By Joe Conto

“Winter is Coming.” For Game of Thrones fans, it means a dire warning that calls for constant vigilance.  For outdoor enthusiasts it means dreams of powder-covered slopes and iced-over lakes that provide months of recreation.  For the romantics it means curling up by a fire with a soft blanket, hot cocoa, and a special someone.  For the rest, it means short days, windshield scrapers, icy walkways and holiday bills.  

Whether this season mean a time of celebration or a time of torment for you, the fact of the matter is, “Winter IS coming”!  For the 5th consecutive year, the Hospitality Management department, along with PSC’s DECA Chapter and Office of Student Activities once again brings the ANNUAL LIGHTING OF THE GAZEBO. This year’s event is on Wednesday, November 16th from 5:15 pm to 6:30 pm. at the Grande Gazebo near Campus Safety.

The event is an opportunity for students, faculty, family, and friends of Paul Smith’s to celebrate gratitude and the change of seasons by expressing their thanks, saying goodbye to the past, and exclaiming, “bring it on” to old-man winter.

Hot beverages, warm baked goods, a roaring fire and horse drawn wagon rides are all provided courtesy of the Hospitality and Baking students along with the Draft Horse Club. The Draft Horse Club will also be holding a food drive and animal needs drive on the same evening.  Check your email and flyers around campus for more information.  Or just drop by the Grande Gazebo on the 16th at 5:15 pm.

Professor Joe Conto is the Department Chair for Business & Hospitality here at Paul Smith’s College as well as an improv comedy performer and instructor with Montreal Improv Theatre in Montreal, QC.  Also, he makes excellent martinis.

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