The following events are scheduled with more to follow. We recommend bookmarking this page and checking back frequently as we continually update our programs. We look forward to seeing you at our next events! And please note, members receive event discounts, so if you're not already a member click here to join today!
Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 3 to 5pm
AN AFTERNOON WITH SPORTS ANCHOR CHRIS BERMAN '77 FROM ESPN AND ABC SPORTS
We are pleased to host a special event with Brown Alum Chris Berman '77 in conjunction with the Brown Sports Foundation and Scott Nelson '77, Headmaster of the Rye Country Day School and Chris Berman's classmate at Brown. Chris will be speaking about his experiences at both Brown and ESPN, where he has been an award-winning commentator and studio host since shortly after graduating from Brown. A reception with refreshments will follow his remarks. Host: Scott Nelson ’77, Headmaster, Rye Country Day School. Location: Rye Country Day School, Memorial Hall, 3 Grandview Ave, Rye, NY (Memorial Hall is in the lower level of the Pinkham Building). Admission: There is no charge to attend but PLEASE RSVP ONLINE HERE to ensure we have enough refreshments for all. (Note: you will be asked to login with your Brown Alumni Association website ID and password. If you don't have one or cannot recall your login details, you can still RSVP using this link as an Unregistered User). Contact: Richard Williamson ‘65 by email or Sheryl Cuker Appleyard '84 by email. The Brown Clubs of Fairfield County and Westchester County and the Brown Sports Foundation thank Rye Country Day School Headmaster Scott Nelson ’77 for his kindness and generosity in offering Memorial Hall for this event.
CHILDREN'S PLAY DATE
Bring your kids to a morning of play at a location to be announced. Coffee, juice and snacks for kids will be provided. In past years, we have gathered at playgrounds at the New Canaan Nature Center, Compo Beach in Westport, Children's Natural Playground in Westport, Bayley Beach in Rowayton, and Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport. We will select another fabulous location for our Spring 2014 Play Date. This event is free to participants. Contact: Katy Reed ‘91 by email.
THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, PERFORMED BY SHAKESPEARE ON THE SOUND
Bring a picnic, refreshments, blanket and chairs to a reserved Brown Club area to watch a fabulous performance at sunset by Shakespeare on the Sound! Stay tuned to learn more about the performance and the selection of a date for us to gather at the outdoor theater. Location: Pinkney Park, Rowayton. Contact: Peggy Twitchell ’93 by email.
SEND-OFF PARTY OR THE CLASS OF 2018
A great occasion for newly admitted students from Fairfield County to meet each other before heading off to Brown. Contact: Lisa Boyle ’87 by email.
We are already planning several events for the Fall of 2014! Here is a preview of some of the activities to come.
WINE TASTING AND SILENT AUCTION TO BENEFIT THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND
As we have done for the past several years, we will host a festive wine tasting and silent auction event to benefit the Brown Club Scholarship Fund. A broad array of wines from around the world will be paired with a lavish spread of hors d’oeuvres. Contact: Richard Williamson ‘65 by email.
We will host a special screening of a film produced, written or directed by a Brown alum. Contact: Nick Ord ’66 by email.
ANNUAL FAMILY LOBSTER BAKE
One of our most popular events returns! Enjoy an evening with fellow alums over drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a full lobster bake. A children's menu will also be offered. Contact: Nick Ord ’66 by email.
Several of our past events are detailed below, showing the broad variety of our programs. Visit our Photo Gallery to see snapshots of these and other events.
Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 3pm Matches Begin
GREENWICH POLO OUTING
Fellow alums and their friends and family gathered for a day of polo matches at the Greenwich Polo Club with picnics and refreshments, blankets and chairs, and a gourmet concession on-site. Dogs were welcome too. Gate Fee: $40 per car (no additional fees are charged by the Brown Club). In the event of inclement weather, the polo matches would have been cancelled, but events under the tents would continue as scheduled. Dress Code: "Garden Chic." Directions: Contact the Greenwich Polo Club at (203) 561-5821 or visit www.greenwichpoloclub.com. Contact: Jesse Poole '94 by email.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 7 pm
COLLEGE ADMISSION FORUM WITH BROWN ADMISSIONS OFFICER, DAYNA KRAKOWER, AT THE KING SCHOOL
As in past years, a college admission forum wa held at The King School in Stamford in partnership with the Fairfield County chapter of the Alumni Interviewing Program for area high school students and their families. Brown Admissions Officer Dayna Krakower discussed the college admissions process and answered questions about Brown. Contact: Lisa Boyle ’87 by email.
