Weekend Schedule

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We are looking forward to an amazing Family and Friends Weekend this year! Our program brings an exciting array of events for the MHC community and guests to enjoy together - please see below for our schedule of events for the 2017 weekend. 

If you or a member of your party are in need of accommodations or have accessibility needs please contact the Office of Student Programs at studentprograms@mtholyoke.edu, or stop by the Welcome Center in Blanchard Community Center.

Friday, October 20

Equestrian Center Open House
Visit the Equestrian Center to take a self guided tour or watch our Dressage or Hunter Seat Teams practice.
Equestrian Center, 56 Park Street, 8:00 am–4:00 pm

Learning from Application (LEAP) Symposium

Each fall at the LEAP Symposium, Mount Holyoke students reflect critically on how learning experiences outside the classroom—summer internships and research—connect to their coursework and help shape their academic, professional, and personal goals. More than 150 students will be presenting.

Kendade Atrium, noon–6:00 pm

Jumma Lunch and Prayers

Join the Muslim community for a Halal lunch and prayers afterward. All are welcome. 

Eliot House Lounge, noon–1:00 pm 

Muslims at Mount Holyoke

If you are Muslim or interested in the Muslim faith, join Liza Lozovaya, our Muslim Chaplain, as she explains what programs and events are offered by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. 

Eliot House Lounge, 1:00–2:00 pm 

Japanese Tea Ceremonies at Wa-shin-an
The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life will be hosting demonstrations of the Japanese tea ceremony at Wa-shin-an, the Japanese teahouse and meditation garden on the top floor of Eliot House. Ceremonies will be Friday, October 20, at 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:00 pm.  Reservations for ceremonies are required. To sign up, email hatchley@mtholyoke.edu.
Eliot House, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Prayers for World Peace
Join Leslie Fraser, the Multifaith Chaplain and the advisor to Unitarian Universalist students, for prayers for world peace. All are welcome. 
Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary, 4:00–5:00 pm 

Highlight: Families Dancing
All are invited to a free, informal concert of dances created and performed by students and faculty with various family members.
Kendall Sports and Dance Complex: Studio Theater, 5-5:45pm

Kabbalat Shabbat Service
Join the Jewish Community for Kabbalat Shabbat Service. You are welcome to stay for Community Shabbat Dinner immediately after the service.
Eliot House Lounge, 5:00–6:00 pm

Jewish Community Shabbat Dinner
Join the Jewish Community and Amelia Ender, the Jewish Chaplain, for Community Shabbat Dinner. All are welcome.
Eliot House, 6:00–9:00 pm

Pelmeni Festival
Come join the Russian department students, faculty and friends to chat, relax, make and eat Russian pelmeni (dumplings)! You do not need to speak Russian to enjoy this event - please come!
ACE House, 6:30–9:00 pm

Frankenstein
Frankenstein, adapted by Jonathan Yukich based on the novel by Mary Shelley, October 19-21 at 7:30 pm and October 22 at 2:00 pm. Ticket prices $8 general, $5 students and senior citizens.
Buy Tickets at: www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/theatre
Rooke Theatre, 7:30pm

Jazz Concert: Ella’s Swella!
The Jazz Ensembles (Big Band, Vocal and Chamber Jazz) celebrate the queen of jazz on the centennial anniversary year of her birth. Music by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Kurt Weill, Stevie Wonder and others. Mark Gionfriddo, director. Free and open to the public.
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall

Fall Craft Night
Calling all students, families and guests to join us for an evening of crafting fall themed items and take-aways
Blanchard Great Room, 8pm to 10pm

Saturday, October 21

Morning Coffee
The Mount Holyoke Fund invites you to come for morning coffee, tea, and pastries, and stay to socialize with other guests before you attend the Conversation with the Acting President and the College officers.
Art Museum Lobby, 8:30–9:00 am

Conversation with the Acting President and College Officers
Acting President Stephens and the College officers invite you to join them in a conversation about the state of the College and the vision for the future.  
Gamble Auditorium, Art Building, 9:00–10:00 am

