Community invited to free D&E welcome-back events

Davis & Elkins College students return to campus this weekend, and the community is invited to help welcome them back with an interactive comedy show on Saturday night and a family-fun concert and carnival, complete with fireworks, on Sunday night. Both events are free.

Face Off Unlimited’s “Special First Night at D&E” promises a “non-stop comedy thrill ride” as it takes improvisation to another level. The show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.

The comedy show features live music and poetry, physical comedy and plenty of audience interaction. By getting three suggestions from the audience at points throughout the show, Face Off demonstrates how all things, no matter how seemingly different, are actually connected.

The show will also feature Davis & Elkins alumnus and Elkins native Jay Painter, co-owner, creative director and performer of Face Off Unlimited. Painter graduated magna cum laude from D&E in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in theater arts. In 2002, Painter and Eric Robinson co-founded “Friday Night Face Off,” which is now the longest-running improv show on Long Island.

“They always put on a high-energy show,” says D&E Vice President for Student Affairs Scott Goddard. “We’d like to see a lot of people come out to enjoy this.”

On Sunday, the Davis & Elkins Student Life Office and Campus Activities Board present the annual Last Night of Summer Carnival at the Outdoor Amphitheatre.

“This was a great event last year, and it’s a follow-up of years past,” Goddard says. “It’s a nice event for the students and the community to come together to welcome the students back for the official academic year.”

Three hours of entertainment will take place from 8-11 p.m. with carnival-style games and food, music by Radio Tokyo and a spectacular fireworks display that will light up the sky at approximately 9 p.m.

Hailing from Pittsburgh, Radio Tokyo performs pop, modern rock and hip-hop covers.

“It’s music everyone will know and can dance to,” Goddard says.

The celebration serves as a lead-in to the week ahead when students begin classes on Monday.