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Femion » Mayfest 2007

Mayfest 2007

May 21st, 2007

Mayfest was several weeks ago, but I have recently found myself with a dreadful case of internet lethargy. So here’s the story of Mayfest:
Mayfest is the annual fundraiser for the local Hospital. The St. FX Student Union building is taken over and filled with magic shows, flea markets, fairground games, and a ‘teddy bear clinic’ where the doctors of the town will diagnose your stuffed animal. I volunteered in Scienceworld. Profs and students from the various science departments at X set up demonstrations in the Golden X pub (a lovely atmosphere for children - smell of alcohol permiates the place and almost every surface is sticky). Since I’m not a St. FX student and I put my name in pretty late, I was assigned to the earth science department, whose demonstrations included: find the volcanic rock! talk to a prof about climate change! look at the fossil under a rock microscope, and the one I was working with: put clay in a mold and make something that looks like a trilobite yet has nothing at all to do with the fossilization process! As you can tell by my description, I didn’t much care for what I was doing. But, saying that I ran a booth at Scienceworld sounds a lot more impressive than helped kids stuff clay into a mold.
My parents were also at Mayfest, playing with their jazz band. Here are some pictures:

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Prof Steinitz with the Vanderwall generator.
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Mark and Andrew torture kids on the bed of nails. No, seriously, they had a demonstration where kids could lie down on a bed of nails. And Mayfest hasn’t gotten sued yet. And they used to charge 25 cents!
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Finally, Mom and Dad and the Good Time Orchestra.

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