Bowdoin ‘Winter Weekend’ Keeps Cold at Bay

By Student Digital Media Team member Collin Burke ’14

This weekend, students found some relief from the polar vortex with one of Bowdoin’s most beloved traditions: Winter Weekend.

Winter Weekend, a three-day extravaganza of wintry events, this year included horse-drawn carriage rides, a broomball competition, a Polar Bear Dip in frigid Maine waters, ice sculpting and plenty of warm snacks. The event is put on by Bowdoin Student Government, the Entertainment Board and Student Activities.

While 2013 marked the first time in recent memory that Winter Weekend has occurred, the event actually has a long history. References to a weekend of cold-weather proceedings date back to articles in the Bowdoin Orient from as early as the 1920s. “Winter’s Weekend” later became so popular that Life magazine published a spread of photographs depicting the events in 1940. Read the full story by Erica Hummel ’16 and see a slew of photographs.


  1. Bob Spencer says:

    I remember them well
    Bob Spencer’60

  2. Fred Myer '60 says:

    Thought it was “Wnter Houseparty” Weekend…. Not appropriate these days, I guess.


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