Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Weekend Wanderings - Hobart and William Smith Colleges 2015 Reunion

A few weekends ago, Roger and I headed upstate to his alma mater, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, for his five year reunion. We had such a blast that we spent the entire drive home planning how to move out of New York City and into a college town. One day...

We drove through the night on Thursday, so we could wake up in Geneva on Friday and start our day right with some Wegman's breakfast sandwiches and this incredible view of Seneca Lake.



We wandered around campus, including the arts building, which is in a historic home near a graveyard:


And the newly updated library:


Before heading over to tour Fribolin Farm, a farm the colleges recently acquired. The property is gorgeous, and some of their plans (a solar farm and an orchard) are just as exciting as what's already there (a salsa garden, an internship program, and a horse named Gina)!






We met back up with friends for a little wine tasting on the nearby vineyards before heading back to campus for some hula-hooping and food trucks that night.



That evening, we visited Lake Drum Brewing, the brewery our friend Victor opened this past year. It was such a blast hanging out at his incredible bar and tasting the beer and cider he'd brewed himself. It was more proof that we know the coolest people.

The next morning, Roger and I woke up early to take mini-college classes, and—aside from seeing friends we don't see often enough, of course—the class I took on Architecture of Geneva was my favorite part of the whole weekend. It was mostly a photographic tour of the historic homes in Geneva, along with some quick lessons on architectural terminology. Right up my alley!

We had a picnic lunch outside Lake Drum, and then headed back to campus for their Beer and Wine Festival.


After that, we headed up to the top of St. Mark's Tower to take in views of the lake and campus from above.



The evening only got better when dinner and dancing started, and at midnight, we watched the moon rise and set off sky lanterns over the lake, which was just stunning. From what I can remember, the evening ended in the dorms with a game Rob made up called "Catch the Hot Dog Roll in Your Mouth."

We all enjoyed one last Wegman's breakfast sandwich on the lake together, and Roger was especially pleased with the greyhound meet up we happened to see.



It was genuinely difficult to leave that afternoon because of all the fun we'd had. It's so rare to have so many people you love all in one place, and I'm so glad that nearly everyone was able to make it up. I can't wait to go back in 2020!

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