Family and Friends Choir Community Rehearsal
All family members and friends are invited to come to a fun and engaging rehearsal to sing together and learn the combined piece the morning of the concert. Breakfast will be served prior to the rehearsal.
Abbey Memorial Chapel, Rehearsal 10:00–10:45 am

Career and Professional Development Panel (Nexus/Internships/The Lynk)
A panel of faculty, staff, and students will provide examples of the focused, intentional ways in which Mount Holyoke College assists students in connecting their academic work with valuable professional development through classroom innovations, the Nexus Program, and funded internship and research projects.
Cleveland L3, 10:00–11:00 am

M&Cs for Alumnae Family and Friends
It's never too early for M&Cs! The Alumnae Association invites all alumnae family and friends of current students to connect with one another while enjoying refreshments and grabbing some MHC gifts.
Willits-Hallowell Center Living Room, 10:00 a.m. – noon

MHC Swim/Dive Alum Meet
Pool 1, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex, 10:00am-12:00pm

MHC Volleyball vs. Baruch College
Come shake some pom-poms and to cheer on the team as they take on Baruch College!
Gymnasium 1, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex, 10:00 am–12:00 pm 

Art Museum Sampler Tour
Hear from student guides about their favorite works of art in Mount Holyoke's renowned collection.
Art Museum, 10:30–11:30 am 

Transformative Experiences: Learning Abroad
Students who have studied, interned, or researched abroad will speak about how their experiences have shaped their academic, professional, and personal goals.
Cleveland L3, 11:00 am–noon

Highlight: Talcott Greenhouse Tours
The 118 year-old Talcott Greenhouse is the gem of the Botanic Garden. The amazingly diverse collection of plants inside, however, is the real gem! Join greenhouse manager Jimmy Grogan for a tour during which he will reveal secrets behind some of the more than 2,000 plants growing there as well as a bit of history of what is certainly one of the most unique buildings on campus.
Talcott Greenhouse, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Highlight: Trees of Mount Holyoke Tour
One of the most alluring aspects of campus are the trees that envelop the campus in an ever-changing mantle. Join Botanic Garden director and curator Tom Clark for a walking tour during which he will share engaging stories and reveal the diversity of trees that comprise this arboreal asset.
Meet at Talbot Greenhouse, 1:00 - 2:00 pm 

Pre-Law Panel
Join Pre-Law Advisor Roshonda DeGraffenreid, a current pre-law student, and recent alumnae for an interactive panel on the programs and services that support students who are interested in applying to law school after Mount Holyoke.
Cleveland L3, 1:00–2:00 pm

Highlight: Observatory Open House
The Society of Astronomy Students welcomes you to come see the oldest academic building on campus and look at the Clark Refractor telescope! Faculty and current astronomy majors will be there to give short tours and answer questions. There will be local snacks from Atkins.
John Payson Williston Observatory, 1:00 - 3:00 pm 

LITS Welcome Table
LITS (Library, Information, and Technology Services) staff welcome you to campus! Stop by the Library Atrium to learn about LITS services and to ask your library and technology questions.
Library Atrium, 1:00–4:00 pm

Wa-shin-an Japanese Tea House
Wa-shin-an will be open for tours and visits—no reservations required.
Eliot House, 1:00–5:00 pm

MHC Rugby vs. Amherst College
Come watch the rugby team ruck, maul, tackle, and hopefully win as they take on Amherst College!
Rugby Pitch, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm

MHC Volleyball vs. Westfield State University
Come out to cheer on the team as they take on Westfield State University!
Gymnasium 1, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex, 2:00 am–4:00 pm

Fall Fest with the Division of Student Life
Celebrate autumn at MHC with delicious treats from local Atkins Farm, music, activities, crafts, and so much more!
Skinner Green, 2:00–4:00 pm

