What a weekend

May 7th, 2006 by MrLuxuryFashionGuru

Pictures below! 

This was a pretty packed weekend, during which I spent almost every waking hour outside my room running around in tails, a tux or a suit and tie.  And of course it was blazingly beautiful (and quite hot).  Various pictures from the weekend are posted below, and of course all these and many more photos are on my flickr page here.

On Friday I had my last seminar meeting, but after giving my presentation I had to leave for the Dins’ first Arts First performance.  Arts First is a truly remarkable weekend where the whole of Harvard becomes an enormous Arts Festival showcasing the full range of artistic activity on campus.  Everything is free and open to the public and the event draws thousands of people from the local community and involves most of the student body.  Although we’ve always performed at Arts First, I’d never really felt the immensity and energy of the event till this year.  Everywhere I went, signs of artistic endeavor were just pouring out of every usable space on campus in back-to-back events stretching over three days.  Installation art, sculpture, pottery, chamber ensembles, jazz bands, rock bands, Celtic bands, a cappella groups, dancesport, ballroom dance, ballet, Filipino bamboo dance, a four-hour performance of Handel’s Messiah…  it’s pretty overwhelming.

Friday was of course also the night I got elected to the Crimson.  Then afterwards Ryan, Ray and I polished off a bottle of wine before we headed over to the Kong for some sustenance, on the way meeting friends streaming back from the big Dudley Co-op party.  As expected, the Kong was jammed full of Holden people fresh from their Messiah afterparty in the Quad.

The next morning was a bit of a challenge, energy-wise, starting with impulsively going to Starbucks with Caitlin before my 11.30am Dins call.  We sang at the big Arts First picnic, where we were introduced by Jon Lithgow ’67 (yes, that Jon Lithgow) who helped to create Arts First a long time back and performed a song dedicated to our outgoing President Summers.

After that I stayed and chatted with Emma and her friends at the picnic before heading over with them to the dance festival at Lowell lecture hall, where I finally got to see Tomas doing his ballroom thing and Kate doing her dancesport thing (wow!).  We had two more Dins performances that day, one on Sanders Theater and one in Connecticut.  The out-of-state gig took all afternoon and much of the evening to travel there and back.  Also of note: I’ve never seen so much pollen in my life as when we sang our CT gig.  The pollen coming off the trees was so over-abundant that it looked a little foggy and there was stuff blowing into our hair and onto our clothes the whole time.  I became sniffly quite quickly and now it seems to have triggered off a a very sinus-y blocked nose that I hope does not develop into some kind of cold.

Then came the Quincy formal!!  I love the Q-Ball, and it was a bit of a pity that the Dins gig kept me off campus till nearly 9pm, so that we only went to dinner (Andrew, Caitlin and I) at about 9.45pm.  Which didn’t make much of a difference in the end because noone actually went to the formal till about 11.30pm anyway.  I had a great time, to say the least.  I’ve always loved dancing, and Caitlin and I amused ourselves more than sufficiently.  We finished up in my room with unbelievably yummy pina coladas made from scratch (Jenn, John and Ryan had bought coconut, pineapple etc.).

And now I’m awake and thinking about the history group project due tomorrow which I haven’t really worked on yet.  *gulp*

Goodbye weekend, hello whiplash.

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