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Rain spoils spring celebrations

Festive activities draw smaller crowd to college than expected

Festive activities draw smaller crowd to college than expected

April 27, 2003|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

Mother Nature put a damper on Earth Day and Spring Fling celebrations at Wilson College in Chambersburg on Saturday.

Some activities, including a dog show and tours of the Fulton Farm were canceled due to rain. A few environmental booths and exhibits geared toward children stayed open.

The celebrations, which had been held as separate events in past years, were combined for the first time Saturday.

Ed Wells, chairman of Environmental Studies at Wilson College, said he hoped the combined event would reach a wider audience.

"Because of the weather, we're not getting a good turnout," Wells said.

Wells was manning a booth in which people of all ages colored paper butterflies and learned what type of plants the insects are attracted to.

Other booths sponsored by various college clubs offered a free chair massage, finger painting and a ring toss to win goldfish.

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A few feet from Wells' booth, Environmental Club members Sarah Kaye and Noelle Potter, both freshman, were selling items including ganzania and calendula - both flowers - and tomato plants. Potter said the club was selling the plants to promote healthy vegetation.

Loud cheers erupted when a group of faculty members ap-peared on the front lawn wearing headbands, bandanas and "do-rags" to perform a dance routine for a small group of onlookers.

Senior Justine Perkins said crowd members paid $2 each to watch the professors dance. As the faculty members started their routine, some in the crowd laughed and whistled at the dancers.

"It's just a really fun day for us," said Perkins, who will graduate this year. "It's kind of depressing that it rained on my last one, but I'm OK with it."

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