Musselman Library is proud to announce that its very own book cart drill team, Gett Down With Your Funky Shelf, took 1st place in its category in the 2008 Gettysburg Halloween Parade. Team members include Ronalee Ciocco, Katherine Downton, Kayla Lenkner, Kerri Odess-Harnish, Susan Roach, Meggan Smith, Denise Weldon-Sivy, and Janelle Wertzberger, all of Musselman Library.
The defining characteristic of any book cart drill team is its moves, and this is where Gett Down With Your Funky Shelf stole the show. Katy Mattson (Office of Career Development) choreographed the 60-second routine scored by parade judges in Lincoln Square, as well as the marching routine performed continuously along the parade route. Team members dance through town to popular Grease songs “We Go Together”, “Grease is the Word”, “Summer Loving”, “Born to Hand Jive”, and “You’re the One That I Want.” The team won first place in its category (“marching groups”), finishing ahead of Franklin Township Elementary and Brownie Troop 894.
The team had assistance from other Gettysburians, as well. Travis Mathna (IT Audio-Visual Systems Integration & Support) provided the team’s music, which he projected from the Blue Bullet electric vehicle familiar to everyone on campus. Sharon Birch (IT Instructional Technologist) designed the 1950s car decorations on the book carts. Professors John Kovaleski (Visual Arts) and Jocelyn Swigger (Sunderman Conservatory of Music) carried the team banner with grace and style, adding a bit of their own fancy footwork to the mix.
Due to popular demand, an encore performance was held two days after the parade for members of the Gettysburg College community who missed the parade. The team marched around Stine Lake and reenacted their winning performance in front of the Library (video here). Curious faculty, staff and students (and even some preschoolers from the campus child care center) showed up to watch the event.
Check out more photos on the library’s Flickr page.
Stay tuned for an announcement about the documentary film! That's right, the library book cart drill team is the subject of a documentary film created by film studies students Anskar Fosse and Patricia Veasey. We plan to host a premiere showing (complete with director interviews) sometime this fall or in January. Anyone up for a red carpet event?