Family Weekend replete with fun activities for all

We welcome parents and others who have arrived in town for Northern Michigan University’s annual Family Weekend.

We hope you discover Marquette’s many treasures during your visit to our community. Family Weekend kicked off Thursday night with a Rodney Atkins concert, then continues from 2 to 5 p.m. today in the University Center Atrium, where visitors can pick up the updated Family Weekend schedule of events, information on local attractions, and a limited number of additional tickets will be available for purchase for the special activities.

As part of the kickoff, the NMU Bookstore will be having a special sale for Family Weekend and refreshments will be served.

At 4 p.m. today, NMU women soccer will host Ferris State in a contest that takes place on the Soccer Field, located behind the Superior Dome.

Also starting at 4 p.m. and continuing until 8 p.m. will be a U.P. Fish Fry at NMU’s Marketplace. The university’s Dining Services will serve a traditional Upper Peninsula all-you-care-to-eat fish fry – two different fried fish, one baked fish, steak-cut french fries, coleslaw, hush puppies, beverages, and dessert.

An added treat will be music provided by local legends Jim & Ray from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Families can witness NMU’s return to the WCHA when the hockey team hosts archrival Michigan Tech at 7:07 p.m. today at the Berry Events Center.

Another option for music lovers is the performance by BlackMahal at 7:30 p.m. today in the University Center Great Lakes Rooms. Tickets to hear this “Punjabi Funk Hip Hop” band are available at the door.

For those who prefer a scary good time, a trip to the Haunted Theatre at NMU’s Forest Roberts Theatre is in order. The adult version of the Halloween spectacular in which Forest Roberts becomes a Haunted House is from 8-11 p.m. today and Saturday. A family-friendly version is from 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday begins with a tailgate party from 11 a.m.12:30 p.m. at Vandament Arena. The event will feature traditional picnic fare and there will be door prizes, an appearance by the Wildcat Marching Band and comments from Interim President David Haynes. Tickets for the Tailgate Party must be purchased in advance. The Tailgate Party is co-sponsored by the NMU Foundation.

NMU hosts Wayne State University in football starting at 1 p.m. at the Superior Dome, offering another great opportunity for family fun.

The busy weekend wraps up Sunday with a brunch at The Marketplace from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then another women’s soccer game, this one at noon against Grand Valley State University. It will be NMU’s Senior Day for its women soccer team.

We know the weather might be chilly and snow may be in the area, but we also know the Marquette community will offer a warm welcome to our visitors.