Baby, It’s Cold Inside!

It’s hard to believe, but after being here at Gordon for nearly 2 years now… I had not yet been to a Gordon College Hockey Game… until this past Monday.

On Monday, a few of the girls from my apartment and I drove to Hockeytown, USA located in Saugus, Mass. It is about a 25 minute drive from Gordon and is located right on Route 1.

Every year, Gordon students form a Hockey Club and compete in the New England Senior Hockey League. Gordon Faculty member Chris Imming is the Head Club Ice Hockey Coach and this year has been doing a great job coaching the guys and girls! Their record is currently 7 wins, 3 losses, and 2 ties.

We got there a little bit after the game began and were able to see the Fighting Scots pull a 3-1 win over the Cambridge Fire. I’ve been ice skating before, but I was so impressed with the guys and girls skating ability! They were able to stop on a dime and seriously speed across the rink! It was amazing.

For some reason, it didn’t quite click with the girls and I that the rink would be pretty chilly! forgot By the end of the game, we were shivering and quite ready to leave. The temperature difference from inside the arena to the outside air was so drastic, that when we walked out… it literally felt like it was in the 70’s outside!

So while this was my first hockey game here at Gordon, I’m sure it won’t be my last! The energy and the win did enough to make me want to go again!

Holiday Fairs!

So I just got back to campus after enjoying the Thanksgiving break with my family… and I must say, I’m actually kind of glad to be back! See, I went down to visit my grandparents in Florida with my parents and brothers and it was WARM. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the warmth and the sun. But being that I’m from New Jersey and am use to the cold during the winter… I just could not get use to listening to Christmas music while it was in the mid 70’s outside. I’m sure you can somewhat relate to where I’m coming from, right?

Anyway, this post isn’t actually about my Thanksgiving (because THAT didn’t happen here around Gordon). What I do wanna tell you about is the amazing Saturday I had before leaving for break.

It was a beautiful day, not too cold and certainly not to warm. Looking for some time to myself and something to get me in the holiday spirit, I stumbled upon THREE holiday church fairs all located in Beverly.

The first fair I stopped at was in the Church in the Cove. Their all purpose room was filled with holiday crafts, goodies, and jewelry. I purchased a cute little wreath ornament and some jewelry… only spending a total of $2.25. (See pictures below.) I was pretty happy with my purchases and couldn’t help but anticipate the next fair.

The next church I stopped at was St Peter’s Episcopal Church. This place knew how to put on a holiday fair! With food, crafts for the kids, jewelry, handmade knitting, and odds-n-ends, there was certainly something at the fair for everyone. Even Santa Clause made an appearance to the happy children! Here I purchased a book and a necklace. Totaling me a whole $1.00. Again, what a deal! (See pictures below.)

Lastly, I headed over to Date Street Church. While I didn’t get to purchase anything here, I must say, they had quite the silent auction. I got there right before they closed the doors, so I didn’t get to bid… But if I had, there were certainly some baskets I would have loved to take home!

All in all, I had a great Saturday strolling around Beverly, getting into the holiday spirit, and exploring some of the many churches in the near Gordon area. Click here for a list of other churches within the Gordon area check out this page. Happy holiday season! Hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am!

 

 

A Sweet Sunday Evening

Alright so I left you hanging the other day, I guess it’s about time I fill you in on my Sunday evening.

Well, a majority of the night consisted of cramming for an Accounting exam. However, knowing I wouldn’t last the entire night simply studying, I accepted an invitation to Dueling Desserts. If you’re unsure of what this little event is, don’t panic, I had no idea what it was until I was invited.

Dueling Desserts is a tradition that one of my professors and his wife started even before they began teaching here at Gordon. The professor and his wife invite the classes they are currently teaching over for an evening of… you guessed it – dueling desserts. Each of them chooses a recipe and prepares it for the group. The professors do not tell you who made which dessert, and instead make you vote on which one is your favorite. Then they have you guess as to whom made each dessert.

While I don’t know the exact names of the desserts that we had on Sunday, one was a flourless chocolate cake and the other was along the lines of a ginger blanche bar. Not gonna lie, we were all really impressed with their baking skills! We all went around and voted for our favorite – I voted the chocolate cake… I can never pass up a piece of chocolate, it’s more of a curse. For the first time in the Dueling Desserts history – there was a tie! There were 14 of us in the gathering, and the votes were split down the middle 7 to 7.

Next came the guessing of who prepared which dessert. Guesses went around and finally the professors admitted who baked what. My professor had baked the flourless chocolate cake and his wife had prepared the ginger blanche bars.

Needless to say, it was a great evening of breaking away from studying, enjoying conversation, and indulging in desserts.

What’s there to eat for lunch around here!?

My dear followers! I’m so sorry I have not updated in a while. With the end of the semester things have gotten pretty busy around here… plus I did the 8 hour round trip to Jersey last weekend. Since I’ve been back, I was spending a lot of last week catching up on my homework. (I’m sure you can understand.) Thankfully though, I’m all caught up with my homework, and I finished my last exam this morning (well, at least until finals). So I’m all yours again!

So much has happened; I can’t even decide what to tell you. I will mention, however, I don’t have any pictures from all of these recent happenings… but don’t worry, I’ll be sure to make use of my camera phone next time!

Let’s just pick up from this weekend… this was my first weekend since arriving at Gordon that I actually had nothing planned. And honestly, it was kind of refreshing. Normally, my Saturdays and Sundays are booked way in advance.  We’ll start with Saturday.

One of the best things about Gordon’s location is you can honestly just get in your car… drive… and find something that will spark your fancy – whatever your fancy might be for the day. On Saturday, my fancy was a good sandwich and enjoying God’s creation. I first drove to Wrapture  in Beverly. Wrapture is a little drop by restaurant that has the most amazing wraps.  Looking for something not too spicy but definitely a lunch food with a little zest, I ordered the Buffalo Chicken – Celery, Onions, Carrots, Romaine, Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing, Buffalo Sauce.

