Mood merry at Reed holiday parties
With the success of the 1999 Reed holiday and children's holiday parties, the alumni association once again proved that its events are appealing to Reed-related folk of all ages and types. This year particular emphasis was placed on reaching out to all members of the Reed family-alumni (of course), faculty, staff, graduating December seniors, parents, and friends in the region.
Volunteers and staff members transformed the Kaul into a winterscape for the annual holiday celebration on December 11. Some of the more than 300 guests arrived early to take advantage of swing dance lessons. This year the Portland chapter returned to a traditional holiday buffet, and as guests were polishing off plum pudding the bagpiper began to play and the boar's head procession worked its way through the room. Dancing to the tunes of the Art Abrams Swingtet continued into the late evening, and as guests left the building each received a beautiful orchid donated by Tony Tanada '87. Thanks also to Amy Wesselman '91 and David Autrey '89 of Westrey Wines, who donated wine, and to James Seagraves '51, who donated trees.
The fun was decidedly less elegant but a great deal more uninhibited at the children's holiday party on December 12. Kids enjoyed craft-making, playing games, cookie decorating, munching on treats, observing the antics of a juggler and playing with balloons. Older kids and volunteers helped run all of the activities. The afternoon's highlight was a visit from Santa, who gave a gift to every child.