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Contact: Cat Stines, 802-440-4396

September 26–28, 2014

We hope you will join us at this year's Family Weekend. One of Bennington's great resources is its tight-knit, yet seemingly endlessly expansive community. For an institution its size, Bennington College has had a disproportionate impact on the world's cultural and intellectual stage. As parents and grandparents and siblings and friends of Bennington students, you are now part of this remarkable legacy and contribute to the College's vibrant network.

Over Family Weekend we invite you to immerse yourself in this vibrant community—sitting in on faculty workshops and discussions, hearing from recent alumni about their work in the world, and talking with Bennington's new president about our vision for the future. Open houses, campus tours, cultural events, and our annual Family Weekend soccer match round out the weekend. Most importantly, you will have a chance to see life at the College through your Bennington student's eyes.

Hotels tend to fill up quickly during Vermont’s beautiful foliage season, so we recommend making your reservations early. For information about local lodging, check the region's chamber of commerce websites.


  • The $25 per-person registration fee (children under 12 and Bennington students are free) covers all programs and performances for parents and guests. Families can also pre-register for our Harvest Dinner, which takes place on Friday, September 26, 5:30–7:30 pm, for $15. All other meals can be purchased separately on campus.
  • Register online (please see below for registration and check-in times).
  • Friday, September 26 | Registration/Check-in | Noon–5:00 pm (under welcome tent)
  • Saturday, September 27 | Registration/Check-in | 7:30–11:00 am (under welcome tent)

Preliminary Schedule of Events

This is a preliminary schedule of events—please check back often for further details. Please note that locations and details will be provided in the final schedule at registration. We look forward to seeing you in September.

Throughout the weekend

  • Visual arts faculty exhibition
  • Faculty presentations and workshops
  • Alumni and student performances
  • Student-led architectural tours of award-winning campus buildings
  • Beautiful Vermont foliage
  • Shopping in downtown Bennington


  • Harvest Dinner.
  • Street Tours and “In House” Academic and Artistic Gallery/Shows: Explore residential spaces on campus as students welcome you into their home and their life outside of the classroom. Students will showcase work in areas such as music, literature, visual art, and theater.
  • A Night of Music: Four musical acts featuring Bennington alumni will perform in one night!
  • Music by faculty member Kitty Brazelton and her vocal ensemble.
  • Night sky observation at Stickney Observatory (weather permitting) led by faculty member Hugh Crowl.


  • Join President Mariko Silver for a conversation about Bennington and its future.
  • Soccer game—Bennington vs. School of International Training (SIT).
  • Open rehearsal of the Fall term’s major production directed by Jenny Rohn.
  • Faculty workshops including: “Essential Prayers Project” with Kitty Brazelton, “The Oslo Project” with Susan Sgorbati and Jon Isherwood.
  • Field Work Term: adventures in employing one’s academics.
  • Recreational activities: yoga at the End of the World and self-guided hikes on The Blue Trail.
  • Intercultural Festival featuring students work by the African Drum Ensemble and dance and bizarre by student club, Bennington Connects.
  • Student Works featuring current work in literature, music, dance, and theater by current Bennington students.


  • Health and Wellness Fair featuring make your own aromatherapy and chair massages from Green Mountain Spa.
  • Volunteer opportunities featuring the local DREAM chapter and student participants and a presentation by Varney Glassman '17, a Davis Projects for Peace recipient.