Saint Joseph’s College kicks off 100th birthday with Winter Carnival and Chocolate Lounge

Saint Joseph’s College officially kicks off its 100th Anniversary with a Winter Carnival & Centennial Extravaganza, including a Chocolate Lounge, for the entire community on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3 and 4. The event features public sledding, skating, sleigh rides, snow sculpture contests, snowshoe tours, open pool swim, all capped off by a Chocolate Lounge and Ice Bar on Saturday night. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun, and all events are free unless noted.

Friday night begins with sledding under the lights behind Mercy Hall from 6 to 8 p.m., accompanied by music and hot chocolate. All ages are welcome, and please bring your own sled. Skating takes place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Stone Pond behind the St. Joseph’s Hall dormitory. Outdoor picnic tables are available for winter snacks or picnic. Bring your own skates. An all-you-can-eat brunch is available in the dining hall for $9. On Friday and Saturday evenings, an all-you-can-eat dinner is served in the campus dining hall from 5 to 6:30 p.m., for $10 per person.

Guided snowshoe tours on our fabulous trail system through the woods start at 11 a.m., behind the Alfond Center. Maps are also available for those who would rather strike out on their own. Bring your own snowshoes. The open swim and sauna at the Alfond Center runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and horse-drawn sleigh rides go from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., throughout the campus. Last but not least, the snow sculpture competition gets under way at 2 p.m. Teams must register by Jan. 31 at

The Chocolate Lounge and Ice Bar start serving their fare on Saturday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Harold Alfond Center, which will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Check out the decadent dessert buffet in the Chocolate Lounge. Enjoy cocktails by the fireplace and listen to the sweet sounds of Encore, a string duo. On the outside patio, a lighted ice bar will serve drinks, including a signature Centennial cocktail, and dessert. This event is 21+ and admission is $10 with a cash bar. RSVP to or call 893-7890 by Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Saint Joseph’s College began in Portland as a school for young women wanting to become educators. It now offers 40 academic programs at its Standish campus, where it enrolls 1,000 men and women, plus online undergraduate and graduate degrees to working adults across the United States and the world. The school added its distance education program in 1976, now called Saint Joseph’s College Online.

“Since 1912, we have emphasized education that combines career focus with classic liberal arts studies to create a well-rounded graduate,” says President Kenneth Lemanski. “Our Centennial theme, ‘Realize the Promise,’ reflects our commitment to the high level of personal attention we give our students, whether on campus or online. It is that attention that enhances professional opportunities and guides development of the whole person.”

January 19, 2012
Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 e-mail