LATROBE, PA – Saint Vincent College will hold its inaugural Wimmerstock in conjunction with its traditional Spring Family Weekend Friday, April 12, through Sunday, April 14.
Wimmerstock is a festival of music named for Saint Vincent founder Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B. It has been combined with the traditional Spring Family Weekend for parents and families, welcoming alumni and community members to join in the fun and festivities.
Presenting sponsors for the inaugural Wimmerstock celebration include L.J. Aviation, Deluzio & Co., Hefren-Tillotson, Master-Lee, Commercial Bank & Trust, Derry Construction, Holiday Travel International, Kattan-Ferretti Insurance, Rep. Eric Nelson, “Around Latrobe” magazine, D-Bug Pest Control, Peter and Cindy Holway, Falbo’s Restaurant and Lounge, John P. Pushic, CPA, Mullen Refrigeration and Zambelli's.
The Mr. SVC pageant will open the weekend’s festivities at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 12, in the Robert S. Carey Student Center’s Performing Arts Center. The pageant is a major fundraiser for the college’s Banana Project, which provides bananas for impoverished children in Guatemala.
On Saturday, April 13, the day opens at 9 a.m. with the 10th annual Takeoff: Honor the Past, Shape the Future Race in memory of the late Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Kenton Iwaniec, a Latrobe native who was killed in the line of duty by a drunk driver in a vehicle accident in March 2008. Events include 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer runs, a 1-mile fun walk, a 5-kilometer fun walk, a 100-meter sprint for children aged six and under and a half-mile run for children 10 and under. Courses for each of the runs will wind through the Saint Vincent campus.
Registration for the weekend will run from 1 – 4 p.m. on Saturday in either the atrium of the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion or, in the event of rain, inside the Carey Center’s main lobby outside the gymnasium and Performing Arts Center.
Live music will be played by a number of artists beginning at 1 p.m. at various venues across campus. At the Dupré Science Pavilion Atrium, Mike Medved will take the stage at 1 p.m., followed by a 45-minute performance by Joe Materkowski beginning at 2 p.m. Medved will then play a second set from 3-3:45 p.m. In the event of rain, Medved’s and Materkowski’s performances will take place in the lobby of the Carey Center’s gymnasium and Performing Arts Center.
In the Robert S. Carey Student Center Lounge, the Saint Vincent Swing Dance Club will give lessons from 1 – 1:30 p.m., before The Neon Swing X-Perience takes the stage at 1:30 p.m.
In parking lot N, between the Carey Center and Gerard Hall, the band Phineas Gage, comprised of various SVC faculty members, will play from 1 – 1:45 p.m., before the Saint Vincent Concert Band, under the direction of Randy Kratofil, gives a 30-minute performance beginning at 1:45 p.m. Michael Lindner, of the prominent Pittsburgh rock band 28 North, will then play a solo set from 2:15 – 3 p.m. In the event of rain, the lot N performances will be moved inside the Carey Center gym.
From 1 – 3 p.m., Spring Fest will take place in Lot N (or Carey Center gymnasium, if rain), which will feature club tables and activities. There will also be an open swim from 1 – 3 p.m. in the Resnik Swimming Pool, while between 1 – 4:30 p.m., shows in the Dupré Science Pavilion’s Angelo J. Taiani Planetarium will take place every 30 minutes.
From 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., a club showcase will take place in the Carey Center Lounge, with various Saint Vincent student groups presenting their activities and efforts.
Saturday afternoon is also scheduled to include a full home slate of Bearcat athletics, including home games for the Bearcat men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, among others. For the most up-to-date athletics schedule, visit https://athletics.stvincent.edu/calendar.aspx.
A family Mass will be celebrated in the Mary, Mother of Wisdom Student Chapel at 4:30 p.m., before attendees will be treated to an evening of music.
At 7 p.m., the Saint Vincent Concert Series continues with a performance by renowned harpist Gretchen Van Hoesen in the Saint Vincent Basilica Crypt. Tickets can be purchased online at www.stvincent.edu/concertseries. Single tickets are $26, while students will be admitted free with valid ID.
From 7 – 8 p.m., singer-songwriter Chris Jamison will host the season finale of SVC: The Voice in the Carey Center’s Performing Arts Center. This will wrap up the seventh season of SVC: The Voice, organized by the SVC Activities Programming Board and run much like the real-world show of the same name. Jamison is no stranger to the format, as he gained nationwide prominence after placing third during the seventh season of The Voice on NBC.
At 8:15 p.m., Jamison will then perform in the Performing Arts Center. Following his run on The Voice, the Pittsburgh native became one of the best-selling artists in the show’s history. His debut album, “I am Chris Jamison,” reached #5 on the iTunes charts, with its debut single “Velvet” racking up more than 400,000 sales.
Following Jamison’s performance, attendees will be treated to a Zambelli fireworks show beginning at 9:15 p.m., before the night concludes with a reception with The Voice finalists at 9:30 p.m. in the Carey Center Lounge.
On Sunday, April 14, the weekend of family fun and activities will wrap up with Inflatable Day in the Carey Center Gymnasium. Sponsored by the Activities Programming Board, the gym will be filled with giant inflatables that will have attendees bouncing off the walls.
To register online, and to find the most up-do-date schedule and additional information on all of the Wimmerstock and Spring Family Weekend events, visit www.stvincent.edu/wimmerstock.
PHOTO: Saint Vincent Wimmerstock logo designed by Thomas Fitzsimmons, senior graphic design and communication double major from Laytonsville, Maryland
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