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82nd annual Middlebury College Winter Carnival on Feb. 24-26 adopts "Keepin' it Live in '05" theme

February 11, 2005

A Middlebury skiier competes in a race at the college's 2004 carnival.
MIDDLEBURY, Vt.-With "Keepin' it Live in '05" as its theme, the 82nd annual Middlebury College Winter Carnival, the oldest and largest student-run carnival in the country, will take place on Thursday, Feb. 24-Saturday, Feb. 26.  The public is invited to attend fireworks, a cultural gala, an ice show and ski competitions.

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24, a fireworks display will burst into the skies over the college's Center for the Arts (CFA).  Observers may enjoy hot chocolate and view the fireworks from the CFA's parking lot or terrace, which is accessible via Porter Field Road, off South Main Street (Route 30).

Just after the fireworks, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., a cultural gala with a musical theme, "Shake, Rattle and Roll around the World," will provide activities for all ages throughout the CFA, where light refreshments will be available.  High Road, a Burlington-based Celtic band, will perform in the Concert Hall from 7:30-8:15 p.m. and again from 8:45-9:30 p.m. The GT/VT Breakers, a Middlebury College break dancing group, will perform in the Dance Theatre from 7:30-8 p.m. and will offer break dancing lessons to kids immediately afterwards in Room 232.  Middlebury College student dance group Riddim will perform in the Dance Theatre from 8:15-8:45 p.m. and from 9-9:30 p.m.  The Middlebury College Museum of Art will be open to the public from 7-9 p.m.

The Winter Carnival Ice Show will take place on Friday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. in Kenyon Arena on South Main Street (Route 30).  Titled "Broadway on Ice," the show will feature two special guest skaters; the Middlebury Figure Skating Club, whose members include children and adults; and Middlebury College student, staff and faculty skaters. 

Performing as a pair, Samantha Cepican and Phillip Lichtor will appear as guest skaters at the Winter Carnival Ice Show.  Previously based in Chicago, they have been training for three years at The Skating Club of Boston.  Lichtor, a junior at M.I.T., and Cepican, a high school senior, have earned medals at regional figure skating championships for the last four years in the novice and junior dance categories.  They captured the bronze medal in junior dance at the 2005 Eastern Sectional Championship and placed ninth at the 2004 State Farm United States Championships.  They have also represented the U.S. at competitions in Canada and Mexico.

Some of the finest collegiate skiers will compete at the carnival, where the Nordic and alpine races are regional qualifying events for the NCAA.  Competitions will take place on Friday, Feb. 25, and Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl in Hancock and the Rikert Ski Touring Center in Ripton.  The visiting teams include those from Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Dartmouth, Harvard, St. Lawrence, St. Michael's, University of New Hampshire, University of Vermont and Williams.  Pending qualification, individuals on teams from the following schools may compete: Boston College, Plymouth, Northern Michigan University, Smith, St. Anselm, Clarkson, M.I.T. and the University of Massachusetts.  There will be an outdoor barbecue at the Snow Bowl on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. 

Admission to the fireworks, cultural gala and ski events are free.  Tickets for the ice show are $5 for adults, and $3 for children under 12, payable with cash or check.  Tickets will be available at the door.  For more information, contact the Middlebury College Center for Campus Activities at 802-443-3100.

To follow is a listing of events:

 

Middlebury College Winter Carnival Events Calendar Listings:

 

Cultural and Entertainment Events:

 

Thursday, Feb. 24

7 p.m.

Fireworks

Free admission

Middlebury College Center for the Arts parking lot and terrace, Route 30

 

7:30-9:30 p.m.

"Shake, Rattle and Roll around the World" Cultural Gala:  High Road, a Burlington-based Celtic band, will perform in the Concert Hall from 7:30-8:15 p.m. and from 8:45-9:30 p.m.  The GT/VT Breakers, a Middlebury College break dancing group, will perform in the Dance Theatre from 7:30-8 p.m. and will offer break dancing lessons to kids immediately afterwards in Room 232.  Middlebury College student dance group Riddim will perform in the Dance Theatre from 8:15-8:45 p.m. and from 9-9:30 p.m.  The Middlebury College Museum of Art will be open to the public from 7-9 p.m. Light refreshments will be available.  

Free admission

Middlebury College Center for the Arts, Route 30

Friday, Feb. 25

7 p.m.

Ice Show:  "Broadway on Ice"

The ice show includes a performance by a pair of Boston-based guest skaters, Samantha Cepican and Phillip Lichtor, who placed ninth at the 2004 State Farm United States Championships.  Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12.  Tickets will be available at the door, payable in cash and check only. 

Kenyon Arena, Middlebury College, Route 30

 

Ski Events:

Free admission to ski events.  Outdoor barbecue at the Snow Bowl at 11:30 a.m., Feb. 26.

 

Friday, Feb. 25

Alpine Events, Middlebury College Snow Bowl, Hancock, Route 125

9:30 a.m. Men's Slalom - First Run

  Followed by Women's Slalom - First Run

12:30 p.m. Men's Slalom - Second Run

Followed by Women's Slalom - Second Run

Nordic Events, Rikert Ski Touring Center, Ripton, Route 125

10 a.m. Men's 10K Classic

11:15 a.m. Women's 5K Classic

 

Saturday, Feb. 26

Alpine Events, Middlebury College Snow Bowl, Hancock, Route 125

9:30 a.m. Women's Giant Slalom - First Run

  Followed by Men's Giant Slalom - First Run

11:30 a.m. Outdoor barbecue at the Snow Bowl

12:30 p.m. Women's Giant Slalom - Second Run

  Followed by Men's Giant Slalom - Second Run

 

Nordic Events, Rikert Ski Touring Center, Ripton, Route 125

10 a.m. Women's 15K Mass Start Freestyle

11:30 a.m. Men's 20K Mass Start Freestyle

 

For more information, contact the Middlebury College Center for Campus Activities at 802-443-3100.   

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