A Homecoming & Fall Fair weekend like no other

Sunshine and blue skies met the Norfolk Collegiate community at Homecoming and Fall Fair 2015.

With its return to our athletic fields and the additions of the Courtyard Chili Cook-off, Touch-a-Tuck and Farmers Market, this was one Homecoming weekend to remember.

The week began with school spirit beaming at an all-time-high throughout the Lower School to the Middle and Upper Schools with true Collegiate pride. Students dressed for each occasion in their spirit week attire and joined their friends to signify the moment with pictures and laughter. 

Capt. Collegiate made a guest appearance at the pep rally where the Homecoming court was crowned, games were played and giveaways ignited the crowd.

The day turned to night and alumni, faculty and staff and guest filled the Meredith Center for the Arts parking lot for the Third Annual Oyster Roast & Taste of Collegiate, a 21 and up event.

“It was a huge success,” said Cayte Brown, alumni relations coordinator. “We had over 350 guest in attendance with several different food vendors and over 1,300 oysters were eaten.”

The guests agreed that this was the best Oyster Roast & Taste of Collegiate thus far.

“The event truly kicked-off a great Homecoming and Fall Fair weekend,” Brown ’08 said.

The next day, Collegiate’s community gathered for Fall Fair on the newly opened athletic fields.

“With the opening of our beautiful turf fields, there was no question in my mind as to where to set-up for Fall Fair,” said Kate Pringle, Annual Fund and special events coordinator. “We lucked out with the gorgeous weather, I wish I could take credit for that, but unfortunately, I cannot.”

From fresh produce to games to hand-crafted jewelry, Fall Fair made for a grand, all-day occasion.

“We were thrilled to introduce Touch-a-Tuck to this year’s event,” Pringle said. “With the help of current parent and Norfolk Police Sergeant Joseph Miolla we had quite a showing from the Norfolk PD, including the Bomb Squad, Harbor Patrol, K-9 Unit, SWAT and Traffic Patrol. We also had a garbage truck from Bay Disposal and a few fire trucks from Norfolk Fire-Rescue.”

The new landscape of beautiful, green turf fields created a great atmosphere for the event.

“We also introduced the Farmers Market and had great success,” said Pringle. “There were 19 outside vendors along with two student organizations and one group of student entrepreneurs who opted to participate in the market.”      

Click here to view the Homecoming and Fall Fair photo album and watch the video below.


Nov. 5, 2015