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RIC Winterfest 2023 is set for Feb. 18

Raymond Baccari


Flyer via Kristen Salemi

Rhode Island College’s third-annual Winterfest is set for Saturday, Feb. 18. Winterfest will consist of two events and everyone in the RIC community is invited, whether it’s alumni, current students, prospective students, faculty, staff, employees or guests – all are welcome.

The first event will take place at the Quad, which is a two-hour festival from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a number of activities for attendees as well as food.

“The exciting day-time event features a delectable winter-inspired menu that includes items like Liege waffles on a stick, Munchkin donut bite “sundaes,” S’mores kabobs, New England-Style Chili, hot chocolate and coffee bar and more,” Kristen Salemi, director of student union at RIC, told The Anchor. “Some of the activities include seeing an ice sculpturer at work, stuffing a cozy polar bear or sled dog doll, trying your skills at a hockey goal or snowball toss game, taking photos with Frozen’s Elsa, Anna and Olaf or taking a carriage ride led by a team of beautiful and stoic draft horses up and through the residence halls area, among other things.”

This is the full list of activities that will be going on during this part of Winterfest:

  • Carriage ride.

  • Stuff-A-Bear: Polar bear and sled dog.

  • Live music.

  • Ice sculpturer.

  • Live characters from “Frozen” for photos: Elsa, Anna and Olaf.

  • Games and prizes: Hockey-style and snowball throw.

  • Balloon artist.

  • DIY S'mores with fire pits.

  • Giant Connect 4 and corn hole.

  • Raffle.

And this is the full menu of food that will be available:

  • Hot chocolate and coffee bar with marshmallows, peppermint sticks and whipped cream.

  • Mulled apple cider: Jaswells farm cider.

  • Liege waffles on a stick with chocolate or caramel sauce.

  • Munchkin sundae, which are old-fashioned cake donut bites in a large waffle cone with a choice of RIC honey, strawberry sauce and whipped cream.

  • S’mores kabob, consisting of marshmallows on a skewer with melted chocolate and crushed graham crackers.

  • New England Style Hot Chili Cup.

The event on the Quad is free to register for. Those who are interested in either registering for or finding additional information about this event can do so here. The first 100 RIC students who register also win a free pom-pom hat.

In the event of inclement weather, this will be moved indoors.

Later on that day, the second event will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. This half of Winterfest is a skating party in Downtown Providence at The Providence Rink.

Both students and children under six can attend this part of Winterfest for free as well. General admission for non-RIC students is $10. The $10 not only covers the skates, but also includes hot chocolate and goodies served in a heated pavilion.

Those who plan to register for this event or purchase tickets can do so using this link.


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