CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy alumni from throughout the United States will return to the college Oct. 2-4 for annual Homecoming festivities.
Paul Mercer, director of alumni affairs, said this year’s Homecoming gathering welcomes all returning alumni and will honor the reunion classes of 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2004.
Continuing a recent addition to festivities this year will be a marketplace and auto show. According to organizers, crafters, artisans and produce vendors of all types are encouraged to attend and sell their wares. Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the outdoor marketplace will be held on the campus grounds near the college’s athletic field. It is designed to provide an opportunity for guests of the college to purchase locally grown or made products, while providing another outlet for vendors to showcase their work.
Organizers also encourage owners of classic or antique vehicles to display their cars as part of the day’s celebration. Vendors and auto enthusiasts wishing to participate in the upcoming MMA Homecoming marketplace and auto show are asked to contact Alyssa Lacroix for further information or to sign-up, 326-2337, or via e-mail at [email protected]
Alumni will begin to arrive on campus on Friday afternoon, with registration taking place from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the college’s Harold Alfond Student Center. A special “Eight Bells” Memorial Service honoring deceased members of the Class of 1959 will be held at 12:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of Leavitt Hall. The ceremony will also mark the dedication of the 50th Reunion class gift. The annual meeting of the MMA Alumni Association is scheduled to be held at 4 p.m. in the 1954 Lecture Hall located on the lower level of the Harold Alfond Student Center. Alumni and friends will join together at a welcome reception scheduled for 6 p.m.
Saturday morning’s schedule will include bridge simulator demonstrations, campus and harbor tours, recreational sailing and tours of the campus and training ship State of Maine. A special program titled “MMA Today,” presented by college administrators and staff, will highlight recent developments at the college and feature high-tech teaching laboratories.
The MMA Alumni Association and several Alumni Chapters will present scholarships to MMA students. An evening banquet will conclude Homecoming festivities.
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