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MIRRORs

So this past weekend Bennington held it’s annual day-long outdoor festival, Sunfest on our commons lawn and students spent the day circling the campus having fun with friends and listening to good tunes while eating cotton candy. In the evening we also had some bands play in our student center performance space. I hadn’t planned on going as I was very tired from running around all day, but my friend came in late from a tech rehearsal and asked me if I felt like going out to dance with her for a bit at the show. When we got there this band, Lip Talk, was playing and woah can I say that it was by far the best show I’ve been to in years. They had amazing stage presence and a really stellar array of songs (including the one posted here, which they played as their finale.) Afterwards I went to get one of their free stickers but they had already run out (because, like I said, they were so good!!!) but the singer was packing up the merch stuff and was kind enough to give me the very last sticker she had on her, right out of her wallet. I can honestly say I have never felt more star struck or fluttery than I did walking away from this awesome show. Anyway, I recommend listening to this song in the shower, as it goes really nicely with an undertone of rushing water. 

so what's the music scene like at bennington/in the area in general? does the relative isolation of bennington pose any problem for music kids? — Asked by Anonymous

The music scene is quite varied in my opinion! Musicians here play a wide range of sounds and form very different bands. We have beat-makers, 2-people bands, folk-y musicians, singer-songwriters, rappers, noise rockers, jazz bands, and everything in between. I think that most music students here (or musicians that like to play for people, but don’t necessarily study music here) have a varied enough of a cultural and geographical background, not to mention different tastes and preferences, to make sure that the ‘relative isolation’ of Bennington does NOT pose a problem for them (or for their humble audiences, like me, for that matter). 

That being said, check out our Sunfest Facebook event page! Sunfest is the school’s annual music festival/outdoor hangout party. You can get a better idea of what kinds of bands we bring on-campus from there!

ROCK AND ROLL OR WHATEVER


~Carlos ‘14

To answer your question…. 

Sunfest was this past Saturday! All-day music, sunshine, cotton candy, snow cones, henna tattoos, bubbles, and friendz. I think I ate my body weight in mac’n’cheese and watermelon. Still recovering. 
- Anushka

Sunfest was this past Saturday! All-day music, sunshine, cotton candy, snow cones, henna tattoos, bubbles, and friendz. I think I ate my body weight in mac’n’cheese and watermelon. Still recovering. 

- Anushka

Hot Air Balloon flies over the End of the World. Spring, 2013.
Three weeks left until graduation. I will probably never see something quite like this again. 
- Jessieh, class of 2013

Hot Air Balloon flies over the End of the World. Spring, 2013.

Three weeks left until graduation. I will probably never see something quite like this again. 

- Jessieh, class of 2013

What writers/speakers/artists/musicians have come to Bennington recently? Any major bands hold concerts there? — Asked by Anonymous

This past week…

Monday anthropologist Kim Fortune presented on Environmental Disaster for the Social Science Colloquium, Tuesday artist Barbara Hammer was featured at the Visual Arts Lecture series, and Wednesday poet Mark Doty read some of his work.

I’m no music expert but in a couple of weeks Japanther, The Babies, U.S. Girls, and Guerilla Toss are coming to campus for Sunfest, our annual all day music festival! Are they major? Maybe you can tell me!

-Selina ‘15

It’s official, spring is here.
- jason ‘13

It’s official, spring is here.

- jason ‘13

What do students usually do when they have free time? Is it common to hike? Or like be outside for most of the time? — Asked by Anonymous

There are a plethora of activities that Bennington students perform while they are temporarily unburdened by classes and homework. If you’re of musical inclination, you can play tunes with your buddies, if you’re an athlete you can go toss around a frisbee or ball out on the basketball court, and yes, if it’s nice out, you’ll be sure to see students lounging on Commons Lawn or going for a serene hike in the woods just steps away from our dorms. Taking a walk up to North Bennington is not uncommon, and in the warmer months (especially the beginning of Fall Term), Lake Paran is a very popular spot to go enjoy a sunny afternoon. If nothing else, we tend to congregate in our rooms or in common areas of our houses (or outside if it’s nice), and just “chill out,” or whatever the kids are saying these days.

Here’s a picture of SunFest, an annual ritual that features live music and a full day of outdoors fun. SunFest is my absolute favorite day of the year.
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-Eric ‘13 

thesummertimeproject:

Cotton candy at Sunfest.

[reblogged by Ellie]

thesummertimeproject:

Cotton candy at Sunfest.

[reblogged by Ellie]

What happens at Sunfest, ends up on this blog.

What happens at Sunfest, ends up on this blog.

Dancing at the end of the world at midnight to an anarchist marching band. Saturday in a nutshell.

Lila Cutter ‘15

SUNFEST was awesome

I see you 

I see you 

The Co-op makes a triumphant debut at Sunfest: Cart, treats and beverages made from scratch

The Co-op makes a triumphant debut at Sunfest: Cart, treats and beverages made from scratch

Sunfest. May, 1994.
From the benningtonalumni flickr.
- Meg

Sunfest. May, 1994.

From the benningtonalumni flickr.

- Meg

The What Cheer? Brigade will also be playing Sunfest! Unfortunately B. Dolan and Sage Francis will not.

Liam ‘14