May 29, 2020
Wow, what a journey we’ve been on! Thanks for sticking with us these last 10 weeks as we explored some ways to stay engaged in our culture while at home. We’ve shared new music with you, cooking tips, ways to get outside, books to read, and more! Over 4,000 of you visited our blog over the last couple months, and we are so grateful for that. When we started back in March, we didn’t know where this time would take us – there is a lot of unknown in our world right now, but we wanted to provide a place to come and feel safe together. We wanted this to be a place to learn new things, interact with other students just like yourself, and to actively engage in the surrounding culture. Though our series stops here, there’s still much to explore. We’re going to keep up with our blog this summer from event updates to various reviews, so don’t drop us just yet as we’ll still be pretty active. In the meantime, there are a few places who provide incredible cultural content that I encourage you to also follow, including:
Christ and Pop Culture (they share a lot all across the entertainment industry) – https://christandpopculture.com
Christianity Today (‘Music’ section) – https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/topics/m/music/
Relevant (‘Culture’ section) – https://relevantmagazine.com/category/culture/
On another note, I’m sure by now you’ve seen that we released our fall calendar, and we’ve never been happier! Ending the semester of events early was a tough decision, but it is making what’s to come feel even more exciting. As expected, we’ll have our staples like open mic, movie nights, trivia, concerts, bingo, and more. A few new events have hit the calendar, and some of our favorites are back better than ever, including:
Block Party will kick off our semester on August 29 with live music, attractions, food trucks, and more! I can’t think of a better way to come together to celebrate the start of an awesome school year. Connect with us on social media as we announce all our artists next week (one a day, for five straight days… yes, that’s five artists jam packed into one night!).
SA Workshops is our new workshop series that provides hands on learning with a professional in various areas like planting, pottery, and cake decorating (all available this fall). These will cost $5 per person once registration opens and will have extremely limited space. You’ll even get to take home your new creations at the end of the night!
Homecoming is shaping up to be one of our favorites yet, taking place October 9-10. With events like our annual bonfire, a carnival, and the parade, we guarantee that this weekend will have plenty for all our current students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Registration for alumni will go live July 1 this year, so save the date!
Bandjoree is our newly revamped battle of the bands event. We are opening this up to all musicians and genres to take part – we’ll start with online voting and narrow it down to five bands who will compete live on stage on November 7. The winner will take home their own custom merch package (created and purchased for you to sell your own gear), a Lynchburg Music gift card, and get to headline a spring student concert ($1,000+ in prizes). More details early October.
Coffeehouse may be our most awaited event to host, due to canceling our spring production. Mark your calendars now for November 21 at 10:30 p.m. as we bring back Coffeehouse, which showcases the best talent Liberty has to offer. Theme and more details will be released in mid-September.
If you want to check out our full calendar of events, you can do so here. Concerts will be added as they go on sale, so check out our social media to be the first to know when events go live. You can find us on Facebook (Student Activities) or @LibertySA on Instagram and Twitter.
Thanks again for everything these last 10 weeks, we couldn’t have done this without you. Enjoy your summer, we miss you, and can’t wait to have you back!
Written by: Steph Ward
Steph is the Director of Student Activities. She has a B.S. in Visual Communication Arts: Graphic Design and a M.S. in Management. Steph oversees the overall calendar and vision of the Student Activities Department from promotion to execution and analysis. She also leads the Student Activities staff, comprised of 20+ full time and student worker employees.