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Welcome to the City 2024

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No matter where you land after graduating, there's a Hokie waiting to welcome you! Across the country, chapters are hosting events to welcome new Hokies to their area. Connect with members of your alumni chapter, meet your young alumni committee, and learn all about your new city.

Check back soon for more updates and additional events. All events are Thursday, Aug. 22 unless otherwise noted.

  • Date: Thursday, Aug. 15
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Details: Join the Annapolis Hokies at the Oaksmith residence for a potluck. Heavy appetizers and drinks will be provided. Please bring a dish to share. Address will be provided at registration confirmation.
  • Registration: Register here by Thursday, Aug. 8.
  • Contact: Becky Oaksmith at boaksmith@comcast.net.


  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: Pour Taproom - West Midtown, 2 Interlock Ave. NW, Suite P-185, Atlanta, GA 30318
  • Details: Calling all Atlanta Hokies, old and new; come hang out with your fellow Hokies at our annual Welcome to the City Event at Pour Taproom in West Midtown. The chapter will provide appetizers and starters and there will be drinks available for purchase. There is garage parking adjacent to Pour Taproom and rumor has it they are now validating parking. Looking forward to welcoming new alumni and connecting with friends ahead of football season!
  • Registration: Register here by Friday, Aug. 16.
  • Contact: Parth Kapoor at pkap08@vt.edu.
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: Black Sheep Lodge, 2108 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704
  • Details: Come join fellow Austin Hokies for a casual happy hour at Black Sheep Lodge!
  • Registration: Register here by Wednesday, Aug. 21.
  • Contact: Dustin Dorph at dkd44@cornell.edu.
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Location: Checkerspot Brewing Company, 1421 Ridgley St., Baltimore, MD 21230
  • Details: Please join other Baltimore Hokies to make new friends and welcome new Hokies to the Baltimore area. Checkerspot offers beer and non-alcoholic options.
  • Registration: Register here by Thursday, Aug. 15.
  • Contact: Hannah Thomas at hannt94@vt.edu
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: Paddlefish, Disney Springs, 1670 E. Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL 32830
  • Details: Come join other Central Florida Hokies to make new friends and welcome new Hokies to the area. The more Hokies the better!
  • Registration: Register here by Thursday, Aug. 15.
  • Contact: Christina Salisbury at hokielife4ever@gmail.com.
  • Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Home Team BBQ (Downtown Location), 126 Williman St., Charleston, SC 29403
  • Details: Come join us for this year's Welcome to the City Event at one of Charleston's favorite restaurants, Home Team BBQ! Let's mix and mingle and give new Hokies a warm welcome to the city while sipping on Home Team's famous frozen Game Changers and Irish Coffees! Our group will have a reserved space out back in their courtyard. There's plenty of public parking.
  • Registration: Register here by Thursday, Aug. 15.
  • Contact: Caroline Hirsch at chj1021@vt.edu.
     
  • Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Queen Park Social, 4125 Yancey Road, Charlotte, NC 28217
  • Details: Come on out to this year's Welcome to the City Happy Hour at Queen Park Social. Connect with members of your alumni chapter, meet members of the young alumni committee, welcome the newest class to the greatest alumni family, and learn all about the upcoming events in your city!
  • Price: Registration is $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event. Your registration includes one drink ticket, appetizers, unlimited arcade games, and a $5 gift to the Charlotte Hokies student scholarship fund.
  • Registration: Register here.
  • Additional information: Class of 2024, we are excited to welcome you to the Charlotte Hokies alumni community and are happy to share that this event is FREE for our most recent grads. Registration is still required. Note: class years will be verified.
  • Contact: Sam Whitney at samwhitney@vt.edu
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: Headquarters Beercade, 213 W. Institute Place, Chicago, IL 60610
  • Details: Join the Chicago Hokies for a night celebrating the arrival of new Hokies, family, friends, and fans.
  • Registration: Register here by Sunday, Aug. 18.
  • Contact: Anna Duggins at annacduggins@gmail.com.
  • Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: MadTree Brewing, 3301 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209
  • Details: The Cincinnati Chapter will be hosting a happy hour to welcome new grads to the area. We will provide food for all Hokies in attendance as well as some Hokie swag! All are welcome, Hokies young and old! We are looking forward to seeing some new faces!
  • Registration: Register here by Wednesday, Aug. 21.
  • Contact: Erica Boyd at ericapboyd@aol.com.
  • Date: Saturday, Aug. 31
  • Time: Noon
  • Location: The Back Porch, 808 Belvedere Clearwater Road, Belvedere, SC 29841
  • Details: Let's get together to watch the Hokie football's opener and welcome new Hokies to the CSRA. We'll be getting together at The Back Porch.
  • Registration: Register here by Thursday, Aug. 29.
  • Contact: Robyn Williams at rlsharpe@vt.edu.
  • Time: 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Press Box Grill, 1623 Main St., Dallas, TX 75201
  • Details: Join us at our Welcome to the City event and get to know Press Box Grill, where we host our game watching parties throughout the year!
  • Registration: Register here by Tuesday, Aug. 20.
  • Contact: Bryan Cooper at bryanccooper7@gmail.com.
  • Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Spider Kelly’s, 3181 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201
  • Details: Come out to this year's Welcome to the City Happy Hour at Spider Kelly’s. Connect with members of your alumni chapter, meet members of the Asian Pacific Islander Desi Alumni Society, welcome the newest class to the greatest alumni family, and learn about upcoming events in the District!
  • Price: Registration is $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event. Your registration includes one drink ticket, appetizers, and a $5 gift to the D.C. Hokies student scholarship fund.
  • Registration: Register here.
  • Additional information: Class of 2024, we are excited to welcome you to the D.C. Hokies alumni community and are happy to share that this event is FREE for our most recent grads. Registration is still required. Note: class years will be verified.
  • Contact: Sam Whitney at samwhitney@vt.edu
  • Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th St., Denver, CO 80202
  • Details: Join the Denver Hokies as we welcome new alumni moving to Colorado after graduation! This event will also double as a release party for a limited edition Hokie-inspired ale created by local alumni. Event registration is free, but you’ll also have a chance to make a gift to the Denver Hokies Scholarship Fund!
  • Registration: Check back soon to register.
  • Contact: Mark Hojegian at Mark@DenverHomeLifestyles.com
  • Date: Saturday, Aug. 24
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Location: Great Meadow, 5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains, VA, 20198
  • Details: Come to Sunset Polo at Great Meadows! Admission tickets are available online for $25 per vehicle (five people), or you can pay $30 cash per vehicle at the gate. Tailgate with Fauquier Hokies! We look forward to seeing you! The event is BYOB and picnic. When you arrive, look for the tall Virginia Tech flag for our group.
  • Registration: Register here by Thursday, Aug. 22.
  • Contact: Laura Nix-Berg at lauranix_2@msn.com.

