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February 16, 1998

Middlebury College's 75th Annual Winter Carnival Offers Caribbean Theme

Public Invited to Attend Fireworks, Cultural Gala, Ice Show and Ski Events

A Caribbean theme will give spice to the 75th annual Middlebury College Winter Carnival, the oldest and largest student-run winter carnival in the country, on Feb. 26-28. The public is welcome to attend fireworks, a cultural gala, an ice show and ski competitions.

Following a candlelight procession with the College Pep Club, a fireworks display will burst into the skies over the College's Center for the Arts (CFA) at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26. Observers may view the fireworks from the CFA's parking lot or terrace, which is accessible via Porter Field Road, off Route 30.

Immediately after the fireworks, from 7:30-10 p.m., a cultural gala with the theme "Escape to the Islands," will take place in the Center for the Arts. Just inside the CFA's main entrance, in Room 232, children can create their own masks with feathers, glitter, beads and ribbon under the direction of student volunteers and Community Friends, a program run by the Counseling Service of Addison County that links local children with College students and others who serve as "Big Brothers" and "Big Sisters." In the CFA's lower lobby, Lambsbread, a reggae band, will be playing throughout the gala. In the dance theatre, students will perform native dances, and the International Student Organization will present a talent show in the CFA Concert Hall. Light, exotic hors d'oeuvres also will be available.

At 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27 and at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, skaters who have been rehearsing for months will take to the rink in an ice show with the theme "Paradise on Ice" in the College's Nelson Arena on Route 30. The show will present a blend of over 75 new and experienced skaters, both from the student body and the Middlebury College Figure Skating Club, whose members include faculty, staff and their children. The show will include skating performances by two student acappella singing groups, the D-8 and the Bobolinks.

Ski races will take place Friday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, Feb. 28. Cross country events, including classic and freestyle races, will be held at the Rikert Ski Touring Center in Ripton. Alpine events at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl in Hancock will feature slalom and giant slalom races.

Tickets for the ice show are $5 for adults, $3 for students, and $1 for children under age five. Tickets are available at the Center for the Arts box office at 443-6433, at the door, or at the student activities office.

Admission to the fireworks, cultural gala and ski events are free.

Winter Carnival Schedule:

CULTURAL AND ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS:

Thursday, Feb. 26

7:15 p.m., Middlebury College Center for the Arts parking lot and terrace, Route 30

Fireworks

Free admission

7:30-10 p.m., Middlebury College Center for the Arts, Route 30

"Escape to the Islands" Caribbean Cultural Gala: children's mask making, a reggae band, student native dance performance, International Student Organization talent show, light hors d'oeuvres.

Free admission

Friday, Feb. 27

7:00 p.m., Middlebury College Nelson Arena, Route 30

"Paradise on Ice" Ice Show

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students, and $1 for children under age five, and are available at the Middlebury College Center for the Arts box office at 443-6433, at the door, or at the student activities office.

Saturday, Feb. 28

1:00 p.m., Middlebury College Nelson Arena, Route 30

"Paradise on Ice" Ice Show

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students, and $1 for children under age five, and are available at the Middlebury College Center for the Arts box office at 443-6433, at the door, or at the student activities office.

SKI EVENTS:

Free admission.

Friday, February 27

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

Immediately following Men's Giant Slalom - First Run Snow Bowl

10:00 a.m. Women's 5K Classic Rikert Touring Center

11:00 a.m. Men's 10K Classic Rikert Touring Center

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

Immediately following Men's Giant Slalom - Second Run Snow Bowl

Saturday, February 28

9:30 a.m. Men's Slalom - First run Snow Bowl

Immediately following Women's Slalom - First Run Snow Bowl

10:00 a.m. Men's 20K Mass Start Freestyle Rikert Touring Center

11:15 a.m. Women's 15K Mass Start Freestyle Rikert Touring Center

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

Immediately following Women's Slalom - Second Run Snow Bowl