Story by Ben Anderson.
For a relatively small college, Warren Wilson College offers a truly impressive range of activities for Homecoming and Family Weekend.
Even before the obligatory autumn fog bank lifted on the first day Friday, Oct. 4, the following activities were up and running on the Warren Wilson campus and beyond:
- Bannerman Scholarship Golf Tournament at nearby Black Mountain G. C. No, even the persistent Swannanoa Valley fog didn’t prevent dozens of golfers from teeing it up early morning.
- French Broad River Rafting Trip. Not one, but two groups of whitewater paddlers departed from Gladfelter Student Center for a fun day on the mighty French Broad.
- Alumni Art Tour. Participants had the opportunity to visit the studios of three Warren Wilson alumni who are part of Asheville’s lively arts scene.
- WWC Forest Walk. A good mix of parents and alumni laced up their hiking boots for a climb up Suicide Ridge to Cold Springs Trail, continuing for a total of about 90 minutes on College forestland.
By late morning, when an Admission tour was scheduled and the ever-popular Garden Market set up shop as usual across from Gladfelter, the fog was finally giving way to plenty of warm October sun. And as the day stretched on, many people were content to find a place in the sun or shade and simply take it easy for a while.
Not that there wasn’t plenty to do during the entire afternoon, for alumni and family of current students alike. The College’s Green Walkabout, telling the inspiring story of sustainability at Warren Wilson. A service opportunity organized by the Service Program Office. A poetry and fiction reading courtesy of the College’s MFA Program for Writers. The list goes on.
And then right on cue (or ’cue?) at 5 p.m., as an Owls cross-country meet was being contested on the Dam Pasture trails, a steady stream of Homecoming and Family Weekend participants began heading down to the College Farm for the highly anticipated barbecue dinner and bonfire. Perhaps it’s good that after all that good food, the walk back up to the core campus provides plenty of exercise.
Day one of the weekend concluded with the annual alumni basketball game and a relatively new event: induction of several coaches and athletes into the WWC Athletic Hall of Fame: http://bit.ly/16O2Ted . As Dr. Steven Kane, member of the College’s Board of Trustees and a former WWC athlete himself, observed at the ceremony, “There’s been an incredible rebirth of the athletic program at Warren Wilson.”
And the pace didn’t slow much over the weekend, with events on Saturday ranging from the Alumni Awards and Recognition Ceremony to Festival on the Field to soccer games vs. Berea College. And on Sunday, people were offered the opportunity to spend the day at the renowned Hickory Nut Gap Farm in Fairview, owned and operated by WWC alumni Jamie Ager ’00 and Amy Frey Ager ’00. All told, it was quite a weekend for everyone who was fortunate enough to attend. See you in 2014!