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February 12, 1999

76th Annual Middlebury College Winter Carnival on Feb. 25-27 Adopts a Theme of the Four Elements

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

A theme of the four elements, from wind and fire to earth and water, will lend an environmental tone to the 76th annual Middlebury College Winter Carnival, the oldest and largest student-run carnival in the country, on Feb. 25-27. The public is invited to attend fireworks, a cultural gala, an ice show, the first annual barbecue, and ski competitions.

At 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, a fireworks display will burst into the skies over the College's Center for the Arts (CFA). Observers may view the fireworks from the CFA's parking lot or terrace, which is accessible via Porter Field Road, off Route 30.

Just after the fireworks, from 7:30-10 p.m., a cultural gala with the theme "Elements in our Midst," will take place in the CFA. Just inside the main entrance, in Room 232, children will have the opportunity to paint a winter carnival T-shirt, make tambourines, and decorate three-dimensional globes 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 mentors or companions.

In the CFA's lower lobby, the Massachusetts-based band, José González and Banda Criolla, will play Latino music throughout the event. In the dance theatre, the International Student Organization will perform cultural dances. The Concert Hall will be the location for a performance by the Burlington-based Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater, an African dance and drum ensemble with members from Burlington and abroad. The Middlebury College Flute Choir will perform as well. Light refreshments will also be available.

The 1999 carnival marks the debut of a new event. The first annual barbecue, called "The Common Element," will take place behind Battell Dormitory on College Street (Route 125) from 2-5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26. Along with a barbecue, the public is invited to a bon fire, sleigh rides, a hot tub for 40 people, games, and children's activities.

In conjunction with the new event, organizers have reinstated the Winter Carnival Snow Sculpture Competition. The contest is open to the public, and winners are eligible to receive prizes totaling $1,000. On Friday, Feb. 26, five-foot piles of snow will be available starting at 8 a.m. and sculptures must be finished by 3:30 p.m.. Because there is a limited number of snow piles available, pre-registration is required. To register, contact student organizer Elsa Palanza by calling 443-3103, faxing 443-3012, or e-mailing epalanza@middlebury.edu by Monday, February 22 at 12 p.m. Please include the group's contact name and telephone number, and the number of people in the group. All registrations will be confirmed on the following Thursday.

The Winter Carnival Ice Show will take place on Friday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. in the new state-of-the-art Chip Kenyon '85 Arena on Route 30. This year's show is titled "ElementICEing" and will feature the Middlebury Figure Skating Club, and Middlebury College's talented student, staff and faculty skaters.

The show will also include professional skaters from the Boston area, including 22-year-old Jessica Roos. She is the 1999 New England Regional Senior Ladies Competitor and the 1998 Lake Placid Senior Ladies Silver Medalist. Roos is returning for her fifth appearance in the ice show. A talented pair, Emilie Nussear and Brandon Forsyth, will perform as well. Aged 16 and 19 respectively, Nussear and Forsyth are members of the 1999 U.S. National and U.S. Junior World Teams.

Some of the finest collegiate skiers will compete in their final carnival of the season on Friday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 27 at Middlebury College's Snow Bowl (Hancock, Vt.) and Rikert Touring Center (Ripton, Vt.). Teams from Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Dartmouth, Harvard, Johnson State, St. Lawrence, St. Michael's, University of New Hampshire, University of Vermont, and Williams will participate. There will be a barbecue at the Snow Bowl on Saturday at 12 p.m.

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

Tickets for the ice show are $5 for adults, and $3 for students and children. Tickets will be available at the Middlebury College Center for the Arts box office at 443-6433 beginning Feb. 12, and at the door.

The all-you-can-eat barbecue at the Snow Bowl is $5.50 per person.

Schedule of Ski Events:

Free admission to ski events. All-you-can-eat barbecue $5.50 per person.

FRIDAY, FEB. 26

Alpine Events at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl, Hancock, Vt., on Route 125

9:30 a.m.

Women's Giant Slalom - First Run, followed by

Men's Giant Slalom - First Run

12:30 p.m.

Women's Giant Slalom - Second Run, followed by

Men's Giant Slalom - Second Run

Nordic Events at the Rikert Touring Center, Ripton, Vt., on Route 125

10 a.m.

Women's 5K Freestyle

11 a.m.

Men's 10K Freestyle

SATURDAY, FEB. 27

Alpine Events at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl, Hancock, Vt., on 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

12 p.m.

Outdoor all-you-can-eat barbecue on Snow Bowl deck, $5.50 per person

Nordic Events at the Rikert Touring Center, Ripton, Vt., on Route 125

10 a.m.

Men's 20K Mass Start Classic

11:30 a.m.

Women's 15K Mass Start Classic

Schedule of Other Events:

THURSDAY, FEB. 25

7:15 p.m.

Fireworks

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

7:30-10 p.m.

Elements in our Midst Cultural Gala: children's T-shirt and tambourine making, José González and Banda Criolla (Latino band), Jeh Kulu African Theatre (dance and drum ensemble), International Student Organization cultural dances, student instrumental performances, and refreshments.

Middlebury College Center for the Arts, Route 30. Free admission

FRIDAY, FEB. 26

2-5 p.m.

The Common Element Barbecue: scheduled activities include music, sleigh rides, snow sculptures, bon fire, games, and children's activities. To enter snow sculpture competition, contact student organizer Elsa Palanza by calling 443-3103, faxing 443-3012, or e-mailing epalanza@middlebury.edu by Thursday, Feb. 25 at 12 p.m. Please include group contact name and telephone number, and number of participants. All registrations will be confirmed on Thursday, Feb. 25.

Located in the area behind Battell Dormitory, College Street (Route 125). Free admission

7 p.m.

ElementICEing Ice Show. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and children. Tickets are available at the Middlebury College Center for the Arts at 443-6433 starting Feb. 12, and at the door. Doors will open one hour before the show.

Chip Kenyon '85 Arena, Route 30

SATURDAY, FEB. 27

2 p.m. ElementICEing Ice Show. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and children. Tickets are available at the Middlebury College Center for the Arts at 443-6433 starting Feb. 12, and at the door. Doors will open one hour before the show.

Chip Kenyon '85 Arena, Route 30.