For years, the AIDS Memorial Quilt has been spreading the message of AIDS awareness around the country by providing a visual symbol of the size of the AIDS epidemic. Portions of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display from Friday, March 28, to Sunday, March 30. in the Bristol Gymnasium.
Bristol Gym will be open from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 28. Opening ceremonies will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Bristol Gym, and will focus primarily on the affect HIV/AIDS has on women (as March is Women's History Month). Chaplain Lesley Adams will offer opening remarks, followed by Sady Fischer from AIDS Rochester who works with at-risk women, and will conclude with a musical performance from Three-Miles Lost (the William Smith a cappella group).
Bristol Gym will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, and a dedication ceremony of new panels made by community members will be held at 3 p.m. Three members of the local community will dedicate panels that they have made in memory of someone lost to AIDS. The three new panels will then be added to the national quilt. Concluding this presentation will be a short talk from Michael Lee, an HIV positive man from Rochester, who will explain how contemporary inspirational music has helped him find purpose in life. Lee will then conclude with a few of these songs.
Bristol Gym will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, for viewing the quilt. Closing ceremonies for the display will begin at 1:30 p.m., and will consist of closing words from Chaplain Lesley Adams and a musical performance from three William Smith students.