While nearly 500 alumni and guests gathered at Blair for a spectacular Alumni Weekend celebration in June, two smaller events gave alums the opportunity to get together at interesting and fun off-campus venues during the months of May and August.
On May 6, nine Bucs joined veteran science teacher Rod Gerdsen in New York City for an informative tour of the Museum of Natural History and its newly opened Unseen Oceans exhibit. The idea for the outing originated with Emily Collins ’11, who is a member of Blair’s greater New York City regional chapter, an alumni group that is always on the lookout for new and different ways to stay connected to the School. The attendees spent an enjoyable afternoon getting to know one another and viewing the museum’s many exhibits with the added bonus of Mr. Gerdsen’s expert commentary.
“The only thing better than exploring the Museum of Natural History and their new Unseen Oceans exhibit was having the chance to do it with Blair alumni!” Mr. Gerdsen said. “The group was eager to learn all about not only the mysteries of the deep ocean, but also the history of humankind’s interaction with this realm. Our day together showed me that despite our alumni coming from very different backgrounds and different careers, our collective fascination with the science of the unknown regions of our oceans ties us all together. By the end of the day, I think all left with an appreciation for science and a deeper wonder of what lies beneath the waves.”
Three months later, on August 5, 26 members of the Blair family took in a Lehigh Valley IronPigs minor league baseball game at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The IronPigs invited a member of the Blair group to throw out one of the first pitches of the game, and Norman Solomon ’70 proudly did the honors. The family-friendly afternoon included a buffet lunch at the ballpark.
Pleased with both events, Director of Alumni Relations Shaunna Murphy and Blair’s advancement team are planning more gatherings in the coming months. “We’re hoping to offer alumni a variety of ways to connect in different locales and at different types of get-togethers this year, in addition to the on-campus events that everyone loves so much,” Mrs. Murphy said. “It’s all about celebrating what we share as members of the Blair family—our lifelong connection and love for the School.”
Visit Blair’s receptions and events webpage to learn more about upcoming events.