PMA Tree-Lighting Celebration On the 21st

All Philly-area Smithies and their families are invited to the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Tree-Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 on Wednesday Nov 21st. The free event takes place on the East Terrace at 6:00 followed by pay-what-you-wish admission at the PMA. The Tree-Lighting Celebration includes festive treats and music by York Street Hustle leading up to the 6:00 p.m. countdown. Warm (and adult) beverages and a live choir continue the celebration inside.

The Smith Club will meet at 5:30 at the Rocky Steps at the “Prometheus Strangling the Vulture” sculpture by Jacques Lipchitz.

Email your RSVP to phillysmithclub@gmail.com for the contact number or just come on by on the 21st!

Happy Fall, Smithies

Philly Smith Club Book Drive for Kensington High School

 

Thank you to all the Philly Smithies who have already donated to the the student initiated rebuild of the Kensington High School library!

The Philly Smith Club is still collecting books for Kensington High this month including:

– Young Adult Novels
– Graphic Novels
– Anime
– Comic Books
– Biographies
– Dictionaries (Spanish, English, French, Chinese, etc.)
– Technical (engineering, nursing, career books, etc.)
– Music books

What was your favorite book in high school or a book you wished you had read in high school? Give it back to the city!

Contact phillysmithclub@gmail.com to arrange a drop off or pick up.

Learn more about the Kensington High School Library project here:
http://www2.philly.com/…/kensington-high-sschool-library-er…

Happy Hour/Book Drive at Bud and Marilyn’s

For this month’s On the 18th we will enjoy a Fall Happy Hour at Bud & Marilyn’s in Center City. Bud & Marilyn’s is located at 1234 Locust St and come meet Liz ’97 any time between 5:30-7:30 (Liz will be there at 5 if you want to get there a little earlier). Stay as little or as long as you like!

Bud & Marilyn's

The Philly Smith Club is also collecting books this month for the student-initiated rebuild of the Kensington High School library. The Inquirer article on this phenomenal project lead by the Kensington High senior class can be found here.

They are especially looking for the following genres:

  • Young Adult Novels
  • Graphic Novels
  • Anime
  • Comic Books
  • Biographies
  • Dictionaries (Spanish, English, French, Chinese, etc.)
  • Technical (engineering, nursing, career books, etc.)
  • Music books

What was your favorite book in high school or a book you wished you had read in high school? Give it back to the city! Donations can be brought to the On the 18th happy hour or contact phillysmithclub@gmail.com for more details.

The class has also created several amazon wish lists:

Library Wish List:
Link: http://a.co/1H3ecc3

Mr. Cruz’s Engineering Class Wish List:
Link: http://a.co/eLFCOw2

If you can’t make it but would still like to donate books, you can drop them off at the school or send them to:

Mr. Eric Cruz
Kensington High School – Room 316
2051 E Cumberland St
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Celebrate Mountain Day on Sept 16th

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Happy fall, Smithies!

Wouldn’t it be nice if we still celebrated Mountain Day after graduation? Sadly, the Philly Smith Club can’t get you off of work or ring the bells across Philadelphia at 7 a.m., but we can go apple picking. Please join us for a special On the 18th! (Please note, the date is September 16th, so we can take advantage of a beautiful fall weekend.)

Sunday, September 16th, 11 a.m.
Linvilla Orchards, 137 W Knowlton Rd, Media, PA 19063

We’ll meet outside the Farm Market and then walk together to the Pick Your Own area.

Linvilla isn’t easily accessible by public transit, so please get in touch if you need a ride or can offer a spot in your car (phillysmithclub@gmail.com).

Also, on the actual Mountain Day – whatever day it may be – we’ll be gathering at City Tap House (2 Logan Square in Philadelphia) at 7 p.m. Keep an eye out on social media for a reminder the day of.

Hope to see you at one or both Mountain Day events!

Gaudeamus igitur,
The Philly Smith Club

August 19th Smithie Send Off!

Philly Smith Family,

Join the Philly Smith Club on Sunday, August 19th from 2:00 to 4:00 to send Philadelphia’s new and returning students back to Smith! We will enjoy ice cream and refreshments with generations of Philly Smithies.

Please RSVP to phillysmithclub@gmail.com to receive the address of our alumna host.

Happy Back to School, Smith!

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Come to the Phillies Game on July 20!

Come to the Phillies Game on July 20!

Smithies at the Phillies

Philly Smithies and Phillies Fans!

Back by popular demand, the Philly Smith Club is going to a Phillies Game
at 7:05 p.m. on July 20th at Citizens Bank Park.

Ticket prices can depend on size of the group so
please RSVP to phillysmithclub@gmail.com
so we can order tickets together. Just a reminder, the RSVP date is Friday, July 6th
to ensure we can get seats together.

Smith ♥ and Go Phils!!

June 18: Philly Smith Club’s Annual Meeting!!

