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Social Activities

The Patrick Henry College student body enjoys a close-knit, active social life, from formal and informal dances to yearly Homecoming events. As the community continues to mature, traditions develop.




A relatively recent addition, BobFest (or Lake Bob Day), completes the spring semester with a rousing combination of sun, fun, and water. During this no-swimming event, students use flotation devices of every description to enjoy their lake or fly down a zipline for a quick and thrilling dunk.

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The Liberty Ball

The most formal of the PHC dances, the Liberty Ball allows students to celebrate in style. In past years, the dance has featured a live swing band, hors d'ouvres, and plenty of waltz, swing, foxtrot and other classic ballroom music.



Every year, Patrick Henry College students mark Homecoming Weekend as a chance to enjoy PHC Sentinels soccer games, a traditional alumni/student football match, and various inter-class competitions throughout the week.

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D4 Block Party

The men of Oak Hill Dorm known on-campus as D4 — are fond of sports, music, and good grilling. Since 2006, they have hosted the D4 Block Party, a one-day festival of burgers, hot dogs, live music talent, and a dodgeball team tournament.

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The Freshman Dance

To welcome new students to campus, the sophomore class plans and hosts a fun, casual dance. Admission is always free for freshmen, but all classes are welcome at this fun, casual tradition!


The Hoedown

Every October, PHC students break out their plaid shirts and cowboy/cowgirl boots for an old-fashioned hoedown. Hosted in a local barn, students dance the Virginia Reel and the Cotton-Eyed Joe, eat lots of home-baked pie, and drink plenty of hot apple cider in this annual tradition.



In spring 2007, Scott York and David Carver (both now graduated) put on the student body's first Harmonicomedy, a talent showcase blending students' musical talent and comedy. Since then, the Harmonicomedy has quickly become a semester-favorite, as students enjoy the relief from studies and a general good time.

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Lessons and Carols

As the season of Advent begins, the PHC Chorale welcomes the community for a contemplative candlelight service filled with reflection on the hope of the Messiah's birth. This traditional service of carols and readings begins with the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden, then describes God’s promise to Abraham, recounts the prophecies about Christ as told in Isaiah, details the story of Christ’s birth as recalled in the Book of Luke, and, finally, ends with the mystery of the “word made flesh” as explained in John 1.

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The Christmas Ball

As the first formal dance of the year, the Christmas Ball allows students to swing in the season. There's always plenty of food, swing, and a "snowball" dance or two, where students switch partners in a fast-paced swing dance.

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