January 26, 2020

CEC Seeks To Breathe New Life Into Classic Event

Rachel Hicks and Levi Bushnell selling Winterball tickets. Photo by Deepak Bardhan.

By Vicki Franks ’20
Staff Reporter

On December 9th, Campus Events Council will transform Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for the annual Winterball.

“From the food to the decorations, from the moment you walk in the door, we want you to feel like you’ve been transported to a Winter Wonderland,” said Theresa Lucier ‘19, CEC’s Events Coordinator.

Lucier said that inspiration for the Winter Wonderland theme was drawn from the Yule Ball in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” She also said that the team of CEC directors collectively came up with this year’s theme, and that her role was to lead the planning and coordinating for the event.

Lucier said that CEC has been working since the beginning of October to plan each and every minor detail of the event. She also said that this year, CEC has a goal to elevate the event’s level of formality in every way possible.

The CEC team will arrive at the venue early on December 9th and work throughout the day to prepare the space for the ball in the evening.

In keeping with the more formal flair, Lucier confirmed that the event will be catered by A&B Burger, although the menu itself remains top secret. However, she added that it will be fancier than in past years. While there will be changes, Lucier said the classic chocolate fountain and assorted desserts will continue to be provided for students to enjoy.

A new aspect added to the night is a lounge space for dance-goers to rest their feet and relax before going back out on the dance floor, Lucier said. She added that this new lounging area will be located in the upstairs loft of the great room, which has been closed-off to students during previous Winterball events.

Lucier said that the event will also feature a mocktail bar and a photobooth to capture the night’s memories.

Lucier also said she hopes to use her position as Events Coordinator this year to listen to what the students want and use that feedback to throw them an event they will actually enjoy. Lucier explained that part of this feedback includes the music that is played at the event. As a result, dancers can expect expect a variety of songs, pre-approved for Gordon-appropriateness and dancing quality.

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