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Block Party Dons Beachwear to Signal Summer’s Imminent Arrival

The Wildcat Block Party, a Vine Avenue tradition as spring rounds the corner toward summer, adopted a fitting air of sand and sun on Friday. The festive atmosphere offered boardwalk food, giveaways and music, with such special attractions as a mechanical shark, a tropical obstacle course and a roller rink. Organized by a collaboration that includes the Off-Campus Housing Organization and the Wildcat Events Board, this year’s party even featured a beach between Susquehanna and Park streets!

– Photos by Elizabeth S. Greis, student photographer

Colleen E. Bowes, of Wayne, tames the mechanical shark.
Colleen E. Bowes, of Wayne, tames the mechanical shark.

Complete with palm trees and sandcastle equipment, the Vine Avenue "beach" is open.
Complete with palm trees and sandcastle equipment, the Vine Avenue “beach” is open.

With graceful abandon, Kevin R. Smith, of Milford, slides back to earth.
With graceful abandon, Kevin R. Smith, of Milford, slides back to earth.

It's smooth sailing for Tajhir J. Ross (left), of Bethlehem, and Antony Griffin-Betterson, from Philadelphia.
It’s smooth sailing for Tajhir J. Ross (left), of Bethlehem, and Antony Griffin-Betterson, from Philadelphia.

Student Ambassador Victoria Kreuger (left), of Staten Island, N.Y., and Chelsea E. Miller, of Chambersburg, display event T-shirts ...
Student Ambassador Victoria Kreuger (left), of Staten Island, N.Y., and Chelsea E. Miller, of Chambersburg, display event T-shirts …

... one of which is modeled by Marley.
… one of which is modeled by Marley.

A campus spin on an American favorite
A campus spin on an American favorite

And the race is on!
And the race is on!

Kashiki E. Harrison, of Williamsport, does a courageous stint in the dunk tank.
Kashiki E. Harrison, of Williamsport, does a courageous stint in the dunk tank.

Dakaboom, the evening's host, entertains the crowd.
Dakaboom, the evening’s host, entertains the crowd.

Enjoying some pre-finals downtime are (from left) students Robyn E. Beddow, of Lancaster; Morgan T. Lutz, of Milroy; Karey E. Wolfe, of Milton; Alexandra Brennan, of Saint Clair; and Bowes.
Enjoying some pre-finals downtime are (from left) students Robyn E. Beddow, of Lancaster; Morgan T. Lutz, of Milroy; Karey E. Wolfe, of Milton; Alexandra Brennan, of Saint Clair; and Bowes.

Party staff serve up fresh popcorn.
Party staff serve up fresh popcorn.

Inflatable fun alongside Klump Academic Center
Inflatable fun alongside Klump Academic Center

Facing front and center for the photographer are (from left) students Allen D. Wilson, of Sykesville, Md.; Randall C. "Colby" Janowitz, of Westminster, Md.; Dalton G. Deimler, of Middletown; Holli E. Styer, of Denver; Chelsea B. Wanner, of New Holland; and Nicolette M. Petragnani, of Toughkenamon.
Facing front and center for the photographer are (from left) students Allen D. Wilson, of Sykesville, Md.; Randall C. “Colby” Janowitz, of Westminster, Md.; Dalton G. Deimler, of Middletown; Holli E. Styer, of Denver; Chelsea B. Wanner, of New Holland; and Nicolette M. Petragnani, of Toughkenamon.