CHARLESTON, S.C., Oct. 8.--Dress parades, open barracks, athletic events and worship services are scheduled for The Citadel's annual Parents' Weekend to be held from Oct. 10-13.
Parents' Weekend includes the Presentation of Rings to senior cadets and conferences between parents and faculty members in the various academic departments.
The public is invited to attend Parents' Weekend festivities beginning with a dress parade by the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at 3:45 Friday afternoon on Summerall Field during which the Class of 2000 will formally join the Corps. At 5:00 in Summerall Chapel there will be a performance by The Citadel Chorale--a singing group comprising select members of the three cadet choirs.
The four Citadel Barracks and other buildings and facilities will be open to the public from 9:00 to 10:30 Saturday morning and The Citadel Pipe Band will perform in each of the barracks during the visitation period. At 9:00 the freshman Squad Drill Competition will be held on the quadrangle of Padgett-Thomas Barracks. The Regimental Band will conduct a concert at 9:30 on Summerall Field, followed at 11:00 by another dress parade, this time in honor of parents and grandparents of cadets.
Lunch will be available at noon on Saturday in Coward Hall and Deas Hall for those with meal tickets. Meal and football tickets can be purchased at the information center in the auditorium of Mark Clark Hall from 12:30 to 3:30 Friday and from 7:30 to 11:00 Saturday morning.
The tennis team will play Limestone College at 10:00 Saturday morning at the Donald Bunch Tennis Court, and the football team will take on East Tennessee State University at 2:00 that afternoon at Johnson Hagood Stadium. The 1997 Summerall Guards--the elite precision drill platoon--will perform for the fans during halftime.
Parents' Weekend concludes Sunday following four worship services. The Protestant Worship Service will be held in Summerall Chapel at 9 a.m., followed by a Protestant Sunday School in Mark Clark Hall Auditorium at 10:15. The Episcopal Holy Eucharist will be held in St. Alban's Chapel at 10:15 a.m., and the Roman Catholic Mass is scheduled for 11:30 Sunday morning in Summerall Chapel. All three services will feature a "Blessing of the Rings." The fourth service will be a Christian Informal Worship Service at 6:30 p.m. in Mark Clark Hall Auditorium.