Family and Friends Weekend spotlights student talent, involvement

SUNY Oswego’s Family and Friends Weekend, Oct. 19 to 21, will highlight students’ artistic, athletic and other active pursuits while welcoming hundreds of visitors.

Family and Friends Weekend (2011)The three days show family members and friends what SUNY Oswego students have been up to for the first several weeks of the semester, while providing a range of special events for the campus and community to enjoy. Most events are free and open to all.

Three performances of “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” spotlight student talent on stage and behind the scenes while adapting the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s popular sleuth. Show times in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre are 8 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee Oct. 21. Tickets priced at $13 ($7 for SUNY Oswego students) are available online at, from any SUNY Oswego box office or by calling 312-2141.

The college’s show choir, “Vocal Effect,” will give a free performance at 8 p.m. Oct. 20 in Hewitt Union ballroom. A music department concert featuring the College Choir, Chamber Singers, State Singers, College Orchestra and Concert Band will unfold at noon Oct. 21 in Hewitt Union ballroom.

For sports fans, the weekend includes season-opening exhibitions for the men’s and women’s ice hockey teams on Oct. 20. The women face off against the Toronto Midget Aeros at 3 p.m. in the Campus Center arena, while the puck drops for the men against the USA Under 18 National Team at 7 p.m. Tickets for those games cost $8 for members of the public, free for SUNY Oswego students, at

Tailgate Party

A new Tailgate Party starting at 5 p.m. in the Campus Center food court, between Saturday’s hockey games, will offer a barbecue-type menu accompanied by saxophonist Matt Corey. Advance tickets are required (deadline Oct. 17) at $8.50 for adults and students, $5 for children ages 3 to 11, via or any SUNY Oswego box office.

Also on Oct. 20, a mini-carnival will invite children of all ages to enjoy crafts, games, painting, coloring, a bounce house and snacks from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Swetman Gym. An interactive 90-minute game show called “The Feud,” billed to pit “dad against mom, grandma vs. grandson” for cash prizes, will take place at 1:30 and 3:15 p.m. in the Campus Center auditorium.

Special visiting entertainment for the weekend will include 3D chalk art by Art for After Hours from 11:30 a.m. until dark Oct. 19 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20 outside the Campus Center main entrance (or in front of the Campus Center auditorium in inclement weather); balloon artist Larry Moss from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 near Swetman Gym; and Hilby the Skinny German Juggling Boy at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20 in Swetman Gym.

Other free activities will include open skating, NCAA Division III field sports, self-guided tours of campus buildings, a Penfield Library book sale, a student-involvement showcase, a splash-in movie of “The Lorax” at Lee Hall Pool, a Shabbat Dinner at the Chabad House on Franklin Avenue, Tyler Art Gallery exhibitions and parent receptions.

For more information and a full schedule, visit

PHOTO CAPTION: Fun for all ages—A mini-carnival for families is among many events showcasing student skills and fun during Family and Friends Weekend, Oct. 19 to 21. Here education major Leonie Matzker paints the face of 9-year-old visitor Zoe Babcock during last year’s activities.

(Posted: Oct 05, 2012)

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