Fun Events in the Connecticut Area

Fun Events in the Connecticut Area

THE BIG E

The Big E is the largest fair in New England. Trinity allows you to buy tickets at their front desk and you could always come and enjoy several fun food items such as Fried Oreos or even Fried Kool-Aid if that is your thing. When you are done eating, why not head over and go pet some goats? The Big E provides fun for all people and you can always bond with fellow bantams that attend the event.

Riverside Dragon Boat Race

This yearly event is held during the summer right on the Connecticut River. When you attend, you get to enjoy cheering the Dragon Boats race each other. The event also contains dance routines and an opportunity to learn about Asian cultures. If you get thirsty, pick up some refreshing Bubble tea. This event is a fun opportunity to learn about some of the oldest cultures in the world.

ConnectiCon

Interested in comics? Are you a complete anime nerd? Why not attend ConnectiCon? This even is held every year in the Connecticut Convention Center in Downtown Hartford. Many workshops are offered regarding the art of comics. You can meet your favorite comic book artists and writers. Sometimes special guests from your favorite nerdy TV shows attend. While you attend, you can always pick up extra comics, or Magic the Gathering Cards. If you are nerd, you will love attending this place where you can meet fellow geeks.

Fruit Picking

As another New England State, Connecticut offers great vineyards and other farms where you can go and pick up apples during the fall. Also, if you are doing research during the summer, then you can attend any of these farms to be able to pick up other fruit such as blueberries and strawberries. These events work well to bond with fellow students, and you get to enjoy delicious healthy fruit afterward.

The Haunted Graveyard

During Halloween time, amusement Park Lake Compounce offers one of the biggest scary attractions in New England. One side of the park is completely turned into a graveyard full of zombies, vampires, and other ghouls. Buy a couple of tickets and come ready to take one of the scariest tours. When done being terrified by the Graveyard, you can be thrilled on the many roller coasters and rides offered at the park. Riding them at night provides for a fun experience.

Wine Trail (21+)

Connecticut has great vineyards. After all, the state flag features grapes. So if you are of the legal drinking age, then you will be able to taste many different types and flavors of wine from grapes grown here in Connecticut. Even if you are not 21, learning about the cultivation and wine tasting is fun, so going on the Connecticut Wine trail is always a great experience.

Hartford Jazz Festival

Are you a fan of Glenn Miller and Miles Davies? Well the city of Hartford is happy to host an international jazz festival every year. Come and enjoy great music that ranges from Latin Jazz to classic Jazz. Food from around the world is also available at this event. Finally, you can purchase cool artisan items such as a woven beanie or a dream catcher at one of the many vendors found on the site.

Greek Life Alternatives at Trinity College

Greek Life Alternatives at Trinity College

Trinity College offers a great variety of Greek Life Organizations if you are interested in pursuing a fraternity or sorority. However, what about people who do not think Greek life is for them? Well, Trinity hosts other great organizations that can provide an alternative for anyone who might not be as interested in receiving a bid. Therefore, here are some alternative on-campus organizations that provide a great social experience outside of Greek Life.

The Mill

The Mill is the on-campus arts organization. They are responsible for hosting many events that range from open mics to art galleries. Many great artists have visited the Mill through this organization. Some of the great bands and artists that have come to the Mill include Ripe, Duckworth, Twin Peaks, and Savoir Adore. The Mill is located at 79 Vernon Street, and their facilities include an art gallery, an art studio, a music venue, a bar for students who are of drinking age, and a working recording studio. This organization provides a great social experience where it is possible to meet friends. No rushing is required to join the organization and there are minimal dues involved.

La Voz Latina

La Voz Latina, or LVL for short, is the Latino/Hispanic Organization on campus. They provide a variety of events for people interested in partaking in events that range from enjoying a delicious ethnic dinner, to a hosting a panel about culture in Latin America. The best part is that to join this organization, you do not even have to know any Spanish. LVL is hosted at la Elacra on 69 Vernon Street. The organization also hosts Latin Dance parties and their big event of the year is Salsarengue, a night of maximum fun and salsa. Again this provides a great social alternative to Greek Life.

Hillel 

Hillel House is the Jewish organization on campus. If you are interested in learning about Israel and Jewish Culture, this is the place for you. Hillel is involved in the Challah for Hunger program in which Challah bread is sold and the money earned donated towards great causes. One does not have to be Jewish or convert to Judaism in order to join the organization, therefore it is opened to anyone interested. Everyone is welcome to Shabbat Services and they provide for a great time to learn and enjoy food while also learning about Jewish culture.

The Underground

The Underground is one of the best places to hang out on campus! As a coffee shop located in the Mather Basement, the place is always great to go to and hang out and drink some Lattes, Mochas, or a simple Iced Coffee. The Underground also hosts many open mics in which students are able to go on stage and sing. Student art is displayed on the walls of the coffee shop. Finally, movie nights are held. Therefore, if you come for the coffee, it is easy to stay and do homework. Most of the time you will end up meeting someone down here.

