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Dumbledore's Army starts paint and sip tradition

by Zach Wagner - Lifestyles Editor
Wed, Feb 26th 2020 02:00 pm
Students relished in a guided painting while sipping on the Harry Potter themed drink, Butter Beer.
Students relished in a guided painting while sipping on the Harry Potter themed drink, Butter Beer.

When it comes to all the different events held at The College at Brockport, many of them seem to be geared toward a certain audience or group but at the same time inviting to nearly anyone who would like to attend. The Harry Potter Paint and Sip that took place in the Union Gallery on Thursday, Feb. 20, was a special event for the Harry Potter fans to come together in one place to bond over the series while enjoying some Butter Beer and leisure painting with friends.

“Basically we are collaborating with Dumbledore’s Army (D.A) and we are doing a paint and sip,” the Brockport Student Government (BSG) Activities Coordinator Abbie Berl said. “Morgan is our instructor [for painting] we got some butter beer and pizza from BASC and Harry Potter stickers.”

D.A. is a tight-knit group of students that share the same niche. What separates it from the rest of the clubs on the campus is it doesn’t have weekly or annual meetings, it is an event based club that usually only comes together on special nights like the paint and sip.

With this being the first time for the Harry Potter Paint and Sip, D.A. President Emily Russell saw this event as a good opportunity to collaborate with the likes of BSG while gathering all the Harry Potter fans campus wide in one room for one night.

“We thought it would be a good chance for people who love Harry Potter to get together in a cohesive environment and have a chance to collaborate with BSG,” Russell said.

BSG reached out to Russell to inform her about the Thursday night events that were going to start taking place this semester. After working together on some ideas for what they would be able to do, they agreed on a paint and sip.

“I was asked by Abbie Berl via email about events starting Thursday night,” Russell said. “[BSG] asked if we had any ideas when it came to collaborating with them. We spitballed some ideas off each other and we came together and decided on a paint and sip.”

Russell believes this event differs from the rest on campus due to the childhood connection all the students attending have to the Harry Potter series. It brought together a special group of people that most likely would never meet if it wasn’t the shared love for the series.

“I feel like it helps bring people together that necessarily wouldn’t — with childhood nostalgia people are able to come together and make connections that wouldn’t be there without [Harry Potter],” Russell said.

Despite being an event centered around the campus fan base of Harry Potter, Russell encourages anyone to join in on the activities in the coming years, no matter how strong or weak your love is for the series.

“You don’t have to know the books or the movies to come here, new fans, old fans — don’t even have to be a fan just come make friends, hangout, ease stress from college,” Russell said.

Long time Harry Potter fan, freshman Connor Mayo enjoyed his time at the Harry Potter Paint and Sip. He saw it as a good way to be surrounded by people that share the same interests as him while relaxing through painting and enjoying Butter Beer.

“What attracted me to this event was that it was Harry Potter themed and I have watched all the movies and I wanted to go check it out,” Mayo said. “I enjoy the environment because I am surrounded by people that share the same interests. We are all having a good time, sitting down, painting enjoying some Butter Beer.”  

Senior Noah Zimmerman started attending events held by Dumbledore’s Army last year; he enjoys the welcoming atmosphere the club has to offer, while getting the opportunity to enjoy some food.

“There isn’t as many food options as there was at Yule Ball and there isn’t dancing like at the Yule Ball — the Yule Ball seems to attract bigger crowds because of the food and stuff,” Zimmerman said. “If you’re interested in Harry Potter it would make a good conversation topic — I found it to make good conversation.”

The Harry Potter Paint and Sip was surely far from a disappointment as the Union Gallery was filled with smiles and laughter. Dumbledore’s Army and BSG came together and put on a fun yet relaxing event for all Harry Potter fans to enjoy, potentially establishing an annual event.

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