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Greetings Classmates!

We hope everyone is having a good spring so far!


Our class mini-reunion on September 22-24, 2017 in Providence, Rhode Island is shaping up very well!  As we discussed in our March newsletter, we chose Providence as the location because of the results of the class survey – it is a Northeast city with lots of history, cultural venues, renowned restaurants, unique events, and a great place to visit with each other.  Fortunately, Providence is also the home of our awesome classmate Judy Colenback Savage, who has once again shown all her enthusiasm and love for our class by going above and beyond in making contacts, suggestions, and arrangements for us.

There are two time sensitive items for your attention: hotel rooms and Les Miz!  Read on!



Our block of rooms at the Providence Biltmore Hotel, Providence’s classic and historic hotel, is available and you can make your reservations now.  Our block includes 10 rooms with one king-sized bed at $189.00 per night and 10 rooms with two king-sized beds at $209.00 per night.  There will be additional charges for taxes and parking.  If our block of rooms are filled, which we hope will happen quickly, we will try to reserve additional rooms but cannot guarantee rates or availability.  Thus, please book now!  The sooner you book, the better we can make sure everyone has rooms and the easier it will be for us to plan other activities which need attendees’ estimates.  Our block of rooms is called Wellesley Class of 1979.  To book your room, the Biltmore has established a special link.  Please copy and paste the following URL below into your web browser:


If you wish to contact the hotel, the telephone number is 401-421-0700 and the website is ProvidenceBiltmore.com.  The hotel is owned by Hilton and you may be able to use Hilton Honors to book your room.


On Friday night, we will enjoy a visit to the culinary Federal Hills area and an informal dinner at one of its many restaurants.  We will visit back at the hotel.

Saturday morning will start with breakfast on your own.  Options include the hotel’s restaurant or the adjacent Starbucks.  Saturday’s planned activities are in the historic Benedict Street area – also home of the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University.  In the morning, there will be a mile-long walking tour offered of the area including stops at the Providence Atheneum (the oldest private library in the country), the John Brown House (the first mansion of Providence), the Stephen Hopkins House (a signer of the Declaration of Independence – George Washington slept here!), and the First Baptist Church in America.  Depending on availability, lunch may be at the Providence Art Club, the second oldest art club in the country, and will include a chance to see its current exhibits. 

In the afternoon, Judy’s contact at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum is willing to organize docent-led tours of the museum.  We will need to know the number interested in these activities at a later date.

Judy has arranged some wonderful options for us for Saturday night.  She has secured a room for us for dinner at Pot au Feu, the oldest French bistro in the country and a favorite spot of Julia Child.  Fortunately, Judy knows the owner well and not only reserved us space but also will work with the owner to develop a diverse and affordable menu.  We will confirm dinner attendance at a later date.

After dinner, we have two great options: opening night of Les Miserables or Waterfire.

Les Miserables (book your ticket by May 30)

Judy has secured a block of the best seats in the house for us at the Providence Performing Arts Center to see Les Miserables, which will be playing in Providence for a week as the first stop on a nationwide tour.  The tickets are available to us before tickets are available to the public, so they must be booked by May 30, 2017.  The price is $90.00 per person.

You can order your ticket right on our class website.  Go to Wellesley.edu, click on the Alumnae dropdown for classes, clubs and groups, sign in (tab on the left).  Then click on classes, click on 1979, and you will see our web page with Les Mis as an upcoming event.  Click on “read more” and it will take you through the payment process.  If you have difficulty completing payment through the class website, please contact Martha (clancy-oneill@attglobal.net) or Donna (judgedonnam@gmail.com).   There may be tickets available directly from the theater after that date and at different price levels, but we cannot guarantee availability in our block seating after May 30th.

Waterfire (no tickets required)

One of Providence’s special attractions is Waterfire, http://waterfire.org/ which occurs on several Saturday evenings during the summer and early fall.  Fortunately, our Saturday night will be a Waterfire night!  It occurs on the river near our dinner and theatre site and goes until 12:30 AM so it can be visited instead of the theatre or after the theatre.


On Sunday, we hope to have a great brunch together before having to part ways.  Judy has recommended the Dorrance, a restaurant near the Biltmore which has a jazz brunch.  For those who have the additional time on Sunday, there are still so many nearby attractions to see, including Providence’s Roger Williams Park with the zoo, the Newport mansions, and the Rhode Island beaches.


In summary, we want the weekend to be a great experience for everyone who attends.  We will have activities scheduled to show you the best known sites in Providence but you can choose to attend all or as few as you want.  We want everyone to have the time to visit and have fun with each other.  The two commitments we need at this point are for Les Mis by May 30 and for the hotel.  We welcome feedback from you as we continue to plan the mini-reunion and welcome any volunteers!

Please book your hotel and Les Miz tickets today!

We would love to see every one of you in September in Providence!

Jody, Martha, Dorrie, Donna, Yvonne, and Mary

Jody  jstrakosch@alum.wellesley.edu

Martha clancy-oneill@attglobal.net

Dorrie dorrievgraul@gmail.com

Donna judgedonnam@gmail.com

Yvonne Yvonne@mitchells.net

Mary mkvaskas@gmail.com