Hoarse voices, high energy and incredible memories are lingering on campus— remnants of our first Community Weekend. Saturday night was filled with the beloved Blair tradition of Soccerfest. This year, the girls’ varsity squad battled local high school Kittatinny under the lights on our home turf. Face paint, cheering and spirit were plentiful as fans rushed the field and piled onto the bleachers for the big game. A halftime penalty kick contest with the Blair Buccaneer as goalie brought laughter and free T-shirts to participants and spectators alike, followed by continuous chants and cheers led by members of the Senior Class Council.
On Sunday, students gathered in dorm and day-student groups by Blair Lake for Kon-Tiki boat races, huddling as they hurried to craft a serviceable boat out of cardboard and duct tape in one hour. While Insley Hall, day students and the faculty kids rowed fastest across the lake, the Annie Hall boat lasted the longest, turning back to remain afloat and cheer on the second heat. The Kon-Tiki races were followed by Super Sunday, where the much-anticipated soap slide saw students flying down one end of the Bowl while hot pretzels, corn dogs, ice cream and a dunk tank featuring Mr. Curran gathered crowds in the other. In between, lawn games and the traditional egg toss kept students busy and laughing. The weekend ended with the delicious smell of a cookout wafting over campus as students and faculty, relaxed and hungry, settled at tables for a community-wide picnic down in the Bowl. As lines of students drifted back to the dorms for study hall, the air was filled with the camaraderie and friendships that were strengthened over a memorable first weekend at Blair.