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Email alumni_office@washcoll.edu or call 410-778-7846

Friday, May 30 

1-3 p.m. 

Audio-Guided Tour, History on the Waterfront: 
A Journey into Chestertown’s Past Custom House, End of High Street 

The History on the Waterfront program offers a walk back in time. This free 35-minute audio-guided tour of the Chestertown waterfront and the circa-1746 Custom House uses music, reenactments, and firsthand accounts of life along the water to recreate the sights and sounds of a colonial port. 

2-4:30 p.m. 

Celebrate WC’s Center for Environment & Society 
Dock, Truslow Boathouse 

Learn how the Center for Environment & Society is making the Chester the best-understood river in America as we dedicate the Chester River Observatory at 2:00 pm. Following the ribbon-cutting, tour CES research vessels, the Callinectes and the Lookdown, or board a shuttle to visit Chino Farms to learn about bird banding, precision agriculture, and habitat restoration projects. (The shuttle will run in a loop between Wilmer Park Parking Lot and Chino Farms. The first tour leaves at 2:30 p.m.; the second tour departs at 3:30 p.m.) 

5-9:30 p.m. Celebration of the 50th Reunion Class of 1964 

5 p.m. - President’s Reception and Dinner at the Hynson- Ringgold House, 106 S. Water Street, Chestertown 

7:30 p.m. - Reunion Sunset Cruise on the River Packet with desserts, tea, coffee and cordials, boarding from the Town Dock (rain or shine) 

SHUTTLE 

5-8:30 p.m. Celebration of the Older & Wiser Classes of 1935-1963 

5 p.m. - Cocktail Reception at the Arthur Vining Davis Lobby, Gibson Center for the Arts 6 p.m. - Dinner at the Underwood Lobby, Gibson Center for the Arts 7:30 p.m. - Desserts, Coffee, Tea and Cordials at the Underwood Lobby, Gibson Center for the Arts 

5-9:30 p.m. 

Celebration of the 25th Reunion Class of 1989 

5 p.m. - Reception and Dinner at the Grieves/Jenkins Skybox, Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium 

7:30 p.m. - Callinectes Sunset Cruise on the Chester River, boarding at the Truslow Boat House Dock. 

Reservations required. (weather permitting) 

SHUTTLE 

6-8 p.m. 

Peer Mentor Reunion 

The Egg, Hodson Hall Commons, First Floor 

Reconnect with Peer Mentors from your era over light fare. Together, we’ll harken back to the days of team building at Echo Hill, breaking the ice during Playfair, laughing hysterically with Maria Falzone and “Making the Transition.”

8-10 p.m. 

Game Night 

Student Lounge, Hodson Hall Commons, First Floor 

Join the Dramalumni for an evening of fun, excitement and friendly competition playing classic card, board and parlor games while catching up with old friends and making new ones. 

8-11 p.m. 

Live Music in the Goose Nest 

Hodson Hall Commons, Hodson Hall 

Listen to live, soulful music by Jocelyn Faro ’16 and enjoy complimentary non-alcoholic drinks, a taco bar, pool tables and games in the College’s new pub. 

Beer and wine will be available for purchase. 

8-11 p.m. 

Night of the Millennials: A Celebration of the ’00s 

Goose Nest Pub and Outdoor Patio 

Enjoy the new campus pub, or step outside for some millennial spins on backyard competition and tapas. Hosted by the Reunion Classes of ’04 and ’09. 

Saturday, May 31 

8-10 a.m. Continental Breakfast 

Lounge, Sassafras Hall, First Floor 

8:45-9:30 a.m. Presentation for the Class of 1964: 

The College Campus: Then & Now Lounge, Sassafras Hall, First Floor 

Enjoy a presentation by guest speaker 

Chief of Staff, Joe Holt ’83 M’98. 

10-10:50 a.m. 

Faculty Talks 

William Smith Hall 

Don’t miss your chance to take a class with a WC professor again!

Dr. James Hall will lead a poetry workshop.

Dr. Michael Harvey, Business Management Department, will offer a seminar on leadership entitled “Dangerous Questions: The Secret Life of Leaders.”

Dr. Andrew Oros, Political Science Department, will host a talk on Japan- China- US relations.

10 a.m.-noon Tour the Chester River on the Callinectes Dock, Truslow Boathouse (weather permitting) 

The Callinectes, Washington College’s research vessel, will take three half-hour tours of the Chester River, with the first beginning at 10 a.m., the second at 10:45 a.m., and the third at 11:30 a.m. Arrive early. 

