Since many of our posts have been about our western jaunts, we’ve decided to feature a PACKED trip we made not too long ago to nearby Connecticut. Enjoy!
First we visited the University of Connecticut. Located in Storrs, the UCONN Dairy Bar was a highlight of our visit, second only to the wonderful hospitality of everyone we met with! The UCONN dairy bar and creamery are part of the Dept. of Animal Sciences. Taken from website: The Creamery was established in the early 1900s and ceased the majority of its operations in 1991. At its peak, the Creamery employed more than 25 full-time employees, grossed over one million dollars per year, and supplied the UConn dormitories and other state agencies with daily deliveries of fluid milk, sour cream, cream cheese and ice cream. Today, the Creamery manufactures ice cream according to its original and highly popular recipe; this delicious product is sold at the UConn Dairy Bar. We sampled Maple Walnut-awesome and Chocolate Brownie Fudge. Yum!
Next, we stopped at Trinity College. Trinity has a 100 acre hilltop campus, located in Hartford, halfway between NYC and Boston. Despite it’s Episcopal roots, the college is an independent, nonsectarian school. It is also one of the oldest colleges in the country, founded in 1823. Long Walk is considered to be Trinity’s masterpiece, the only example of noted English architect William Burges, has been called the best example anywhere of Victorian Gothic Collegiate Architecture.
We also made a stop at nearby Fairfield University. Founded in 1942 by the Jesuits. The Office of Career Planning is located in the colorful and welcoming Kelley Center. Located just one hour from NYC, Fairfield is a quaint New England Town.
We also headed to Wesleyan University. Wesleyan has a beautiful campus that overlooks the Connecticut River and is named for John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. Fun facts: In the latter part of the 19th century, Wesleyan was a pioneer in coeducation. In September 1872, four courageous women entered the previously all-male university. All graduated in the Class of 1876 and were elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Although three other New England colleges admitted women at about this time, the Wesleyan “experiment” was the most viable because it was the first time in the region that more than one woman continued beyond her first term. Male alumni pressured the administration to stop accepting women in 1912. In May 1968, however, trustees voted wisely for the resumption of coeducation. We were so inspired we decided to buy a Wesleyan sweatshirt!
Next, we headed to Connecticut College: a 750-acre arboretum campus in New London, Conn., overlooking Long Island Sound. Interesting tie-in to Wesleyan: The College was founded in 1911, but its history began in 1909 when Wesleyan University announced that it would no longer offer admission to women. At that time, more women than ever were seeking higher education and demanding the right to vote. A committee was formed and towns across the state of Connecticut began offering prospective sites. A New London hilltop, later described as “the finest college site in the world,” was the committee’s first choice, and they asked New London to raise $100,000 to ensure that their proposal would succeed. A 10-day fundraising campaign exceeded the goal by $35,000. Nearly a third of the inhabitants of the city and the surrounding communities contributed, including many children, along with virtually every business and organization. What a story! We’re glad we stopped by to learn more about it.
FINALLY, we stopped by beautiful Yale University. There is so much to write about, but we will try to keep things brief!
Let’s start with the delicious parmesan/truffle fries and salmon burger at Prime 16 in New Haven (pictured… yum!). Also, went to see an old friend (Cindy Thomas) perform in Ain’t Misbehavin’ at the Long Wharf Theatre. Cindy and the entire cast were outstanding!
Yale’s roots can be traced back to the 1640s, when colonial clergymen led an effort to establish a college in New Haven to preserve the tradition of European liberal education in the New World. In 1718 the school was renamed “Yale College” in gratitude to the Welsh merchant Elihu Yale, who had donated the proceeds from the sale of nine bales of goods together with 417 books and a portrait of King George I. Yale’s 260 buildings include contributions from distinguished architects of every period in its history. Styles range from New England Colonial to High Victorian Gothic, from Moorish Revival to contemporary. Yale’s buildings, towers, lawns, courtyards, walkways, gates, and arches comprise what one architecture critic has called “the most beautiful urban campus in America.”
Funnish fact? Yale Symphony Orchestra had a sold out show on Halloween night. The symphony accompanied the student made silent film “Midnight in New Haven”, a take on movie “Midnight in Paris” and featured a cameo appearance by Woody Allen. The scenes with Woody Allen were shot in NYC (of course!).
20 Yale students lived with EHS last summer, so we look forward to welcoming more back in 2012! What an amazing trip.