Last weekend Brescia celebrated two of its most important annual social events, Brescia Ball and Wine & Cheese. The weekend of festivities kicked off on Friday with Wine & Cheese, hosted at the Mercato. Attendees enjoyed a buffet of cheeses to accompany the selection of wines available. A voting booth for the following night’s Brescia Ball royalty saw many visitors, as did the photo booth. Live performers played acoustic covers throughout the evening to set the mood, as well.
Each year, Brescia Ball and Wine & Cheese are important events for student life, but this year they were particularly special. This year’s centennial was celebrated during the events- during Wine & Cheese, attendees were welcome to peruse Brescia yearbooks from decades past, and look at the alumni association’s commemorative wine glass collection. At the end of the evening, lucky attendees went home with the commemorative glass from this year- complete with Brescia’s centennial celebration logo. The official launch of the centennial at Brescia is January 27th, 2019 at 1:00pm which marks the Feast of St. Angela Merici.
Then, during Brescia Ball, the Junior Princess, Princess, and Queen were crowned not only as this year’s royalty, but also as the centennial royalty. Alison Lengyell, the BUCSC’s chief returning officer, was crowned Junior Princess while Amy Karpenko, a Clare Hall residence assistant, was crowned Princess in absentia and Esmé Panarello, who had been crowned Junior Princess in 2017, was crowned Brescia Ball Queen. The crowning began a whole evening of celebrations; after dinner, attendees enjoyed taking photos at the photo booth, a candy bar, and dancing on the dance floor to the DJ, Osso Good. A raffle drawing gave prizes to two winners who had come to the event in masks, just two of the many attendees who celebrated the evening’s theme- a masquerade.
The masquerade was a huge success, but perhaps the more important theme of the weekend was Wine & Cheese’s, which focused on Brescia’s centennial. Both Brescia Ball and Wine & Cheese are a huge part of the Brescia tradition, and the support of Brescia’s alumni association makes them more wonderful each year. Celebrating the centennial during these two important nights helped to start out Brescia’s centennial year properly. Next weekend, the official start of the Centennial year will begin- on St. Angela Merici’s feast day, For a second week in a row, the community will come together to celebrate this banner year in Brescia’s history, and begin a full year of bold celebrations.