It’s definitely one of the biggest events of the year everyone, HOMECOMING! What a great weekend to welcome students, faculty/staff, and alumni! This weekend, there will be fun-filled events to get everyone together and involved. This weekend is also a testament to how much people care about the well-being of students and Hope College itself! Before I get started on what you all should expect this weekend, check this out. Hope has a tagboard, which compiles tweets, instagram posts, and Facebook posts with the hashtag, #HopeComing. It’s a great way to see pictures and get a live feed on all of the events, click HERE! For a complete list of events, click #HopeHomecoming! Below are some events I am going to!
Friday, October 17
HOMECOMING ON 8TH STREET!
This is a new addition to Hope’s homecoming! Centered at the Knickerbocker Theater, there will be live music to relax to, as well as appetizers! Registered individuals then can get their Homecoming on 8th Street Passport and wristband which gives them access to awesome deals with sponsor stores and restaurants. The deals are amazing! What a great opportunity!
I’m not trying to be biased or anything, but this is one of my favorite events, and it’s hosted by SAC, Student Activities Committee! Let me give you the lowdown. There are snacks like donuts, cider, trail mix, and s’mores. Then, there is line dancing, a hay ride, and just a great time with friends. To make things better, everyone wears flannel! If you want a live feed, make sure to follow @HopeCollegeSAC on twitter and use the #HopeSAC hashtag to feature your posts!
Saturday, October 18
HOMECOMING 5K RUN!
Taking place at the Ray and Sue Smith Stadium, participants get a light breakfast, a t-shirt, chip timing, and door prizes! To make things better, the fun finish at the stadium is a great way to finish the race! The 5K starts 9:00 am with registration starting at 8:00 am. You can still register for the race with the adult price at $20 and the student price at $10.
MEMPHIS BLUES & BBQ: ANOTHER TASTE OF THE SOUTH!
This will be an awesome awesome event to gather everyone Hope! Hosted by President John and Kelly Knapp, this event features the culture of Memphis with music, decoration, and of course food from 12:00 pm-2:00pm! Another exciting thing about this event is that it will be hosted in the newly renovated Phelps Hall! The Holland community is encouraged to come with tickets at $10 for adult, $5 for students/faculty/staff, $5 for children 10 and under, and free for children 2 and under!
This year, Hope will be playing Olivet College at 2:00 pm in the Ray and Sue Smith Stadium! To make it even better, the 1984 undefeated football team will be there to be honored. Tickets are $5 for adults, and $3 for those under 18 years of age. Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned here too!
And to finish off the day, the men’s Hope College soccer team will be playing our rivals, the Calvin College Knights at 7:00 pm in the Van Andel Soccer Stadium! Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for those under the age of 18. At the end of the game, there will be a fireworks show you don’t want to miss!!
Sunday, October 19
HOMECOMING WORSHIP & THE GATHERING!
Worship starts at 10:00 am and The Gathering is at 8:00 pm located in Dimnent Chapel. Worship is led my the staff of Campus Ministries with music from Chapel Choir. At The Gathering, Reverend Ben Patterson will be speaking. Rev. Patterson is the campus pastor at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California!
That wraps up the events I am looking forward to this weekend! There is so much to do and I am so excited to be a part of a lot of these events. Like I mentioned earlier, there are more events to look forward to, click HERE for a full list of events. As of now, that’s all for me. Look forward to a blogpost with pictures from these events! Thanks for reading, everyone!