On Saturday, Sept. 8, the J.C. Williams Center became an island of fun at the “Let’s Flamingle” event, hosted by Exc!te. The event featured free food, music and $1 gelato. The energetic atmosphere enlivened all that attended and provided a convenient and easy-going locale for students to meet and mingle.
The tropical style event that ran from 7-10 p.m. was supposed to take place in the Finnegan Filedhouse courtyard, but the rain had different plans. The event was well attended, with over 40 students enjoying refreshments from Kat’s Kitchen such as sandwiches, cupcakes and fruit cups. Janet’s Gelato was a crowd favorite, drawing in a constant line for the cold treats.
Exc!te succeeded in bringing the Key West-style atmosphere to the event with palm trees, flamingos and brightly colored tables. In keeping with the tropical atmosphere, the Steel Cassas Steel Drum Band provided upbeat, island-style music that even inspired dancing from some of the attendees.
The rainy evening turned out to be a great night to mingle with new people and old friends. Students thoroughly enjoyed the event and were able to take a break and unwind after the busy school week prior.
“The Flamingle was a great opportunity to casually meet new people,” said freshman Drew Dougherty. “I talked to many new faces, and one of them is now my swing dancing partner. I had a great time, and the gelato was really, really good.”
Exc!te is a student group that sponsors student life events such as concerts, movie nights, theme dinners, Franciscan Homecoming Weekend festivities, trips to Pittsburgh and Wheeling, formal dances and more. Exc!te also offers some financial support to households, student organizations and certain administrational aspects of school programs.
Any students who wish to volunteer or participate in Exc!te-sponsored events are welcome to join them for their meetings on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in the St. Margaret Room in the J.C. More information about Exc!te is available at their office on the J.C.’s ground floor.