Thursday, September 19, 2013 – 6 to 8 pm, Talk Starts at 6:30 pm
THE DISCOVERY MUSEUM AND PLANETARIUM OPEN HOUSE
Alums from all eight Ivy Clubs in our area gathered for a special evening of Outer Space at The Discovery Museum and Planetarium in Bridgeport. David Mestre, Director of Space Science Education at The Museum (B.A., Astronomy and Astrophysics, Harvard University; M.S., Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania), gave a lecture on outer space and a demonstration of the museum's newly-refurbished Challenger Learning Center. David also brought out high-powered telescopes to give guests a novel viewing of the night sky. Price: $15 per person. Wine and cheese were served. Location: The Discovery Museum and Planetarium,
4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport. RSVP: The Harvard Club of Fairfield County has graciously offered to take RSVPs online - please click here to register. Contact: Katy Reed ‘91 by email.
Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 10am to 12pm
CHILDREN'S PLAY DATE AT THE SANDCASTLE PLAYGROUND
Alums and their kids had a morning of play at The Sandcastle Playground at Jennings Beach, Fairfield. Coffee, water and muffins were provided. Rain location would have been GCA Playscape, Sportsplex in Fairfield. There was no charge for this event. Please RSVP to: Katy Reed ‘91 by email.
Sunday, October 6, 2013 – 3 to 5 pm
BROWN FACULTY LECTURE WITH PROFESSOR JIM HEAD:
"POSTCARDS FROM OTHER PLANETS"
Professor Head took us to the mountains of the Moon with Apollo 15, we saw the invisible lunar interior with GRAIL spacecraft gravity data, crossed the floor of Gale Crater on Mars with the Curiosity rover, and joined Brown planetary geoscientists as they explore the Mars-like Antarctic Dry Valleys for months at a time. Professor James W. Head III took us on all of these exciting voyages!
Professor Head is the Louis and Elizabeth Scherck Distinguished Professor of Geological Sciences. He came to Brown in 1973, following his work with the NASA Apollo program, in which he analyzed potential landing sites, studied returned lunar samples and data, and provided training for the Apollo astronauts. Since 1984, Dr. Head has been convening the Vernadsky Institute/Brown University microsymposia, held twice yearly in Moscow and Houston. He has served as an investigator with NASA and Russian Space Missions, such as the Soviet Venera 15/16 and Phobos missions, and the US Magellan (Venus), Galileo (Jupiter), Mars Surveyor, Russian Mars 1996, and Space Shuttle missions. Dr. Head is presently a co-investigator for the NASA MESSENGER mission to Mercury and Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3), as well as the European Space Agency’s Mars Express Mission. Location: The Country Club of Darien, 300 Mansfield Avenue , Darien. Price: $5 per person for Brown Club Members, $10 per peson for Non-Members, students are free. Contact: Nick Ord ’66 by email.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
AN EVENING WITH PRESIDENT CHRISTINA PAXSON
The President of Brown University, Christina Paxson, visited us in November at Darien's Wee Burn Country Club at an evening event featuring a cocktail reception and dinner buffet. Co-sponsored with The Brown Club of Westchester County. Christina Paxson was sworn in as the nineteenth president of Brown University on Monday, July 2, 2012. At the time of her appointment in March 2012, she was dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs and the Hughes Rogers Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. A 1982 honors graduate of Swarthmore College, Phi Beta Kappa, Paxson earned her graduate degrees in economics at Columbia University (M.A., 1985; Ph.D., 1987). There was no charge for this event. Location: 410 Hollow Tree Ridge Road, Darien. Contact: Richard Williamson ‘65 by email.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
JAMES NAUGHTON '67 PERFORMING AT THE FAIRFIELD STAGEONE
From Broadway and regional theater to television and films, James Naughton '67 has won critical acclaim in dramas, comedies and musicals. He is the winner of two Tony Awards as Best Actor in a Musical, for his portrayal of media-savvy lawyer Billy Flynn in the Broadway hit “Chicago” (1997) and for his role as a film-noir era detective in “City of Angels” (1990), which also earned him a Drama Desk Award. Continuing in the world of cabaret, James comes back to the Fairfield Theatre Company’s intimate StageOne venue for a special evening entitled American Songbook. The seasoned entertainer’s "bass baritone voice is a phenomenon, both in its caressing resonance and in the ease with which he slides from traditional crooning to jazz-inflected swing" (The New York Times). He will be joined by a small sophisticated band of musicians performing songs from the multiple Oscar, Emmy and Grammy Award winning performer Randy Newman whose musical compositions have been the soundtrack to such Major Motion Pictures as Awakenings, James and The Giant Peach, Maverick, Seabiscuit, and of course countless Disney films including A Bugs Life, Toy Story, and Monster Inc. Currently James can be seen on CBS’s television show, Hostages. Join the Brown Club for this one night, must-see performance before it heads to Lincoln Center in late January as part of the American Songbook series. Special Appearance: James was available after the performance to meet with Brown alumni for an intimate Q&A. Price: $20 - a Broadway experience for half the price without the time, effort, and expense of traveling to New York City. Schedule: Performance started at 7:45pm. Contact: contact Brian Murphy '67 at (203) 322-4654.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
ALUMNI RELATIONSHIP BUILDING EVENT
Carrying on a Club tradition, we hosted another Relationship Building event for mingling and meeting, sharing goals and ideas, and reconnecing with a fascinating group of alums. This event was for anyone who was thinking about a transition, considering starting their own company, or simply interested in meeting new friends. The Brown Alumni Office and the Brown Club of Fairfield County generously agreed to defray the costs of the location, hors d'oeuvres and an open bar. Non-Brunonians were welcome to attend! Location: The Ginger Man, 64 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich. Cost: $15 club members, $20 non-members. Hors d'oeuvres were provided with an open bar. Contact: Darcy Travlos ‘84 by email.
Sunday, February 9, 2014 from 2-4pm
FACULTY LECTURE BY BROWN MEDICAL SCHOOL PROFESSOR JUSTIN FALLON
We hosted Professor Justin Fallon of Brown's Alpert Medical School for a talk on: “Navigating the Complex Path from Laboratory to Patient: The Power of a Brown-Industry Partnership.” Over twenty years of basic science studies in the Fallon lab have resulted in the discovery of a possible treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and potentially ALS, aka Lou Gehrig's disease. The path from a finding in an academic laboratory to a treatment that can be delivered to humans is complex and requires a wide range of expertise and resources. In this presentation, Professor Fallon spoke about the key science that let to the discovery of this treatment, the progress that has been made and the unique partnerships with industry that have been forged to bring this therapy to patients. Professor Fallon has a longstanding interest in developmental neurobiology and the mechanisms underlying neurological disease. Dr. Fallon obtained his undergraduate degree at Colgate University where he graduated with Honors in Biology. After his Ph.D. work in cell motility at the University of Pennsylvania he spent three year as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at University College London, where he worked on axonal guidance and regeneration with Martin C. Raff. Fallon gained further training with U.J. McMahan at Stanford University, where he began his interest in synapse formation and plasticity. He had his own lab at the Worcester Foundation for Experimental BIology for 10 years before moving to Brown in 1996. Location: Bush-Holley House, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob. Admission: There was no charge for this event. Refreshments were included. Contact: Richard Williamson ‘65 by email.
Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 4 to 6:30pm (4:30pm lecture followed by Q&A and reception)
CELEBRATE BROWN'S 250TH ANNIVERSARY WITH PROFESSOR OF HISTORY EMERITUS GORDON WOOD AND REFRESHMENTS, HORS D'OEUVRES AND CAKE!
The Club organized a festive gathering to celebrate Brown’s 250th Anniversary! We planned a wonderful event in Greenwich featuring a special talk by Professor of History Emeritus and Pulitzer Prize winner, Gordon Wood, followed by a reception with hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and the cutting of a “Brown 250” birthday cake. In his talk, “The Role of Revolution in Shaping our World,” Professor Wood discussed how the American experience in the Revolution brought to the surface the questions of curbing majority rule in a democracy and creating a separation of church and state. Described as a “brilliant scholar and gifted teacher,” Professor Wood is a distinguished historian of the Revolution and the early Republic, whose work has been merited with many honors, including the National Humanities Medal. He is the Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the American Philosophical Society. Aundrea and James Amine ’81 have graciously offered to host this event at their private home. Location: 1 Meadowcroft Lane, Greenwich. Price: $10.00 per person. Contact: Richard Williamson ‘65 by email.