Homecoming Set for September 24 - 26
Historical symposium, parade, and dedication on tap for 100th anniversary
MACHIAS, Maine – The University of Maine at Machias will hold its annual Homecoming & Family Weekend, Friday, September 24 through Sunday, September 26. This year’s homecoming will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first classes offered at UMM.
On Friday evening, a young alum reception will be held in the O’Brien House from 4 to 5 p.m.
Saturday morning will begin with the 4th Annual Downeast History Symposium, organized by the Machias Historical Society. The event, scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon in Kimball Hall, will feature speakers on topics relating to the theme “Downeast Maine in 1910,” as well as displays by local historical societies. Guest speakers will include Betty Duzen portraying first lady Edith Roosevelt; Robert Hammond on the end of the shipbuilding era in Washington County; Norman Nelson on his time aboard the war ship Lucy Evelyn; and professor Randall Kindleberger on the history of UMM. Kindleberger’s book The University of Maine at Machias, 1909—2009: A History will be available for purchase. The symposium is free and open to the public.
Other events scheduled for Saturday include an open house and free swim at the Reynolds Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., a Book Arts Exhibit in Dorward Hall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., soccer vs. Fisher College beginning at 11 a.m., canoe jousting on the pond at 11 a.m., kids activities on the mall from 1 to 4 p.m., a book signing by Randall Kindleberger at 2 p.m. in the welcome tent, Chemistry Magic at 2 p.m. in the Science Building, the Homecoming Parade at 4 p.m., a dedication at the site of the first classes on Court Street at 4:45 p.m., and the Nathan Turk Memorial Alumni Basketball Games beginning at 6 p.m.
The 4 p.m. parade will begin at UMM and will proceed down College Hill, across the bridge, down Main Street, and will end at the Pellon Center. Local businesses and community organizations are invited to participate with a float in the parade. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three floats. For more information or to register for the parade, please contact Erik Smith at (207) 255-1327.
Appearing on Friday evening in the Performing Arts Center will be the Norman Magic Experience. The 8 p.m. performance is free to UMM students and $5 to the public.
Sunday’s activities will round out Homecoming & Family Weekend 2010 with the annual alumni soccer games beginning at 11 a.m.
A full schedule of events and parade registration information can be found online at www.machias.edu/homecoming.
For more information, please contact the Office of Student Life at (207) 255-1305.