So many things to talk about this week!
Friday, lunchtime, Bald Spot. Empty Bowls is an annual fundraiser for the Northfield Area Food Shelf. Basically, ceramics students make a whole bunch of beautiful clay bowls, make a bunch of soup, and set up camp on the Bald Spot. Students, faculty, and Northfield residents get a bowl (for a suggested donation of $10-$15), fill it with soup (I had possibly the best chicken soup I've ever had - besides mom's of course) and have a lovely picnic out in the sun. The turnout for this event was huge and the school raised over $6,000 in an hour. In addition, Bon Appetit made an option for donating your Friday lunch meal to the Food Shelf, raising even more money!
The student folk band Porch Collective came out and played, making for an excellent lunch.
Oh, Rotblatt. In short, Rotblatt is the world's longest IM game. Inexplicably named after Marv Rotblatt, it is played once each spring and an inning of softball is played for each year of Carleton's existence (think: Carleton was founded in 1866 - that's 144 innings!). There are only two rules to the game: it must not be taken too seriously and participants must have a beverage of choice in hand at all times. The game lasts from sunrise until dusk, but if you want a Rotblatt shirt you must get in line way before dawn. A few friends and I slept out in the Arb the night before and got to the field at approximately 4:20am but still weren't early enough - unfortunately, I didn't get a shirt. Oh well. We were there with enough time to wait in line for approximately an hour before the sun came up and see the fireworks that someone set off in celebration of Rotblatt Saturday!
Last weekend was also Ultimate Frisbee's Alumni Weekend. I unfortunately didn't get to spend much time at Rotblatt, but that's okay because I was instead playing frisbee and hanging out with awesome alumni from four teams - CUT, GoP, Syzygy and Eclipse. Each team scrimmaged against their alumni on Saturday (and current Syzygy lost... uh oh), and then in the afternoon Syzygy and our alums BBQ'd and had an auction with CUT and their alums. The festivities continued with a visit to the VFW bar in town later.
I can't even begin to describe how much fun it was to meet all the legendary alums and finally be able to put faces to the names I hear getting thrown around all the time - "Nicky Blume!" "Jess Schuler!" "Jill!" "Becca!" "Julia!"
Nicky Bloom skies some current Syz player:
Elise throws around Jess:
Merritt d's an alum whose name I've sadly forgotten :
Nick (a CUT player) befriends one of the auction item:
Every Sunday since the beginning of fall term I've gone to meet with my adoptive "grandparent" as part of Adopt-a-Grandparent Club. Students in the club go for an hour each week to Three Links Care Center in Northfield to meet with a resident and just talk or hang out or whatever. I visit with David, a retired kitchen worker at Burton Dining Hall on campus. David's great - he loves to talk about sports and politics (he's very opinionated and quite active in Minnesota politics, fighting for nursing homes and nursing home workers), loves the Carletonian newspaper and is always eager to hear about my time at Carleton. This past weekend we had a pizza lunch with the residents of the home as a sort of end-of-the-year celebration.
Meg with her "grandmother":
That's it for now, I'm off to frolic in the sun!