Perkins Residents on Coffee Hour

Perkins House Chair Jama McMahon '11 shares a few of her favorite recent Coffee Hour themes.

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Speed Cake Decorating Competitions and Coffee Hour

Here is Booth House, where Joel Vall Thomas '13 lives. Get a sense of the weekly Coffee Hour meeting, where Booth residents gather, discuss house issues, and occasionally engage in speed cake decorating competitions.

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Each house meets every Sunday night for Coffee Hour, a Bennington tradition. Run by House Chairs, Coffee Hour is a time for house communities to gather in their living rooms for academic and administrative updates about the College, to announce upcoming events, to discuss house issues, and to connect before a busy week. Whether there’s a problem with noise or cleaning the kitchen, a discussion about campus issues, or a house dinner to coordinate, Coffee Hour is where it will be addressed. Residents sign up in pairs to cater each week’s meeting for their house, and good Coffee Hour food is a communal bragging right.

Coffee Hour gives everyone a chance to enjoy each other's company in the common room. You may find yourself eating a variety of tasty snacks, participating in a themed Coffee Hour, or concluding the meeting with an activity. House residents have been known to try to outdo each other in presentation and originality.

A few recent Coffee Hour themes, snacks, and activities

  • Themes: science, dress like your roommate, Halloween (all food was orange), Peanuts (the Schultz comic), apple (all snacks were made with apples)
  • Snacks: candy sushi, kabobs, hand-dipped chocolate-covered strawberries, chicken and waffles, pies, crepes, cupcakes, s’mores
  • Activities: speed cake-decorating competitions, Truth or Dare Jenga, reading the announcements aloud in an Irish accent, broom wrestling