Alumni gatherings allow former students to reconnect and once again enjoy one another’s company. Alumni have enjoyed several Warrior Adventures over the past three years. Similar activities will be planned in other areas where sufficient numbers of alumni are located. Whenever possible, plan to join us for a Warrior Adventure. Additional adventures will be announced in coming months.
Meadow Brook Holiday Walk & Luncheon
Experience the magic of Christmas at the 45th annual Holiday Walk of Meadow Brook Hall on Sunday, December 4, 2016. Our event includes a 1:30 p.m. luncheon at the mansion followed by a 2:30 tour of the estate’s elaborately decorated rooms.
“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)
The Holiday Walk runs nearly one month and is one of Meadow Brook’s most popular events. Tickets for our December 4 tour and luncheon are $33 each (Meadow Brook price). A limited number of tickets are available for alumni, their families, and their friends.
Flint Area Pizza & Painting
With step-by-step assistance from an experienced artist from Painting with a Twist, each participant will paint a picture of the college’s Lake Norcentra, with a choice between painting the totem pole that used to stand on the island or the cross that presently stands in that location. At 6:30 p.m., we will gather for pizza and soft drinks, courtesy of the Alumni Association. The painting session will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 9:00.
A $35 studio fee will cover the instruction, canvas, and all painting supplies. A limited number of seats are available. Place your reservations for this event now to secure your spot!
Previous Warrior Adventures
Day at the Cultural Center
In 2013, alumni and their families visited two renowned attractions in the Detroit Cultural Center. In the morning, participants toured the Detroit Historical Museum at their own pace. After a luncheon catered by Slows BarBQ, participants dispersed to the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Four special nights have taken place at Comerica Park. This year, the event included group seating for the game, and the Alumni Association provided food vouchers for participants. The evening ended with a dramatic fireworks presentation.
Detroit Zoo Family Day
On two occasions, alumni and their families have visited the Detroit Zoo. Each day began when the zoo opened. Everyone was able to visit the exhibits on their own until lunch time. Participants then gathered at a tent in the picnic area for lunch before once again visiting the exhibits in the afternoon.
Downton Day at Meadow Brook Hall
Based upon the popular television series Downton Abbey, Meadow Brook Hall hosts Downton Days each winter. Rochester College alumni, their families, and their friends participated in a behind-the-scenes Downton Days tour in 2015. The tour, “A Servant’s Life,” focused on the role of the house staff in a country estate.
Downtown Detroit Walking Tour
Witnessing first-hand the rebirth of Detroit, alumni participated in Downtown Detroit Walking Tours in 2015 and 2016. Led by Calvin Moore, a professional tour guide, owner of Seven Point Two Tours, and Rochester College graduate, the tours included some of Detroit’s great historical sites and renowned architecture. Following the two-hour tours, participants ate lunch at American Coney Island.
Alumni, their families, and their friends gathered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for a 2015 evening of fellowship and Rochester College hockey. The evening included Smokey Bones barbecue and featured the Warriors as they faced the Davenport University Panthers.