WDCSA Newsletter – May 1998

Stanford Bowling Party

Saturday, May 9

Join us for some just plain fun-socializing, eating, and yes, bowling, at
Bethesda’s spacious, well-appointed BowlAmerica. We’ll have our own Stanford
Corner at one end of the facility-recognizable by the generously-laden buffet
table-which will include eight (8!!) tenpins lanes. A couple of duckpins
lanes will be available to us as well. Teams will be organized in various
combinations and permutations: class years at first (and perhaps families),
then…who knows? Suggestions welcome. Anyway, plan to spend the whole time
with us, because it takes about 45-60 minutes to complete one game and you’ll
definitely want to play more than one, plus you’ll want to chit chat and
EAT. In fact, plan that this will be your main meal, as the spread will be
truly bountiful-ham, turkey, chicken, breads, cheeses, salads, dips, assorted
soft drinks and desserts. Beer and wine may be purchased separately at the
bar. We hope to see all ages and skill levels participating — you too can
have fun bowling, even if you did go to Stanford.

The Details:

Place: BowlAmerica, 5353 Westbard Avenue, Bethesda, MD (Westwood, off River

Phone: 301-654-1320

Parking: Plenty of space in bowling alley lots or across the street in Giant
Food lot.

Metro: There are a couple of Metrobus stops within walking distance of the
bowling alley. Call Metro to find out which would suit your needs.

Time: 3:00-6:00 pm

Cost: $17/ person (kids 10 yrs. and under free when accompanied by a paying
adult). Price includes 3 games, rental shoes, and lots of food – a special
package deal offered by BowlAmerica.

RSVP: Please send checks by May 6 (made out to WDCSA) to Chuck Gnaedinger,
1701 16th Street NW, Apt. 207, Washington DC 20009. Remember, please, to
provide your class year and your phone number(s).

Questions: Call Chuck at 202-667-4438.

Modern Drama Discussion Group

May 13 & 17, June 18 & 21

The MDDG is pleased to announce that Harvard has now joined Stanford, Chicago,
and Cornell in co-sponsoring its programs. In May we begin a series of plays
on “testing the rules” with The Rules of the Game (1918) by Italian playwright
and Nobel laureate Luigi Pirandello. An unsettling portrait of marriage,
replete with “psychological probings, mordant ironies, and sharp character
revelations” (Christian Science Monitor), the play “hums with suspense” (Time).


Wednesday, May 13 (Steve Carpenter, director of play at WSG, will attend)

Luna Books, 1633 P St., NW (Dupont Circle Metro)

Cost: $2 contribution requested, plus dinner

RSVP: Betty Byrne, Stanford ’55, at 202-483-4048


Sunday, May 17, 2:30 pm

Washington Stage Guild, Carroll Hall, 924 G St., NW (btw. Gallery Place and
Metro Center stations)

Cost: $9 per ticket. Make checks out to Washington Stage Guild and mail by
May 9 to Robin Larkin, 5403 Nibud Court, Rockville, MD 20852. She can be
reached at 301-897-9314 and
larkinr@erols.com. Tickets will be
held at the box office.

In June the series continues with Racing Demon, by English playwright David
Hare. Winner of the 1996 Tony Award for Best Play, proclaimed “a masterpiece”
by the Guardian, the play follows four Anglican priests in south London,
each testing the church’s rules in his own way.


Thursday, June 18 (director Jim Petosa, director of play at Olney Theatre,
and Rev. Elizabeth Orens, chaplain at the National Cathedral, will attend)

Location: TBA

Cost: $2 contribution requested, plus dinner

RSVP: Betty Byrne, Stanford ’55, 202-483-4048


Sunday, June 21, 2pm

Olney Theatre, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd (MD-108) midway between Georgia
and New Hampshire Avenues (maps will be provided at the June 18 meeting).

