University Celebrates Fourth Annual Festival of Lights

Posted: December 6, 1999 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Sabrina Tillman

As Jack Frost once again takes comfort in nibbling at noses, the annual Festival of Lights begins with events in the Johnson Center running from Dec. 6 to 9. The festival kicks off with a slew of events designed to immerse the university community in the spirit of the season. Today marks the beginning of several events, including cookie decorating (which runs through Thursday, Dec. 9) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a craft corner slated for Dec. 6 and Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pictures with the beloved mascot, Gunston, are offered on Dec. 6 from noon to 1 p.m. and on Dec. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Horse and carriage rides depart from the front of the Concert Hall from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7, and a performance by comedienne Ellen Steigman finishes up tomorrow’s activities at 7 p.m. in the Bistro. On Wednesday, Dec. 8, everyone is invited to celebrate George Mason’s 274th birthday. The party is in the Johnson Center from noon to 2 p.m.

A welcome break from finals also is offered this week. The Office of Health Education Services and Counseling Services sponsors “Final Exam De-Stress Week” every day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a Johnson Center outreach kiosk featuring free seated massages, bio-feedback demonstrations, and one-on-one consultations about time and stress management, along with free stress balls and herbal tea samples. Other ways to unwind during this frantic period include enjoying the soothing music offered in the Johnson Center on Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., and an acoustic performance in the Bistro on Thursday, Dec. 9, at noon.

In addition, employees have the opportunity once again to become lost in a shiny sea of green and red foil wrap, twining ribbon, bells, and mistletoe for the annual door-decorating contest. All registered displays should be completed by the end of the day today, and the craftiest office wins a cake, which will be delivered to their office at lunchtime on Friday, Dec. 10.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free of charge, and held in the Johnson Center. The festival is sponsored by the Office of University Life. For more information, contact Cyndra Church, assistant director of student activities, at x32909.

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