October 26th - Football at Harvard

The Princeton Association of New England (in partnership with the Princeton Princeton Varsity Club) will be hosting its Football Association and the Biennial Tiger Tent Celebration this weekend for the Princeton vs. Harvard Football Game on Saturday, October 26, 2013. The Tigers and Crimson are both leading the Ivy League with a 2-0 record thus far; a win for either team will have championship implications.

Festivities will begin two hours before the 1pm kickoff, and will include food and drinks, mini-class reunions, the Princeton University Band and more at PANE's outdoor tent complex, just southwest of the closed end of Harvard Stadium. PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for this tailgate event will be pre-sold. Visit this link for information/to purchase. Game tickets may be purchased from Harvard Athletics (www.GoCrimson.com, 617-495-2211) or Princeton Athletics (www.GoPrincetonTigers.com, 609-258-4849).
Go Tiger!

October 12th - Wine-making and Lamb Roast

PLEASE NOTE: This event has moved from October 5th to October 12th.

Peter Beardsley *71 will once again open his home in Old Lyme to us for a lamb roast event...it is not to be missed! We'll also start this year's (his 29th) wine making (crushing the grapes), and will help bottle last year's. Great fun, but wear suitable clothes because there are often a few splashes! We'll kick things off at 2pm at Peter's home (288 Mile Creek Road, Old Lyme, CT; map). Rain date will be the next day. There is no charge for this event, but appetizers and desserts are welcome contributions!

Peter may be contacted the day-of at 203-314-1505, but be sure to RSVP to Barry Nann  '57 (barrynann@comcast.net), so we can get a headcount!

Pictures (such as the one above) from the first of such events (two years ago) can be found in the "Photos" tab of this blog.

UPDATE: We had a fun event! Photos can be found on PAAFC's Facebook page!

Pressing the grapes!

October 9th - Fall Garden Party

Join us Wednesday the 9th, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm in welcoming new Tigers at our Fall Party! The Carters will graciously be opening up their home for the event (100 Edgehill Road, New Haven; map here; look for the orange balloons), and offering wine, beer, and heavy appetizers. There is no cost for this event, though dues are always appreciated. Finally, PLEASE REPLY Gilles Carter (gillescarter@yahoo.com or 917-612-4334).

Graduate Students: 100 Edgehill Road is at the intersection of Edgehill and Ogden Street, about a 20-minute walk from campus. The Yale Shuttle picks up/drops off at East Rock Rd. and Edgehill only a block away.

Image adapted from stockmedia.cc

September 16th - Young Alumni Happy Hour

Come meet up with other young (or, at least, young-at-heart) tigers in the region for a drink! We'll convene at 7:30pm at Geronimo Tequila Bar (map) on Monday the 16th. The PAAEC will provide appetizers and a private space for us, so just wear some orange and bring some cash for drinks! See you then!

PS: Though the event is free, we will be collecting optional dues on behalf of the PAAEC of $10, which  help support various club-sponsored events throughout the year. Checks can be made out to PAAEC or donation may be made through Paypal (here). Please consider contributing!

August 24th - Shakespeare in the Park

Come socialize with fellow Tigers and see a well-directed play (Julius Caesar) in the beautiful setting of New Haven's Edgerton Park! We will enjoy beer and wine at the Carters' home (100 Edgehill Road; map) to give everyone a chance to get together, then we'll walk over to the park (a block away).

Come to the Carters' at 6:00pm (or later) and bring an appetizer to share (optional but appreciated!). We will head to the park at 7:15pm, and set-up some orange balloons near the stage in Edgerton Park for the 8:00pm performance. Good seating is limited; RSVP to Gilles Carter (gillescarter@yahoo.com or 917-612-4334) ASAP if you'd like us to hold a space for you. You may consider bringing folding chairs or blankets, a picnic snack and wine for the performance, a jacket, and bug spray.

Performances are free. There is a suggested (but completely voluntary) donation to the Elm City Shakespeare Company of $20 for adults, $10 for students, and $5 for children.

July 14th - PAAFC's Annual Potluck Polo Picnic

Our friends at the PAAFC will be hosting their 5th Annual Potluck Polo Picnic on Sunday, July 14, and hope you can join! The event will be at the Greenwich Polo Club (map here), which hosts public USPA high-goal polo matches and is open to the public for picnicking on the sidelines. Grounds open at 1:00 pm for picnicking and the matches begin at 3:00 pm.

Image from greenwichpoloclub.com
What to Bring:
  • Yourself, your family, and your friends
  • Garden party or Reunions outfits
  • Blankets, chairs, and/or umbrellas
  • Cash for parking ($40/car, regardless of passenger load)
  • Food to share (plan for 6-8 people, or 3x your party size)

RSVP: Audrey Liu '99 at aliu@alumni.princeton.edu

Please include head count, what food you plan to contribute (to avoid duplicates), and a phone number (in case of cancellation). Non-PAAFC members (dues may be paid here) would be kind to consider a small monetary contribution to help offset costs of paper goods. Hope to see you there!

