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On Saturday evening, September 21. the Y. W. C. A. and Y. M. C. A. gave the annual reception for the purpose of welcoming the new students and providing a means by which the student body might become better acquainted. A large number of students assembled in the gymnasium and were delightfully entertained. From tastily decorated booths, dainty refreshments were served. It was with some hesitancy, at the “blinking” of the lights, that each guest departed for his home after having spent such a pleasant evening.
The Everett and Philomathean Literary Societies gave a reception to the new members October 2. Each society assembled in its respective ball, where excellent programs were given. The program was followed by a general reception. at which light refreshments were served.
On the evening of October 1. the Senior class met in the chapel. A short program, consisting of music and short talks by our advisor and class president, was offered. After the program, the class repaired to the gymnasium, where “a dandy good time” ensued. After some little time had elapsed, the Senior Band played a lively strain and the guests united in a grand march, which was led by Professor Beck. After the grand march, toothsome viands were served. Upon leaving the “gym” each member of the class felt this reception had accomplished its purpose—class unity.
All of the classes gave Hallowe’en parties and by all reports '"'cry one had a splendid time. •. • jY
The Trainers party was held in the “engine house,” which was quite appropriately decorated for the occasion.
The Sophomores crept down to the “lower regions” of the library, where they were received by witches and ghosts. It was a “spooky” affair, but it was nevertheless greatly enjoyed.
The Juniors gathered in Philo and Everett halls. The rooms were beautifully decorated in class colors and the electric lights were shaded by Jack-o’-lanterns. Among the splendid devices of entertainment were the Gypsy camps, the witches’ caldron, and the ghost scene from Hamlet.
“On Hallowe’en at eight o’clock.
Thrice, please, upon the Gym door knock.
And there before you you may see The wondrous things which are to be."
Upon entering the gymnasium the Senior girls were received by the boys, who appeared as little tads wearing knee trousers, blouse waists and large tics A program was given consisting of recitations, songs, playing horse, jumping rope, etc., and each little lad acted out his part very nicely. The remainder of
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the evening was spent in playing games and having fortunes told in mysterious ways. After the evening’s entertainment was over the boys serenaded the Mt. Vernon girls, the Club House and the homes of Professor Beck and President Crabtree.
One of the most interesting of the social functions was the football reception given on Thanksgiving eve. Upon entering the gymnasium each guest was given, as a souvenir of the occasion, a small cardboard pennant upon which was printed the names of the Normal football squad. A unique program was given in which the football boys were impersonated by “would-be players." It was the source of much fun and laughter. After the program the squad gave a demonstration showing that they could play football no matter where the place or what the time. Refreshments were served, after which all entered the grand march. The remainder of the evening was spent in conversation and games and it was not until a late hour that the guests departed for their homes.
On February 22 Mr. Vernon Hall was aglow with lights. The girls had opened their home to the school, faculty and citizens of Peru in honor of Washington’s birthday. The halls were tastily decorated with rugs, ferns, divans, cozy-corners, etc., and it was truly a pleasing sight. The parlor and music room reminded one of Washington’s own Mt. Vernon home. The guests were invited to visit second and third floors. Various rooms were open which they might enter and a large number of the guests visited these rooms in order to get a glimpse of true college life. One room in particular which is deserving of mention was the Indian room, which was truly novel. The guests then returned to first floor and repaired to the dining-room, which was decorated in our national colors. Here they were given a glimpse of the historical events of our country in the form of living pictures by the Mt. Vernon girls. It extended from the time of Columbus to the present day. After the program the guests were invited to visit the booths where cocoa and wafers were served. Tinv hatchets were given as souvenirs of the occasion. Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening and it will always be remembered bv all who were present.
The greatest event of the year was the Junior-Senior banquet given on the evening of March 26. Upon entering the gymnasium, which was transformed into an exquisite banquet-hall, soft strains of music greeted us. The hall was decorated in Junior and Senior pennants, rugs, evergreens and potted plants. On one side of the room was a large “relief" bearing the words, “Senior N. S. N. S., 1909," and on the opposite side of the room was another “relief” with the words “Junior N. S. N. S., 1910” upon it. However, the main decorative feature was the electric lights. In the hall-way an exquisite arch was set with electric lights which produced the most pleasing effect. Each light was enclosed in a purple or red tulip, permitting only a few shining rays to slip between the petals upon the snow-white tables below. The tables were beautifully decorated with carnations and dafYodils and before each plate was a candle, placed in a tiny tulip candle-holder. The menu cards were in the Senior colors and upon the folder there appeared, embossed in gold, the school pin.
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