The theme of this year’s Winter Carnival, “Thousands of Pages Unfold in the Bitter Cold”, is rather fitting with the chilly temperatures and several inches of snow that Houghton has been graced with the past couple weeks. Students that are preparing for Winter Carnival 2011 are pleased with the cold temperatures and daily snowfalls because it provides them with the perfect conditions to work on the month-long snow statues. According to the Keweenaw Research Center Weather Station Snow Measurements, there are 42 inches of accumulated snow on the ground.
The official dates of Winter Carnival 2011 are February 9-12. I’m sure most of you have heard or maybe even seen some of the great Winter Carnival activities; however, for those of you who may not know, Winter Carnival is more than just amazing, skillfully constructed snow statues, it is really a month of great fun!
This year’s Winter Carnival Special Events will begin this Saturday, January 29 with a curling competition at the Calumet Drill House. From January 29 through February 11, there will be a variety of Winter Carnival Special Events that students can take part in. From snow volleyball to ice fishing and ice bowling, there is a special event for everyone to enjoy. The special events are a lot of fun to participate in or to watch. This is a great opportunity for your students to see what Michigan Tech Winter Carnival is all about. For a complete listing of this week’s special events check out the Winter Carnival Schedule of Events.
On Saturday, February 5 the Winter Carnival Queen’s Coronation will be held in the Rozsa Center from 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m. During this time the eight queen candidates will perform a talent and take part in an onstage interview. Winter Carnival Queen 2011 will be chosen based on her interview, talent performance, and a student vote. Student’s may vote for the candidate of their choice on Wednesday, February 2 and Thursday, February 3 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Building or Fisher Hall. The candidate crowned Winter Carnival Queen 2011 will have various responsibilities throughout Winter Carnival, including judging statues, attending events, and what would be my favorite part, riding the Zamboni at the hockey game against Bemidji State. For more information about this year’s candidates, check out the Queen’s page of the Winter Carnival website.
This weekend, to kick off the approaching Winter Carnival activities, there will be two hockey games in which the Huskies will face off against Wisconsin. Friday and Saturday nights’ games will begin at 7:07 p.m. If your student is not too busy working on a snow statue, I recommend that they get tickets to the game, and go out and cheer on our Huskies!
Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have. Don’t forget to check back for next week’s article in which I will be writing about more activities that students, family members, and community members can participate in during Winter Carnival.