November 06, 2009
Rollins student-run organization All Campus Events (ACE) recently threw a campus-wide party on Mills Lawn. The 1st annual ACE Fall Out Festival featured numerous vendors from the Winter Park community as well as live entertainment for the Rollins community to enjoy.
The sound of chatter and laughter could be heard across Mills Lawn as Rollins staff and students alike enjoyed an afternoon of delicious food and good company. The atmosphere remained lively as various bands took the stage to showcase their talents. Local bands Embers Rising and SMB Project took to the stage first and Calahoney and Shawn Snyder, who were sponsored by the John Lennon Foundation, followed shortly after. Also, Eric Pagan (Class of 2012) showed off his mixing talent as he DJ’ed in between acts.
Local Winter Park vendors Tolla’s, Kata, mi Tomatina and Austin Coffee House dished out delicious samples from their menus as other local businesses such as Rebounderz and Downeast distributed coupons to all guests. Throughout the afternoon, a few lucky festival attendees even won gift cards from Winter Park Merchants like Eden, Fiddlers, Mellow Mushroom, Downeast, Powerhouse and Ravenous Pig as their names were drawn from the raffle.
The ACE Fall Out Festival also had a charitable purpose. In concordance with Rollins’ initiative to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Food Drive by a non-charitable organization over multiple locations in a 24-hour period, each local business in attendance made a donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
“Our main goal was to bring the campus and the community together for a fun event on Mills lawn,” said Assistant Director of ACE Libby Anderson (Class of 2011). “We wanted to create an atmosphere of community by providing free food and live music for all. We are so excited that our inaugural event went so well and can't wait for next year’s event to be even bigger and better!”
Those who attended the festival also had the opportunity to tour the John Lennon Educational Tour bus, which is a non-profit mobile recording studio designed to give students the opportunity to create music and video projects.
The ACE Fall Out Festival culminated with the premiere of the Rollins’ Alternative Spring Break documentary "Detroit: The Motor-City Experience.” This 40-minute film, which was produced in partnership with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, told the story of eight Rollins students and their staff facilitator, Director First Year Programs Meghan Harte, as they learned about Detroit, Michigan.
“Watching the movie brought back a ton of good and difficult memories,” said Aspen Fox (Class of 2011), a participant in the Alternative Spring Break in Detroit. “The trip was so eye-opening and enlightening. It was amazing to see the final product. I think it was important for the rest of the Rollins community to see the film because it showed the experiences that students could be a part of and the opportunities they can take advantage of while here at Rollins.”
The ACE Fall Out Festival marked the end of "Come Together" Weekend, which sought to promote programming facilitated around the ideas of social justice, community building, cultural competency, leadership development and active citizenship. The weekend was created in partnership with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and sponsored by ACE, JUMP, NCORE Student Affiliates, and the offices of Community Engagement, Explorations, Multicultural Affairs and Student Involvement & Leadership.
-Brittany Fornof (Class of 2011)