Class of 1961 Sonoma Mini Reunion

Class of 1961 Sonoma Mini Reunion
Date: 
Thu, 05/13/2010 - 2:00pm - Sun, 05/16/2010 - 2:00pm

SONOMA COUNTY MINI-REUNION, MAY 13-16, 2010

A WEST COAST OUTING CENTERED IN HEALDSBURG, CALIFORNIA.

HEALDSBURG, in northern Sonoma County, lies northwest of the Napa Valley, 70 miles north of San Francisco (about a 2 hour drive from SFO) and about 10 miles north of Santa Rosa. With a population of about 10,000, the town is one of Northern California's wine capitals. Three of California's most important wine-producing regions (Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Alexander Valley) adjoin each other in Healdsburg. The Russian River flows through Healdsburg on its way to the Pacific Ocean, emerging on the coast at Jenner.

Participants are encouraged to spend a day or two in San Francisco before (or after) the mini to enjoy such attractions as the recently-opened California Academy of Sciences (by architect Renzo Piano), the de Young Fine Arts Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and the usual array of shopping and sightseeing pleasures. More specific recommendations for things to do in San Francisco will be forthcoming.

Healdsburg is centered on a 19th century plaza that still provides an important focal point for tourists and locals. It is a foot-friendly mecca for tasting local wines, fine dining, upscale boutiques, and art galleries. The galleries range from cooperatives to local one-artist storefronts and include the works of nationally and internationally known masters. Healdsburg hosts a jazz music festival each June, a farmer's market from late spring to late fall on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and a wide range of wine-and food-related events.

Early inhabitants of the local area were the Pomo people, who constructed villages in open areas along the Russian River. European settlement commenced in the mid 1800s. The town considers its official founding date to be 1857; it was incorporated in 1867. Farming, especially orchards, was common within the present city limits from the 1890s to 1940s, when the area was informally known as the 'Buckle of the Prune Belt'.

It is presumed that participants will wish to rent their own car. If you prefer to hire a limousine from San Francisco, that can be arranged for an additional charge. Ask your Healdsburg host team for further information.

Our principal hotel will be the Best Western Dry Creek Inn, a 5-minute drive north of the Healdsburg plaza. http://www.bestwesterncalifornia.com/hotels/best-western-dry-creek-inn/. Use the Dry Creek Road exit from Route 101, turn right (east) on Dry Creek Road, and right again at the traffic light on Grove Street.

We have a block of rooms for arrival Thursday afternoon May 13 to checkout on Sunday May 16. Standard (Vintage) rooms are $99 Thu, $135 Fri/Sat. The newer Tuscan rooms are available at $149 Thurs, $235 Fri/Sat.

Call the hotel directly (707-433-0300), and identify yourself as a member of the Yale Mini Class Reunion 1961.

There are many tony alternatives for those of you in the fast set, including the Hotel Healdsburg, Duchamp Hotel, Les Mars Hotel, or Madrona Manor, and a plethora of B&B's. Please make your own arrangements if you are so inclined.

Activities in Healdsburg include: poking around the plaza with its many wonderful shops, bicycling, a float trip on the Russian River (temperatures permitting), winery visits on your own. Recommended for its gorgeous gardens is Ferrari-Carrano, about 9 miles out Dry Creek Road.

Those arriving in Healdsburg a day or so early (with a fat wallet) should consider dining at Cyrus (two-star Michelin rating), listed by James Beard as one of America's 10 best restaurants.

 

SCHEDULE

Thursday May 13, 2010 -
2pm THE GREEN MUSIC CENTER at SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

Please indicate on the attached Registration Form if you would be interested in a tour of the almost-completed Green Music Center at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park (26 miles south of Healdsburg) on your way up to Healdsburg. If there is sufficient interest, we will arrange a docent-led tour and recital to demonstrate the world-class acoustics of this facility.

In the early 1990s, the President of Sonoma State, Dr. Ruben Arminana and his wife Marne Olson had attended a concert at Seiji Ozawa Hall at the famed Tanglewood Music Center. They were impressed by the acoustical perfection of the hall and intrigued by its design. The rear wall of the hall opens to a sweeping lawn that allows concert-goers to picnic and enjoy the weather and scenery as well as the performance. Dr. Arminana and Ms. Olson immediately realized that Sonoma State University provided the perfect West Coast setting for such a hall.

Local residents Donald and Maureen Green, who were Founding Members of the Bach Choir at Sonoma State, visited and experienced the Tanglewood summer festival and saw the impact on the community through performances, students, rehearsals, and master classes. The Greens embraced the idea and made the founding gift to move the project forward. The Santa Rosa Symphony soon was invited to make the Green Music Center its new performance home. It accepted the invitation and committed to help raise funds for the project. Architect William Rawn and acoustician Lawrence Kirkegaard, both of whom designed Ozawa Hall, were chosen to design the Green Music Center concert hall on the same model. See: http://gmc.sonoma.edu/about/

3 to 5 pm CHECK-IN - DRY CREEK INN

Look for a Y61 receptionist to hand you your packet of maps and directions and answer any questions you may have.

