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One of the highlights of the Reunion will be a Gala Dinner at the Harvard Club of Boston on Commonwealth Avenue on Saturday, October 16, 2010. It will be similar to the Gala we had there five years ago at our 40th Reunion, which was a great success.  The Club is a beautiful venue full of atmosphere and tradition.   The dinner  will take place in Harvard Hall, which is a lovely room, epic but intimate, with high ceilings, beautiful woodwork, and soft lighting.   We hope to have a brief demonstration by the Harvard Dance Team again after dinner.  Afterwards we will learn some line dancing.  The event is designed so that it is not necessary to have a partner and everybody, single or partnered, can take part and have a good time.  When the optional dancing on the marble floor starts after dinner, those who wish to dance can and those who don't - quite a few of us these days - can stay at the tables and continue their conversations.  We are planning a classy and elegant affair, black tie optional and encouraged. The tentative schedule is to have cocktails from 7:00-8:00 PM followed by dinner, and schmoozing and dancing after dinner until midnight.

For the cocktail hour, we will have piano music provided by Anders Vercelli.  Anders is an excellent pianist, with an interesting Harvard connection.  He is the grandson of the late Leroy Anderson, Harvard Class of 1929, who was a well-known and accomplished American composer.  He composed Blue Tango, Sleigh Bells, and Syncopated Clock among other songs.  He worked closely with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops as well as the Harvard University Band.  We will have the spirit of Leroy Anderson in the music of his grandson, Anders.  You can listen to Anders by using the player at the end of the article.

The dance music will be provided by SHINE, a highly-recommended, versatile band that can play music from the 40’s to the present.  They also have an interesting Harvard connection in that their leader, John Harris, has a grandfather and an uncle that went to Harvard.  John’s uncle rowed for the Harvard Crew some years ago.  You can also listen to SHINE below.

The line dance instruction will include line dances in disco, rhumba, the Charleston and Zorba the Greek, with nice music.  It should be a lot of fun

Our program will also include remarks from our Reunion Co-Chairs, an Invocation delivered by a classmate and a Class Toast.  As we did five years ago, we plan to end the evening by singing a medley of Harvard and Radcliffe songs.  We will supply the words and the music; you must supply your voices and enthusiasm.  We hope you will join us for a magical evening and we can show once again that the Harvard- Radcliffe Class of 1965 has spirit and style.

Gene Skowronski '65


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Listen to more of SHINE on their website.

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