Opening Reception--September 21

Come socialize with your Harvard fellows at Taft Ale House in OTR after work on Monday, September 21.

Open to all Harvard alumni and affiliates in the area at no charge.
Non-alumni guests are $15, payable at the door.
Cash bar after the first complimentary drink.


With September comes our annual kick-off event, the Opening Reception. This year we are gathering at Taft’s Ale House, a new Over-the-Rhine establishment housed in the former St. Paul’s Evangelical Church.  We hope everyone will join us upstairs in the lounge area for some light food and beer!  One of the fine ales from Taft’s selection is complimentary, while you can also choose another drink instead. New HCC president Couper Gardiner will be there to greet you as well as Board members, the chairs of our various ongoing activities and your fellow Harvardians from all parts of the University.  If you have renewed your membership since July 1 or join for the first time at the reception, we will enter you into a drawing for a second year of membership free. There will also be a drawing for the framed Doors of Harvard poster, thanks to Suzann Parker Leist. (Must attend the reception to be entered.)


The Taft’s building started life in 1850 as St. Paul's Evangelical Church, oldest Protestant church in the city.  The lovingly renovated ale house is named for native son William Howard Taft, who erred early in his unfortunate choice of a college in New Haven but rallied to become President of the United States and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  The renovations echo Taft's home place in Mt. Auburn with burnished brass, rich dark woods and period wallcoverings.  Come enjoy this rediscovered Cincinnati treasure.

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