Ready for another mini-reunion, ’62?

                   Marjorie Jacobs Yashar is putting together a four-day visit to beautiful and historic Newport, RI. Dates are September 9 through 12. Marj has arranged                             accommodations in a lovely centrally located waterfront hotel.


49 Americans Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840

To make reservations, please call the desk at (401)847-9000 and inform them that you are part of the Wellesley group for September 9 - 12. A  block of rooms has been reserved at our special price of $203.37 pernight.

If you wish to share a room with another classmate and have not made your own arrangements, please email Marj Bribitzer at



Monday, September 9   

  •  Arrive, check-in, explore the wharf area.
  •  7:00 PM  - Enjoy dinner with classmates overlooking Newport Harbor, at the beautiful Clarke Cooke House on Bannister’s Wharf, just a short walk from our hotel and in the middle of the lively action on the Harbor.

Tuesday, September 10  

   • Tour Newport including three of the beautiful mansions for which the city is famous, Ocean Drive, and the city highlights

   • Lunch at Bowens Wharf, adjacent to our hotel

• Enjoy dinner, time for conversation, and an informal program at our hotel
Wednesday, September 11

• Early morning: Take an optional walk on the famous Cliff Walk, along the ocean behind many of the famous mansions

• Participate in a behind-the-scenes tour of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.  Our classmate Jane Gillespie Brown Grimes, who will have just completed her PhD at Cambridge in the UK (current working title:  “The History of Women’s Tennis in the Open Era, 1968-2007”) will join us!!  She has served as Tournament Director, Executive Director, and President and CEO of the Tennis Hall of Fame. Jane was recently installed in the Tennis Hall of Fame, the highest honor in tennis!

 • Lunch at LaForge Casino Restaurant next door to the Tennis Hall of Fame.

• Take an afternoon either to play tennis on the courts of the Hall of Fame, for shopping at the unique shops nearby or for exploring
• Enjoy a sunset cruise of Newport Harbor from Goat Island, aboard the 101’ classic two-masted schooner, Aurora.

          • Dig into a lobster dinner at the Regatta Club on Goat Island, next to the Aurora, overlooking Narragansett Bay.

         • After dinner, if you feel like another adventure, take a water taxi across Newport Harbor to the home of Marjorie Jacobs Yashar, where she will host a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream party.  Then take the water taxi directly back to Bowens Wharf and our hotel, or to Goat Island to pick up your car.

  Thursday, September 12  

     • Tour  the SVF Foundation and of the Olmsted Blue Garden. Our classmate, Arleyn A. Pringle Levee, has arranged these special tours just for us. Both sites are examples of preserving historic places for contemporary purposes, and are only open to the public at limited times and by appointment. First we will visit the SVF Foundation,  a project dedicated to preserving rare breeds of livestock and promoting biodiversity. We will then visit the exquisite Blue Garden, which is nearby.  Arleyn Pringle Levee is a landscape historian, specializing in the work of the Olmsted firm, and is the author of The Blue Garden: Recapturing an Iconic Newport Landscape.  Her research was key to the restoration of this beautiful garden.

• Enjoy luncheon at the historic Redwood Library and Athenaeum.  A box lunch will be provided by a French restaurant, so that we can relax.

• Learn about the history of and contemporary response to slavery in Rhode Island.  Our classmate, Libby Sturges Browne, will look at the role of the North in slavery, as set out in her daughter Katrina Browne’s documentary “Traces of the Trade,” (2008) which has received national and international acclaim. It features her and other family members descended from the DeWolfs of Bristol, Rhode Island, the largest slave traders in America in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. They retrace the route of the Triangle Trade and grapple with this difficult legacy. She recently testified about reparations for slavery before the House Judiciary Committee. Libby has helped her with a program developed for the Episcopal Church called ‘Sacred Ground,’ an online curriculum for 10 sessions on racial dialogue, “geared especially to helping white folks talk to black folks without racialized emotions." We will also hear from Benedict Leca, Executive Director of the Redwood Library, which was actually founded by a slave holder in 1747. He will talk about how an institution rooted in slavery and created in the time of the American enlightenment faces its history and shapes its future.

     •  Those who are interested in a tour of the Redwood Library exhibit and introduction to its collections are welcome to stay and explore the Library further.  Arleyn Pringle Levee’s book about the Blue Garden can be purchased at the Redwood Library’s Gift Shop.


Our formal mini-reunion ends at the Redwood Library.  You are welcome to make independent arrangements to stay on in Newport to enjoy its many other special experiences.


The per person cost for the Newport Mini-Reunion will be $275.  This will include Monday dinner at the Clarke Cooke House; Tuesday visit to the Newport mansions, Tuesday lunch, and the evening dinner at the hotel; Wednesday visit  to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, lunch at La Forge Restaurant, tennis at the Hall of Fame for those wishing to participate, the sunset cruise aboard the Aurora, the clambake, and the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream social at Marjorie’s home; Thursday visit to SVF Foundation and the Blue Garden; box lunch at Redwood Library; entrance to the Redwood Library and the afternoon discussion and tour. It will also include transportation, since we hope classmates with cars or vans will be willing to drive classmates without cars to our various locations.

To register, make out a check for $275 to Wellesley College Class of 1962 and mail it to:

Susan Chenoweth

2415 103rd Street

Omaha, Nebraska 68124

If you prefer to pay by credit card, click on the link below.