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Spring at Skidmore

Posted: 04/09/2009

April may be the cruelest month, according to T.S. Eliot, but not at Skidmore — here temperatures finally break out of the freezing range and a warm sun melts the last of the snow that barricaded paths and parking lots all winter. Students doff their winter parkas, and dig out shorts and shades. Beach blankets, music, and flip-flops blossom all over campus.

The tables and chairs on the Case Center patio attract faculty, staff, and students eager to soak up some spring; on nice weekend afternoons, Case Green looks like New York’s Central Park on a summer Sunday. Or the cover of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Or a beach party without an actual beach.

The long-waited Adirondack spring calls forth student artists and musicians, sun-worshippers and diligent types studying al fresco; Frisbee players and Haupt Pond ducks come out to play. There’s euphoria in the air—bliss enough to make even that traditional Saratoga winter suddenly seem like ancient history.