ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — On a recent rainy Friday, members of the communities in and around St. Bonaventure University were treated to a bevy of events inside the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The activities were part of the Sixth Annual Cutco Family Day. Sponsored by the Cutco Foundation, this year’s event took on a new twist: The activities this year revolved around a circus theme.

During the three-hour event families walked around the art galleries, played games and participated in arts and crafts. Everything except the performance at 7:30 p.m. was free of charge.

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“It brings families to the museum and the art center who normally don’t get the chance or don’t come to the museum,” said Quick Center Director Ludwig Brunner.

All of the activities were staffed by St. Bonaventure students, and Brunner noted that he hoped to bridge a stronger connection between the university and the community.

Student Andrea Kelly said at the beginning of the event that she had helped out the year before. “I hope that I can bring out a smile to some of the kids again tonight,” she added

St. Bonaventure senior Azure Anderson said, “It was nice to do something to help out the community to have a family night out. I am an education major, and it is nice to not only see some of my students but to see their families as well.”

The evening was capped off by the Cirque Mechanics of Las Vegas performance in the center’s Rigas Family Theater. Acts included trampolinists, unicyclists and aerialists and a BMX bike rider who performed extreme stunts.