UMaine Homecoming Activities Fill Weekend

The University of Maine has begun activities leading up to one of UMaine’s biggest celebratory events — the 2012 Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 19–21.

Alumni will rejoin the campus community for barbecues, reunions and other special events, and the 100th home football game with archrival UNH on Saturday.

A complete schedule of events is posted on the UMaine Alumni Association website.

Honored Reunion classes this year are the classes of 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 2002 and 2007.

Weekend highlights include 7 p.m. men’s ice hockey games versus St. Lawrence University Friday and Saturday at the Alfond; women’s ice hockey games with University of Connecticut at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and the annual UMaine-University of New Hampshire football rivalry at noon Saturday. The president of the victorious university traditionally assumes stewardship of the Brice-Cowell Musket until the 2013 UMaine-UNH game.

Other activities include social events, awards, performances, campus tours, a road race, a “Stuff the Bus” food drive, tailgating and the Alumni Association Craft Fair & Maine Marketplace — one of the largest in northern New England with nearly 200 vendors offering a variety of Maine-made crafts — from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Field House and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

A parade planned to go Saturday morning from downtown Orono to the UMaine campus was canceled Friday due to a rainy weather forecast.

Contact: Jessica Bloch, (207) 581-3777