Merton College Charitable Corporation
Events and Upcoming Activities
The Best Of Brooklyn
Our upcoming weekend offers you an irresistible array of great food and
refreshment, guided tours, cultural and sporting events, all in the company of our
extended Merton family of friends.
Highlights of the planned weekend include:
Friday Evening: We kick off the weekend with a festive, casual cocktail reception at
Hill Country located just down the block from the Marriott at 345 Adams Street, and
featuring full bar and barbecue inspired by the legendary meat markets and
barbecue joints of Texas’ Hill Country. Following the reception, transportation will
be provided for Mertonians to Brooklyn’s artistic and cultural hub to participate in
one of the two followings programs (reserved and paid in advance by Mertonians),
both starting at 7:30pm. Guests then will be transported to their choice of either a
Brooklyn Nets vs. Washington Wizards basketball game in a V.I.P. suite at the new
Barclay’s Center, or the already sold-out production of Ibsen’s Ghosts at the
beautiful beaux artes Brooklyn Academy of Music, the oldest music and arts
conservatory in the United States. Alternatively, guests may opt to enjoy time on
their own at any of the dozens of nearby restaurants that give Brooklyn its newly
acquired reputation as the eclectic hub of fine dining in the U.S.
Saturday Morning: A continental breakfast (8:30 a.m.) and the Annual Meeting of
the Board and MC3 members (9:30 a.m.) along with the Warden, Sir Martin Taylor,
will be held at Brooklyn Law School’s Subotnick Center, 10th floor, adjacent to the
Marriott at 250 Joralemon Street.
Saturday Afternoon: Lunch is on your own and then Mertonians will gather in the
Brooklyn Law School courtyard for a guided tour through the downtown epicenter of
law and government, walking from Borough Hall across Cadman Plaza and then
across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall in Manhattan. The walk will be
followed by a private tour of the unforgettable new 9/11 memorial and museum on
the former site of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan.
After guests return to the hotel to relax and freshen up, they will be treated to a
lively illustrated talk: Tolkien at Merton by Professor John Bowers (1973), Professor
of English, University of Las Vegas. John’s remarks will feature highlights of Tolkien’
s life, insights about the unpublished complete Tolkien manuscript that Bowers
discovered at the Bodleian. He will also address Tolkien’s astonishing impact on
popular culture from the box office to the small screen, from video games to cultish
role players and Halloween costumes, books, comics and a spate of imitators. This
talk will be held in Geraldo’s Café, located on the ground floor of the Brooklyn Law
School’s Feil Hall at 205 State Street. Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be
Saturday Evening: Following the Tolkien presentation, MC3 will host a reception
followed by a seated dinner on the 22nd Floor Forchelli Conference Center at
Brooklyn Law School, 205 State Street, with stunning views of the Manhattan and
Brooklyn Skyline and New York City Harbor.
Sunday: Sunday Brunch will be held for all Mertonians on the 10th floor Subotnick
Center of Brooklyn Law School at 250 Joralemon Street. Following Brunch guests
will have the afternoon to explore, on their own, or they will be able to join a walking
tour of historic Brooklyn Heights, a thriving Brooklyn community since 1834 that has
been home to Walt Whitman, Truman Capote, Arthur Miller and many other famous
people. The tour will continue along the scenic promenade overlooking Brooklyn
Bridge Park and the timeless New York city skyline, and down into Brooklyn Bridge
Park, where, schedule permitting, they will be able to participate in the culinary
experience that is Smorgasburg, featuring over 100 of the area’s finest food
The deadline for reservations is March 20, 2015 but please note that space at
some of the venues is limited (e.g. Barclay’s, Brooklyn Academy of Music) and
reservations will be accepted
in the order they are received. A self-addressed envelope is enclosed for your
convenience in returning the response card.
Costs and Contributions
All events are free of charge for the MC3 Weekend for those who register in
advance, EXCEPT that to order tickets for the Nets basketball game or Ibsen’s
Ghosts, we request that you enclose with your reply card, a check payable to
Merton College Charitable Corporation for $75.00 per ticket.
You should know that we estimate that the cost of the weekend per person, not
counting the ticket price for the basketball game or the play, is approximately $400.
Your voluntary contribution to defray MC3’s cost of the weekend in that amount is
welcome; or more if you wish to help subsidize our younger Mertonians.
However, your participation is most important, so contribute what you can, but
please do not let funding dissuade you from attending. If you cannot attend, but
wish to support the Reunion, we thank you! Our Canadian colleagues’ may
respond as outlined on the reply card and we will coordinate the appropriate
recognition and tax documents with Merton.
MC3 NY Reunion 2014
2015 MC3 Reunion – Rumor has it that we will be in Brooklyn! More info to follow.
For questions or further information, please contact Susan Stukane at
1-800-449-5322 or firstname.lastname@example.org.