Every weekend Saturday night activity is planned by a different dish crew. Dish crews are groups you are in to clean dishes after each meal. We have six dish crews and two weekends ago it was dish crew two’s turn to plan Saturday night activity which I was a part of. We thought over different ideas about game shows, bowling, and flashlight tag but none of those ideas seemed interesting. Finally, we came to a decision. Chewonki Prom! Most of the semester students do not have prom until the spring, so why not have a prom?
Our dish crew had the overall theme of prom, but we had to think what would make this a Chewonki Prom and not just a regular prom. Well, we decided to have required recycled outfits. Recycled in this case could mean borrowing other people’s clothes, making your own clothes out of recycled material, or wear something from the costume box.
Everybody participated, even the teachers on duty that weekend. Smiles lit up the room. Music blared and we took prom style pictures. The guys wore paper ties, duck tape bow ties, or even made whole newspaper outfits. The girls wore trash bag dresses or paper skirts. And even paying attention to little details some wore paper earrings and paper corsages. Everyone got so immersed in the dancing that after it was over all you could see on the dance floor was plastic and paper trails left behind.
-Dreme Flynt, Boston, MA