2017 Reunion Schedule

Programs will continue to be posted and updated. All programs are 60 minutes unless otherwise noted.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
5:30 PM
Reunion Welcome Reception at the Beneski Museum of Natural History
Mingle beneath the mammoth, delight in the dryosaurus, enjoy libations and hors d’oeuvres in the shadow of ancient footprints, and renew old friendships amidst Amherst’s extraordinary collection of vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, minerals and other geologic specimens collected locally and around the world since 1825. The Bluestockings will perform at 5:45 p.m. Informal tours will be available. Reception ends at 7:15 p.m. 
Beneski Museum of Natural History
Thursday, May 25, 2017
1:30 PM
Beneski Museum "Bones and Stones" Tour
Join Alfred Venne, Museum Educator, for a walk through the Beneski Museum of Natural History, which houses outstanding collections and exhibits that include vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, minerals and other geologic specimens collected locally and from around the world since 1825. Particularly noteworthy is the world-famous dinosaur track collection. Bring your cameras!
Beneski Museum of Natural History
Friday, May 26, 2017
10:30 AM
Looking Under the Hood of a String Quartet
Join the Omer Quartet for a chance to learn about how string quartets work. Ask questions about the musicians’ experience or about the concert from the night before. If you have your instrument with you, you are welcome to sit in at the end of the session for a bit of Hayden and fun!
Music Room 3, Arms Music Center
1:00 PM
Planetarium Program: We Are Part of This Universe
For over 55 years, the Bassett Planetarium has served the College well. This tool has helped countless individuals better understand their place in the universe. Join Alfred Venne, Planetarium Director, as he uses the vintage Spitz A3P Starball to help re-create the night sky over Amherst. In addition, using a classic Orrery, participants will examine the plane of the solar system, the tilt of the Earth, day/night and seasons. The one takeaway from the planetarium visit may best be summed up by Neil deGrasse Tyson, who said, “We are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us.”
Bassett Planetarium, Morgan Hall
4:00 PM
Resource Center Reception
Join the Multicultural Resource Center, Queer Resource Center, and Women’s and Gender Center for a joint reception for alumnae, queer and trans alumni, and alumni of color. Meet the center directors and mingle with the growing community of Amherst alumni. Stop by for a drink, snack and to hear about the variety of programs and trainings open to the Amherst community and to learn more about diversity and inclusion initiatives on campus.
Multicultural Resource Center, Keefe Campus Center
Saturday, May 27, 2017
7:30 AM
Fun Run
Come one and all, young and old! Run, jog or leisurely walk around the campus. We’ll assemble at the front steps of Converse Hall (look for the table) at 7:15 a.m. and depart every 15 minutes beginning at 7:30 until 8 a.m. Our route will start at Converse, go down College to East Drive, then down to the southeast corner of the playing fields, then along to Orr Rink, then back up the sidewalks to the Octagon and back to Converse (total of 1.5 miles). This Fun Run will be led by John Kiely ’62, Jeanine Friedman ’82 and Hanna Campbell ’07. Please sign up so we know how many people to expect. Presented by the Classes of 1962, 1982 and 2007.
Meet at the steps to Converse Hall
8:30 AM
Amherst Christian Fellowship Reunion
Come visit old friends and hear about what is going on in ACF. Drop by anytime between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Light breakfast foods will be provided. Hosted by Paul Sorrentino, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, and Chris Gow '16.
Chapin Lounge, Chapin Hall
9:00 AM
Tinkergarten Outdoor Adventure
At this event designed for kids and adults, the whole family can enjoy the chance to play and learn in nature. We’ll discover the most confounding mystery and work together to create a solution using our imaginations and all of the tools nature provides. The Tinkergarten program is designed for kids ages 1.5 to 8, but explorers just older or younger are also most welcome. Tinkergarten was founded by Meghan (Nolan) Fitzgerald ’97 and her husband and offers play-based nature classes around the country. Presented by the Class of 1997.
