August 21, 2017
More than 1400 members of the Harpeth Hall community gathered at the Dugan Davis Track and Soccer Complex for Harpeth Hall's solar eclipse event, TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HALL. The rare astrological event did not fail to WOW all who attended. With STEM exhibitors and activities set up around the track, a live feed from NASA, and solar eclipse protective eye wear available for all, the large group assembled on the track and field and under the trees on the corner of campus near the Hobbs and Estes Road intersection. Food trucks were available for lunch and snacks and water stations were set up at various locations. The scoreboard counted down the minutes to when the moon completely blocked out the sun at 1:28 p.m., and a moon-themed music playlist set the mood. Just before complete totality, a cloud passed and obstructed the view, and there was a distinct gasp of disappointment. Fortunately, the cloud passed and the crowd cheered and counted down the remaining seconds as the sun disappeared. The day turned to dusk, stars appeared, the temperature dropped noticeably -- the moment was exhilarating and memorable and made even more special because of the shared community experience.
What an amazing and memorable experience to share with our community! Thank you to Dr. Stacy Klein-Gardner and Becky Smith for taking the lead on this wonderful community event. A lot of work and time went into making the day special and flow easily. Thanks also to the volunteers and facilities team who worked hard to ensure everything went according to plan --- and to our community, for making this incredible campus event one we will remember!