Here and There at Tufts
Musical Clubs' Trips
The Mid-Year concerts held in the Chapel on two consecutive nights are gala affairs; but the annual trips surpass any single event. Usually the clubs have visited Maine at Christmas and New York State in the Spring. In 1907 a short trip was taken to Vermont during the Mid-Year recess.
The annual Maine trip is probably the most enjoyed. For one thing, it is the first journey, so that a new member. looks forward to it with great anticipation, while the old member hails the renewal of warm friendships made in hospitable Maine.
The endless experiences and gaities that ensue are the tale of a long evening. In the daytime they travel through the snow-covered country, go snow-shoeing and sleigh riding. In the evening dances follow in rapid succession. The men are constantly meeting new faces and making new friends. There is always a main street in the city or town where one hails one's brother Tufts men with, " Where are you staying? " and " Where's the post office ? " What wonderful sense of location these men acquire ! If you should bury them to the neck in the sands of darkest Africa, there is no doubt but that they would be at the station next morning just in time to take the Grand Trunk Line.
At last the trip is over and they return to the Hill, thoroughly satisfied with their good times, yet glad to see old Tufts once more. Now they have a subject for many an English theme.
These trips are not only a great education for the men, in that other colleges and cities are visited, and the social life has a good refining influence, but they also serve to spread the name of Tufts.