After an unusually warm September, the temperature has dropped here in Burlington and it finally feels like fall. The change in weather and activities hosted here on campus make it easy to get into the fall mood. Here are a few key elements that make autumn in Vermont special.
My friend Bizzy made this hipster jack-o-lantern at an RA event.
Ever since I was a kid I have always looked forward to carving pumpkins each October. From basic three-tooth faces to fancy movie themed jack-o-lanterns ,the possibilities are endless when it comes to carving. On weekend nights the RA’s on campus host different events. Last weekend the RA’s of the townhouses organized pumpkin carving in the International Commons (the future location of the Drama Club’s Haunted House). I am waiting for the right moment to buy a pumpkin so that it will last until Halloween. Pictures of this to come soon!
You can buy pumpkin shmear from Einstein Bagels.
While we are on the topic, I think it is important to appreciate how everything is pumpkin flavored in the fall. First you have pumpkin seeds from the pumpkin you just carved. Then there’s pumpkin bread, pumpkin doughnuts, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin bagel spread from Einstein’s, and of course the infamous pumpkin spiced latte. Plus let’s not forget pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. Both the dining hall in Alliot and Einstein Bagels in the student center fully support the pumpkin craze and because of that, I support them.
While they are not for everyone, I personally love horror movies. This time of year gets me in the perfect mood to sit in a dark room in front of the tv for a good scare. I enjoy watching classics such as Psycho and returning to favorites like Scream. What’s even better is when you watch them with friends. One of my favorite memories from my first year at St. Mike’s is watching Insidious inside a crowded single room in Joyce Hall with a bunch of my floor mates. We are now forever freaked out by the musical stylings of Tiny Tim but have been bonded for life. This year my friends and I are coming together in our townhouses to watch American Horror Story and other horror shows and films. For the easily spooked who are still looking to get into the spirit of Halloween, I recommend the Disney Channel movies Halloween Town, Phantom of the Megaplex, and Don’t Look Under the Bed.
My closet’s flannel game is strong.
Vermont is flannel. Flannel is Vermont. In fact, I think it is required to purchase a flannel shirt upon entering the state. It’s no secret that Vermont is cold for the majority of the year and warm clothing is essential. Students at St. Mike’s break out the flannel as early as possible and quite frankly, they rock it.
Halloween Themed Theatre
Dracula. Photo by Len Radin.
In two weeks there will be a performance of Dracula in the McCarthy Arts Center’s Trap Door Theatre. This production is directed by my friend Jill Hollland and the lights are being designed by my roommate Dee-Jai Cowles as a part of their senior seminar project for their Theatre major. I will be playing the role of Jonathan Harker, the first man from London to come in contact with Dracula. The play is very exciting and it has been a lot of fun preparing for opening night. Come see the show on Oct. 25th at 7 pm and midnight or on Oct. 26th at 7 pm.
The St. Mike’s Drama Club puts on a number of performances this time of year. On Halloween night, there will be a Haunted House inside the International Commons. The event is free and a great place to come for a fright. This year’s theme is “Asylum” and while you can expect to see nurses and doctors, who knows what else is in store.
Playing in Leaves
Do it. You won’t be disappointed.