colby-sawyer events calendar

Upcoming Public Events & Activities

Colby-Sawyer College hosts a wide variety of educational and cultural events that are open to the public. For more information, please call (603) 526-3000. For information about alumni events, visit Alumni & Friends and for athletic events, visit Colby-Sawyer Athletics.

April 2014

Spring Dance Ensemble Presents 'Perspectives'

Friday, April 18 — Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine and Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m.

Colby-Sawyer's Fine and Performing Arts Department hosts “Perspectives,” a two-act dance ensemble featuring jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, contemporary and lyrical, with choreography by students and Assistant Professor of Dance Laura Dunlop Shepherd. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students/children and free with a Colby-Sawyer College ID. Tickets may be purchased at For more information, contact the Sawyer Center Box Office at (603) 526-3670 or at

Free and open to the public. Learn more here.

Exercise and Sport Sciences Majors Club Host 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, April 19 — Hogan Sports Center, 8:45 a.m.

The club's annual 5K Road Race/Fun Walk features free t-shirts for the first 50 registrants and prizes for age group winners. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m., with a walker start time of 9:40 a.m. and a runner start time of at 10 a.m. Cost is $10 for community members (max $15/family), $7 for faculty and staff (max $10/family), free for children 12 and under, and free for Colby-Sawyer students.

For more information contact Hannah Willcutt at

2014 Susan Colby Colgate Scholars' Symposium Celebrates Student Scholarship

Monday, April 21 — Honors Suite, Colgate Hall, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, April 22 — Various Campus Locations, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Colby-Sawyer College community will celebrate students' commitment to scholarship at the annual symposium featuring interdisciplinary Capstone projects and undergraduate presentations.

Free and open to the public.

Colby-Sawyer Hosts 'Setting the Table Green'

Tuesday, April 22 – Dining Hall, Ware Student Center, 5 p.m.
In celebration of Earth Day, Colby-Sawyer hosts Setting the Table Green, a poster exhibition showcasing the college's commitment to sustainability. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Free and open to the public.

Environmental Expo Features Writer and Urban Farmer Tess Brown-Lavoie

Tuesday, April 22 – Clements Hall, Curtis L. Ivey Science Center, 7 p.m.

First-generation farmer Tess Brown-Lavoie is the featured speaker at Colby-Sawyer's annual Environmental Expo. Her talk, "Five Year Lease: New Farmers and Agrarian Commitment," details the transformation of a vacant 5000 square foot lot in Providence, Rhode Island, to Sidewalk Ends Farm — a hub of food production, beauty and community education. Brown-Lavoie serves on the New England Farmers Board of Directors, the National Young Farmers Coalition Advisory Committee, the Rhode Island Food Policy Council, and is the coordinator of the Young Farmer Network.

Free and open to the public.

Art Exhibition Features Work by Senior Art Majors

Thursday, April 24 through Saturday, May 10 — Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery, Sawyer Center

The Fine and Performing Arts Department hosts its annual Senior Art Exhibition featuring students' work in various art media. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, April 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The opening reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Colby-Sawyer Hosts Second Annual Relay for Life

Friday, April 25 through Saturday, April 26 — David L. Coffin Field House, Dan and Kathleen Hogan Sports Center, 6 p.m. — 6 a.m.

Founded by the American Cancer Society in 1986, Relay For Life is a 12-hour event to fight back against cancer. At Relay for Life of Colby-Sawyer, teams of students, faculty, staff, neighbors and friends take turns walking around a track to fundraise and honor loved ones. Food, games and activities combine to make a family-friendly environment for the entire community.

For more information contact Taylor Wright at or Niki Labelle at

Colby-Sawyer Singers Present Annual Spring Concert 'Spring Choice, Spring Singers'

Friday, April 25 — Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine and Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m.

The Colby-Sawyer Singers' spring concert features an ensemble of 35 students and community members. Tickets are $5 general admission and free with a Colby-Sawyer ID. Tickets can be purchased at or at the Sawyer Center Box Office (603-526-3670 or

Learn more here.

May 2014

New Hampshire Farm to College Event

Thursday, May 1 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Farmers, distributors, food service management companies, students and other campus representatives are invited to explore the potential for stronger farm to college partnerships in New Hampshire. Hosted by the Farm to Institution New England (FINE), the event will explore successful local food purchasing models, discuss potential applications and next steps, and provide an opportunity for attendees to network.

