This week is Fall Spirit Week at Fontbonne, and the theme is Helium Havoc! This means that everything is balloon-related in some way, shape or form. For example, there are balloons all around campus, they are playing the movie “Up” in the meadow on Friday, and this weekend, there is the Great Forest Park Balloon Race going on at Forest Park. Along with those there are also so many other fun events going on such as: Neon Volleyball tournament, Wild Country Wednesday, a night at the Cardinal’s game, and Dueling Pianos.
I went to Dueling Pianos on Monday night and it was such a blast! Two pianos were set up on stage facing each other, and there was one man playing/singing at each one. They would play songs (new ones and throwbacks) and just feed off of each other! The audience could requests songs for them to play as well, and people were up there dancing and singing along! It was by far my favorite event at Fontbonne so far!
I have heard great things about the Dueling Pianos event from other students. I had never been to any event like this kind, but I had the night free to attend. DSAC had an inviting feeling, the lights were off except a few on the stage, chairs and tables faced the stage, and of course there was food. There were two pianos on the stage with microphones. There were maybe twenty to thirty students there, so it was a good size and they seemed to be excited for the performance. I sat with my friends and was in for a treat.
Anyone could request any song, if the pianists knew it then they played. There were rules, sing along or clap, and have fun. They played a lot of Disney and popular songs of today. I requested “Twist & Shout” by The Beatles, one of my favorite bands. They did play it and everyone sung at the chorus. There were songs that I heard of and hadn’t heard before. There was great crowd participation which made it a blast. I enjoyed going to this event, I am glad that Fontbonne hosted this event.
April in general tends to be an eventful month, so here are some snapshots from recent events:
Dueling Pianos, an Event Sponsored by FAB (Fontbonne Activities Board) for Spirit Week
People in the Fontbonne Community gathered for Fontbonne Day (a day that we have off of school so that Students, Faculty, and Staff can go out into the community and do service projects). Fontbonne Day is one of my favorite things about Fontbonne.
This is my Fontbonne Day service group at the Shalom House!
For more information about the Shalom House: http://www.shalomhousestl.org/
A picture from the Mr. Fontbonne Contest. The contestants are getting ready to perform an opening dance number.
Even though he didn't win Mr. Fontbonne, I was proud of my boyfriend Shea for winning the title Mr. Congeniality!
NSSLHA (National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association) had a Field Day on Campus!
One of the many photos taken at the Spring Dance.
Peace, Love, and April!!!!
This past week was full of events, because it was spirit week. Every semester, Fontbonne has a spirit week the week of the dance (which is on Saturdays). So, every day last week was leading up to the big, main event. It was very busy, but also a lot of fun and definitely worth losing a little sleep over.
The week started pretty relaxed on Monday with a casual dance party in the DSAC. Songs that have well-known dances were played (i.e. YMCA and hokey pokey). Tuesday night, Fontbonne had a section reserved at the Cardinals baseball game. The weather was beautiful that night and we won! Wednesday night, a dueling piano performance was in the DSAC. I had never been to anything like this before. I had a fabulous time. Two musicians played piano and sang songs by student requests. They were extremely talented and played off one another very well.
Thursday night, the movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower was shown in the DSAC. It was supposed to be projected outside in the meadow, but it was too wet. It’s still always nice though to watch a movie and snack on popcorn. Friday was Fontbonne Day, which is a day where classes are canceled. Because of this, students are encouraged to do volunteer work around the community. Numerous and a wide variety of sites were available to choose from. I helped out at a homeless shelter. Friday night was the talent competition in which Mr. Fontbonne was crowned. Finally, Saturday night was the spring dance. The name for this one was “Welcome to the Hamptons.” This was a preppy themed formal.
Spirit week is always full of exciting events, and I look forward to more in the future!