50th Winter Carnival in Woodland

15 years ago
    Big things are taking place in regards to the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Woodland Consolidated School’s Winter Carnival.
According to Tracy McCrossin, a member of the Woodland PTA, “Since 1960, we have held to this tradition and celebrated kings and queens, artists and winter sporting activities as only Woodland students can. It seemed only fitting that this special celebration will be in honor of Principal Peter Toshi, who introduced the event, and his ongoing vision of the annual carnival.”
The staff, students and alumni are inviting everyone to join then in February as they celebrate this milestone event. “Get together with classmates to reminisce and let the kid in you come back and play by competing in the racing events,” encouraged McCrossin, “this is where the past and present will come together and creating something special.”
Scheduled activities for the 50th Woodland Winter Carnival include: an Alumni/Community Supper, on  Thursday Feb. 5, at which everyone will feast on homemade lasagna, garlic bread/rolls, salad and a variety of desserts prepared by Woodland moms. The supper will be served from 4:30 — 6:30 p.m. The cost for the community supper is $6 for adults and $3 for children 13 and younger.
Saturday, Feb.7 is the set date for the Family Fun Day which will certainly bring everyone down memory lane not to mention bringing out the kid in participants once again. All the events everyone couldn’t wait will be available for the taking. Students and alumni will compete in a variety of races beginning at 8 :30 a.m. Throughout the day there will be lunch items and refreshments , the crowning of  the 50th Winter Carnival Kin and Queen followed by closing ceremonies.
McCrossin stated, “Come home for a long weekend and enjoy the festivities. For many of us, a lot has changed in 50 years. Come see how the school and facilities have changed and grown over the years, find out what’s new and share memories with other alumni. One part of the school that obviously hasn’t changed in 25 plus years is the playground.”
“The Woodland PTA is striving to install a new playground in the summer of 2009. We set this goal two years ago and have been working nonstop to meet this deadline,” stated McCrossin. “We believe the power of play is the key to the power of prevention, but we need the power of community to make it happen,” she continued. “To date, the PTA has raised $20,000 and are anxiously awaiting the news of several grants we have applied for. Even if we are successful in obtaining these grants, we will still have a funding gap to fill,” she added.
The Woodland PTA would like to see interested individuals partner with them to make this playground become reality. “We have had many generous, heartwarming gifts, including a donation from the Woodland Class of 1968 when they celebrated their 40th reunion this past summer,” said McCrossin, “the Class of 1968 purchased enough bricks to list the entire graduating class.”
“Any contribution amount would assist the PTA and the Woodland Consolidated School in stepping closer to making this project a reality,” enforced McCrossin.
For more information on the 50th Woodland Winter Carnival celebration contact McCrossin at  498-3950 or  tmccrossin@maine.rr.com