Taking a note from Dr. Seuss, Family Weekend 2011’s theme was Oh, the Places We’ll Go! After fun-filled days at on-campus activities, students and their families took full advantage of Marymount’s proximity to DC, seeing the musical Les Misérables, enjoying the political satire of the Capitol Steps, and touring DC by night.
On Saturday afternoon, the Marymount community celebrated with a street fair on the University’s new Malek Plaza. Great food; swing dancing, poetry readings, and musical performances by students; caricature artists; a juggling stilt-walker; and a balloon artist contributed to the festive atmosphere.
In addition, the University took advantage of the occasion to dedicate a time capsule commemorating Marymount’s first six decades and the recent opening its newest buildings, Caruthers Hall and Rose Benté Lee Ostapenko Hall. Marymount President Matthew D. Shank, the vice presidents, and junior Mike Bekampis placed items in the time capsule, which is to be opened in 2050, Marymount’s 100th-anniversary year.
Other weekend activities included a wine and cheese social for parents in the Barry Art Gallery; a reception in the Main House, hosted by President Shank; and performances by comedian Roy Wood, Jr., and the a cappella group Blue Jupiter.
The weekend concluded with Sunday Mass and a lively Family Brunch, featuring karaoke with MCs freshman Jamie Hutcheson and junior Mathew Shuman. It was definitely a family act with parents, students, and siblings taking their turns at the microphone. Even Marymount chaplain Father David Sharland, Y.A., showed off his vocal talents!
Diane Brown, mother of freshman Bob Brown, summed up the general sentiment, saying, “Everything about the weekend was great! There was so much to do, and it was all so much fun! I wish I had another day just to sit and enjoy the campus.”