You could be a suspect..

The guests of an engagement party mysteriously begin to disappear and are later found dead – the only explanation is that the person responsible must be a guest themselves. How many people will die before the murderer is discovered?

This Friday, at 8:30 p.m., the drama club will be hosting a Murder Mystery night. The event will be held in the gym for all students who want to attend. Tickets can be bought in advance for $3 and for $5 at the door.

The theme of the night is an engagement party in the 1940’s for two of the characters. All guests will be served a spaghetti dinner, while they work to solve the mystery.

This is an interactive event where anyone who attends is considered a suspect, said T.C. Jones, who will be playing the role of Assistant Chief Detective Sam McDoody for the night. So in other words, come ready to participate in the suspense.

Jones said that in addition to solving the mystery he is looking forward to successfully pulling off a Scottish accent while playing his role.

The funds collected from this event will help support the drama club, so gather your detective gear or dress the part of a guest at a 1940’s dinner party. This will be a night you won’t want to miss.

Toccoa Celebrating Fall

As college students in the small town of Toccoa, GA, we are always looking for something fun to do on the weekend. More specifically, we want something that won’t burn a hole in our wallets. Each November, the city of Toccoa hosts a Harvest Festival to bring everyone together to enjoy the fall festivities.

This weekend, Toccoa will have their 34th annual Harvest Festival on Main Street in downtown Toccoa. On Saturday, activities will be taking place from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on Sunday, from 12 noon until 4 p.m. Each year this event brings in thousands of families from all over North Georgia to share in the fun that fall brings.

Entry into the Harvest Festival is free and open to people of all ages. There will be food for sale by local vendors as well as a selection of international food. Toccoans will also have booths set up selling a number of unique homemade trinkets to show off their talents and maybe even provide some people with an early Christmas gift. For those interested in artwork, the Currahee Artist Guild will have an art exhibit on display with several pieces for sale.

If you get a little ancy just looking at the booths, other activities will be taking place all day. These include horse and buggy rides, a petting zoo, pony rides and puppet shows, along with non-stop musical entertainment.

For students with out cars…have no worries. There will be a shuttle going from the college to downtown Toccoa bringing anyone in need of a ride. Whether it be that you have no vehicle or just don’t want to worry about finding a parking spot amidst the crowd.

Come prepared to eat, shop and celebrate fall with others in the community.

Campus Celebrates Fall

The fall festivities have begun, and this weekend, one of the most anticipated events will finally be here.

This Saturday from 5 p.m. until 12 a.m. the annual Hayride/Fall Festival will be held at Camp Toccoa, right down the road from school. All students are invited to this event.

The night will begin with a Hayride that will pick students up at designated locations around campus. At the end of the ride, students will be dropped off in front of the Student Center by 8 p.m. At this time, there will be vans shuttling students to -and-fro Camp Toccoa for the rest of the festivities. You must ride a shuttle over to the camp; there will be no on-sight parking.

“My favorite part about the Fall Festival is the pumpkin carving competition,” said Social Life Director for SGA Stephen Henriques. But on top of that, there will be a corn-hole tournament, face painting, pumpkin painting and a best costume award. All students are encouraged to come dressed in their most unique costumes, not only those who have been tagged for tag week. Last year’s winner, Willis Norman, won the competition; he was dressed as a tree with Christmas lights, and proceeded to plug himself into a wall to light up.

Free food will also be present, which is always a plus. Hot-dogs, burgers and pumpkin pie will be provided all night, along with hot apple cider. But, if that isn’t enough to get you interested, there will also be ingredients for making s’mores over the camp fire.

Henriques said that the Fall Festival is always a good kick-off event to the fall season, where students can get a break from classes and enjoy the fellowship of their peers. Not to mention, “Hayrides are fun!” he added.

Students Ready for a Break

“No school!” replied senior Jessica Beadles, when asked what she was most looking forward to about Fall Break.

It may only be two extra days off, but that is two less days that students have to go to classes and they are not complaining.

With only a brief break, some students don’t get the privilege of going home, because home is more than just a few hours away. There are, however, some lucky students who do.

Beadles’ home is in Milledgeville, GA, only a few hours drive from the school. She plans on going home to spend time with her family over the break and enjoy sleeping in.

“I’m ready just to get off campus for a while,” Beadles added.

Others have a little father to travel, but are making it well worth the distance. Senior Vannessa O’Steen found a cheap plane ticket to fly her home to Orlando, Florida for a few days. On top of seeing her family and hometown friends, O’Steen will be spending one of her days off at Sea World’s new water park “Aquatica.”

“I’m also excited for Florida weather again,” she said.

Some student athletes like Dustin Howell, don’t have much of a choice where they go this weekend. He said the soccer team will travel to Tennessee twice over the break; however, after his recent injury to his ankle, Howell said he is just looking forward to being able to play with the team again.

Regardless of where the weekend will take them, all students are anxious for Fall Break in one way or another. Having no classes seem reason enough for most.

Alumni vs. TFC Basketball team: Who will win?

“It’s the main attraction of the homecoming weekend,” said Chris Grover, 2010 TFC graduate, when referring to the Alumni vs. student basketball game.

This Friday at 6:30 p.m. the TFC men’s basketball team will take on the TFC Alumni team for the anxiously awaited for homecoming game.

“It is usually one of the most highly attended games of the year,” Grover said.

As a recent TFC graduate, this will be the first year that Grover switches over from the student side to join the alumni. Regardless of which team he plays on, Grover said “there is nothing like playing in front of a rowdy crowd.” Not to mention, the alumni team is usually more favored by the fans at this game than the students are, he adds.

The alumni team may be the crowd favorite, but they don’t always come out on top. In fact, Grover said that in all the years he played for TFC, the students have always won. However, he hopes for a close enough game where the fans have to pick sides. “That always makes it intense and fun to be a part of,” Grover said. Last year the students won by just a few points.

Although Grover was once a star player on the team, he said that since graduation, playing basketball has been hard to keep up with it. But occasionally he will shoot around at the gym, at church or even play a few games at UGA’s athletic center. So how will Chris play out at this weekend’s game?

“I have faith in myself,” he said. “That I’ll go in there and make a few three pointers.”

Although Grover misses playing basketball, it’s more than just the game that he misses.

“It’s the relational aspect of it – hanging out with the team on road trips, in the dorms and just building relationships with those guys…I miss those times with my teammates the most,” Grover said.

The homecoming game is a big event for the entire school. Grover sees it as a “reunion of some sort.” Former TFC students will get a chance to catch up with old friends and meet new students to share in the excitement of homecoming weekend.

Grover said he’s “looking forward to seeing everyone and hopefully sneaking out of there with a victory!”

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