Alumni Weekend full of activity for the community
Laurinburg, N.C. – The St. Andrews Presbyterian College campus will be full of activity this weekend during the annual Alumni Weekend festivities. Event coordinators are expecting close to 200 alumni and family members to attend the weekend activities based on pre-registration and past experience.
“We always have people who decide at the last minute that they want to join in the fun,” said Susan Wentz, event coordinator. “What is especially nice for them is that while we do have events specifically for alumni, there are also several events that are open to the community so they have a chance to catch up with Laurinburg friends as well.”
Among the activities for the public to enjoy are the student directed plays featured during Playstock 2011. Six plays are being produced, with one of them having a very special distinction related to alumni weekend. St. Andrews Alumnus Michael Paige, who is returning to campus for his 25th class reunion, wrote Family News.
“To be able to do an alumni play for alumni weekend is such an honor,” said Brian Shanks, the student director. “I love this school and this a great way for me to show that love.”
Family News will be in the Morris Morgan Theatre Friday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Performances of The Zoo Story, Suppressed Desires, Twister, The Happy Journey and The Rope are scheduled throughout the weekend in both the Morris Morgan Theatre and Farrago. For a complete performance schedule and ticket information, go to http://www.sapc.edu/alumni/alumniweekend/playstock.php.
Additionally, Ragan Award winner and 1991 graduate Jon Holloway will have his photography on display in the Vardell Gallery Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Returning for the second year in a row is the Folk Music Festival.
Free and open to the public, this event, produced by St. Andrews alumnus John Null, will run from 12 noon until 5 p.m. Saturday on the Belk Patio.
Established folk music performers Lisa Null, Riley Baugus, David Via with Corn Tornado and David White are confirmed for the event. Amateur musicians from the St. Andrews family will also be performing, including students Spencer Phillips and Brian Shanks and alumnus Richie D’Arata.
"The natural horsemanship class will be doing an obstacle course with their horses to start the event," said coordinator Liz Dulski, a St. Andrews senior. "Next some riders on the St. Andrews Dressage team have put together a drill team pattern for everyone to enjoy."
Then the competition will begin with community riders in the Ride-Like-A-Knight program.
"The riders have to navigate a trail course demonstrating skills they have learned over the semester," said Dulski. "After completing the course, each rider will receive a ribbon corresponding with a skill they accomplished."
Alumni Todd Davis and John Lawson have coordinated a tribute to writer-in-residence Ron Bayes for Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. in the Vardell Building. A copy of the printed tribute will be available for purchase during the event.
The public schedule related to Alumni Weekend ends Sunday afternoon with a vocal and organ recital at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m.
Tenor Walter Boyce and organist Bob Gant, members of the class of 1966, are presenting the recital in honor of their 45th class reunion. Free and open to the public, the recital will include vocal works by Campion, Fauré and Mussorgsky and organ works by Reger, Bach, Schumann, Locklair, George Shearing, Grainger and Gigout.
For additional information about these events, call 910-277-5670.
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