Those are Some Pipes! EUP Homecoming 2017 is Here
Melodic bleating coming from the southern edge of the county means Edinboro University's homecoming is here.
Friday, Oct. 13
Newcomers to the Erie area might notice in early October a chorus of melodic bleating coming from the southern edge of the county and the fact that everyone within half a mile of it starts clapping along to the beat. It's not a hostile invasion of musical aliens; no, it's Edinboro University's homecoming weekend, and that sound which rouses everyone to their feet in joyful stamping is "Scotland the Brave," performed as often as possible by the beloved EUP bagpipe ensemble.
Homecoming weekend is an autumnal highlight not just in the Edinboro community, but for the tri-state region and beyond. Friday's feature includes the All Alumni Gathering at the Culbertson Hills Resort at 8:00 p.m., while the bulk of the festivities occur Saturday, with everything from the pre-parade Keggs and Eggs at the Bufalino home (a well-attended annual tradition for those 21 and older), to the superhero-themed parade itself, slated for an 11 a.m. start-time, to the post-parade community lunch at noon, with free hot dogs, hamburgers and snacks for all, plus a KidZone with face-painting and games. The latter event will be held on the lawn of the Louis C. Cole Auditorium building.
If you make it down to Edinboro for the football match-up against Mercyhurst, be sure to check out the pre-game beer garden in the parking lot of the Mark Zafirovski Sports and Recreation Center. Of course, the entire town will be awash in red and white as alumni, students and parents fill the sidewalks — and the bars — of downtown Edinboro to enjoy live music, games and local vendors throughout the day and well into the night. — Cara Suppa
Friday evening and all-day Saturday // Various locations around Edinboro and EUP's campus // free // homecoming.edinboro.edu