WDCSA Newsletter – May 2001

May 17 Third 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
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)
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
a post-performance discussion.  The deadline is May 27.  Mail your
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
about "the most notorious femme fatale in Western dramatic literature"
Francisco Chronicle
), Frank Wedekind’s Lulu.  The drama group will discuss

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
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
begins at 7:30.  Tickets are $29 ($21 without the cast discussion.) 
Mail your check, payable to "Footlights," to Robin Larkin, 5403 Nibud
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

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
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
(bring stuff to share) will follow.  Directions: From the Beltway, take
39W onto River Road, heading west toward Potomac.  Go 5.5 miles on River
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,
to drink, and a swimming suit (optional).  Meet at the Oakton Shopping
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.
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
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
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
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
please contact Jennifer Ballen at jennifer_ballen@stanfordalumni.org or at
703-892-1884 (home).