Love and Light: Vespers 2016 held at St. Bart’s

Beloved Mount Holyoke tradition, the annual Vespers concert was held in New York’s St. Bart’s Church in Manhattan on Friday, December 9th. Co-hosted by the Mount Holyoke Club of New York and the Alumnae Association, this year’s concert was themed Love and Light. The concert, once again, featured the candlelight processional as the Glee Club entered the darkened church while singing a Gregorian chant, followed by performance from the various choral groups as well as the Bell Choir.

The Honorary Chair of the event and special guest President Sonya Stephens was joined by Mount Holyoke Club of NYC President Lynette Rizzo ’96 in welcoming guests at a reception before the event. Once again, Vespers was powered by the incredible hard work of Co-Chairs Tara Mia Paone ’81, Abigail Wolff ’82 and long-time volunteer LaVida Dowdell ’74. We can’t thank them enough for the incredible evening.

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Vespers 2016


Save the Date! Vespers 2016 will take place on Friday, December 9 at St. Bart’s Church in Manhattan.

Join us for this beloved Mount Holyoke tradition.
The concert will feature the traditional candlelight processional, familiar carols for all to sing, and more.


Pre-concert reception for Chair-level ticket buyers at Lea Wine Bar
(230 Park Avenue, 4 blocks south of St. Bartholomew’s)


Honorary Chair and Special Guest, Sonya Stephens, Acting President, Mount Holyoke College
Vespers Co-Chairs, Tara Mia Paone ’81 & Abigail Wolff ’82

Angel Chair
Marianne Fouhey ’78

Mary Lyon Chair
Anne Marie Fisher ’83

Leadership Chairs
Lyn Andrews ’70
Ludmila Bidwell ’67
Mary Graham Davis ’65
Dena Steele ’74
Jane Zimmy ’74

Vice Chairs
Rebecca Asbury ’87
Elaine Cheung ’09
Dana Cohoon ’73
LaVida Dowdell ’74
Radley Emes ’00
Danielle Germain ’93
Joan Shapiro Green ’66
Elizabeth Guardenier ’65
Laura Harris ’78
Linda Horiuchi ’93
Marcia Kropf ’67
Heather Martin ’93
Ellen Pace ’81
Tara Mia Paone ’81
Nancy Perez ’76
Linda Phelps ’86
Susan Proctor ’83
Ahu Resimcioglu Terzi ’96
Raj Seshadri ’87
Sara Taylor ’95
Abigail Wolff ’82

Vespers Chairs
Joanne Domingue ’65
Martha Ferry ’66
Kassandra Jolley
Diane Kadlec ’75
Gregg McCarty ’83
Stephanie Rainaud ’10
Lynette Rizzo ’96
Susan Saxe ’77
Kristen Scheyder ’92
Carla Skodinski ’72
Taryn Marie Zarrillo ’98

Proceeds support the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Scholar Fund to provide scholarships to Mount Holyoke students from New York City.


Online ticket sales are closed. Concert tickets will be available at the door on Friday night.
All tickets $75, including children and young alumnae

Mount Holyoke Student and Alumni Marchers at NYC Pride March

Join members of the College community to celebrate gay pride side by side in NYC. Students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends are invited to represent Mount Holyoke College at the New York City Pride March.

Here’s a chance to reunite with your MHC friends and classmates for a summer weekend getaway in the city that never sleeps on the most colorful weekend of the year. Year after year, friends of MHC cheer along the sidewalks of Manhattan. Now we can celebrate as we make our way down 5th Avenue to the historic West Village with true MHC Lyon’s pride.

NYC pride

Midtown Manhattan (exact line-up location will be given the week of the march)

Please sign up to march or support by registering on our Eventbrite page. All details will be sent via email to those who are registered.

This event is sponsored by the Mount Holyoke College Office of Student Programs and Dean of Students.

MHC Lynk and Summer Intern Welcome Reception


Help us welcome this year’s summer interns to New York City at a special networking reception with keynote speaker Elizabeth (Bess) Weatherman ’82, a partner at Warburg Pincus, a global equity firm, where she leads investment activities in the healthcare sector.

Tuesday, June 21

Warburg Pincus LLC
450 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10017

This event is cosponsored by the Career Development Center, the Weissman Center for Leadership, the Office of Advancement, and the Alumnae Association. 




2nd Annual Pub Tour (East Village edition)

Join us  on Friday, June 17, as seasoned pub crawl veteran and otherwise responsible mother/singer Abigail Wolff ’82 leads us to hourly locations in the East Village. Join any time, leave any time.

Open to you, your partner, spouse, friends
ALL ages 21+

No reservations. Come for part or all of it. Meet at the first stop, or find us along the route.

Only cost is what you consume – you order, you pay, you drink. Or not – no minimum!


Total walking time = 24 minutes
Longest walk = 7 minutes

STOP 1: 6pm – Jimmy’s 43
43 E. 7th St. (between 2nd & 3rd Aves.)
Jimmy is a lovely, welcoming proprietor, and a darn good chef to boot. Come on down the “rabbit hole” and enjoy the intimate rooms in this one-of-a-kind gastro-pub. We may be in the back room.
Serves food. PLEASE NOTE: Jimmy accepts Cash or AmEx ONLY.

STOP 2: 7pm – Augurs Well
115 St. Mark’s Place (between 1st Ave. & Ave. A)
I do appreciate a play on words. A friend told me about his bar, and we love its intimate space — the open front is inviting.
Serves food – I hear the sliders are great. Accepts credit cards.

STOP 3: 8pm – ABC Beer
96 Ave. C (between 6th & 7th Sts.)
With a craft beer shop in front and a hangout in back, what else do you need? This spot stole my heart. If you really can’t tolerate beer, directly next door is the sleek little “Lois” (98 Ave. C), where you can get 16 wines on tap (and one beer and one cider). Pick either spot, and we’ll all move on together afterward.
Both serve food and accept credit cards.

STOP 4: 9pm – IIIrd Man
116 Ave. C (between 7th & 8th Sts.)
Chill bar with unique, outdoor booths in front. Good cocktails, wine, and 8 interesting beers from Germany, Mexico, USA (no draft).
Serves Austrian food from ‘Edi & the Wolf’ next door. Accepts credit cards.

STOP 5: 10pm – Grape & Grain
620 E. 6th St. (between Aves. B & C)
A small, lovely haven of a bar with candles, chandeliers, and a clean design. When the main room is full, they open up the small bar next door, so look for us in either place. Beer/wine only.
Serves food (small plates). Accepts credit cards.

STOP 6: 11pm – EVS (East Village Social)
126 St. Mark’s Place (between 1st Ave. & Ave. A)
Yes, we’ve looped back across the street from Stop #2 (Augurs Well). EVS is a cozy, casual spot for the end of the night. Full bar.
Serves sandwiches and appetizers until 4am. Accepts credit cards.