Whiff Alumni Day

It’s Mavourneen Time Again

The Event: Whiff Alumni Day. The Date: Saturday, October 1. The Place: Mory’s—and also the Crescent Theater at Morse / Stiles Colleges.

Important Notice: Change of Afternoon Venue

You read it right. The location of the afternoon rehearsal and annual meeting has been changed to the Crescent Theater — a wonderful performance space shared by Morse and Stiles Colleges. Unfortunately, construction of the Adams Arts Center won’t be finished in time for us — or for the many other Yale Groups who had planned for using it at the start of the school year.

A last-minute scramble by Committee member Barry Mc Murtrey ’88 resulted in the Crescent Theater booking. Click below for a map showing how to get there.

Access to Crescent Theater

Who’s Planning to Attend

From near and far, Whiff alumni of various decades will be coming to this year’s event. Check back here regularly to view the updated list.

Plenty of Singing in Store for You

John Pitchpipe Burke ’72 and Bob Bootl Eggers ’73 will lead our afternoon rehearsal of some traditional Yale Glee Club songs to “break in” the new Rossi YGC rehearsal room. They’ll also put finishing touches on a group of familiar but “need work” Whiff arrangements—

Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair (Kinzel ’58)
Down in the Old Cherry Orchard (Girdler ’61)
I’ll Be Seeing You (Beck ’91)
Operator (Ishiguri ’10).
Sunshine Girl (Eppes ’58)

John and Bob also won’t ignore other classic Whiff songs, with choices based on personal inspiration, alumni acclamation or both. The more we sing, the better it will be.

It’s our chance to polish Whiffenpoof classics, inaugurate the Adams Music Center (Yale’s newest architectural accomplishment), and “sing in” the 2017 Whiffs at our reunion dinner.

You Get to Learn – In Advance

Sheet music and mp3 files will be available to download in advance and help you prepare to follow John and Bob’s lead as they cement these songs into our repertoire. You’ll have time to learn your part cold before coming to the afternoon rehearsal.

This is your once-a-year chance to join with other remarkable voices singing classic Whiff arrangements.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

Schedule for Day and Evening

Here’s the plan for Whiff Alumni Day 2016:

10:45 am Meeting of YWA Trustees at Mory’s; Captain’s Room. All welcome; non-board alumni attendance optional.

2:00 pm General rehearsal for all Whiffenpoof alumni under leadership of John Burke, Bob Eggers, to take place at the Crescent Theater under Morse and Stiles Colleges.

4:30 pm Annual Meeting of The Yale Whiffenpoof Alumni, Inc., at rehearsal’s end. Your chance to learn and ask questions about the results, plans and activities of your alumni association. ALL alumni are urged to attend! Also at the Crescent Theater.

6:00 pm Reception at Mory’s welcoming the Whiffenpoofs of 2017. A short stroll from the Crescent Theater.

7:30 pm Celebratory banquet at Mory’s. Singing “of the songs we love (and / or have just learned) so well” for Whiffenpoofs young and more experienced.

Points to Aid Your Planning

At 6:00 pm (or even earlier, for thirsty Whiff alums), beverages will be available for purchase at each of the two bars at Mory’s – a perfect chance for all alumni to meet, get to know, spin yarns to and proselytize Whiff traditions to the Whiffenpoofs of 2017. The festive dinner and MUCH singing will follow.

We will take over Mory’s for the night. After accommodating the Whiffenpoofs of 2017, there are only 100 dining room seats available. Reservations are first-come, first-served. Reserve ASAP for yourself and your guests.

Dinner at Mory’s: multi-course buffet style dinner includes pitchers of beer and wine pours at each table. Mory’s cups and other beverages at dinner? You’re on your own.

Space is Limited – Reserve Now

First come, first served. Deadline? Monday, September 19. All-in Cost? $90 per person. Covers? Total costs of mounting the reunion; plus, a multi-course Mory’s buffet dinner and (per table) several pitchers of beer and 2 – 3 wine pours; plus, related taxes and gratuities. Guests? Absolutely! Also $90 per person.

“Scholarships” to help defray costs may be available on a case-by-case basis. If your attendance would be more likely with such assistance, contact Ed Greenberg at esgreenb@optonline.net to inquire if you qualify. Discretion is assured.

There are two ways to make your reservation:

Online. At the Whiff Alumni Website, click Register to choose the number of tickets you are purchasing (self, guests if any) and then click the Buy Now button to pay via your credit card or PayPal account. Note: you do NOT need a PayPal account to purchase. Use your credit card instead, if you wish.

By mail. Download, print and complete the Mailed Reservation Form and send it with your check (payable to Yale Whiffenpoof Alumni, Inc.) to:

2016 Whiff Alumni Day, P. O. Box 209024, New Haven CT 06520-9024.

Your reservation is not confirmed until we receive your completed registration form and payment.

Again: first come, first served.

Registration Deadline: Monday, September 19.

Questions? Please contact me: Ed Greenberg, at esgreenb@optonline.net

Overnight Accommodations

It will be a busy weekend in New Haven. Hotel space is likely to be scarce. If you plan to stay over, you should immediately make arrangements. New Haven hotels:

Hotel Duncan: (203) 787-1273
Marriott Courtyard: (203) 777-6221
New Haven Hotel: (203) 498-3100
Omni: (203) 777-6664
Quinnipiack Club: (203) 562-3147
Study at Yale: (203) 503-3900

 Please don’t miss this next bit of our history. On behalf of the Whiff Alumni Day 2016 Committee, I urge you to make your reservation today. I look forward to welcoming you and all Whiff alumni at this grand annual tradition.

See you October 1!

With best wishes,
Ed Greenberg ’59

Whiff Alumni Day 2016 Committee: Ed Greenberg, Chair • John Burke • Kem Edwards • Bob Eggers • Jeff Freeman • Rich Johnson • Barry Mc Murtrey • Linus Travers