posted on: Thursday May 2, 2019
by Joshua Carone ’22 A&E Staff
Despite her best efforts, not even Mother Nature could ruin Clam Jam and the fun of the second-to-last Saturday of the school year.
The Board of Programmers (BOP) brought life to an otherwise dreary day with their annual Clam Jam, an event dedicated to bringing the Providence College community together to top off the school year.
The clams were originally supposed to be jammed on Smith Quad, but inclimate weather forced the Social Committee to move the event indoors to the Peterson Recreation Center.
Nevertheless, the rain could not stop the Friars from enjoying the many attractions Clam Jam had to offer, which ranged from inflatable bouncy houses to airbrush tattooing.
If one were to get tired from jumping up and down on the inflatable obstacle courses or being drawn as a caricature, BOP provided an assortment of food from a variety of caterers to satisfy any craving. The popular choices came in the form of Nettie’s Kettle Corn, Palagi’s Ice Cream Truck, and Haven Brothers.
And, of course, no Clam Jam is successful without live music. Luckily, the acoustics of Peterson were perfect for the musical stylings of the Cape Cod Slackers, who filled Peterson with covers like “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Dancing In The Moonlight.”
Karl Reidel ’20 helped plan the event with the BOP social committee and was incredibly happy with its outcome: “We would call this event a huge success. The goal of Clam Jam is to engage the whole campus community in an end-of-the-year celebration, and even with the slight change of location due to the weather, we were still able to draw a large crowd throughout the whole duration of the event.”
There was a huge turnout of Friars for the event, happy to spend the rainy day indoors with friends and enjoy the many attractions the event had to offer.
With finals week on the horizon, the event was a perfect opportunity to blow off some steam and relax as a community before the stress of the last couple weeks begins to take hold.
Julia Wilson ’22 was one of many freshmen to be entertained at their first Clam Jam. When asked about her experience, Wilson said, “I love how BOP puts on events like Clam Jam. They think of everything we could want to make people want to come, so it’s a great way to bond with my PC community.”
Yet another successful BOP endeavor, Clam Jam was able to blissfully bring PC students the sense of youth and community we all want for with essays to write and tests to study for.