What’s Your Favorite Memory of the Lawn?

Have a favorite Lawn memory to share?

Did you streak the Lawn? Pass out candy to trick-or-treaters? Or maybe you gathered with your best friends at the Lighting of the Lawn?

Thanks to the Jeffersonian Grounds Initiative, you can post your Lawn reflections on the updated Lawn & Range directory and blog—and be a part of the story.

Take a look at this one: It was the last day of classes in May 1983. Sophie Carpenter speidel-e1412101658527Speidel (Curry ’85) met her husband, Rusty Speidel (Col ’82), as he was playing with his band, Speidel, Goodrich and Goggin, in a spontaneous Lawn concert put together by residents Rick Schweitzer (Col ’83) and Mike Goggin (Col ’83).

“It was an amazing evening of music and friendship that not one person who was there could ever forget,” Sophie recalled.

But the best memory was yet to come.

“In November 1988, when I was a graduate resident advisor living in Bonnycastle, Rusty and I were walking to the Virginian for dinner,” she continued.

“We walked down the Lawn, past 35 West Lawn—my old room—and up the Rotunda steps. As we turned around to admire the view, Rusty got down on one knee and proposed. After I accepted—through tears— a bottle of champagne on ice appeared. It had been secretly stowed away by Ellis Butler (Col ’89), a fellow musician who was living in 5 West Lawn at the time.”

Read more stories like Sophie and Rusty’s on the Lawn & Range directory and blog. Then, share your stories from the Academical Village and encourage your friends to do the same.

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