To continue the tradition of the oldest student-run Winter Carnival in the country, Middlebury kicks off its 90th annual Winter Carnival on Thursday night! Thursday also marks one of the most fun/dreaded holidays of the year: Valentines Day. But whether you have a steady beau or are just making eyes at your proctor crush, I think that this year’s Winter Carnival events can work to your advantage.
Lets start with Thursday: as Winter Carnival gears up, what better excuse to hang out with that special someone, than to enter as a team into the Snow Sculptures Competition on McCullough Lawn. Any sculpture of Cupid will have my vote this year. And as the night falls, what could be more romantic than a kiss by the bonfire under a sky full of fireworks! Oh, and don’t forget to show off your stellar dance moves at Orange Crush (remember, there’s no school Friday so you can stay out all night!)
With the annual Winter Carnival right around the corner, here is a quick look at how this year’s 88th carnival draws upon some of its roots as one of the oldest carnivals in the nation. This year’s Carnival poster (right) features a design that tries to get a sense of the long tradition of the weekend while also evoking the beauty in our landscape.
The Winter Carnival Ball “dance card” was a tradition that fell by wayside. These examples are dated 1945-1949:
MCAB brought the dance card back this year as more of an invitation to the Ball. This may have caused minor confusion of many current students who may not have understood what a “ball program” is. Inside those dance cards, you’re supposed to write who you’re dancing with and for what kind of dance (waltz, foxtrot, etc.). Here’s what the 2011 cover looks like, borrowing a graphic from a 1940s carnival program: Read more
MCAB has a tough job. It’s hard to appeal to the different tastes at Middlebury, and it can be tempting to spend a lot of money on big names. So I’m pumped that they’ve decided to have DJ Earworm headline Winter Carnival. Earworm certainly appeals to my tastes, and I’m guessing he wasn’t too expensive.
He’s the best kind of mashup DJ. He sustains a beat throughout his songs, avoiding the schizophrenic effect of 5 second clips that is so common in the genre. Here’s his most recent masterpiece:
This has potential to be great, so bring your friends.
Complete Winter Carnival schedule here.
This past weekend was not only the Middlebury College Winter Carnival (photos and stories here), but also the 1st Annual Middlebury Winter Carnival and Chili Contest 2009, hosted by the Better Middlebury Partnership.
Here are some photos courtesy of Jackson Latka (@jacksonlatka).
UPDATE: And now a video!
(Bonfire at Ross Quad)
2/19: Winter Carnival kicked off last night with a gigantic bonfire on the Milliken-Hadley Ross Quad. Students gathered in the then still snowing weather to warm up and watch the soaring flames. The lengthy fireworks show also was a hit bringing applause at the end. Orange Crush was packed later in evening with student dancing the night away to 80s music.
(Nordic Skiing at Rikert)
2/20: Ski races kicked off today at the Snow Bowl and Rikert/Breadloaf. Frost Mountain Nordic gives us a wrap-up of today’s Nordic skiing: “Not the greatest outing for the Middlebury nordic team, but some fine performances nonetheless. Excellent forerunning by Will Earle, Sophie McKibben and Eliza Carver. Simon Thomas-Train was back as emcee–check out his tail. Tony Clark saved the day by driving his groomer over from Blueberry Hill after the Midd machine died on Battell.” Photo by Frost Mountain Nordic. Middlebury Nordic Results. The Wood Brothers performed in the evening in the newly renovated McCullough Social Space. Students danced and sang along to the chill jazz/folk tunes.
(The Wood Brothers)
(Acappella Summit: Vermont Vocals 2009)
2/21: Saturday of Winter Carnival tradition continues with the Winter Ball which features fantastic food, drink, music, and more. As the big formal event of the year, students stayed well into the evening dancing first the Project DCQ, then to DJ Ben Schiffer, and lastly to Milkman. Earlier in the evening, many went to Mead Chapel for the Vermont A cappella Summit Concert featuring Cadence, Duwende, and Midd Graduate Philip Hamilton ’82…
(Winter Ball 2009)
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