Greater Pottsville Winter Carnival kicks off this weekend
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.
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.
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.