It is homecoming season at Rhode Island College and the entire month of October will consist of RIC Fest events. RIC Fest is the combination of organizational and student activities. Registration is required for all events as the campus will not be able to accommodate walk-in admission. Registering for events and purchasing a RIC Spirit package and tickets can be done on Eventbrite.
Students, faculty, administration, friends and family are encouraged to use the hashtag #RICFEST2021 on social media throughout the month of October to check in. Don't hesitate to tag RIC in posts with #RICFEST2021 to win prizes for sharing.
There are various events happening throughout the month. All events listed below are in person and require masks to be worn at all times. For clarity here is an accurate timeline of when each activity will take place. This timeline is for October 7 to October 30.
The Bannister Gallery Exhibit; opening reception is Thursday, October 7 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This exhibit runs from Oct. 7 to Oct. 29. Rhode Island I.M.A.G.I.N.E.s (Innovative Merger of Art and Guns to Inspire New Expressions) "Peace" is a visual art exhibition featuring work composed of decommissioned handguns by twenty local and national artists. These artists include three RIC alumni. The Bannister Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The RIC Wind Ensemble will showcase their talents on Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall. Admission for this show is free although registration is required.
The RIC Orchestra returns to the live setting October 15. The show will be at 7:30 pm in Sapinsley Hall. Admission is free. Celebrating the Class of 1971 will happen with the Golden Anniversary Reunion on Oct. 15 as well. Admission is free for the returning alums and the event will be held on the RIC campus. In a quote from the RIC Fest event page specifically, "To the Class of 1971, the Golden Reunion Committee cordially invites members of the '71 class to join us for dinner to celebrate 50 years of success. Enjoy reconnecting with classmates, strolling down memory lane and taking a tour of the campus to see the changes over the last 50 years."
Black Alumni Happy Hour will commence on Oct. 16 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This event will be held in the RIC Welcome Center and requires no cost. Fellow alumni and guests are invited to reconnect over drinks and appetizers, while learning more about new initiatives and programs from our Alumni Association and the Black Alumni Network.
On Oct. 17 the RIC Concert Chorus, Chamber Singers and Women's Chorus will put on the October Choral Concert. These singers will perform a selection of celebratory and contemplative pieces -live- in person. There is no admission charge and the event will take place at the All Saints Memorial Church, on 674 Westminster Street in Providence. The concert begins at 5:00 p.m. sharp. Donations to the All Saints Memorial Church are also encouraged.
The RIC Dance Company comes back for more on Oct. 22nd at 7:30 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall. Admission is free and registration for this event can be done on Eventbrite or through ric.edu/boxoffice.
The Music department strikes up another song with their Wednesday Chamber Music Series on Oct. 27. Located in Sapinsley Hall, the show begins at 1:00 p.m.
A RIC tradition for the families continues with the Drive Thru Trick 'or Treat. On Oct. 30 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. students and their families can drive through the campus earning tricks and treats. Whole families are invited to campus, in their best costumes, to different trick-or-treat sites located campus wide. A guided map of the RIC campus is provided and everyone is asked to stay in their car. RIC students, faculty and staff will be there to greet everyone and safely hand out the candy and festive goods. Pre registration is required for this event as it is limited and fills up fast.
This year's halloween-eve Carpool Cinema will showcase Hocus Pocus. The film will start promptly at 7:30 p.m. in Parking Lot A and the cost is $10 per car. Decorate your car with spookiest decorations and be eligible to win giveaways all night long! Movie snacks are provided to each passenger. Parking spots are on a first come, first serve basis. The lot will be open 30 minutes prior to showtime. Hocus Pocus has a running time of one hour and 36 minutes.
For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (401) 456-8086.