Plymouth State University will welcome families to campus for the first time under its new name September 19-21. Welcome to Paradise-—Family Luau events is the title for this year’s Family Weekend which includes registration Friday from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in the Hartman Union (HUB) fireplace lounge.
Families are invited to meet President Donald Wharton and Plymouth State faculty and staff at a 9:30 a.m. reception Saturday, also at the HUB, followed at 10 a.m. by a ceremony to dedicate the University’s newly expanded and renovated Boyd Science Center.
Also on the agenda are carnival-style events at the HUB, a family hike of Rattlesnake Mountain, a mid-day cruise on the M.V. Mount Washington, football and soccer matches, fall foliage tours, and a Hawaiian-style dinner and entertainment.
Art exhibitions will be open in three venues: An American Story: Locks, Burial and Freedom at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery in the Draper and Maynard Building on North Main Street; Paradise Reconfigured at the Boyd Science Center and Tradition and Textile in Guatemala at the Silver Cultural Arts Center.
The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance will present a production of Sam Shepard’s classic comedy, True West, Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the Silver Cultural Arts Center.
The weekend concludes with brunch and family photos at Prospect Dining Hall from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sunday.
For families who plan to stay into the afternoon, the Eagle Pond Authors’ Series presents poets Donald Hall, Cynthia Huntingon and Charles Simic, who will discuss some of their favorite poems by other writers at 3 p.m. at the Silver Cultural Arts Center.
Performance tickets are available at the Silver Cultural Arts Center box office, (603)535-2643.For information updates and registration information, logon to http://www.plymouth.edu/hub/sagl/family_weekend.htm.