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, June 26, 2013 - 6:45pm Talk
with Emily Bryan MA'99 about the show; 7:30-10pm performance begins
SHAKESPEARE ON THE SOUND: AS YOU LIKE IT
Bring a picnic, refreshments, blanket and chairs to a reserved Brown Club area to see As You Like It, one of Shakespeare's most beloved and pastoral comedies. "This will be a production enjoyed by the entire family," Director Claire Shannon Kelly explains. "Set in the present time, the environment of the production will invite the audience to feel that they are participants in the play. To me, As You Like It is a liberating story about transformation. In the Forest of Arden, Shakespeare provides a world where people can re-define themselves. Audiences will appreciate the conflict between the dark and light side of human nature where the freedom of choice exists. This delightful journey with Rosalind will leave playgoers reveling in the comedy of Shakespeare's brilliant story." Just before the performance, Emily Bryan (MA'99), the Director of Education, will speak to our group about the show and its actors. For Kids: Every night at 6pm there is a performance for young audiences in the park on the main stage. Apprentices have devised a short (25 minute) play that introduces the characters and explores the themes of the play in a very approachable and inventive way. This performance takes place right on the main stage. There are also games and activities for children at the Education and Activity Tent. Mask and star making craft activites as well as mazes, maps, puzzles, and interactive theater games. 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 suggested donations of $20 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Amenities: You may buy a full picnic or just a snack at food tents in the park, operated by popular favorites Brendan's 101 in Rowayton. Lobster rolls and their home made ice cream are popular favorites! Portable restrooms will be available. Questions? Call the Production office at (203) 299-1300 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Contact: Peggy Twitchell ’93 by email.
August TBD, 2013
SEND-OF PARTY FOR THE CLASS OF 2017
We will host a casual gathering for incoming Brown Freshmen from Fairfield County and their families. This is a great occasion for students to meet each other before heading off to Brown. Contact: Lisa Boyle ’87 by email.
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A Preview of Some Events Scheduled for Fall 2013
Sunday, September 8, 2012 - 1pm Gates Open, 3pm Matches Begin
GREENWICH POLO OUTING
Join fellow alums and their friends and family 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 are 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 will be cancelled, 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.
BOOK SIGNING WITH TAYLOR WELLS '87
"Create the Best Life Ever: Real Life Stories to Get Inspired"
Taylor Wells is a lifestyle entrepreneur and happy Supermom of five. She has co-founded numerous wellness ventures, including Prana Power Yoga (five locations), Prana Restaurant in Newton, MA, Super-mom.com, and Pranaraw.com. Through her new book, Create The Best Life Ever, Taylor shares her accessible insights and real tools with those who are ready to try something different. Through her example, transforming from divorced, single, grad student Supermom to happily re-married inspirational entrepreneur and writer, Taylor can help others learn the power of yoga, healthy eating, and deliberate creation. Taylor believes that anyone can have the best life ever, right now. Location: At the home of Clare '81 and John '83 Hare, 21 Old Farm Road, Darien. There is no admission charge for this event. Books will be available for purchase and author signature. Contact: John Hare '83 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 9, 2012 - 1pm Gates Open, 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 on-site concession. Dogs were welcome too. Gate fee: $40 per car (no additional fees were charged by the Brown Club). In the event of inclement weather, the polo matches would have been cancelled, but events under the tents would have continued as scheduled. Dress code: "Garden Chic." Directions: Contact the Greenwich Polo Club at (203) 561-5821 or visit www.greenwichpoloclub.com.
Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 10am to 12pm
CHILDREN'S PLAYDATE AT THE NEW CANAAN NATURE CENTER
Alumni and their children enjoyed a beautiful Fall morning of play at The New Canaan Nature Center. held at the Children's Garden and playground located near the property entrance off Oenoke Ridge. Coffee, water and muffins were provided. This event was free. Location: 144 Oenoke Ridge New Canaan.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 7pm
COLLEGE ADMISSION FORUM WITH BROWN ADMISSIONS OFFICER, DAYNA NIWA KRAKOWER, AT THE KING SCHOOL
As in past years, a college admission forum was 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 Niwa Krakower discussed the college admissions process and answered questions about Brown. Contact: Lisa Boyle ’87 by email.
