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Bryn Mawr in San Francisco
and Sonoma

Food, Wine, and Garden Tour
July 11-13, 2013

Join the Bryn Mawr Alumnae Association this summer as we explore the cuisine, wine, and natural beauty of Northern California with Antonia Adezio '75, founding president of the Garden Conservancy. Join us for all or part of the program and enjoy the conviviality of fellow Mawrters!

We have reserved rooms at the Club Quarters in downtown San Francisco for those who would like to stay in the San Francisco area overnight. To reserve a room, please call Club Quarters Member Services at 203-905-2100 and reference the group code BM0710 to receive the Bryn Mawr College room rate. Reservations must be received by Friday, June 21 to guarantee availability.

For additional information, please email cwashing@brynmawr.edu or call 610-526-5233.

We hope to see you in San Francisco!

Register online now!

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Preliminary Itinerary
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10am – 2pm
Tour of Runnymede Sculpture Farm
980 Runnymede Road, Woodside, CA 94062

10am: Self-guided walking Tour

Runnymede Sculpture Farm is an outdoor collection of contemporary sculpture that is open to visitors rarely and only by special invitation from the Rosekrans family, the owners of this spectacular property in Woodside. Bought in 1930 by Alma Spreckels Rosekrans as a home for her jumper horses, it is the product of John and Dodie Rosekrans' passion for modern three-dimensional art.

Situated on 120 acres of hills, creeks, fields, forests and trails, the collection graces the rugged natural beauty of the Peninsula. Huge twists of steel, enormous ceramic statues, small stone carvings, and whimsical wooden fabrications are just a few of the examples the lucky visitor will see tucked into the ground, suspended from trees, or nestled in the tall grasses and wildflowers.

This is a self-guided tour with lots of walking. Participants should wear closed-in walking shoes, a hat, and sunscreen.

Noon: Lunch at Runnymede .

(Please order via the registration form.)

Take a break in the tour to join Mawrters for a boxed lunch prepared by Roberts Market of Woodside or bring your own lunch.

6:30pm: Happy Hour at the Exploratorium

15/17 Pier, San Francisco, CA 94111
(Light refreshments will be provided; cash bar)

The Exploratorium is San Francisco’s internationally acclaimed museum of science, art, and human perception. Founded in 1969 by Dr. Frank Oppenheimer, the museum’s mission is to create a culture of learning through innovative exhibits, environments, programs, and tools that help people nurture their curiosity about the world around them.

Join the Alumnae Association and fellow Mawrters at the Exploratorium’s Sea Glass Restaurant for happy hour. Afterwards, explore the museum, have dinner at the Sea Glass, or experience amazing views of the Bay Bridge Light Show at dusk.

Alcatraz, The Presidio and Crissy Field

8:30am - Noon: Private Tour of the Gardens of Alcatraz

Gardens of Alcatraz

Experience an island that is alive with colorful plants gathered decades ago from around the world and is complemented by newly introduced plants. Beginning in 2003, the Garden Conservancy has worked in partnership with the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to restore the gardens after 40 years of neglect, and now maintains them with the help of a dedicated crew of volunteers from throughout the Bay Area. Our docent-led tour will lead us through all the restored gardens, including those that are off limits to most visitors—Officers’ Row and the Rose Terrace. These historic gardens illustrate not only the importance of gardens to the human spirit, but also the ecological benefits and aesthetic possibilities of sustainable gardening.

Meet at Pier 33

This tour involves a great deal of walking. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat, and sunscreen

8:30am Boat leaves Pier 33 for Alcatraz

9:15am Private Tour of the Gardens of Alcatraz

11:55am Boat departs Alcatraz

12:30 - 2pm: Lunch at Butterfly Restaurant

Pier 33 at Bay Street, San Francisco 94111
(Lunch must be ordered via the registration form.)

2:00 – 5pm: Guided Tour of The Presidio and Crissy Field via Private Mini Bus

2:00pm Bus departs Pier 33 at Bay Street to The Presidio

2:30pm Tour highlights of the ambitious restoration of The Presidio, one of the newest of our national parks and an unusual example of adaptive reuse of a historic military installation. The scope of the project is enormous, with several hundred renovated buildings now hosting residential and commercial and nonprofit tenants as well as miles of new trails, native plant reforestation projects, overlooks, and site-specific artworks. Our guide will be a representative of the Presidio Trust, which recently accomplished its mission of making the park self-sufficient.