2013 PAAEC Book Award Winners

The Princeton Alumni Association of Eastern Connecticut is pleased to announce that eighteen book prizes were awarded this year (plus several Honorable Mention certificates) for excellent essays. Thirty three students from fifteen secondary schools in New Haven, New London, and Middlesex counties applied for the award by submitting an essay. The year's essay was to be written about any one of the following Princeton alumni, the three most recent Associate Justices appointed to the U. S. Supreme Court, and how the specific alumnus/a fulfills Princeton’s (unofficial) motto, “Princeton in the nation’s service and in the service of all nations”:
  • Samuel Alito, Princeton class of 1972 
  • Elena Kagan, Princeton class of 1981
  • Sonia Sotomayor, Princeton class of 1976
The awarded prizes were the form of one of various books written by Princeton professor and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. Each book was signed by professor Morrison (directly to each student!) and inscribed with a PAAEC placard. Guilford High School juniors Megan Burke, Daniel Freedman, and Charlotte Killiam received awards presented by Scott Conover '56 (a 1952 alumnus of Guildford High School!). Scott reported, "The winners and the faculty were quite impressed with the award of Toni Morrison's book."

John Armstrong '67, of Madison, presented awards to Adam Boey and Cecilia Bueno at Daniel Hand High School. Rebecca Armstrong '74 awarded a prize to Molly Donahue at Portland High School, and Barry Nann '57 did the same for Sarah Dinovelli at Robert E. Fitch High School and for Unni Kurumbail at East Lyme High School.

Robert E. Fitch High School junior Sarah Dinovelli (third from left) poses with her award, surrounded by her parents. Joining Sarah are PAAEC president Barry Nann (second from right); Fitch assistant principal Peter Bass (far right); and Sarah's brother Ben (far left), who won the same prize in 2011 and just completed his freshman year at Princeton.

Below is a list of this year's award recipients. The PAAEC would again like to congratulate all the winners, and hopes that all of these outstanding students, supported by their teachers and administrators, are destined to enjoy further academic achievement.

School Winning Students
Cromwell HS Erin Glynn
East Hampton HS Michele Hamel, Lauren Randall
East Haven HS Maria Melchor, Brady Reynolds
East Lyme HS Unni Kurumbail
Daniel Hand HS Adam Boey, Cecilia Bueno
Guilford HS Megan Burke, Daniel Freedman, Charlotte Killiam
Mercy HS Emily Hall
Old Saybrook HS Effie Gianitsos
Portland HS Molly Donahue
Robert E. Fitch HS Sarah Dinovelli
Sacred Heart Academy  Madeline Ross
Xavier HS James Rosborough, William Selleck

April 21st - Spring Garden Party & Annual Meeting

UPDATE: Some photos of the event have been added to our site!

Please join us Sunday from 4:00 - 7:00 pm for our annual PAAEC Spring Garden Party; come mingle with Tigers in the region, friends of Tigers, and new CT admits to the Class of 2017! This is a family-friendly event and kids are most welcome. Beer, wine, Champagne and heavy appetizers will be served. Come as you are (though Princeton Reunion garb is encouraged) and enjoy the weather; croquet will be set up in the lawn.

A short business meeting will be held at 4:20 pm to elect members of the 2013-2014 PAAEC Executive Committee. (Nominations may be emailed to Daniel Gadala-Maria '09 at dgadala@gmail.com, or may be presented at the time of meeting.)

Time: 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Date: Sunday, April 21st

100 Edgehill Road, New Haven
(map here; street parking available. Look for orange balloons!)
RSVP: Gilles Carter '80 (gillescarter@yahoo.com or 917-612-4334)

Princetonians now at Yale: The Yale Shuttle (blue line) picks up/drops off at East Rock Road and Edgehill (only a block away), and you can always arrange for a security car to take you door to door (203-432-6330).

Image from http://www.worldstores.co.uk, with modifications

April 15th - Princeton Prize Recognition Dinner

Please join us for the 2013 The Princeton Prize in Race Relations Connecticut Recognition Dinner and Awards Ceremony as we honor exemplary high school students whose efforts have had a significant, positive effect on race relations in their schools and communities.

The ceremony will feature Carlton L. Highsmith, Chairman of the Board of ConnCAT, as a guest speaker. Prize winner Solanlly Canas (High School in the Community, New Haven) will be honored, as will Certificate of Accomplishment recipients Stephanie Fagbemi (Kingswood Oxford School, West Hartford) and Margaret House (Simsbury High School, Simsbury).

