The goal of Hill ’n the ’Ville is to have a family-friendly event that shows students are interested in and care for the Waterville community, Cade said. He pointed out that the event involved more than the SGA; it happened thanks to the collaboration of many different groups, organizers said. Colby athletic teams set up and ran games for young children, for example, and residents of Colby’s first Dialogue House, the Green House (with a focus on environmental issues), helped pick up litter at Head of Falls, the open area alongside the Kennebec River where many events are held.
“I don’t just come here to clean up garbage, though,” said Tara Brian ’10, a Green House resident who helped out. “It’s also fun to be in Waterville and see the different things that are going on here.” Brian said she liked Hill ’n the ’Ville because “It’s good that it is something that Colby students are doing for Waterville,” and that residents can come and enjoy.
Abby Gordon of Waterville, walking on the grassy field with four young children including her two daughters, said she enjoyed Hill ’n the ’Ville tremendously.
“It’s nice to see Colby and Main Street work together,” said Gordon, noting the variety of activities offered throughout the day, from the band John Brown’s Body, which makes regular appearances on the Billboard reggae chart, to the Dumb Beautiful Ministers, one of Colby’s student bands.
“It’s a good beginning,” said Duane Wheeler, who grew up in Waterville and now owns and operates the Dairy Queen on College Avenue. “When Colby had its campus downtown, in fact not far from here, students came a lot downtown, but since it moved up the hill, students are not as much a part of the town as they used to be.”
Strolling the field, Wheeler smiled as he gazed at the crowd gathered in front of the big stage, dancing along with the music. “Today is a great opportunity to interact with students in a variety of different ways,” he said, “I want to see more of it.”