Language Resource Center Open House
Come to the Language Resource Center for a brief tour and exploration of their amazing resources. Share your most memorable language experiences and advice for current students. Light refreshments will be served. Ciruti Center, Room 6 (lower level), 2:00–4:00 pm

Highlight: Campus Sustainability Walk
The Miller Worley Center for the Environment and the EcoReps invite you to join us in exploring the sustainable and green features of Mount Holyoke College and how MHC is working towards its environmental initiatives to do our part in bettering our campus and community.
Meet at Skinner Green, 4:00-5:00 pm 

Family and Friends Weekend Choral/Orchestral Concert
The Glee Club, Chorale, Chamber Singers, and the Symphony Orchestra join forces to present a diverse selection of repertoire, culminating with a combined choral orchestral piece featuring the Family and Friends Choir.
Abbey Memorial Chapel, 4:00–5:30 pm

Family and Friends Gracious Dinner
Meal tickets for the Sustainable Gracious Dinner may be purchased in advance at the Welcome Center, Blanchard Campus Center.
Residential Dining Locations, 5:00–7:00 pm

Frankenstein
Frankenstein, adapted by Jonathan Yukich based on the novel by Mary Shelley, October 19-21 at 7:30 pm and October 22 at 2:00 pm. Ticket prices $8 general, $5 students and senior citizens.
Buy Tickets at: www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/theatre.
Rooke Theatre, 7:30pm

“Fall Jam” A Cappella Performance
Experience a Mount Holyoke tradition! Enjoy a night of talented and diverse a cappella voices, with artful intersections.
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm)

Sunday, October 22

International Catholic Mass
Join the Catholic Community for a Mass of international songs and prayers.
Abbey Memorial Chapel, 9:00–10:00 am

Highlight: Trees of Mount Holyoke Tour
One of the most alluring aspects of campus are the trees that envelop the campus in an ever-changing mantle. Join Botanic Garden director and curator Tom Clark for a walking tour during which he will share engaging stories and reveal the diversity of trees that comprise this arboreal asset.
Meet at Talbot Greenhouse, 9:00 - 10:00 am 

Pre-Health Session
Join Pre-Health for a session on health-related programs at Mount Holyoke.
Cleveland L3, 10:00–11:00 am

International Tea and Pastries
Join staff from the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life for international tea, pastries, and conversation. Discover which programs, services, and spiritual literacy we offer students.
Eliot House Lounge, 10:30–11:30 am

Highlight: Talcott Greenhouse Tours
The 118 year-old Talcott Greenhouse is the gem of the Botanic Garden. The amazingly diverse collection of plants inside, however, is the real gem! Join greenhouse manager Jimmy Grogan for a tour during which he will reveal secrets behind some of the more than 2,000 plants growing there as well as a bit of history of what is certainly one of the most unique buildings on campus.
Talcott Greenhouse, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Canoeing on Upper Lake
All are welcome to paddle on Upper Lake. An adult must accompany children. Life jackets are required and provided to all participants. Enjoy this Family and Friends Weekend tradition! Weather permitting. Hosted by the Outing Club.
Boathouse on Upper Lake, beyond Kendall, 12:00 pm–3:00 pm

Brunch at Willits-Hallowell*
Enjoy a special Sunday brunch at the waterfront Willits-Hallowell Conference Center during Family and Friends Weekend. This special brunch is a celebration of the autumn harvest. Reservations for brunch can be made by calling 413-538-2217.
Willits-Hallowell Center, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
*Please note, brunch is not included on any student meal plan or other Dining Services tickets for the Weekend. 

Frankenstein 
Frankenstein, adapted by Jonathan Yukich based on the novel by Mary Shelley, October 19-21 at 7:30 pm and October 22 at 2:00 pm. Ticket prices $8 general, $5 students and senior citizens.
Buy Tickets at: www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/theatre.
Rooke Theatre, 2pm

Hours & Resources

Welcome Center
Blanchard Campus Center, Main Level
Friday, 10:00 am–8:00 pm; Saturday, 8:00 am–6:00 pm; Sunday, open but unstaffed.
 
