100 Things to Explore

96. HWS Folk Fest
Between 1976 and 2001, HWS Folk Fest packed the Quad with acts like Doc Watson, Bela Fleck, Toots and the Maytals, Phish and The Slip, as well as a number of faculty, staff, student and alum performers, including Folk Fest's founder, Matthew Stamell '78, P'04 (right).

Twin Oaks

97. From 1947 to 1986, the Twin Oaks was the primary student haunt. Located at the corner of Pulteney and Hamilton, where the HWS entrance marker is today, the Oaks offered a chance to get away from the pressures of the day amid the memorabilia of the past: autographed footballs, ancient lacrosse sticks and yellowed photos of HWS. Those nostalgic for the legendary tavern -- and those too young to remember it -- can get a taste of the atmosphere at the Twin Oaks tent at Reunion.


98. Anita Carlson -- known as "Ma" to Side Show regulars -- operated the Geneva watering hole from 1985 until her death earlier this year. The jukebox offerings didn't change for years, and Alumni House and Communications have created a Spotify playlist (search for "Side Show" or go to for a link) that includes 151 songs selected by Carlson's family that represent an era.


99. Sam's Bar & Grill, better known as Cosie's, first started advertising in The Herald in 1957, with a few words in a few square inches: "Sam's Bar -- Ask for Cosmo." Located on Tillman Street and operated by Cosmo Fospero, the bar was a home away from campus for generations of students and faculty. "An enjoyable place; the service and drinks are good, vibes are friendly and there's plenty of space to hang out," according to a succinct review in an October 1974 issue of The Herald. "The tequila sunrise cost .50. No draft beer available."

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Lifelong learning: Five years after graduation, any HWS alum can return to the Colleges and take up to two courses per semester, for credit, for free.