September 29, 2010
On Saturday, Sept. 25, the Rollins College campus was flooded with the overwhelming scent of smoky barbecue. The delicious smell had a Pied Piper-like effect on students all over campus, luring them to the Cornell Campus Center where they were greeted with free Four Rivers Smokehouse, just one of the perks of the second annual All Campus Events Fall Festival.
The Festival featured local vendors, live music and free food from restaurants such as House of Kabob, Tolla's, Taste Good Cookies, Hot Olives and many more. Entertainment was provided by Rollins students Jake Maas (Class of 2014) and Brett Miller (Class of 2014), along with two local bands, Soulgrass Revolution and Innercoastal, which serenaded the fortunate Campus Center diners with unique and soulful music while they enjoyed their meals and mingled among the local vendors.
The event was hosted by ACE, a student-led group dedicated to coordinating entertainment and activities for students throughout the academic year. ACE typically hosts one or two events per week, and has previously brought live comedy acts and performers such as OneRepublic, Fabolous and Shwayze to Rollins.
"The purpose of ACE is to create an outlet for entertainment on campus and bring a diverse range of groups together to have a good time,” said Director of ACE Katie Jones (Class of 2011). “The goal of the Fall Festival was to involve members of the Winter Park community in order to make stronger connections between them and ourselves. The more we support them, the more they can support us and the more we can work together to better our community.”
This is the second year that Rollins hosted a Fall Festival, and this year was a huge success. All of the vendors present gave donations to Back to Nature, the largest registered non-profit wildlife refuge dedicated to the preservation of Central Florida's wildlife. Representatives from the organization were present at the event and had wildlife with them for students to meet. The Second Annual Fall Festival brought a diverse group of people together and provided them with an opportunity to make connections within the Winter Park community and enjoy some delicious free food.
By Sarah Hartman (Class of 2011)