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Family Weekend: A Red, White, and Blue Celebration

Monday, October 22, 2012
With an Americana theme, it was a red, white, and blue Family Weekend at Marymount. Parents, grandparents, and siblings came from across the country to enjoy the festivities with their MU students.

A Parent’s Reception at the Barry Gallery opening for an exhibit by Professor Judy Bass kicked off the celebration. The artist’s abstract artwork is inspired by the colors of the New Mexico landscape, as well as improvisational jazz music.

MU’s Got Talent on Friday night featured amazing performances by students, staff, and even a parent. The show included the Quiet Storm Dance Team, an original song by Mac Kennedy ʼ14; robotic dance moves by Xavier Miskel ʼ16; the song I Dreamed a Dream beautifully sung by Anne Shingler, mother of William Shingler ʼ13; and much more. The grand finale was a medley of patriotic songs performed by all participants.

On Saturday, the Street Fair featured Uncle Sam on stilts, caricature drawing, karaoke, and – of course – great food. Everyone – including little tykes, Bernie, and Uncle Sam – sported Marymount Common Ground buttons, celebrating all that unites the MU community. With students from across the nation and around the globe, Marymount is a microcosm of the melting pot that is America – a learning community united in its pursuit of truth and understanding, its compassion and respect for others, and its embrace of a world growing ever more interconnected.

Saturday evening’s entertainment took advantage of DC nightlife, with groups going to see The Capitol Steps at the Reagan Building and Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center.

The Mass of Thanksgiving and a Jazz Brunch on Sunday closed out the weekend with prayer and fellowship.

For more photos, see the Family Weekend Flickr collection.