Meet at the steps to Frost Library
10:10 AM
Walk on the Wild Side: Animal Adventures for Kids
Join us under the Class of ’97 tent for a true animal adventure. Meet exotic animals such as armadillo, porcupine and kinkajou! Hear interesting stories and learn all about these unique animals from knowledgeable experts. You can even touch a few animals if you dare! Enjoy a fun and unique hands-on learning experience for kids of all ages. Animal Adventures is New England’s largest privately owned animal rescue center that is fully licensed to keep all of their animals. Educational programs like this one help fund the care for their animals. Presented by the Class of 1997.
Morris Pratt Circle
10:10 AM
The Amherst College DQ in Concert
See Amherst's oldest a cappella group perform!
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
11:00 AM
Bounce House
Bring your kids to the Bounce House for bouncing fun and to burn off some energy! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Available until 5 p.m. Presented by the Class of 2002.
Main Quadrangle
11:15 AM
Ed Popielarczyk: Comedy and Magic
Join us for an entertaining and fun magic show with the amazing Ed Popielarczyk. Ed will keep kids enthralled and parents smiling during this comedy magic show with lots of audience participation.  All ages welcome. Presented by the Class of 2002.
Class of 2002 Tent, Main Quadrangle
1:00 PM
Carnival Fun and Games
All are welcome to the carnival for face painting, balloon twisting, lawn games, cotton candy, spin art and bubbles. Flayvors ice cream will be served at 3 p.m. The carnival will close at 5 p.m. Presented by the Class of 1992.
Main Quadrangle
2:45 PM
Family Swim
Have children with lots of energy? Come to Pratt Pool and have an afternoon swim! Each child must have a parent or guardian with them.
Pratt Pool, Alumni Gymnasium
2:45 PM
Naturalist-Led Hike in the Wildlife Sanctuary
The Amherst College Wildlife Sanctuary is an underexplored (or unexplored!) place for many of us. This 500-acre area includes open fields, wetlands, flood plain woods, river, upland woods, plantation pines and ponds. Join interpretive naturalist Tory Thompson ’02 as she leads a leisurely hike around the area. We’ll stop to listen and look for birds and other wildlife, learn about the plants and fungi we see along the way, and maybe even turn over some logs to see the amazing world of tiny critters working away in the soil. Take this chance to open your eyes to things around us all the time that few of us take the time to notice. Hike will begin promptly. Family-friendly event. Presented by the Class of 2002.
Meet outside the Powerhouse
2:45 PM
Trivia Challenge
Join Mike Silverman ’07 for a fun bar trivia challenge. Form a team with your family and friends and compete against other teams for trivia bragging rights. Do you have what it takes to be the Reunion-wide trivia champion? Presented by the Class of 2007.
The Powerhouse
3:30 PM
Christine Gloster: The Happy Face Painter
Stop by for some fun face paint! Christine is passionate about art and working with children, and she only uses FDA-compliant, non-toxic and hypo-allergenic products. All ages welcome. Ends at 5:30 p.m. Presented by the Class of 2002.
Class of 2002 Tent, Main Quadrangle
4:00 PM
Freddie Bryant '87 and Friends Play Buckley Recital Hall
Freddie Bryant '87, professional musician and teacher will perform New Orleans-inspired jazz and other music, playing guitar both unaccompanied and with his musician friends. Presented by the Class of 1987.
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center
9:00 PM
Night at the Observatory
The Astronomy Association, in collaboration with Amherst College Science Outreach, invite you to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars while they guide you and teach you some astronomy as well. Tom Whitney of the Astronomy Association will be present to operate Amherst College’s own 19-inch Clark refractor telescope. This event is open to all, but it will be canceled if the weather is uncooperative (cloudy).
Wilder Observatory, Snell Street
9:00 PM
The Zumbyes' Reunion Show
The Zumbyes welcome all Zum-alums, Amherst alums, friends, fans and anyone else to Buckley Recital Hall to celebrate the 67th year of the group with a free concert of new songs, classic songs and, of course, our beloved College songs.
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center