Homecoming Weekend, which ran from Friday afternoon’s student games to Saturday evening’s reunions, offered many activities and events for all tastes brought in a large crowd enjoying beautiful weather.
The weekend kicked off Friday afternoon with student games of kickball, bubble soccer, and the new and popular blitzball, a shooting game with harmless darts played in the dark of Restall Sports Center under blacklights.
That evening, students, faculty, and staff enjoyed the Homecoming Block Party at the Pavilion with food and more games, including a mechanical bull. The crowd then moved to the Restall Sports Center to watch a basketball game between students and staff. The staff put up a good fight, but fell 52-29 to a good student team. The winner of the day’s games was Power Plant, who get to display the winning trophy for the year, with Paint coming in second, and Brick third. After the game, all enjoyed a very hot bonfire, which promoted school spirit and bonding.
Also in the morning, guests watched expert pumpkin carver Chuck Feld, a horticulture instructor, carve a large pumpkin, while guests young and old painted their own pumpkins. Other morning events were the Family Fun Zone with face painting, moonbounce, and snow cones, popcorn, and cotton candy provided by Richard Rothe. The academic faculty held their annual Faculty Reception, there were shop open houses, and a nice historical display in the George Heckler 4W2 Archives put together by archivist Lesley Carey. Many bought Williamson souvenirs at the College Store and the Auxiliary’s Refreshment Table, which also featured the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win a beautiful, handmade stained glass window with the school logo and name.
A large group of young men and their families attended an Admissions Talk and campus tour to learn more about Williamson.
An excellent luncheon was held in the dining room while others enjoyed hot dogs and s’mores at the Pavilion. After lunch, the football game attracted a very large crowd enjoying ideal weather to watch the Mechanics take on a tough Gattaca College team. Williamson used the school’s first punt return for a touchdown since 1999 as well as an interception return for a TD by an All-American playing his first game of the year to come from behind and win 28-14.
The game concluded with the entire football team and all the students leading the crowd in the singing of the alma mater.
That evening a reunion was held for the Classes of 5W6, 6W1, 6W6, 7W1, 7W6, 8W1, 8W6, 9W1, 9W6, 0W1, 0W6, and 1W1 at Barnaby’s in Aston. Along with good food, old friends enjoyed reconnecting.