A lack of snow isn’t enough to put a halt to FebFest 2012. “Winter Candy Land” will take place on Feb. 11-18 with a chocolate tasting, Chili cook-off, ice skating party and more planned. Many events are free and others require a $5 button that can be purchased in Beinecke or at each event. Some FebFest highlights follow.
Events begin on Saturday with a CAB Carnival from noon to 4 p.m. in the Tolles Pavilion, featuring inflatables, spin art frisbees and carnival food. The women’s and men’s ice hockey teams have games at home in Sage Rink at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.
Among Sunday’s events are a GNAR-B-QUE on the Dunham Green at 1 p.m., men’s basketball at home against Bates at 2 p.m., and a Grammy viewing party at 8 p.m. in Sadove Living Room.
All week HAVOC is sponsoring “Handcuffs for HAVOC” a new fundraiser in the spirit of Valentine’s Day. Students can donate money to have their friends “handcuffed” together for Friday night. Those who are handcuffed are able to “match” the donation in order to reveal to whom they're chained and cancel it if they want to. All donations will go to the nonprofit National Brain Tumor Society. Visit the tables for sign ups/reveals/cancellations in Beinecke Monday, Feb. 13-Friday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
FebFest will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a chocolate tasting and Valentine decorating in Sadove living room at 4:30 p.m., followed by a Valentine theme dinner in Commons Dining Hall. A performance of the Vagina Monologues will take place at 7 p.m. in the Fillius Events Barn. Tickets are $5 and all proceeds will go to the YWCA and Planned Parenthood Utica.
Among Wednesday’s highlights are the Mr. Hamilton Contest at 8:30 p.m. in Tolles Pavilion, followed by Late Night Breakfast in Commons Dining Hall. On Thursday Slow Food Hamilton will host a cheese tasting in Sadove living room at 4:30 p.m., then FebFest and CAB Acoustic Coffee House presents Marketa Inglova with Rosi Golan in the Fillius Events Barn at 8 p.m.
Friday highlights include fireworks at Royce Baseball Field at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Mardi Gras Late Night Event at the Events Barn at 10 p.m.
The always popular annual Chili Cookoff will take place on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Little Pub. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to participate. Or stop by to sample and vote for your favorite recipe. (Button required).
Hamilton’s first winter carnival was held in 1938, with events such as a hockey game, dance parties, crowning of the carnival queen and a figure skating exhibition by James and Grace Madden of the U.S. Olympic Team. The tradition continued with similar events until the mid-’50s, when it lost popularity. The winter carnival returned to the Hill in 2000 through the efforts of students and Student Activities staff.