Welcome to the Raymond Reunion!
Since you’re here early, I gathered some information on options
for entertainment Thursday evening.
My first recommendation is that anyone who wants to meet other Raymond
folks gather in the hotel (University Plaza Waterfront Hotel ) bar at 6:00 pm Thursday evening and see who’s
arrived, and who’s interested in what.
The hotel restaurant is delicious for those who want an easy evening,
or you can simply hang out in the bar, on the patio, or around the pool.
If you have more energy, here are additional options for entertainment.
• Walk two blocks west and take in a Single A professional baseball
game at the Stockton Ports. The new Banner Island Ballpark is supposedly
the site of the Mudville baseball team of the late 1800s – famously
known for the poem Casey at the Bat. The current team, the Ports,
are the farm team for the Oakland As. The lovely new ballpark
has lots of good seats, a promenade around the entire park, lots of
ballpark food options, and our own version of McCovey Cove. You can
buy tickets at the gate. Game starts at 7:05.
The hotel shuttle can take you to any of a number of good restaurants
nearer the university. Here are some of my favorites – all within
walking distance of each other.
• Centrale – 1825 Pacific Ave – upscale bistro, “new”
American food, full bar, white table-cloth restaurant
• Saigon – 1904 Pacific Ave – comfortable, family-run,
relaxed atmosphere, good Vietnamese food
• CoCoRo – 2105 Pacific Ave (the space that used to house
my husband’s bookstore!) – traditional Japanese cuisine,
including house-specialty sushi rolls – lovely atmosphere –
crowded, no reservations
• AVE on the Mile – 2333 Pacific Ave – “chic,
upscale lounge” - full bar with small plate dinners and appetizers,
• The Abbey Trappist Pub – 2353 Pacific Ave – small
pub with hundreds of beers and excellent pub food
Whatever you choose to do, I hope you have a delightful evening. Your
hotel reservation includes a full breakfast. On Friday, we officially
start registration at 3:00 pm. We will be at the Alumni House beginning
at 12:00 noon, so if you want to come early and get a leisurely start
to the day, you’re more than welcome. The hotel shuttle can take
you to and from all reunion events.
See you soon!
Wendi Maxwell, President
Raymond Phonix Institute