Sweet Shout-out

I just now got around to reading my summer edition of Bates Magazine, and there was an article about the arts initiative that went on around campus last semester! While it doesn’t focus on the Art-In and Art-Commons, two things that I was involved with, there is a picture from the Art-In! Check out the article here!

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So close!

While I haven’t begun packing yet, as I’ve still got around two weeks until I go back to school, many of my friends are engrossed in the process already! AESOP leaders return to school this Sunday, to train and then take out freshmen on their orientation trips. Many of my friends will be leading AESOP trips and hearing them getting ready to go back to bates is like torture! i’m super jealous.

Since my work has been over for about two weeks now, I don’t have much to do. I’m just… really ready to go back to school. Sophomore year has promise to be an amazing year… I’m really excited for the classes I’m taking, because this is the year I decide my major. I’ve tried to take upper level courses this semester to try and zero in on one of three majors I’m considering- English, Anthropology, and Psychology. The book lists are already available for all the classes and I’m just… SO EXCITED TO GO BACK! Maine in the fall is the best, and I can’t wait until September 4th comes and I get to move in !

Summer’s Decline

So work ended last week, and what a great time I had. It was such a great community, with great kids, great staff and awesome facilities. I’m really pleased with the fact that I was able to work with my brother, as well as the relationships formed with specific children. It just further proves that I definitely want to do Bates Buddies again this semester, the program where once a week, Bates students volunteer to play during recess with third graders at Longley Elementary school in Lewiston. I had a few moments this summer where I realized that some kids really needed me, or at least someone, to be there for them. I have a feeling that going back to Longley with this new, better understanding will make it a better experience for all involved.

So now, without my 8h30-4h30 job each day, I barely have any downtime. My family is going to Chicago for the weekend on vacation, and even then, there are only a few weeks until school starts. Three of my high school friends are already leaving for school in the coming week, off to lead orientation programs. I can’t believe how quickly this summer past by. It’s been great so far, like, amazing, actually. I hope that it continues at this pace until school starts again!

Fantastic Folk

This past Saturday I was lucky enough to attend the Newport Folk Festival– this year titled “Folk Festival 50” commemorating the terrifically long run festival has been lucky enough to have so far. The line up looked awesome, three weeks ago, when I bought my ticket. My main draws were Ben Kweller (who I’d already seen, this past October break), Fleet Foxes (an especially Bates band for me), and of course, the Decemberists (who I had also already seen, but almost five years ago). Those weeks went past in a flash and all of the sudden it was August, and I was waking up at 7h30 on a Saturday to drive to Rhode Island!

It was an utterly wonderful day. We got into the actual festival grounds at around 11, after driving and traffic and parking and walking etc etc. There were tents set up, selling jewelry and clothes and bags and henna tattoos, all sorts of fun stuff. The festival itself was at Fort Adams National Park, and there were three stages set up. We settled down in a spot for the main stage just in time for Billy Bragg, not someone I’d really known about, but definitely someone who put on a great show. Unfortunately, we had to dash to another stage before he ended his set, in order to see BEN KWELLER. He played a lot of his newer stuff, and did the entire set without a piano, which was an interesting spin on what I’d seen before. It was around here that I ran into my first Batesie of the day, one of three friends I saw during the concerts.

The hot, hot sun was shining hard all day long, and the early afternoon was full of performers that neither my friend or I had heard of really, but we decided to listen anyways. The Avett brothers were fantastic, and I wish we had caught more of their set. They were followed by Gillian Welch, who, by some miracle, had run into traveling troubles and required a police escort from the Newport Police all the way from Logan Airport in Boston! She was awesome, however, this was the hour when I was in a sun-coma, lying down and constantly reapplying sunblock, drifting in and out of consciousness. Next, though, we were reinvigorated by Del’s frozen lemonade (a RI specialty that I hadn’t had since the summer I spent in Providence) and FLEET FOXES! They will always be a very Bates band for me because one Saturday in March, some friends had gone out to Portland, and I just remember how totally wonderful it was to get off campus that day. On our drive back, it was just dusk, and the cold was creeping in, and as the packed car drove up 95 back to school, we listened to the Fleet Foxes CD. I just remember that day with the context of the song “white winter hymnal” because we all sang it like a sing along until the sun went totally down.

Last but definitely not least, we saw the Decemberists. They were so great I can’t even really describe. They played old stuff, new stuff, were funny, performed a skit about when Dylan went electric (a scandalizing and famous Newport folk festival moment of the past), and wore flannel. All these things are very good.

By the end of the day, I had a killer sunburn, had spent ten hours on a blanket in the sun, listened to amazing live music, ran into at least 10 people I knew, and checked off a box for my first folk festival on my list of things to do in life. All in all, great day!