Student Art Gallery
Blanchard Campus Center
Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–9:00 pm; Saturday–Sunday, noon–9:00 pm.
 
Botanic Garden, Talcott Greenhouse
Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–4:00 pm; Saturday–Sunday, 9:00–4:00 pm.
 
Admissions Tours
Guided tours of the Mount Holyoke College campus. Tours last 75 minutes. Meet at the Office of Admission, Newhall Center, Route 116.
Saturday at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 1:00 pm.
 
Equestrian Center Open Hours
The Equestrian Center is open for visitors from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Monday-Friday.
56 Park Street, 10:00 am–4:00 pm.
 
Kendall Sports and Dance Complex Core Hours
Monday–Thursday, 6:30 am–11:00 pm; Friday, 6:30 am–10:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am–9:00 pm; Sunday, 10:00 am–10:00 pm.
 
Kendall Open Swim
Monday, 12:30 pm-2:00 pm & 7:00 pm-9:00 pm; Tuesday, noon-2:00 pm & 7:00 pm-8:00 pm; Wednesday, 12:30 pm-2:00 pm & 7:00 pm-9:00 p.m; Thursday, noon-2:00 pm & 7:00 pm-10:00 pm; Friday, noon-2:00 pm & 7:00 pm-8:00 pm; Saturday, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm; Sunday, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
 
Kendall Fitness Center
Monday–Thursday, 6:30 am–11:00 pm; Friday, 6:30 am–10:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am–9:00 pm; Sunday, 10:00 am–10:00 pm.
 
Williston Library
Monday–Thursday, 8:00 am–2:00 am; Friday, 8:00 am–10:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am–10:00 pm; Sunday, 9:00 am–2:00 am.
 
Recovery Retreat Room
The recovery room offers a quiet and safe place for those in recovery from alcohol and other drugs, or for those who have been affected by another person’s use. 
Daily, 9:00 am-midnight
Blanchard Campus Center, Room 318
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting; Friday, October 20th; Room 318, 9:00-10:00 pm; Open to anyone who would like to share his or her experiences, strength, and hope to help others recover from alcoholism. 
  • Recovery Gratitude Meeting; Saturday, October 21st; Room 318, 10:00-11:00 am; Open to anyone who has been affected by another's use of alcohol or other drugs who would like to share his or her experiences, strength, and hope.
 
Balfour Class Rings
Friday, noon–5:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am–4:00 pm; Sunday, 10:00 am–1:00 pm.
Blanchard Campus Center, next to the Information Desk.
 
 
 

Village Commons Stores and Restaurants

Crazy Moon
Monday-Sunday, 10:00 am- 8:00 pm.
 
Odyssey Bookshop
Monday, 10:00 am–6:00 pm; Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 am–8:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am–8:00 pm; Sunday, 10:00am–5:00 pm.
 
Wow Frozen Yogurt
Sunday-Thursday, noon-8:00 pm; Friday-Saturday, noon-9:00 pm.  
 
IYA Sushi and Noodle Kitchen
Sunday-Thursday, 11:30 am-9:30 pm; Friday-Saturday, 11:30 am-9:00 pm.
 
Johnny’s Bar and Grille
Sunday–Wednesday, 11:30 am–9:30 pm; Thursday, 11:30 am–10:00 pm; Friday–Saturday, 11:30 am–11:00 pm.
 
Tower Theaters
Monday, 11:30 am–9:00 pm; Tuesday, 10:00 am–9:00 pm; Wednesday, 11:30 am–9:00 pm; Thursday–Sunday, 11:30 am–11:00 pm.
 
Tailgate Picnic
Monday–Friday, 6:30 am–7:00 pm; Saturday, 6:30 am–5:00 pm; Sunday, 7:00 am–5:00  pm. 
 
Thirsty Mind Coffee and Wine Bar
Sunday-Wednesday, 7:00 am-9:00 pm; Thursday-Saturday, 7:00 am-10:00 pm.