November 17, 2012 - 7 to 9pm
WINE TASTING AND SILENT AUCTION TO BENEFIT THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND
We welcomed the holiday season with our signature Fall event: a festive wine tasting and silent auction at the Darien home of Holly (P'15) and Peter Ruhlin ('83, P'15), to benefit the Brown Club Scholarship Fund. A broad array of wines from around the world were be paired with a lavish spread of hors d’oeuvres presented by Nicholas Roberts Fine Wines and Fine Foods. A silent auction was also held at the event with many wonderful items and special experiences that have been contributed by Brown alumni and area businesses, including Saturday Night Live tickets, A Brown Bookstore shopping voucher, a signed NFL football, theater and museum memberships, and Campus Dance tickets. Price: $35 per person for members, $45 per person for non-members. Since this event was our annual fundraiser for the Scholarship Fund, additional contributions were encouraged. Participants could make a contribution at the door or mail a check written to the "Brown Club of Fairfield County" c/o Peter E. Ruhlin ('83 P'15), 3 Nolen Lane, Darien, CT 06820. The Brown Club of Fairfield County has a legacy of providing financial assistance to undergraduate students at Brown. The Club has awarded over $125,000 in scholarships to students from Fairfield County over more than 30 years. Directions: Click here for a printable directions. Location: 3 Nolen Lane, Darien. Contact: Peter Ruhlin ’83 by email.
Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 4 to 4:45pm Refreshments, 4:45 to 6pm Lecture and Q&A
FACULTY LECTURE WITH PROFESSOR OF NEUROSCIENCE DIANE LIPSCOMBE P'15
"The Two Faces of Pain: Essential and Intolerable"
We hosted a provocative lecture with Brown professor and parent of a current student, Diane Lipscombe P'15. As a protective mechanism, pain is essential and life without it tragic. But many people develop chronic pain, a disease that resists medical treatments. Why is normal touch intolerable in sufferers of chronic pain? How are scientists studying changes in the nervous system associated with chronic pain? What’s the hope for preventing chronic pain? Diane Lipscombe graduated with a PhD in Pharmacology from University College London in 1986. Her journey into the world of calcium ion channels started when she joined Richard Tsien as a postdoctoral associate at Yale School of Medicine and subsequently at Stanford University Medical School. In 1992 Diane joined the Department of Neuroscience at Brown where she works closely with undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral trainees. She also directs the Neuroscience Graduate Program. Location: At the home of Sharon Wolfshon Karp '80, MD '83 and Douglas Karp at 698 Smith Ridge Road, New Canaan. There is no charge for this event.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 6 to 8pm
PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIP BUILDING
We hosted another professional relationship building event - it was a great opportunity to build relationships and connect or reconnect with other alums and friends of alums. The event began with remarks from an Executive Recruiter, who shared thoughts on navigating through, and being successful in, the different phases of your career and the importance of building and maintaining relationships throughout it. Following the introduction, participants had the chance to engage with one another on a more personal level, when objectives, needs, career histories and business cards were shared. A broad and substantive network will continuously open doors to new opportunities and ventures, keep you current with career and industry trends, broaden your perspectives and enhance your creative thinking. This event has traditionally provided a unique setting in which to make valuable contacts. Price: $15 for Members, $20 for Non-Members. Included hors d'oeuvres. Cash bar. Location: The Gingerman, 64 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich. Contact: Darcy Travlos '84 by email.
Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 7pm Concert Followed by Dessert Reception
IVY LEAGUE A-CAPPELLA CONCERT
The Alumni Clubs of Brown, Harvard, Princeton and Yale sponsored an a cappella concert featuring four of the finest a cappella groups in the Ivy League. Following the great success of events in 2009 and 2011, the 2013 concert welcomed The Jabberwocks from Brown, The Duke's Men from Yale, the Harvard Opportunes and The Princeton Tigerlilies. The Jabberwocks were recognized by USA Today as one of the top a cappella groups in the country! Click here to learn more. Location: St. John's Episcopal Church in Stamford (628 Main Street, off exit 8 from I-95). Free Parking in Canterbury Green garage around the corner on Suburban Ave. Tickets: $20 per person. Contact: Thano Chaltas '87 by email
Monday, March 18, 2013 - 6:30pm; Q&A Following Film
SCREENING OF My Perestroika WITH FILMMAKER ROBIN HESSMAN ‘94
We held a screening of the celebrated documentary My Perestroika at the Darien Library, which was followed by a Q&A after the film with Director / Producer / Cinematographer Robin Hessman '94 in person. The film recently won the George Foster Peabody Award for 2012. Watch a trailer of the film here. Location: Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, Darien. Additional details will be posted in the Fall. Contact: Richard Williamson ‘65 by email.
Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 9:30-11:30am
CHILDREN'S PLAYDATE AT WESTPORT'S COMPO BEACH PLAYGROUND
Alumni and kids met for a morning of play at Westport's Compo Beach playground. Beach stickers were not required at this time of year. Coffee, juice and snacks for kids were provided. Click here for directions. Rain location: Earthplace Nature Discovery Center in Westport. Admission: There was no charge for this event.
Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 3pm Panel Discussion, 4pm Reception with Refreshments
RAISING THE PROFILE OF BROWN ATHLETICS
Co-sponsored with The Brown Club of Westchester County in conjunction with
The Brown Sports Foundation and Rye Country Day School
This was a rare opportunity to hear from three of Brown’s top coaches, and
the new Athletic Director, about the state of athletics on College Hill.
Our coaches spoke about recruiting, admission, teamwork and Ivy competitiveness, and Brown’s approach to developing student-athletes
as leaders and competitors.
Brown’s Athletic Director arrived from Hofstra in 2012 - he spoke about his vision for Brown Athletics and what we could expect in the future for our varsity, club, and intramural programs as well as general recreation, fitness and wellness at Brown University. Panelists: Phil Estes, Head Football Coach;
Michael Martin ’04, Head Men’s Basketball Coach;
Stuart LeGassick, Head Coach of Men and Women’s Squash;
Jack Hayes, Director of Athletics and Physical Education. Moderator: 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: Sheryl Cuker Appleyard '84 by email or Richard Williamson '65 by email. The Brown Clubs of Fairfield and Westchester Counties and the Brown Alumni Association thank Rye Country Day School Headmaster Scott Nelson ’77 for his kindness and generosity in offering Memorial Hall for this event.
Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 3pm to 5pm
FACULTY LECTURE WITH BROWN HISTORY PROFESSOR SETH ROCKMAN
We hosted an exciting lecture on "Northern Manufacturers and the Business of Slavery in Antebellum America" with Associate Professor of History Seth Rockman, who was named one of the Brown "Professors who do cool things" by the BDH. This was a talk about "plantation goods" - the shoes, shirts, shovels, and even whips manufactured in the North for use on Southern slave plantations. A robust trade cemented economic ties between North and South, linked factory hands and field hands as producers and consumers, and forced a national conversation about the relationship of slavery and capitalism in the rapidly-growing United States. Professor Rockman focused on New England entrepreneurs who sought to break into the plantation market during the 1820s and 1830s: their methods of product design, determining consumer preferences, establishing brand recognition, and navigating the relationships of trust and credit that organized economic exchange in the nineteenth century. Professor Rockman is a specialist in Revolutionary and Early Republic United States history, with a focus on the relationship of slavery and capitalism in American economic and social development. The histories of race, labor, and social welfare are central to his research. Rockman supervised undergraduate research for the University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice, and is conducting his own research on the relationship of Northern manufacturing to the plantation economies of the South. Admission: $5 for Members, $10 for Non-members (but Non-members may join the Club and receive the Member price). Location: At the Bush-Holley House in Greenwich. Contact: Bob Lupone '81 by email.
Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 3 to 7pm
ANNUAL FAMILY LOBSTER BAKE AT THE TOKENEKE CLUB
One of our most popular events returned, featuring an evening of dining al fresco by the beach! We hosted an extraordinarly special event at The Tokeneke Club in Darien, including an all-inclusive menu of assorted hors d'oeuvres and antipasti, clam chowder, lobster, steak, chicken, numerous side salads, corn on the cob, potato salad, bread, cookies, brownies, fruit salad and ice cream. A children's menu was also served with hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, pasta, french fries, side salads and dessert. An open bar was included. As a special treat, guests had access to many of the Club’s amenities, including use of beach, Long Island Sound and heated pool with lifeguard on duty (children under 10 had to be accompanied in the pool by an adult; all children must be able to swim 2 laps of the pool if unaccompanied by an adult). Price: $65 per Adult, $30 per Teenager (13-20 years old for Lobster Menu), $20 per Child (12 and under for Children's Menu). Children preferring the Adult menu should register as Teenagers at $30. Location: The Tokeneke Club, 4 Butlers Island Road, Darien. Directions: Click here to visit website. Contact: Peter Ruhlin '83 by email, or Nick Ord '66 by email.