Snowdrop & Snowflake Coronation Pageant set for Saturday
F un is stressed, the competition is friendly and in the end, everyone is royalty.
The Greater Pottsville Winter Carnival continues with the Snowdrop& Snowflake Coronation Pageant at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Robert W. W ac ht er Auditorium at Pot ts ville Area High School, 1600 ElkAve., Pottsville, Carole Lee, Snowdrop chairwoman, said.
Tickets are $ 8, and are available at the door, through Murphy Jewelers, or, preferably, froma contestant, according to DeirdreA. “Dee” Boris, Greater Pot ts ville Winter Carnival Association president.
After the crowning of the royalty, festivities will continue with the Snowdrop& Snowflake Ball at 9 p.m. in St. Nicholas Hall, Route 901, Primrose. Tickets for the ball are $ 5 at the door, Lee said.
The sight of the opening of the pageant is something to savor, said Lee, who has been mentoring the Snowdrops for 18 years.
“There’s nothing like when the curtains open and the 31 girls are onstage all dressed up. There’s nothing like it. If you’ve never been there before, it is just so amazing; they look so gorgeous. Everyone is adorable. Everyone is a princess. As far as I’m concerned, they’re all princesses. And when they open that curtain I don’t think there’s ever been a year, ever, that there hasn’t been an ‘ aaah’,” of amazement fromthe crowd, she said. “And then they go right into their dance.”
Thirty- one Snowdrops and 22 Snowflakes will be vying for crowns, in an albeit friendly competition, and will be judged on four categories: poise, personality, voice projection and appearance, Boris said.
“Iwould never want to have to pick a winner from either group,” Lee said.
The ceremony will be conducted by Shawn and TJ Fitzpatrick, this year’s masters of ceremonies, according to Lee.
“It’s a delightful experience. The little girls are so sweet, and they each do their best.”
And despite only one girl being crowned in the Snowdrop and Snowflake categories, everyone is a winner.
“I really stress with the little ones that this is all fun,” Lee said.
After the princesses are chosen, the Snowflakes stand achance tow in a different, perhaps more flattering, award: the Janice Dunheimer Trophy.
“The Janice Dunheimer Trophy goes to Miss Congeniality, who is the girl that… the girls enjoy being with during their time in the Winter Carnival, and it’s named after a former Winter Carnival board member who was in charge of the Snowflakes formany years,” Boris said.
Following that award, the outgoing princesses are each given an accolade: The Snowdrop receives the Allison Barinas Trophy, while the Snowflake gets the Billie Payne Scholarship Award.
“That ( Billie Payne Scholarship Award) will be presented by Amanda Campbell, the executive director of Schuylkill Area Community Foundation,” Boris said.
When all is said and done, the groups head over to St. Nicholas Hall for the royal ball.
“We have to get to that party afterward and dance up a storm,” Lee said. “All the girls head up to the ball after the pageant is over. They don’t sit down at all. They do every dance imaginable. I will bet you all of them are up there” dancing, she said. “It’s really great just to see the kids having a good time.”
Nextweekend’s events are set to wrap up this year’s Greater Pottsville Winter Carnival, and are as follows:
• Queen’s Pageant, 7: 30 p. m. Feb. 3 at Pottsville Area High School
• Queen’s Ball, 9 p. m. Feb. 3 at St. Nicholas Hall
Isabelle Fanelli, Schuylkill Haven, left, and Hannah Joyce, Pottsville, were crowned Snowdrop and Snowflake princesses, respectively, during last year’s coronation pageant. This year’s event will be held at 7 p. m. Saturday at Pottsville Area High School.