The Snow Ball 2018: Donut Holes, Heaters, and “Come on Eileen”


Written by Ashley Lyon, Journalist

Pacific Grove High School’s 2018 Winter Ball, aptly dubbed “The Snow Ball” in homage to the dance held in the Season 2 Finale of the widely popular Stranger Things, was a blast for everyone in attendance. The January 20th event combined everyone’s favorite things: friends, music, heaters, and donut holes.

Students of all ages braved the cold to take their iconic pre-dance pictures at Lover’s Point Park before getting dinner with friends. Smiling and shivering, students posed for pictures with the Pacific Ocean as their backdrop – pictures which would inevitably flood countless Instagram feeds for the next week.

The venue featured a heated patio area for friends and couples to sit and chat, as well as a coat check area stocked full with a variety of donut holes. Despite these tempting offers, however, most students spent their time on the dance floor. Flooded with cool toned light, the room which normally doubles as a recording and performance studio served as the main feature of the dance. Large dance circles frequently appeared as one or more students showed off their impressive dance moves. The music kept the dance floor filled throughout the duration of the dance.

The music played at The Snow Ball also accentuated the diversity of the student body’s music tastes. Students who thrive off of typical dance music got their chance to jam out to popular music, such as Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” and B.O.B.’s “Headband.” However, for the many students who prefer throwback to “Bodak”, classic hits such as “Come on Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners made the dance floor reminiscent of the Homecoming scene from the movie version of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  Other songs, such as “My Type” by Saint Motel and “Dirt on my Boots” by Jon Pardi reflected how the student body’s music taste consists of everything from Alternative/Indie to Rap to Country and everything in between..

“It was one of the best dances I’ve been to,” says senior Mei Bailey, who has attended numerous PGHS dances throughout the years. “The music was especially great and I thought the variety in songs gave everybody something fun to dance to.”

All in all, the Snow Ball had something to offer to everyone in attendance: seating area for the non-dancers, desserts for those with a sweet tooth, and an enjoyable variety of music that had a song or two for everyone.