Editor’s Note: Beth Hayes has a strong history with Brewster. Our current Associate Director of Advancement, Beth is also a Class of 1981 alumna, the mom of three Brewster grads, and the daughter of a former Trustee! She is connected to many of our alumni classes and has a passion for all things Brewster. Who better to ask for a personal reflection on the June’s Alumni Reunion? Here are Beth’s thoughts on our first reunion in three years.
The best part of a reflection is seeing what’s right in front of you, especially if you like what you see! Reunion 2022 showed us EXACTLY what we wanted to see…alumni back on campus! After three long years, we were thrilled to welcome more than 100 alumni to Reunion 2022 for a weekend filled with laughter, reminiscing, and creating new memories.
Our planning committee (which now includes new Special Events and Program Manager Caitlin Ward) still needed to keep the reality of COVID in mind, and that meant our usual advance promotion was pushed back a bit. However, we are grateful for the tremendous amount of interest folks had in coming back to campus and appreciate everyone who was able to join us for the weekend.
We kicked off the weekend with a Friday evening reception in the stunning Grayson Student Center in the newly renovated Rogers Building. For most alumni, the stalwart Rogers Building had been their gymnasium. As people entered the building on Friday evening, they were struck by the transformation and splendor of the building. From the magnificent view of Wolfeboro Bay to the graceful lines of the Coviello Dance Studio and the state-of-the-art Faith Theater, people were excited and amazed at the reimagined space. The Palmer Cafe in the Grayson Student Center was undoubtedly a fan favorite! Head of School Kristy Kerin welcomed all alumni and highlighted classes who were celebrating or had missed a milestone reunion over the past few years. She also thanked the hard-working volunteers who worked tirelessly on getting their friends and classmates back to campus. It takes a village!
Saturday offered a wide variety of activities, including the 200 Women photography exhibit, a hands-on rowing clinic (we safely made it to the middle of the Bay and back!), campus and Wolfeboro tours (courtesy of Jolly the Trolley), Kristy Kerin’s Head of School address, a presentation by Craig Gemmell—President of BA International—on the growth and evolution of Brewster’s global programs, and a hike at Castle in the Clouds (waterfalls galore!). Mathematics faculty member and hiking guru Maria Found led the excursion: “It was nice to connect with alumni as we walked up to the Castle in the Clouds property along the Brook Trail to take in a series of cascading waterfalls, the first of which was the 40-foot Fall of Songs,” she said. “It was an absolutely perfect day for a hike and conversation.” We also watched the stunning sunset aboard the M/S Mt. Washington during our private dinner cruise, complete with live music from The Grift. The Class of ’96 and their families led the charge on the dance floor while the Class of ’82 and friends claimed the top deck as their base of operation. The close-knit classes of ’60 - ’62 celebrated their overdue and current 60th reunions as the Mount made its route around Lake Winnipesaukee. The evening was filled with music, dancing, huddled conversations, peals of laughter, and the revel of special and new friendships.
By Sunday morning, we were ready for the slow pace of the famous Reunion Brunch at the Pinckney Boathouse, complete with made-to-order omelets, homemade pastries, and lots of coffee. We then gathered by the flagpole, and with the gentle sounds of the lake and the sun and breeze touching our faces, we remembered those we’ve lost since we last gathered in 2019. We were all reminded how important our Brewster connections are and how they’ve helped shape and inspire us.
Plans for Reunion 2023 are underway, so please mark June 2-4, 2023 on your calendars, because we hope to see you then! Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and ideas (or if you would like to help rally your friends and classmates to join in the fun).
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