Middlebury

February 2001

78th annual Middlebury College Winter Carnival on Feb. 22-24 adopts "A Winter Odyssey" theme

Public invited to attend fireworks, cultural gala, ice show, and ski events

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.-With "A Winter Odyssey" as its theme, the 78th annual Middlebury College Winter Carnival, the oldest and largest student-run carnival in the country, will take place on Thursday, Feb. 22-Saturday, Feb. 24. The public is invited to attend fireworks, a cultural gala, an ice show, and ski competitions.

At 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, 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 "Chinese New Year: Year of the Panther" will take place in the CFA. A three-person ensemble, New York City-based Music From China, will perform in the Concert Hall. Other entertainment includes Ying Lei Zhang, who will conduct Chinese tea demonstrations. Zhang has taught at the Middlebury Chinese Language School, Green Mountain College, Shelburne Craft School, and Frog Hollow Craft Center. She not only lectures on the art of making tea, but also teaches Chinese language, literature, and art. Daniel Leahy, a martial arts expert, will also offer demonstrations. Arts and crafts activities will be available for children. Visitors will enjoy a variety of foods from egg rolls and fortune cookies to sesame chicken.

From 2-5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, for the third year, an event called "Commons Afternoon" will take place outdoors behind Battell Dormitory on College Street (Route 125) and on the quad in front of McCullough Student Center on Old Chapel Road off South Main Street (Route 30). Refreshments and outdoor activities from around the globe, including sumo wrestling, snow sculpting, Jamaican bobsledding, and jousting, will reflect the theme "Cultures 'n Commons." Commons refer to the Middlebury College commons system, which divides the campus into five groups of dorms housing approximately 400 students each.

The Winter Carnival Ice Show will take place on Friday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. in Kenyon Arena on Route 30. Inspired by New York City's Rockefeller Center, this year's show is titled "A Midd-Winter's Night" and will feature special guest skaters, the Middlebury Figure Skating Club, and Middlebury College's talented student, staff, and faculty skaters as they perform to music of the night, such as songs from "The Lullaby of Broadway" and "Phantom of the Opera."

Two of the guest skaters are Bethany Forss, a 13-year-old from Sturbridge, Mass., and Drew Meekins, a 15-year-old from Wellesley, Mass., who have been skating together for almost two years. They were the juvenile pairs gold medallists at the 2000 New England Championships, where they won again at the intermediate level in 2001. They were also finalists in the 2000 and 2001 Junior National Championships.

Solo guest skater Josh Figurido is a six-time United States National Championship competitor-two years at the novice level, three years at the junior level, and one year at the championship level. He placed first in the men's division of the 2000 New England Championship. Figurido is based at the Skating Club of Boston.

Some of the finest collegiate skiers will compete at the carnival, which is a regional qualifying event for the NCAA. Competitions will take place on Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl in Hancock and the Rikert 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. Athletes from Boston College, Plymouth, Northern Michigan University, Smith, St. Anselm, and the University of Massachusetts who qualify for this competition will also participate. There will be an outdoor barbecue at the Snow Bowl on Saturday at 12 p.m.

Admission to the fireworks, cultural gala, the "Commons Afternoon," 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 802-443-6433 beginning Feb. 13, and at the door. The outdoor barbecue at the Snow Bowl is $5.50 per person. For more information, contact student organizer Kristen Sylva at 802-443-7202.
To follow is a listing of events:

Middlebury College Winter Carnival Events Calendar Listings:

Cultural and Entertainment Events:

Thursday, Feb. 22

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
"Chinese New Year: Year of the Panther" Cultural Gala: Performance by Music From China. Chinese tea and martial arts demonstrations. Arts and crafts projects for kids. Egg rolls, fortune cookies, and other refreshments.
Free admission

Friday, Feb. 23

2-5 p.m., outdoors behind Battell Dormitory, Middlebury College, College Street (Route 125)
"Commons Afternoon:" Refreshments and outdoor activities from around the globe, including sumo wrestling, snow sculpting, Jamaican bobsledding, and jousting.
Free admission

7 p.m., Kenyon Arena, Middlebury College, Route 30
"A Midd-Winter's Night" Ice Show
Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and children. Tickets are available at the Middlebury College Center for the Arts at 802-443-6433 starting Feb. 13, and at the door. Doors will open one hour before the show.

Saturday, Feb. 24

1 p.m., Kenyon Arena, Middlebury College, Route 30
"A Midd-Winter's Night" Ice Show
Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and children. Tickets are available at the Middlebury College Center for the Arts at 802-443-6433 starting Feb. 13, and at the door. Doors will open one hour before the show.

Ski Events:
Free admission to ski events. Outdoor barbecue is $5.50 per person.

Friday, Feb. 23

Alpine Events, Middlebury College Snow Bowl, Hancock, Route 125
9:30 a.m. Men's Giant Slalom - First Run
Followed by Women's Giant Slalom - First Run
12:30 p.m. Men's Giant Slalom - Second Run
Followed by Women's Giant Slalom - Second Run

Nordic Events, Rikert Touring Center, Ripton, Route 125
10 a.m. Women's 5K Classic
11 a.m. Men's 10K Classic

Saturday, Feb. 24

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
12 p.m. Outdoor barbecue on Snow Bowl deck, $5.50 per person

Nordic Events, Rikert Touring Center, Ripton, Route 125
10 a.m. Men's 10K Mass Start Freestyle
11:30 a.m. Women's 15K Mass Start Classic

For more information, contact student organizer Kristen Sylva at 802-443-7202.

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