Reunion 2020 Weekend Schedule

*Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change .

Thursday, June 11

11:30am – 10pm
Welcome Center
Make it your first stop when you arrive on campus — pick up your name tag, room key, and schedule of weekend activities.
Commons

11:45am – 1:15pm
Lunch for the 50th Reunion Class
Commons

3:30 – 4:30pm
50th Reunion Seminar
Seminars organized by your Social Committee on topics such as economic issues facing the country and its seniors, the current political climate and presidential race, politics of climate change, and the impact of social media on family and our culture.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (Room G52)

6pm
Welcome Reception and Dinner for the 50th Reunion Class
Pettengill Hall, Perry Atrium

6 – 8pm
Dinner
Enjoy a meal with early arrivals! Open to those registered for Thursday-night housing.
Commons

Friday, June 12

7 – 9:30am
Breakfast
Commons 

8:30 – 9:30am
50th Reunion Class Breakfast with President Spencer
Pettengill Hall, Perry Atrium 

8am – midnight
Welcome Center
Commons

8:30am– 4pm
Rumford Whitecap Hike
A moderately strenuous hike with steady elevation gain to an exceptional mountain just an hour from campus. The hike features an extensive bald summit with stunning views to the White Mountains and Mahoosuc region. Total distance is about 5 miles with about 1,600′ of elevation gain.
Personal carpool departs from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot 

9 – 10am
Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House

9:45-10:45am
50th Reunion Seminar
Seminars organized by your Social Committee on topics such as economic issues facing the country and its seniors, the current political climate and presidential race, politics of climate change, and the impact of social media on family and our culture.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (Room G52)

10 – 11am
Admission Information Session
Lindholm House

10am – 4pm
Outing Club: Coastal Hike at Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area
Join Conservation Area Director Caitlin Cleaver and alumnus Jerry Donahoe ’82 on a four-mile hike through interesting natural communities and varied terrains to Seawall Beach.  Bates manages this resource for research and educational purposes and is conducting environmental research throughout the area. Transportation provided from campus.
Departs from Merrill Gymnasium lot 

11am – noon
Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House

11:30am – 1:15pm
Lunch
Commons

11:30am
Reunion Golf Outing
Lunch at 11:30am, tee times starting at 1pm. Hosted by the Friends of Bates Athletics.
Martindale Country Club, Auburn

1 – 2pm
Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House

1:30 – 2:30pm
Economical Issues Facing the Country and its Seniors, featuring president of Wilkins Investment Counsel Mike Charland ’93
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (Room G52)

2 – 3pm
Admission Information Session
Lindholm House

3 – 4pm
Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House

3 – 5pm
Lawn Games
Fancy yourself a backyard sports athlete? Or just looking to catch up while tossing a Frisbee? Come play lawn games new and old, while listening to music and hanging out with old friends.
Outside Commons (136 Central Avenue)

3:30 – 5pm
Lewiston-Auburn Downtown Walk
This moderately paced walk through the heart of Lewiston features brief narrative stops at several points of interest. Attendees will gain insight on the development of downtown, as well as Bates students’ interactions with the off-campus community. The final stop will be at Baxter Brewing Company. Please wear comfortable shoes.
Meet at the Lewiston Farmers’ Market lot on the corner of Main and Mill streets, across from Pedro O’Hara’s 

3:45 – 4:45pm
50th Reunion Seminar
Seminars organized by your Social Committee on topics such as economic issues facing the country and its seniors, the current political climate and presidential race, politics of climate change, and the impact of social media on family and our culture.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (Room G52)

4:30 – 6pm
Reunion for Teens: Field Games
Garcelon Field

4 – 5:15pm
Annual Meeting of the College Key
Muskie Archives 

5:30 – 8:30pm
Reunion Lobster Bake
Commons

7 – 9pm
Museum Reception
Join us for a reception to celebrate the Museum’s latest exhibit. Dessert and wine will be served.
Olin Arts Center, Museum of Art

7 – 8pm
Reunion for Teens: Games Tournament
Chase Hall, Little Room

8 – 9pm
Reunion for Teens: Sunset Hike up Mount David
Meet in Chase Hall, Little Room

