Alumni gatherings allow former students to reconnect and once again enjoy one another’s company. Alumni have enjoyed Warrior Adventures over the past two summers, and a new adventure is scheduled for February 2015. Additional adventures will be announced in coming months. Similar activities will be planned in other areas where sufficient numbers of alumni are located.
Based upon the popular television series Downton Abbey, Meadow Brook Hall hosts Downton Days each winter. Rochester College alumni, their families, and their friends are invited to participate in a behind-the-scenes Downton Days tour at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 22, 2015. The tour, “A Servant’s Life,” will focus on the role of the house staff in a country estate.
“A National Historic Landmark, Meadow Brook is the historic home built by one of the automotive aristocracy’s most remarkable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of automobile pioneer John Dodge, and her second husband, lumber broker Alfred Wilson. Constructed between 1926 and 1929 for $4 million, Meadow Brook represents one of the finest examples of Tudor-revival architecture in America.” (Meadow Brook website)
Meadow Brook describes the interactive tour with these words: “Intrigued by the ‘downstairs’ scenes in Downton Abbey? Our Head Housekeeper invites you to audition to be part of the staff here at The Great Estate. Your day will start with a brief interview, followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of The Hall. You may be asked to complete a task to see if you could meet our high standards for employment. At the conclusion of the tour, guests will enjoy tea and scones in the servants dining room.” Additionally, guests will receive complimentary copies of the college’s history book, “The Seasons of Rochester College.”
All of Meadow Brook’s Downton Days events sold out last year. “A Servant’s Life” tours are limited to 25 individuals. We have reserved the entire block of 25 tickets for the 2 p.m. tour on February 22 for our group. Tickets are $35 each (Meadow Brook ticket price).
Reservation Deadline: February 11, 2015. Only 25 tickets are available. Order early to secure your place!
Previous Warrior Adventures
To introduce the Warrior Adventures, we have visited three Southeast Michigan attractions. Stay tuned for additional upcoming events.
Detroit Zoo Family Day
On Saturday, June 28, 2014, alumni and their families visited the Detroit Zoo. With our group rate, tickets were $12 for adults (15+ yrs) and $8 for children (2-14 yrs). Infants were admitted free. Those with season passes to the zoo were invited to join us as well.
We began the day at the zoo when it opened at 9:00 a.m. Everyone was able to visit the exhibits on their own until lunch time. We rented a picnic area with a tent near the polar bear exhibit so we could share lunch together. Participants either brought their own picnic or purchased lunch at a nearby food court. The Alumni Association supplied bottled water and cookies. During the lunch hour we had door prize drawings for those who were present. Everyone was then able to once again visit the exhibits on their own until the zoo closed at 5:00 p.m.
Detroit Tigers Night
A special night was planned at Comerica Park on Saturday, July 19, 2014. Event tickets were available for $50 each and included a Tigers game vs. the Cleveland Indians and a private picnic buffet in the stadium.
The picnic buffet began at 5:30 p.m. in the Tiger Club and included hot dogs, hamburgers, cole slaw, pasta salad, baked beans, chips, water, and soft drinks. During the picnic, there were drawings for a variety of door prizes, including a set of four tickets to another Tigers game provided by Kevin Stewart (’04) of ReMax Suburban. We then moved to our reserved mezzanine seats for the 7:05 p.m. game.
Day at the Cultural Center
On Saturday, July 13, 2013, we visited the newly renovated Detroit Historical Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts. The only cost for this event was parking and $10 per person ($5 for children under 12) for a catered lunch. Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne County residents were admitted to the museums at no charge. We covered the cost for those living in other counties.
We began our day at the Detroit Historical Museum when the facility opened at 10:00 a.m. Friends and families were able to see the museum at their own pace. Lunch, catered by Slows BarBQ, was served in the Historical Museum’s Depot. During that time we had door prize drawings for those present. After lunch, participants dispersed with their friends and families to the Detroit Institute of Arts. We completed the day when the art museum closed at 5:00 p.m.