Sunday, August 5, 2018


B-SLUGS:  September Hike at Mt. Wachusett

Join us on a beautiful autumnal hike at Mt. Wachusett!

WHERE: Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary at Mt. Wachusett, Princeton, MA
WHEN:  Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m.

We’ll begin at the Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Wachusett Meadow on the south side of Wachusett, which is a little over an hour from Boston via car. It’s a beautiful place well deserving of a trip by itself. Parking, etc, is free for Audubon members and $4 for non-members. Wachusett Meadow has restrooms, a helpful start for the day.  If you need a ride, no problem!  We’ll carpool.  Just let Beata know if you need a ride at

Our guides will be fellow B-SLUG Walter Stine and Clare Esparolini, who have designed the route just for us.  They tried it out this summer and decided on the following route.

The hike to Mt. Wachusett from the Audubon sanctuary is about 3.5 miles. The early going is a gentle uphill, crossing near a giant glacial boulder at one point. The upper part of the trail gets steeper, but not difficult. There are some sections with large rocks to go over on the upper portion of the trail. (Walter and Clare saw families with young children going up this section.)

 The hike up took Clare and Walter just over 1 hour and 30 minutes. The hike down took them a little under 1 hour and 30 minutes. For a group that doesn’t hike much, the hike up might take 2 hours or 2 hours and 30 minutes. The hike down might take 2 hours or so.

Let’s plan to arrive at Wachusett Meadow around 10:00 am and leave for the hike no later than 10:30. If folks take an hour for lunch at the top, that puts us back at Wachusett Meadow around 4:00 pm. Worse case, 5:00 pm.

Participants should be in reasonably good shape, able to walk several miles carrying a small pack. Hiking boots or shoes are required (no tennis shoes). Other items would include   1-2 liters of water, trail snacks, lunch, hiking poles (optional but helpful), hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray (might not be needed), rain jacket (just in case).

If some B-SLUGS don’t want to hike, they could hang out at Wachusett Meadow and then drive to the summit to meet us for lunch between 12:30 and 1:00. There is a parking area right near the summit.

RSVP by Monday, September 24 on the B-SLUG group Facebook page
If you you don’t do Facebook, just contact Beata at

Saturday, June 9, 2018

BSLUGs Go to Shakespeare on Common's Richard III July 19

Join your fellow Slugs on the Boston Common to watch The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's production of Richard III. "Shakespeare’s searing drama chronicles the ruthless ascension of a king and the devastation he leaves in his wake as he gains power over the realm. Featuring stage, film, and television actor, Faran Tahir as Richard III." From the Commonwealth Shakespeare Co. website) For more information about the production see

WHEN: Thursday, July 19
WHERE: Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common

Come early to help us stake out a great spot. Bring a blanket to sit on and a picnic dinner. We'll be there from 5:30 pm on. 

The performance is free and open to the public.

If you've never attended Shakespeare on the Common, consider this a nudge - you won't regret it! A fantastic experience to see fabulous actors outside in the summer air. If you have already been, you know how wonderful it is.

We hope to see you there!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Annual 2018 BSLUG Planning Meeting and Elections

It's time again for the annual BSLUG planning meeting and elections.

Please come if you can - it's your chance to become involved with the Board and make a difference in what we do as a local alumni chapter. It's actually a lot of fun, so think about it and come check it out.

WHEN: Thursday, May 24, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Bertucci's , 5 Cambridge Park Dr.
Alewife T station, Cambridge, MA 02140

This is when we begin planning our events for the year ahead. Do you have any ideas or suggestions about what you'd like us to do? Come to the Board meeting or send Beata an email (beata-dot-Panagopoulos-at-Verizon-dot-net)!

It is also when we elect our board members - we always welcome new folks to the Board. Maybe you'd like to start as a Member-at-Large? Come to the Board meeting or email Beata.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 23, if you plan on coming.

The BSLUG alumni group is a grassroots organization whose purpose is to provide opportunities for UCSC alums in the New England region to get together, have fun, network and support the educational and social ideals of our alma mater.

We hope to see you at the meeting!