80s Dance

One of the most anticipated events of the fall at Bates is the 80s dance– an excuse for students to dress in their best throw back outrageous attire and generally get really silly on the dance floor. I am a huge fan of 80s cover bands, and believe that I went out with a bang with my last 80s dance: I stayed singing and dancing in the front row until the very end of their set, and was such a devoted fan that the band felt obligated to give me a set list afterwards. Ace!

Here is a photo of me taken by dean Keith Tannenbaum while I sing my heart out. It’s a great moment! (i’m in the bottom right with the colorful squares on my shirt). Rock on.

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Clambake!

Last weekend was my final fall Clambake with the Bates Outing Club! This event is tried and true– every September, the BOC gets lobsters, clams, burgers and other barbeque fare all set up on Popham beach for Bates students to come and spend a beautiful Saturday beachside with their friends.

Because of my involvement with the BOC, the past three years I have been on set-up crew: I volunteer to get up at the crack of dawn and load up the trucks with food, drive out to the site and generally prep things. This involves a lot of heavy lifting (…of ketchup bottles and cookies) but it is always a lot of fun to bond with the BOCers. We had amazing weather this year, which is lucky because last year’s clambake was a cold and drizzly event.

Here is a few of the set up crew as we prepare to dig pits in the sand to cook the lobsters!

While contemplating how to cut up watermelon for two hundred people with, unfortunately, nothing but a swiss army knife, our brainstorming took us in a rather artistic direction and thus, mr Potatomelonhead was born.

Clambake is a great tradition that brings Bates kids off campus to get one last beach day in before the wonders of fall unfold. I’ll certainly miss this next year!! Lucky for me, the BOC holds two clambakes a year– there’s another one in short term!