“Big, brash, and beautiful” were the three words that senior Alex Comeau used to describe The Second Annual Great Mt. Titus North Country Global Cool Down. Mt. Titus, nestled in the Adirondack foothills, will host nine busloads of St. Lawrence students this Saturday.
Almost all of the buses filled up last Monday, the first day to sign up. Alli Howe ’12, one of the event planners, said, “Eight buses filled up in three hours. It will be even better than last year. There was so much excitement just sitting at the table for ten minutes.”
Before the buses leave in the afternoon, there will be many more activities than last year. “Last year everyone seemed happy at Titus, but this year there will be more planned events on campus,” said Silas Streeter ’12, a member of the O.C.
There will be horse-drawn carriage rides, and KSLU will be playing music on the quad. There will also be a variety of competitions: the women’s frying pan toss (a North Country tradition), along with rail jam, spread eagle jump, and snow sculpture and costume contests. Cross-country skiing and snowboard races will also be taking place.
When the buses arrive at Mt. Titus, there will be opportunities to participate in many winter sports: skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. The music will continue with a performance by Aqueous, who has played at Java in the past.
Howe and Streeter said that although the planning for Mt. Titus began last year, the past three weeks have been consumed by the event. “It has been the topic of all discussions,” they said.
Thelmo and other organizations were also helpful in planning the festivities. “Thelmo is very excited about this event. It’s so great that Java, KSLU and the O.C. are working with each other to put something like this together. There were extra buses passed in Thelmo because everyone is expecting a big turnout!” said Thelmo Secretary Sarah Deakins ’12.
About an hour away, Mt. Titus is the perfect venue for the St. Lawrence event. The ski mountain exhibits “Adirondack beauty” and is “affordable, safe and fun,” according to the Mt. Titus website. Students will have to check their bags before entering and will not be able to bring alcohol onto the mountain. There will be a bar for students who are 21 or over.
The O.C., Java, KSLU, Thelmo and others who helped with the event hope that it will continue at St. Lawrence. Streeter said, “I hope there is more excitement this year and more in years to come, so that it will be ingrained in the future and become a serious tradition.”