BART HARVEY ’16
Beginning on Friday April, 25, a long list of Spring Weekend events began to take place, starting with the Spring Weekend Carnival which occurred on the Long Walk Quad and lasted the majority of the afternoon.
“There was a great turnout to the Carnival as students flocked to the quad to socialize and begin their Spring Weekend festivities. We were able to get our wristbands for the concert the next day and the Carnival also featured free fried foods such as corndogs, funnel cakes and fried oreos,” said Michael Lofreze ’16.
Another student, William Harrison ’16, said it was probably one of the highlights of his weekend, “It was the perfect day to be outside relaxing on the Quad. There was a great student presence and the activities and free food made it that much more enjoyable.”
In addition to the fried food being made available, there was also cotton candy, candy art, snow cones and a non-alcoholic Tiki Bar. The activities included a moonbounce, inflatable obstacle course, sumo wrestling, dunk tank, water slide and human foosball. Students were also able to collect novelties such as a caricature, photo can coozie, sand art and wax hands.
In addition, students were able to purchase a Spring Weekend t-shirt or purchase a Spring Weekend towel, which helped support the Senior Class’ fundraising efforts.
The quad began to empty around 4pm as some students traveled to the Entrepreneurship Competition in the Washington Room to support their peers and others decided to take a break from the festivities.
That night featured a number of events that provided some variety in the evening. The Fred hosted a cookout and concert at 8:00 p.m. that featured Action Item and Trinity’s The Boulevard.
“I was very impressed with the turnout! People seemed to genuinely enjoy themselves. Performing with the Boulevard was an amazing experience! I love to sing and feel the energy of the audience. Action Item killed it as well! I was so happy we got them for the concert. They are some of my close friends and a talented group. Their set was really entertaining,” said Malcolm Moon ’15, one of the coordinators for the concert.
Alpha Delta Phi hosted a concert along with Trinity College Barnyard Entertainment in their conjoining parking lot with St. Anthony Hall, which began at 9:00 p.m. and featured the musical acts of Pierce Fulton and Dave Edwards.
“The concert was great. There was great attendance and the performances from Pierce Fulton and Dave Edwards were both fantastic. It started to rain in the middle of the concert, but it only seemed to make the crowd go crazier,” said Madeleine Melly ’16.
The Vernon Social Programming Board also held a “Vegas Night” in the Social Center which began at 9:00 p.m. Food was catered by Goldberg’s and there was an electronic bingo game with prizes from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. There was also a magician and Hypnotist show at 11:00 p.m.
The headlining event of the weekend was the Spring Weekend Concert which featured Dirty South. The event had originally been scheduled to take place on the LSC Quad, but due to weather conditions on Saturday, the concert was moved inside to the Koeppel Sports Center. Doors opened to the concert beginning at 2:00 p.m. Students were required to show their IDs in order to receive their wristbands, which they could get at designated times on Friday and Saturday. Each student was allowed two guests.
At 5:00 p.m., Mather Hall opened for dinner and no meal was needed as Chartwells provided all the food for free.
The Mill also held a concert later that evening. “We were so thrilled with our turnout, despite the rain and location change. West End Blend, a 14-peice, local Hartford band drew a huge crowd, and the Freelance Whales, with alumni Chuck Criss ’07, were amazing. It was fun to see so many people come support live music on campus,” said Rae Rossetti ’15, one of the coordinators of the event.
The Vernon Social Programming Board hosted “Food & Fun at Vernon Social!” beginning at 9:00 p.m. Similar to the previous night, all the food was catered by Goldbergs. Students were able to create wire art, spin art trucker hats, personalized street signs or take home some memories in the photo booth.
“All in all, the weekend was a lot of fun. The activities were perfectly spaced out and despite the bad weather on Saturday, the concerts both days were a blast,” said Paul Clemente ’16.
The weekend must have been a success as there was limited activity around campus on Sunday. However, the timing of Spring Weekend was not the most convenient, as students need to prepare for finals coming up in a week.