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TTT: July 17, 2014

Campus may be quiet in the summer but preperations have already begun to welcome the next batch of Reedies this fall.  Freshman far and wide have received their first books and hopefully have cracked the spine on the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Iliad, the first steps following thousands of alumni who have traveled there before.  This month features events all across the nation.  Find Reedies near you and discuss epics or esoterics.  

TTT started as an alumni-driven concept known as "Thirsty Third Thursday" and has developed into a monthly conglomeration of activities that land on the third Thursday, or not. See the myriad locations and dates to gather with Reedies around the world.

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California (3)*  Illinois *  New York* Oregon*  Washington (2) * Washington, D.C.*


  • Berkeley—Thursday, July 17, starts at 6:30 p.m.

Free House serves affordable American food that was once a meeting place for Berkeley's Free Speech Movement.

2700 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA

RSVP to the chapter Facebook page or to Constance Brand '78,

  • La Jolla—Thursday, July 17, starts at 6:30 p.m.

Come hang out at the Crabcatcher's Seaside Cafe with fellow Reedies. Happy hour lasts until 9 p.m. on Martini Thursdays.

Crabcatcher's Seaside Cafe
1298 Prospect St.
La Jolla, CA

RSVP to Bryn Fillers '87, or 858/775-1991

  • Portola Valley (Palo Alto)—Thursday, July 17, starts at 6:30 p.m.

Join fellow south peninsula-area Reedies at a classic location. The Alpine Inn (née Zot's) is a relaxed beer and burger joint in Portola Valley, which is easy to get to from I-280. Weather permitting, we will meet in the back outside at a table near the fence closest to the parking lot.

Look for the purple stuffed Griffin and/or Reed pennant on the table. We have a few regulars and a larger number of fascinating Reedies who drop in once or infrequently.

Directions: Take Alpine Road west from I-280 for two miles. Take a left on Arastradero and an immediate right into the parking lot. There is a clearly marked left turn lane here, it is a unique feature. Proceed very carefully: visibility is poor and bicyclists abound. If you hit Portola Road on the right, you've gone too far.

Keep an eye out for cyclists!

Alpine Inn Beer Garden
3915 Alpine Rd.
Portola Valley, CA

RSVP to Ian Kerr '89,


  • Chicago—Wednesday, July 23, starts at 6 p.m.

Concert and Picnic in the Park

Bring your picnic dinner, lawn chair, bottle of wine, and catch up with your fellow Reedies. Wear your Communism, Atheism, and Free Love t-shirt (or other Reedwear) and we’ll all manage to find one another on the lawn (trust us, we’ve been doing this for years). We’ll be on the lawn, Millennium Park, Chicago, south end (somewhat away from the band shell), just east of Michigan Avenue in line with Madison Street. The Grant Park Orchestra will be performing a selection of music, including Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre, and Stookey’s The Composer is Dead (an orchestra mystery by Lemony Snicket).

RSVP or questions to David Perry '73, or 312/286-6326

New York

  • New York City—Thirsty Third Tuesday, July 15, starts at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday nights seem to work much better in our city, so join us for "Thirsty Third Tuesday" in NYC.

Gowanus Yacht Club
323 Smith St. (Greenwich & Washington St.)
Brooklyn, Carroll Gardens

No need to RSVP, just show up and sniff out the Reedies.


  • Portland—Thursday, July 17, starts at 7 p.m.

For many years TTT was held at the Lucky Lab.  Let's head back for old time's sake.  

Lucky Lab
915 SE Hawthorne St.
Portland, OR

No need to RSVP, we are obvious. 


  • Seattle—Thursday, July 17, starts at 6 p.m.

Buccaneer-American Edition:

For a taste of Portland, bring your AAARRGH to Captain Black's.

Captain Black's
129 Belmont Ave. E
Capitol Hill
Seattle, WA

RSVP to Bram Wessel '90,

  • Seattle—Sunday, July 27, 3–7 p.m.

Annual Summer Picnic

Madrona Park, shelter #1
853 Lake Washington Blvd.
Seattle, WA

Get to know your fellow Rainier Reedies! It’s a potluck, but we’ll have utensils, soft drinks, smoked meats, etc. (There will be vegetarian options, but if you have further dietary requirements, you might want to bring your own food just in case.) We will also play outdoor games.

No RSVP required, just show up. But if you have questions, email Bram Wessel '90,

Washington, D.C.

  • Washington, D.C.—Wednesday, July 16, starts at 6 p.m.

The Path from Eliot Hall to the Halls of Congress
Congressional event hosted by Suzan DelBene '83 (D-WA) & Richard Hanna '76 (R-NY)
Wednesday, July 16, 6–8 p.m.
B-369 Rayburn House Office Building (the room is in the basement)
45 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC

Join Rep. Suzan DelBene '83 and Rep. Richard Hanna '76, the only two current members of the House of Representatives who also happen to be Reedies, as they discuss their respective paths from Reed to Washington, DC.  Note the new date and location of this rescheduled event (details are below).  This event will be catered, and the new room has a larger capacity than the former one; as a result, Reed alumni and students may bring up to one non-Reedie guest, such as a spouse or significant other.  If space limitations end up forcing me to restrict some non-Reedies from attending, I'll inform responders as such.
The door that visitors should use is on Independence Avenue SW for the Rayburn House Office Building; note that non-staff visitors are not allowed to enter the building after 7:00 p.m.  Note also that you should allow at least 20 minutes to get through the security line.  So the optimal time to arrive at the building would be around 5:30 p.m., but no later than around 6:30 p.m.  If you've already reserved for the new date, you don't need to do so again, unless you are now choosing to bring a non-Reedie guest.  Reserve as soon as you can; this promises to be the signature Reed alumni event of 2014.

RSVP to Bennett Barsk '82 at