2017 Reunion Schedule - Preliminary

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 mammoths, 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
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 be best said by Neil deGrasse Tyson, “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
Saturday, May 27, 2017
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 - 10:30 a.m. Light breakfast foods will be provided. Hosted by Paul Sorrentino and Chris Gow '16.
Chapin Lounge, Chapin Hall
9:00 AM
Tinkergarten Outdoor Adventure
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 adventure will last about an hour and is designed for parents and kids to enjoy together. The Tinkergarten program is designed for kids ages 1.5-8, 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
The Amherst College DQ in Concert
See Amherst's oldest a cappella group perform!
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
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. The carnival will close at 5 p.m. Presented by the Class of 1992.
Main Quadrangle
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, 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
4:00 PM
Freddie Bryant '87 and Friends Play Buckley 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 cancelled 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