This past Friday (Nov. 19), Regent University held its annual Winter Ball! Hosted at the Founder’s Inn, the evening was full of great music, delicious food, and special memories. About 200 students attended, all dressed in their finest attire, from ball gowns to cowboy hats. The dancing was located in the ballroom with a raised stage for the DJ at the front and small cocktail tables scattered throughout the back for guests to eat and leave their belongings. In the foyer, there were couches and chairs arranged conveniently for anyone desiring a break from the music and conversation with friends.
The Founder’s Inn was beautifully decorated for the holidays and adorned in twinkling lights, glittering garlands, and shimmering Christmas trees. In the main atrium, there was a massive Christmas tree adorned with gold ornaments, which sparkled in the warm lights covering the tree. It provided a stunning backdrop for pictures, and Regent graciously offered free photography services to anyone who wanted pictures in front of the tree.
The music of the evening was provided by DJ Trey, who played a mix of line dances (Electric Slide, Church Clap, etc.) and well-known favorites (“Firework,” “3000,” etc.). He also threw in a couple of slower songs for any young couples wanting to get their romance on and took song requests throughout the night. Trey was super energetic and even stepped down onto the dance floor to demonstrate the steps for “Crank That (Soulja Boy).”
For anyone who got hungry from dancing, refreshments and ice water were served in the back of the ballroom. The food was served buffet-style and included three meat options: chicken kabob skewers, shrimp cocktails, and barbecue meatballs (the skewers were the best!). While all of the food was delicious, the real highlight was the Oreo Dream Bars, which consisted of layers of chocolate pudding, crushed Oreos, and whipped cream cut into perfectly sized squares.
Throughout the night, I interacted with dozens of students present at the dance, all of whom seemed excited to attend and happy with the way the ball turned out. Many of them also expressed gratitude to Regent University for hosting Winter Ball, despite the challenges COVID presented to a large evening event. Guests were required to wear masks unless eating or drinking, and the number of tickets was limited due to space restrictions; however, despite these minor inconveniences, it was an amazing evening full of fun and laughter.