Read on to find out details about some of our special Family Weekend events!
Discover UWF Downtown Excursions
Historic Pensacola Village Tours (Self-Guided)
Family Weekend participants can enjoy a stroll through the past in a self-guided Historic Pensacola Village Tour (operated by UWF Historic Trust). Participants can enjoy the 1805 Julee Cottage to learn about African-American history in Pensacola, the 1885 McMillan House to catch a glimpse of home front Pensacola in World War II, the 1888 Barrios Cottage to check out Pensacola in the roaring 1920s.
See what downtown Pensacola looked like at the turn of the twentieth century in the Museum of Commerce (Closes at 2:00 pm) or check out the three major industries that boomed in Pensacola while walking through the Museum of Industry. And of course, don't forget to check out our city's history in the T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum. A detailed list of Village Tour locations will be provided at Family Weekend Check-In.
Family Weekend Private Ghost Tours (Private Tours from 5:30pm and 6:00 pm)
Murder and Mayhem at 5:30 p.m. The Murder and Mayhem tour is open to all ages, and tours along Intendencia Street (stories include the Charbonier Sisters). Tours are led by volunteer tour guides and will occur rain or shine with the exception of lightning. Tours last a little over one hour. Tours will meet at the newly renovated Voices of Pensacola Multicultural Resource Center, 117 East Government Street.
Tragedy and Terror of South Seville at 6:00 p.m. The Tragedy and Terror of South Seville is open to all ages, and tours along Zaragoza Street (stories include the Gray House). Tours are led by volunteer tour guides and will occur rain or shine with the exception of lightning. Tours last a little over one hour. Tours will meet at the newly renovated Voices of Pensacola Multicultural Resource Center, 117 East Government Street.
Historic Museum & Art Gallery Scavenger Hunt
Discover downtown Pensacola by participating in a fun interactive family scavenger hunt. Participants will be led to various locations in the historic museum and art gallery District. Detailed instructions and participation prizes will be distributed at Family Weekend Check-In.
Discover UWF Excursions
Outdoor Adventure with Shaun Boren (1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
Enjoy a guided canoe tour of the on-campus bayou. You'll learn basic canoe strokes, paddle out to the Escambia River, and play some boating games. Come prepared for an afternoon on the water. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, water, and snacks. Please do not bring any personal valuables or electronics. Interested participants will meet at the bottom of the stairs behind Building 10."
Origami Workshop @ the Japan House (1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
Come join local origami artist Mrs. Yachiyo Gunn for an Origami Workshop! Mrs. Gunn has been sharing the ancient art of paper-folding for many years with countless men, women and children. She loves to share her native Japanese culture with others and is a valued volunteer for the UWF Japan House. Join her for some fun in building 71, room 141 from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, October 18!
Golf at Scenic Hills Country Club (Private Family Weekend Tee Time-2:00 p.m.- Until)
Scenic Hills Country Club at the University of West Florida is known for their rolling hills, stately pines lining the fairways, elevation changes and striking views that are unusual for Florida golf courses. They’ve also been recognized by the Pensacola News Journal as one of the top courses to play, and was voted 2008, 2009 and 2010 "BEST OF THE BAY" golf course in the Pensacola area. Join other Family Weekend participants during the Private Tee Time.
Family Reunion Receptions
21st Century Scholars Family Reception
Please join the 21st Century Scholar family for dessert and a chance to see and hear all that has been happening since the semester started. This will be a great time to meet your son or daughters Success Counselor, connect with other 21st Century Scholar families, or reconnect with some new friends you met during the summer orientation! Take a quick tour of our facility and learn more about what we have planned for your student. We have enjoyed spending time with them and can hardly wait to get to know you as well.
Delphi & Oracle Living Learning Community Reception
Housing and Residence Life invites families of Delphi and Oracle students to join us for a reception with light refreshments in the Presidents Hall Multipurpose room. During the reception you will have an opportunity to learn more about our Living Learning Communities, hear about the signature programs the buildings host, as well as meeting with staff and faculty from Delphi and Oracle. Tours of the buildings will also be available as part of the reception.
Commuter Family Reception
The Office of Student Transition Programs invites you to join us for the first annual commuter family reception. Families will receive updates regarding upcoming Argo Link Commuter events and activities occurring on campus, and learn about the Mobile Argos Project spring service retreat. We will also introduce our "On the Move"-Speaker Series at this event. Where a commuting upperclassman will share insight about their plight toward the engagement, unity and empowerment of others. You won't want to miss out on this opportunity to connect with other commuter students and their families. RSVP Today! Light refreshments will be provided. Location: TBD
Book, Music & Lyrics by Pete Mills
Based on Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, the musical Illyria tells the story of a brother and sister (twins) that are separated when the ship they are travelling on wrecks during a heavy storm. Viola, the sister, dresses as a man named Cesario and begins work in Duke Orsino’s household. The Duke uses ‘Cesario’ as an intermediary for his love interest Olivia, who promptly falls in love with ‘Cesario’, while Viola (Cesario) falls in love with Orsino. This hilarious cross-dressing, mistaken identity, Shakespearean comedy is updated with contemporary language and music, making it an easily accessible show for both classic lovers and modern theatre-goers.