Reservations required. 

10:30 a.m.-noon 

Reception for Dr. James Siemen 

McLain Atrium, John S. Toll Science Center 

Honor Dr. Siemen’s work as a faculty member in the Psychology Department by stopping by to wish him well in his retirement. Light fare will be available. 

11 a.m.-noon What’s New on Campus? Visitors Center, Casey Academic Center, Second Floor 

Take a guided tour of new and renovated buildings on campus with an Admissions guide. Highlights include WC’s new Admissions Visitors Center, Hodson Hall Commons, Miller Library, Gibson Center for the Arts, and the Johnson Fitness Center. 

11:15-11:30am 

Elm Tree Planting 

Outside Hodson Hall 

Join the Class of ’54 in unveiling a new elm tree in honor of The Elm Tree Fund, an endowment to help with students’ short-term financial needs and emergencies. Meet by the bronze head of George on the Livingood Terrace. 

Noon-2 p.m. Campus Picnic Hodson Hall Commons Green 

(Rain Location: Hodson Hall Commons) 

Look for your favorite professors at reserved faculty tables and wish retiring professor Dr. James Siemen well. Bring the whole family to enjoy live music by Sam Guthridge ’04, Marc Dykeman M’07 and the Chester River Runoff band. Play corn hole and frisbee with friends while kids enjoy games, inflatable slide fun and face painting. Golf carts will be available for those needing assistance. 

2-4 p.m. 

Film Screening and Talk: “We Are D3” 

Norman James Theatre, William Smith Hall 

Watch a screening of “We Are D3,” a documentary produced and directed by local filmmaker Kurt Kolaja P’11 featuring the Washington College men’s basketball team. Hear from Coach Rob Nugent, the filmmaker, and some of the team members featured in the documentary during a question-and-answer session following the movie. 

2-2:30 p.m. Tour the Chester River on the Callinectes Dock, Truslow Boathouse (weather permitting) 

The Callinectes, Washington College’s research vessel, will take a half-hour tour of the Chester River. Reserve your space early. 

2-2:30 p.m. Time Capsule: How to Tell the Story Only You Can Tell 

Rose O’Neill Literary House 

We often avoid writing about the events and relationships that contain our best material, but our resistance contains riches. Through this presentation and reading by Laura Pritchett Oliver ’75, learn how writing about the past transforms it, elevating our memoir and fiction. The result? A genuine voice with compelling authority turning life into literature. 

2:15-3 p.m. 

Magic Show 

The Egg, Hodson Hall Commons, First Floor 

Hocus Pocus, Alakazam! WC student and professional magician Ian Flinn ’16 will amaze children of all ages with his magic tricks. 

2:30-4 p.m. 

Crow Farm and Vineyard Wine Tasting Deck, Rose O’Neill Literary House 

Sample wines made by Kent County’s Crow Farm & Vineyard with Doug Carter ’12. 

2:45-3:15 pm 

Class of 1974 Boat Ride on the Callinectes 

Dock, Truslow Boathouse (weather permitting) 

Reserve your ticket early. Space is limited. 

3:30-4 p.m. 

Class of 1969 Boat Ride on the Callinectes Dock, Truslow Boathouse (weather permitting) 

Reserve your ticket early. Space is limited. 

4-6 p.m. Cocktails and Conversation with the President 

Hynson-Ringgold House, 106 S. Water Street, Chestertown 

Enjoy remarks by President Reiss while mingling with friends over cocktails. Meet Alumni Board members and sample Sloop Betty Vodka with Blackwater Distilling, Inc. Owner Jon Cook ’00. Watch class gift presentations and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres. 

SHUTTLE 

4:15-4:45 p.m. Tour the Chester River on the Callinectes Dock, Truslow Boathouse (weather permitting) 

The Callinectes, Washington College’s research vessel, 

will take a half-hour tour of the Chester River. 

Reserve your space early. 

5-7:10 p.m. 

Kids’ Pizza & Movie Time 

Norman James Theatre, William Smith Hall 

Bring the kids for pizza, drinks and popcorn before the 5:30 showing of Pixar’s Finding Nemo. (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.) 

