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Family Weekend Delights

A student and his parents in front of Main Building.

“The weather is always interesting,” jokes Ed Cheetham, assistant director of communications and organizer of the spring Family Weekend. Cool temperatures, cloudy skies, and light rain were the order of the day for the 2012 annual ritual.

That didn’t stop some 200 families—parents, siblings, grandparents, even some friends—from descending on campus. “Everyone comes in the spirit of seeing their children, hanging out on campus, and appreciating all the things that happen during the weekend,” Cheetham says.

And what a weekend of happenings it was!

The Palmer Gallery and Thompson Library both featured exhibitions, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center offered tours, and the Vassar Haiti Project held its Annual Haitian Art Exhibit and Sale.

Athletics were in full force, with varsity teams competing in volleyball, rugby, baseball, tennis, and lacrosse, not to mention an off-campus demonstration by Iced Brew, Vassar’s synchronized skating team.

Providing a soundtrack to it all were a number of musical performances, including piano, organ, and clarinet recitals, as well as concerts by the women’s chorus and a number of a cappella groups.

In addition, the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre as well as the Drama Department and Philaletheis entertained audiences with a number of dance and theater performances. Poetry and creative writing readings, in addition to several lectures, offered more intellectual stimulation.

Students at the 15th Annual ALANA Fest.

A number of less formal gatherings, including a conversation with President Hill and “Life After Vassar,” about career opportunities and life post-Vassar, offered opportunities for casual discussion. The 15th Annual ALANA Fest, celebrating multicultural diversity at Vassar, and the Barefoot Monkeys, a juggling and circus arts group, rounded out some of the laid back offerings of the weekend.

Finally, food was never far from the minds of participants; culinary offerings included Creperie VC, which featured freshly made crepes offered by the Department of French and Francophone Studies, and an ice cream social.

And although the theater, dance, and Art Center events prove perennially popular, Cheetham says, the weekend was truly a showcase for Vassar and all the college offers. “The events really showed the breadth of campus,” he says.

Enjoy these scenes from throughout the weekend.

–Peter Bronski