Middlebury

February 11, 2002

Contact: Sarah Ray
802-443-5794
sray@middlebury.edu
Posted: February 6, 2002

MIDDLEBURY, VT - With "Once Upon a Carnival" as its theme, the 79th annual Middlebury College Winter Carnival, the oldest and largest student-run carnival in the country, will take place on Thursday, Feb. 21-Saturday, Feb. 23. The public is invited to attend fireworks, a cultural gala, an ice show and ski competitions.

At 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, 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 7:30-9:45 p.m., a cultural gala with an African theme, "Jungle Book," will take place in the CFA. Lisa Sammet, a self-described tale singer, will provide an interactive performance of music, song, storytelling and creative dramatics from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Jeh Kulu, an African dance troupe, will offer a dance performance and an instructional dance workshop from 8:45-9:45 p.m. Ongoing arts and crafts activities for children and light refreshments inspired by African foods will also be available.

The Winter Carnival Ice Show will take place on Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. in Kenyon Arena on South Main Street (Route 30). Inspired by the tale of a little girl, the first half of the show is based on the stories her father reads her at night, and the second half on her dreams after she falls asleep. Titled "Bedtime Stories," the show will feature special guest skaters; the Middlebury Figure Skating Club, whose members include children and adults; and Middlebury College student, staff and faculty skaters.

Two of the guest skaters are 18-year-old Chad Brennan and 16-year-old Renee Laverdiere. Although they have been skating together for only a year, they are already 2002 New England Regional Novice Pair Champions, and have competed at the 2002 Eastern Sectional Championships. While Laverdiere is a junior at Marshwood High School in Eliot, Maine, and represents the Skating Club of Boston, Brennan is a senior at Franklin High School in Franklin, Mass., and represents the Colonial Figure Skating Club.

Solo guest skater Chynna Pope, the second alternate to the 2002 Los Angeles National Skating Championships, is a freshman at the Brimmer and May School in Chestnut Hill, Mass. She began skating at the age of two and is presently in her second year of directing youth activities at the Skating Club of Boston. Pope was enrolled for six years in the intensive ballet program at the Boston Ballet and for one year at the Massachusetts Youth Ballet. She has danced numerous parts in "The Nutcracker," from Snow to the Waltz of the Flowers.

Some of the finest collegiate skiers will compete at the carnival, where the Nordic races are regional qualifying events for the NCAA. Competitions will take place on Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23, 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 who qualify for this competition and who attend Boston College, Plymouth, Northern Michigan University, Smith, St. Anselm, Clarkson, M.I.T. and the University of Massachusetts will also participate. 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. Tickets will be available at the Middlebury College Center for the Arts box office beginning Feb. 18 at 802-443-6433, and at the door. The outdoor barbecue at the Snow Bowl is $5.50 per person. For more information, contact student organizer Lisa Bennett at lisa@middlebury.edu or the Middlebury College public affairs office at 802-443-5198.

To follow is a listing of events:

Middlebury College Winter Carnival Events Calendar Listings:

Cultural and Entertainment Events:

Thursday, Feb. 21
7:15 p.m.
Middlebury College Center for the Arts parking lot and terrace, Route 30
Fireworks
Free admission

7:30-9:45 p.m.
Middlebury College Center for the Arts, Route 30
"Jungle Book" African Cultural Gala: Performer Lisa Sammet will give an interactive presentation of music, song, storytelling and creative dramatics from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Jeh Kulu, an African dance troupe, will offer a dance performance and an instructional dance workshop from 8:45-9:45 p.m. Ongoing arts and crafts activities for children and light refreshments inspired by African foods will also be available.
Free admission

Friday, Feb. 22
7 p.m., Kenyon Arena, Middlebury College, Route 30
"Bedtime Stories" Ice Show
Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12. Tickets will be available at the Middlebury College Center for the Arts box office beginning Feb. 18 at 802-443-6433, and at the door.

Saturday, Feb. 23
2 p.m., Kenyon Arena, Middlebury College, Route 30
"Bedtime Stories" Ice Show
Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12. Tickets will be available at the Middlebury College Center for the Arts box office beginning Feb. 18 at 802-443-6433, and at the door.

Ski Events:
Free admission to ski events. Outdoor barbecue on Snow Bowl deck at 11:30 a.m., Feb. 23, $5.50 per person.

Friday, Feb. 22
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. Men's 10K Classic
11:15 a.m. Women's 5K Classic

Saturday, Feb. 23
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
11:30 a.m. Outdoor barbecue on Snow Bowl deck, $5.50 per person
12:30 p.m. Men's Slalom - Second Run
Followed by Women's Slalom - Second Run

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

For more information, contact student organizer Lisa Bennett at lisa@middlebury.edu or the Middlebury College public affairs office at 802-443-5198.

 

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