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A fantastic week of fabulous festivities.

February 13, 2011   The time has come for FebFest!

FebFest, a week filled with awesome activities, has begun! The activities range from chocolate and wine tastings to snowman/snow sculpture contests. Other highlights of the week include the Vagina Monologues on Valentine’s Day, Mr. Hamilton Contest, and the BANFF Mountain Film Festival.

I’m glad I can go to the Vagina Monologues this year, as I hear that it’s pretty awesome. Last year it was the same time as BANFF, and I decided to go to the film festival instead. Unfortunately, this year BANFF is the same night as Mr. Hamilton. As much as I loved attending Mr. Hamilton last year (it’s like a beauty pageant where the contestants are male students from different student organizations), I’m heading to BANFF.

The BANFF film festival, in a quick summary, celebrates outdoorsy adventures. Some films highlight stories that range from a number of activities like skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing, rock climbing, unicycling, mountain biking, canoeing, and kayaking. Other films are more culturally oriented but nevertheless tell remarkable stories. It's basically an evening of watching jaw-dropping films. I remember last year sometimes I couldn't believe what I was watching and I'm sure that this year will be a similar experience.

Yesterday, the Outing Club hosted WinterFest – an afternoon filled with fun times playing bananagrams, making banana boats, hula-hooping, and sitting by a fire drinking hot chocolate and hot apple cider. Banana boats were definitely a highlight of the afternoon.

For those of you who don’t know what a banana boat is, I shall explain the miraculous creation. You take a banana, peel off only one third of the peel, and then remove one third of the banana. Apparently, bananas split naturally into thirds. I had no idea. Anyway, you then stuff the banana peel with lots of goodies like chocolate chips, marshmallows, and peanut butter, wrap your banana in tinfoil and then stick it in embers so that everything melts together into a delicious dessert. Or if you’re impatient like my friend Helen Higgins ’13, you can just put your banana boat on top of the fire in the hopes that it will take less time for everything to melt.

Did I get any work done yesterday? Absolutely not. But I did become much better at hula-hooping, so I consider it an afternoon well spent.