What a way to end the week! The picture above is blurry because Burlington is that much fun.
Tonight I was joined by nine Rockers at the Blue Cat Cafe and Wine Bar in a little alley near the crossing of St. Paul and Main.
Andrea Grayson ‘80, Evan Ross ‘00, Eva Sollberger ‘89, Luc Reid ‘85, Kim Mercer ‘88, Corin Hirsch ‘87, Gretchen (Fry) Stokes ‘88, Laura Selkirk ‘98 and Aaron Hurwitz ‘99 all came by.
We talked about speculative fiction, career services at the Rock, flood recovery, mercurial professors, partisan politics in higher ed and whether or not those in attendance would send their own children to Simon’s Rock. Some are already planning to attend reunion next May.
The Blue Cat was good to us. I kept going with Hendrick’s gin martinis again tonight and enjoyed the cheese and fruit plate as an accompaniment.
After a three-hour happy hour, I was fortunate to be invited by Evan and his partner Carissa for a post-happy hour dinner at the Burlington Brewery, right across the street from the Blue Cat. I was hungry, and the home-style hearty fare and pints didn’t disappoint. The veggie lasagna filled me up well. We wound up discussing whether humans have ever changed, fundamentally, and what religion and gods are for.
After dinner, I wandered around Burlington until I found my way into the lovely Church & Main Restaurant for a nightcap. I chatted with two other guys at the bar who were regulars… I got the impression one was a bank executive; the other was a Senegalese man who has been living in New England for decades.
All three of us started talking with the barkeep, Alex, who poured me a great port. It turns out she is a Simon’s Rock alum, too! I felt like Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris… in a Simon’s Rock kind of way.
Look for Alex’s community art installation on the Burlington pedestrian mall this winter. She runs a great bar too. Check it out and tip well.