Holly Feola & Zachary Houle – 1851 Staff
In its usual fashion, Family, Friends and Alumni Weekend on Oct. 12 through Oct. 14 brought together loved ones in large numbers, with a total of 500 attendees.
There were countless events for attendees, such as apple picking, the college’s popular Bingo night, and the long tradition of boat racing on the Charles River. Events were located around the Boston area, ranging from Stow, Waltham and the Charles River.
Family, Friends and Alumni Weekend was a time to enjoy familiar company while also bringing people together, which was only possible with the help of Student Activities and the Alumni Relations teams.
“The Alumni Relations team goes off the previous year and enhances it for the
next year. We have teamed up with Student Activities to make the events more cohesive for the guest experience,” said Director of Alumni Relations Kelsey Brogna.
“It’s important to have alums back to campus to see how far the college has come since they attended. It allows them to reconnect with old friends and bring back memories,” Brogna said. “A lot of the young alums go to the Pub Night where they reminisce their time at the college.”
Head of Student Activities Jenny Granger Sullivan said, “The weekend allows the opportunity for families to build traditions whether it’s going to the same restaurant, event or watching a game.” Family, Friends and Alumni Weekend is not only about celebrating Lasell, but how everyone comes together in the Lasell community. “The weekend is like introducing family to your family here,” said Granger Sullivan.
Fan Fest was held in the Athletic Center and featured performances showcasing student clubs and athletes. For Fan Fest admission, people were asked to bring either one can of food or pay two dollars; both the cans and money will go to the Newton Food Pantry. In total, the event collected 236 dollars and 68 cans. Divine Step Team started the night with a rhythmic routine, and the crowd echoed with cheers and a thunderous applause.
The cheer team entertained the audience with a routine that had upbeat music for their synchronized stunts, which they executed with high spirit.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Hoha had her first performance with the cheer team. Hoha said, “Tonight’s performance was really exciting for me and I’m very happy to be at Lasell.” Hoha’s mother attended Fan Fest to watch her daughter’s first performance after transferring from Mt. Ida College.
Honey Pot Hill Orchard was a scenic family setting, once the weather conditions improved. Ladders littered the orchard’s apple trees, and the ground was full of mud due to the morning’s rain. Hayrides were canceled because of the weather earlier, but hedge mazes made up for the inconvenience.
The orchard is home to “The Big Green Monster Hedge Maze,” which takes about an hour to complete, and is 1.5 miles long according to their website. Maze navigation worked up quite an appetite, but the included caramel apples and donuts saved the day.