May 21, 2010
Alumni Frolic Week is July 9-18

Don't miss the beauty of summer in Banner Elk and a chance to relive your college days during Alumni Frolic Week. July 9-18 is Alumni Frolic Week, and offers the perfect opportunity to bring your family to the mountains and experience all the wonders that Banner Elk and Lees-McRae have to offer in the summer.

Reunions, outings, parties, gatherings, the annual arts and crafts show, concerts, exercise classes, day camps for children and teens, the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, old friends, and new friends are just a taste of what Lees-McRae's Alumni Frolic Week has to offer.

You can stay for a day or a week (or even longer) and enjoy everything that you remember about Lees-McRae, like cool summer evenings on the porch of Virginia Residence Hall, blueberry picking in Elk Park, shopping and sightseeing in Blowing Rock, and so much more!

Reunions include the class of 1950′s 60-year reunion, the class of 1940′s 70-year reunion, the class of 1955 luncheon for members of classes of the 1950s decade, the annual alumni banquet, and the Young Alumni Mixer for graduates of the 1990s and 2000s.

Other activities include the Alumni Arts and Crafts Show held in the Cannon Student Center from July 10-17 showcasing handmade arts and crafts by alumni and friends of Lees-McRae College.

There will also be a special presentation of the Lees-McRae College produced movie In the Mountains is a Place Called Home on July 14 at 6 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. Soon after the release of the Edgar Tufts Memorial Association's first motion picture To Set Aglow a Sacred Flame, several members of the Association's Board of Trustees approached Lees-McRae's public relations director asking that a second picture be made, a film endeavoring to bring up to date the work of the three ETMA institutions.

Using the Board's suggestion to build the second film around a young child at Grandfather Home for Children, the producer constructed the movie. Daisy Long, a Lees-McRae sophomore, and Kathy Cook, of Grandfather Home, were cast to play the two major roles in the story that follows the child from Grandfather Home through her graduation from Lees-McRae.

The premier was November 19, 1959 in the Chaffee Auditorium. The film was recently restored through a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation and will be shown in Evans Auditorium on July 14 at 6 p.m. Daisy Long Everett '60 will be in attendance for a discussion following the screening of the film.

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