Campus celebrates Fall Fest

By Katie Clark
October 13, 2006

Shane Evans

Fall Fest and Homecoming weekend swarmed with families, friends, faculty, alumni and students who participated in the string of activities that Cabrini hosted Oct. 6-8.

On Saturday, Oct. 7, one of the main events that took place was the dedication of the Edith Robb Dixon Field. Approximately 65 students, athletes, faculty, families and alumni gathered around the field for the ceremony. The field had many improvements, including a new wooden walkway with benches, a bigger set of bleachers, new turf and a professional, new scoreboard.

Also on Saturday, in the parking lot of the Dixon Center, there were stations set up with face painting, balloon sculpting, picture pins, a cartoonist and a food and coffee stand. Many families with children stopped by to participate in these activities.

Inside the Dixon Center, there was a speech being given by Dr. Jim Hedtke, professor of the history and political science department, about his Civil War book. There was also a women’s volleyball game in the gym. The Cavs played against Rosemont College to a crowd of 75 people. The final score was Cabrini 30 and Rosemont 12.

“It was a great game; we played hard and came out on top,” Amanda Murphy, volleyball player and a senior business administration major, said.

Right after the game, the Kensington Mummers performed.

“I am so excited to see the mummers perform. I haven’t had a chance to see them since I was little in the Philly parades,” Joan Kenney, mother of a sophomore student, said.

Twenty-two mummers appeared in their decorated costumes. They danced and picked students and their families out to do the mummers strut.

In addition, dance performances by the African and Russian Dance Troupes and a Family Feud Game Show drew in members of the community.

More events followed later into the evening, including the ride on the Spirit of Philadelphia cruise ship. Families had the chance to visit Penns Landing and other attractions.

Back at school others attended the murder mystery dinner held in the mansion. There were two different mysteries, one for dinner and another for dessert and coffee. Families joined in, being detectives to figure out the murder mystery.

On Sunday morning, families gathered for Mass at 11 a.m. in the Bruckmann Chapel of St. Joseph. After Mass was over, brunch was served to all in the cafeteria. Later in the afternoon, a kite festival took place on the upper field. Eighty-five people showed up on a 72 degree afternoon to fly kites. Cabrini supplied free kites for all. There were also refreshments, paints and markers for personalizing the kites. When the wind wasn’t picking up enough, many children kept busy with the moon bounce that was set up in the corner of the field.

“It was such a beautiful day to be outside with the family, flying kites and catching up,” Katie Romano, the sister of a sophomore student, said.

Following the kite festival a soccer clinic was hosted on the Edith Robb Dixon Field.

Fall Fest ’06 attracted more than 350 people. Families, friends, faculty, alumni and students had a chance to catch up with each other at Cabrini’s homecoming weekend.

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