Heritage House hosts annual carnival

Heritage House hosts a carnival event where students had the opportunity to meet new people and play games right outside their dorm. Grace Fortier | Photographer

By Skylla Mumana | Reporter

Heritage House hosted its annual carnival from 5 to 6:30 p.m. this past Sunday on the front lawn of the dormitory and featured games, free food and music.

Heritage House is located in the North Village Residential Community, one out of three houses, and boards over 250 residents of the Fine Arts Living Learning Center. While students of varying majors and classifications are able to live at Heritage, they are joined together by their common interest in the fine arts.

Tyler sophomore Megan Frizzell said she heard about the event through her community leader and had high hopes for it.

“So far it’s been pretty cool just to see everyone here having fun,” Frizzell said. “I just love how they got a footlong corn dog truck to come here.”

Dave’s Burger Barn, a local food giant in Waco, was on also deck to provide free food to the residents of the Heritage community. Founded by Cindy and David Hammons, their menu items are made fresh to order as their initiative is to provide fresh and high quality food options to their customers.

While Pop’s Lemonade was scheduled to be at the event, they were unable to make it, much to the dismay of many residents.

From cornhole, to giant bananagrams and jumbo jenga, the carnival went smoothly and there was something for everyone to enjoy and participate in.

Cypress freshman Kailey Hatter said she enjoyed her time at the event.

“It was a great time, lots of entertaining games and great food,” Hatter said.

Many have attributed the success of the event to Kaity Briscoe, director of the Creative Arts Experience in the Fine Arts LLC. The Fine Arts LLC was created back in 2010. Briscoe said she has been in the position for 10 years and enjoys putting on events such as the Heritage carnival for students, noting that it aids in fostering community amongst the residents.

“We’ve done it probably for five years now. This is the first one we’ve gotten to do since COVID-19 started,” Briscoe said. “I like to create informal spaces for people to make friends.”