Cost: $18 per ticket. Make checks out to Olney Theatre and mail by June 8
to Robin Larkin, 5403 Nibud Court, Rockville, MD 20852. Phone 301-897-9314,
email larkinr@erols.com. Tickets will
be held at the box office.

For further information, check the drama group website at

Swiss Embassy Reception

Wednesday, May 20, 1998

6:15 to 9PM

The Embassy of Switzerland

2900 Cathedral Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20008

The Ambassador of Switzerland and Mrs. Defago cordially invite you to a briefing
on current affairs in Switzerland and a reception at their beautiful residence.

The program for this reception has been carefully structured by the Ambassador
himself as a personal and meaningful contribution to Swiss-American relations.
It will include, in addition to the Ambassador’s briefing, a time for questions
and discussion, followed by a generous sampling of delectable Swiss cuisine.

As a courtesy to Ambassador and Mrs. Defago and the Embassy staff, we must
ask that WDCSA members arrive promtply and participate in the entire program.
Check-in time is between 6:15 and 6:30 PM and at 6:35 PM the reception will
commence, concluding shortly before 9 PM. The event will run like a Swiss
clock! So, please be prompt and keep in mind that for this particular occasion,
we cannot accommodate late arrivals.

Parking: On the Embassy’s property and on-street (there are no meters)

RSVP: In order to cover administrative and printing costs, please send a
check of $5 – payable to WDCSA to Monica Mulrooney, 3107 Circle Hill Road,
Alexandria, VA 22305 by May 15, 1998. Remember, DO NOT sign up unless you
can make a commitment to both parts of the event. Thank you. Tel 703-548-5467

Over 30’s Singles

Friday, May 29

Enjoy the warm weather with Ivy League alumni at Morton’s of Chicago, where
the Cornell Club is sponsoring an outdoor happy hour on a large, roomy balcony
overlooking Connecticut Avenue. Both hot and cold hors d’oeuvres will be
served and there will be a cash bar. An alternative area will be used for
inclement weather.

The Details:

Place: Morton’s of Chicago, 1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Parking: Street parking available after 6:30 pm

Metro: Red Line (Farragut North) Orange & Blue Lines (Farragut West)

Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

RSVP: Please send check (payable to WDCSA) to Bill Pegram, 815 South 18th
Street, Apt. 400, Arlington, VA 22202. Questions: Call Bill at 703-486-0952

WDCSA General Meeting

Monday, June 1, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Velocity Grill at MCI Arena

WDCSA Needs You!

And now for something completely different-a WDCSA recruiting meeting! Your
very own Stanford club, the WDCSA, prides itself as being the largest
self-directed chapter of the Stanford Alumni Association, and your Board
works hard at organizing events. To keep the energy up and the ideas fresh,
however, we need to replenish our ranks. So now is the time to come forward
with your many good ideas, meet the current Board, and sketch some plans
for next season (1998-99), before we enter our summer slow-down and vacation

Perhaps you’ve said to yourself (or to others), why doesn’t the club do more
sports events, political debates, hikes, or visits to local brew-pubs? Maybe
some of you would like to form a book club, or organize a wine or scotch
tasting, or arrange visits to ethnic restaurants. Possibly you can think
of different types of Singles or Family Events. Etc.

Specifically, we have openings on the following committees: arts and cultural,
social, policy, public service, sports, and outdoor events. So come join
the Board at the Velocity Grill (we’re checking it out for Big Game next
November) and share your ideas and organizing talent with us. First we’ll
eat and socialize from 6:30 to about 7:15, and then we’ll discuss our next
season, finishing up around 8:30 pm. WDCSA will provide free appetizers.
See you there (and bring a Stanford friend).

The Details:

Place: Velocity Grill, 601 F Street, NW (corner of 6th & F Streets)

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Parking: On the street after 6:30 pm, or in nearby commercial lots.

Metro: Red Line (Gallery Place)

RSVP: Please let Sherry Abel know that you plan to attend. She can be reached
at 202-244-4568, or by email at
eabel@erols.com. Thanks.