Come to 2011 Friends and Family Weekend, October 28–30!

A number of events and activities offer plenty of fun experiences during your visit.

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General Info

Wells College’s Friends and Family Weekend is October 28–30! Come join us for three days of events and fellowship while visiting with students, friends, and family. Explore Aurora, meet faculty and staff, and take in the Wells experience during this special once-a-year event.

Register by October 25th to ensure that you don’t miss out on the fun! Online registration for all Friends and Family Weekend activities is available at this address:

Meals during Friends and Family Weekend include a 6 p.m. dinner on Friday; the Class of 2012 senior brunch in the dining hall and a casual BBQ lunch at the President’s home in downtown Aurora on Saturday; a special Harvest Dinner with entertainment by the Henry’s VIII a capella group on Saturday evening; and brunch on Sunday morning.

Here are some of the special opportunities that you can take advantage of while you’re in town:

Friday, October 28th
12:40 p.m. Science Colloquium with Dr. Cornelia Farnum, “The Ups and Downs of Bone Growth: Analyzing the Growth Plate in Four Dimensions.” Room 209, Stratton Hall

7:30 p.m. Our Beds are Crowded: Seven Short Plays about Love, Fear and Sex, an original play by award-winning writer and Wells Class of 2000 graduate Christie Perfetti. This production features the talents of 12 current Wells College students directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Siouxsie Easter with set and lighting design by Joe DeForest. Christie Perfetti has written and produced eight plays and two books, won awards in festivals and writing contests, and this year started her own production company called Carnival Girls. Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets are available at the door. The show is rated PG-13. $7 General Admission, $5 for seniors and community members, free for Wells Students, faculty, and staff. Barler Auditorium


Saturday, October 29th
10 a.m. Family welcome and update from President Lisa Marsh Ryerson followed by an informative discussion about life at Wells College led by Dean of Students Joel McCarthy and other campus administrators and staff. Stratton Hall

1–3 p.m. Wine tasting/tour of Aurora featuring local wines and pairings tasting at Bet the Farm and stops at the Aurora Arts and Design Center, Jane Morgan’s Little House, the Village Market, and more.

3 p.m. Arts and crafts sponsored by the first-year, sophomore, and junior classes. Also, see the first-year quilt on display in the Sommer Center for the first time! Sommer Center

4–5 p.m. Meet and mingle with the faculty and staff members that work with your student each day. Light refreshments will be provided. Stratton Lobby

5 p.m. Join the first-year class for a ghost story hayride of campus followed by games and candy. Starts in front of Main Building

7 p.m. Halloween Jousting Show with Paragon Jousting and Adventure Theater. Sommer Center Lawn

8–11 p.m. Casino Night in the Sommer Center features blackjack, roulette, poker, and more! Admission is free and no actual money is needed. Play the odds with your visiting family or friends to win one of many prizes including a Nintendo Wii, an iPod Nano, Amazon Kindle, movies and television shows on DVD, a collection of popular games, a Halloween goodie basket, or Wells merchandise. Sommer Center

7:30 p.m. An additional performance of Our Beds are Crowded—featuring the work of Wells students and faculty members—in case you weren’t able to make the Friday evening production. $7 General Admission, $5 for seniors and community members, free for Wells Students, faculty, and staff. Barler Auditorium

Sunday, October 30th
10:30 a.m. You are cordially invited to a Christian worship service at a local church, with a blend of Presbyterian and Episcopal traditions. United Ministries Church, 337 Main Street, Aurora

There is also a Catholic Mass in King Ferry at 10:30 a.m. Our Lady of the Lake Church, Route 90, King Ferry


 The Smith Hall Bookshop will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The Fitness Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.


For information, contact Nicole Pellegrino, Director of Student Activities and Leadership, 315-364-3428, or e-mail