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INCOMING! New Student Weekend Events
Behind the Scenes with Intrepid Museum’s Special Events
Special Events Staff
Welcome to the After Party by the Intrepid Museum’s Special Events Team. Here we’ll give you a look behind the velvet ropes at one of the most exceptional venues in New York, and we’ll tell you what’s catching our eye in the industry and beyond. Just like our events, each of us has a unique style. We’ll be giving you the good, the bad and the outrageously inspiring from our life aboard the ship. Join us for the After Party!
Posted: 4/2/2015 2:47:30 PM

By Cherisse Challenger


One DJ on the captain’s bridge, 12 strobe lights, 80 degrees, hundreds of cases of soda and water and 3,000 incoming freshmen: we were hosting the welcome party for new students at an Ivy League school. The flight deck was packed with wide-eyed students dancing the night away at the coolest event they had ever been to, surrounded by some of the most historic planes in the world, with the New York City skyline as their backdrop. As they danced and wandered through the ship, they realized they had this mammoth vessel all to themselves. Their excitement grew and they wondered, “If this is just the first weekend, what does this school have to offer the rest of the school year?!” 

In a city like New York, anything is possible, even a full-blown dance party on the flight deck of a legendary World War II aircraft carrier. For some, this party was their first time in New York City. Their first time on an aircraft carrier. Their first weekend in college. For all of them, it was a night they won’t forget, an experience that will set the tone for the next four years of their lives. For us, it was all hands on deck to prepare for 3,000 students to swamp the ship. Security…check. Exhibits on and up-lighting of the planes… check. Plenty of bathroom attendants… check! We were ready, and so were they. Our mission? Give our young guests a safe and memorable experience on one of New York’s biggest and best historic landmarks. 

Mission accomplished. 

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