The Masquerade Ball that took place on Saturday, Feb. 23 was a lot of fun.
It was put on by Hillel (a Radford University organization revolving around the Jewish faith) in celebration of Purim, a Jewish holiday that celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from a corrupt royal named Haman, and is discussed in the book of Esther.
First of all, let me say that I was highly impressed with the food. They had fruit, chicken, brownies, rice-krispies treats and a fondue fountain.
Members of Hillel also put on a hilarious, modernized Purim skit for the guests to enjoy.
We were told to use noisemakers at the mention of Haman’s name. It was a lot of fun, and I was impressed with the quality of the skit.
They also had a lot of other entertaining things for guests to use, like a mask-creation table, photo booth and face-painting station.
The actual dancing didn’t start until after the skit ended between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.that night.
I thought I was going to spend the entire night observing everyone else, but instead I got up and joined the fun, despite my characteristic lack of grace and my inability to find anything resembling a rhythm. The fun was that infectious!
Hillel also impressed me with how hard they worked to get everyone else in on the fun. I was able to join in and put aside my fear of looking like an idiot, and that’s mostly because of the way the dance was managed and set up. The music was great, the food was fantastic and the people who put the dance on did a great job.
I’m excited to see what they do next year.