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June 19, 2009
By Jon Fortenbury
It’s that time of year again to grab some friends, set up a picnic and enjoy free concerts and food. Pack Picnics return to the University of Nevada, Reno quad July 1 and run every Wednesday night from 6–8 p.m., through Aug. 5.
“I think these events are a great thing for the University to offer,” said Kerri Garcia, executive director of summer session and academic credit programs. “This is one way to say you’re welcome up here (to the University) and we’re a piece of this community.”
Hosted by the Nevada Alumni Association and Summer Session, Pack Picnics — also referred to as the “watermelon concerts” are free of charge. Those in attendance get to enjoy a free concert, cookies, popcorn, watermelon, lemonade, face painting and balloon animals. Port of Subs will also be available for purchase and bounce houses and games will be available for kids.
“These concerts not only provide alumni with a wonderful opportunity to return to the University but also give students another reason to stay on campus,” said Amy Carothers, director of alumni relations. In its 37th year, Pack Picnics feature one band each week, including Sol’ Jibe, the Reno Municipal Band and more. Anyone is invited to attend, not just students. Carothers believes that these events are a great example of how the University continues to connect alumni, students and the community.
“They (Pack Picnics) are an excellent way to show off the beautiful Nevada campus and we hope attendees take a moment to look around, see all the exiting things happening here and decide they want to participate in other activities we produce,” she said.