Monday, June 25, 2012

CIA Stars & Stripes Weekend

Well folks, only a week or so, and the 4th of July Festivities will be upon us!

This past weekend, CIA students enjoyed a small taste of the 4th, just a tad earlier than the rest of us. Stars & Stripes weekend is one of the annual events that happens here at the Culinary, and it is greatly anticipated by students, faculty, and residents of the Hyde Park and Poughkeepsie areas.

I was very excited about Stars & Stripes, since it was my first time at this summer event. Usually, I am off campus for the summertime, so I was thrilled to finally take part in the festivities.

Saturday night...

...played host to a dance and fireworks display. The dance was held on Anton Plaza, the beautiful outdoor area located right outside the main doors of Roth Hall, CIA's primary educational building.

Dancers and firework-gazers donned their red, white, and blue finest, as well as some colorful glowsticks, and any other 4th-inspired decorations they could find. Children danced together to the music, and everyone ooed and ahhd at the fantastic fireworks display.

Sunday afternoon...

...from 12-4pm, was the Block Party and BBQ, located on the lawn right against the Hudson River, and next to our Student Recreation Center. Here, CIA clubs could show their stuff, and many hosted booths serving food or offering games.

Side by Side

Rosenthal Hall Gives Out 
Frozen Ice Pops From Their 
"Ice Cream Truck" Stand 


Each residence hall hosted a booth, along with KACIA (the Korean society), BCS (Black Culinarian Society), Slow Food, Student Government, SPICE (Student programming), Gourmet Society, Culinary Notes (music), Brew Club, and many more.

Blow-Up Obstacle Course

The Lodges Had a Make-Your-Own Frozen Banana Stand. YUM!

Students participated in a pinata contest, a hot dog eating contest, raced each other in a huge inflatable obstacle course, made some tie dye t-shirts, got some custom engraved dog tags, and played classic carnival games for prizes. Food included Korean Barbecue, traditional Southern-style Barbecue, hot dogs, root beer floats, ice pops, local salads, frozen bananas, cotten candy, and so much more!

Pie Your RA Stand, 
To Benefit The Troops

I Got To Pie Our Newest Blogger, Giulianna!

Overall, Stars & Stripes weekend was a huge success! The CIA does themed weekends like this during every season, and the next one is in late summer/ early fall, for Welcome Back Week. It goes to show that there is always something going on on campus, and there are always fun and FREE things to enjoy!

Stay hungry and curious,

Blayre :)

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