In a few days, hundreds of parents will descend upon Brown’s campus for Family Weekend, leaving their kids in a tizzy of where to go and what to do under all of that parental guidance again. Between the a capella concerts and campus tours, you’ll need to find a place to re-fuel – and this weekend is your chance to explore a restaurant that doesn’t accept Meal Credits, Points, or Bear Bucks as forms of acceptable payment. If they’re anything like my parents, yours will be dying to feed you (“Honey, I just want to make sure you are eating enough fruits and vegetables?”) and maybe a few lucky friends whose parents don’t love them couldn’t make it this weekend. Here is a list of the best places to brunch this Family Weekend:
Loui’s is a classic Brown brunch choice. Take your family here to experience the authentic hangover or post-all-nighter meal. The family-run restaurant is practically a campus monument, and its food selection ranges from eggs to pancakes to barbecue chicken ravioli. And hey, they can even say they’ve been to a Guy Fieri-approved institution!
Meeting Street Cafe
Though Meeting Street Cafe is most well known for its desserts, it’s also a great option for a local Family Weekend brunch. Conveniently located right below Pembroke Campus, Meeting Street Cafe features a menu that is almost as large as its inanely-massive cookies. Oh, and it’s BYOB if you’re tempted to explore your new “collegiate” identity with your family.
The Duck and Bunny
This “snuggery” tucked away on Wickenden St. appears to have popped right out of Alice in Wonderland and provides a cozy respite from the hustle and bustle of College Hill. Its menu offers classic sweet and savory crepes, as well as specialty creations like their “Creperrito” and “Eggs-Bun-a-Duck.” Make sure to save room for dessert – their cupcakes are what dreams are made of.
Sure, Family Weekend can be great. It likely entails reunions with loved ones and good meals. It will also probably alleviate some of that homesickness you have been feeling lately in this perpetual grey-ness that is October in Providence.
But there are also aspects of having your family descend upon College Hill that are likely to disrupt your daily life and independence here at Brown. We’re here to listen, so tell us: what part of Family Weekend are you most dreading?
Parents outside of their natural habitat.
With midterms and destructive squirrels taking up most of our energy, it’s hard to think ahead to this weekend when Brunonia will be alive with parents and families. While some of us may be primarily focused on getting our ‘rents to cover our many expenses, others may be worried about what the hell they’re supposed to do with a bunch of parents on a college campus. Never fear! There’s no need to spend actual quality time with your parents, for Brown’s clubs and activities have come together to give us a weekend packed with sporting events, brunches, and cleverly named concerts (I’m looking at you, a cappella) to drag your families to. Check our comprehensive list of every single thing you can do with your family this weekend.
Friday, October 24
4:00 p.m. Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice Building Dedication & Opening and Black Experiences at Brown: A Visual Narrative Exhibition Opening Reception, 94 Waterman Street
Visit the new home of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. Address by the one and only president emerita Ruth J. Simmons.
6:00 p.m. PW presents 3C2C (3 Chairs, 2 Cubes)
A festival of new plays in the PW Downspace
6:30 p.m. Musical Forum’s Family Weekend Revue, Alumnae Hall Crystal Room
Join Musical Forum as in their annual Family Weekend Revue, featuring songs from hit musicals and movies.
7:30 p.m. Brown Madrigal Singers Family Weekend Concert
You thought your middle school days of awkwardness were over, and then you came to Brown. Sure, things aren’t as bad. Your unshakable obsession with My Chemical Romance is a thing of the past and “rawr<3” no longer means, “I love you” in dinosaur. Still, things tend to get cringe-worthy very quickly here. The ascent into adulthood is a turbulent one, my friends, and college seems to only play on our innate clumsiness. Below are just a few things that we all dread.
They’ve left their care packages. Thayer Street has quieted down. We’ve survived yet another Family Weekend at Brown. As a freshman, I came into this weekend with so many open-ended questions, including: how do I prepare for this? What if they embarrass me? What do I do with them? Now that all is said and done, I must admit that the last few days were, well, pretty awesome. My fridges are stocked, my tummy is full,
and my pockets aren’t empty. Getting babied by my mom was kind of nice after a month and a half of pretending to be an adult.
- Your cleaning attempts will be in vain. The first thing I heard when my parents entered my room was “I see you bothered to clean.” Wow, thanks. I guess hours of cleaning isn’t enough to
fool you impress you, Mom. (It was probably still a good idea to hide the booze, though.)
- Bring your orphaned friends along. If your family was able to make it up, you should feel very lucky; some of your friends aren’t seeing their families until Thanksgiving… or even Christmas! So, invite them to dinner, lunch, etc. They’ll appreciate being around your family, even if they are embarrassing. Besides, it’ll be easier to avoid the “have you skipped any classes” question if there’s someone else to divert the parentals’ attention. Continue Reading
If you didn’t leave your dorm room this past weekend, you should know that many families descended upon College Hill. It was a perfect balance of surreal and awesome. Families occupied every corner of campus, leaving very little room for privacy and lots of room for eavesdropping. We sometimes forget Brown’s quintessential quirks until outsiders come to our stomping ground and acknowledge them. Here are a collection of our favorite overheard quotes from Family Weekend. If any of these were uttered by your relatives, sorry we’re not sorry. Continue Reading