WDCSA Newsletter – June 2007

Sun 6/10 Stanford Book Club Meeting
Thur 6/21   Ivy Singles Event
Sat 6/23   Book Launch & Bhangra Party
Sun 6/24  Smithsonian American Art Museum Tour with Prof. Wanda CornSOLD OUT
Sat 7/21 Stanford Vinters Wine Tasting
Sat 7/28-  
Sun 8/5
Legg Mason Tennis Classic
Sat 8/25 Bowie Baysox Game
Mon 9/17 Stanford at the Opera – La Boheme
Mon 10/29 Stanford at the Opera – Don Giovanni 

Stanford Book Club Meeting
Sunday, June 10                 6:00-9:00pm

The Washington Book Group will discuss Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey
on Sunday, June 10.  Our July book is The Warden by Trollope. Please contact Alison Westfall for more information at (202) 544-7314 or alisoncolew@hotmail.com, or visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wdcsabooks and click "join this group."

Ivy Singles Event
Thursday, June 21                   6:15 pm
Washington Marina
1300 Maine St, SW
(6:15-6:45 check-in, 7pm cruise departs)

The Washington Wellesley Club invites you to an Ivy Singles Social Club cruise on the Potomac. Celebrate the summer solstice with a two-hour journey along the river and watch the sun set over the monuments and Georgetown from the Harbour Belle. Check-in begins at 6:15pm dockside and boarding at 6:30pm at the Washington Marina, 1300 Maine Ave. SW Washington (near the foot of 15th Street SW). We cruise at 7pm. Enjoy hors-d’oeuvres and drinks (cash bar) along with the spectacular views.

Pre-paid reservations are strongly recommended as space is limited. Send $25 check payable to Washington Wellesley Club to Deborah Tate, 1022 N. Cleveland Street, Arlington, VA 22201 postmarked by June 15. Please note your school on the check. LIMITED walk-ins may be possible at $35. Questions: debtate2001@yahoo.com or 703-527-9265.

Book Launch & Bhangra Party
Saturday, June 23       3:30-5 pm
D.C. Public Library, Martin Luther King Branch, Great Hall

You’re invited to a Book Launch and Bhangra Party for First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover (Dutton, June 2007)
Come listen to Mitali Perkins (’84) read from the novel…nosh on samosas & lassis and/or tiny franks & diet cokes…play sparrowblog.com trivia and win a signed copy of Mitali’s book…discover your inner Bollywood …

Wanda CornTour the Smithsonian American Art Museum with Prof. Wanda Corn
Special Event for WDCSA Members
Sunday, June 24            2 pm
8th & F St, NW

Don’t miss a rare opportunity to visit the recently re-opened Smithsonian American Art Museum with one of the country’s most prominent art historians, Stanford Professor Wanda Corn.  Professor Corn will guide 26 WDCSA members through the works of Saul Steinberg, acclaimed postwar artist of the New Yorker magazine. Steinberg’s work is described as "intensely personal, humorous and sharply observant of 20th-century life."

Professor Corn will offer introductory remarks in the SAAM Luce Center conference room on the third floor of the museum at 2 PM and then accompany the group through the exhibit. Cost is $8 and attendance is restricted to WDCSA members and their guests (maximum 2 guests per member).  Please pay and RSVP in advance below or by sending a check made out to WDCSA to Lindsay Arnold, 1005 East Capitol St, SE, Washington, D.C. 20003 by June 18.  Not sure if you are a member or need to renew your membership for just $15? Please visit www.stanfordclubs.org/dc/membership_form.html  

To learn more about Steinberg or the exhibit, please visit http://newsdesk.si.edu/releases/dwrc_Steinberg_illuminations.htm

Stanford Vintners Wine Tasting:  Special Event for WDCSA Members
Saturday, July 21                4 – 6 pm
1200 First Street,
Alexandria, Virginia

Local alumnus and wine expert Michael Zakaras ’04 will lead us through a tasting of wines produced by Stanford alumni that will suit many tastes and budgets!

Michael’s experience in the wine industry includes harvesting grapes in Burgundy and working with the Stanford and Santa Ynez Wineries. For his senior year history thesis examining the transformation of the California wine industry during the second half of the 20th century he interviewed California’s wine icon Robert Mondavi, among others. Michael works full time at an international NGO that supports social entrepreneurs, and squeezes in two evenings per week as the sommelier and wine educator at Bistro Bis in downtown Washington, DC.

We will meet on the top floor of the Meridian at Braddock, hosted by Neil Conway ’76. The cost will be $30 for WDCSA members, $20 for WDCSA Young Alumni members (Class of 2003-07).  Each WDCSA member may bring a guest for the same price.  Light sustenance will accompany the wine pours.  Parking in the area is extremely limited. RSVP by July 16th and contact Risa Shimoda with questions risa@theshimodagroup.com or 301-502-6548.

You are encouraged to travel by Metro! Entry:  Someone will be in the lobby until 4:15. After that, call Neil 571-214-2077 and we’ll come get you.

Legg Mason Tennis Classic
July 28-August 5
16th & Kennedy, NW,
Washington DC

WDCSA has 6 premium box seats in Aisle 36, Section 3 to all sessions; our seats are in the same location as last year – at the end of the court, close to the court and with access to the Courtside Club restaurant. We will allocate two onsite parking passes per session by lottery. The first Sunday will include main draw matches as well as qualifying matches. Andy Roddick, Marat Safin and the Bryan brothers (who attended Stanford from 1996-1998) will play.

Remaining tickets:

Sat 7/28 (qualifying) 10am – $13 (6 left)
Sun 7/29 10am – $23 (6 left)
Fri 8/3 (quarterfinals) 12pm – $49 (4 left)
Fri 8/3 (quarterfinals) 7pm – $53 (1 left)
Sat 8/4 (semifinals) 2pm – $57 (3 left)

As with last year, there is also a women’s pro tournament. Please email wmpegram@comcast.net or call 703-486-0952 indicating the number of tickets desired and the session. Bill will confirm seat availability and provide payment instructions.

Bowie Baysox Game
Saturday, August 25             7:05 pm
4101 NE Crain Highway,
Bowie, MD 20716

Mark your calendars for "Nerd Night" at the Bowie Baysox (v. Eerie Seawolves) game. Family fun for all. More details next month, but contact Katy Herbert to reserve a space or ask questions (katyherbert@gmail.com). Check out www.baysox.com to catch up on this local AA baseball team.

Stanford at the Opera
Fall 2007

La Boheme – Puccini
Monday, September 17 at 7 PM
New production by Polish film director Mareiusz Trelinski (2006 Madama Butterfly). Deadline for ordering is August 20th. Tickets will be mailed week of Sept 3rd.

Don Giovanni – Mozart
Monday, October 29 at 7 PM
New production with super star cast including Anja Kampe (Die Walkure – Sieglinde) as Donna Elvira and Placido Domingo conducting. Deadline for ordering is October 5th.  Tickets will be mailed week of October 15th.

Prime Orchestra $141.50. 2nd Tier $69.50.
For tickets – Send a check payable to WDCSA to Betty Byrne, 1822 Ingleside Terrace NW, Washington, D.C. 20010.  Contact Betty for more information at bettybyrne@stanfordalumni.org or (202) 483-4048.