When PromiseNet 2014 comes to a close in New Haven around noon on Friday, November 21, it doesn’t require an end to the festivities and networking. Because the Elm City is nearly the mid-point between New York and Boston, it means that PromiseNet attendees can transition from business to weekend fun.
Netizens can chart their own course, but if there is enough collective interest, we can help organize weekend excursions to Beantown or the Big Apple. In trying to gauge the interest, we have inquired about Extended Stay options on the pre-registration page. And your interest in these options will certainly impact your travel arrangements.
Here’s what is going on:
Here’s a true “once-in-a-lifetime” football opportunity that awaits. Known simply as The Game, Harvard will be hosting Yale in Cambridge on Saturday (Nov. 22). They’ve been doing this for 140 years and they’ve perfected the notion of elegant dining on the tailgate. Harvard has been getting the best of Yale as of late, so Netizens would be urged to sport the Blue & White and help the Bulldogs bring victory back to New Haven. Again, if we can judge the interest of the attendees, we can go after a block of tickets and make arrangements. Friday night in Boston will also have great offerings. There will be a Local Craft Brewfest on the Boston Waterfront from 6 pm to 9:30 pm and we are waiting to see when Blink! — a holiday light and sound extravaganza at the famous Faneuil Hall Marketplace — opens.
In late November in New York, one can take in the holiday season — from the Radio City Christmas Spectacular to ice skating at Rockefeller Center to watching the windows on Fifth Avenue begin to take shape. But also this year, on the Friday evening following PromiseNet, eight of the nation’s well-known college basketball teams will be playing in New York City. The finals of the 2k Sports Basketball Classic (benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project) will take place at Madison Square Garden on Friday night with the Syracuse Orange, the Texas Longhorns, the Cal Bears and the Iowa Hawkeyes in action. On the same evening across the river — at Brooklyn’s fabulous Barclays Center — the Stanford Cardinal will face the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels and the Duke Blue Devils will take on the Temple Owls in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. If you are planning to visit New York for the first time, we suggest that you begin studying this now.
On Friday afternoon, starting at 2 pm, there will be a 90-minute guided tour of the Yale campus, conducted by the Yale Visitor Center. This is a great way to discover the beauty and history of one of America’s most prestigious institutions. Following the walking tour those who enjoy art have two options, but you better make it quick as both the Yale University Art Gallery (1111 Chapel Street) and the Yale Center for British Art (1080 Chapel Street) close at 5 pm. That evening the campus will feature the world premiere of War — written by Brenden Jacobs-Jenkins and directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz — at the Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street). Jacobs-Jenkins plays include Neighbors, An Octoroon, and Appropriate, which the New York Times praised as “highly entertaining, sharp, and peopled with complex characters.” Blain-Cruz recently directed Christina Anderson’s Hollow Roots for The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival.