Join Bryn Mawr for a weekend of culture, creativity, and conversation with Daniel Torday, Director of Bryn Mawr’s Creative Writing Program; Jaye Fox ’91, artist and co-director of studio21south Art Gallery in North Adams, Massachusetts; and Alumnae Association Executive Director Wendy Greenfield. Enjoy bucolic surroundings in the company of fellow alumnae/i and friends while tapping into your creative self through writing, sketching, dance, music, and theater.
Recognizing the current economic climate, the Alumnae Association has arranged for budget conscious accommodations on the magnificent campus of Bard College at Simon’s Rock in the charming town of Great Barrington. Founded in 1966 by Elizabeth Blodgett Hall, mother of Bryn Mawr alumna Margaret “Peggy” Hall Whitfield ’55, Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the nation’s first early college and only four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences specifically designed for bright, motivated scholars who are ready to begin college after the tenth or eleventh grade.
For those who would prefer a different type of accommodation, we have reserved rooms at The Red Lion Inn, located approximately seven miles away from Bard College.
To make a reservation, call 413.298.1690 by June 1 and reference Bryn Mawr College group #212404.
We hope to see you in the Berkshires!
Wendy M. Greenfield,
Bryn Mawr Alumnae Association
|Friday, July 20|
|9:30 a.m.||Registration and Dorm Opens
Settle in and explore Bard College at Simon’s Rock
|12 p.m.||Opening Lunch in Bard’s Dining Room
Welcome and program overview
|2 p.m.||Viewing of Julie Taymor’s The Tempest|
|4-5 p.m.||The Tempest Discussion
A conversation with Dan Torday about Taymor’s film, The Tempest, focusing on the contrast between it and Shakespeare’s original work. (This is an excellent prelude to Friday evening’s performance at Shakespeare & Company.)
|5:30 p.m.||Dinner, Bard’s Dining Room|
|7:30 p.m.||An Evening at Shakespeare & Company
Shakespeare's The Tempest
directed by Tony Simotes, featuring Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis.
|10 p.m.||Ice Cream Sundae Social|
|Saturday, July 21|
|7-9 a.m.||Breakfast in Bard’s Dining Room|
|9 a.m.||Approaching the Sketchbook
Join Jaye Foxe ’91 for a talk on using a sketchbook and exploring mark-making and values, as well as an introduction to sketching the landscape.
|10 a.m.||Sketching Interlude
Capture the beauty of the Berkshires through sketching. Find a perfect spot to sketch on Bard’s campus.
Sketch from Monument Mountain
Join Wendy Greenfield in ascending this popular peak, which once drew 19th-century literary giants, and from its summit gaze across the spectacular landscapes of the Housatonic River Valley.
|12:30 p.m.||Lunch in Bard’s Dining Room|
|2 p.m.||Dan Torday: Writing in Environment
Dan Torday will lead a generative session on writing in one’s environment. Participants should be certain to bring pen and notebook!
|3-5 p.m.||Free Time|
|5-10:30 p.m.||An Evening at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival|
|5:15 p.m.||Guided tour of Jacob’s Pillow|
|6:15 p.m.|| Inside/Outside Performance
Choose to attend one of the electrifying performances below!
|8 p.m.||The Hong Kong Ballet
(Ted Shawn Theatre)
A company that embodies grace, beauty, and technical prowess, this engagement is an international program that displays The Hong Kong Ballet’s exquisite classical technique and contemporary vision. The evening performance includes the U.S. premiere of Black on Black, a striking ballet danced to music by celebrated Polish composer Henryk Górecki. The emotionally charged, sensual work Luminous depicts romance and longing, while Symphony in Three Movements, danced to Igor Stravinsky’s eponymous score, embodies the power and intensity of his acclaimed “war symphony.”
Preview a performance by The Hong Kong Ballet.
|8:15 p.m.||Luna Negra Dance Theater (Doris Duke Theatre)
By merging contemporary dance with the powerful energy of Latino and Afro-Caribbean styles, Luna Negra Dance Theater presents several exciting, thought-provoking, and entertaining performances. Spanish choreographer Fernando Hernando Magadan investigates the need for physical connection in a technological age, combining fierce dancing, multimedia effects, and music ranging from jazz to Bach. In Bate, choreographer Fernando Melo plays with male bravado and vulnerability, combining the melodrama of Brazilian soap operas and the machismo of Samba. This engagement is the Pillow debut of this ensemble of talented performers.
Preview a performance by the Luna Negra Dance Theater.
|Sunday, July 22|
|8 a.m.||Breakfast in Bard’s Dining Room|
|10 a.m.||Tour of The Mount – Edith Wharton’s Summer Home and Gardens
The hour-long docent tour reveals the history of The Mount, from its construction to its restoration, and chronicles Wharton’s life, her remarkable achievements, and her literary legacy.
The 45-minute garden tour recounts the history of the estate’s structures and plantings, discusses the influence of Wharton’s seminal 1904 publication, Italian Villas and Their Gardens on landscaping at The Mount, and pays homage to Wharton as a passionate garden lover.
Bring a boxed lunch and blanket to Tanglewood and picnic on the lawn with Jaye Foxe. Be sure to bring your sketchpad; Jaye will work with anyone who's interested on their sketchbooks!
|2 p.m.||An Afternoon at Tanglewood
An All-Mozart Program
Kurt Masur, Conducting
Mozart - Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K.491
Mozart - Symphony No. 36, Linz
is an accomplished representational artist who received her training in the traditional atelier system, including at the Art Students League, the National Academy, and private study. Her artistic practice has been enriched by the mentorship of internationally recognized artists including Greg Kreutz, Timothy Clark, and Frederick Brosen. She is the co-director of studio21south, a gallery in North Adams and teaches art privately at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown.
is director of the Creative Writing Program at Bryn Mawr College. His fiction, essays, and criticism have appeared in Esquire Magazine, Five Chapters, Fifty-Two Stories, Harvard Review, Glimmer Train, The Kenyon Review, and The New York Times. His short novel, The Sensualist, was published this spring by Nouvella Books. A former editor at Esquire, Torday serves as a Book Review Editor at The Kenyon Review.