WDCSA Newsletter – August 2004

Sun 8/8 DC Stanford Book Club
8/14 – 8/21 Legg Mason Tennis Classic
Sat 8/21 Ivy Singles – Wolf Trap
Fri 8/27 Young Alumni – Blues Bash
Sun 9/5 Wolf Trap- The King and I

Kennedy Center Opera
Elie Abel Memorial Service

Welcome from Risa Shimoda

We hope this finds you savoring the last few weeks of summer with
family, friends! The Washington DC Stanford Alumni Association
has a few summertime events that will suit your interests, whether
they are contemplative discussion, courtside excellence, the
mastery of Ms. Judy Collins, or the King (and I)! The sultry
Stanford summer options abound. Join us!

Also, a large ‘thank you’ goes to all of you who have
volunteered your hard work and support for WDCSA this past year.
It is only through the diligent efforts of the members of our
board and many volunteers that our events materialized and succeeded,
beautifully. Thanks also for those of you who simply attended
2003-2004 WDCSA events. Your participation evidences your support
for the club as an extension of the University and the Stanford
Alumni Association in the DC area!

We have a solid lineup of events on tap for the 2004-2005 year,
already in the planning stages. If you are interested in organizing
and/or helping out with the WDCSA program, don’t be shy
about getting in touch, as this is your club! Email risashimoda@msn.com and we’ll find a role that suits your interest and availability!

Washington Stanford Book Club
Sunday, August 8 6 – 9 PM
Location: Home of Perry and Dianne Seiffert, Bethesda, MD
Book: The Optimist’s Daughter, by Eudora Welty

The Washington Stanford Alumni Book Club will meet on Sunday,
August 8, 6:00-9:00 p.m. for discussion and potluck. We will
discuss The Optimist’s Daughter, by Eudora Welty. For more information
and to join this club, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wdcsabooks and click "join this group". For more information,
you may contact Janet Zinn, Janzinn@aol.com, 301-495-5556.

Legg Mason Tennis Classic
August 14 – 21

The WDCSA purchased 6 box seats in Aisle 36, Section 3 to all
sessions of the tournament at 16th & Kennedy, NW. This year
our seats are at the end of the court rather than on the side.
Prices are 25% lower than single box seats and there is no service
charge. Additionally, we get two onsite parking passes per session
– we will allocate by lottery if more than 1 person purchases
the 6 tickets for that session. The remaining seats are:

Sat., August 14, 11 a.m. $15 (4 seats)
Monday, August 16, 4 p.m. $26 (4 seats)

Please email Bill Pegram at wmpegram@comcast.net or call 703-486-0952
indicating the number of tickets desired and the session. When
Bill replies, send in a check, payable to WDCSA, to him at 815
South 18th St., #400, Arlington, VA 22202. You may buy as many
seats or sessions as you like. Remind
me by email

Ivy Singles – Wolf Trap
Saturday, August 21 3:30 PM until…

3:30 to 6:30 PM – Picnic in the Meadow
6:30 PM – Lawn seating opens
8:00 PM – Judy Collins’ "Wildflower Festival" in the
Filene Center
Hosted by the Cornell Club of Washington

Our afternoon event is an informal get-together in the large picnic
area at the far end of the Meadow to the left of the Filene Center
(the main Wolf Trap stage). Bring a picnic lunch; no grilling
is allowed. You may bring drinks, including wine and beer.

The setting is casual and relaxed. Cost for the picnic only is

Later in the evening, Judy Collins’ "Wildflower Festival" is
onstage at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center. Guest artists include Suzanne
Vega, Rita Coolidge and Eric Weissburg. We have a limited number
of lawn and in-house tickets available on a first paid, first
served basis. The price, including the picnic, is $25 for lawn
tickets and $37 for in-house seats. These tickets must be reserved
and paid for by August 10. No tickets will be made available
at the event.

Reservations (prepaid only): Send a check
payable to ‘The Cornell Club of Washington.’ Note
your school on the check and send to Steve Piekarec at 2535 West
Meredith Drive, Vienna, Virginia 22181. If you plan on attending
the picnic only, you need not pay in advance; however, please
RSVP for planning purposes.

Questions? Contact Steve at spiekare@cs.com or call 703-281-4311.
Registration, directions, and additional info at www.ivysinglesdc.com. Remind
me by email

End-of-Summer-Blues Bash
Friday, August 27 7:30 – 9:30PM
Location: Blue Gin
1206 Wisconsin Ave., NW

Don’t miss the Stanford Young Alumni event of the
Blue Gin, Georgetown’s newest hip hot spot! Whether you
have been in D.C. two years or two days, come reconnect with
old friends, meet new alumni faces, reminisce about the Farm,
and be officially welcomed to the Capital’s Alumni network.
Best of all, this ain’t FloMo dining – enjoy a plethora
of free, tasty hors d’oeuvres and treats while you sidle
up to the cash bar. The Stanford bubble will burst at 9:30 PM
when the doors open to all (and the free food stops flowing),
so be sure to arrive promptly at 7:30 PM to take advantage of
the reserved VIP lounge upstairs.

If you miss an event this year, this should NOT be it! Please
RSVP to Lindsay at larnold@stanfordalumni.org.
Hosted by the Washington, D.C. Stanford Association (WDCSA) and
the Stanford Alumni Association (SAA). Remind
me by email

Wolf Trap – The King and I
Sunday, Sept. 5 8:00 PM

We have 1 side front orchestra seat remaining in our group of
20 (row F 48-53 – the end seats are about 15 seats in from
the side). Tickets are $45/ticket, which is a $3 discount off
the regular price (and no service charge). To reserve your seats,
please send a check, payable to WDCSA, to Bill Pegram, 815 South
18th, #400, Arlington, VA 22202. You can also pay online at www.stanfordclubs.org/dc.
Questions, email Bill Pegram at wmpegram@comcast.net or
703-486-0952. Remind me by email

Kennedy Center Opera

OPERA LOVERS – the tickets are selling fast.
Tosca is sold out and only 6 orchestra seats for each of
the following performances
remain. Prices are $140 each before September 1st and
$141.50 thereafter. All performances are Monday evenings 7PM,
Center, Washington, DC:

November 8, 2004 – Il Trovatore (Verdi)
April 4, 2005 – Magic Flute (Mozart)

To order: Send your SASE and a check for the requisite amount
WDCSA c/o Taplett,
6620 North 32nd Street.
Arlington, VA 22213-1608

Feel free to alert taplett@juno.com of
your intentions. Remember, tickets are sold in the order the
payments are received. Remind
me by email

Memorial Service for Professor Elie Abel

A remembrance of former Stanford Professor Elie Abel will be held
at the Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington,
DC on
19 from 12-3PM with the memorial service beginning at 12 noon.
His career spanned print (The New York Times and The
Detroit News
), television
(NBC News), and academia, first as dean of the Columbia Journalism
School from 1970-1979 and then to Stanford in 1979 where he later
became Chairman of the Communications Department and chair of
the Faculty Senate. He was director of Stanford in Washington
from 1993-1994. He wrote several books, including The Missile
(1966), Roots of Involvement: The U.S. in Asia
(1971) with Marvin Kalb, Special
Envoy to Churchill and Stalin, 1941-1946
(1975) with Averell
Harriman, and The
Shattered Bloc: Behind the Upheaval in Eastern Europe
He is survived by his wife, Sherry, past president of the WDCSA,
his daughter Suzanne, a director at the Haas Center, his son
Mark, and a granddaughter. For more on his life, visit http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2004/august4/abel-obit-84.html,
and www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10521-2004Jul23.html