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Winter Neverland

Pirates Anchored on the Green

The 100th anniversary of the London debut of J.M. Barrie's play Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Would Not Grow Up, is the theme of Dartmouth's Winter Carnival this year. With events scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 10 through Saturday, Feb. 13, the celebration's official title is Neverland: Second Snowflake on the Right and Straight on 'til Morning. Opening ceremonies will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10.


Photo by Joseph Mehling '69

In keeping with the theme, the Carnival snow sculpture on the Green is a frozen replica of Captain Hook's pirate ship, approximately 50 feet long with two masts that stand 52 and 48 feet high. In contrast with previous years, snow sculptors have planned an interactive feature for the icy brig. Carnival participants will be able to climb aboard and slide down the plank during designated hours.

Students, as always, have designed and provided the person power necessary to create Dartmouth's legendary Winter Carnival snow sculpture. "We have a really awesome team with varied skills to make something this big possible," said Jeff Woodward '06, a snow sculpture co-chair. "Everyone should come for the Opening Ceremonies because there's going to be a big surprise," he added. Whitney MacFadyen '07, a Winter Carnival co-chair, said "we're putting a lot more emphasis on Opening Ceremonies this year."

Other highlights include a weekend of skiing, sporting events, concerts, a dogsled demonstration, and a variety of other winter activities. The traditional Polar Bear Swim is scheduled for noon on Friday, Feb. 11 and the Occom Pond Party, Peter Pan in the Snow, will begin at noon on Saturday, Feb. 12.

Dartmouth's Winter Carnival is known as the oldest col legiate winter festival in the nation. It was begun in 1911 by Fred Harris '11 to "promote athletic competition in winter sports - especially in the nascent sport of skiing."

A listing of Carnival events is available.

By ADIL W. AHMAD '05

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Last Updated: 12/17/08