Pomfret Blizzard Camp: Community at its best

Safe, sound, and snowy: Blizzard of 2013 no match for thoughtful arms of Pomfret community
Undaunted by Nemo, our mighty Griffins (snowbound faculty and students) showed a wonderful team and community spirit in the face of last Friday’s massive blast. Classes ended at noon and day students and boarders living nearby went home. While a number of weekend events were cancelled, including the Saturday evening Griff Tones fundraiser at the Vanilla Bean and the Relay Rejuvenation (apparently the mentalist didn’t see Blizzard 2013 coming), others began to percolate. Among them was the Guess the Amount of Snow contest (judges with yardsticks were due to gather at 11:00 AM Sunday, to measure in three separate spots “in case of wind blowage”). Also on the agenda: dodgeball and broomball (“if we have lights”), a promise of “s’mores and warm fires on the quad”; movies and snacks in the Villa, Little Miss Sunshine in Soft; and instructions from Student Activities Director Anne Miller to “hang out...rest, talk, catch up on work.”

By 8:00 PM Friday evening the going outside was treacherous—weather conditions that spell a challenge to any Good Samaritan with a Shovel. Within the hour, a photo of Art and Kellen Horst, taken by Dean of Students Dolph Clinton and entitled “Random Acts of Kindness,” had gone Pomfret-viral. GSS recognition also goes to day students Harrison and Molly Schroder (’13 and ’15), who teamed up at home, says their mother, “to shovel out our elderly neighbor’s walkway, deck and mailbox.”

Alumni relections on their snowy experiences

Time lapse videos of campus during the storm:

Smug Mug photo gallery




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