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Haverfest Committee Announces “Field Day” Theme for 2019 Festival

Yesterday marked the beginning of the final quarter of Haverford’s academic year, but Haverfest Committee has wasted no time getting students excited for the quarter’s end on May 3, which will kick-off the annual Haverfest celebration scheduled for the weekend of May 3-5. Earlier today, the committee announced this year’s theme which will guide activities and decorations throughout Haverfest weekend: “Field Day”!

“Kindergarten teacher Sharon Taylor describes Field Day as a ‘a time when students can let loose and have fun with all their friends,’ typically consisting of ‘a variety of events, games, and competitions that everyone can enjoy.’[1] As part of this theme, we have been incorporating various elements of childhood nostalgia into the afternoon and night events. We (the Co-Heads) came in with the idea of having a childhood nostalgia themed Haverfest, and the Committee was very enthusiastic about it.” wrote this year’s Haverfest Co-Heads Fiona Berry ‘19 and Evan Klasky ‘19 in an email prior to the theme’s release.

Berry and Klasky are joined by committee-members Graham Mauro ‘20, Sadie Kenyon-Dean ‘20, Kathryn Correia ‘20, Kofi Kwakwa ‘19, Noha El Toukhy ‘22, Rebecca Chen ‘22, Rebecca Chang ‘19, and Sarah Jesup ‘20 in planning the event, as well as Mike Elias and Michelle Leo in the Student Life Office. Prior to releasing this year’s theme, the team gave brief previews of their months of planning for Haverfest, largely via Facebook and Instagram. In particular, Haverfest sneak-peaks have featured several images of sporks, the half-spoon half-fork dining utensil, as possible hints at this year’s theme or merchandise pieces.

Illustration by Sarah Jesup for Customs Committee

“The Committee was thinking about things from our childhood and we got really into sporks. We started researching when sporks were invented and a bunch of different other hybrid eating utensils (e.g. spife, knork, sporf). They’re just great tools and we have grown to appreciate them very much!” Berry and Klasky wrote.

Though the theme has been announced, other details of Haverfest will be shared in the coming weeks. While Berry and Klasky can confirm that three artists will be performing during the weekend, the artists’ names have yet to be announced.

Unlike last year’s celebration, this year’s Haverfest will not necessarily be planned in collaboration with May Day coordinators at Bryn Mawr. Haverfest Committee plans on releasing a teaser video for the event in the next couple of weeks, with the full weekend schedule and artists announced in early April.

Stay tuned for updates on Haverfest and Clerk social media.


[1] Taylor, Sharon. “Top Five Fabulous Field Day Activities.” Scholastic, Scholastic Corporation, 18 May 2012,

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