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Fall Family Weekend 2019

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MCLA Family Weekend is an opportunity for parents and families members to join their student on campus for a weekend of quality family time, activities, and fun. Enjoy time with your student, explore their home away from home, and make some trailblazer memories! Be sure to sign up here.

Friday, October 18th

6 p.m.Men's Soccer GameCheer on the men's soccer team as they compete against Westfield StateAthletic Complex
776 West Shaft Road
8 p.m.$$ MCLA Theater Production: Miss JulieAugust Strindberg’s ground-breaking masterpiece is brought to life in a new version by David Eldridge, from a literal translation by Charlotte Barslund. The Count's beautiful daughter, Miss Julie, feels trapped and alone, while his handsome and rebellious footman, Jean, feels frustrated with his position. In the course of an evening, a passion is ignited that soon spirals out of control. Strindberg's 1889 masterpiece which caused such a scandal when first produced that it was banned, is now hugely popular for its viscerally honest portrait of the class system and human sexuality.Venable Hall, theater


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Saturday, October 19th

9 -
11 a.m.
Family Registration and Clothing DriveCheck-in for the weekend here and enjoy a cup of coffee or visit the bookstore. 

Bring donations for our annual clothing drive, gently worn clothing and coats will be donated to residences of North Adams.
Marketplace
   Campus Center, 1st floor
10 a.m. -
3:30 p.m.
MCLA Bookstore OpenVisit the bookstore to pick up the newest MCLA gear!Campus Center, 1st floor
10:30 a.m. -
12 noon
Residence Area ReceptionsVisit your student's residence area and enjoy a yummy treat by some of our resident students.

Sponsored by the Residence Area Advisory Boards
Berkshire Towers

Hoosac Hall

Flagg Townhouses
11 a.m. -
3 p.m.
Family Carnival and ChowderFest Join this fun-filled event of games, bounce houses, and more! Also, enjoy a cup of complimentary clam or corn chowder!

Sponsored by the Student Activities Council and Student Government Association
Venable Hall, gym



12 noon
4 p.m.
Women's Volleyball Game

Cheer on the women's volleyball team during their tri-match!

Salem State
Saint Joseph's (CT)
Campus Center, gym
1:15 p.m.African ZumbaJoin student Marg Antonio for a heart pumping African Zumba session to get your blood flowing!
All ages and experiences levels welcome!
Venable Hall, dance studio
2 p.m.$$ MCLA Theater Production: Miss JulieAugust Strindberg’s ground-breaking masterpiece is brought to life in a new version by David Eldridge, from a literal translation by Charlotte Barslund. The Count's beautiful daughter, Miss Julie, feels trapped and alone, while his handsome and rebellious footman, Jean, feels frustrated with his position. In the course of an evening, a passion is ignited that soon spirals out of control. Strindberg's 1889 masterpiece which caused such a scandal when first produced that it was banned, is now hugely popular for its viscerally honest portrait of the class system and human sexuality.Venable Hall, theater


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3 p.m.Alpha Lambda Delta and Alpha Chi Honor Societies induction ceremonyJoin our students as they are inducted into two nationally recognized honor societiesChurch Street Center, Auditorium
3:30 p.m.Behind the Scenes: MCLA Theater's Miss JulieSee MCLA's first fall production, then take a Behind the Scenes tour with Assistant Professor and Set Designer, Jeremy Winchester.Venable Hall, theater
4 -
5 p.m.
Look Great at the Gates: Photo BoothGet 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 seniors walk to the Commencement Ceremony.The Gates, across from Berkshire Towers Residence Area



rain location: Marketplace, Campus Center 1st floor
5:30 p.m.MERC Family Dinner

Be part of the family and join Faculty, Staff, and the student body as we celebrate each individual and collective culture of MCLA. There will be ethnic foods, cultural music, and lots of time to connect with others!

If interested in joining in our Pay It Forward campaign, we encourage families to make a $1.00 dollar donation to our Mitch West and Margaret Hart Scholarship Funds, which will support student education at MCLA.

Sponsored by the Multicultural Education Resource Center and Cultural Student Organizations.

Murdock Hall, room 218
7 p.m.Presidents Pre-Theater Performance ReceptionJoin MCLA's 12th President Jame F. Birge for a dessert reception before the theater show.

Sponsored by the President's Office
Smith House, Office of Admission
8 p.m.$$ MCLA Theater Production: Miss JulieAugust Strindberg’s ground-breaking masterpiece is brought to life in a new version by David Eldridge, from a literal translation by Charlotte Barslund. The Count's beautiful daughter, Miss Julie, feels trapped and alone, while his handsome and rebellious footman, Jean, feels frustrated with his position. In the course of an evening, a passion is ignited that soon spirals out of control. Strindberg's 1889 masterpiece which caused such a scandal when first produced that it was banned, is now hugely popular for its viscerally honest portrait of the class system and human sexuality.Venable Hall, theater


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8 p.m.Nugz NightCome enjoy a chicken nuggets bar and taste dipping sauces from around the world.

Sponsored by the Student Activities Council
Sullivan Lounge
   Campus Center, 2nd floor


Events Happening in Town

Saturday, October 19th

1 p.m. A Midsummers Night’s Dream $
A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations…with hilarious, but dark consequences.
The Clark Art Institute, 225 South St., Williamstown, MA 01267

8 p.m. Orion Sun $
Orion Sun is the one-woman project of Philly-based singer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Tiffany Majette, an emerging creative force of nature who is destined for greatness. Echos of Frank Ocean and Lauryn Hill permeate her mellow, carefully crafted songs, which are perfect “to dance to, cry to, fall in love to” (WXPN Philadelphia).
MASS MoCA, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247


Sunday, October 20th

10 a.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


10 a.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

Register for the Fall Family Weekend

Please use the links below to start planning your visit!

Local Hotels

Local Restaurants

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