential.

-- Computer guru(s): This person would help out in the computer room at the school.   We need someone willing to attend most Saturday mornings who is familiar with Macintosh computers (although PC knowledge might also be helpful as the school may be starting to use more PCs).  Ideally we'd find someone willing to work a little with the school on improving their technological infrastructure.  The school has no full-time computer teacher and is desperate for assistance in this area.

-- Fundraiser planner: Each fall we hold a fundraiser, usually at a local embassy, to raise the money we need to run the program throughout the year (supplies, building maintenance, field trip, etc.).  This is usually held in late October/early November.  We need someone to help organize this event:  find an embassy, work on logistics, work with the caterer, help publicize it throughout the clubs, and coordinate the event program.  Ideally, the
planning would start this spring.  This person doesn't necessarily have any contact with the school at all.

New tutors are also always welcome, so look for more information in the fall if you're interested.  For additional information on any of these positions, please contact Jennifer Ballen at jennifer_ballen@stanfordalumni.org or at
703-892-1884 (home).


Hotline: (301) 230-5575
President: Callista Chen, BA '97, (202) 319-1841, callista@stanfordalumni.org
Vice President: Charles Hokanson, BA '93, MA '93, (703) 351-1091, charles_hokanson@stanfordalumni.org
Webmaster/Membership: Bill Pegram, BA '73, MBA '77, (703) 486-0952, dcstanalum@aol.com
Newsletter/Listserv: Martha Delaney-Hotz, BS '73, (703) 548-9668, delaney.martha@pbgc.gov
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 12179, Arlington, VA 22219
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