Alumni & Family Weekend Mystery Dinner
Alumni & Family Weekend Mystery Dinner in Hudson Hall on September 27, 2013. (Photo by Lee Ferris, Mount Saint Mary College)

By Christine Urio

At dusk on Friday the 27th, parents and students alike gathered in the warm September air to hear more about the ghosts and murder that surround the campus—all in good fun of course!  Mount Saint Mary’s Alumni and Family Weekend started off with a bang outside Hudson Hall where Sister Catherine jovially greeted those about to embark on her famous ghost walk.As she fearlessly led her group, she engaged them in stories of historic Mount characters that make for haunting visits around campus.

Meanwhile, gunfire was heard in Hudson Auditorium where family feasted on an elegant spread as they tried to unravel the crime during the Murder Mystery Dinner Show.  This interactive performance included young and old alike, as fathers, siblings, grandparents, and students were called up to the stage for interrogation.  Senior Chris DeFichy was “excited” when he was selected, and quickly “tried to think of different things to say to the police officer” as he made his way to the stage.

The festivities continued into Saturday with a delicious continental breakfast, followed by various events, including arts and crafts, puppet shows, and science experiments. Volleyball games, baseball games, and lacrosse exhibitions rallied up our school spirit.  The college also provided campus tours and seminars for parents to attend to assist them in navigating college for younger siblings.

The main event, however, was the big barbeque, held on the lawn in front of Guzman Hall.  If the big white tents didn’t attract people, the loud music and appetizing aroma of hotdogs and hamburgers sure did!  Friends and family were able to catch up as kids and students strolled around the street fair, getting a characterture, eating cotton candy, playing games, and of course, getting balloon animals.

The festivities lasted late into the afternoon before some departed for the dinner cruise on the Hudson.  Family and students boarded the River Rose at sunset, which showcased the picturesque backdrop of the Hudson Valley we have come to know and love.  Captain Frankie P. mingled with those aboard while they made their way down to West Point.

After various coffee bars and wine tastings, it was time for family to pack up and head home. A remembrance mass was given in the Founders Chapel on Sunday, followed by a farewell brunch.  The hugs were as plentiful as the bagels, and although it may have been a bit emotional to say goodbye to our families, Mount Saint Mary has become our home.  And besides, Thanksgiving break will be here before you know it!