Mind-blowing mentalists, movie-going on ice and gridiron action are among the offerings for Fitchburg State University’s Family Weekend, running Friday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 2. Members of the general public are invited to share in these exciting events.
A full list of programs and online ticket ordering is available at the university’s Office of Student Development website at http://www.fitchburgstate.edu/osd/familyweekend.cfm.
The events kick off with the mentalist duo The Evasons on Friday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. in Weston Auditorium. Admission is free.
This show is total audience participation. They choose members of the audience to be part of the show and you could be one of them!
The Evasons have performed for audiences in over 28 countries and on numerous TV specials on FOX, NBC, Discovery Channel, CBC, CTV and The Comedy Network. The Evasons will read your mind and reveal things about you that nobody could know. Tessa will tell you the name of your childhood pet or the first person you ever kissed. She knows your date of birth and your grandmother’s first name. You’ll see predictions about the future and even watch a student levitate. They demonstrate Mind-Over-Body and move objects with their minds. One particular thing they do is so bizarre and scary that it always gives people goose bumps! The Evasons mind-blowing feats of psychic magic will have you sitting on the edge of your seat!
The Alternative Spring Break’s silent auction will open at noon Friday, Sept. 30, in the Hammond Main Lounge. Goodie baskets, survival baskets-all sorts of baskets will be available for bidding. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the students of Alternative Spring Break as they help a needy family build a home with Habitat for Humanity in March during Spring Break. The auction winners will be announced on Saturday.
Also Saturday, a tailgate lunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Elliot Field (or the Holmes Dining Commons in the event of rain). Admission is free with tickets for the Fitchburg State community and $7.50 for the general public.
Elliot Field will also be host to a Fun Fair Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (the Wallace Civic Center in the event of rain). Student clubs and organizations will be hosting a variety of fund raising booths with giveaways and activities like cotton candy, fried dough, popcorn, a traveling magician, balloon animals, food, home run derby, and more. The Bookstore will also have a booth containing university paraphernalia.
At 1:30 p.m. enjoy some football when Fitchburg State takes on Coast Guard at Elliot Field. Admission is $5, or free with OneCard or tickets.
From 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Family Weekend presents its annual family skate and movie. Watch a movie and skate as we show “Cars 2!” Skate rental is free-but limited – if you have ‘em, bring ‘em. Join the university’s students as they host a bevy of fun filled activities in the lobby of the Gaetz Arena at the Wallace Civic Center.
Also Saturday, an autumn buffet will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Holmes Dining Commons. Admission is $9.50 or free for students on a meal plan.
Parents, families and guests are invited to join Fitchburg State’s faculty and staff for music, entertainment and dinner.
The Alternative Spring Break silent auction closes at 5 p.m. Saturday at Elliot Field (or the Wallace Civic Center in the event of rain).
More sports action follows at 6 p.m. Saturday, when the Fitchburg State men’s soccer team takes on Westfield State at Elliot Field.
The night concludes with a performance by ventriloquist Lynn Trefzger at 8 p.m. in Weston Auditorium.
For over 30 years, Lynn has given life to a trunk full of comical characters. She has performed for audiences worldwide in corporations, colleges, theatres, and cruise ships. Audiences are treated to Lynn’s vocal illusion talents, when they may meet a lovable camel, a grumpy old man, a feisty little girl, and may even see some other audience members who are brought up for the action!
Lynn’s off-the-wall audience interplay is riotously funny, no two shows are alike! Her performances are tailored for both family and adult audiences. Lynn has received many awards and nominations throughout her career including The American Comedy Awards, Variety Entertainer of the Year, and Comedy Entertainer of the Year by National Association of Campus Activities. She has been nominated for Best Female Performer by Corporate America Magazine, and has been named Funniest Female by Campus Activities Magazine. In 2010, Lynn received the “People’s Choice Award” by the Ohio Arts Presenters Association.
She is a premier entertainer for several cruise lines, golf classics and resort casinos around the globe. Her off-the-wall audience interplay is riotously funny, and her performances are tailored for both family and adult audiences.
The night’s opening act will be Harrison Greenbaum, one of stand-up comedy’s hottest rising stars. Combining an electric and energetic stage presence with razor-sharp wit and hilarious insight, Harrison’s act is, without a doubt, one of the most unique you’ll ever see. With a trademark pinch of magic, Harrison will not only make your sides hurt from laughter but your jaw drop in astonishment. Harrison’s performance is a gut busting, mind-bending roller coaster ride that you’ll be guaranteed to be talking about for a long time after you’ve experienced it.
Tickets are $5 for students (with OneCard) and children under 10; $10 for family, faculty/staff and alumni; and $15 for the public and tickets at the door.
On Sunday, Oct. 2, the Family Brunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holmes Dining Commons. Cost is $7.75, or free for students on the meal plan.
Also Sunday, CenterStage at Fitchburg State University presents Peter Yarrow at 3 p.m. in Percival Auditorium.
Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey and Mary Travers – Peter, Paul and Mary – gave voice to a generation. Their renditions of songs like “Man of Constant Sorrow” brought America’s folk songs out from forgotten places while “Blowin’ in the Wind” or “If I Had a Hammer” moved their social and political commentaries to the forefront. Mixing stories, songs and anecdotes, Peter returns us to that time of passionate idealism and sweet nostalgia. For tickets, call (978) 665-3347 or order online at www.fitchburgstate.edu/cultural.
Tickets are $7 for students (with OneCard) and children under 10; $22 for faculty, staff and seniors; and $25 for the public.
Tickets for all events can be purchased or reserved at www.fitchburgstate.edu/osd/familyweekend.cfm.