Dear '69 Classmates,
Are you interested in getting together a couple of days early? Would you like to explore the big-city excitement that did not exist when we were students? Cleveland is now the "City that Rocks!"
We have been working on a pre-reunion experience. Save the dates, May 22-24!
(Note: this is an optional event and not officially managed by Oberlin.)
RTA's Red Line (the “Rapid”) will take you from the airport directly to the Tower City Station, located on Public Square — only a block from the Drury Plaza Hotel. This 1931 landmark, opened to guests just three years ago after a stunning $52-million renovation, offers a free hot breakfast and a free happy hour!
I have reserved a block of rooms at the Drury Plaza Hotel. If you're interested, the cutoff date for reservations is April 20. Go to www.druryhotels.com or call 1-800-325-0720. Mention you're with the Oberlin College block, group number 2361971.
The initial plan is to meet for dinner on Wednesday, May 22. A cozy jazz club garden room has been reserved just for us.
There are lots of possibilites for Thursday including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Cleveland Museum of Art (free and amazing), the Botanical Garden, kayaking on the Cuyahoga (no longer burning!), a boat tour on the river, or a city tour.
The Cleveland Indians will be hosting the Tampa Bay Rays that night. The stadium is a nice one and easily walkable from our hotel. Cary Seidman is organizing a block of tickets but needs to know how many; contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
► CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA
The May 23 program in beautiful Severance Hall will include Grieg, Strauss, and Sibelius with solo by Simon Keenlyside. This is the last weekend of the season, so anyone interested should reserve tickets early at www.clevelandorchestra.com.
► BROADWAY MUSICAL
This will also be the last weekend for the Tony-winning tribute to rock and roll's "Million Dollar Quartet" (Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley). It's playing at the Hanna in Playhouse Square, home of the world's largest outdoor chandelier.
You and your Obie friends can investigate one of the music clubs along the river in the Flats.
► GAMES OF CHANCE
Or if anyone has money to spare, there is a casino within walking distance on the newly redesigned Public Square!
This plan is still in the making, and I would welcome any ideas or suggestions. It should be a fun and relaxing time before we have even more fun in Oberlin.
Hope you can join us,
Carol McLaughlin Fishwick