By Jayson Gaston
Friday, Sept. 22 marked the date for Plattsburgh’s annual Community Night. Residents from Burlington, Vt. and the North Country came together to Hawkins Pond to enjoy food, music, live performances, lawn games and even a bouncy house. The event also welcomed the families of students as Friday was the first day of family weekend, which allowed the families of students to make their way onto the Plattsburgh campus and spend some quality time together.
The event started with SUNY Plattsburgh’s President Enyedi and town mayor, Christopher Rozenquest, welcoming attendees to campus. This was followed by an exhilarating dance performance from the Spicy Island Tings. The audience had no shortage of excitement as soon after the first performance, High Voltage Dance Factory would deliver another thrilling performance that had people of all ages dancing with them.
After a raffle drawing for a prize the Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir led by Dexter Criss would deliver a powerful performance that would ring all throughout Hawkins Pond, the night would end with The North Country Underground Railroad organization presenting their Colors Of Freedom award to choir leader Criss for his great contribution to the African-American community in the North Country.
Community Night brought lots of energy and good vibes to campus. It was a great way to introduce many families and people from all around the area to some of the things the university can bring to the table. Community Night is one of the many events that took place this weekend including a family breakfast on Saturday morning at the Angell College Center, and a family run Sunday morning. If you couldn’t attend Community Night this year make sure to pencil it in for next year, as it is a guaranteed good time for all.