Colby College maintains a number of ski trails and walking trails on campus. Nordic skiers from the Waterville area are welcome and encouraged to enjoy the ski trails, which are groomed for classical cross-country and skate skiing. Walkers are welcome on campus walkways and on those trails in the Perkins Arboretum open to walking and snowshoeing.
The Theater and Dance Department of Colby College presents a premiere, In Divisiblunder, January 21, 22, and 23. The play by Colby Professor Emeritus Richard Sewell will be performed at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. in Cellar Theater of the Runnals Building on the Waterville campus. Admission is charged.
When Catherine Welch, a senior at Colby, returned from studying in Nepal, she felt more aware than ever that college life included two types of drinking: too much or not at all. "Having been abroad, I experienced a different culture -- where it was natural to have a glass of wine or a beer with supper if you so chose," she said. She recalled from childhood seeing adults drinking small amounts of alcohol on occasion and asked, "Isn't there a third option here we're forgetting?"
A study of Togus Pond and the environmental factors influencing the lake's water quality will be presented at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Fox Glen snowmobile club in Augusta. Colby students, who conducted research and evaluated data over the fall semester, will offer findings and recommendations. The presentation is open to the public and should last about one and a half hours.
The Colby Symphony Orchestra will present its annual December concert on Sunday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus. The concert, featuring festive music, is free and the public is invited.
As the holiday season approaches, take a step back in time to imagine the music of high mass at a lavish Renaissance court. The Collegium Musicum, an early music vocal ensemble at Colby College, presents An Imperial Mass for Assumption Day, circa 1510, on Saturday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus. The concert is free and the public is invited.
For its outstanding efforts in environmental protection, Colby College in Waterville received a 2004 Maine Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence on November 5 in Augusta. Governor John Baldacci presented the awards to focus attention on the environmental accomplishments of 18 businesses, organizations and individuals throughout the state.
In this time of war, the Wind Ensemble at Colby College will explore the military from a different perspective: musical treatments of military themes. The concert, part of the Music at Colby series, will be held on Saturday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus. It is free and the public is invited.
Thanks to a $150,000 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Waterville Senior High School's social studies curriculum will be revamped over the next three years to include a broad, global perspective in history and civilization courses. A key goal is to revise significantly the introductory world history course at the high school, moving from one that focuses largely on European history to one that is global in scope. In addition, the project will provide valuable enhancements for the school's recently created advanced-placement world history course.
As the weather cools off with each passing day, spice things up with an energy-filled jazz concert at Colby College. The Colby Jazz Band presents "Good Cookin' Jazz and Spices" on Saturday, November 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus. The concert is free and the public is invited.
They spend their time teaching skills to others, but once a year the Colby art faculty and instructors take the spotlight. The Annual Department of Art Exhibition at the Colby College Museum of Art opens on Friday, November 12, with a reception at 4:30 p.m. in the museum lobby. Admission is free and the public is invited. The exhibit remains on view through January 9, 2005.
A year after his controversial consecration and weeks after the release of the Anglican Church's Windsor Report, Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire will speak at Colby College on "The Politics of Polarization and the Search for Community." The talk will be held on Thursday, November 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus. The event, sponsored by Colby's Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, is free and open to the public.
While the Colby College Museum of Art cherishes its works by renowned artists, it also values cutting-edge artists who challenge conventions. The first in an annual series of emerging artist exhibitions, Currents 1: Julianne Swartz, opens Thursday, October 28, with a lecture by the artist at 4:45 p.m. and an opening reception at 6 p.m. The events are free and open to the public. The exhibit will remain on view through February 6.
This year's Colby Symphony Orchestra concerts bring together a remarkable range of music that emerged from composers working in Eastern Europe under Communist regimes. The orchestra's season opener will pair one such work with an orchestral standard to present two sharply contrasting views of the concerto. The concert will be held on Saturday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m., in Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center, on the Waterville campus.
William Shakespeare's The Tempest will be performed November 11-13 in Strider Theater at Colby in a production mounted by Colby's theater and dance department. Acted and supported by a dedicated team of 16 Colby students, The Tempest promises a magical evening of poetic language and startling spectacle.
Thomas E. Mann of The Brookings Institution, one of the most respected and oft-quoted commentators on national politics, will speak at Colby at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 24, in room 100 of the Lovejoy building. Just a week before the presidential election, Mann's talk will be titled "Countdown 2004: What Will Washington Look Like in the Years Ahead?" The event, sponsored by the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, is free and open to the public.