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July 14, 2012

Canoeing on the Brandywine

Weather Update: According to Weather.com the weather is supposed to clear in time for our Canoeing!
It's Summer! Come enjoy the season with your fellow MIT alums by canoeing down the Brandywine River! Following the canoe ride, satiate your hunger with an outdoor-grill lunch, and socialize with your fellow alums.

We'll be meeting at the office of the Northbrook Canoe Company where they will transport us to our drop-off location. They will provide all supplies including canoes, paddles, and life jackets. The trip along the river will last approximately 2.5 hours, and include one portage where we'll need to carry our canoes around a small damn. The river is mostly calm with only light rapids, and the scenery is outstanding: peaceful, bucolic, and with trees that stretch across the river to create a verdant, often shaded journey.

At the end of our soul-refreshing voyage we'll be back at the Northbrook office where lunch will be served outdoors. Hot off the grill will be your choice of hamburger, veggie burger, or hot dog, served with fries and your choice of an assortment of drinks (sodas, Gatorade, water, iced-tea). For dessert there will yummy ice-cream sandwiches. The burgers can be had with or without cheese. Please indicate your food preference when you sign up.

Since the water is only a few inches deep in some locations, the general advice is to limit canoe weight to approximately 400 pounds to reduce the chances of grounding. Thus in most cases, there will be two people per canoe. However, if desired, a third person can ride in the center on the floor of the canoe. This is a family friendly event and children are more than welcome. However, Northbrook Canoe specifies that no child under the age of two will be permitted. Further, there must be at least one person of ten years of age or older for every person less than ten years of age in every canoe.

For more important information please read the Northbrook Canoe FAQ

You will also be required to sign a waiver before departing. In order to speed up the process upon arrival, consider accessing the waiver form on-line, printing and signing it, and bringing it with you to hand in before the trip: Northbrook Canoe Release Form

It is essential to arrive before 11:00 AM. It's imperative that everyone make it to the office by this time since the vans taking us to our drop-off location will leave shortly afterwards, and we will not be able to wait for any late-comers. Lunch will be served at approximately 2:30 PM. However, we encourage you to bring something to drink during your trip, and snacks may also be brought if desired (following the guidelines in the FAQ).

Please make your reservations by Monday, July 9 – earlier would help our event planning ;-)

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2012

Time: 10:45 AM Arrive at Northbrook Canoe

Location: Northbrook Canoe Company
         1810 Beagle Road, West Chester, PA 19382
         Northbrook Canoe Web site
         phone: 610-793-2279 or 800-898-2279

Cost: MIT Club Members and their Guests - $35
        Non-Club Members and their Guests - $45
        Young Alums ('02-'12) Club Members - $30
                (one guest permitted at this $30 rate)
        Young Alum ('02-'12) Non-members - $40
                (one guest permitted at this $40 rate)
        Third person in center of canoe - $10

Reservations: via MIT Infinite Connection (by Monday July 9; earlier to help us plan!):

Club Membership -- Join or Renew on-line:

For Questions: Ernest Cuni, e-mail: eacuni@alum.mit.edu

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July 28, 2012

The Brandywiners at Longwood Gardens: Hello Dolly!

Hello Dolly! logoJoin your MIT friends at one of the area’s premier summer events, The Brandywiners’ annual production at Longwood Gardens' outdoor amphitheater. This year they are performing the ever-popular Hello Dolly! The Club has its own permanent block of seats (we chose the best in the house). Make your reservation on-line by Friday morning, 7/20. Your tickets will be mailed this coming weekend.

As a bonus, your ticket also gives you a full day admission to Longwood Gardens on Saturday (itself an $18 value).

We also have optional dinner reservations at the Longwood Gardens Terrace Restaurant for their Terrace Barbeque Buffet before the play. The buffet will be served in their huge outdoor tent -- a beautiful setting that has been a big hit the last three years. This is a fine opportunity to enjoy an informal summer meal, relax together after seeing the gardens and meet other MIT people before the play. The additional cost for the dinner is $32 per person.

So, join us for a full day to peruse Longwood Gardens, a relaxing barbeque dinner together, and of course the Brandywiners performance, followed by a wonderful fountain display!

Longwood fountains after the play

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2012

Time: 6:00 PM Dinner
         8:30 Hello Dolly!

Location: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd.,
         Kennett Square PA 19348
         Longwood Gardens Web site   Directions

Cost: $28 per theater ticket for dues-paying Club Members
                  and their guests
         $38 per theater ticket for Non-members and their guests
         $32 per person for dinner

Reservations: via the MIT Infinite Connection – by Friday Morning, July 20

Club Membership -- Join or Renew on-line:

For Questions: John Wilkens, 610-444-3242, e-mail J.A.Wilkens@alum.mit.edu

BBQ Buffet under the giant tent

Terrace Barbeque Buffet Menu:

         * Tri Color Potato Salad,
                  Fresh Mozzarella, Roasted Fennel & Basil
         * Cavatelli Pasta Salad,
                  Broccolini, Artichokes, Roasted Peppers,
                  Roasted Garlic Dressing & Dry Aged Provolone
         * Summer Coleslaw
         * Ratatouille Vegetable Salad

         * Corn on the Cob, Herb Butter
         * Local Cheddar Cornbread

         * Grilled Hamburgers, Black Bean Burgers & All Beef Hot Dogs
         * Smoked BBQ Short Ribs, Crispy Fried Onions
         * Southwestern Grilled Chicken, Tomatillo Salsa

         * Build Your Own: Ice Cream Station
                  Chocolate Chips, Caramelized Bananas, Whipped Cream, Mixed Berries
         * Cupcakes and Cookies
         * Grilled Fruit Salad

         * Assorted Non Alcoholic Beverages

Rain Information:
         See Brandywiners performance information below.
         Your ticket is good for Longwood Gardens admission the entire day Saturday
                  regardless of weather.
         Our dinner reservation is for Saturday evening regardless of weather.

Brandywiners' Policy on Performance Cancellations and Ticket Refunds:

The Brandywiners, Ltd. cancels performances based only on conditions at Longwood Gardens and, unless extraordinary conditions prevail, not before the 8:30 p.m. curtain time. Summer showers are not extraordinary conditions. Please listen to WDEL, WILM, WJBR, or WPEN, or call 302-478-3355 for cancellation information.

If The Brandywiners, Ltd. cancels a performance before intermission, we will reschedule it for the next available rain date. We will not offer refunds, but we will exchange tickets if seats are available. Please retain your ticket stubs and programs for use at the rain-date performances.

If The Brandywiners, Ltd. cancels a performance during or after intermission, we will consider it a complete performance. We will not reschedule it and we will not offer refunds.

If The Brandywiners, Ltd. cancels a rain-date performance and cannot reschedule it, you may obtain a full refund within thirty (30) days of the cancellation by returning your tickets along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:

         The Brandywiners, Ltd., PO Box 248, Montchanin, DE 19710

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