A parade, variety show, concerts and a football game will highlight Wartburg College’s 2011 Homecoming weekend, Oct. 13-16.
The traditional Homecoming activities — with this year’s “Got Orange?” theme — will begin Thursday with Kastle Kapers, a student variety show at 8 p.m. in Neumann Auditorium that also introduces the Homecoming court. The coronation ceremony will precede the Friday production at 8:45 p.m.
The Homecoming parade will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the intersection of Fifth Street and Fifth Avenue NW. The route will go south on Fifth Street to Bremer Avenue NW and then head west before turning right at 12th Street NW.
Dr. Ronald Matthias will be the parade’s Grand Marshal. Matthias, a 1954 alumnus, was on the faculty, served as the academic dean, vice president for administration and finance and Artist Series director. He wrote “Still on the Move,” a book about Wartburg’s history.
Among the other weekend highlights open to the public are:
• Homecoming Jazz After Dark at Knight Kap, featuring the Castle Singers and Knightliters, Friday night following Kastle Kapers, Centennial Oaks Golf Course.
• Community Appreciation Day, The W, free use of facilities, Saturday, 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. ($5 on Friday, 5:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. and Sunday, 1-10 p.m.)
• Art exhibit, Pam Echeverria’s “Range and Pattern,” Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery, Bachman Fine Arts Center, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily
• Early Morning Knight Run/Walk, north end of Walston-Hoover Stadium, three-mile course for runners, two miles for walkers, Saturday, 8 a.m.
• WTF (Wartburg Track and Field) Meet, children grades K-6, Hoover Fieldhouse & Track, The W, Saturday, 8-9:30 a.m.
• Renaissance Faire, central campus mall, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., with food, crafts, merchandise, entertainment and displays by student groups, local merchants and nonprofit groups.
• Football, Wartburg vs. Simpson College, Walston-Hoover Stadium, 1:30 p.m. Athletic Hall of Fame inductees will be introduced prior to the game; the Homecoming court will be recognized at halftime.
• Wartburg Community Symphony concert, “German Reformation,” featuring clarinet soloist Dr. Eric Wachmann, Neumann Auditorium, Saturday, 8 p.m.; preconcert conversation with symphony conductor Dr. Daniel Kaplunas, 7 p.m., refreshments, 7:30 p.m.
• Homecoming Concert, Sunday, 2:30 p.m. The Wartburg Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will perform in Neumann Auditorium, followed by the Wartburg Choir performance in the Wartburg Chapel at 3:30 p.m.
The Wartburg Bookstore will have extended hours Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.