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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., February 5, 2001 — The Williams Outing Club didn’t have to look very far when deciding on a theme for this year’s Winter Carnival: the answer was right there on the calendar. In honor of the new year, the carnival will celebrate “Moo Thousand One,” subtitled, with apologies to Arthur C. Clarke, “A Winter Odyssey.”
The 87th edition of the annual event&emdash;a college tradition&emdash;is set to kick off with a cross-country race open to area citizens at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15. The rest of the festivities will take place on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16 and 17.
Since the event’s inception in 1915, Williams has invited other area universities to participate in a host of competitions on two challenging peaks&emdash;Jiminy Peak and Prospect Mountain. This year, Jiminy Peak hosts men’s and women’s slalom events, while Prospect Mountain hosts freestyle and relay contests.
After a long day of skiing and other activities, the College will hold welcoming ceremonies in Goodrich’s Payne Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night with a fireworks display on Weston Field, which is set to begin at 9:20 p.m.
Although the action on the slopes is the carnival’s highlight, there are plenty of campus activities for the less athletically inclined. Friday’s full plate of auxiliary events includes snow sculpture, “extreme sledding,” a Nintendo tournament, a performance from members of Williams’ Grassroots Society, and “M001: A gAstronomical Delight,” a special dinner to be held in all campus dining halls.
The public is invited to all Winter Carnival events. Shuttles will run from the steps of Chapin Hall to the ski slopes every hour from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on both days of the competitions.