King College Invites Alumni and Friends to Celebrate 86th Dogwood Weekend

King College Invites Alumni and Friends to Celebrate 86th Dogwood Weekend

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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Alumni and friends of King College are invited to join in the upcoming 86th celebration of Dogwood Weekend on April 20-23, 2012.  The annual celebration offers classmates and friends of the College opportunities to gather, reminisce, and reconnect.

“Dogwood Weekend is a favorite event of so many, one the King students and alumni look


Friday, April 20
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Check-in & Registration
     (King Building Lobby)
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Golf Tournament The Club
     (Country Club of Bristol)
5:30 p.m. Coronation of King & Queen/Pre-Play Dinner
     (Dining Hall)
6:30 p.m. Alumni Volleyball Game
     (Student Center Complex)
8 p.m. Spring Play - "A Year with Frog and Toad"
     (Paramount Theatre)

Saturday, April 21
8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Check-in & Registration
     (Dining Hall Lobby)
8:30 a.m. 50+ Club Breakfast
     (First Presbyterian Fellowship Hall)
8:30 a.m. Dr. Ed Burke Science & Math Breakfast 
     (Dining Hall)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Alumni Rest Stop
     (Widner Lounge)
9:45 a.m. Alumni Choir Rehearsal Memorial Chapel
Noon Alumni Luncheon
     (Dining Hall)
Noon King vs. Belmont Abbey
     (KC Baseball Complex)
2 – 5 p.m. Cornhole Tournament
     (The Oval / Kline Gym if we have rain)
2:00 p.m. Reception at the Edwin “Buzz”
     (Smith Memory Gargen) 
2:30 p.m. Spring Play - "A Year with Frog and Toad"
     (Paramount Theatre)
3 – 5 p.m. Catch N’ Release Fishing Tourney
     (West Campus Lake)
3 p.m. King vs. Belmont Abbey (baseball)
     (KC Baseball Complex)
5 p.m. Picnic & Children’s Activities
     (The Oval)
6 p.m. Class of 1962 Reunion Gathering
     (Student Center Complex)
7 p.m. Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies
     (Student Center Complex - Gym)
7:30 p.m. Reunion Gatherings
(’57, ’72, ’82, ’87, ’92, ‘02 - Points around town)
8:30 p.m. Dogwood BallHeartwood of Abingdon, VA

Sunday, April 22
8:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship
     (First Presbyterian Church of Bristol, TN 
     and Central Presbyterian Church of Bristol, VA)

Monday, April 23
7 p.m. Buechner Institute Speaker - Jan Karon
     (First Presbyterian Church)

forward to each year,” said Finley Green, director of alumni and career services for King.  “We have wonderful, diverse and accomplished alumni, and welcoming many of them home to share in this weekend is a cherished experience.”

Events for the weekend include such favorites as the Jay Baumgardner Memorial Golf Classic, Alumni Luncheon, picnic on the Oval, cornhole tournament, alumni volleyball game, catch and release fishing tourney, production from King’s Performing & Visual Arts (PVA) department, Hall of Fame induction ceremony, lecture by the New York best-selling author of the Mitford series, and much more. 

The Jay Baumgardner Memorial Golf Classic will take place on Friday, April 20 at The Club (Country Club of Bristol).  Registration will begin at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. and an awards reception at 3 p.m.  Each player will receive giveaways and a boxed lunch.  In addition to the tournament, there will also be a putting contest with the members of the winning team each receiving a $100 Visa gift card.  Members of the winning team for the tournament will win gift certificates to The Club Pro Shop.  Other prizes include $10,000 cash prize for a hole-in-one on a designated hole, plus three additional prize holes where a hole-in-one wins either Panasonic 32” LCD TV, Nike Irons, or a $500 Visa gift card.

“We are delighted with the level of participation in this year’s Golf Classic,” said Chief Development Officer John King.  “In addition to a day filled with great camaraderie, tournament funds are designated towards scholarships for area students.”

King Theatre closes out its season with its annual Dogwood Playhouse production, the family-friendly musical, "A Year with Frog and Toad."  Younger audiences and the young at heart will love the heart-warming and toe-tapping adventures of Frog, Toad, and all their friends.

"I have the best memories of reading the Frog and Toad books with my brother when I was a little girl, and now I am reading the stories to my own kids,” said Elizabeth Lee Dollar, chair of the Performing & Visual Arts department and director of the Theatre program at King College.  “Having the opportunity to bring Frog and Toad to life on the stage to an even greater audience is an incredible gift.  I hope it encourages more folks to read these awesome stories and to find creative ways to bring them to life."

"A Year with Frog and Toad" will run at the historic Paramount Center for the Arts in downtown Bristol.  Dates and times are Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 pm, Friday, April 20 at 8:00 pm, and Saturday, April 21 at 2:30 pm.  Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 senior citizens, $5 for students, and free with King College ID.  Tickets are available at the Paramount Box Office by calling 423.274.8920, or by visiting  For more information, contact Elizabeth Dollar at 423.652.4839.

The weekend’s events culminate with the New York Times best-selling author, Jan Karon.  Karon will speak at First Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Tenn., on Monday, April 23, as part of the 2011-2012 Lecture Series by the Buechner Institute at King College.  Karon is best known for her award-winning series of novels that feature Father Timothy Kavanagh, an Episcopal priest, and the fictional village of Mitford, North Carolina.  Additional information on the Jan Karon lecture can be found at, or through contacting the director of the Buechner Institute, Dale Brown, at 423.652.4156. 

The full schedule of events is available online at  For registration information for the Jay Baumgardner Memorial Golf Classic, visit  Additional information is also available from the King College Alumni Office at 1.800.KINGALM or via e-mail at