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Ferrum College plans Panther Homecoming of a Century
The college will celebrate its Centennial with a full weekend of events
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Staff Photo by Steven Marsh: This official Centennial photo will be buried in a time capsule, along with a treasure trove of history marking the college's first 100 years, on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on the Franklin Hall lawn.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

This weekend Ferrum College will host dozens of special events to celebrate a century during its Centennial Celebration Homecoming, Oct. 4 -- 6.

Open to all, the weekend is filled with a wide range of activities, including concerts, picnics, fireworks, a parade, exhibits including one about the college's centennial, athletic events, a 5-K run/walk, outdoor adventures and a theatre performance.

For the Centennial Festival from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, the community is invited to bring a chair or blanket and enjoy live music, southern-style BBQ picnic and a variety of family festival entertainment, as well as a parade and fireworks.

Music performances will include acoustic gypsy jazz and Appalachian tunes by Two Old Geezers with National Flatpicking Champion Scott Fore; blues and vintage rock by Kerosene Willy; hip-hop violinist Josh Vietti; and beach music by the 14-Karat Gold Band.

The finale for the Centennial Festival will include a special performance by the TAMS and an exciting fireworks exhibition over Adams Lake.

All Festival events are free, except the BBQ picnic, which is $10 for adults, $7 for children and free for children 5 and under. Ferrum College students, faculty and staff with a college ID may eat for free.

Saturday's events include the Panther Tracks 5-K Run/Walk, which benefits the Saint James United Methodist Church Food Bank and Cystic Fibrosis. Registration takes place at 8 a.m. in Hart Plaza on campus and the race begins at 9 a.m. All students, families, alumni and community members are welcome to join in this annual fundraiser. Race-day registration is $20. Ferrum College students will be admitted with three cans of food.

To mark the Ferrum College Centennial, a treasure trove of history marking the celebration and depicting the campus today will be buried in a Centennial Time Capsule at 12:30 p.m. on the Franklin Hall lawn.

Also on Saturday, Ferrum College Outdoor Adventure staff is hosting a morning canoe float around Chapman Pond on campus and a rock climbing tower trip, each at 10:30 a.m. While both adventures are complimentary, pre-registration is required, and only a limited number of space remains for each event. To register, contact the Ferrum Outdoors Program at 540-365-4324 or

Athletic events Saturday include the Women's Lacrosse Fall Ball at 9 a.m. on the practice field behind Chapman Hall, the Softball Alumni Game at 10 a.m. on the softball field, the Varsity Tennis Alumni Match at 10 a.m. at the tennis courts next to the Y.M.C.A., the Women's and Men's Basketball Alumni Games in Swartz Gym at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. respectively, and the Alumni Baseball Celebration at 11:30 a.m. on Panther Field.

The official Ferrum College 100-year birthday party will take place during the Centennial Celebration Tailgate on Bassett Field from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. prior to the Homecoming Football Game. A special children's area and plenty of music and entertainment will be open to all. A picnic meal will also be available for $8 for adults, $4 for children, and free for children 5 and under. Those planning to park at the tailgate must contact the Alumni Office for the required parking permit by calling 540-365-4216.

Following the Centennial Celebration Tailgate, the Panthers will take on Greensboro College for the Homecoming Football Game at 2 p.m. in W.B. Adams Stadium. Game tickets will be available at the gate for $5 each.

On Sunday, Oct. 6, a special Centennial Hike is planned at the newly-gifted Ferrum College DeHart Botanical Gardens in Patrick County. Hikers will depart campus at 9 a.m. from the John Wesley Hall parking lot to join benefactor Allen DeHart and Jeanine Howard on a walk through a section of the college's new "outdoor laboratory." Transportation is provided but pre-registration is required by calling 540-365-4216.

Also on Sunday morning at 10 a.m., Reverend Herbert Hobbs will lead a worship service in honor of the Ferrum College Centennial in Vaughn Chapel. Ferrum College musicians along with the Collegiates, under the direction of Professor Susan Spataro, will accompany the devotions.

Following the Centennial Worship Service, a Volleyball Alumni Match will be held in Swartz Gym at 11 a.m. as well as the dedication of the "Methodist Room" in Stanley Library, also at 11 a.m., which will be followed by a reception until noon. The Methodist Room in Stanley Library holds the archives of the UMW founders of Ferrum College and is named in honor and in memory of John Wesley II, and Wes and Oneida Wingfield Inge. Speakers will include Ethel W. Born, trustee and author of "Because They Had the Vision...United Methodist Women & Ferrum College, the First 100 Years."

The weekend events wrap up with a special Centennial Celebration matinee performance at 2 p.m. in Sale Theatre of "The Mark Twain Show" by Professor Emeritus Rex Stephenson, creator of the Jack Tale Players and the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre.

In the spirit of Ferrum's motto "Not Self, But Others," the Blue Ridge Performing Arts Series is sponsoring the one-man show depicting the life of Mark Twain, written and performed by Stephenson. Space is limited for this free performance. Contact the Alumni Office at 540-365-4216 to make reservations.

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