  • Time: 5-7 p.m.
  • Location: Trolley Taphouse, 1616 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington, DE 19806
  • Details: Join us for a happy hour at Trolley Taphouse! The chapter will provide the first beverage and snacks.
  • Registration: Register here by Wednesday, Aug. 21.
  • Contact: Howard Sholl at delawarehokies@gmail.com.
  • Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Buffalo Wild Wings, 1638 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
  • Details: Whether you are new to the area or just looking to get more involved with Virginia Tech, this is the event for you. You’ll meet members of the local chapter, learn about the city, and more. Appetizers and your first drink will be provided. See you there!
  • Registration: Register here by Wednesday, Aug. 21.
  • Contact: Addison Pock at apock89@vt.edu.
  • Date: Friday, Aug. 23
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: Southampton Outfitters, 12583 Cedar View Road, Drewryville, VA 23844
  • Details: Come help us welcome new Hokies to the area! Join us for food, drinks, and a social to meet local Hokies. The event will be held at Southampton Outfitters and is free to attend.
  • Registration: Register here by Wednesday, Aug. 21.
  • Contact: Matthew Lynch at greensvillesouthamptonhokies@gmail.com.
  • Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Ashe's Beer Garden, 4524 Old Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
  • Details: Come join us to get some insiders' tips on navigating Knoxville, our second favorite college town. Snacks will be provided.
  • Registration: Register here by Monday, Aug. 19.
  • Contact: Fred Gibson at gibsofc@gmail.com
  • Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: The Flower Shop, 107 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002
  • Details: Come on out to this year's Welcome to the City Happy Hour at The Flower Shop. Connect with members of your alumni chapter, meet members of the young alumni committee, welcome the newest class to the greatest alumni family, and learn all about the upcoming events in your city!
  • Price: Registration is $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event. Your registration includes one drink ticket, appetizers, and a $5 gift to the Manhattan Hokies student scholarship fund.
  • Registration: Register here.
  • Additional information: Class of 2024, we are excited to welcome you to the Manhattan Hokies alumni community and are happy to share that this event is FREE for our most recent grads. Registration is still required. Note: class years will be verified.
  • Contact: Mariah Raskin at mariah9@vt.edu.
  • Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Winston-Salem Wine Market, 1175 Creekshire Way, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
  • Details: Join us in welcoming new grads and new N.C. Triad Hokies to the area! We've worked with Winston-Salem Wine Market for several years, enjoying their wide selection of wine and beer. Appetizers and Hokie swag will be provided.
  • Registration: Register here by Monday, Aug. 19.
  • Contact: Sam Ashby at sam.e.ashby2@gmail.com.  
  • Date: Saturday, Aug. 24
  • Time: Noon-5 p.m.
  • Location: Home of Amy and Rob Schieper (address given at time of registration)
  • Details: Our annual party down at the lake is a big event for our chapter and a great way to celebrate the upcoming football season and recent Hokie scholarships that our chapter has given out. Amy and Rob Schieper and Robin Atkins have always been gracious hosts for this event. This will be a potluck and B.Y.O.B. (No glass bottles). Rob, Amy, and Robin will provide meats/veggies, tortillas, and chips for tacos/nachos.
  • Registration: Register here by Monday, Aug. 19.
  • Contact: Tyler Sites at tsites@vt.edu.
  • Date: Saturday, Aug. 30
  • Time: Noon-4 p.m.
  • Location: The Wicked Wolf, 1214 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • Details: Our Philadelphia Welcome to the City event will be held in conjunction with the first football game of the season. Come cheer on the Hokies and meet local alums. We’ll have a section reserved at The Wicked Wolf sports bar. Pay as you go food and drinks are available. The location is close to the Jefferson Station train station. There is street parking and lots close to the venue.
  • Registration: Check back for registration!
  • Contact: Heidi Starkey at heiddmeister@aol.com.
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: Shorty's Pins and Pints, 353 N. Shore Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
  • Details: Please join the Pittsburgh Chapter at Shorty’s Pins and Pints to welcome new Hokies to the area! 
  • Registration: Register here by Friday, Aug. 16.
  • Contact: Hannah Samlall at pghhokies@gmail.com.
  • Time: 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: The Diamond, 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220
  • Details: Join the Richmond Hokies for a night celebrating the arrival of new Hokies, family, friends, and fans.
  • Price: Registration is $22 and includes a field level ticket, $10 in Acorn dollars to be used at concessions, and a $5 gift to the Richmond Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund.
  • Registration: Register here by Monday, Aug. 12.
  • Contact: Jenn Quam-Howell at jquam@vt.edu.
  • Check back soon for more information.
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Location: Brickhouse Cafe and Bar, 426 Brannan St., San Francisco, CA 94107
  • Details: Join the San Francisco Bay Hokies for our Welcome to the City event! We look forward to seeing you at Brickhouse Cafe and Bar. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the bar.
  • Registration: Register here by Wednesday, Aug. 14.
  • Contact: Daria Victorov at dvictorov323@gmail.com.
  • Time:  5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: King Leroy (located in the Denny Triangle), 2051 7th Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
  • Details: Join your fellow Hokies for Welcome to the City, a happy hour dedicated to celebrating the arrival of new Hokies. Whether you are a recent grad or just new to the Emerald City, this event is for you!
  • Price: $15 and includes appetizers, two drink tickets, and a $5 gift to the Seattle Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund.
  • Registration: Register here by Friday, Aug. 9.
  • Contact: Jenn Quam-Howell at jquam@vt.edu.
  • Social:  Follow along on the Seattle Hokies Facebook page!
  • Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Botanical Lounge (The Sage Room on Level 2), 419 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27603
  • Details: Come on out to this year's Welcome to the City Happy Hour at Botanical Lounge’s The Sage Room. Connect with members of your alumni chapter, meet members of the young alumni committee, welcome the newest class to the greatest alumni family, and learn all about the upcoming events in the Research Triangle!
  • Price: Registration is $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event. Your registration includes one drink ticket, appetizers, and a $5 gift to the Triangle Hokies student scholarship fund.
  • Registration: Register here
  • Additional information: Class of 2024, we are excited to welcome you to the Triangle Hokies alumni community and are happy to share that this event is FREE for our most recent grads. Registration is still required. Note: class years will be verified.
  • Contact: Sam Whitney at samwhitney@vt.edu.
  • Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Rockwell Brewery Riverside, 8411 Broadband Drive, Suite K, Frederick, MD 21701
  • Details: Join us at Rockwell Brewery Riverside for our Welcome to the City event! The venue is family friendly and there should be a food truck on site.
  • Registration: Register here by Thursday, Aug. 8.
  • Contact: Jennifer Griesbach at jenleigh@vt.edu.
  • Date:  Thursday, Aug. 15
  • Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Frothy Moon Brewhouse, 1826 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185
  • Details: Join us at the Frothy Moon Brewhouse to help us welcome new Hokies to the Williamsburg alumni family! Whether you are new to the area or not, the Welcome to the City event is a great place to connect with fellow Hokies, learn about upcoming events, and pick up some Hokie swag. A hole-in-one putt-putt competition and a raffle of Virginia Tech items will be part of the fun to help support our student scholarship fund.
  • Registration: Register here by Monday, Aug. 12.
  • Contact: Laura Viancour at wbghokies@gmail.com.

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