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BPC’s Alumni Weekend, Spring Turnout Festival, dedication ceremony:
April 4-5 on the Mount Vernon campus
|The Hildegard Stanley Music Center, a $1.1 million renovation and addition to the Miller Music Building (shown), named for former BPC professor and chair of the Division of Music Hildegard Stanley will be dedicated during a ceremony on the Mount Vernon campus Sat., April 5 as part of Alumni Weekend 2008. (Photo by Kelley M. Arnold)
By Kelley M. Arnold
Interim Director of Marketing
MOUNT VERNON—Several day and evening events – many of which are open to the public – will be held on Brewton-Parker College’s Mount Vernon campus during Alumni Weekend, April 4-5.
The weekend activities include a golf scramble at Wallace Adams Golf Course in McRae, a reception for the 1946 Football team, a Friday night social and bonfire in the BPC RV park, the 3rd Annual Spring Musical Showcase Saturday night in Vidalia and the dedication of the Hildegard Stanley Music Center in the Miller Music Building on the Mount Vernon campus.
|A bluegrass band similar to this one, who performed during a winter open house of the Montgomery County Historic Village, will be a special feature of the Spring Turnout Festival in the Historic Village Sat., April 5 as part of Alumni Weekend 2008. (Photo by E’Quain Rhodes)
The dedication ceremony of this $1.1 million addition to the Miller Music Building named in honor of one of BPC’s most prolific professors will be held Saturday, April 5 in Saliba Chapel. The public is invited to attend.
As another highlight of the weekend celebration, the Montgomery County Historic Village Committee has planned a special event in the Historic Village, adjacent to Jones Lake on the Mount Vernon campus. A Spring Turnout Festival will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will include many activities for both BPC alums and the community to enjoy.
“Spring Turnout was traditionally a time in early Georgia history when families spruced up the homestead,” said Dr. Mary Waalkes, BPC professor of history and curator of the Historic Village. “Visitors to the Historic Village on April 5 will see demonstrations in early 19th century tasks such as making soap and doing the laundry, churning butter, shelling peas, cooking over an open hearth, quilt-making and more.”
A blue-grass group will perform on the porch of the Cooper-Conner House. Costumed interpreters will answer questions about the Cooper-Conner and Thompson families and life on the Georgia frontier, added Dr. Waalkes. The event is free.
To learn more about the Alumni Weekend events and how to register, contact Shannon Hinely-Bull, director of alumni relations, at 912-583-3261. A full schedule of events has been mailed to alumni, and a current schedule will be posted on the BPC website on the Alumni & Friends pages. To learn more about the Spring Turnout Festival, contact Dr. Waalkes at 912-583-3110 or Anice McArthur at 912-583-2517.
Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south Georgia.