Families Weekend

Families Weekend 2022: September 30–October 2

Families Weekend 2022 is just around the corner! Please check out the schedule for all the activities that have been planned.

Online registration is closed. Pre-registering is not required to attend the weekend. You may still attend the weekend but you will be asked to register at “check-in” upon arrival to campus.

Weekend Schedule

Friday | Saturday | Sunday | General Information

Friday, September 30, 2022

9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

Open Classroom
Skinner Hall of Music, Martel Recital Hall

Families are invited to observe students in the instruction of the organ with Gail Archer, Adjunct Artist in Music and Vassar College Organist. Learn more about the College’s music facilities.

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

For current and ongoing exhibits please visit The Loeb website.

10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

James W Palmer Gallery, College Center

Long Reach Arts at 40! A Celebration
Group exhibit featuring the work of local artists.

12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

The Haiti Project: Sale of Haitian Art
Main Building / College Center, Multi-Purpose Room

Come for the sale of 350 original Haitian paintings and hundreds of original handicrafts, including  hand-painted silk scarves, iron sculptures, and papier-mâché goods. The Haiti Project engages students in a life-changing experiential education in global citizenship, fosters sustainable development in Haiti, and promotes Haitian art. (Handicrafts start at $5 and paintings at $50. All purchases are 50% tax deductible.)

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Salat-u-Jum’ua
Pratt House / Meditation and Prayer Room

Muslim Friday Congregational Prayer.

3:00 p.m.

Highlights Tour
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Highlights from the permanent collection. The collection of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center charts the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprises over 21,000 works. (Hours of operation, daily, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

5:00 p.m.

Kickball Tournament
Noyes Circle

Join the First-Year Experience, Athletics, and ResLife for a friendly kickball tournament between the houses. Cheer on your student or play yourself! There’s room for everyone here.

Shabbat Services

6:00 p.m.

At the Bayit, Vassar’s home for Jewish life
51 Collegeview Avenue (just outside of the North Gate)

Vassar Jewish Union (VJU) invites all students and their families to Shabbat Service followed by a vegetarian dinner. Please RSVP by emailing rsl@vassar.edu (Vassar’s Office of Religious & Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices).
Service: 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Dinner: 7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

Shabbat with Chabad Jewish Community
Chabad House, 94 Fulton Avenue

Join the Chabad Jewish Community (CJC) for a warm, family style shabbat experience! A home cooked meal will be served complete with vegan and vegetarian options. All are welcome! Please RSVP by emailing rsl@vassar.edu.

 

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Saturday, October 1, 2022

8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Check-In
Chapel Lawn Tent, Main Drive

Coffee, tea and other refreshments will be served.

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Academic Life: A Faculty Panel for Families of First Year Students
Chapel Lawn Tent, Main Drive

Jennifer Herrera, Dean of First Year Students and Lecturer in Chemistry, hosts a discussion with faculty members Mary Ann Cunningham (Professor of Geography and Director of Environmental Studies) and Colleen Ballerino Cohen (Professor of Anthropology and Women, Feminist, and Queer Studies) about the First Year writing seminar and what students can expect academically. Q&A to follow. 

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

For current and ongoing exhibits please visit The Loeb website. Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served from 10am -1pm.

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

James W Palmer Gallery, College Center

Long Reach Arts at 40! A Celebration
Group exhibit featuring the work of local artists.

10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

The Haiti Project: Sale of Haitian Art
Main Building / College Center, Multi-Purpose Room

(See Friday’s schedule for complete information.)

10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m.

Oh, The Places They’ll Go: A Very Vassar Summer
Chapel Lawn Tent, Main Drive

Learn more about how students spend their summer breaks and hear from a panel of students to discover what Vassar can do to support an unforgettable summer experience. Hosted and moderated by Stacy Bingham, Associate Dean of the College for Career Development.

10:30 a.m.

Highlights Tour
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Highlights from the permanent collection. The collection of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center charts the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprises over 21,000 works. (Hours of operation, daily, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

Families have an opportunity to converse with Vassar's Deans
Photo credit: Karl Rabe

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Conversation with the President and the Deans
Chapel Lawn Tent, Main Drive

A Conversation with Elizabeth H. Bradley, President of the College, Carlos Alamo-Pastrana, Dean of the College, Marianne H. Begemann, Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources and William Hoynes, Dean of the Faculty.

12:00 p.m.

Women’s Rugby vs. Albany
Vassar Farm

12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Car Wash
Lathrop Parking Lot (Between Strong and Lathrop)

A fundraiser for the Vassar Ski Club.

12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Shiva Theater Open House

The student managers of the Shiva Theater invite families to stop in and see the new and improved student theater space. The open house will also feature performances by the Vassar Devils (a cappella) and Barefoot Fireflies (circus).

Families taking a tour of the Vassar campus.
Photo credit: Karl Rabe

12:45 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Walking Tour of the Vassar Arboretum
Main Building

A ramble through central campus to learn about the history of the Vassar Arboretum, Andrew Jackson Downing’s campus landscape influence, information on some of the interesting trees in our 220 species collection, our native plants and Ecological Preserves plus enticing bits of campus history. The tour begins at the front entrance to Main Building. Hosted by Mark Schlessman, Emeritus Professor of Biology.

