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Fun Activities
Session Name Description Time Location


Sit a spell and wet a line!  

Employee must have a valid VA fishing license.

12:00p- 3:30p

Newman Lake

Hair Tinseling

Are you looking for an easy, fun way to upgrade your 'do with the latest hair trend taking over social media?

Stop by and let Slay with M.Rae's Morgan Leap tinsel your hair!

10:30a- 1:00p

Festival Lawn


"Hello", "Jolene"? Do you just want to "Let It Go'" and be a "Freebird" just "Livin' on a Prayer" in a "Love Shack, Baby"? Do you have "Friends in Low Places" in "Margaritaville"?

Well, "Don't Stop Believin'" and join in for karaoke in the Drum!  Solos, duets, and groups..there's room for all.

Hosted by Rocked by RedBeard.

11:00a- 2:00p

Lower Festival


Photo Booth

Open-air Photo Booth from Ward Photography offers tons of great features and options like stills + GIF images, awesome image quality, unlimited instant prints and social media sharing.

Drop by before or after lunch and get silly with purple and gold props!

11:00a- 2:00p

Upper Festival



Open court dedicated for pickleball!

BYOO (Bring Your Own Opponent)

12:00p- 3:30p


Sports Forum 1

Plant Swao and Share

Is your fiddleleaf being dramatic?

Did you start too many seeds for your garden?

Do you have too much plant stuff?

Did you buy too many bulbs when they were on sale at Aldi?

Join members of JMU’s faculty/staff club, The Green Thumb Society, to “talk shop.”  We’ll get to know each other and trade secrets.  Both long-time plant enthusiasts and plant newbies welcome!

Bring something to swap and share: houseplants, annuals, perennials, bulbs, seeds, cuttings, garden extras, pots, tools, etc.

Please make sure all plants are healthy and any tools, etc. are in good working condition.

3:00p- 4:00p

EJC Arboretum

Tree Terrance

TDU Takeover

It's all fun, all the time at Taylor Down Under this Employee Appreciation Day.

Whether you want to play pool with a friend, play darts or foosball, sit down for a board game with a co-worker, or just relax in a comfy chair, everything TDU has to offer will be available.

9:00a– 10:00p

Taylor Down Under

Self-Guided Nature Walk

The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, a woodland sanctuary, on the James Madison University campus, is a public, urban garden and forested greenspace that preserves native species, provides opportunities for research, and promotes knowledge of the botanical and natural world for people of all races, religions, orientations, identities, ages, and abilities.

Grab a walking buddy and check it out!


EJC Arboretum

Therapy Dog Station

Need a dose of dog therapy? 

Dogs from the local chapter of Therapy Dogs International and Alliance of Therapy Dogs will be walking around Festival Lawn, providing unconditional love. 

Therapy dogs are trained to be gentle and friendly and to accept strangers hugging or petting them. They are patient and unbothered.  Their sweet demeanors and unconditional love may have a therapeutic benefit to those who face difficult health challenges. Unlike service dogs, however, anyone can enjoy a therapy dog.

Festival Lawn
Lenny McDorman (JMU Retiree) with Lacey & Maggie

Karen Lilly (JMU Employee) with Tucker

EJC Arboretum Lawn
Sydney Conley (JMU Biology student) with Goose

11:30a– 1:30p

Festival Lawn


EJC Arboretum Lawn

Unwind Social

UNWIND Meet-Up (open session)

Come make new crafty friends. Bring your project bag and come stitch with us! Or stay and finish your project from the prior session.

No instruction planned, just social time.

2:00p- 4:00p 

Festival Lower Level

Conf Room 7 


Session Name Description Time Location

Movie 1: Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Movie Trailer


Second Showing: 

Grafton-Stovall Theater 

Movie 2: Wonka


Movie Trailer

1:00p– 3:00p

8:00p– 10:00p

Grafton-Stovall Theater 

Bridgeforth Stadium 
(Gate B)


Learn Something New
Session Name Description Time Location Registration

Environmental Stewardship Tour

Discover some of the places, programs, and people involved in incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy into teaching, research, operations, and outreach at JMU. 

Follow the link for a self-guided interactive guide!

8:00a- 3:00p


No Registration Required

Meet and Greet: JMU Water Floaters

If you love kayaking, paddleboarding, floating, or just the idea of getting in the water, this is the group for you!

From beginners to experts, the JMU Water Floaters will explore the water ways of the valley in tubes, kayaks, paddleboards, or anything that will keep you afloat for several hours.

During this time, current members have the opportunity to fellowship and potential members will have the opportunity to find out more information.

10:30a- 11:30a

Festival Upper Level

Conf Room 2 

No Registration Required


Session Name Description Time Location

Cornhole Tournament

Challenge your coworker to a game on the lawn. Winner buys lunch.

12:00p- 3:30p 

Festival Lawn 

Football and Field Goals

Have you ever wanted to kick a field goal in Bridgeforth Stadium?

In addition, you can toss a football with friends on the field, or practice blocking on one of the sleds.

9:00a– 11:00a



Session Name Description Time Location

Come enjoy everything our Aquatics Center has to offer including swimming laps, playing basketball or volleyball, relaxing in the hot tub or decompressing in the sauna!

9:00a- 11:00a



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