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Winter Festival for the Community at JCC on January 29

Inside and Outdoor Fun for the Whole Family

As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, Jefferson Community College will host a Winter Festival on Saturday, January 29 at its Coffeen Street campus in Watertown. Community members, students and their families, faculty and staff, alumni, and retirees are invited to this family-friendly event that promises many outdoor and indoor activities throughout the day, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission for all Winter Festival events is free.

Are you ready for some physical activity? Gather friends and family and form a team for the snow softball tournament (PDF) or broomball tournament (PDF). Feeling creative? Register a team for the amateur snow sculpture challenge (PDF), which will award cash prizes for first, second, and third place in two team categories—JCC students and community.

Other activities include crafts for children, family zumba, ice skating, sledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing lessons followed by a trek on campus trails, and family-friendly free movies in the Sturtz Theater. As an added bonus, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams are playing at home on January 29. Cheer on the Cannoneers as they take on Broome Community College in the McVean gymnasium. Admission to the basketball games costs $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for students.

Winter Festival attendees will also be treated to the art of professional snow sculpting by Jefferson professor emeritus and world-class snow sculptor Klaus Ebeling. During Winter Festival, Mr. Ebeling will complete his 4'×4'×8' portrait of Jefferson’s first president, James E. McVean, which he plans to begin earlier in the week. Mr. Ebeling first joined the faculty at Jefferson in 1966 and during his 30-year tenure he taught art history, art appreciation, sculpture, 2-dimensional art, film appreciation, computer-aided art and design, and snow sculpture to JCC students. He has participated in snow and ice sculpting competitions all around the world, and in 1992 he was awarded the bronze medal at the Winter Olympics Arts Festival, representing the United States in France.

Registration forms for snow softball, broomball, and the snow sculpture challenge are available from the Winter Festival event schedule. Sculpting space is limited and snow sculpture teams must be registered by 5:00 pm on Thursday, January 27.

For general information about Winter Festival, please contact Karen Freeman at or 315-786-2234. For information about softball or broomball, please contact Rachael Riordan at 315-786-2232, and for snow sculpture challenge information, please contact Frank Doldo at 315-786-2431.

Winter Festival is made possible by the Jefferson Community College Alumni Association, Office of Athletics, Student Activities, Faculty Student Association, Campus Care, and the 50th Anniversary Committee.

SUNY Jefferson: Celebrating 50 Years of Learning ~ Changing Lives

Established on November 7, 1961, Jefferson Community College was the area’s first institution of higher education. Supervised by the State University of New York (SUNY), Jefferson offers 30+ associate degrees and certificates for career preparation or transfer; local access to bachelor’s and advanced degrees through partner institutions; lifelong learning through workshops and seminars; business and industry training; and cultural enrichment opportunities for the entire Watertown/Fort Drum region. Jefferson is accredited by the Middle States Association and currently serves approximately 3,800 students from Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, and St. Lawrence counties, including a significant number of service members and their families. Visit for more information about 50th anniversary events taking place from January through November of 2011.