April 8, 2010
Press Release #10-089
The annual St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM) World Carnival comes to town Saturday, April 17, from noon to 9:30 p.m., bringing food and fun for the whole family. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. The activities will take place on the college's admissions field on Route 5. For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities at 240-895-4209 or visit the college's web site at www.smcm.edu.
Vendors featured at this year's carnival are Bollywood Masala Indian cuisine, sand art and duck games, a funnel cake stand, hotdogs and fried Oreos, Chinese food, Indigo Moon clothing and crafts, handmade baskets and jewelry, and Maggie Moo's ice cream. The SMCM cross country team will be selling snow cones to support its program. There will also be a large area for inflatable games.
There will be opportunities for the community to compete with students in games of nerf gun war, where massive amounts of foam darts will rain down on opposing "armies," and "Quiddich for Muggles," inspired by the Harry Potter series.
World Carnival, the college's largest student-organized event, has become an important annual tradition to the St. Mary's community and is the best-attended event on the college campus. Its purpose is to celebrate multiculturalism and diversity through campus bands, visiting artists, and a variety of community food and craft vendors.
World Carnival Saturday Events:
12:00 p.m. - "Reading of the Sneetches" presented by Improv
12:30 p.m. - Ewabo, the Caribbean steel drum trio
1:35 p.m. - Jimmy O'Keefe, acoustic artist
1:50 p.m. - Moksha, an Indian dance group from University of Maryland
2:45 p.m. - SMC men's chorus
3:05 p.m.- Balinese Gamelan Concert: Music and Welcoming Bhakti Marga Dance, Palace Special Treat Legong Kraton, comical Jauk Dance, presented by The Art & Cultural Center of Indonesia
3:55 p.m. - Interchorus co-ed choral group
4:10 p.m. - Zac Cooke and Cheryl Corwin, acoustic artists
4:35 p.m. - Student Showcase
9:30 p.m. - Cool Kids Band
12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. - Nerf Wars
3:15 p.m. - Quidditch
St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's, and The Princeton Review. Founded in 1840 as Maryland's "monument school" commemorating the state's first capital, SMCM is the state's only public honors college.
More than 2,000 students attend the college, which has the highest graduation rate for all Maryland public colleges and universities. The school's waterfront campus along the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland is home to the 2009 National Intercollegiate Sailing Association Co-ed champions.