Twentieth Abare Family Rook Dining Out

On Sunday, September 11, more than 300 Rooks enjoyed music, food, games and relaxation at the Twentieth Abare Family Rook Dining Out. Held every fall on 1957 NU grad Jack Abare's rambling 140-acre farm on Union Brook Rd. in Northfield, the outing has become a revered Norwich tradition.

The day is an opportunity for Rooks to kick back and have some fun far from the watchful eyes and ears of their cadre. While some Rooks explored the farm from the back seat of an authentic 1949 Willy’s Army Jeep, others played touch football, tried their hand at skeet shooting, or simply caught a well-deserved nap in the shade.

Barbequed cuisine was prepared and served up to the masses by a host of volunteers, followed by super-sized ice cream sundaes. Adding to the festive atmosphere was a constant stream of rockin’ tunes blasting through 1000-watt capacity S115-4 Yamaha speakers, courtesy of Dennis “the Spin Doctor” Tyner.

Foxtrot Company proved its collective strength by winning the third annual Tug o’ War competition, after which several companies engaged in an impromptu game of “Capture the Guidon.”

At the end of the day, the Rooks formed up and marched back to campus, tired, happy, with their bellies full, and more than likely with some fond memories to share in years to come.

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