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Fall Family Weekend

Browse the schedule of our Fall Family Weekend starting Friday, September 17! We can't wait to see you there.

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Save the Date: September 17-19

Registration is Open!  Click Here to Register

Looking for a place to stay? Click here!

Health & Safety Note:

Please note that Washington College's current mask policy requires the use of masks in all indoor public spaces. In outdoor settings, especially in crowded areas, we encourage visitors to wear a mask, especially if you are not vaccinated. Though we will do everything we can to mitigate COVID transmission risk, we cannot eliminate it. Those who are unvaccinated or who have loved ones at home who are at high risk should consider the risks involved with attending these events.

Friday, September 17

BREAKFAST: Enjoy breakfast at your leisure in the dining hall from 7:30 am-10:00 am. $8.25 for adults, $6.25 for ages 10 and under. There is no charge for students on the meal plan. Students will need to bring their student ID card. 

LUNCH: Enjoy lunch at your leisure in the dining hall from 11:00 am- 2:00 pm. $11.50 for adults, $6.25 for ages 10 and under. There is no charge for students on the meal plan. Students will need to bring their student ID card. 

Grab dinner with your favorite WC student and then join us for the fireworks display!

Hodson Boathouse

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Visit the Waterfront

Location: Waterfront (the Hodson Boathouse and the Lelia Hynson Pavilion, adjacent to Wilmer Park) 

Arriving early?  Not sure what to get into?  Consider visiting the waterfront to check out the Hodson Boathouse or grab a kayak and explore a bit by water! 



Career Center

3:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Arrival/Check-in and meet the Women's League of Washington College

Location: Center for Career Development, The Rebecca Corbin Loree Center  

We encourage you to stop by the Center for Career Development to check-in and let us know that you have arrived.  Light refreshments will be available.  If you are arriving outside of this window though or simply have other plans, there is no obligation to officially check in. You are free to jump into whatever activities you'd like, no need to let anyone know that you've arrived!

The Women's League of Washington College will also be at check-in!

The Women's League of Washington College was founded in 1951.  The mission of this organization is to foster closer relationships between the College and the community and to sponsor scholarships and other projects to benefit the college.  The Women's League raises money toward the Helen Gibson Endowment Fund and a scholarship of $10,000 each year given to a deserving student at Washington College.  The major fundraiser is the Exam Care Package program.  All monies raised from this event goes to Washington College.

Chestertown Aerial

4:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Dinner on your own 

Enjoy dinner at an area restaurant (early reservations recommended) or remain on campus with the students in the Dining Hall from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. $13.50 for adults, $6.25 for ages ten and under. No charge to students on the meal plan.  Students will need to bring their student ID card. 

Here are some of our recommendations: 

  • 98 Cannon Riverside Grille
  • The Watershed (Grand Opening on Labor Day 2021!)
  • Cafe Sado
  • Luisa's
Pep Rally

8:00 pm: Pep Rally

Location: Fire Pit

Washington College students take in the fireworks display at the all campus picnic

9:30 pm - 10:00 pm: Fireworks Display

 

 

Location: Best viewed on hill near Chester, Corsica, and Sassafras Residence Halls 

The fireworks are sponsored by the Cat Colloquium.

Cat Colloquium Logo

215 High Street, 2C, Chestertown, MD 21620
https://www.catcolloquium.org/

Rain Date: Saturday, September 18.

Saturday, September 18

Stroll through the Chestertown Farmer's Market with your morning coffee, browse our Meet & Greet's and Open Houses, enjoy the Phi Delta Theta Crab Feast in Wilmer Park, and end your day watching an outdoor movie on campus green!

Another on-your-own option is to explore the Asterisk Initiative Sites around campus and the community.

The Asterisk Initiative literally makes history visible by placing asterisk-shaped markers on campus landmarks that have deeper stories to tell, including the George Washington statue, William Smith Hall, Hynson-Ringgold House, and Thomas E. Morris Hall (formerly Harford Hall), among others.

The marker that is now affixed to each site includes a QR code directing visitors to a website where visitors will find stories, pictures, videos and a virtual tour of the site itself.

Chestertown Farmer's Market

8:00 am - 12:00 pm: Chestertown Farmer's Market

Location: Fountain Park, Downtown Chestertown 

One of the treasures of living in this quaint, rural town on the Eastern Shore is our Farmer's Market. The Chestertown Farmers & Artisans' Market is located in the heart of downtown Chestertown, at Fountain Park. The market runs on Saturday mornings from 8 am till Noon.  

Dining Hall

10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Breakfast/Brunch in the Dining Hall

Location: Hodson Hall Commons Dining Hall 

Enjoy brunch or lunch at your leisure in the dining hall from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. $11.50 for adults, $6.25 for ages 10 and under. There is no charge for students on the meal plan. Students will need to bring their student ID card. 

