Castleton State College held its annual Spring Weekend celebration on April 17 and 18, hosting a variety of activities for people of all ages.The event kicked off Friday evening in Huden dining hall with a dinner theater Murder Mystery, featuring various local actors and actresses dressed as “alumni.”
One character, who wore a large helmet, bizarre glasses, and pants up way too high, walked around table to table telling students “how good it was to see them.”
The musical-comedy performer Jenn Hyjack followed this excitement.
On Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., students, faculty and community members lined the Shape gym for an afternoon filled with free food and various venders.
Each station contained its own element, including rice necklaces, caramel apples, funnel cake and hot dogs, a photo booth, and even spin art Frisbee making — and it was all free for students.
“It has great food and I got to make a Frisbee, which I have always wanted to do,” said freshman Kelly Tetreault.
The event was made possible by Student Association/Student Activities, and led by Director of Student Activities Melissa Paradee and Student Association Secretary Jazmin Averbuck.
Paradee and Averbuck coordinated spring weekend with Party Vision, who supplied all the food and activities for the weekend.
“It was awesome!” said sophomore Samuel Morse, who spent the afternoon in the “gladiator joust,” which was one of two inflatable activities available. The inflated cage allowed two people, each on a platform, to joust to see who could stay up the longest.
The gym also contained a bungee run, which challenged opponents to run while attached to a bungee cord to see who could get the furthest.
“I have been here for four years,” said Dave, an employee of Party Vision. “We go from college to college, and other corporate events, and provide them with all the entertainment you see here today.”
“It’s great because you are doing something different all the time. And I really enjoy coming to Castleton; I’ve never had a problem with this school,” he said.
Spring weekend was capped off with casino night, held in the multi-purpose room in Castleton. The event was no buy-in and top finisher, senior Adam Desautel, won a GPS system.
“There were three tables with about five people at each one, and then some spectators,” said freshman Steve Jurnak who attended the tournament and festival.
“It was fun, pretty laid back, nobody was too serious,” Jurnak said. “All in all, it was a really good weekend.