Cool weather. Pumpkin spice lattes. Busy campus pathways.
As October drew to a close, students at the University of Florida slowly migrated out of the library and dorms to the Plaza of the Americas to enjoy cooler weather while momentarily escaping from the demands of academic life. To the collegiate student, there was no better opportunity to get outside than with the Hammock Club’s first Plaza takeover.
With the rise in the popularity of Hammocks, students were eager to get out on campus and hammock. On October 26, 2015, hammocks lined the sidewalks and trees were adorned with colorful patterns. The First Official Plaza Takeover was in full swing.
While small groups of students found two reliable trees all over the plaza, one group of ambitious students took to a large tree along the main road at the entrance to the plaza. Referred to as ‘The Party Tree’ by various club members, hammocks embellished the branches from top to bottom and from side to side.
Throughout the 4-hour event, thousands of students passed through the plaza, making their way to classes, grabbing some Krishna Lunch, and meeting the various organizations tabling in the plaza. Although there was a large magnitude of students passing through, the hammocks still turned heads, made their way into selfies, and campus snap stories.
Near the end of the event, a small damper to the excitement reared its head… Rain. But in true Floridian fashion, the rain came and went in a blink of an eye. While the downpour was heavy enough to flush out most students from their hammocks, others stuck it through.
Like the ol’ Gator saying goes… ‘In all kinds of weather, we’ll all [hang] together!’ (okay there was a slight edit, but you get the point)
The UF Hammock Club hopes to host more hammock events in the near future on campus and off campus. Like the Facebook page and stay on top of future events!