5:30pm DOUBLE DOWN EVENING

In the game of Blackjack, the term "double down" means the player's option of doubling his bet and receiving one and only one more card. This, of course, is a good deal - if the player has a good hand. Tonight we will explore another version of Double Down:

Drive out Mill Creek Road to 22200 Puccioni Road (about 6 miles from the Dry Creek Inn) and park where directed. Vans will shuttle you to the Doubledays on Mill Creek Road for drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

7pm Vans will shuttle you to dinner at the Downeys on Puccioni Road.

Note: there is no cell phone coverage on Mill Creek Road.

 

Friday May 14, 2010 -
8:30am CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST SERVED AT THE KRUG EVENT CENTER, DRY CREEK INN
9:00am SPEAKER: Louann Brizendine, M.D, (her undergraduate degree is from Yale).
Topic: Effects of Aging on the Human Brain.
Her books are "The Female Brain" and a soon-to-be-published "The Male Brain".

9 to 11am Y61 Receptionist will be available to answer questions and distribute maps for the day's events.

10:30am WINE TOURS
We will split into three groups. Group A will proceed to Mill Creek Winery, Westside Road
Group B will proceed to Nalle Winery, Dry Creek Road.
Group C will proceed to Pasterick Winery, West Dry Creek Road.
Each group will have a lecture and tour, including tastings.

1pm ALL GROUPS MEET FOR PICNIC LUNCH AT MILL CREEK WINERY
Informal talk on sustainable farming.

Afternoon Free to visit additional wineries which are open to the public, such as Rochioli, Hop Kiln and Arista (all on Westside Road), and Alderbrook, Armida, Dry Creek, Dutcher Crossing, Lambert Bridge, Rafanelli & Seghesio in the Dry Creek Valley. See the winery map in your packet.

6:30pm COCKTAILS IN THE GARDEN AT MADRONA MANOR, Westside Road
Wine & soft drinks provided. Cash bar available.

7:30pm DINNER AT MADRONA MANOR (one-star Michelin rating)
Chef Mallgren masterfully prepares New Californian cuisine using the finest ingredients available in the county, as well as greens, vegetables, herbs and fruit from the Manor's garden.

 

Saturday, May 15, 2010 -
Early birds can go to the Farmers' Market on Vine St & W. North St in downtown Healdsburg.

8:30am CLASS COUNCIL MEETING / CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AT THE KRUG EVENT CENTER. Hear the latest plans for our 50th.

9:30am Bus departs for TOUR OF OLIVER RANCH SCULPTURE GARDEN.
Please indicate your interest on the Registration Form. Limit 45 guests.
Extra charge of $85 pp. which is in fact a tax-deductible donation to the Santa Rosa Symphony, a 501c(3) entity which will provide you an individual receipt.

This will be a 2 1/2; hour walking tour on unpaved paths and uneven terrain (600' elevation change). Comfortable shoes are a must. There are no restrooms on the property; please use the facilities at the Dry Creek Inn Event Center before boarding the bus.

Oliver Ranch is a one-of-a-kind outdoor sculpture garden, which our classmate John Walsh (retired head of the Getty Museum) tells us is the largest private outdoor collection in the US. It is not open to the public - ever. Artists with site-specific work on the Oliver Ranch include Terry Allen, Miroslaw Balka, Roger Barry, Ellen Driscoll, Bill Fontana, Kristin Jones, Andrew Ginzel, Andy Goldsworthy, Dennis Leon, Jim Melchert, Bruce Nauman, Martin Puryear, David Rabinowitch, Jim Jennings, Fred Sandback, Richard Serra, Judith Shea, Robert Stackhouse, Ursula Von Rydingsvard, and Ann Hamilton.

See: http://www.bohemian.com/bohemian/08.30.06/steven-oliver-0635.html for a brief introduction to the property. Other descriptive material can also be found on the internet.

9:30am For those not going to Oliver Ranch:
TOUR OF T BARNY GALLERY & SCULPTURE GARDENS

T Barny has been creating sculpture professionally for over 30 years, having studied at Stanford and Brown Universities and graduating from Rhode Island School of Design. Abstraction is his fascination, and power tools his forte. He has worked with all types of materials from all over the world – marble, bronze, wood, hot glass, neon gas, water, and other stone.
See: http://www.tbarny.com/index.php

OR: TOUR OF VOIGT SCULPTURE GARDEN, a portion of which can be viewed along Foss Creek Parkway in Healdsburg
See: http://www.voigtfoundation.com/Welcome.html

LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

AFTERNOON FREE for Shopping on your own, or a Garden Tour (details forthcoming)

6pm WINE TASTING & DINNER - HUDSON STREET WINERY BARREL ROOM

Several of our Whiffenpoofs will be attending (and rehearsing for a performance at our 50th), and we hope we can encourage them to sing at our Saturday dinner, albeit missing a few members.

 

Sunday May 16, 2010 -
Morning Brunch on your own. For those who were kids in the '40s (all of us), CENTER STREET DELI on Healdsburg Plaza is a classic throwback, as is the nearby DOWNTOWN BAKERY. COUSTEAU BAKERY on Healdsburg Avenue is another option.

Afternoon Stopover at Wilford & Carole Welch's houseboat in Sausalito on your way back to the city. Be sure to get a map and directions before leaving Healdsburg.

Looking forward to seeing you in Healdsburg,

Paul & Hallie Downey
pauldowney@gmail.com
707-431-8200

George & Cynthia Doubleday
geo@geoex.com
707-431-1480

 

 

 

 

 

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