Scenes from a Reunion, Saturday night, by H. Lincoln Benedict ‘09.

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The annual Reunion parade, held this year in Merrill Gym, showcases the creativity, energy and spirit of Bates alumni. H. Lincoln Benedict ‘09 for Bates College.

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After lunch, the fun continues. From top, members of the Class of 2008 high-five during an energetic game of bocci on the historic Quad; John Corrie leads an Alumni Choir rehearsal in the Peter J. Gomes Chapel; Brent McCoy ‘03 offers his wildly popular comic performance in front of the New Commons building; and alumni meditate with Tibetan Buddhist lama  Ven. Kachen Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan and Lisa V. Blake ‘88 in the Gomes Chapel. Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College.

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Inclement weather didn’t dampen spirits inside of Merill Gym, site of this year’s annual Reunion Parade, followed by an address by President Clayton Spencer; recognition of young alumni Julia Sleeper ‘08 and Brad Adamas ‘92, and the singing of the alma mater, accompanied by pianist Doris Neilson Whipple ’34, age 99. Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College.

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Saturday morning included something compelling for anyone with a pulse. From top left, clockwise: “Insanity,” a 30-minute cardio-based program led by Kai Rose ‘83; “Turkey: From Empire to Nation,” a talk given by Assistant Professor of Politics Senem Aslan; and “Andy’s Animals: Exploring Andrew Wyeth’s Depictions of Animals,” a workshop for children led by Victoria Wyeth ‘01, the artist’s only grandchild. Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College.

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The rain postponed the fireworks until Saturday night. Alumni headed to the Bobcat Den for liquid refreshment and NHL playoffs. Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College.

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Registration and a lobster dinner brought appetites and nostalgic classmates, such as Erica Blagdon Koenigsberg ‘83 and Steve Stone ‘83 (top) and Anthony Begon ‘08 (bottom right), to the New Commons building. Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College.

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Above, Professor Emeritus and Dean of the Faculty Emeritus Carl Straub (left) and  Bill Hiss ’66 (right) answer the question “What Ever Happened to Cultural Heritage?” Below, in a 50th Reunion Seminar, Marion Schanz Ratcliff ’63, Loie Payne Lindner ’63 and Bette Ann Barber Crowell ’63 present their experiences of expanding women’s roles in the workforce. Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College.

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50th Reunion Seminar: Who Left The Closet Door Open?
Ken Woodbury ’63 (above) connects his personal experiences as as a gay man with the the culture as a whole. His audience, including Professor of Rhetoric Charles Nero (lower right), participated in an extensive question-and-answer session. Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College.

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The 50th Reunion Class is back on campus! And they are headed to the historic Quad. From top, Ginny Erskine Harrison ‘63 greets a friend while her Bates roommate Leslan Jones Carlson ‘63 looks on; Jean Dawson Fleming ‘63, who says the campus has changed but the Quad remains the same, looks around  as her husband George enjoys the view; and a dressed up tree enlivens the vista. Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College.

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