Hello Friends. I see our last blog post is dated July 2. Guess that means we’ll have to pick up our game. I advise you to not correlate blog activity and Baddour Center activity. As little as there is of the former, there is plenty of the latter.
So, let’s talk about an upcoming activity. This weekend (October 30 – November 1), Baddour is hosting its 2nd Annual Homecoming and Family Weekend. We’ve actually hosted these events for 30+ years but have done so separately until combining them last year. That inaugural event was a huge success, with many families attending, much fun, beautiful weather, and lots of positive feedback. We’re anticipating another good crowd this year and are still praying for decent weather.
This year’s theme is “Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler,” which is French for “Let the good times roll!” You might confuse some places on campus with New Orleans landmarks. Never fear, there’s always someone nearby to steer you back to where you want or need to be.
To give you an idea of what the weekend looks like, here’s an overview. On Friday, we’ll host an early-afternoon pep rally, complete with football team and cheerleader introductions. Later, we’ll move to the Baddour Grove for some tailgating, which will be followed by our annual resident-staff flag football game. We’re expecting the Northwest Mississippi Community College Pep Band to play at the game. Of course, the best parts of the evening are the halftime presentation of the Homecoming Court and crowning of the Homecoming Queen, sponsored by the Baddour Center Resident Government Association.
Saturday presents a packed slate, with a resident arts recital kicking off the morning, followed by a presentation to families of the new strategic plan. Following lunch in the homes, The Wonder Players will perform “Scooby Doo and the House on Spooky Street” in the Buckman Auditorium. On Saturday night, we look forward to a Mardi Gras-style Masquerade Ball. We will be dressing for the occasion and ready to dance until…
On Sunday morning, we will fittingly close our weekend with a service at the Chapel, remembering and thanking God for so graciously and abundantly caring for Baddour Center these past 36+ years. The father of a Baddour resident will be sharing the message. Last year’s Chapel Service was very sweet, and we know folks will find it to be a blessing.
We hope you have made plans to join us. It will be a great time. I often and consistently tell folks that Homecoming, in particular, is my favorite Baddour Center event. I plan to share with you next week more about why that is.