Drawing on the success of the 600th Ball last year, the Fellowship of St Andrews have proved themselves to be formidable event convenors. But last night was just the beginning! In addition to providing a night of merriment, the ball makes possible an entire weekend of completely free events that celebrate the Bubble and everyone in it. If last year was any indication, they are definitely not to be missed!
The St Andrews Ball is just a few days away but the celebration doesn’t end on Friday. In fact, the ball, put on by the Fellowship of St Andrews, kicks off an entire weekend of festivities that celebrate our town. Annie Newman sat down with us to chat about the Fellowship’s involvement and the exciting events coming up.
Everyone in St Andrews – the students, faculty and locals – feel drawn to the town. It is our home. It is the quirky place we try to explain to our family friends. We show them pictures of ourselves standing on Swilcan’s bridge on the golf course, exclaiming ‘Hugh Grant comes here every year!’ We boast about taking the same class as Kate Middleton when she studied here with Will. And finally, we celebrate our birthdays in the castle at midnight, never having actually seen it during the day. It is already November, and we’ve already made so many memories in this special place. Why then, should we not celebrate this town, university and community, in all its glory?
Now in its third year, St Andrews Voices Festival, organised by locally-born Sonia Stevenson and the university’s Music Director Michael Downes, returned to the town in resplendent glory this October. A combination of concerts, workshops and more eclectic entertainments such as the ‘Rufflets Cream Tea With Jazz” were blended together, drawing world-renowned musicians and local performers alike. With many university musicians performing and several university venues being used, the student body was at the very heart of this festival.
Following the success of the 600th Finale Ball, The Fellowship of St Andrews has decided to transition the once in a lifetime event into a regular occurrence. Perfect news for those of you who didn’t want to wait 100 years for the next one! This year promises to blend the old favourites with as many modern surprises as the 600th Ball provided. The only thing better than the 600th Ball could be, well, the 601st Ball.
Tidy. Bright. Bustling, filled with all manner of cakes, manned by staff in crisp white shirts. Tim came down the stairs to meet me, and after making coffee for himself and tea for me, we sat down for a chat.
This past weekend, local clothing boutique Elizabeth-May partnered up with Scaramanga Bags to showcase the “St Andrews look” for the fall season. I met up with the managers of each business, Natalie Anderson (Elizabeth May) and Katie White (Scaramanga Bags) on Sunday morning and they explained to me how some good old-fashioned Twitter stalking of the others’ business swiftly led to this spontaneous collaboration.
On The Rocks has become the biggest student-run arts festival in Scotland, and if you haven’t heard about it, why not?! It showcases art, photography, film, theatre, dance, fashion, music and comedy from students and the wider community. What’s more, it can claim Sean Connery, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Siobhan Redmond, Crispin Bonham Carter, Joanna Lumley and Simon Pegg as festival patrons.