At the back to school block party students, staff and other interested people came together at the UNG Dahlonega bookstore to see the various information booths, free giveaways, and live music.
Blues and Classic Rock artist Hughes Taylor took center stage on Tuesday Aug. 18, and the 1960s vibe was in full swing. Guitar and vocal covers of Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Eric Clapton made the crowd, including UNG mascot Nigel the Nighthawk, sway to the music. Performing partly with the guitar behind his back, Taylor imitated Hendrix’s fashion and proved the bookstore staff selected an exellent act to kick off their first event.
The event was organized by the bookstore staff as well as several volunteers in order to get people involved at the beginning of the semester. It also informed students about the bookstore and its services, as well as gave sponsors a platform to advertise their products.
Energy drink companies, Monster and RedBull, supplied the crowd with merchandise and other free items such as popcorn and cake for publicity.
The back to school block party was the first of its kind to happen on campus however, future events like this are in the works. Allie Costley, junior Marketing major and volunteer in the organizational team said, “It is not unlikely that this party will be established on an annual basis.”
Fitting to temperatures and time of the year, the party was themed in a Hawaiian style. Information booths were decorated with flowers and leis, and one could spot several Hawaiian hats. These, along with the multicolored raincoats, boots and umbrellas gave a feeling of cheerful brightness that was certainly necessary to defy the heavy rain that threatened to drown the festivities in the first hour.
Nevertheless, quite a few people attended the event including around 60 parents, students and other interested parties. Jared Stocker, an undeclared freshman said the event was, “a good opportunity to meet people.”
An especially large number of international students came to see what was happening. Many arrived in small groups and soon found themselves in conversations with locals, staff and other students.