With students settled comfortably into the residence halls and classes underway, West Virginia Wesleyan is looking ahead to the next big on-campus event when the college will once again welcome parents, friends and alumni back to visit. Friday through Sunday, Wesleyan will host Family Weekend, three days filled with fun events designed to engage and entertain families of all ages.
On Friday, parents are invited to join their son or daughter in his or her favorite class and enjoy lunch in the French A. See Dining Hall. For a glimpse into history through the works of a master artisan, students and parents alike can travel to Ron Hinkle Glass for special tours on Friday and Saturday. Not only will families learn about the traditional process of hand blowing glass, but they will also have a chance to get a jump on their Christmas shopping and take home some of the beautiful works created by Hinkle. On Friday evening, Lambert's Winery will welcome families for an Italian buffet and wine tasting.
On Saturday, families will have a number of memorable activities from which to choose. In addition to a special glass tour, families can create a memory album or a photo water bottle, shop the offerings of local artisans at Wesleyan Wares in the Campus Center Plaza, and take part in a tailgate lunch before cheering on the Bobcats in a football clash with West Liberty. That evening, the popular Show Cookery event will be conducted at 88 Restaurant and Lounge, where Chef Kathleen will take visitors on a culinary tour of Thailand. She will demonstrate the creation of these delicious dishes while also discussing the history of the cuisine. Reservations must be made in advance.
That evening, the women's soccer team will take on University of Charleston at 5 p.m. before the men's teams battle at 7 p.m. At 9 p.m., the Arts Alive! performance "Juice" will storm the stage in the Culpepper Theatre in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts, creating a frenetic, kinetic, explosive musical experience. Likened to a "musical pipe bomb," Juice combines percussion and performance, making music the hard way by stomping on barrels, climbing xylophones and battling with poles, electronics or cellos. This performance is open to the public. Admission is free with a Family Weekend nametag, and $8 for all others.
Throughout the weekend, Wesleyan will be collecting new and gently used children's books to donate to local school libraries or to Upshur County's Literacy Volunteers Program. Families are encouraged to make a difference by making a donation to Bobcats for Books. In addition, the hit summer movie "Cars 2" will be shown at various times and locations throughout the weekend.
For more information on any of these events, visit www.wvwc.edu/pdf/familyweekend.pdf.