Wednesday, February 6, 2013

RPI Freakout with Friends

We had a mini RPI reunion last weekend, at least our class did.  Kathy and Bob, Pete and Luanne, and Naveen and his friend Walt all came to visit - sweet!  It was an awesome weekend of reminiscing and checking out the campus and Troy to see what's new many years later.

Plus we got to watch an excellent hockey game - the annual Big Red Freakout that somehow John and I have made it to 3 times in a row.  Let's Go Red!

Thank you to Bob for this photo:


Saturday before the big game we drove around Albany and Troy, checked out the Troy farmer's market and the Albany co-op, and stopped by to see Nipper on the roof:


Kathy found a lead for the Troy Arts Center so we stopped in for a look.  Nice view of the Hudson from inside:


They are currently showing artwork from Hudson Valley Seed Library, very interesting:


Our first visit to the campus bookstore in many years - Bob took full advantage of the offerings in preparation for the game:


It's genius!


One of our favorite shirt designs:


The site of our "hockey line" hangout where we waited a couple weeks for season tickets (back then we had an air mattress at least):


Our senior year living quarters:


Time for some hockey!


Pete was really prepared - we were impressed!


Yay Puckman!


A happy crew, watching RPI go up 3 goals to none:


A few action shots:


The Engineers played well and hung on for the shutout win.  Awesome.





Sunday morning we went for a walk/run around the University of Albany campus.  Bob found a place to rest for a couple minutes before the start:


He also noticed this sign:


A little chilly, but maybe the sun will come out?


John in the 10-mile race:


Kathy and Bob heading out for a walk:


Sunday afternoon was another highlight - we got an insider's tour of EMPAC, the new (well, new to us) arts center on the RPI campus.  We were really lucky that Ian and Rosalee were willing to show us around all the spaces we wouldn't normally get to see.


A caricature of Mr. Rolnick who has been teaching here for many years:


Such interesting designs and spaces:


Inside the White Room where artists set up to practice and perform:




The view down toward Troy:


The smaller auditorium, another fun space:


Naveen was with us Saturday evening, but somehow I neglected to get a photo of him.  He had different seats at the game and we didn't get a group picture at the Polish restaurant pre-game nor at the bar post-game.  Next time!

He did mention these waterfalls near campus that none of the rest of us had heard of.  It's spectacular, hard to believe we didn't know about it back then!  Lots of ice decorations around the creek right now:


We also visited the Mohawk Falls, which I never tire of looking at.  Lots of ice around this one too:


Thank you, friends, for a most excellent weekend!

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