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March 22, 2014

Looking Back: Snowy winter wonderland could be fun or a pain

Snow, snow, go away … come again another day? Please, perhaps next year? But there is always the positive side to things — or so it seems. 

Even though many might view snow as an obstacle, countless others actually delight in the many opportunities that our winter wonderland brings. Special activities of skiing, snowboarding and all the other events calling for athletic expertise is often planned and enjoyed. In fact, believe it or not, even some of our neighbors get so carried away to actually snowmobile, zipping along, on a dry pavement after the plows have done their job. (So be it for the over-enthusiast!) 

But the wintertime activity I always enjoyed were the snow sculpture contests.

Remembering “back when”: It was the college weekend of special activities at Colgate Univeristy.

Not too far away from here, but at that time I was attending college near Boston. So  it was the bus/rapid transit to the railroad station and many hours on the train. It was nice that the young men always met us invited gals at the station to ferry us to the rooms we girls would share. (No unisex housing back then).

Evening time came, a dance with all the trimmings, and then we drove past all the fraternity houses on the main drag to view the guy’s hard work and creativity for the yearly snow sculpture contest. Bright lights lit each front yard to show the piles of snow, beautifully fashioned into a creative theme. Sorry … it was so many years ago that I can’t even recall exactly what the sculptures were of … all but ONE.  

The Alpha Tau Omega fraternity boys were very clever, or perhaps just lazy? A huge sign on the front lawn read: “No Snow for ATO” and they had actually shoveled every bit of snow off the entire front lawn — all was bare! What ingenuity, or should I say “cop-out”?

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