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Students Celebrate Deason with Fall Foliage Trip

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The fall season was kicked off by Southern New Hampshire University’s (SNHU) Student Involvement Office with their annual Fall Foliage field trip. On Sunday, Sept. 19, a group of students was led by Student In­volvement’s Elizabeth Laclair to four destinations in Vermont.

The fall-packed activities included visits to the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, Church Street Marketplace, Cold Hol­low Cider Mill, and the Water­bury Ben and Jerry’s Factory.

First, the group received a tour at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory and saw how the com­pany’s bears go from concept to product and were taught how to identify a genuine Vermont Teddy Bear.

Church Street Marketplace was the next destination for stu­dents to shop and eat at their leisure. After, the group went to Cold Hollow Cider Mill to get their fix of fresh apple cider and cider doughnuts.

The last stop of the day was the Ben and Jerry’s Factory. The group toured the factory’s facili­ties to learn how Ben and Jerry’s started as well as how their ice cream is produced today. Af­ter taking photos and eating free samples, it was homeward-bound to SNHU.

Event attendee and junior Brianna Cataldo said, “I’m re­ally happy that I [attended this trip]. My favorite part was going to Ben and Jerry’s because I love ice cream and I am so glad that we got to try free samples.”

When asked about the ori­gin of this annual event, Eliza­beth Laclair said, “This trip started in the fall of 2008… Since I’m originally from Ver­mont, I wanted to share some of the things I really loved about [the state] with the students.” She continued, “I think [today’s event] was a hit since the stu­dents seemed to really like [the activities]…and hopefully folks made some new friends along the way.”