Where else can you expect to experience Dungeons and Dragons, skateboarding, swing dancing, yoga, poetry, karate, chemical sensitivity, boxing and drum’n’bass a capella, all in the same tastefully renovated barn? Of course I’m talking about the annual collective mingling ritual known as the Stuff to Do Fair. By all accounts, yesterday’s fair was the biggest turnout of students and awesome, available “stuff” in recent memory, I mean a veritable mosh pit of “to do” potential. There were so many tables that it was hard to weave around them without a little “contact improv,” and if you didn’t know what that was there was a club for that there too.
Perhaps most exciting were the opportunities for students to get involved in aspects of the wider community, get off their ivory farmhouse, so to speak, and interact with people who have no idea who Marcel Proust or is. Jodi Clark ’95, director of housing, was there signing people up for this weekend’s United Way Day of Caring, and Michelle Holzapfel ’73 was looking for help with Marlboro Cares, a volunteer organization providing assistance to local residents. Once he explained that Big Brothers/Big Sisters had nothing to do with George Orwell’s 1984, Program Director Rob Szpila got a nice list of students interested in helping out. In-Sight Photography Project and River Gallery School was looking for students interested youth programs in the arts, and the Marlboro Magpie Affinity Group was drumming up support to close down Vermont Yankee. There was something for everyone, and the only problem was narrowing down the choices. If you ask me, the farm committee had an unfair advantage, luring in unsuspecting future weed-pullers with summery-smelling cucumber-basil-tomato nibbles.