Thursday, July 3, 2014

Stars and Stripes 2014

By Ronnie Genee, Director for Residence Life
Every year The Culinary Institute of America holds its annual Stars and Stripes Weekend. This year we kicked off on Friday, June 27 with a movie in the new Marriot Pavilion. We showed Captain America: Winter Soldier and then sipped root beer floats outside on Heinz Plaza. (Appropriate, now that sassafras and other beverage-themed plants are growing on the plaza.)

It was a great start, but there was a lot more in store for Saturday and Sunday!

On Saturday, we treated the Hudson Valley to an amazing fireworks display that lasted over 20 minutes. Not to end the excitement early, we continued the evening with a DJ and dance on Anton Plaza from 10 PM – 1 AM. But what’s a CIA event without food? We served brownie sundaes on the plaza at midnight.

Just in case students didn’t have enough celebration, we also held our annual Stars and Stripes Block Party on Sunday from 12 -4 PM on our soccer field. With several clubs, organizations, and residence halls participating creating their own booths. We had field games, tie dye shirts by SPICE, eating contests, Stars and Stripes sunglasses, food tastings, and refreshments. Wait…there was more…we even brought to campus a stunt jump, water obstacle, sign making shop, and funnel cakes. We are also very grateful to have had the support of Smokehouse 220 for their generous support. They helped bring an amazing BBQ to the block party grilled by the RA staff of Hudson Hall.

Over the entire weekend, more than 600 students came to the various events. Everyone was excited to be with each other and celebrate an early Independence Day. And none of it would have been possible without the support of Student Activities, Recreation and Athletics, Residence Life, SPICE, and the leadership of the Stars and Stripes committee:  Elizabeth Zmarlicki – Student Activities Coordinator
Meka Harris – Resident Director of Rosenthal Hall
Ronnie Genee – Residence Director of Hudson Hall.

As always we look forward to next year’s Stars and Stripes and hope to see you there next time!

Check out our facebook photo album from Stars & Strips 2013.

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