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The Families Are Coming!

Family Weekend, an HWS tradition, begins Friday, Oct. 3 and continues throughout the weekend with an assortment of activities, including athletics, academics and the wide variety of outlets for art that the Colleges offer.

Nearly 600 parents and family members are due to arrive between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.  “We’re very excited,” says Director of Parent Relations Kerry Cassell P’07, P’10, P’12.  “Family Weekend is a great tradition, and this year’s-with all of the new renovations and standard plethora of activities-is sure to be great.  There are events for everyone to enjoy, from sporting events to mini-college classes to the HWS Cabaret.”

On Friday, the opening reception of the “In and Out” exhibit will be hosted in the Houghton House gallery from 7 – 9 p.m.  The paintings in this show come to HWS from Zeuxis, a national association of highly respected still life painters drawn together by their shared fascination with painting from observation and with the storied tradition of the genre.

On Saturday, from 9 a.m. until noon, campus tours will be given every hour and will take parents and families around the campus, showcasing academic buildings, the new Scandling Center and remodeled library and the buildings at the Houghton House estate, including the new Katherine D. Elliott Studio Arts Center and the Goldstein Family Carriage House.  For those who can’t make the tours, there will be an open house at the Elliott Studio Arts Center from 1 to 3 p.m.


At 9 a.m., the HWS crew teams will host Ithaca College, St. Lawrence University, University of Rochester, RIT, RPI and Marietta College at the Hellstrom Boathouse on the Canal.  Beginning at 10 a.m., the William Smith Sailing team hosts the Finger Lakes Women’s Intersectional at the Bozzuto Boathouse.  At 2 p.m., the Statesmen soccer team will play Hamilton on Cozzens Field, while the Heron field hockey team plays Messiah College on McCooey Field.

From 9 to 10:50 a.m., a variety of 50-minute classes taught by HWS faculty and staff, will offered at various locations around campus. All parents and students are encouraged to participate.

On Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m., seven professional dance artists from the Finger Lakes Region will perform a diverse assortment of choreography, from theatrical and comical to dramatic and abstract, at the Smith Opera House.  Finger Lakes Dance is appropriate for dance enthusiasts of all ages.  Tickets are $5 per person.  There will be, from 9 to 9:30 p.m., an intermission with coffee and dessert in the Smith Opera House Lobby, which is sponsored by the Parents Association.

Following the Finger Lakes Dance, from 9:30 to 11 p.m., HWS Cabaret will be held, for the first time, in the Smith Opera House.  Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, the 5th annual Cabaret Show is the finale of the weekend, featuring a showcase of sizzlin’ student talent for the whole family!



Arrival and Registration: Registration will be held in the Warren Hunting Smith Library atrium, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday, October 3; and 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 4.

Bon Appétit!: Meals will be offered throughout the weekend to families at the Great Hall of Saga in the Scandling Campus Center. Tickets should be pre-purchased and can be obtained online at or by contacting Kerry Cassell at (315) 781-3755. Additional specialty meals are offered at locations around campus.

Lodging: There are many places to stay in Geneva and the surrounding area. Please check out our “Places to Stay and Eat” page, or visit the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce’s website.

Mini College classes, a variety of 50-minute sessions taught by HWS faculty and staff, are offered at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 4. Please indicate on the registration form which courses you plan to attend.


For the full schedule of events, click here.

Picture above is Meghan Malia ’12 of Winchester, Mass., with her sister Kristen, her mother Cheryle, and father John.