Students and families gathered together around live music and free pie on Friday, Oct. 4 for Pie on the Patio, an event hosted by Union Board on the Gizmo Patio. The event kicked off the first night of Family and Friends Weekend.
While Knox bands played, families mingled, painted pumpkins and filled out Knox trivia forms that were ultimately submitted into a drawing that awarded Target and Seminary Street gift cards to random winners.
Opening the event was Fellows, a band comprised of freshmen Lee Foxall, Madeline Pape and McLeod Sumner. Though the band has been together for five months, this was their first Knox gig; all three members attended high school in Portland, Ore. and are now freshmen at Knox.
“For our first gig, I think it was good. There were some little bumps, but it was cool featuring McLeod [on the fiddle] for the first time,” Foxall said.
Sumner’s parents had come out from Portland and watched their son from the front row.
“It’s nice that they came all the way out from Portland to be here. I definitely like playing for people I know,” Sumner said.
The evening also included performances by senior Haley Beeson and postbaccalaureate Josh Hosmer-Quint‘s The Moonshine Kids, juniors Sam Scheurell and Jake Maryott, freshman Elisabeth Zarnoti and senior Johnny Bergholz.
Union Board aimed to bring families and friends together among autumn-themed activities and food at a “super comfy and fall-themed” event, according to Union Board member and junior Laura Ernst.
“It’s just very fall-esque,” Assistant Director of Student Activities and Engagement Travis Greenlee said.
Many students commented on the sense of community that was displayed and shared with visiting friends and family throughout the night.
“It’s another way to show off Knox music and Knox community and bring everyone together in one spot,” Ernst said.
The event was well-attended and people appeared pleased with the event.
“Knox is super talented and we’ve got some amazing performers throughout the night … It really is a community,” sophomore and Union Board member Kati Stemple said. “It’s events like this that are put on by students and the fact that so much interest from the student body is what keeps this community sense going, and I think that’s one of the things that sets Knox apart from other schools. That’s the important part of it.”