Car­ni­val fun

Greater Pottsville Win­ter Car­ni­val kicks off this week­end

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY EDI­TOR Ni­cholas Hall, Prim­rose Con­tact the writer: dprosick@re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 570- 628- 6002

The 51st an­nual Greater Pottsville Win­ter Car­ni­val opens to the public thisweek­end with a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties ex­em­pli­fy­ing its theme and show­ing that home iswhere the heart is.

With the over­ar­ch­ing theme of “Feels Like Home,” the month­long event opens with Princess Satur­day, be­gin­ning at 11 a.m. at the Fair lane Vil­lage mall, and con­tin­u­ing at 1 p.m. in down­town Pot ts ville, ac­cord­ing to Deirdre A .“Dee” Boris, Greater Pottsville Win­ter Car­ni­val As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent.

Satur­day con­tin­ues with the Snowdrop Fash­ion Show at 3 p.m. in Fair­lane Vil­lage mall at the for­mer Fash­ion Bug store. The­week­end is set to cul­mi­nate with the Snowflake Fash­ion Show at 7 p.m. Sun­day at The Lodge at Sharp Moun­tain. Tick­ets for that show are $ 5 at the door, Boris said.

Satur­day will com­mence with con­tes­tants for Queen of the Snows— women be­tween 18and 29 years old — and Snow flake Princess— high school ju­niors— pro­mot­ing the event and in­ter­act­ing with the public.

“The goal of that event is to let ev­ery­body know win­ter car­ni­val is start­ing. We’ll have pam­phlets to hand out. We’ll be sell­ing win­ter car­ni­val but­tons, which are $ 2. Those help de­fray our costs of the ac­tiv­i­ties,” Boris said.

The but­tons this year de­pict an amorous, scarf- wear­ing snow­man in a top hat at the crest of awhite heart out­line on a red back­ground, em­bla­zoned with “Feels Like HOME,” in the cen­ter.

Later Satur­day, 31 Snowdrop Princess con­tes­tants— girls in sec­ond or third grade— will take the stage by mod­el­ing an out­fit of their choos­ing, which in past years have ranged from Hawai­ian to coun­try fash­ions and be­yond, and be asked a cou­ple ques­tions by a for­mer Queen of the Snows win­ner, Corene Par­rish, ac­cord­ing to Boris.

The Snowflake Fash­ion Sho won Sun­day will mimic that set up, with con­tes­tants choos­ing their fash­ions and talk­ing a lit­tle bit about them­selves, Boris said.

The oc­ca­sion con­tin­ues next week, Jan. 20, with The Royal Tea with the Queen, with a “Wiz­ard of Oz” theme, at 11 a. m. at the Walk In Art Cen­ter, Schuylkill Haven. Tick­ets are $ 8, ad­vance pur­chase is rec­om­mended and are avail­able at Mur­phy Jewel­ers, Pottsville, ac­cord­ing to an event flier.

“There’s only one seat­ing this year­where in past years there’s been two. But it’s a larger venue andwe can seat more peo­ple. So it will just be an 11 o’clock start,” Boris said, em­pha­siz­ing the change of sched­uled venue.

The event is open to the public, and Boris said that those at­tend­ing “can bring their tea cup and have tea with the win­ter car­ni­val roy­alty. It’s re­ally a neat event.”

And Boris thanked all for the help they put into mak­ing thewin­ter car­ni­val pos­si­ble.

“We have a lot of our past roy­alty come out to help in a whole bunch of different ca­pac­i­ties. We have a nice re­turn of past par­tic­i­pants. It’s nice to see those folks come back and sup­port the win­ter car­ni­val year after year.”

The events after thisweek­end are as fol­lows:

• Cos­tume Fash­ion Show, 6 p. m. Jan. 18 at the for­mer Fash­ion Bug in the Fair­lane Vil­lage mall

• The Royal Tea with the Queen, 11 a. m. Jan. 20 at Walk In Art Cen­ter, 220 Park­way, Schuylkill Haven

• Se­nior Princess Fash­ion Show, 7 p. m. Jan. 21 at The Lodge at Sharp Moun­tain

• Yuengling Night, 7 p. m. Jan. 26 at St. Ni­cholas Hall, Prim­rose, fea­tur­ing The Boys Up­stairs

• Snowdrop& Snowflake Corona­tion Pageant, 7 p. m. Jan. 27 at Pottsville Area High School

• Snowdrop& Snowflake Ball, 9 p. m. Jan. 27 at St. Ni­cholas Hall

• Queen’s Pageant, 7: 30 p. m. Feb. 3 at Pottsville Area High School

• Queen’s Ball, 9 p. m. Feb. 3 at St.

DAVID MCKE­OWN/ STAFF PHOTO

Kas­san­dra Ku­per­av­age, Pottsville, walks the run­way dur­ing last year’s Greater Pottsville Win­ter Car­ni­val Snowflake Fash­ion Show. This year’s event will be held at 7 p. m. Sun­day at The Lodge at Sharp Moun­tain, Pottsville.

ANDY MATSKO/ STAFF PHOTO

Is­abella Wright mod­els her out­fit dur­ing last year’s Greater Pottsville Win­ter Car­ni­val Snowdrop Fash­ion Show. This year’s show will be held at 3 p. m. Satur­day in the for­mer Fash­ion Bug store at Fair­lane Vil­lage mall.

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