On Saturday February 15th, students gathered in the Allegany Common Room to attend the Alternative Saturday Night Singles Awareness Night. The event was scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m. and two items were on the agenda for the evening: decorating cupcakes and watching a fun movie.
Things started off with the opportunity to decorate either chocolate or vanilla cupcakes with a variety of toppings. Attendants were encouraged to cut a small hole in the center of the cupcake and then fill it with chocolate chips, vanilla fluff or chocolate fluff icing. After that, decorators could frost the cupcakes using icing bags filled with thick chocolate or vanilla frosting. Several different kinds of sprinkles and fun shaped toppings were available to put the artistic final touches to the cute, decorating fun.
Emma Kessler, Â in charge of the cupcake portion of the event, spoke of her involvement by saying, “Well this is Carly White’s event and she wanted to do a Valentine’s day movie and wanted cupcakes and she knew that I worked in a cupcake shop back home, so she asked me to help out.” She went further to speak about the connection between sweets and Valentine’s Day by saying, ” I actually just read about that yesterday, but personally I see it like single people such as myself like sweets on Valentine’s Day as do people in relationships because it makes them feel better, haha.” Lots of cupcakes were left so students could continue working on more while the movie started-up.
The movie was the 2010 film Valentine’s Day. The film follows several different storylines all about couples on Valentine’s Day that are somehow all interconnected. Not unlike the film, The Alternative Saturday Night Party ended happily with students being able to enjoy themselves even if they didn’t have a date to celebrate Valentine’s Day with. Carly White, the creator of the event, shared what inspired her for it by saying, “I don’t like Valentine’s Day, but I like the movie a lot and thought people could enjoy sweet treats while watching a movie and just have fun hanging out.” Being able to gather and do fun activities is what the Alternative Saturday Nights are all about. Saturday nights filled with friends and activity in a pressure- free and alcohol- free setting are what makes the events quite popular. Â The Singles Awareness Night was no different; lots of students came and most stayed to celebrate Valentine’s Day in their own way.