MACHIAS, Maine — The University of Maine at Machias will hold its annual Homecoming and Family Weekend Friday through Sunday, Sept. 24-26. This year’s homecoming will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first classes offered at UMM.
On Friday evening, a young alumni reception will be held in the O’Brien House from 4 to 5 p.m.
Saturday’s events will begin with the fourth annual Downeast History Symposium, organized by the Machias Historical Society. The event, scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon in Kimball Hall, will feature speakers on topics relating to the theme “Downeast Maine in 1910” as well as displays by local historical societies.
Guest speakers will include Betty Duzan portraying Theodore Roosevelt’s wife, Edith Roosevelt; Robert Hammond on the end of the shipbuilding era in Washington County; Norman Nelson on his time aboard the warship Lucy Evelyn; and professor Randall Kindleberger on the history of UMM. Kindleberger’s book “The University of Maine at Machias, 1909-2009: A History” will be available for purchase. The symposium is free and open to the public.
Other events scheduled for Saturday include an open house and free swim at the Reynolds Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; a book arts exhibit in Dorward Hall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; a soccer match against Fisher College beginning at 11 a.m.; canoe jousting on the pond at 11 a.m.; kids’ activities on the mall from 1 to 4 p.m.; a book signing by Kindleberger at 2 p.m. in the welcome tent; Chemistry Magic at 2 p.m. in the science building; the Homecoming Parade at 4 p.m.; a dedication at the site of the first classes on Court Street at 4:45 p.m.; and the Nathan Turk Memorial Alumni Basketball Games beginning at 6 p.m.
The 4 p.m. parade will begin at UMM and proceed down College Hill, across the bridge, down Main Street and end at the Pellon Center. Local businesses and community organizations are invited to participate by entering a float in the parade. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three floats.
For more information or to register for the parade, contact Erik Smith at 255-1327.
The Norman Magic Experience will perform at 8 p.m. Friday in the Performing Arts Center. The performance is free to UMM students and $5 to the public.
A full schedule of events and parade registration information can be found at www.machias.edu/homecoming.
For more information, contact the Office of Student Life at 255-1305.