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Homecoming & Family Weekend @ SUNY Geneseo
Sep 23 all-day

Homecoming and Family Weekend 2017 will take place on September 23 with some events on September 22.

If you have questions, please call 585-245-5506 or send an e-mail to alumni@geneseo.edu.

Links to each page follow:
Family Weekend

Genesee Valley Hunt Parade and Opening of the Hunt @ The Wadsworth Homestead and Main Street
Sep 23 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

GVHThe Opening Meet marks the beginning of the formal foxhunting season. Hounds, staff and subscribers traditionally ride up Geneseo’s Main Street at 7:30 AM from the Wadsworth Homestead to the Hartford House at the north end, and off into the countryside from there. The sight of so many riders of all ages and sound of so many hooves on the pavement are stirring. (Valley Horses by Sally Fox, Livingston County News, September 18, 2014)

This is the 141st season of the Genesee Valley Hunt.

Stories of the College: How the Normal School Came to Geneseo @ Milne Library Room 105 at SUNY Geneseo
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am

Wayne Mahood, Professor Emeritus

Wayne Mahood, Professor Emeritus and author of SUNY Geneseo: From Normal School to Public Ivy, will present a brief talk supplemented by original research from SUNY students.

SUNY Geneseo graduated its first Normal School class nearly 150 years ago.  However, prior to that key element in the story of the College, the Town and Village of Geneseo had to secure agreement from New York State to place a Normal School here.  The story of how the community won that designation in 1867 will be the focus of this event.

The involvement of students from the Shear School of Education was designed to interest future Social Science teachers in the history of the local community and prepare them to use primary source materials in their own classrooms in the future.  They were members of the 2016-2017 classes of Dr. Crystal Simmons.

This program is part of Homecoming and Family Weekend, and is free and open to the public.  A brief reception follows the presentation.

Co-sponsored by SUNY Geneseo Shear School of Education and the Association for the Preservation of Geneseo (APOG)

Geneseo Autumn – Wing Festival @ Center and Main Streets
Sep 23 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join the Association for the Preservation of Geneseo in a day of chicken wings, live entertainment and autumn – themed activities! Tickets cost $10 in advance, $15 the day of and can be bought online (to sample wings from each restaurant).

Hope to see you there!


Geneseo String Band – Jim Kimball, Director @ Rochester Fringe Festival at The Lyric Theatre
Sep 23 @ 1:00 pm
Honors Recital @ Doty Recital Hall
Sep 23 @ 3:00 pm

Honors Recital Program (also performing at The Lyric Theatre in Rochester at 6:00 PM as part of the Fringe Festival)

Featuring the winners of the 2017 Honors Competition: Megan Petty, flute; Joseph Tadros, violin; Maria Floriano, voice; Evelyn Welch, violin; Katlyn Brooks, voice; Erica Milliman, voice; Noah Chichester, voice; Nina Glodstein, voice; and Brett Hammes, voice.

Honors Recital @ Rochester Fringe Festival at The Lyric Theatre
Sep 23 @ 6:00 pm
Limelight Performance: VoicePlay @ Wadsworth Auditorium
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm

Limelight & Accents Performing Arts Series 2017 – 2018

Amazing, humorous, and vertigo-inducing harmonies pepper VoicePlay’s music-without-music sound as it ping-pongs between eras and styles, channeling the breadth of the musical landscape and lacing it with inventive and often hilarious on-stage theatrics.

Fanatics Presents: Popa Chubby @ The Geneseo Riviera
Sep 23 @ 8:00 pm

Popa Chubby, born Ted Horowitz, has been hard rocking the blues in his fierce and soulful way for more than 25 years. Over the course of a career that dates back to 1994, he has been a force of to be reckoned with on the guitar, and his tempestuous, soulful playing has never been more powerful. An imposing figure with a shaven head, tattooed arms, a goatee and a performance style he describes as the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson,” Popa Chubby is an endearing character who is one of the genres most popular figures.

His career has always been about moving forward and carving a place for himself in the imposing terrain of the music business, overcoming odds to continue growing and maturing as a creative force. He has built a constantly increasing base of fans across the world, where in many territories he is a star. A native New Yorker, Horowitz’s first gigs were in the NYC punk scene as a guitarist for what he reflects was a “crazy Japanese special effects performance artist in a kimono called Screaming Mad George who had a horror-movie inspired show.

Creek Walk @ Little Beards Creek
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am

Hike into the Little Beards Creek for a creek walk with SUNY Geneseo geologist Dr. Jeff Over.  Learn about the geology and history of this creek, protected in 2016 by Gary & Dennis Moore.  The walk will be about 1 mile in length and take an hour or hour and a half (depending on conversation).  The creek is flat and has minimal water late in the year.  There are hills to climb down into and out of the gully on trails.

Travel: In Leicester head north on Route 36, take the first left onto Covington Rd, take the first left onto Coverdale Rd, at the T, take a left onto Cone Rd, at the T, take a left onto Bush Road.  Park roadside at the end of the dirt road.