The University of Rochester. A fine outstanding place of higher learning , where our good pal David teaches the next generation of OBGYN's ( there could have been a theme to this weekend. I just dont know that much about the U of R.. even though I do know several folks that work there. Sans sports my interest in college in 2016 is pretty limited. So, I had never even been over to this campus before , was not even 100% sure where it was.
I did find out very quickly on Friday that this school REALLY likes its homecoming. Called MELIROA WEEKEND.. its like nothing I had ever seen before. Literally, dozens and dozens of events over the long weekend, with the Saturday afternoon football game being as asterisk at best.
From what I could see , different groups all have big parties/ dinners and then there are many many campus wide events. It really is just a huge to do.
David very sweetly asked us to come along with him to some of the highlights these last few days.
We started off Friday afternoon with a talk from a Dean of something ( and also a professor of Jazz History ) and KEN BURNS! Yes, Mary Chestnuts favorite film maker, the darling of all watchers of PBS, that KEN BURNS. Live and in person. The topic of the discussing was the state of RACE in America. Which sounds .. well, a not so great way to spend a most beautiful Friday afternoon, but this was just fascinating.
Different clips from his films opened each of the different topics covered, and both the gentleman were just so passionate and engaging that the almost two hours just flew bye. It really was a great conversation. We saw him getting in his car on the way out and he yelled " VOTE! " to us.
The theme was lemons, Im not really sure why. A lemon specialty cocktail and lots of lemons all around. Pretty good food, an appetizer buffet and then passed bites.
Loads of sweets as well...
Then we had to come home for a bit to take care of Koda, but back that night to a really good sort of AC CAPELLA OFF, from all the different accapella groups there on the campus. I did not take any pics, because we were up close and the kids were just singing their little hearts out, it was most enjoyable.
There were just tons of other things going on that night all around the campus. Really more than you could keep up with , this weekend would take some hard core planning.
Then this morning, up and out early to hit up this most fancy breakfast deal, with speeches and really good food, which I took weak photos of, because people were talking, and all. Big juice and coffee bar and then sort of a standard breakfast, but with loads of good fruit.
really big crowd