WDCSA Newsletter – September 2002

Membership Renewal for Current Members (for a limited time only) and Free Email-Only
Membership for ’02 Grads (link takes you to Stanford Alumni Association Website

Washington DC Stanford Association September 2002 Newsletter

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


Free Membership Year

For the next few weeks, current WDCSA members can extend their membership for a full year for free to get newsletters through December 2003. Are you a current member? – unless you got this newsletter from somebody else, you are a current member. If you aren’t a current member, we hope you will join – the cost is $10 for email members and $15 for mail members. 

There are two ways to extend your membership: 

1) The preferred way is online. Go to www.stanfordalumni.org/stanfordclub/dc/renew or click on the link
at the top of this page  You will need to register on the Stanford Alumni Association site unless you have already done so. Select the free membership plan for email only or mail current members. Leave the credit card information blank and click the “Process Payment” button


2) Respond to the annual fall membership mailer which will arrive in a few weeks. Make corrections to the contact information shown and mark “Current Member” on the form when you return it.

Members who have already paid for 2003 should follow these same procedures. Next year we will use your previous payment for 2003 to extend your membership through 2004. Promise!

If you wish to upgrade your membership from email-only to mail, the cost is $5. If you have questions, please contact Bill Pegram at

Canoe Class and Picnic
Thursday, August 29

After two rainouts earlier in the summer, this is the last Thursday evening canoe class this year. This is a National Park Service sponsored activity. Come join Stanford alums and others for 6:30-8 pm class at Swains Lock on the C&O Canal in Potomac, MD (5.5 miles out River Road from the beltway). The class covers canoeing at all levels – on a particularly beautiful stretch of the canal. “Communal picnic” (bring stuff to share) follows – – kids welcome. Cost for canoe, paddle, life jacket, and lessons is $2/person (best bargain in the Washington DC area). For additional information, contact: Jim Finucane 301-365-3485 before 9 pm.

Some Like it Hot
Sunday, September 1
Wolf Trap, 8pm

See Tony Curtis onstage, but in a different role than he played in the 1959 movie musical with Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon. We have a few front orchestra seats left at $41. Contact Bill Pegram at
dcstanalum@aol.com if interested. 

Drama Discussion Group
Thursday, September 5
Saturday, September 21

The Modern Drama Discussion Group (www.footlightsdc.org) discusses plays over dinner with a guest speaker and attends theater performances at a special rate. For the 2002-03 season the MDDG will discuss a series of plays about women. The season starts September 5 with a discussion of “The Maids” (1947) by Jean Genet, “the most original and provocative writer of his generation” (Times of London). In a secret, sadistic game, two sisters, both maids, take turns acting as an imperious employer and her resentful servant. During breaks from their game the sisters scheme to murder their mistress. 

The dinner-discussion will feature director Jose Carrasquillo and takes place 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday September 5 at Pan Asian Noodles, 2020 P St., NW. Participation is free; donations encouraged. For reservations call 202-898-4825 or e-mail
gruenberg@footlightsdc.org  The MDDG will attend a performance of “The Maids” 2 p.m. Saturday September 21 at the Washington Shakespeare Co. 601 S. Clark St., Crystal City. Tickets are $13 & include a post-show discussion. For tickets call 301-897-9314 or e-mail

Are You Ready for Football Season?
Friday, September 6
Saturday, September 7

Join Stanford alumni, fans & friends as the Cardinal opens its 2002 season in Boston against the Boston College Eagles. Join us for a series of events.

Friday, September 6

6:00 -8:00 p.m.
Buck/Cardinal Club Kick Off Social
at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, MA (No Host Cocktail Reception). Questions and/or RSVP to Garin Veris:

8:00 -10:00 p.m.
“Welcome to Boston” Party hosted by the Stanford Club of New England at Blue Cat Caf‚
94 Massachusetts Avenue [at Newberry Street] (RSVP requested at the link below)

Saturday, September 7

1:30 -3:30 p.m.
Pre-Game Tailgate at Boston College. Enjoy lunch and a no-host bar before kickoff. Athletic Director Ted Leland will speak. (RSVP requested at the link below)

3:30 p.m.
Stanford vs. Boston College!
Order tickets now at 1-800-STANFORD 
For further information or to register for these events, go to www.stanfordalumni.org and click on Events.

Ivy Singles Social Club
Thursday, September 12
6:30-8:30 p.m. 

The MIT Club of Washington, DC is pleased to host the Ivy Singles Social Club September 2002 Event at the Potomac Boat Club, 3530 Water Street NW, Washington, DC. Hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar available.

Please join us for what is sure to be one of our most picturesque and unusual events. Come watch the sun go down and the city light up while you mingle on the verandah of the historic Potomac Boat Club (and site of many Big Game parties in former years!)

