2016 Homecoming FestivalHonoring Peace Corps Volunteers "Past and Present" in Yap
Please join Residents and Visitors coming together at this annual event in a fun social atmosphere. Food, drinks, pastries and handicrafts will be on sale. Homecoming happens every year on the 3rd Saturday of June.
June 16th – 18th, 2016
Homecoming Celebration 2016 will be honoring 50 years of Peace Corps in Yap as well as the island's unique culture.
Pre-festival activities are being planned for Thursday June 16 as well as a night market with entertainment on Friday at the Living History Museum.
The festivities will culminate on Saturday, June 18th, with other activities including a program highlighting former volunteers, exhibits, photographs and performances from various cultural communities.
Schedule of Events – Download the Homecoming Final Schedule
Wednesday, June 15th: 6:30 PM O’Keefe’s Kanteen Deck PCV FAR Atoll Fishing Stories by Dr. Pat O’Brien.
(Dr. Pat O’Brien was PCV on Faraulep Atoll in 1974. He is a marine anthropologist and con‐ tinues to work frequently in the outer islands.)
Thursday, June 16th: Free time
Friday June 17: 5:00 PM Yap Living History Museum: ‐ Night Market
6:00 PM Wrestling Demonstrations –Yap Sports Council
8:00 PM Men’s standing dance from Rumung Municipality
Saturday, June 18: 8:00 – 11:00 (Beach Volley Ball tournament at Pine Club) Living History Museum 11:00 AM
Opening Dance (Bamboo dance from Dugor, Weloy Municipality)
Presentation of Colors (Yap Public Safety)
National Anthem ( Alvin Rubothin & Jacob Falan)
Invocation (Pastor Ruda)
Recognitions and remarks (Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Tim Ruda)
Traditional Sailing Canoe ( excursions will be on‐going )
Stone Money Ceremony
Welcome by Governor of Yap State
Remarks: Robert Reid Country Director/FSM & Palau
Introduction of the Women’s dance from Gagil Municipality (Laurel Taylor, PCV Tamil) Women sing dance from Gagil Municipality
1:30 PM Keynote Address: The 1st Peace Corps in Yap in Sept. 1966. Mr. Tom Holladay
Remarks from visiting Palau Guests (Optional)
Tradional Canoe Presentation (HPO)
2:30 PM Bamboo dance from Gilman
Wrestling Demonstration –Yap Sport Council
Traditional Canoe excursions continue
4:30 PM Closing Dance (Bamboo Dance from Ngolog, Rull Municipality) Retirement of Colors
6th Homecoming Fesval Event Sponsored by:
Yap Visitors Bureau
Yap Living History Museum
Yap Chamber of Commerce
Peace Corps Micronesia