5:30-6:30 p.m. Meeting for the Friends of Bill Wilson Classroom #110, William Smith Hall 

5:30-7:30 p.m. ’90s Crab Feast on the Chester hosted by the Classes of 1994 & 1999 Custom House Lawn 

(Rain Location: McLain Atrium, John S. Toll Science Center) 

Celebrate the 15th and 20th reunion classes at a crab feast along the Chester River. In addition to crabs, the menu will include barbeque, snacks, desserts, and family-friendly foods. 

SHUTTLE 

6-8:30 p.m. Buffet Dinner Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall 

6:30-7:30 pm 

’70s Celebration Reception 

Alumni House 

Reminisce with ’70s classmates over drinks at the Alumni House while perusing through old yearbooks. Hosted by the reunion classes of 1974 and 1979. Complimentary light fare will be available. 

7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Champagne Sunset Cruise on the Callinectes 

Dock, Truslow Boathouse (weather permitting) 

A special opportunity to watch the sunset over the Chester with friends. Toast to old times before anchoring and watching the fireworks show over the river. Purchase your tickets early. Space is limited. 

SHUTTLE 

7:30-8:30 p.m. Dramalumni Comedy Hour Tawes Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts 

Whose line IS it, anyway? It could be YOURS! Watch alumni go head-to-head in a battle of wits and laughs, where you can cheer them on, or even be part of the action. 

8-9 p.m. 

Back to the ’80s Bash 

Lelia Hynson Pavilion, Waterfront 

(Rain Location: Hodson Hall Commons, Hodson Hall) 

A pre-party celebration of the ’80s hosted by the Classes of ’84 and ’89. Continue the celebration into the night at the Reunion River Jam. 

SHUTTLE 

9 p.m. Alumni Weekend Fireworks Celebration 

Wilmer Park, Waterfront (weather permitting) 

Gather with friends and family in Chestertown’s Wilmer Park to watch the fireworks light up the night sky over the Chester River. 

Please use the shuttle or park in the Wilmer parking lot. For safety reasons, cars will not be allowed in the Boathouse parking area. 

SHUTTLE 

9-11:30 p.m. Reunion River Jam 

Lelia Hynson Pavilion, Waterfront 

(Rain Location: Hodson Hall Commons, Hodson Hall) 

Enjoy a beer tasting with New Belgium Brewing Company’s Melisse Merrell ’94 while catching up with friends along the Chester River. Hear live music by Craig “Chow” Boynton ’84 and his jam band, Dawgone, and make a memory at the WC photo booth. Complimentary light fare will be available. 

SHUTTLE

Sunday, June 1 

Dorm Checkout 

Checkout for Sassafras, Harford and all Western Shore Apartments is at 10 a.m. Checkout for all other dorms is noon. To check out, leave all linens in your room and lock the door behind you. Bring your key(s) to the designated drop-off boxes on the First Floor of Hodson Commons in Hodson Hall or the Visitors Center in the Casey Academic Center. 

7:30-10 a.m. Breakfast in the Dining Hall Upper level, Hodson Hall Commons 

8-10 a.m. 

Guided Kayaking Trip with WC’s Center for Environment and Society 

Dock, Truslow Boathouse (weather permitting) 

Join CES staff and resident birders on a paddle along the Chester and Radcliffe Creek to search for blue herons, turtles, hawks, muskrat, beaver, osprey, eagles, and red-winged blackbirds. Please reserve your spot early. 

Space is limited. 

9-11 a.m. Coffee with the Cater Fellows The Egg, Hodson Hall Commons 

Enjoy complimentary coffee and light breakfast fare as you connect with past and present Cater Fellows. This event, hosted by the Douglass Cater Society of Junior Fellows, will give you the opportunity to talk to current members, view their poster presentations, and hear about the transformative experience of conducting an independent research project. 

10-11 a.m. 

So, Your Grandmother Said You’re Related To… 

Faculty Lounge, Hodson Hall, First Floor 

In this ancestry presentation by Glen Beebe ’81, you’ll receive useful information about the basics needed to trace your family tree. Glen will share his insights on how to avoid mistakes and get results. 

1-3 p.m. 

Audio-Guided Tour, History on the Waterfront: 

A Journey into Chestertown’s Past Custom House, End of High Street 

The History on the Waterfront program offers a walk back in time. This free 35-minute audio-guided tour of the Chestertown waterfront and the circa-1746 Custom House uses music, reenactments, and firsthand accounts of life along the water to recreate the sights and sounds of a colonial port.