Welcome Back to a Winter Wonderland – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Welcome Back to a Winter Wonderland

Multiple outdoor activities scheduled for students’ first weekend back on campus.

Winter Wonderland posterHobart and William Smith will host a Welcome Back Winter Wonderland, an event designed to celebrate students’ return to campus with fun winter outdoor activities. Coordinated by Student Activities along with the class presidents and Campus Activities Board, the event will be held predominantly on the Quad starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan 30.

With a DJ and laser light show illuminating Coxe Hall and Medbery Hall, the outdoor events will include broomball and ice curling competitions on an ice skating rink that will remain on campus for the winter months, a gingerbread house making contest, DIY snow globes, sledding and tubbing, horse drawn carriage rides, and axe throwing competitions.

With the range of activities, ice sculptures, fire pits spread across the Quad for warmth and food trucks accessible for students, organizers hope there is something that will appeal to everyone.

“I grew up playing hockey so I’m super excited about the rink,” says Hobart Junior Class President Teddy Ruppenstein ’22. “I think it’s a great idea to get people outside and hopefully, we can use it for much more than just one night. I’m also super excited about having ax throwing and firepits.”

“Coming from Florida, this will be the first time I get to experience many of these events. I am specifically looking forward to trying ice curling, as I find it is one of my favorite events to watch during the Olympics,” says William Smith Senior Class President Carling Landeche ’21.

“The purpose is to provide an exciting return for all of our students to come back to campus for the spring semester. This is really a kick-off event for the winter months and to embrace the winter season in upstate New York,” says Kristen Tobey, Director of Student Activities. “With COVID and all of our regulations, it lends itself to this open-air event.”

All events will follow social distancing protocols with students being required to wear masks. The events, although largely on the Quad, will be spread out across campus to prevent large crowds.

“I know that this past semester was hard to build a sense of community due to COVID-19, but I am hoping this event will be able to bring us all together in a safe, fun way,” says William Smith Junior Class President Isabel Urquiza ‘22. “I encourage everyone to come out for all the amazing activities planned and to have the opportunity to meet new people!”