It’s hard to believe, but festival time has returned to the mountains. Autumn has settled down again in Appalachia, coloring the leaves and bringing a nip to the air. People celebrate with warm cider and carnival food; music fills the streets of town and vendors show off their talents with handmade crafts. Administrators at Alice Lloyd College are preparing for yet another Appalachia Day Homecoming, a day of festivities in which the college welcomes alumni back to campus, as well as a whole host of visitors.
Everything kicks off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. The event lasts all day on the college’s campus in Pippa Passes. This year’s Appalachia Day Homecoming is made extra special due to the fact that ALC is also celebrating the college’s 95th anniversary, and in turn honoring Appalachian culture and heritage with traditional music, mountain crafts, a book signing by writers from the region, and delicious food. Most of the activities will take place between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Alice Lloyd alumni will want to make sure they don’t miss the annual alumni association meeting which will be held in the Ralph Edwards Auditorium at 1 p.m. A reception will follow in Cushing Hall. In addition, alumni athletic activities are scheduled throughout the day.
This year, ALC is excited to feature a special program for our younger guests: ALC’s Caudill Players, a student-led theatre troupe, will perform Anne Shelby’s much-beloved “The Adventures of Molly Whuppie.” In addition, we will have fun and games for children of all ages.
The Penny Loafers will also be back to the ALC campus. A crowd favorite, this a capella quartet from Berea will perform in a free concert – open to the public – at 7 p.m. in the Campbell arts center.
To find out more about Alice Lloyd College, please visit our website: www.alc.edu. And, if you’d like more information about The Penny Loafers, check them out at www.theloafers.com.