For weeks there have been whispers about changes that will be occurring to this year’s Christmas banquet. Questions like “Can I buy my dress?” and “Will it be off-campus?” have been raised in casual conversations throughout campus. While the answers to these questions may shock students, Micah Brewer, head of the Student Government Association’s Special Events committee, is excited to announce that this year’s winter special event – The Winter Wonderland Weekend – is sure to not disappoint!
The Winter Wonderland Weekend seeks to bring a new experience for the students of Toccoa Falls College, while bringing back traditions of the past! The student body will still have the same experiences that have had at previous Christmas banquets. Students will again have the opportunity to dress up, dance, enjoy time with their friends, take pictures, eat a meal, etc. The purpose of this change, is not to take any experience away. On the contrary, it seeks to add a new depth to a beloved special event! The goal of this special event is to focus on the superior qualities of TFC, and to encourage the student body to enjoy the best that TFC has to offer!
Brewer explains that, “The Point of the Special Events committee is to offer special events during the most stressful part of the semester. It is to build community, reconnect with friends, and enjoy the final moments of free time given to them.” The purpose of the Winter Wonderland Weekend is to offer more experiences for more people to enjoy. A more traditional Christmas banquet with more traditional things to do. Brewer states that
“The scales are tipped towards a better event. The Special Events committee will have more resources, which equates to a more creative experience. More effort will be taken to make this weekend the best it can be, but effort is nothing to be afraid of. The purpose of the change is to emphasize how great TFC actually is. I fully believe that this place can be changed into a Winter Wonderland.”
Here is a tentative schedule of the Winter Wonderland Weekend…
Thursday, December 4th.: A candlelight dinner will be the formal event of weekend. Beginning at 5p.m. a formal dinner will be served in the dining hall. At 7p.m. Aaron Shust will be performing a free Christmas Concert in Grace Chapel.
Friday, December 5th.: Coffee By the Pound will be hosting live Christmas music. Games will be set-up within the Student Center for the enjoyment of the student body. Keep reading to find out how you can get a free drink for this night!
Saturday, December 6th.: A Christmas Fair begins at 5:30p.m. at the center of campus. The fair will feature: firepits on the field; roasting of chestnuts and marshmallows; fresh popcorn and hot chocolate. Dancing will still occur with a dance-floor being a focal point.There will also be a tacky Christmas sweater contest; a gingerbread house contest; Christmas cookie decoration; games; and more! The night will culminate with the annual Christmas tree lighting at 8:00p.m.! Staff and faculty will be encouraged to attend and enjoy the festivities alongside students.
Questions you may have…
Who will be catering the candlelight dinner?
Chartwells will be catering the dinner. Chartwells offers three level of catering services. The Toccoa Falls Dining Services uses the first level currently. Those who attend dinner on Thursday will experience the second level of catering. A menu given typical Christmas meal
Will there be assigned seating at the candlelight dinner?
No, there will not be assigned seating.
Concerning the candlelight dinner, what is the assumed dress code?
Those attending dinner in the dining hall on Thursday, December 4th. will be encouraged to dress formally. This is a special event and so formal dress is expected.
What does that mean for the Junior and Senior banquet?
The annual Junior and Senior banquet will continue to be it’s own event. Nothing is planned to change concerning this event; furthermore, it will continue to be an off-campus banquet.
How will dinner be served on Thursday night?
Dinner is free for all; however, you are encouraged to reserve a ticket ahead of time. If you do not have a ticket, then you must scan you card to enter the dining hall. By reserving a ticket, your meal will not count towards your meal plan, and you get a certificate for a FREE BEVERAGE of your choice from Coffee By The Pound at Friday night’s festivities! To reserve your ticket please message firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and MSC number, and it will be delivered to you through inter-campus mail.
The Aaron Shust concert free, but it is ticketed. If you plan on going to this concert, indicate in your email, and your ticket will be provided to you upon your admission to dinner. If you do not want to attend the concert, you are not obligated to do so.
For more information about reserving a ticket for the Aaron Shust concert email email@example.com