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2015 Reunion Schedule

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Thursday, May 28, 2015
11:00 AM
Archaeology at the Emily Dickinson Museum
The Emily Dickinson Museum is hosting the summer field school operated by the University of Massachusetts Archaeological Services. Observe the field crew in action as they dig test pits and search for relics of the past.
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street
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 Fred 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
2:30 PM
Garden Tour of the Emily Dickinson Museum
Meet Jane Wald, executive director of the Emily Dickinson Museum, to hear about new projects, including the introduction of an orchard to the Dickinson property. Enjoy the museum’s garden tour audio wands free of charge.
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street
Friday, May 29, 2015
10:30 AM
Campus Grown: Tour Book & Plow Farm with Farmer Pete
The unique relationship between Book & Plow Farm and Amherst College is flourishing. Come see what the farm is doing for its third year in operation and how it’s supplying more hyper-local, fresh produce to Valentine, all while building community and providing an educational resource for students and faculty. This tour will be held rain or shine. Meet at the greenhouse at Tuttle Hill, or walk past the tennis courts along the road next to the railroad track and up the hill. A map is available at Alumni House.
Book & Plow Farm, 425 South East St., Amherst
10:30 AM
Beneski Museum “Bones and Stones" Tour
Join Fred 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
10:30 AM
Garden Tour of the Emily Dickinson Museum
Meet Jane Wald, executive director of the Emily Dickinson Museum, to hear about new projects, including the introduction of an orchard to the Dickinson property. Enjoy the museum’s garden tour audio wands free of charge.
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street
11:00 AM
Archaeology at the Emily Dickinson Museum
The Emily Dickinson Museum is hosting the summer field school operated by the University of Massachusetts Archaeological Services. Observe the field crew in action as they dig test pits and search for relics of the past. 
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street
8:00 PM
In It for the Long Run
This concert with Jim Rooney ’60 covers his more-than 60-year journey through the musical world. Joining Jim will be Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Pat Alger and multi-instrumentalist Chris Brashear. (Jim and his recent autobiography, In It for the Long Run: A Musical Odyssey, will be featured in the program “Still Writing 55 Years After Amherst,” Saturday at 2:45 p.m.) Presented by the Class of 1960.
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center
Saturday, May 30, 2015
8:30 AM
Family-Friendly Nature Walk
A low-key, easy-paced walk through the Wildlife Sanctuary to occupy and entertain young(er) children and give parents a chance to relax and connect. We will include scavenger hunts appropriate for different age levels. Kellie McEvoy du Preez '05 and Emily Collier '05 will lead the walk. Presented by the Class of 2005.
Meet at the front steps of Alumni Gym
9:45 AM
Reunion Tour of the Emily Dickinson Museum
See the birthplace and home of Emily Dickinson. Learn more about this fascinating poet and current special projects, including the restoration of Dickinson’s bedroom, in a special before-hours tour.
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street
9:45 AM
Jadoo: Reviving the Dying Art of Indian Magic
Dr. Shreeyash Palshikar ’95 presents a fun, family-friendly, Indian magic show, then discusses why traditional magic is vanishing in contemporary India and his ongoing efforts to preserve and revive this dying ancient art. His show blends the best of East and West and refreshes ancient Indian illusions by presenting them in his signature improvisational style. Presented by the Class of 1995.
Kirby Theater
11:00 AM
Archaeology at the Emily Dickinson Museum
The Emily Dickinson Museum is hosting the summer field school operated by the University of Massachusetts Archaeological Services. Observe the field crew in action as they dig test pits and search for relics of the past. 
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street
1:30 PM
Family Circus Event
Join in a circus event for kids and families with performers from SHOW Circus Studio in Easthampton, Mass. See juggling and contortion and try out some tricks yourself! All kids must have parents or guardians with them at the program.
LeFrak Gymnasium
1:30 PM
Singing College Sing-Along
Relive those days of singing “Lord Jeffery Amherst” after each touchdown. Whether you know all the College songs or none, whether you were in the Choral Society or not, join Eric Bone ’95 and sing whatever college or Choral Society songs we can dredge up from our memories. Bring sheet music or just the words to a song if you’ve got them. Come to listen if you don’t want to sing: an appreciative audience is always welcome! Presented by the Class of 1995.
Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center
2:45 PM
Architecture Tour at the Emily Dickinson Museum
Although the Homestead (1813) and The Evergreens (1856) are best known for their association with poet Emily Dickinson and her intriguing family, the two houses also offer a fascinating portrait of more than 100 years of architectural history in New England. Join museum guides to sharpen your skills at "reading" buildings and find out how (and why) these two historic houses have changed - or not - over time. Note: The tour is of the buildings' exteriors only and will be cancelled in case of rain.
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street
3:00 PM
Family Activities: Muddy Brook Farms Pony Rides and the Zumbyes
Pony rides and music! What more could you ask for in an afternoon? Pony rides end at 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Classes of 1990, 1995 and 2000.
Main Quad
5:00 PM
Reunion Vigil Mass
Come, participate in the Roman Catholic Mass. We will use prayers and readings for Sunday. Liturgical guides are provided. We welcome everyone. Bring the family!
Chapin Chapel, Chapin Hall
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 65th 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