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Family Weekend 2018

October 19-21 2018

Friday, October 19th- Sunday, October 21st

We hope you'll be able to join us for our Family Weekend 2018. Family Weekend brings a array of events for you and your student to enjoy together on campus!

We will continue to add to the schedule below as more programs are being developed!

Friday, October 19th

6p.m.
Men’s Soccer game vs Salem State
Watch the MCLA Trailblazers take on Salem State.
MCLA Athletics Complex, Ron Shewcraft Field

8p.m.
MCLA Theater Production: SHE KILLS MONSTERS $
After the totally-weird Tilly dies, oh-so-average Agnes doesn’t know what to make of the geekery her sister left behind. In an effort to understand the gulf between them, she embarks on a quest of Tilly’s own design, rife with hostile faeries, randy ogres, awkward high schoolers, and broadswords. Will Agnes discover her inner badass, or will the bugbears get her first? Qui Nguyen, resident playwright of Brooklyn’s Vampire Cowboys theatre, serves up a comedic nerdgasm – an homage to the outcast in all of us.

The play will be directed by Laura Standley (Associate Professor, Theatre) and will feature Dungeons and Dragons world creations by Berkshire painter, puppeteer, and theatre artist, David Lane (Artist-in-Residence).
Venable Hall, theater 
Reserve tickets through the Performing Arts department click here

 

Saturday, October 20th

9-11a.m.
Family Registration and Clothing Drive
Register for the weekend here and enjoy a cup of coffee or visit the bookstore. Don’t forget to drop off your donations for the clothing drive. These items are made available to the residents of North Adams.
Amsler Campus Center, marketplace

10:30a.m.-12:00p.m
Residence Area Receptions
Sponsored by the Residence Area Advisory Boards
Visit the residence areas and enjoy a mid-day snack with students and their families.
Berkshire Towers Main Lobby, Hoosac Hall Entryway and The Greenhouse in the Flagg Townhouses (located next to Townhouse #92)

11a.m.-3p.m.
Family Carnival and ChowderFest
Sponsored by the Student Activities Council and the Student Government Association
Join this fun-filled event of games, bounce houses, and more. Enjoy a complimentary cup of clam or corn chowder!
Venable Hall, gymnasium

2p.m.
MCLA Theater Production: SHE KILLS MONSTERS $
After the totally-weird Tilly dies, oh-so-average Agnes doesn’t know what to make of the geekery her sister left behind. In an effort to understand the gulf between them, she embarks on a quest of Tilly’s own design, rife with hostile faeries, randy ogres, awkward high schoolers, and broadswords. Will Agnes discover her inner badass, or will the bugbears get her first? Qui Nguyen, resident playwright of Brooklyn’s Vampire Cowboys theatre, serves up a comedic nerdgasm – an homage to the outcast in all of us.

The play will be directed by Laura Standley (Associate Professor, Theatre) and will feature Dungeons and Dragons world creations by Berkshire painter, puppeteer, and theatre artist, David Lane (Artist-in-Residence).
Venable Hall, theater 
Reserve tickets through the Performing Arts department  click here.

3p.m.
Alpha Lambda Delta and Alpha Chi Honor Societies induction ceremony
Join our students as they are inducted into two nationally recognized honor societies.
Church Street Center, Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium

3:30p.m. (following the 2p.m. performance)
Behind the Scenes: MCLA Theatre's She Kills Monsters
See MCLA's first fall production, then take a Behind the Scenes tour with Assistant Professor and Set Designer, Jeremy Winchester. He'll show you the tricks of the trade behind all of the fantastic effects used in this play full of monsters and mayhem. From lighting effects, to handcrafted props and puppets, to elaborate costumes, this is a great play to pull back the curtain on the inner workings of modern theatre.
Venable Hall, theater

4p.m.
MASS MoCA Nacht und Traume performance $
Surrounded by the moody, moonlit paintings of The Lure of the Dark, experience the dreamworld of tenor Michael Kuhn and pianist Thomas Weaver. Performed from a bed, “Nacht und Träume” takes us on a magical, emotional journey through the moving music of 19th-century German songs composed by Schubert and Schumann and inspired by Romantic poetry. Seating is limited for this intimate performance in the gallery.
MASS MoCA, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247- Building 4
Students are admitted for free with their MCLA ID; families and guest fees apply 

4-5p.m.
Look Great at the Gates: Photobooth
Get your family together for a picture at the iconic MCLA Gates. These gates have been a tradition at MCLA for years. They open twice a year: as freshman enter the College and again when the senior graduate.
The Gates, across from Berkshire Towers

6p.m.
United Potluck Dinner
Sponsored by the ALANA Club Council
Join ALANA as they get together for their 5  th annual potluck dinner. Bring a dish to share and enjoy a selection of cooking from students, families, and friends. Donations accepted for the Mitch West Scholarship in support of campus diversity and inclusion.
Church Street Center, social hall

8p.m.
MCLA Theater Production: SHE KILLS MONSTERS $
After the totally-weird Tilly dies, oh-so-average Agnes doesn’t know what to make of the geekery her sister left behind. In an effort to understand the gulf between them, she embarks on a quest of Tilly’s own design, rife with hostile faeries, randy ogres, awkward high schoolers, and broadswords. Will Agnes discover her inner badass, or will the bugbears get her first? Qui Nguyen, resident playwright of Brooklyn’s Vampire Cowboys theatre, serves up a comedic nerdgasm – an homage to the outcast in all of us. 

The play will be directed by Laura Standley (Associate Professor, Theatre) and will feature Dungeons and Dragons world creations by Berkshire painter, puppeteer, and theatre artist, David Lane (Artist-in-Residence).
Venable Hall, theater 
Reserve tickets through the Performing Arts department  click here.

 

Sunday, October 21st

10a.m.-5p.m.
The Clark Art Institute $
In 1950 Sterling and Francine Clark chartered the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as a home for their extensive art collection. Opened to the public in 1955, the Clark has built upon this extraordinary group of works to become one of the most beloved and respected art museums in the world, known for its intimate galleries and stunning natural environment. One of the few institutions in the United States that combines a public art museum with research and academic programs, including a major art history library, the Clark is now a leading international center for research and discussion on the nature of art and art history. Building upon the founders’ legacy, the Clark completed its master plan for the twenty-first century. This final phase of a transformational campus expansion program adds new facilities to support the growth of museum and academic programs; enhances the visitor experience of the Clark; improves circulation throughout the campus; and creates new levels of environmental sustainability across its 140-acre grounds while maintaining the unique character of its beautiful rural setting.
The Clark Art Institute, 225 South St., Williamstown, MA 01267
Students are admitted for free with their MCLA ID; families and guest fees apply

 
11a.m.-2p.m.
Brunch $
Join your student for a delicious meal in our Centennial Room.
Amsler Campus Center, Centennial Room

11a.m.-5p.m.
MASS MoCA $
MASS MoCA is one of the world’s liveliest centers for making and enjoying today’s most evocative art. With vast galleries and a stunning collection of indoor and outdoor performing arts venues, MASS MoCA is able to embrace all forms of art: music, sculpture, dance, film, painting, photography, theater, and new, boundary-crossing works of art that defy easy classification. Much of the work we show in our light-filled spaces, on our technically sophisticated stages, and within our lovely network of late 19th-century courtyards is made here during extended fabrication and rehearsal residencies that bring hundreds of the world’s most brilliant and innovative artists to North Adams all year round.
MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247
Students are admitted for free with their MCLA ID; families and guest fees apply 

Questions Contact

Jenn Labbance
Director of Student Activities
413-662-5129
Jenn.Labbance@mcla.edu

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