Reunion Weekend at UMass Amherst Features Chapel Bells, Tethered Balloon Rides at the Campus Pond

AMHERST, Mass. - Alumni returning to the University of Massachusetts campus this weekend for reunion activities will hear a concert of the restored bells in the Old Chapel tower June 3 at 2:30 p.m. And from 5:00-6:00 p.m., free tethered rides in the Alumni Association-sponsored hot air balloon will be offered near the Campus Pond. Both events are open to the public.

Following the bell concert, UMass Chancellor David K. Scott and Richard Nathhorst, project manager for the Old Chapel restoration work, will give a brief presentation on efforts to restore the tower and the installation of 10 original bells and two new ones. The presentation will take place at the Old Chapel.

Susan Mattei, executive director of the UMass Alumni Association and vice chancellor for alumni relations, says University Alumni have played a key role in the Chapel restoration project. "Many of our alumni have come forward to support the renovation of the Old Chapel and I''m glad they will once again be able to hear the beautiful carillon they remember from their days on campus," Mattei says.

The UMass Alumni Association will host an open house from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the new lobby of the Fine Arts Center. Refreshments will be served and tethered hot-air balloon rides will be given at the Campus Pond.