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Family Weekend and Homecoming Bring Saints Together on the Hilltop

Kelly Slonaker

Family and friends of Canterbury students were welcomed to campus on Friday, October 22, and Saturday, October 23, for the annual Family Weekend. More than 200 guests joined students on the hilltop for two days of programming, culminating in fall festivities and athletic competitions at Homecoming on Saturday afternoon.

Over the two days, family members had the opportunity to participate in virtual parent/teacher conferences; join students and their friends for meals; hear remarks from Head of School Rachel Stone; discuss (Re)Building Community, Culture & Relationships in 2021-22 with faculty and administrators; visit program open houses in the Steers Center’s Innovation & Design Lab, Coleman Digital Media Lab, and D’Amour Center for Faith, Service & Justice; view student works of art in the Edward J. Duffy Family Gallery; and enjoy a concert on the Steers Center terrace with cookies and cocoa, which included vocal performances by Varsity Voices, Chorale, and Ava Faruol ’24, and jazz tunes by Mark “Maverick” Foster ’22 and Xavier Leone ’23.

Family Weekend activities, Canterbury families and current students were joined by alumni for the annual Homecoming celebration hosted on the afternoon of Saturday, October 23. All teams played at home against Berkshire School for the coveted Walter F. Sheehan Trophy, which the Saints took back thanks to several great wins for Girls’ Varsity Soccer, Varsity Football, Girls’ and Boys’ Cross Country, and JV Field Hockey.

The beautiful fall weather was perfect for enjoying delicious barbecue fare from The Cookhouse, and families, students, alumni, and faculty all mingled outside while taking in the surrounding games. Face-painting, pumpkin-decorating, and lawn games were big hits for the younger spectators under the tent. Alumni from the Classes of 1995 and 1996 continued the festivities at Housatonic River Brewing Company in New Milford after the last games wrapped up, celebrating their 25th Reunions over food, drinks, and live music. 
The Old Guard Classes of 1954–1969 were also honored with a reunion of 25 alumni—the largest to date—on Saturday evening. The classes reminisced over dinner and cocktails in the Brodie Room, and the Class of 1965 even got their band, the Kingbees, back together for the event.


Remarks from Rachel Stone