CONNPirg

This organization is oriented towards people who are interested in politics and government. CONNpirg meets to talk about the environment and current policies that could be changed. They also drive a great “Get Out to VOTE” campaign during elections. Their meetings are very social and provide an opportunity to meet like-minded people interested in changing the world in a positive manner.

Welcome Back, A Cappella

Welcome Back, A Cappella

Given the size of Trinity’s campus (2,350 students), the a cappella community is extremely prevalent. In total, there are 5 groups on campus. The Accidentals, better known as the Dents, are the only all-male group. They were founded in 1993, and have performed at some cool events, including the 1996 presidential debates. The Pipes are the oldest group on campus. They originated as an all-male group in 1938 in the library of St. Anthony’s Hall, and became co-ed in 1970. They also perform ‘Neath the Elms, Trinity’s school song, at the end of graduation every year. The Trinitones are the oldest all-female group on campus. Founded in 1978, they have performed at some impressive gigs, including annually singing at the governor’s Christmas party. Famous alumna Racheal Platten was also a Trinitone! Last year they recorded an album, which is now available on Spotify and iTunes. They also sing the National Anthem at the beginning of the football games in the fall, and during the opening ceremony at graduation.

The Quirks are the other all-female group on campus. They were founded in 2004 as part of a senior project and were once featured on NBC Connecticut. The last group on campus is the Dischords. Created in 2005, the Dischords pride themselves on having a ‘Grand Ol’ time’ and making music and memories together.

All the a cappella groups on campus have auditions twice a year at the beginning of each semester. When students come back on campus, usually the second or third Friday of the semester, all the groups hold a joint concert in Hamlin Hall called the “Welcome Back” concert. Each group chooses two songs to sing (some groups sing traditional songs, others choose new music). Then in an order that changes every year, the groups sing their songs one by one. It is an incredibly helpful concert because new students who want to audition for groups get to hear all of them sing in one place at one time.

Additionally, all the groups hold auditions directly after the concert. Each year, the new president or music director steps out and announces where each group will be holding auditions. Traditionally, the Trinitones hold auditions in Hamlin Hall, right where the concert took place, the Quirks are in the Alumni Lounge (which is right next to the Washington Room), the Dents are in the chapel, the pipes are in Terrace C, and the Dischords are in the Faculty Lounge right next to Hamlin Hall. Auditions go until pretty late, and all the groups stay around a little bit later than their last audition to make sure everyone has a chance to audition for as many groups as they want. After the audition process, the groups decide who they want to hear again and they call the auditionees on Friday night (around midnight) to invite them to callbacks.

Callbacks take place on Saturday, from about 9am until about 4pm. Each group has callbacks in a different place, but they are staggered so that the auditionees can attend as many as they were invited to. Usually, the Quirks hold their callbacks early at 9am, Pipes are at 11am, Dischords are at 1pm and Trinitones are at 3pm. The Dents sometimes do their callbacks in the evening, or they can do them when one of the all-female groups is holding them since their pool of potential new members does not overlap. When I was a freshman, the callbacks took the entire 2 hours they were allotted, which can make it a very busy day for the students who are auditioning.

Although it is a tough process and can feel stressful because it occurs in one weekend, it is beyond worth it. My group is truly a second family, and I love the girls like sisters. It is such a good form of stress relief and such a great (and sometimes extremely necessary) break from the fast-paced nature of Trinity. It is amazing to be able to make music with people you love and to have people you can always count on.

My Summer Before Junior Year

My Summer Before Junior Year

College students are notorious for being balancing acts: school, friends, family, work, downtime, and extracurricular activities. While college summers offer a little more flexibility to the tracks that students often see placed in front of them, a lot of pressure can be placed on how college students spend their time off. I have many friends that spent the summer going into their junior year working 40 hours a week at an internship, or making great amounts of cash babysitting in luxury homes, or some other type of hustle and bustle job in their hometown, or simply relaxing with family. I wanted to push myself to do something a little bit different, and this past summer, I worked on a guest ranch in Frank Church Wilderness of Idaho.

I visited the Diamond D Ranch first in 2008 as a guest with twenty-one of my paternal family members. The remote location and exquisite beauty were unlike any other place I’d been. The Diamond D is an all-inclusive ranch that offers a wide range of activities from hiking, to horseback riding, to guided fly-fishing, and more. After being there for a week as a guest, I knew I wanted to return when I was older as an employee.

I’m proud to say I made that goal happen this past summer. I moved to Idaho for just under three months and spent my summer in the mountains without cell phone service. I had many different responsibilities on the ranch, which always kept me very busy. I worked primarily with three other girls my age in the kitchen: prepping meals, setting tables, serving the food and cleaning dishes. We also cleaned the guests’ rooms and cabins, along with other daily chores like cleaning the pool and managing the upkeep of the lodge building. We led guest activities like arts and crafts, gold panning, and kickball games as well. This job was absolutely the hardest thing I have ever challenged myself to do, and it was extremely rewarding.