8:30pm – 1am
Bobcat Beer Garden
Late night at the Den  — come enjoy local favorites and Bates-inspired beverages.
The Den Terrace

9:30pm
Spectacular Fireworks Display
Enjoy fireworks at the Florence J. Keigwin Amphitheater on the shore of Lake Andrews.
Olin Arts Center Terrace

10pm
Reunion for Teens: Movie and Snacks
Chase Hall, Little Room

Saturday, June 13

7 – 10:30am
Breakfast
Commons 

8am – 7pm
Welcome Center
Commons 

8 – 9am
12-Step Recovery Meeting
Harward Center, 163 Wood Street 

8 – 9am
Young Family Meet-Up
Are your children too young for Camp Bates? This is an informal opportunity for young children to run around and play together and for their parents to meet one another. Refreshments available outside the Welcome Center.
Garcelon Field, rain location Commons, Fireplace Lounge 

8:30 – 9:15am
Memorial 5K Run or Walk
Come run/walk in remembrance of beloved Bates community members. Rain or shine.
Alumni Walk in front of Commons

9:30 – 10:15am
Mimosas on the Quad
Enjoy mimosas and pastries on the Historic Quad before the parade lineup.
Coram Tent

10:15 – 10:45am
Classes line up for the Alumni Parade
Historic Quad 

10:45am
Alumni Parade
Show your class spirit in the Alumni Parade! March, ride, or dance through a crowd of cheering Bates alumni and friends.
Historic Quad and Alumni Walk 

11:30am
Presidential Address and Annual Gathering of the Alumni Association
Tent next to Garcelon Field 

Noon – 2:30pm
Barbecue Picnic Lunch
Reserved seating available for the classes of 1960 and earlier in upstairs Commons.
Ladd Library Quad

Noon – 11:30pm
Photobooth
Under the Ladd Library Arcade 

1 – 2pm
Friends of Bates Athletics Gathering
Reconnect with fellow Bates athletes at this gathering for all sports.
The Den

1 – 3pm or 3 – 5pm
Outing Club: Paddle on the Androscoggin
Enjoy a tranquil paddle from the Traquina Boathouse in Greene and explore the shore of the Androscoggin Riverlands State Park. Transportation provided from campus.
Departs from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

2 – 3:30pm
Alumni Choir Rehearsal
All alumni and guests are welcome to join the choir, which will provide music for the Memorial Service on Sunday.
Olin Arts Center, Olin Concert Hall

4 – 5pm
President’s Reception
Please join President Spencer, Mount David Society leadership donors, and volunteers at a special reception recognizing generosity to Bates in honor of this milestone year. By invitation only.
Coram Tent 

5:30 – 8:30pm
Class Receptions and Dinners

5:30–9:30pm
Reunion for Teens: Board Game Tournament and Dinner
Chase Hall, Little Room 

8 – 11pm
Reunion Gala
Tent on Ladd Library Quad

Sunday, June 14

7am – noon
Checkout
Commons

7am – noon
Brunch
Say farewell to your classmates over a traditional Commons brunch.
Commons

7:30 – 9:30am
Outing Club: Nature Walk at Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary
Enjoy a morning hike through this 357-acre bird sanctuary and wildlife preserve. The highest point in the city, Thorncrag offers great views, spring wildflowers, and excellent birding.
Carpools depart from Lane Hall parking lot

10am
Alumni Memorial Service
A time to celebrate the lives of Bates community members who passed away during the past year. The Alumni Choir will perform.
Olin Arts Center, Olin Concert Hall

Noon – 3pm (or 4:30pm)
Outing Club: Hike Mount Pisgah
Hike an easy-to-moderate two-mile trail to the summit of 807-foot Mount Pisgah. The 60-foot fire tower at the top offers view of forests, lakes, and the White Mountains. Afterward, you may depart of continue on for Tubby’s ice cream and a hike along the shores of Wilson Pond.
Personal carpools depart from Lane Hall parking lot

Noon
Residence Halls Close
Please leave your room key and electronic access card in the designated boxes in your dorm lounge or at checkout in Commons. Safe travels!