To reserve send $20 by check to Cynthia Cole, 2908 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20007, so that it is received by Monday, September 9. Make checks payable to “MIT Club of Washington, DC” and note your school on the check. $25 for email reservations (to
Cynthia.cole@alum.mit.edu by Sept. 11) and walk-ins, if available. Reservations are strongly encouraged as space is limited to 100.

Directions: Metro: From Dupont Circle or Rosslyn take Georgetown Connection bus to 33rd & M Streets. Walk down the hill, across the canal and down to Water Street (K Street, extended) then turn right and walk past 34th Street to the boat club. By car: From downtown and points east, drive west on K Street until it becomes Water Street. Or from points east or west take M Street to Wisconsin Avenue and go south on Wisconsin to the river. Right onto K Street and continue beyond 34th. Club is on the left just before the stone archway of the aqueduct bridge. On-street metered and lot parking are available along K and Water Streets.

For more information please see our website at 

or http://alumweb.mit.edu/clubs/washingtondc/over30.html

Stanford Night at the Races
Saturday, September 28

Enjoy an exciting evening of thoroughbred racing and casino games at Charles Town Racetrack in Charles Town, West Virginia. Jim Arrison (BS/MS) ’87, a thoroughbred owner, will host the evening and provide introductions to jockeys, trainers, and the track handicapper. We will carpool leaving at 4:30 pm from Tysons Corner. (For those driving there directly, three is a free 5 level parking structure behind the main grandstand/casino. Tickets will not be mailed – your name will be on a guest list held by the maitre d’ in the main clubhouse dining room- ask for the Stanford Club of DC event. ) The races are held from 7:15 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Total cost of a full buffet dinner, admission, gratuity, and program is $21 per person. Please mail your checks by September 21, payable to Jim Arrison, to 4220 Kerrigan Lane, Fairfax, VA 22030. No refunds after this date. Questions? Please contact Jim at
J_Arrison@MSN.COM or (703) 591-0704.

Opera Fans Plan Ahead

We have three wonderful operas selected for this year. Two will be in the Kennedy Center Opera House and one in DAR Constitution Hall (while the Opera House is renovated). For all three Operas, we have 10 tickets in Prime Orchestra ($135.50) and 10 tickets in Second Tier seating ($65.50) for each opera. 

Monday, September 30th
7:00 PM Kennedy Center Opera House
Giacomo Puccini’s LA BOHEME (recently popularized as the Broadway show “Rent”)

Experience all the exuberance of youth in Left Bank Paris, get caught up in stormy relationships, spend Christmas Eve at the Cafe Momus. The San Francisco production, Michael Yeargan’s sets and Zack Brown’s costumes transport you to the heart of this Puccini masterpiece of laughter and tears, tenderness and tragedy.

Monday, November 11th 
7:00 PM – Kennedy Center Opera House
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s IDOMENEO

If you missed his outstanding performance in Queen of Spades, we are offering another opportunity to hear our local resident talent and truly great tenor. Placido Domingo brings his memorable interpretation of
Washington stage, repeating his Metropolitan Opera triumph.

In a twist of fate in legendary times, the King of Crete survives a storm at sea thanks to a fatal bargain with Neptune — to sacrifice the first person he meets after landing ashore. It turns out to be Idamante, his own son. An all star cast performs this heroic opera. Heinz Fricke conducts this outpouring of emotional arias, marvelous choruses, inspired ensembles and dramatic recitatives.

Monday, March 3rd 
7:00 PM – DAR Constitution Hall
Giuseppe Verdi’s AIDA

Italian director, Paolo Micciche’s all new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s monumental epic and Russian soprano Maria Guleghina’s debut in her acclaimed portrayal of the slave,
AIDA make this a night not to be missed.

Constitution Hall uniquely affords state of the art projections transporting us to Egypt and the truly grand spectacle of grand opera, especially the famous Triumphal Scene. At the same time, the thrust stage creates a rare intimacy between artists and audience–unfolding the heart-wrenching drama of a lonely exile torn between her love for Radames and loyalty to her father and country. We experience exotic rituals and ballets, extravagant costumes, pomp and circumstance and Verdi’s music at the peak of his powers as the love triangle unfolds –this is
grand opera as it’s meant to be.

Ticket ordering procedures:
As in the past, ticket will be sold on a first come, first serve basis (postmark on envelope containing payment check). While you may request a “reservation” by e-mail, it’s the check that gets you the ticket! When making your selection (s), please list first and second choice on seating price and indicate if you are willing to take the alternate for EACH opera order. While more than one opera may be ordered, you must enclose a separate check and a postage pre-paid, self-addressed envelope for EACH opera selected, since the tickets are mailed out at different times. (As a reminder, postage is now 37 cents). Make your checks payable to WDCSA and send your requests to:

WDCSA – Opera
c/o Claire Taplett, 6620 North 32nd Street, Arlington, VA 22213-1608. 
Questions: eMail: taplett@juno.com and voiceMail: 703-534-5920