By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host its annual Homecoming celebration Oct. 28 through 31. Several events during the celebration are open to the local community.
Games in the park
Free and open to children of all ages, Games in the Park will be held Friday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Hufnagle Park, downtown Lewisburg. Sponsored by Bucknell and the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership, the event will be staffed by Bucknell student volunteers and will feature inflatable bounces, including an obstacle course, batting cage and basketball hoops; carnival games; a balloon artist and face painting.
Arts and theater
The Samek Art Gallery exhibition, "Xiaoze Xie: Amplified Moments (1993-2008)," may be in the main gallery Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Oct. 30 and 31 from 1 to 5 p.m. Curated by Dan Mills, former director of the Samek, this is the first major exhibition to include significant works from each of Xie's painting series. The Samek Art Gallery is on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center, and is accessible by elevator. Admission is free.
Bucknell University's Department of Theatre and Dance will host "Shepardfest" on Oct. 29, 30, and 31. Performances of short plays, monologues and short stories by noted playwright and actor Sam Shepard begin at 8 p.m. each night and include" "Cowboy Mouth," an autobiographical play co-written with rock 'n' roll poet Patti Smith; "Red Cross," about the timely topic of bedbugs, "Tongues," a play about voices; and "Cruising Paradise," a story drawn from Shepard's short story collection. Tickets are $8, $6 for students and senior citizens, available in advance through the Bucknell box office or by phone at 570-577-1000. Tickets also are available in person an hour before each performance.
Doug Elkins and Friends will present "Fraulein Maria," a post-modernist deconstruction of "The Sound of Music" danced to the movie soundtrack, on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. Tickets are $20 per person, available in advance through the Bucknell box office or by phone at 570-577-1000. Discounts for senior citizens and students are available.
Book-signing and athletics
Author Scott Singer, a 1987 graduate of Bucknell, will sign copies of his book, How to Hit a Curveball, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, in the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore in downtown Lewisburg.
Sports events on Oct. 30 include: a field hockey alumni game at 10 a.m.; field hockey vs. Colgate at noon; a football game vs. Lafayette College at 1 p.m.; and women's soccer vs. Colgate at 4 p.m.
A full schedule is available on the Bucknell Homecoming website.
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