Looking for high-resolution digital images to illustrate news coverage of Washington University’s 150th birthday? Look no further than the Birthday Party Gallery, an online archive offering easy access to print quality images from party events on both the Hilltop and Medical School campuses. On Sept. 14, the Gallery will be updated often with fresh images from the party; additional images will be added the next morning. Gallery 3 includes file photos and other 150th related images distributed in advance of the event.
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A steady stream of party guests filtered into two refreshment tents in Brookings Quadrangle throughout the afternoon, forming sometimes long lines at buffet tables that featured free picnic-style lunch fare, including hot dogs, sausages, chips, apples, popcorn and cotton candy. Working from the smaller of the two tents, the Alumni Association handed out cups of a special 150th anniversary version of St. Louis’ famous frozen custard, a cherry-flavored concoction created by alumnus Ted Drewes. Orchestral music brought the university’s 150th Birthday celebration to a triumphant close as crowds jammed the quadrangle for a complimentary performance by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Playing to a wall-to-wall crowd estimated at more than 7,000, the symphony’s performance was backed up by what some described as a natural lightshow — a dramatic sunset that capped a gorgeous fall day, filling the horizon with hues that transitioned slowly from gold, to mauve, to purple. Members of Ashoka, the Indian students group at Washington University, perform Indian dances from their annual event, “Diwali: Festival of Lights.” The St. Louis Osuwa Taiko Drummers provide birthday party guests with a taste of Japanese ceremonial drumming as they performed Sunday afternoon near Graham Chapel. Taiko, which means “big/fat drum” in Japanese, has been a part of indigenous Japanese culture for more than 1400 years. The group includes students and alumni from Washington University and other area universities. The Mad Hatter (left), played by Matt McClelland, has a conversation with the March Hare, played by Nicole Coviello during a production of “The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” in the Duncker Hall courtyard. The play, inspired by the works of Lewis Carroll, attracted a large audience of children and adults. Alice, played by Brooke Taylor, looks surpised by all the antics happening at the tea party. Alexis Dallas and T.J. Lucas Play dress up at the Kids Corner. The children were given pictures taken of them in the outfits. Gerald Early, Ph.D., the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters at Washington University, treats a group of young birthday party guests to a reading of “The Wizard of Oz.” Chancellor “Magic” Mark S. Wrighton drives nails made of rubber exposed to liquid nitrogen during his chemistry magic show.
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