RSVP to Alan Rosner (alanrosner@aol.com) by April 5th if you wish to attend!

Monday, April 15, 2013
The Graduate Club (155 Elm Street, New Haven; map)

Parking available in Yale Lot #51 (map; entrance on Temple Street)

*Dinner costs are covered by your local Princeton Prize committee; donations are appreciated, but not expected. (Prize money is provided by Princeton University.)

April 11th - Public Reading with Charlotte Rogan '75

From 6-8pm on April 11th The New Haven Free Public Library (map) will be hosting a wine and cheese reception with Charlotte Rogan '75, followed by her presentation of and reading from her new novel: The Lifeboat. More information (and tickets) available here!

April 11th-13th - Every Voice

Princeton University would like to offer extend a special invitation to Every Voice, its first ever conference centering on issues relevant to the LGBT & ally community. Starting April 11th, the university will hold a three-day on-campus gathering that will include presentations by alumni, senior administrators, faculty and students; networking opportunities; and social events (full schedule here). For registration (free) and details, visit http://alumni.princeton.edu/lgbt.

April 3rd - Talk with Vladimir Alexandrov *79

Join us for a reading and conversation with Vladimir Alexandrov *79, author The Black Russian, his new biography of an African-American who led a remarkable life in Russia and Turkey. (Synopsis after the jump.)

To accompany the talk, appetizers from Lina's Place: Authentic foods will be provied--smoked fish, Baltic herring, sausage, dill pickles, prepared foods such as salads and other things...e.g., pirozhki (meat and other substance-filled pasties); pirogi (meat or cabbage pies); kholodets (meat in aspic); herring "in a fur coat" (i. e., with potato and beet salad) yes, we couldn't miss the opportunity of serving "black Russians"- (vodka and Kahlua).

Time: 5:30pm
Date: Wednesday, April 3rd
Place: 100 Edgehill Road, New Haven (map here; street parking available)
RSVP: Gilles Carter '80 (gillescarter@yahoo.com or 917-612-4334)

March 8th - Basketball vs Yale

Join us Friday at 7pm to cheer on our Princeton Tigers as they take on the Bulldogs!

Highlights and post-game from Harvard game last weekend

Princeton currently leads the Ivy League with a 9-3 record; one of those three losses, though, was to Yale on an earlier meeting at Princeton. This weekend, our Tigers hope to return the favor of an at-home loss to Yale, and also add another win to our path toward the league championship. Details and statistics can be found at GoPrincetonTigers.com.

Tickets can be purchased online or in person at Payne Whitney Gym (map), and range from $8 to $12.

February 20th - Young Alumni Happy Hour

Interior view of Barcelona 
The PAAEC invites all young alumni to join us for a cocktail hour at the Barcelona Wine Bar in New Haven (map); we'll be gathering on Wednesday the 20th from 7:30-9:30pm in their upstairs lounge. PAAEC will provide snacks, but do bring some cash for drinks (may I suggest some verdejo?). No need to RSVP; just wear some orange and join us for a fun evening!

PAAEC Survey

We had previously emailed out a link to a PAAEC survey, which many of you had taken the time to complete; thank you! If you have not already done so, we welcome you to submit your reply by March 1st by using the link above. Also, please feel free to view the survey results we have collected so far!

February 1st - Men's Hockey vs Yale

The Princeton men's hockey team is coming to New Haven to play Yale on February 1 at 7:00 pm. Wear as much orange as propriety permits, and come support the team!

The team US College Hockey called "most likely to make a second half surge" - the Princeton Tigers - have started the new year with a 3-to-2 overtime victory over Harvard and a 3-to-1 victory over 9th-ranked Dartmouth the next night. Junior Andrew Calof scored all three goals against Harvard but the team has gotten balanced scoring from the entire roster. The defense is lead by senior Michael Sdao, a mid-round draft pick of the Ottawa Senators. The goaltending is solid with Mike Condon and Sean Bonar.

To reserve tickets, contact Alan Rosner, '76, by phone at 203-809-0224 or by email at alanrosner@aol.com. We were only able to purchase a block of 85 tickets for the game this year (last year we sold 95 tickets and had to turn away about a dozen fans), so act now! Tickets are $14 each (with full scholarships for alumni accumulating debt at local graduate schools courtesy of the Princeton Alumni Association of Eastern Connecticut). If you provide an address, your tickets will be mailed to you. You can pay at the game. Tickets not delivered by mail will be distributed outside the ticket office at the Yale arena.

See you at Ingalls Rink (73 Sachem Street, New Haven CT 06511; map here). Go Tigers!!!

Some hockey highlights vs RPI earlier this year, from goprincetontigers.com