Winter is a busy time for Centenary College. The same could be said for Centenary nearly 90 years ago! Back then, Centenary College was Centenary Collegiate Institute, an all-girls school.
A 1923 student included in Leila Custard’s Through Golden Years writes:
One of my pleasant recollections is a sleigh ride we went on – horses, bells and all. It was beautiful. The country was glistening with snow and made a lovely sight.
Another student from the 1920s recalls the night before the last day of classes, with “Seniors singing Christmas carols as they moved very slowly through all the corridors, each with her lighted candle.”
The holidays went from somber to swinging in later decades. Photos and newspaper articles from the 40s – 70s tell us that Centenary Junior College hosted holiday concerts, a Winter Carnival, and other fun festivities. Outdoor trips were very popular and the students would go tobogganing and skiing. The Winter Carnival included a snow sculpture contest, the Winter Fantasy Dance and the crowning of the Snow Queen. The girls looked forward to these days all year long.
Choral festivities continued to be popular through the 1970s. Students were members of college choral groups, and they would give town concerts and even produced records.
Currently, Centenary College unites with the Hackettstown BID (Business Improvement District) to celebrate the season. This year our town/gown event (town/gown meaning a college/community partnership) was called Hometown Holiday and it included fun activities like sleigh rides, crafts, and caroling. Our theater will also be presenting A Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker for audiences to enjoy. What will you be up to this winter?