Haverfest 2018

Live music, tons of treats, and games galore marked another rendition of the students’ annual end-of-year celebration.

Before students began to hunker down for a two-week final exam period, the warm weather and sunshine welcomed them outside for Haverfest, an annual two-day event with lots to do and plenty of time to relax and rejoice in the end of the year.

The Haverfest Committee, headed by seniors Reid Cohen and Cole Beecher, worked with groups from around campus to load up Friday and Saturday with plenty of activities. On Friday, Bi-Co Barkada shared treats at “Ice Cream Flavors of the Philippines” and the Bi-Co Jazz Band, alongside campus ensemble Funkadelphia, kicked off the live music with a joint show titled Jazztropolis. The evening gave way to a “Prom at the Beach” dance hosted by the Special Events Committee for Students, which featured a live performance by local hip-hop group Hardwork Movement.

Friendly weather on Saturday brought many students out to Founders Green, where live music continued throughout the afternoon with five different acts. An eclectic trio of singer-songwriters in Jak Lizard, Riz la Vie, and Julietta performed as openers. The afternoon’s headliners were Harlem-based hip-hop artist S’natra followed by jazz and funk-driven duo Brasstracks.

Music wasn’t the only attraction, though. Haverford’s South Asian Society hosted the colorful Holi celebration, and new community house Q-House hosted a “Queers on the Beach” event featuring body paint and glitter. Nerd House, which screened Star Wars on Friday in honor of #Maythe4th, facilitated a fantasy combat experience with foam weaponry, a series of carnival games, and laser tag.

Saturday evening, the Lighted Fools and the Throng performed improv comedy sets, and later in the night, campus DJ crew Sound Machine hosted a show. Throughout the afternoon, Volleyball, cornhole, and bubble soccer occupied one end of the Green, while a rock climbing wall and a collection of inflatable attractions occupied another. Student volunteers handed out popcorn, snow cones, and cotton candy, and the Dining Center provided free lunch and dinner.

Photos by Claire Blood-Cheney ’20,  Justin Brendel ’18, Dex Coen Gilbert ’21, Sarah Jennings ’21, and Wanyi Yang ’20.