By Sabrina Carroll
Elm Staff Writer
Families of students poured into campus last weekend, Sept. 19 to 21, for the annual Fall Family Weekend. A variety of clubs and departments organized events to create a fun-filled weekend and welcome current students’ families to Washington College.
From the Phi Delta Theta Crab Feast, to the Dance Concert, to the highly anticipated Waterfront Festival, students utilized the weekend to introduce their families to campus life. Many students hadn’t seen their families since leaving home for the fall semester at the end of August.
Here’s a look back on a few of the events from Fall Family Weekend.
The Waterfront Festival: From noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, the Center for Environment and Society held the eighth annual Waterfront Festival. The event celebrates WC’s location on the Chester River and takes advantage of the college’s surroundings with the cardboard boat regatta among other activities.
Students and families had the option to stop at the various tables or food stands. They could also go kayaking or take a tour on the Callinectes, WC’s research boat.
At 3 p.m., the boats made completely out of cardboard, with a little help from duct tape and paint, raced each other. The first prize winner was Chessie Racing, a boat designed and captained by Brian Palmer, director of Digital Media Services. In second and third was the boat captained by Chesapeake Semester and Residential Life, respectively.
According to the CES website, “Whether you sink or make it to the finish line, you’re going to have a blast.”
Freshman Nick Couto participated in the Cardboard Boat Regatta this year through his Global Perspectives Seminar (GRW) course. “Three different groups of students made Viking style ships as a class assignment. I am hoping mine resembled one like those of the Vikings,” he said.
Kathy Thornton, program and intern coordinator for the Center for Environment and Society, helped organize this year’s Festival. Although the Festival offers a variety of activities, “The most excitement tends to be the cardboard boat race where you can either partake or watch your friends compete for the ultimate cardboard boat glory,” she said.
Phi Delta Theta Crab Feast: After the Waterfront Festival, families and students headed over to the Truslow Boathouse at the waterfront for a Maryland-style dinner with all-you-can-eat crabs. All proceeds of the Crab Feast, hosted by the fraternity Phi Delta Theta, go to research for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Senior and member of Phi Delta Theta Jack Christ said, “This is a time where friends and family spend a day by the water, eat crabs, and have a good time. That being coupled with ALS research made it what it was.”
Alpha Omicron Pi Carnival: The carnival, sponsored by AOII, took place Sunday, Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Traditional carnival games and activities including a bounce house and a dunk tank were set up. This event, like the Crab Feast, also had a philanthropic message and purpose. All proceeds from the carnival went to the Arthritis Foundation.