Mariachis, Cinco de Mayo games and piñatas can be expected at this year’s First Annual Picnic (FAP). The event, hosted by the University Program Board (UPB), hopes to bring a large crowd with new games, music and activities that are festive in spirit.
FAP is a tradition here at Drew. The purpose of the event is to gather students and faculty together before the semester ends. “FAP is an amazing time. It not only brings the whole Drew community together at this annual event, but it marks the start of the end of the year,” UPB President-elect Michael Pellessier (’15) said.
This year UPB’s Executive and General Boards decided to choose Cinco de Mayo as a theme because of its close proximity to the holiday. “We thought it would be a fine way to celebrate and also have our traditional FAP,” UPB Special Events Chair Natalee Branham (’15) added, who was in charge of this event.
Every year, UPB tries to bring back some old favorites—in terms of games and activities—but there are some new ideas for the 2013 season. “This year we will have some of the traditional activities that are usually seen at FAP that include inflatables, fun foods, Rocco’s and music,” Pellessier said.
“But we are also going to have a tie-dying station with shirts that have our cactus graphic from this year’s shirts,” Pellessier added. “In addition, we will also have fun fiesta-themed games and piñatas to win prizes.”
Inflatables are a big part of FAP. In the past, there have been several obstacle courses and games for entertainment. This tradition will be continued. “The inflatables that we will have this year are the wrecking ball, obstacle course, giant slide…” Pellessier said.
“We will [also] have donkey racing this time, and big chair photos where you will be able to get onto this big inflatable chair and get your photo taken with fiesta-themed props. If the weather is in our favor—which we hope it is—the dunk tank will make its return to FAP. And there will be the beer garden of course, for those who are old enough to drink,” he said.
In terms of music, old bands will be performing. Dean Levin’s group the Drew Blue All-Stars will be performing from 4-5 p.m. for the last time and WMNJ will be playing some tracks as well. “We will have two student DJ’s that will be selected by students at the UPB & WMNJ DJ competition that took place Thursday night,” Pellessier said.
The food for this year’s FAP will also be different. There’s going to be more of a variety for students, such as a deviation from the normal BBQ to a taco bar. Pellessier said that it will be “exactly like the one you would see on any given Tuesday in the Commons.”
To add to FAP’s theme, there will be churros available throughout the event for people to eat. “For those of you that might not like tacos, or want something else to eat,” Pellessier said. “Rocco’s will be returning to serve pizza and anything else they want to cook up.”
In response to how this event will be improving from years past, Pellessier said, “One thing that we heard as feedback from last year’s FAP was that there was not enough seating to listen to the music, and we want to make sure that you know we have fixed that.”
Large fiesta-themed blankets have been purchased to be placed for people to sit on and enjoy all the activities and music going on around them.
UPB encourages everyone to attend this event. “FAP is not your typical event,” Pellessier said. “It only comes once a year and is an event that not only students are looking forward to, but also faculty and staff members.”