On Sunday, September 1st, Ursinus College kicked off a year long celebration of the 150th year since their founding with a HUGE community celebration. The campus welcomed neighbors, community members, families, alumni, students and staff to the event which was held on the campus’ large front lawn and intertwined in and around the Bermen Museum.
The sunny and not too hot or humid day was perfect for a summer festival. Festival goers were found seated at tables in the shade of campus trees, under pop up tents, on the curb or on benches and stairs throughout. Well … when they weren’t corralling their youngest children who were often found queueing for the obstacle course or dancing near the stage. The festival featured 7 food trucks, and there were 7 musical acts, one every hour who covered a variety of musical styles.
The event was put on by Ursinus’ office of Conferences and Special Events (CASE) and sponsored by Steel City Coffeehouse and Brewery. Steel City Coffeehouse and Brewery is working toward opening a second location in Collegeville Borough just a few doors down from the campus in 2020. After an introduction from Ursinus communications’ officers, owners Ed and Laura Vernola-Simpson expressed how excited they were to become a part of the Collegeville / Ursinus College community.
Throughout the day—from noon until 7:00 pm—the event featured:
- Food trucks
- Craft beers
- Seven different musicians or bands on the Main Street Stage
- A large lawn games area
- Moon bounce and obstacle course
- Zack’s Zone. Fun for the kids, including children’s crafts and kid related theater and performances
- Scavenger hunts and more in and around the museum
- Touch-a-truck, a hands on Fire Company and Emergency Services display
- Vendor and non-profit tables
Here are a few photos from the event.