Alumnae/i and Friends Come Together to Celebrate the Holidays

December 15, 2015

Alumnaei Celebrate the Holidays

President Helen Drinan hosts the Simmons Community for a Festive Tea.

On Saturday, December 12, 2015, nearly 150 Simmons community members and their families came together to celebrate the holidays at the school’s first-ever family Festive Tea. The fifth floor of the School of Management Building was transformed into a winter wonderland, as attendees enjoyed creating festive holiday crafts, decorating cookies, a high tea, and indulging in a sugar-filled cocoa bar. President Helen Drinan joined in the fun by gathering all of the children present to read Clement C. Moore’s, The Night Before Christmas, one of her favorite holiday traditions.

Guests enjoyed the harmonious sounds of the Simmons Sirens, and the children were enchanted by a holiday themed puppet show by Rosalita’s Puppets. “It is absolutely wonderful to have so many different members of the Simmons community and their loved ones together to celebrate the holidays and the bond we all share.” said Marianne Lord, Vice President of Advancement at Simmons.

The Festive Tea came full circle as the heirloom tea set of Ann Simmons, wife of the College’s Founder, John Simmons was put on display for those to reflect upon the Simmons Legacy. This special piece of history was provided by Marilyn Harris, a descendant of John Simmons.

As a parting gift, guests were given a special bookmark, with a list of children’s books for each of the holidays represented in the season, provided by the Director of the Simmons Children’s Literature Program, Cathie Mercier.

To view photos of this festive event, you can check out the Simmons Alumnae/i Flickr page, or search the hashtag #SimsCelebration on Twitter.

Simmons SirensAnn Simmons' Tea SetRosalita’s Puppets