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  2013-2014 Events

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!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 7:30pmLast Days in Vietnam Poster

DOCUMENTARY FILM DIRECTED BY RORY KENNEDY '91 AT THE AVON THEATER IN STAMFORD: LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM

Join us for a special screening of the documentary film, Last Days in Vietnam, directed by Brown alum Rory Kennedy '91. During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbles. The United States has only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. As Communist victory becomes inevitable and the U.S. readies to withdraw, some Americans begin to consider the certain imprisonment and possible death of their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends. Meanwhile, the prospect of an official evacuation of South Vietnamese becomes terminally delayed by Congressional gridlock and the inexplicably optimistic U.S. Ambassador. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, a number of heroic Americans take matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese lives as possible. Location: Avon Theater, 272 Bedford Street, Stamford. Admission: Brown Club Members: $6; Non-Members $11; Avon Members: $6; Carte Blanche: FREE; Students & Seniors: $8. Please buy tickets at the Avon box office prior to the film screening. Contact: Richard Williamson ‘65 by email.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014Van Wickle Gates

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. Details to be announced shortly. Contact: Lisa Boyle ’87 by email.

 

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We are already planning several events for the Fall of 2014! Here is a preview of some of the activities to come.

Sunday, Setpember 7, 2014 - Gates open 1pm, Matches begin 3pm

GREENWICH POLO OUTINGPolo
Join us for the Royal Salute Jubilee cup match at the Greenwich Polo Club! Bring a picnic and refreshments, blankets and chairs, or enjoy some of the onsite gourmet vendors. Swing by and visit Maria at Caffe Bon for a Panino and Arnold Palmer. Or visit Benjamin at Cowabunga for a delicious burger. Craving something sweet? Simona Silvestri from La Fenice on Greenwich Avenue will be serving luscious Gelato. Dogs are welcome too. Gate Fee: $40 per car paid to Greenwich Polo at the door (no fees are charged by the Brown Club). In the event of inclement weather, the polo matches will be cancelled (announced on the day of the match), but events under the tents will 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.

Fall 2014 Wine Bottles

WINE TASTING TO KICK-OFF THE NEW MEMBERSHIP YEAR!
As we have done for the past several years, we will host a festive wine tasting to kick-off the new 2014-2015 Brown Club Membership year. 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.

 

Spring 2015Lobsterbake

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.

 

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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 OUTINGPolo Players
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 pmIn Deo Speramus

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 pmDiscovery Museum and Planetarium

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 12pmSandcastle Playground

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 pmProfessor Head

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 President Cristina Paxson

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, 2014James Naughton '67

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 The Ginger Man

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 Dr. Justin FallonBrown Medical School

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! Imagine Brown 250+Gordon Wood

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.

Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 3 to 5pmChris Berman '77

AN AFTERNOON WITH SPORTS ANCHOR CHRIS BERMAN '77 FROM ESPN AND ABC SPORTS

A large crowd turned out for 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 spoke 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 followed 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 was no charge to attend. 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.

Monday, June 2, 2014 from 7pm to 8pmBrown Reader

THE BROWN READER: NOTED GRADUATES SHARE MEMORIES AND SPEAK ABOUT BROWN - AT THE WESTPORT LIBRARY

The Westport Library hosted a wonderful event featuring a panel conversation with some of the contributors to The Brown Reader, a book written in celebration of Brown's University's 250th anniversary. Editor Judy Sternlight (Brown '82) moderated the conversation with some of the fifty remarkable, prize-winning writers and artists who went to Brown and contributed to the book. The Brown Reader is funny, poignant, subversive and nostalgic. The essays, comics and poems paint a vivid picture of college life, from the 1950s to the present, at one of America’s most interesting universities. Contributors in this discussion were author Lisa Birnbach (The Official Preppy Handbook and True Prep), poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips (When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness and The Ground) and illustrator and cartoonist Sean Kelly. This event was free and open to the public. Location: The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport. Contact: Richard Williamson ‘65 by email.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 (Raindate: Wednesday, June 25) - 6:45pm Talk
with Emily Bryan MA'99 about the show; 7:30-10pm performance begins

Shakespeare on the Sound

SHAKESPEARE ON THE SOUND: THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
Alums brought a picnic, refreshments, blanket and chairs to a reserved Brown Club area to watch Shakespeare on the Sound perform The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Just before the performance, Emily Bryan (MA'99), the Director of Education, spoke to our group about the show and its actors. For Kids: Pre-show performances for young audiences were held at 6:30 on the main stage, which hinted at the themes and characters from "The Two Gentlemen of Verona." In addition, there were"Pick a Shakespeare Name," ensemble theater activities, "Two Gents" themed arts and crafts, puzzles and word searches at the Education Tent. Location: Pinkney Park, 177 Rowayton Avenue, Norwalk. About a 10 minute walk from the Rowayton Train Station. Parking: Witch Field, 2 Witch Lane, Rowayton, or at the Rowayton School parking lot, about 6 minutes walk from Pinkney Park. Admission: Free, although donations to Shakespeare on the Sound of $20 for adults, $10 for students and seniors were suggested. Amenities: Meals and snacks were available at food tents in the park, operated by popular favorites Brendan's 101 in Rowayton. Lobster rolls and their home made ice cream are favorites! Portable restrooms. RSVP: Please contact Peggy Twitchell ’93 by email and let her know how many people will be in your party, to help us reserve a space large enough to accommodate everyone.