Let There Be Snow
While the winter Olympics continue to captivate with their “thrill of victory, agony of defeat” digital drama, perhaps a little retrospective respite is more to your liking.
This past weekend the students at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire celebrated their annual 99th annual Winter Carnival. Founded back in 1911 by the Dartmouth Outing Club (see previous post), this grand tradition was established to promote winter sports and get in a little extra-curiculler activities at the all male campus by ferrying in girls for what was known as the premiere house party weekend in one of the nation’s loftiest bastions of learning.
Like the last romp down memory lane with the Outing Club, this winter jamboree, America’s oldest collegiate winter carnival, has it all, bonfires, downhill skiing, varsity sweaters, coonskin coats, and a touching performance by the glee club singing the school’s signature anthem ‘Dartmouth Undying.’
The film, circa 1954, had all the production panache of the times, with the voice of the Yankees, Mel Allen, doing the narration and former heavyweight writer, producer, Bud Schulberg, handling the production. This was, after all, to eventually debut at Radio City Music Hall.
For former alumni and those who wish they were, I would suggest you trot over to The Continuous Lean where friends, who were actually there, reminisce.
(As one commenter noted: “The worst sex I’ve ever had occurred at this event some years ago.”)
You will too, reminisce that is, I suspect. Or recount bad sex, if you prefer. It’s hard to imagine the world was once so achingly simple.
Man attending Dartmouth College Winter Carnival.
Photo: Peter Stackpole./Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images, Jan 01, 1937
Girl arriving at train station to attend the Dartmouth College Winter Carnival. Photo: Peter Stackpole./Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images, Jan 01, 1937
College students attending a party during Dartmouth College Winter Carnival. Photo: Peter Stackpole./Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images, Jan 01, 1937
Specatators crowd around the Psi U lawn-rink to watch a student take a turn at the Psi U keg jump,