MMA Family Weekend Kicks Off Oct. 7

CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy will host its annual Family Weekend Oct. 7-9 with a full schedule of campus events.

On Friday, registration will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. in the lobby of the Alfond Student Center. A welcome reception will be held that evening from 5 to 7 for students and parents, spouses and family members. Families are invited to participate in afternoon harbor tours.

Saturday’s program begins with complimentary beverages from 6:30 to 9 a.m. in the Harold Alfond Student Center lobby, coinciding with registration for the Mariner 5K Fun Walk/Run from 6:30 to 7 a.m.

The Mariner 5K Fun Walk/Run, coordinated by the Mariner cross-country team, starts at 7 and is open to all staff, students, family and members of the community for a $5 donation.

Anyone interested in learning more about the run or wishing to pre-register can contact Ryan King at (207) 326-0136 or [email protected].

A blueberry pancake breakfast fund-raiser, sponsored by the MMA Parents Association, will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. in the Alfond Student Center. Late registration will take place from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Alfond Student Center.

Also on Saturday, the Academy Bookstore will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition, there will be a question-and-answer panel comprised of MMA staff and faculty titled, “What Should I Know Now” from 9 to 10 a.m. in the 1954 Lecture Hall located in the lower level of the Harold Alfond Student Center. These activities will give visitors insight into the college lives of MMA students. The schooner Bowdoin will also welcome lottery-ticket winning families aboard for sails on Penobscot Bay from 9 to 11 a.m. and again from 1 to 3 p.m.

A regimental marching competition for new students in the college’s Regiment of Midshipmen will start at 8 a.m. on Ritchie Field (Alexander Fieldhouse if inclement weather), while lifeboat races will take place on the MMA waterfront at 9:30 a.m. Harbor tours will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. with tours departing every 30 minutes. Faculty and staff members will join families for a tailgate party luncheon at 11 a.m. in the Student Center dining hall.

The MMA Regiment of Midshipmen will hold its annual rededication of a World War II-era 3-inch, 50-caliber gun from a merchant vessel at 12:10 p.m. The ceremony will take place on the lawn located between the Harold Alfond Student Center and the bookstore parking area. It serves to introduce new members of the Regiment of Midshipmen to the tradition of respect for graduates of the Academy who lost their lives at sea or in the service of their country.

Recognition Day ceremonies for the regimental Class of 2015 will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Ritchie Field (Alexander Fieldhouse if inclement weather).

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