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Family Weekend 2018

Family Weekend Postcard 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!

**Don't forget to bring donations for our annual clothing drive!
Items will be made available to residents of the North Adams community.**

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

9-10.pm.
Late Night Trivia
Want a chance to win free fries and a drink with your family? Come visit the Late Night Trivia table and answer a challenging trivia question!
Amsler Center Campus Center, Marketplace

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. Items collected are made available to the residents of North Adams.
Amsler Campus Center, marketplace

10:30a.m.-12:00 noon
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
       Special Event: Conversation Corner with President Birge 11a.m.-1p.m.
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!
Amsler Campus Center, gymnasium

1p.m.
African Zumba Session
Join student Marg Antonio for a heart pumping African Zumba session to get your blood flowing. All ages and experience levels welcome!
Venable Hall, dance studio

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.
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.
Surviving and Thriving Freshman Year: They are here..Now What?
Join Michael Obasohan '10, Assistant Director of Diversity Programs and Multicultural Education Center and current student Erika Lucia '19 for a discussion on how you can help your student succeed during their MCLA career.
CSI, 121 auditorium

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
MASS MoCA Visitor Information

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: first year students enter the College and again when they graduate.
The Gates, across from Berkshire Towers

6p.m.
Family Unity Dinner
      Special Performance by NEXXUS
Sponsored by the ALANA Club Council
Calling all families! Join faculty, staff, and the student body as we celebrate each individual and the collective culture of MCLA.  There will be food, music, and lots of fun! Free admission, but we encourage families to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to MCLA's Food Pantry.
Church Street Center, social hall

7p.m.
President’s Pre-Theater Performance Reception
Sponsored by the President’s Office
Join MCLA’s 12 th President James F. Birge for a dessert reception before the theater show.
Smith House, Office of Admissions

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.

8p.m.
SAC Scary Stories Open Mic
Come share a real or almost real bone chilling scary story with members of the Student Activities Council and other MCLA students. 
Refreshments will also be served.

Sunday, October 21st

10a.m.
North Adams History Walk
Learn more about our surrounding community as we guide you through North Adams history. Walk with us and learn about what our area has to offer.
Gates across from Berkshire Towers

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
Clark Art Visitor Information

 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
MASS MoCA Visitor Information

Questions Contact

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

Please use the links below to start planning your visit!

Local Hotels

Local Restruants

Out & About in the Berkshires

Ioka Valley Farms
3475 Hancock Rd, Hancock, Massachusetts  01237

Jaeschke’s Orchard
23 Gould Road, Adams, Massachusetts 01220
 
Lakeview Orchard
94 Old Cheshire Road, Lanesborough, MA 01237

Whitney’s Farm Market
1775 S. State Rd. - Rt.8, Cheshire, MA 01225

Natural Bridge State Park
McAuley Road, North Adams, MA 01247

Mt. Greylock State Reservation
Visitors Center/Park Headquarters
30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA 01237

Hoosac Valley Train Ride
3 Hoosac Street, Adams, MA 01220