Meet the Departments

9:30 am - 10:30 am: Meet & Greet – First Year Advisors and First Year Seminar Professors

Location: Lobby - Casey Academic Center (1st floor, outside of Central Services)

First year students and their families are invited to a casual meet and greet with some of our First Year Advisors and First Year Seminar professors. Coffee and light refreshments will be available. 

10 am - 3 pm: Bookstore is Open!

The Bookstore will be open on Saturday! Please feel free to stop in.

Lit House Tour

10:30 am - 12:30 pm: Open Houses

Locations:  

  • Center for Career Development
  • Foster House, Global Education Office
  • Hillel House
  • Intercultural Center
  • Rose O’Neill Literary House 

Please visit as many open houses as you’d like! WC staff and students will be available to show you around and answer any questions you have. 

Morris Hall campus view

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Morris Hall Dedication

Location: Morris Hall 

RENEW Exhibit

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm: RENEW

Location: Kohl Gallery (Gibson Center for Fine Arts Building)

Drop by Kohl Gallery to visit RENEW, an exhibition exploring issues related to climate change by Bangladeshi and American, Washington DC based artist, activist, lawyer, and mother, Monica Jahan Bose. The exhibition includes paintings, prints, sculptures, artist books, videos, and Jahan Bose’s signature “climate saris.” Visitors are invited (but not required) to make a hand-written climate pledge on a sari while visiting the exhibition. Covid attendance caps will be in place. The gallery can accommodate up to 20 visitors at one time. Masks are required. Names and contact information for all visitors will be collected upon entry. 

womens volleyball

12:00 Noon & 4 pm: Women's Volleyball

Location: Cain Athletic Center

Noon: vs. St. Mary's College of Maryland

4 pm: vs Notre Dame of Maryland

Toll Poster Presentations

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: John S. Toll Fellows - Research Poster Presentation

Location: Toll Science Center

Students will be presenting posters highlighting their summer research projects funded by the John S. Toll Science and Mathematics Program. These projects were collaborative endeavors between students and faculty at Washington College in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division. Additional poster presentations from summer internships in natural sciences and math are also included in this event."

Washington College students aboard the Callinectes floating classroom

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Callinectes Tours

Location: Hodson Boathouse - 475 S. Cross Street

Board the Washington College's floating classroom, the Callinectes, for a quick tour on the Chester River! This 30-minute tour is a fan favorite of Fall Family Weekend and you won't want to miss your chance to get out on the water. These cruises sell out and are maxed at 20 people per trip so make sure to sign up.

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SGEH

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Open Houses

Locations:  

  • Hodson Boathouse
  • Semans-Griswold Environmental Hall

Please visit as many open houses as you’d like!  WC staff and students will be available to show you around and answer any questions you have. 

kayaks

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Kayaking at the Waterfront

Location: Hodson Boathouse

Kayaks will be available to families on Saturday afternoon from 2-4 pm. Don't miss your chance to get out and explore a bit by water! 

womens soccer

4:00 pm: Women's Soccer vs. Franklin & Marshall

Location: Kirby Stadium

Crab Feast

4:00 pm - 7:30 pm: Annual Phi Delta Theta Crab Feast

Location: Hodson Boathouse 

The brothers of Phi Delta Theta MD Gamma are holding their 30th Crab Feast philanthropy event, located at the Hodson Boathouse. Come over to enjoy unlimited crabs, hamburgers, hot dogs, and corn! All the money received goes towards the Packard Center for ALS research at Johns Hopkins. Have a good time with friends, family, and alumni!

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Chestertown Aerial

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Dinner on your own

Enjoy dinner at an area restaurant (early reservations recommended) or remain on campus with the students in the Dining Hall from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. $13.50 for adults, $7.50 for ages ten and under. No charge to students on the meal plan.  Students will need to bring their student ID card. 

Here are some of our recommendations: 

  • 98 Cannon Riverside Grille
  • The Watershed (Grand Opening on Labor Day 2021!)
  • Cafe Sado
  • Luisa's 
mens soccer huddle

7:00 pm - Men's Soccer vs. Franklin & Marshall

Location: Kirby Stadium

Campus Green Evening

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm: Outdoor Movie

Movie: Ferris Bueller's Day Off 

Location: Campus Green 

Sponsored by Student Events Board 

Sunday, September 19

Enjoy brunch in the dining hall before you head out!

Hodson Hall Commons

10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Brunch

Location: Hodson Dining Hall 

Enjoy brunch at your leisure in the dining hall from 10 am - 2 pm. $11.50 for adults, $6.25 for ages 10 and under. There is no charge for students on the meal plan. Students will need to bring their student ID card. 

Kayaks

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Hodson Boathouse

Kayaks will be available to families on Sunday afternoon from 12-4 pm. Don't miss your chance to get out and explore a bit by water!