Ten days and three reunions later, I feel like I need a two week vacation! Not only did I have a mini-college reunion with some of my best gal pals in Newport, RI on Friday night (had dinner at the Boat House in Tiverton which was fantastic), but on Saturday, I headed over to Marion, MA for my 20-year high school reunion at Tabor Academy. The school has changed so much since I graduated – new dorms, state-of-the-art athletic facility and scientific wing of the academic center – I hardly recognized it. However, all of my closest friends were there and everyone looked exactly the same. I had been looking forward to this reunion for a long time since they were clustering our year with the year above and the year below us, so I got to see people I hadn’t seen since I graduated. Reminiscing about the “old days,” it’s an absolute miracle we lived through those years. But what an amazing place to go to high school – we were so spoiled!
My first reunion actually took place last weekend in Newport, RI (yes, this is becoming a trend). Our Jackson Hole ski crew organized this weekend so we could finally get to see the highly anticipated ‘Between Apres’ ski movie our friend Wade put together. Thanks to his professional helmet cam, and a few of the crews’ best shots, Wade put together a fantastic montage of our Jackson Hole trip, including some of our best (and worst) ski moves.We had been looking forward to this reunion ever since we left each other in March.
Driving in from Boston and New York, we all met at Wade and Libby’s and had ourselves a spectacular and unforgettable evening. Our first stop was the Jane Pickens Theater for the ‘Between Apres’ showing. Boy were we in for a treat!
After a wonderful day on the boat, we changed into our sundresses and khakis, and headed over for an afternoon of polo. This is by far one of my most favorite things to do in Newport. You can secure a tailgate spot right in front of the ring, lay out your blankets, chairs and picnic food, and make yourself a refreshing John Daly while watching the whole match just a few feet away. If the weather cooperates, it really is a lot of fun.
That night, we enjoyed a delicious BBQ on the patio at the house and then completely passed out. On Sunday, we were sad to lose a few of our crew to previously planned engagements, but the few of us who were left jumped on “Spread Eagle” for another boat ride on what may have been the most beautiful day of the year. We met up with one of Wade’s friends, and then spent a few hours anchored at Gooseberry Beach. Some of the houses (aka chateaus) were some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen.
While we joked of heading to Block Island for the afternoon (which is a pretty far boat ride away), we took the boats to the Matunuck oyster bar, where we enjoyed some oysters, stellar lobster rolls and tasty cocktails outside on the deck. What an amazing afternoon!
After some ice cream for dessert, we begrudgingly headed back to the house, packed up our cars and said our goodbyes. It was an amazing weekend with a really great group of friends. Stay tuned for our next group outing sometime this winter – location TBD.