You’re Invited!!
Philly Smith Club Annual Meeting
Monday, June 18 6:30–8:30 p.m.
The Fleisher Art Memorial, The Sanctuary
719 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Early Bird Ticket Prices Below

This year our Annual Meeting will be hosted at The Fleisher Art Memorial, a Philadelphia treasure and one of the country’s oldest nonprofit community art schools.

Agenda Includes:
• Delightful company of Philly Smithies
• Wine, beverages, hors d’oeuvres
• Review of the Club Year
Electing new board members
Screen printing class with a Fleisher instructor to make Smith and Philly themed tote bags and paper prints

RSVP: email phillysmithclub@gmail.com.
Payment: online via the ‘Donate’ button at phillysmithclub.com/membership and indicate Annual Meeting OR mail your check to the club treasurer at: SCCOP Treasurer, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. Apt. 11A12, Philadelphia, PA 19130.

Tickets: 
• $15 recent alums (classes of ’13-’17)
• $25 members*
• $35 non–members
* Become a member at https://phillysmithclub.com/membership/ to enjoy the $10 membership discount on your ticket

Smithie of the Month: Mary Guinn

Mary Guinn

Mary Guinn, Class of 2015

How long have you lived in Philadelphia?  I have lived in Philadelphia for over a year now. I love Philadelphia– it’s a large city but can feel very much like a small town depending on the neighborhood. Plus, it has great food and parks!

What’s your favorite restaurant in the city?  It would be a tie between Bar Bombón (18th and Moravian) and White Dog Cafe (34th and Sansom). Bar Bombón is a short stroll from Rittenhouse Square and is a small corner bar that has amazing vegan Puerto Rican food. I try to go there as often as I can make an excuse. White Dog Cafe is near Penn in University City and has delicious appetizers and desserts, but the best part is literally everything is dog themed. From the door handles to the stairs to the bathrooms, it’s dogs galore. It’s ridiculous and I love it.

What are you up to now?  I do conflicts research for a Am Law 100 firm. I love research–it’s like pulling on a thread on a piece of fabric. You keep pulling at strings until something gives and then you can do something new with the material you pulled! I also keep myself busy with volunteering, language study, and other hobbies.

What house did you live in on campus and what was your favorite thing about it?  I lived in Gillett all three years I was on campus. I had the same lovely senior single the entire time I lived in Gillett! It had two huge windows that let me see everything happening on Elm Street, which was fantastic during big storms or events on campus. Being able to check the weather before heading out was a huge plus!

Why did you choose Smith?  It had all the classes I ever wanted to take, it was in an adorable New England town, and was a Seven Sisters school! I was sold as soon as I visited campus! After submitting my application and meeting Smithies in my hometown, I knew I made the right decision.

Who was your favorite professor/what was your best class?  My favorite classes were all taught by Dennis Yasutomo in the Government and East Asian Studies departments. They were fascinating, fun and I learned a lot of new skills I still use in my day-to-day job–I was very lucky to take so many of his courses while I was at Smith!

Do you have a defining/favorite/most memorable/transformative Smith moment?  My favorite moment would probably be returning to Smith for my senior year after studying abroad for the previous 14 months. Felt like I was home. A bittersweet moment because I knew I’d have to leave again in the spring, but it felt great being back on campus, ready to start a new year. Every Smithie I’ve talked to seems to have had a similar experience– there’s something about the campus and Noho!

How did your Smith experience shape your life?  Smith gave me a lot of tools to make more of a difference, allowing me to put my own talents and skills to better use. It also opened my eyes to parts of the world I never knew about and gave me my “Smith family”– I’m very lucky to have very close friends from all parts of the globe. While they’re all now scattered again all over the world after graduation, we still are able to support and encourage each other from afar. Smithie friendships are so strong and it’s one of the most important parts of my Smith experience!

What makes a Smithie unique?  That indelible quality all Smithies have is hard to describe… probably a mixture of wit and drive. Smithies have a fantastic sense of humor, a quick mind, and a palpable drive to do whatever they’re passionate about. Smithies go hard or they go home!

 

Early Bird discount ends Friday May 18th

Friday May 18th is the Early Bird Discount Deadline for this year’s Annual Meeting at the Fleisher Art Memorial on Monday, June 18th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. In addition to meeting new Smithies, enjoying beverages and hors d’oeuvres, and electing new board members, the Fleisher will lead us in a screen printing class to make Smith themed tote bags and prints

Early Bird Ticket Pricing before 5/18:

$20 Members ($25 after 5/18)
$12 Young Alumnae (classes ’13-’17, $15 after 5/18)
Become a member before 5/18 at phillysmithclub.com/membership to enjoy a $15 discount!

RSVP: email phillysmithclub@gmail.com
Payment: online via the Donate button at phillysmithclub.com/membership/ and indicate Annual Meeting OR mail your check to: SCCOP Treasurer, 2401 Pennylvania Ave Apt. 11A12, Philadelphia, PA 19130

And last but not least, May and June are election season for the Philly Smith Club Board! Nominate yourself or a fellow Smithie at phillysmithclub@gmail.com.