Sunsplash craft fair brightens up Union
There couldn't be a more appropriate time for the arrival
of the 6th Annual Sunsplash in Smith Union. Despite the spring-like weather
these last few days has given us, ut forget the tropical connotations
of "Sunsplash"-the name comes from Bowdoin's visual virtue,
the sun. Sunsplash is a one-day, commercial-like celebration of the end
There is an exotic touch to this day not present in its
title. From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Maine-based vendors will be sharing
their homemade goods in the Union. From Tammy Norton's pottery to De Austin
handmade soap and lotions, students, local families, faculty, and administrators
will gather to celebrate the coming holiday season as they exhale, recovering
from their last moments of class.
The Splash will feature a variety of events including sign-ups
for a massage (Res-Life), Kenyan Art (Roy Marangu), T-shirts and pins
to benefit Habitat for Humanity, Japanese dyed silk scarves, psychic readings
from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (you may want to get tips for a coming final),
and children's storytelling with a real polar bear. In addition, the game
room will offer free pool and ping pong.
You may also bring your own homemade cookies for a cookie
contest. Judges will make their decisions based on taste, balance, and
roundness. Also, profits from a bake sale will go to the Salvation Army.
There will be lottery drawings to win a bike or $100, knitted goods, quilts,
floral crafts, cookies, sheep skin clothing, ornaments, stained glass
made by Karen Cheetam from the Bursar's Office, and jewelry made by Coach
Slovensky's wife, Dugan.
If you come to the Union to check your mail or to grab a
candy bar, chances are you'll find children screaming, "I looooove
Bowdooooooooooooooin!" You may also find the temptation to try a
chain on or buy a wool hat. There may also be a whole booth on different
types of American flags, including a new line of underwear (you're not
allowed to try those on). And don't forget to check out some "clay
play," which will be held in Lamarche Lounge.
Come to buy crafts from local makers, or to listen to children's stories, or to teach your friend how pool is really played, or even to get your best friend a present. From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Union will be full of activity and sales; more than any other time in the year. As Elaine Eschholz, receptionist at Farley and the Union says, "It's a happy time."