Any fair worth its salt features thrill rides, gambling, and food served on sticks. But only Thurtene Carnival at Washington University in St. Louis offers revelers the chance to enjoy Bhangra dancing, delve deep into local skateboarding culture, and indulge in baked red velvet glazed brownies. by a student leader.
“Hundreds of students from more than 35 student groups are thrilled to welcome the St. Louis community to our campus,” said Kathryn Reisner, Junior Thurtene Honorary Member, host of the carnival since 1935. “There will be something for everyone, from the music of the WashU a cappella bands, to the grilled burgers of the ZBT fraternity, to the sporting challenges of the women’s team and the Rugby Club. There has never been such a diverse Thurtene.
Thurtene Carnival runs from 4-8pm on April 8 and 11-8pm on April 9-10 and will take place at the west end of the Danforth campus near the Sports Complex. Parking is free in the university garages.
Thurtene’s community partner is Welcome Neighbor STL, an organization that serves refugees and immigrants, many of whom will be in Thurtene preparing and serving food from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, India, of Egypt, Morocco and other cultures. Meals can be ordered in advance at Welcome Neighbor STL.
General admission is free. Tickets for the ride are available onsite or at a discounted rate in advance. All-you-can-eat bracelets for Friday night are $20.
Some of the other highlights include:
Back from his impressive performance at the national dance competition Taste of India, WashU Bhangra will amaze the crowds with his interpretation of Bhangra, a folk dance from the Indian state of Punjab. Traditionally performed to celebrate the harvest, bhangra is colorful, rhythmic and energetic.
“The energy is intense,” said elder Anish Bedi, captain of the team. “Whether you’re on stage or in the audience, the experience is exhilarating. The music, the movements – it can be very powerful and very graceful.
Bedi feels a special connection with Bhangra because his family is from Punjab. But that’s not why he performs with WashU Bhangra.
“It’s really about the people. WashU Bhangra has become my second family,” said Bedi, a biomedical engineering student at the McKelvey School of Engineering. “Whether we’re performing at a wedding or going to a competition, we’re having fun. We feed on the energy of the crowd and I hope they feed on our adrenaline.
Other performers at Thurtene include a cappella acts WashU After Dark, The Pikers and More Fools Than Wise; the Bear Nation Varsity Band; the WUFuego Latin Dance Team; and poetic sounds.
Chef Curry’s Sweets
Freshman CraigAnthony Moore, a/k/a Chef Curry, will serve Oreo brownies with an Oreo center, Oreo crumble on top and buttercream frosting as well as red velvet brownies with frosting with cream cheese.
“I’ve been developing my Oreo brownie recipe for years, and they’re delicious,” Moore said. “And the red velvet brownies are perfectly moist and cake-like. People love them.
Moore will also sell a caramel cake from mentor Natalie DuBose, owner of Natalie’s Cakes and More, where Moore bakes her brownies.
Moore’s first clients were classmates at McCluer High School in Ferguson. Students who didn’t like or didn’t have time to eat the school breakfast would buy her brownies for $1 a pop. He soon discovered he had a knack for baking and experimented with different ingredients like strawberries and various flours. Now he takes orders from hungry WashU students and recently baked a big Oreo cake for George Washington week.
When Moore isn’t cooking, he spins ’90s R&B and old-school rap as DJ Uncle Craig. And when he’s not DJing, he runs his lawn care business. And when he’s not running his three businesses, he’s studying at Olin Business School.
“I have to sit down and really think about what I want to pursue,” Moore said. “I have more passions than time.”
WashU skate club
WashU Skateboarding Club founder Jacob Li hails from San Diego, where skateboarding is a way of life, a form of creative expression, and a mode of transportation. But St. Louis, Li discovered, has its own skateboarding culture, one that club members hope to share with visitors to Thurtene.
“We want to educate anyone who wants to learn more about skateboarding – the different parts of skateboarding, the local skateparks in the area, and the philanthropic work we’re doing to help Sk8 Liborius, a former church that’s in the process of being converted in skate parks and in urban environments. arts center where young people can learn trades like woodworking and metalwork,” Li said. cool.
Li grew up skateboarding but spent less and less time on his board as he developed new hobbies. Then COVID-19 hit.
“I rediscovered how much I love it,” said Li, a junior arts and science economics and finance student at Olin Business School. “It’s great exercise and a great individual sport, which has served me well during the pandemic. And it’s a great excuse to get out and see the world around you.