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Family Weekend, Sept. 27-29

Posted 09/19/13

Rubix KubeFitchburg State University celebrates Family Weekend Friday, Sept. 27, through Sunday, Sept. 29 with mind reading, ‘80s music, games and activities that highlight all aspects of campus life.

The main event of Family Weekend occurs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, when ‘80s tribute band Rubix Kube rocks the Recreation Center at 130 North St. Rubix Kube is taking the universe by storm as the most original ‘80s tribute band of all time.  They perform a one-of-a-kind ‘80s concert across the planet and to galaxies far, far away. Tickets are $20 at the door for the public; $10 for Fitchburg State alumni, faculty, staff and families of Fitchburg State students; and $5 for Fitchburg State students with OneCard and children under 10. Tickets can be purchased online.

Entertainment during Family Weekend also includes mentalist Craig Karges, who will take the stage at Weston Auditorium at 353 North St. at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. Karges combines the art of magic with the science of psychology and the power of intuition to create the impression that nothing is impossible. Tables float, minds are read, metal bends and your imagination is challenged because you won’t believe your eyes. The audience is a big part of the show. Admission is free.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, catch the Fitchburg State men’s soccer team in action at Elliot Field at 10 a.m. when the Falcons take on Maine Maritime. Admission is free.

Visitors are also invited to check out downtown Fitchburg for the 10th annual Blacksmith, Art & Music Festival, being held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverfront Park off Boulder Drive. With the addition of musical performances, public art workshops, arts & crafts vendors, and community activities, the former Blacksmith Forge-In Festival is expected to draw thousands from the region. The 2013 event will be wildly creative and a much bigger festival, partnering with co-organizers Achla Designs, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg State University, and the Central Mass Art and Agriculture Coalition.

There will be trolley service between the campus and athletic complex from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with stations on North Street (beneath the Holmes Dining Commons) and Elliot Field (via the Wallace Civic Center parking lot).

Elliot Field will also host the family fun fair from noon to 3:30 p.m. (with the festivities relocated to the Wallace Civic Center in the event of rain). Student clubs and organizations will be hosting a variety of fundraising booths with giveaways and activities like cotton candy, fried dough, popcorn, a traveling magician, balloon animals, food, Joshua the Camel, and more. The Alternative Spring Break silent auction – with proceeds helping defray the cost for Fitchburg State students who will spend their spring break helping build a home for Habitat for Humanity – will run until 5 p.m. Goodie baskets and survival baskets will be among the items available for bidding. The auction winners will be announced on Saturday at 5 p.m.

In football action, the Falcons will take on Bridgewater State at 1:30 p.m. at Elliot Field. Admission is free. Tickets can be purchased online.

Families can enjoy ice skating while watching the hit movie “Monsters University” projected inside the Civic Center at 3 p.m. There will be some skates available for rent but attendees are encouraged to bring their own skates because supplies are limited.

The action at Elliot Field resumes at 6 p.m. when the women’s field hockey team takes on Bridgewater State. Admission is free.

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