Alumni Invited to Summer Reunions
Bluefield College alumni and friends are invited to a series of summer reunions across Virginia and North Carolina in June, July and August.

Alumni Invited to Summer Reunions

By Chris Shoemaker | May 31, 2018 | RSS

Bluefield College alumni and friends are invited to a series of summer reunions across Virginia and North Carolina in June, July and August, including six traditional BC @ the Ballpark events, two regional alumni chapter gatherings, and a football tailgate alumni reunion.

Centered around one of America’s greatest pastimes, the BC @ the Ballpark events will reunite Bluefield College alumni and friends at minor league baseball venues in Charlotte (June 6), Norfolk (June 12), Richmond (June 13), Potomac (June 14), Salem (June 21), and Pulaski (August 21). The alumni chapter gatherings will join alumni and friends in Central Virginia (July 21) and the New River Valley (July 28), while the alumni tailgate reunion will bring Ram fans together at BC’s 2018 home football opener in Bluefield (August 25).

BC @ the Ballpark in Charlotte: June 6

New to the BC @ the Ballpark schedule this summer is the Greater Charlotte BC @ the Ballpark reunion, Wednesday, June 6 at BB&T Ballpark (324 S. Mint Street, Charlotte, NC) where the Charlotte Knights, a Class AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, will take on the Syracuse Chiefs. Food and fellowship will begin at 6 p.m. in the BC Alumni Zone with the game following at 7 p.m. Cost is just $20 per person, which includes dinner and a ticket for the game. Register by May 30 to secure your seats.

BC @ the Ballpark in Norfolk: June 12

For the fifth year in a row, the college will host its Greater Norfolk BC @ the Ballpark reunion, Tuesday, June 12 at Harbor Park (150 Park Avenue, Norfolk, VA) where the Norfolk Tides, a Class AAA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, will take on the Gwinnett Stripers. Cost is just $15 per person, which includes box seats in the BC Alumni Zone for the game and baseball bucks to spend on concessions. The fun begins at 7 p.m. Register by June 5 to secure your seats.

BC @ the Ballpark in Richmond: June 13

The Greater Richmond BC @ the Ballpark reunion will be Wednesday, June 13 and will feature an alumni and friends picnic at 5 p.m. before the game between the Richmond Flying Squirrels, a Class AA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, and the Portland Sea Dogs at The Diamond (3001 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA). Cost is just $20 per person, which includes the picnic meal and a ticket to watch the game in the BC Alumni Zone. Register by June 6 to secure your seats for the fifth consecutive Richmond BC @ the Ballpark reunion.

BC @ the Ballpark with the Potomac Nationals: June 14

Another new addition to the BC @ the Ballpark schedule this summer is the BC @ the Ballpark with the Potomac Nationals, Thursday, June 14 at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium (7 County Complex Court, Woodbridge, VA) where Potomac, a Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, will take on the Buies Creek Astros. Food and fellowship will begin at 6 p.m. in the BC Alumni Zone with the game following at 7 p.m. Cost is just $20 per person, which includes the meal and a game ticket. Register by June 6 to secure your seats.

BC @ the Ballpark in Salem: June 21

The Salem BC @ the Ballpark reunion will be Thursday, June 21 and will feature an alumni and friends picnic at 6 p.m. before the game between the Salem Red Sox, a Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, and the Frederick Keys at Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium (1008 Texas Street, Salem, VA). Cost is just $20 per person, which includes the picnic meal and a ticket to watch the game in the BC Alumni Zone. Register by June 14 to secure your seats for the fifth consecutive Salem BC @ the Ballpark reunion.

Central Virginia Alumni Reunion: July 21

The Central Virginia alumni gathering will be Saturday, July 21 at noon and will feature special guests from the Rams football team – head coach Dewey Lusk and associate head coach Dino Kaklis – who will be sharing a preview of the upcoming 2018 season. Alumna Peggy Emert Bickford (’71) and her husband, Steve, an honorary alumnus, will host the Central Virginia reunion at their home in Buckingham County (1056 C.G. Woodson Road, New Canton, VA). For nearly 30 years, BC grads gathered at the home of alumni Bobby (’58) and Joyce Mullikin (’58) Gentry in Charlottesville for the Central Virginia reunion, but in 2017 the Gentrys passed the torch to the Bickfords who now host the event.

“We decided to begin hosting this gathering out of respect for the tradition and wanting to see the event continue and because of the love we have for Bluefield College and our fellow alumni,” said Peggy Bickford. “We want everyone to enjoy themselves in a very casual atmosphere. We are looking forward to seeing old friends, making new ones, sharing memories of days spent at BC, and continuing the tradition established by Mr. and Mrs. Gentry 30 years ago.”

The cost for the Central Virginia reunion is $8 per person and free to children 12 and under and will include a meal, fellowship, a short tour of a 1926 Rosenwald Schoolhouse on the Bickford property, and the preview of Rams 2018 football.

New River Valley Alumni Reunion: July 28

Alumni from the New River Valley are invited to a potluck reunion at the home of Fran Webb Louthan (’60) and her husband, Dick, on Claytor Lake (7154 Island View Way, Dublin, VA), Saturday, July 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to a potluck meal and plenty of fellowship, the gathering will serve as a meeting of the New River Valley Regional Alumni Chapter. Parents of current BC students, along with trustees and other BC friends are invited to join alumni for the gathering. Guests are asked to bring a side dish to go with hot dogs, which will be provided.

BC @ the Ballpark in Pulaski: August 21

The final BC @ the Ballpark gathering will be for alumni and friends from Pulaski on Tuesday, August 21 at 7:05 p.m. at Calfee Park (700 S. Washington Avenue, Pulaski, VA), where the Pulaski Yankees, a rookie-league affiliate of the New York Yankees, will take on the Princeton Rays. The cost for the Pulaski BC @ the Ballpark event is just $15 per person, which includes a ticket to watch the game in the BC Alumni Zone and a concessions voucher. Register by August 10 to secure your seats for the fifth consecutive Pulaski BC @ the Ballpark reunion

Football Tailgate Alumni Reunion: August 25

The final summer alumni reunion will be a football tailgate gathering on Saturday, August 25 at 4 p.m. prior to the start of the Rams 2018 season opener against Cumberland University at Mitchell Stadium (Stadium Drive, Bluefield, WV) at 5:30 p.m. Hosted by the Hometown Regional Alumni Chapter, the family-friendly tailgate will cost just $10 per person, which includes a tailgate meal and a ticket to the game.

For more information or to register for any of the Bluefield College summer alumni reunions, visit bluefield.edu/reunions or contact BC’s Josh Grubb, director of alumni relations, by email at or by phone at 276-326-4208. 

 
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