Alumni Weekend back with birthday bash

Spring has sprung at Virginia Wesleyan University and with it comes the return of Spring Alumni Weekend. 

Spring Alumni Weekend begins April 8 and runs through April 9. Not seen on campus since spring of 2019, the Alumni Weekend is packed with events for not just alumni, but also current students and families.

The events will begin on April 8 at 6:30 p.m. with a performance by Wesleyan Vox Vera on the Brock Commons Lawn. After their performance is the start of Bob Marlin’s Birthday Bash and Concert. There will be live music by opener Matty Taylor Trio, a blues rock trio of VWU students and headliner Plastic Eddie, a local band inspired by 80s and 90s rock. Plastic Eddie will perform three sets throughout the night. 

Refreshments will be available including adult beverages and Bob’s birthday cake. The cake cutting will happen in between Matty Taylor Trio’s set and Plastic Eddie’s first set at 7:45 p.m. Piñatas of VWU rivals will be brought out during music breaks at 8:45 p.m. and again at 9:45 p.m. Lawn games will also be available. Bob’s Birthday Bash will occur from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 9, will kick off with Marlins Day, an event to invite prospective students and families to VWU. At lunchtime will be the Marlin Family Picnic. This event is for students, alumni, family and friends to mingle. Meal ticket prices are $10 per person with students being able to use a meal swipe. 

Multiple sports teams will be playing at 1:00 p.m., including Women’s Tennis, Men’s Lacrosse and Softball. 2:00 p.m. marks the Annual Scroll Signing, which recognizes the delayed 50th anniversaries of the classes of 1970, 1971 and 1972 as well as the 25th anniversaries of the classes of 1995, 1996 and 1997. The day ends with another performance of Wesleyan Vox Vera’s JukeVox Concert at 7 p.m. in the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Also on April 9, there will be four different Alumni games happening throughout the festivities. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. will be the field hockey game followed by the women’s soccer and volleyball games at 10:00 a.m. The last alumni game of the day will be men’s soccer at 12:00 p.m.

Annie Phelps