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Neighbors Enjoy “A Day at Vassar”

Poughkeepsie and regional neighbors were invited to campus for the second year in a row on October 13 to sample a bit of what one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges has to offer.

 “We were thrilled with the response of the community to last year’s inaugural ‘A Day at Vassar’ program, and we are delighted to offer the program again this year,” noted Vassar College President Catharine Hill. “The local community makes possible much of what we do. It’s great to be able to say thank you with this day of lectures, tours, exhibitions, performances, and presentations.” 

This year, 650 community residents (including 100 alumnae/i), 50 students and staff members, and 20 college trustees and AAVC directors participated in the college event, enjoying more than 40 lectures in the arts, sciences, and humanities delivered by distinguished members of the college’s faculty that morning, followed by an optional Hudson Valley-themed lunch.

In the afternoon, participants attended a concert by members of the world-renowned music faculty as well as walking tours of the historic campus and exhibition viewings at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Palmer Gallery, Thompson Memorial Library, and Warthin Museum. They also viewed and purchased Haitian art and handcrafts—the proceeds benefitted the Vassar Haiti Project’s educational and medical efforts in the country.

--Elizabeth Randolph

Images © Vassar College/Buck Lewis and Amanda Crommett ’13.