Attendees had many opportunities to reconnect with friends, faculty, and other school community members during a weekend full of gatherings, celebrations, presentations, learning, and enjoyment for all. Revelers included alumnae from Chaffee and alumni from Loomis and Loomis Chaffee class years ending in 3 and 8, as well as alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago.
The festivities kicked off on Friday afternoon with a golf outing at the newly refurbished Keney Park Golf Course in Hartford. Afternoon and evening activities included a 50th Reunion reception at the Head's House and a 25th Reunion reception in Katharine Brush Library. Alumni arriving on campus Friday evening enjoyed dinner accompanied by a jazz trio, a coffee house in Cutler Hall for quiet conversation, a late-night DJ, and "Burgers with Bruno" (longtime faculty member and coach Chuck "Bruno" Vernon) in Grubbs Quadrangle.
A host of activities and presentations highlighted the Saturday schedule. Jason Liu '17 and Jeff Dyreson, associate director of the Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies, presented "A Ray of Sunshine," a debut of Loomis' solar array project, the installation of which is set to begin on campus this month. The much-anticipated project, spearheaded by Jason when he was a senior, is expected to generate upwards of 70 percent of the Island's electricity demand, and significantly reduce the school's carbon footprint.
In "Crazy Pelicans to Mad Men," Tom Pettus '93 and Winston Binch '93, celebrating their 25th Reunion, related ways that their shared experiences at Loomis led their professional paths to cross and helped shape their advertising and digital marketing careers.
Head of School Sheila Culbert presented her "State of the School" summary and answered alumni questions about the school's plans to continue to meet its mission in an ever-changing world. Sheila and Associate Head for External Relations Nat Follansbee shared an insider's view of the new Scanlan Campus Center, which is on track to open in fall of 2018 and will transform the heart of campus.
The days' activities also included a lunchtime food truck fair on Grubbs Quadrangle, a boys alumni lacrosse game, round-robin tennis matches, and a memorial service, officiated by Alan Hooker '68 and Charles Drew '68 in Founders Chapel. Children's activities included hands-on robotics projects, arts and crafts, face painting, mini golf and other games in Grubbs Quad, and swimming in Hedges Pool. Childcare on Friday and Saturday evenings enabled parents to enjoy their classmates while the kids had fun too, including Art Truck activities on Friday and an evening of "abracadabra" and fun featuring Mr. Magichead on Saturday.
The culmination of reunion events took place on Saturday night with class dinners followed by an all-class dessert and dancing under the tent in Grubbs Quad. Alumni bid each other farewell until next time at breakfast on Sunday morning.
Members of the classes ending in 4's and 9's are encouraged to make plans to return to the Island for next year's Reunion Weekend in June 2019.