3:30pm We will continue to Crissy Field to enjoy the newly-installed exhibition of monumental sculptures by Mark di Suvero, which play against the dramatic vistas of the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge and reveal their distinct personalities from various vantage points.

Just Added!
Special Tour Guide to join us for Mark di Suvero installation at Crissy Field!

Our afternoon at Crissy Field will be enhanced as expert tour guide Jean Halvorsen joins us for our visit.   Jean has been leading tours for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for the past nineteen years, first managing the Modern Art Adventures program for behind-the-scenes visits to artist studios and collections, then as head of the museum's Group Sales department. Rowing is her other passion so the di Suvero sculpture installation at Crissy Field is a happy combination of her two loves, art and water.

4:30pm Bus departs The Presidio to Pier 33 at Bay Street

Just Added!
5:30pm: Dinner with Trustee Beth Springer ’86 at R&G Lounge

Join Trustee Beth Springer and fellow Mawrters for dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 12, 2013 at R&G Lounge, 631 Kearny Street between Clay and Sacramento Streets in the heart of Chinatown and the Financial District. Beth will provide an update and lead a conversation regarding recent developments at the College. 

A 2009 and 2013 Michelin Award winner, R&G Lounge is one of the best Chinese restaurants in the San Francisco Area with a reputation for serving innovative yet traditional dishes.  Dinner is open to all alumnae/i regardless of participation in other weekend activities.  The price of $45 is all inclusive.  Space is limited so Register today!  Note:  if you are already registered for other events for this weekend, please contact Cynthia Washington at 610-526-5233 or cwashing@brynmawr.edu to add this dinner to your itinerary.


Bryn Mawr in Sonoma

8:15am: Bus departs San Francisco to Sonoma

Bus departs from Club Quarters Hotel
424 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA 9411

The bus is full. Please contact Cynthia Washington at 610-526-5233 if you are interested in transportation to Sonoma.

10am: Tour of Jack London Cottage

Jack London State Historic Park
2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442

London's literary work, adventures, and passion for the land come alive in exhibits and interpretation provided by docents and staff. Tour portions of the Park’s 1400 acres of trails, pristine vistas, and historic buildings, including the restored Cottage where London did his writing.

This tour involves a great deal of walking. Participants should wear closed-in walking shoes, a hat, and sunscreen.

12:30 – 2:45pm: Gundlach Bundschu Winery Tour, Tasting, and Lunch

Gundlach Bundschu Winery 2000 Denmark Street, Sonoma, CA 95476
(Lunch must be ordered via the registration form.)

Spend the afternoon at the oldest family-owned winery in California. Tour the vineyard, learn about winemaking activities, and enjoy a private tasting

3:30 – 5pm: Tour of Cornerstone Gardens

23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476

This self-guided tour Cornerstone Gardens’ ever-changing series of walk-through gardens showcases new and innovative designs from the world’s finest landscape architects and designers. The first such gallery-style gardens in the United States, the nine-acre Cornerstone Gardens was created as an inspiration and resource for people interested in gardens, garden design, and art.

5pm: Bus Departs Sonoma

Return to San Francisco

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Activity Costs

Thursday Activities
Tour of Runnymead Sculpture Farm
(No cost but registration is required)
No Charge
Boxed Lunch at Runnymead Sculpture Farm $15 p/p
Exploratorium $15 p/p
Friday Activities
Private Tour of the Gardens of Alcatraz $25 p/p
Lunch at Butterfly Restaurant$35 p/p
Mini Bus and Guided tour of The Presidio and Crissy Field $28 p/p
Dinner at R&G Lounge $45 p/p
Saturday Activities
San Francisco Mini Bus
The bus is full. Please contact Cynthia Washington at 610-526-5233 if you are interested in transportation to Sonoma.
$55 p/p
Tour Jack London Cottage $8 p/p
Gundlach Bundschu Winery Tour, Tasting and Lunch $60 p/p
Tour of Cornerstone Gardens No Charge