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Alumni Mayfest 2011Mayfest is Coming!

On April 30, the 2nd Annual Simon’s Rock Alumni Mayfest will take place in more than a dozen locations all over the United States. Please save the date!

Coinciding with Mayfest at Simon’s Rock, Alumni Mayfest is for catching up with other Rockers in person, connecting with folks at other gatherings through social media, and making gifts to support students who are studying at Simon’s Rock right now.

This year, alumni who make a gift between March 1 and May 1 of $95 or more will receive a student-designed 2011 Mayfest t-shirt. Alumni giving $250 or more will receive a vintage Simon’s Rock frisbee featuring High-Flying Louie. You can donate at the party or you can make a gift today.

Here is the list of nationwide gatherings...

BALTIMORE, MD (Owings Mills)
Hosts: Keith ’80 and Penny ’81 Brierley-Bowers
Time: 4pm
RSVP: or 443-394-3495
Notes: Lite fare and drinks provided; bring pictures, memories or an instrument

BOSTON, MA (Jamaica Plain)
Host: Jennifer Rivers Cole ‘86
Time: 11am to 3pm
RSVP: or 617-522-0661
Notes: Brunch! Family-friendly.

Hosts: David Lovely ’96 and Lori Portnoy ‘74
Time: 3pm to 8pm
RSVP: or 773-531-4107
Notes: A family-friendly barbeque/picnic with cocktails

CONNECTICUT, South (Brandford)
Hosts: Tom ’95 and Joli ’96 Abbott
Time: 11am to 3pm
Notes: A family-friendly potluck picnic and barbeque

Host: Sarah Parady ‘99
Time: 3pm to 8pm
RSVP: (preferred) or 801-633-6073
Notes: A family-friendly barbeque/picnic

Hosts: Max Miller ’90 and Craig Sauer ‘90
Time: 11am to 4pm
RSVP: and, or 310-666-9754
Notes: Potluck backyard picnic

MASSACHUSETTS, Western (Great Barrington)
Host: Andrew Humes ’74 and Elisabeth Humes
Time: 5pm to 8pm
Notes: Cocktail party

Host: Nicole Fitting '92
Time: 3pm to 6pm
Notes: Meet for drinks at 68 Jay Street Bar in DUMBO; there is park nearby for frisbee

Hosts: Allyson Sgro ’01 and Bjorn-Erik Townsend ‘94
Time: 7pm to midnight
RSVP: or 206-973-8227
Notes: A salon-style gathering in Allyson and Bjorn-Erik’s home

Host: Christine Terrell ’00 and Ally Shandell ‘00
Time: 12pm to 4pm
RSVP:, or 202-286-1935
Notes: H’ors doevres will be provided; please bring whatever else you would like. Family friendly.

If you are interested in hosting a Mayfest gathering in your area, please contact Rich Montone by phone (413-644-4776) or e-mail ( He would love to hear from you.