After grabbing my wrap, I headed to West Beach which just so happens to also be in Beverly. (Here’s a link to some Google images of the beach: Check out these pictures!) Since it’s fall here, and a little chilly, I just stayed in the car but got to enjoy my amazing sandwich with a beautiful
view. A little alone time, some good food, and God’s creation is just what I needed for my Saturday.

Check out my next post to see what I did on Sunday! Here’s a hint: It’s something pretty sweet. =)

A Halloween Confession

Okay, so in all honesty… I did dress up for one Halloween event. However, this event was “not-to-be-missed” and those who dressed up got 50% off admission! So taking up that amazing deal, I put on my boyfriend’s soccer uniform and went to… the Sweaty-Toothed Madmen Halloween show).

And while the name of this event sounds ridiculous and slightly unprofessional, that is exactly what this group of students is going for. The Sweaty-Toothed Madmen is a group of students who tried out and made the cut to be a part of Gordon College’s very own improv troupe.  There are students from every class represented on stage, so everyone in the audience recognizes at least one friendly face. However, there’s never a need to actually know anyone on stage because these guys (and gals) are quite funny regardless.

One of my favorite things about the Sweaty-Toothed Madmen shows is that they welcome audience participation. The hosts frequently ask the audience for scene themes, titles, characters, and settings. With the audience suggestions, the creative juices never stop flowing. Besides just asking for ideas, there are even certain improv skits that require audience members to go up on stage. I’ve never actually volunteered to do that, but I must say it looks like a lotta fun!

You may be thinking that Gordon College couldn’t possibly have students talented enough to have a well functioning improv group. Wrong! The Sweaty-Toothed Madmen have actually competed in improv competitions in Boston and done very well at that! If you’re interested in hearing more about the Sweaty-Toothed Madmen, feel free to contact either Tryrel.Borowitz@gordon.edu or Ryan.Coil@gordon.edu with any questions. **Be sure you mention that you heard about them through an admissions blog, and that you’re interested in hearing more about the group! =) **

We’re going to the semi-finals!

This weekend was so eventful! So much went on around here that it’s been hard to decide what to write about. Now you may be thinking, “Oh Amber probably just enjoyed some Halloween festivities.” Well if not dressing up yet still getting my hands on some candy counts – then yes, I did enjoy some Halloween festivities. However, besides all of the celebrations of the weekend, there was much more going on.

On Saturday, the men’s soccer team played in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) quarterfinal against Salve Ragina. My apartment mates and I all made the long treck down the hill from Tavilla to the quad… with blankets, soup, and hot chocolate in hand. We’re quite experienced in attending the guys’ soccer games, so we don’t show up unprepared. Plus with the threat of snow, we decided we would rather be over prepared than under prepared. (And let me just say, we were in no way underprepared! It was soo cold out!)

Anyway, you all are probably wondering the result of the game. Our Fighting Scots won! The final score was 3-0! A complete shut out! By winning this game, the guys get to move on to the CCC Semifinals. Their semifinal game has been scheduled for this Thursday, November 3. So, if you are reading this and you are in the New England area and are looking to get a taste of some Gordon like sportsmanship… come on out! I’ll be there!

Here’s the whole rundown of the game on Saturday if you’re interested: http://athletics.gordon.edu/news/2011/10/29/MSOC_1029111841.aspx

Tavilla Coffee House

 

Fall is finally here! Things are looking beautiful around the North Shore. The leaves are changing colors, pumpkins are popping up on people’s porches, and Target is full of small children running around picking out their adorable little Halloween costumes.  

This past week, CEC  held its second Coffee House of the year. The event was held in the Tavilla lounge – which was very convenient for me because that’s where I live… and it was cold and raining outside so I had no desire to go anywhere else.

The tables were full of coffee, accompanied by tons of yummy cookies. Nearly every kind you can think off of the top of your head – Oreos, Vanilla Oreos, Chips Ahoy, ginger snaps… even chocolate covered graham crackers. Just perfect!

After grabbing a few cookies, I found a little open area on the floor just in time to enjoy sit down and catch the last three sets. The first set was a group of Gordon guys singing a few self-written songs. Next was a Gordon girl who sang and played Vanilla Twilight by Owl City on the keyboard. And to close the evening were two guys and a girl who did some great covers with a keyboard, a guitar, and some shakers. Just to give you a taste for that set, one of the guys rapped the entire Super Bass song by Nicki Minaj and the girl sang The Prayer by Kid Cudi … both put to acoustic versions, of course!

All in all, it was a great evening to start off the fall activities here around Gordon. I couldn’t have thought of a better place to spend a rainy, fall evening than at the CEC Tavilla Coffee House. =)

My First Post!

In order to take the pressure of posting an amazing first blog post with the most amazing first story, I’m going to avoid that pressure all together and blog an introductory “first post”. I figure, you would probably like a little background info so you can get a feel of who you’re following.

Okay, so as you can tell, my name’s Amber Joy Fiedler. I was born in Wayne, New Jersey, and I am currently a junior at Gordon College. I’m a Communications major with a Business Administration minor. And so far, I have absolutely loved my time here at Gordon! It’s been great, and I’m really excited that I’ll be able to share a glimpse into some of the excited opportunities around here.

Moving from just outside of New York City to just outside of Boston has been a transition. The North Shore is different than back home, but in a lot of good ways! In my blog, I’m going to do my best to shed light on the hidden gems of the area, the eclectic events that go on around here, and the ridiculously fun events that CEC (campus events council) puts on.

So here we go! Come embark on a Junior Journey with me!

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