Families listen to live chamber music in the Loeb Art Center.
Photo credit: Karl Rabe

1:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Chamber Music
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Chamber Music on the Half featuring, each half hour, a selection of the college’s many different ensembles and soloists.

  • 1:00 p.m. – Chamber Music – Eduardo Navega, director
  • 1:30 p.m. – Chamber Music – Eduardo Navega, director
  • 2:00 p.m. – Vassar College Women’s Chorus – Christine Howlett, director
  • 2:30 p.m. – Vassar College Chamber Singers – Drew Minter, director
  • 3:00 p.m. – Vassar College Choir – Christine Howlett, director

2:00 p.m.

Men’s Soccer vs. Union College
Prentiss Sports Complex, Gordon Field

2:30 p.m.

Walking Tour of the Ecological Preserve
The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns
1 Vassar Farm Lane

Join the Environmental Cooperative and the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve for a walking tour along trails on the preserve. This tour will feature the Ellen Swallows Richard Historical Trail, the Drumlin Trail, the Phenology Trail, or the Beaver Trail, depending on weather and trail conditions. Learn about research and land management currently happening on the Preserve, including controlling invasives and the effects of white-tailed deer on our forests.

3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

The Outing Club Fall Fest & Student Music Event
Blodget Hall
Live music begins at 4:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Families Weekend Reception: Hudson Valley Harvest
Chapel Lawn Tent (Rain Location: Main Building, Villard Room)

You and your student are invited to stop by and sample some of the Hudson Valley’s bounty at a very casual Vassar Families Weekend Reception. Featuring live music. (Catering by Twisted Soul.)

6:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.

Student Music Event
Blodgett Courtyard

7:30 p.m.

Barefoot Fireflies Fire Show
Residential Quad

The Barefoot Fireflies is Vassar’s one and only circus and fire arts club! Our fall fire show is a great event for families to attend; we have juggling, dancing, spinning, and lots of flames! Come support Vassar students as we put on our first performance of the semester! For more information, email exec.barefootfireflies@gmail.com.

8:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

Faculty Concert: Thomas Sauer, Piano
Skinner Hall / Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall

A recital exploring three hundred years of keyboard music, from Bach in 1721 to Nina Shekhar in 2021. A trip through the musical centuries, this recital presents music according to three categories borrowed from the writing of anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss: code, message, and myth. Composers who transmit meaning primarily through code (J.S. Bach, Harrison Birtwistle), message (Robert Schumann, Nina Shekhar), and myth (Alexander Scriabin, Olivier Messiaen) will set the stage for one of Frédéric Chopin’s greatest works, the Sonata No. 3 in B minor. For more information about event requirements, reservations, and registration please email music@vassar.edu.

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Sunday, October 2, 2022

10:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m.

Walking Tour of the Vassar Arboretum
Main Building

A ramble through central campus to learn about the history of the Vassar Arboretum, Andrew Jackson Downing’s campus landscape influence, information on some of the interesting trees in our 220 species collection, our native plants and Ecological Preserves plus enticing bits of campus history. The tour begins at the front entrance to Main Building. Hosted by Mark Schlessman, Emeritus Professor of Biology.

Families look over the art for sale at the Haiti auction
Photo credit: Karl Rabe

10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

The Haiti Project: Sale of Haitian Art
Main Building / College Center, Multi-Purpose Room

(See Friday’s schedule for more information.)

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

For current and ongoing exhibits please visit The Loeb website.

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

James W Palmer Gallery, College Center

Long Reach Arts at 40! A Celebration
Group exhibit featuring the work of local artists. 

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Roman Catholic Mass
Vassar Chapel

Vassar Catholic Community (VCC) invites all students and their families to a mass with music. Light refreshments and communal gathering will follow.
Questions? Email rsl@vassar.edu (Vassar’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices)

1:00 p.m.

Highlights Tour
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Highlights from the permanent collection. The collection of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center charts the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprises over 21,000 works. (Hours of operation, daily, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 .p.m)

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Episcopal Church at Vassar College
Pratt House

Weekly ecumenical Protestant worship at Pratt House. All Christians or folks curious about Christianity are welcome—we are an inclusive, queer-affirming group! For more information, contact rsl@vassar.edu.

 

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General Weekend Information

Get exciting offers and activities for Vassar families from our friends at Dutchess Tourism

Pick Your Own at Dubois Farm! Vassar Families can use this coupon to receive 10% off all purchases of fruit and food at DuBois Farms.


Check-In Location

Saturday, October 1, 2022:
8:00 a.m.–Noon: Chapel Lawn Tent


Campus Dining

Gordon Commons

(Students’ Building)
Friday: 7:00 a.m.–12:00 a.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m.–12:00 a.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.

The Retreat Café

(Located in Main Building, College Center, South Atrium)
Friday: 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Vassar Express

(Located in Main Building, College Center, North Atrium)
Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

The Bridge Café

(Located in the Bridge for Laboratory Sciences)
Friday: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Street Eats (Food Truck)

(Located at College Center Circle)
Sunday: 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.


Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Friday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

James W Palmer Gallery

Friday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Athletic Events

Please note start times are subject to change. Please check www.vassarathletics.com for up to date information.

Vassar College Store

(Located in the “Juliet” building at the corner of Raymond and Collegeview Avenues)
Friday: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday:  Closed

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