Families of Sweet Briar Unite

| October 5, 2011

Sweet Briar’s combined Homecoming and Families Weekend is right around the corner, but there is still time to register to attend.

The event-packed schedule begins Friday, Oct. 14 with open events such as the popular traditions panel hosted by the Alumnae Board. Guests learn about the College’s history, traditions, clubs and athletics from past and present students.

Bachelor of Fine Arts candidate Ellen Reid will perform her senior thesis, “Such is Life,” combining installation sculpture and dance, beginning at 8 p.m. in the Babcock lobby. At 9 p.m. there will be a free screening of the film “Secretariat,” a prelude to a special lecture and presentation on Saturday evening by Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery, who bred and raced the famous Triple Crown winner.

Alumnae veterans of homecomings past know what the Cardboard Boat Regatta is all about, but parents, if you haven’t seen this crowd-pleaser, now’s your chance. Students in the introductory engineering course, Designing Our World, have spent weeks designing, building, testing and refining two-woman boats made of nothing more than 20 pounds of corrugated cardboard and 50 feet of duct tape.

When the starting gun sounds around noon on Saturday, they’ll take to the waters of the Lower Lake, bobbing, weaving and occasionally sinking as they make their way through a figure-eight course. Winning teams are judged on their boat’s speed, buoyancy and overall design.

Other weekend highlights include horse shows and field hockey games, canoeing, Sweet Briar House tours, a theater stagehand workshop, faculty panels and more.

Click here to register or visit the Homecoming and Families Weekend website for the complete schedule.

Click through the image gallery to see scenes from last year’s homecoming.

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