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Regional Gatherings

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Our annual minor league baseball outing to the Brooklyn Cyclones at Keyspan Park in Coney Island is slated for August 17. Thirsty Third Thursday outings have gathered momentum and are drawing great crowds that make for pleasant evenings. We welcome suggestions for events and activities, and are always looking for fresh ideas and faces on our steering committee. Contact Will Swarts ’92 at

washington, d.c.

For the fall, we are looking forward to a Segway tour of Washington. Alumni are gathering regularly at the Saloon, at 1207 U Street, NW,
for Thirsty Third Thursdays. Keep an eye on our chapter's web page.


Monthly gatherings include Thirsty Third Thursdays, which are held in different parts of our area, including Ventura and Orange counties, and our book group. June was the most active month in our history, with a book group on June 8, a theatre event on June 14 (a premiere performance of Someday), a pizza party for new grads on June 16, and a career-networking event on June 22. Various ideas, including a raku party, are being explored for a solstice event in early December. For further information, visit our chapter's web page.


In April, Kevin Morrice ’76 and Nancy Johannsen Morrice ’76 organized a pub crawl that included Roots Organic Brewery, Lucky Lab Brewery, the Green Dragon, and Integrity Spirits Distillery—with educational lectures and delicious samples along the way. Kevin and Nancy also coordinate the popular Thirsty Third Thursday gatherings; see locations on our chapter's web page.

In early May, Paul Manson ’01 helped organize more than 200 alumni volunteers to help with Renn Fayre—participation ranged from Karma Patrol to the alumni coffeehouse. At the start of finals week, Ron Sato ’68 sponsored the chapter’s traditional Feeding Frenzy, at which alumni serve hot food, desserts, and reassuring conversation to exam-crazed students. Also in May, Barbara Smith-Thomas ’64 arranged for preferred seating and an after-performance talk at the student spring dance performance.

Camp Westwind alumni weekend is October 3–5. Register online. Other future events include wine tasting at Burdigala Wines in Sellwood, walks in Portland’s Japanese and Chinese Gardens, and docent-led tours at Portland Art Museum.


Our chapter has been enjoying a different bar each month for Thirsty Third Thursday gatherings, one of which was the site of the reunion of two ’03 friends who had lost touch since graduating and didn’t realize they were both living in Chicago! We’re looking forward to our annual Oktoberfest celebration this fall.

If you have an idea for an event or a recommendation for a TTT location, send a note to—we’re interested in hearing from you. Check out upcoming events on our chapter's webpage, and sign up for our opt-in Chicago-area listserv.


bay area

Nitrogen Day

Bay Area Nitrogen Day celebration

In late April, we held the first extramural Seventh Annual Nitrogen Day celebration at the San Carlos home of Suzanne and Steve Carlson ’93. About 30 Reedies attended, with many small children present to enjoy the bouncy castle and liquid nitrogen ice cream, prepared by Bill Newcomb ’93. The summer picnic this year is September 7, in Golden Gate Park. To accommodate geography, we now have simultaneous Thirsty Third Thursday gatherings going in Berkeley, Santa Rosa, and Palo Alto. To accommodate schedules, we have Snooty Second Tuesdays in San Francisco. Contact the steering committee at to start a gathering in your area!


We are planning a potluck, candlepin bowling, and a movie night this fall. For details, and to check on this month’s Thirsty Third Thursday venue (as well as to provide suggestions to or ask questions of the chapter steering committee), visit our chapter's web page.


In early May, more than two dozen Reedies met at the Seattle Art Museum for a tour of an exhibit of Roman artifacts on loan from the Louvre. We are grateful to Debbie Prince ’71, a long-time volunteer docent at the museum, for leading the tour.
The reading group meets on the third Wednesday of the month; see latest selections listed on our chapter's web page. If you plan to attend, please confirm with host at least two days ahead, as locations may change (inquiries may be directed to Peter Greenfield ’67). Thirsty Third Thursday gatherings continue at rotating locations around the city—check on the latest watering hole.

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