Sadie Comes A-Calling

YEEHAW! The Sadie Hawkins Hoedown was a huge success with its fun dancing, exciting atmosphere, and beautiful decorations. Energy swept through the Hoedown and made it impossible to resist dancing to the exhilarating beat of the music. The laughter and fellowship gave way to a memorable Friday night and allowed all to relax after a busy week of school.

The soft candlelight that gently ascended down the outside staircases provided an attractive entrance that drew people into the thrilling atmosphere. The music and dancing harnessed a character of simplicity and elegance that gave a relaxing vibe to the room. Proudly sporting their flannel shirts and cowboy boots, students danced their hearts away to the rhythm of the music. Furthermore, the couples dancing style allowed people to meet others as each would spin and swing their partners to the next dancer.

As beaming smiles and ceaseless dance engulfed the night, this Toccoa Falls College event revealed a family established in the center of the dance floor. There was an inviting light that illuminated the area and the smell of a campfire breezed through the people. When asked what one thought of the dance when they first walked in, Lauryne Hill said, “It was not what I was expecting, it was beautiful.”

Mason jars and lights gave a country feel to the tables on one side of the large space. Around the room were colorful streamers that twirled above. The sparkling lights that smoothly hung from the ceiling gave the room a cozy glow. Hay bales, games, food, and dancing made the Hoedown a fresh and exciting start for the spring semester. The Sadie Hawkins Hoedown was a fantastic, creative event possessing a warm community and generous feel.

The patient dance instructors were very helpful as they carefully provided step-by-step instructions to make everyone feel involved. Let the word “patient” be greatly emphasized as these instructors endured the lack of formal dance skills from the students. Step-by-step, students would follow the dance instructors to the best of their ability. Brooke Colston said, “My favorite dance was the Too Tee Ta,” a dance that provided clear instructions and lots of laughter when everyone had to stick out their tongues, close their eyes and sing, “A Too Tee, Ta” repeatedly. Everyone had a great laugh towards those who stumbled. “Triple step, triple step, shimmy and slide” were all terms that were very hard to follow with the fast rhythm of the music. Nevertheless, everyone was able to laugh at each other when they looked ridiculous on the dance floor. Once students accomplished a part of the dance, each would shout, “Yeehaw!”, “Hallelujah!”, and “Yes!” This made learning the dances even more entertaining and filled with amusement. The very essence of community was demonstrated at the event. It was special because students were able to build relationships and surround themselves with loving people.

The Hoedown was filled to the rim with spectacular features of fun dancing and entertaining people. As the dance ended, people seemed unable to shake off their dancing mood no matter how exhausted they were. The dancing continued with cowboy boots skipping and dancing all the way back to campus and into the city. Events like the Sadie Hawkins Hoedown are important to our community because it provides a way for people to meet others and impact each other’s lives. Hanging out and having a good time at events like these, initiates friendships that last a lifetime. The Sadie Hawkins Hoedown truly exemplifies what Toccoa Falls models, creating a community that values relationships and shares the gospel with others.

 

 

*featured image provided by Bailey Crosby*

Fant Open Dorm: Blackout!

On Saturday, March 9th Fant held it’s annual Open Dorm event. The theme was “Blackout!: Everything must glow.” And everything did indeed glow. Black lights and glow-in-the-dark bands were abundant in the lobby and epic dance music was playing all night long. Many students, from freshmen to seniors, were present and dancing to the beat. Chicken fingers, gummy bears, and chips were offered to eat with fruit slushies or water to drink. There were a few group dances that many people participated in such as the Electric Shuffle, and a human train was even started. The energy throughout the lobby was incredible, and it was evident that everyone else could feel it as they danced and had a great time with friends.

Downstairs in the basement was an area for those who wanted to take a break from dancing. And there were plenty of options to choose from. A wall with paint-filled balloons was setup for anyone who wanted to try their hand at some impromptu art. On the dessert table, which is probably the main reason people went down there, brownies, cookies, cakes, and Jell-O were available. Next to this table was a Wii with Wipeout: Winter Edition ready to play. Several students tried their hand at the game and had a few giggles as they tried to guide their character through the crazy obstacle course.

Now the purpose of an Open Dorm is to give the students, who normally wouldn’t be allowed to, a chance to see the rooms. So naturally, if someone didn’t want to dance, or eat, or play with paint, they could go upstairs and see their friend’s room. A group of about twelve people did just this and played a rollicking game of Telephone-Pictionary. By the end of the night, they were on the floor laughing at the crazy scenarios their friends had come up with. Even though the guys had to leave at 11:00, they continued the fun at Forrest Lobby because they just didn’t want to stop.

The Fant Open Dorm was one of the most fun-filled nights on campus this semester. The girls did a great job with all the planning an decorations. If you enjoyed it, let them know: I am sure they will appreciate it.