Registration is required. Free and open to the public. Learn more here.

Dust off Your Bike: Community Tune-Ups & Bike Swap

Sunday, May 4 — New London Town Green, Main Street, Noon to 3:00 p.m.

The Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative presents a community bike event. Learn tune-up and repair tips from neighbors. Swap unused bikes for another size or donate it to charity. Professionals from Village Sports will host Do-It-Yourself Basics Workshops from 12:30 to 12:45 p.m. and 1:30 to 1:45 p.m. For more info contact Candis Whitney at (603) 877-0031 or

Free and open to the public.

Graduates Honored at Scholars and Leaders Ceremony

Friday, May 9 — Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine and Performing Arts Center, 2 p.m.

2014 Graduates will be honored and receive Capstone, Baccalaureate and Program Recognition Awards; honor society cords; and leadership and achievement awards.

For more information visit

Colby-Sawyer College Celebrates Commencement

Saturday, May 10 — Commencement Tent, Front Lawn, 10:30 a.m.
Colby-Sawyer College recognizes students and other individuals for academic excellence, outstanding contributions to society, and service to the college and community.

For more information visit

Adventures in Learning (AIL) 15th Annual Meeting to Include Art Exhibit

Thursday, May 15 — Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 3 p.m. Art Exhibit and 4 p.m. Meeting

This year's annual meeting will include an art exhibit displaying artwork by AIL members, study leaders, and art course participants. The art exhibit starts at 3 p.m. The meeting, which starts at 4 p.m., will open with a photo retrospective by Maureen Rosen that captures many AIL participants in courses and programs throughout the year. Following the photo retrospective, AIL President Joanna Henderson will conduct a short business meeting. A wine and hors d'oeuvres reception will follow the business meeting and the art exhibit will remain open during the reception.

Free and open to the public. Please call the AIL office at (603) 526-3690 to make your reservation.

Proctor Academy Jazz Show

Friday, May 16 — Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 7 p.m.

The Proctor Jazz Ensemble performs under the direction of Bill Wightman, Instrumental Music and Music Technology Director at Proctor Academy and Berklee College of Music graduate. For more information contact Proctor Academy Fine Arts Department at 603-735-6248 or

Free and open to the public.

June 2014

Arms and the Man Presented by The Northern New England Repertory Theatre Company

Thursday, June 5 though Saturday, June 14 — Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine and Performing Arts Center

To celebrate its tenth anniversary, NNE Rep will present George Bernard Shaw's romantic comedy "Arms and the Man" at Colby-Sawyer. The renowned Irish playwright's wit and whimsy are on full display in the classic late-nineteenth century comedy. In this delicious romantic confection, Shaw's barbed wit targets themes of love, honor, and illusions, and serves up laughs aplenty at the foibles of human nature.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 and 2 p.m. on June 8. Tickets are $28 for adults, $10 for students, and $24 each for groups of 8 or more. Box Office opens April 1. Visit the NNE Rep's site or call (603) 526-4112 (or toll-free 1-844-323-9455) for tickets and more information.

August 2014

Colby-Sawyer Introduces Summer Theater Camp

Monday, Aug. 4 through Friday, Aug. 8 — Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine and Performing Arts Center, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aspiring artists, ages 8-12, will have the opportunity to develop self-esteem and self-expression while having fun and making new friends. With a 7:1 instructor-to-thespian ratio, the camp offers hands-on learning opportunities for performers, scenic artists, designers, writers and backstage crew. Instructed by theater professionals including Assistant Professor Michael Lovell, the camp concludes with a full production of four short plays.

For more information contact Campus Events Coordinator Kathryn Mitchell at or (603) 526-3720.

September 2014

'Tomie dePaola: Now'

Opening Reception Friday, Sept. 27 — Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery, Sawyer Fine Arts Center, 5 to 7 p.m.

Tomie dePaola is one of the world's most prolific and popular children's authors and illustrators. He has published nearly 250 books and sold some 15 million copies, as well as won many of the genre's prestigious awards. "Now" will coincide with dePaola's 80th birthday and highlight his career from the mid-1970s to the present with fine art and book illustrations.

October 2014

Alumni Fall Festival

Saturday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 12, Various Campus Locations

Join the Colby-Sawyer College community for a weekend of fun and camaraderie. Alumni and guests renew ties with old friends, explore the campus of today, and enjoy the colorful majesty of autumn.

For more information, visit the Alumni Fall Festival page.