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Homecoming 2014 offers dozens of events

Jefferson City’s Bryan Miller readies his late father’s 1965 Mustang for Friday’s Blast to the Past Cruise-in, one of many Carson-Newman Homecoming 2014 events that are free and open to the public.

(Oct. 20, 2014)– Carson-Newman University will celebrate its annual Homecoming festivities throughout the week, culminating with Saturday’s class reunions, open houses, a parade and football game against North Greenville University.

The weekend’s events commence with Tuesday’s Homecoming chapel, at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary of FBC-Jefferson City. The service will feature 2001 alumnus and Alumni Association President Charlie Walker and special music by 2006 graduate Emory Quince.

Lyric Theatre will present Children of Eden, a musical by Stephen Schwartz and John Caird that examines the creation story through Adam and Eve and their offspring. Gentry Auditorium performances are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday.

Friday’s events begin with 8:30 a.m. registration for the Homecoming Classic golf tournament at Patriot Hills Golf Club. President Randall O’Brien and his wife Kay will open their home to alumni for an afternoon reception. The annual Henrietta Jenkins Memorial Poetry Reading, featuring former poet laureate of Kentucky Joe Survant, begins at 4 p.m. in the newly renovated Appalachian Cultural Center. A Sunset Ceremony to honor alumni who have passed away in the last year will be held at the Chitwood Alumni Center, 1520 Russell Avenue. Antique cars, street rods and those who like them will fill Maddox Student Activities Center’s parking lot in the early evening, while the class of 1964’s 50th reunion dinner is slated for 6 p.m. in Stokely Memorial Cafeteria.

The annual Pancake Breakfast kicks off a full Saturday. Other events include Women of Vision project reveals at the Appalachian Cultural Center and Dougherty Science Center, the closing reception of 1995 alumna Jan Bridwell Walker’s re(creation) exhibit in Omega Gallery, an alumni tennis tournament, music sampler program, receptions across campus and traditional afternoon activities.

Click here to visit C-N’s Homecoming page.

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