Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 1/28/14
A group of children ice skate on the ice rink set up for Winterfest.

ABOVE: For Saturday's Winterfest, the patio next to the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex tranformed into a skating rink.


College Community Celebrates At Snowy Winterfest

It seems only fitting that on the College’s inaugural Winterfest event Jan. 25, snow blanketed the Lehigh Valley area much of the afternoon. While the conditions might have slowed local traffic, the flurries only heightened the event’s atmosphere, organizers say. (Check out our must-see photo gallery!)

“In my estimation, Winterfest was a resounding success,” said Jon Conrad, chief human resource officer. “Though the snow may have unfortunately kept some faculty and staff away, it certainly enhanced the ambiance of the event.”

The free, family-friendly event for Moravian College and Seminary students, faculty and staff hosted a multitude of fun activities, including the transformation of the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex’s patio include a skating rink. Inside the HUB, attendees had the opportunity to relax with a movie, "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2," refuel themselves with food and goodies in the Marketplace and Pavilion, and showcase their artist talents with activities hosted by the College’s Art Department.

The art projects included Winterfest selfies (led by Kirsli Spinks), shadow puppets (Kristin Baxter), make your own valentines (Jan Ciganick) and a wave mural (Matthew Shelley). The Art Department posted photographs from its Winterfest activities on its Facebook page.

There was even lunch tray sledding down the hill behind the HUB. If you search the College’s Facebook page, you can even find photographic proof of President Bryon Grisgby ’90 and Conrad hitting the slope with a tray.

A father and son tray down the slope together. Drs. Black and Tabor smile together while looking at a table of desserts.

ABOVE: Apparently sledding on a lunch tray down the slope behind the HUB is appropriate for children of all ages!

ABOVE: English Professors John Black (left) and Nicole Tabor take a look at the impressive dessert table in the Pavilion.

“It really felt like the College community came together against the beautiful backdrop of the falling snow to have some fun,” explained Ann Claussen, director of the HUB and event management. “It was so good to see so many of our families in the HUB having such a wonderful time – and the “traying” on the Quad was so great!”

Conrad called it agenuine pleasure” to meet faculty and staff family members and witness the interaction with students. “Great food and activities underscored the event,” he added. “It certainly seems that a good time was had by all.”

Based on the success of this inaugural event, Conrad expected Winterfest to return in the future. If you are interested in joining the planning for next year’s event, contact Conrad or Nicole Loyd, vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Moravian.

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