Through the chaos of SPAC’s crowded lawn, groups of old high school friends reunite after spending most of the year away at college.
“It’s nice to see everyone from high school and just say ‘Hi,’ ” said Danielle Wilson, a Saratoga resident and University at Albany student. “You haven’t seen them in mad long and then you just bump into everyone.”
SPAC offers a great environment for these miniature high school reunions where students catch up and enjoy the night’s musical performances.
“I went to CBA, so it’s like a CBA reunion,” said Ian Cronin, Albany resident and Le Moyne College student. “Yeah, It’s like a reunion seeing all of your old high school pals,” added friend and current Christian Brothers Academy student Ben Anthony.
The environment of the lawn and the people who fill it often overshadow the performers.
Cronin said that he spends his summers in Saratoga “definitely not for the music” but rather for the atmosphere and the opportunity to meet girls.
Kids from far beyond the Capital Region enjoy SPAC events, but for area students in particular the venue is crammed with familiar faces.
“I feel like a lot of people meet up with their Albany friends,” said Joya Pavia, a New Hartford resident and student at the University of Miami. “I see a lot of people doing that.”
SmackHigh New York, a twitter account with over 85,000 followers that allows local high-schoolers to submit comments or jokes, tweeted “Schalmont: the only school that has an entire section of the lawn at SPAC packed with half the school.”
But the popular meeting spot can also bring unwanted company for some students.
“I see people I definitely don’t want to,” admitted Greenfield Center resident and University of New Orleans student Maia Van Zandt.
And the number of people at the venue can make it difficult to actually meet up.
“It’s really easy to lose your friends so that’s the bad thing,” said Morgan Marinia, Catskill resident and SUNY Ulster student. “You say you’re by the Pepsi stand, well which Pepsi stand?”
Siena students Erin McGeary, Alicia Ceneviva and Nicole Bulger used the Boys of Zummer concert on Tuesday as an excuse to visit one another.
“We don’t live close together so we all decided to come,” said Ceneviva. “We see each other every day when were at school, some of us like live together.”
Students schedule trips far in advance. McGeary said the three have “planned this for months, like since we’ve been in school.”
Others are more spontaneous and simply show up to reunite with whoever happens to be there, like Brett George,Tanner Horan and Nina Inserra.
“This was last minute,” George said.
“We just decided to come yesterday.”