By Nicole Noce

Elm Staff Writer

Many students’ families will be flocking to Chestertown next weekend from Friday, Sept. 21 to Sunday, Sept. 23 for Fall Family Weekend.

Friday is an opportunity for families to catch up with their students, as there will be open houses at various locations around campus with the rest of the night free for students to spend time with their families.

Saturday will be a jam-packed day of activities for families and students alike.

Throughout the morning, parents can attend various informational sessions. These sessions include topics about campus resources such as the Career Center and presentations from current students on research that they have completed.

Families can also walk downtown between 8 a.m. and noon to experience Chestertown’s Farmers’ and Artisans’ Markets at Fountain Park.

A majority of Saturday’s events will be held at Wilmer Park, located along the Chester River.

The festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. with the dedication ceremony for the new Hodson Boathouse. After the dedication ceremony will be the 12th annual Cardboard Boat Race and the Waterfront Festival.

Additionally, kayaks and paddleboards will be available for families that would like to go out on the Chester River.

The Cardboard Boat Race and Waterfront Festival have been the highlight of family weekend in past years. The festival begins at 1 p.m., with the boat race starting at 3 p.m.

“The first boat race was part of the original waterfront festival that the Center for Environment & Society organized 12 years ago. The waterfront festival’s purpose was to encourage students to come to the waterfront, use the college’s amenities and enjoy the Chester River,” said Jamie Frees, the outreach and intern coordinator for the Center for Environment and Society.

This year’s festival will include various informational tables from the Center for Environment and Society, some with demonstrations and trivia questions. Anyone at the festival will also be able to place their votes for which boats best fit various categories, such as Best Construction, Most Team Spirit, and People’s Choice.

Following the boat race is the 28th annual Phi Delta Theta Crab Feast from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets and t-shirts can be bought online on Eventbrite or at the event for $20. There is no limit to the number of tickets available.

Also located in Wilmer Park, this event is rain or shine. There will be a tent over the Crab Feast in the case of foul weather.

According to the Eventbrite page, most of the proceeds will be donated to The Packard Center, and a small portion will be given to the Maryland Gamma chapter of Phi Delta Theta.

The Packard Center at John Hopkins University is focused on researching a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and is the fraternity’s philanthropic partner.

“Our projections remain more positive than they already were last year. It should be a fun time,” senior Phi Delta Theta member A.J. Hundertmark said.

Saturday’s festivities will conclude with a men’s soccer game at Roy Kirby Jr. Stadium against Ursinus College at 7 p.m.

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