It was a brisk day for Homecoming, but that didn’t stop anyone from donning their red and whites Saturday.
The weekend kicked off with the Annual Old Boys Reunion Dinner Friday evening for the classes of 1970 to 2005 (and every five years in between). The evening started with an informal gathering in Staunton Gallery. Guests were invited to see the new Ketchum Auditorium and enjoyed a special video presentation by William Scoular followed by a musical performance from the Pipes & Drums. Old Boys and their guests had a quick tour of Wirth Theatre as they were piped into Cole Hall for dinner.
On Saturday, the Parents Guild’s Homecoming Committee, led by Sue Carter and Nadine Melemis-Walters, transformed the campus. With the bitter chill and excessive wind, the 20-vendor Marketplace moved inside to Staunton Gallery making shopping much more pleasant. The Bake Sale, which remained under a tent near the outdoor amphitheatre, was full of delicious treats and the Kids’ Zone on the Quad was fun for younger Andreans with face-painting, bouncy castles, cotton candy, and building activities. The Social Media Booth, which was new this year, was a big hit. Volunteers were busying taking group photos behind the large sign.
Cole Hall was a happening place between noon and 2 p.m. as hundreds shared conversation over a hot meal. Outside, students enjoyed a BBQ on the Quad. The weather didn’t deter visitors from the ice cream truck, and the hot dog stand, beside the grandstand manned by the hard-working Food Services staff, was a popular site during the First Football game.
Homecoming festivities were capped with a memorable 23-20 come-from-behind victory in the last minute of play for the Varsity Football Saints.
Story by Nicolette Fleming