Family Weekend is Coming
Since 2001, over 4,200 families have visited for Family Weekend, and this year is a busy one, too. More than 450 families are expected to come to campus and the local communities Friday through Sunday, Oct. 11-13. Each year, students and families look forward to spending the weekend catching up and exploring the surrounding area, with many families making this an annual tradition.
The schedule offers something for everyone. The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra is presenting "The Color of Sound," Saturday evening at the Rozsa Center. Families can learn about the history of the Copper Country by taking a tour of the Quincy Mine and Quincy Smelter (Friday and Saturday) or by taking a self-guided walking tour of the towns of Houghton, Hancock and Calumet.
Visitors can enjoy the fall colors at Mont Ripley by witnessing the view from a chairlift ride (Friday 3–6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting) or from on board the Isle Royale Queen as they take a color cruise on the Keweenaw Waterway (Friday and Saturday).
The adventurous can conquer the High Ropes Challenge Course or a Sturgeon River Paddling Trip (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, weather permitting). For the golf enthusiast, there is a three-person scramble Saturday morning at the Portage Lake Golf Course. There are also guided hikes to Hungarian Falls on Sunday.
Sports fans also have much to choose from. The women’s soccer team plays Friday at 5 p.m. (Saginaw Valley) and Sunday at noon (Northwood). The football team takes on archrival Northern Michigan at 1 p.m. Saturday and the women’s volleyball team plays Walsh at 7 p.m. Friday and Malone at 3:00 p.m. Saturday.
Students and their families have many wonderful opportunities to explore the campus and surrounding community, making memories they can look back on for years to come.