Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Alfred: Decades-old Hot Dog Day tradtions, new events in place to attract students, families, community to village

This year, Alfred’s popular Hot Dog Day(s) will be full of new attractions as well as long-standing traditions to mark the 44th year of celebration.
The joint effort of Alfred University (AU) and Alfred State College (ASC), Hot Dog Day Weekend, Friday-Sunday, April 29-
May 1, will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday with the annual AU Pine Hill Derby (weather permitting) in which engineering students race home-made, gravity-propelled vehicles down Pine Hill on the north end of campus.
At 7:30 p.m. the AU Jazz Band will perform a wide variety of jazz styles at Miller Theater, Miller Performing Arts Center; admission is free.
At 9 p.m., an open house will be held at the Observatory, giving students and community members an opportunity to view the spring sky through the sophisticated instruments of the John L. Stull Observatory on the south end of campus. This event is free of charge. (Note: if the sky is cloudy the observatory will be closed.)
Saturday will start off with the Color Walk/Run, which will begin at the King Alfred Statue in front of AU’s Herrick Library at 10 a.m. Registration, which begins at 9:15 a.m. is $10 for AU and ASC students and $15 for all other participants.
At 11 a.m. the Alfred Lions Club Chicken Barbecue will open at the Union University Church Center, corner of Main and Church streets (served until the chicken is gone - usually around 1:30 p.m.). Eat in or take out: $8 full meal, $6 chicken only.
The Hot Dog Day Parade, sponsored by the village of Alfred, will begin at noon with marchers, drivers, and float controllers assembling on Terrace Street, proceeding down Main Street from north to south towards the village’s lone stop light, and continuing onto the Alfred State College campus (ASC). Those who wish to participate in the parade are encouraged to reply by email to
From 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Lower College Drive on the ASC campus will be the site of the Hot Dog Day Festival with booths, arts and crafts, games, live music, raffles, and the main attraction - hot dogs.
Proceeds from the 2016 vendor fair, which annually switches between the two campuses, will be distributed to: A.E. Crandall Hook and Ladder Co., Alfred Box of Books Library, Alfred Montessori School, Genesee Valley Habitat for Humanity, ACCORD Corp., the Allegany County Mental Health Association, and the Allegany Senior Foundation.
From noon-4 p.m. the University’s Cohen Gallery, at 55 N. Main St., will be open. Student, alumni, faculty, and visiting artist works are on view in the gallery space. Admission is free.
From 1-4 p.m. guests are invited to visit the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art and the Inamori Kyocera Museum on the second floor of Binns-Merrill Hall, on the AU campus.
At 1 p.m. there will be an AU men’s lacrosse game vs. St. John Fisher, an Empire 8 contest, at Yunevich Stadium at Merrill Field, Main Street.
At 2 p.m. the traditional Mud Olympics will take place on the AU Brick Residence Hall lawn.  Hot Dog Day’s official sporting event features mud volleyball, tug-of-war, and wheelbarrow racing.
From 4-5 p.m. AU’s carillonneur Laurel Buckwalter will perform on the University’s Davis Memorial Carillon, located between the Steinheim (Career Development Center) and Howell Hall on the upper level of campus. Visitors are invited to sit on the lawn to enjoy the free concert.
At 8 p.m. John Cassidy, professional comedian, magician and balloon artist who holds several Guinness World Records for speed sculpting, will present at Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall, on the AU campus. Admission is free.
Sunday will offer a student recital featuring AU vocalists performing a variety of styles at 3 p.m. in Susan Howell Hall; admission is free.