Heritage Weekend 2013 Features Taylathon Bike Race, Grandparents Day, Dedication of Gudakunst Field

By Jim Garringer Published: Apr 19, 2013

Taylor University’s 2013 Heritage Weekend is scheduled for the coming weekend, April 26-27. The two-day event brings hundreds of alumni, family members and friends to the Taylor campus for special events, food and music.

Planners say the goal of each year’s Heritage Weekend is to create a springtime event that celebrates a distinctive attribute of the Taylor experience. The theme chosen this year is A Heritage of Servant Leadership.

Heritage Weekend begins with Friday’s annual Grandparents Day – a special day set aside for grandparents of current Taylor University students to visit the campus, attend chapel and class, and enjoy bonding time with their collegiate grandchildren.

Also scheduled Friday is the dedication of Gudakunst Field, Taylor’s softball facility, at 11:00 a.m. During the past months, financial gifts from friends of the university, including Fort Wayne resident Donna Gudakunst, have paved the way for a renovated field with new lights, scoreboard and sign, outfield drainage and backstop netting.

Saturday’s annual Taylathon bicycle race pits teams of freshman, sophomore, junior and senior riders against each other in men’s and women’s races on a campus course. Taylathon begins at 11:00 a.m., weather permitting.

Also scheduled:

Graphic Design Senior Student Art Exhibit, Metcalf Gallery, all weekend.

C.S. Lewis Collection Open House, 1:00-4:30 p.m., Friday, Center for C.S. Lewis and Friends, Zondervan Library

Distinguished Faculty Lecture, Euler Science Complex, Room 109

The Curious Savage – a Taylor University production of a comedic play about Ethel P. Savage, a woman whose husband recently died and left her approximately $10 million, and whose grown-up stepchildren want her committed to a mental hospital. Mitchell Theatre, 8:00 p.m., Friday, Saturday

Baseball vs. Grace College, Winterholter Field, 1:00 p.m., Saturday

Taylor Chorale and Sounds Concert, Rediger Chapel/Auditorium, 7:30 p.m., Saturday