McMurdo Holidays – Part II

2013!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

Continuing with the McMurdo tradition of dressing up for just about anything, here are tons of pictures from the other “holidays” that we have celebrated so far, and the events associated with them.
Enjoy!

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16-December-2012: McMurdo Prom, the Big Gym, McMurdo Station, Antarctica

The McMurdo Prom is meant to bring back those youthful high-school memories for all of the people in McMurdo… except with costumes and full-grown adults behaving like teenagers. And of course, Prom pictures are mandatory.

2012 Prom Photoshoot, the Big Gym, McMurdo Station, Antarctica.© JT Thomas

2012 Prom Photoshoot, the Big Gym, McMurdo Station, Antarctica.
© JT Thomas

Bev and Abe at the 2012 McMurdo Prom.© R. Piuk

Bev and Abe at the 2012 McMurdo Prom.
© R. Piuk

Obligatory prom picture, arm's length away; 2012 McMurdo Prom.© R. Piuk

Obligatory prom picture, arm’s length away; 2012 McMurdo Prom.
© R. Piuk

Bev and Abe at the 2012 McMurdo Prom.© R. Piuk

Bev and Abe at the 2012 McMurdo Prom.
© R. Piuk

Crary Staff at the 2012 McMurdo Prom. Left to right: Liz, Mitch, Elisha, Mindy, Abe, Travis, and Bev.© R. Piuk

Crary Staff at the 2012 McMurdo Prom. Left to right: Liz, Mitch, Elisha, Mindy, Abe, Travis, and Bev.
© R. Piuk

Bev, Fanny, and Sue at the 2012 McMurdo Prom.© R. Piuk

Bev, Fanny, and Sue at the 2012 McMurdo Prom.
© R. Piuk

Abe, Mitch, and Charlotte at the 2012 McMurdo Prom.© R. Piuk

Abe, Mitch, and Charlotte at the 2012 McMurdo Prom.
© R. Piuk

Abe and Jeremy at the 2012 McMurdo Prom.© R. Piuk

Abe and Jeremy at the 2012 McMurdo Prom.
© R. Piuk

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23-December-2012: McMurdo Christmas Weekend the VMF Christmas Party, Building 143 (the Vehicle Maintenance Facility), McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Really, all there is to the VMF Christmas Party is the opportunity to take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Oh, and some dancing and holiday drinks and snacks.

Bev and Abe with Santa (Joe Shubert - our resident doctor) and Mrs. Claus (Lea Claus - flight nurse).© R. Piuk

Bev and Abe with Santa (Joe Shubert – our resident doctor) and Mrs. Claus (Lea Claus – flight nurse).
© R. Piuk

Bev and Abe with Santa and Mrs. Claus, at the VMF Christmas Party.© R. Piuk

Bev and Abe with Santa and Mrs. Claus, at the VMF Christmas Party.
© R. Piuk

The Crary Staff with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Left to Right: Elisha, Travis, Abe, Mindy, Bev, and Mitch.© R. Piuk

The Crary Staff with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Left to Right: Elisha, Travis, Abe, Mindy, Bev, and Mitch.
© R. Piuk

The Crary Staff with Santa and Mrs. Claus.© R. Piuk

The Crary Staff with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
© R. Piuk

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24-December-2012: McMurdo Christmas Weekend and MAAG (the McMurdo Alternative Art Gallery), Building 191 (the Carpentry Workshop), McMurdo Station, Antarctica

MAAG, or the McMurdo Alternative Art Gallery, gives all of the McMurdoites a venue for showcasing their many hidden artistic talents. Whether it is music, art, performance, poetry, or simply imaginative art, this is the place for all art!

Our Christmas Portrait, in front of our decorated door at home.© A. Padilla

Our Christmas Portrait, in front of our decorated door at home.
© A. Padilla

Bev. Testing the setting for our Christmas Portrait.© A. Padilla

Bev. Testing the setting for our Christmas Portrait.
© A. Padilla

Christmas dinner: delicious lobster tails, salmon sashimi, and potatoes, paired with an incredible Saison D'Erpe-Mere, by KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren.© A. Padilla

Christmas dinner: delicious lobster tails, salmon sashimi, and potatoes, paired with an incredible Saison D’Erpe-Mere, by KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren.
© A. Padilla

Building 191, The Carp Shop, hosts of the annual McMurdo Alternative Art Gallery, or MAAG.© A. Padilla

Building 191, The Carp Shop, hosts of the annual McMurdo Alternative Art Gallery, or MAAG.
© A. Padilla

Entry way to MAAG.© A. Padilla

Entry way to MAAG.
© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit A:  Adult Teeter-Totter.   Artists: The Carp Shop.© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit A: Adult Teeter-Totter. – Artists: The Carp Shop.
© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit B:  Adult Rocking Horse.   Artists: The Carp Shop.© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit B: Adult Rocking Horse. – Artists: The Carp Shop.
© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit C:  The Human Hamster Wheel.   Artists: The Carp Shop.© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit C: The Human Hamster Wheel. – Artists: The Carp Shop.
© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit C:  The Human Hamster Wheel.    Artists: The Carp Shop.© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit C: The Human Hamster Wheel. – Artists: The Carp Shop.
© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit C:  The Human Hamster Wheel. Matt Blackwell takes it to the next level. Sort of. - - Artists: The Carp Shop.© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit C: The Human Hamster Wheel. Matt Blackwell takes it to the next level. Sort of. – Artists: The Carp Shop.
© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit D:  The World's Largets Hailstone.    Artists: Fleet Operations.© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit D: The World’s Largets Hailstone. – Artists: Fleet Operations.
© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit D:  The World's Largets Hailstone.    Artists: Fleet Operations.© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit D: The World’s Largets Hailstone. – Artists: Fleet Operations.
© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit E:  McMurdo Apocalypse Waste Repositories.    Artists: The McMurdo Waste Department.© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit E: McMurdo Apocalypse Waste Repositories. – – Artists: The McMurdo Waste Department.
© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit F: rocket model made from spare instrument parts.    Artist: I don't know.© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit F: rocket model made from spare instrument parts. – Artist: I don’t know.
© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit G: Rock climber created from waste metal pieces.    Artist: Orin Salah.© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit G: Rock climber created from waste metal pieces. – Artist: Orin Salah.
© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit H: Rose created from raw copper plates.    Artist: Brian Gardner.© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit H: Rose created from raw copper plates. – Artist: Brian Gardner.
© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit H: A poem to accompany the Copper Rose.    Author: Brian Gardner.© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit H: A poem to accompany the Copper Rose. – Author: Brian Gardner.
© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit I: Leatherwork, Discovery Hut, Winter Quarter's Bay, and McMurdo Station.    Artist: I Can't Remember.© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit I: Leatherwork, Discovery Hut, Winter Quarter’s Bay, and McMurdo Station. – Artist: I Can’t Remember.
© A. Padilla

MAAG Exhibit J: Mythical McMurdo Postcard - what the general public believes Antarctica is like.    Artist: Kelly Swanson.© K. Swanson

MAAG Exhibit J: Mythical McMurdo Postcard – what the general public believes Antarctica is like. – – Artist: Kelly Swanson.
© K. Swanson

MAAG Exhibit J: Mythical McMurdo Postcard.    Artist: Kelly Swanson.© K. Swanson

MAAG Exhibit J: Mythical McMurdo Postcard. – – Artist: Kelly Swanson.
© K. Swanson

Cabaret! The theme of McMurdo's 2012 MAAG.© A. Padilla

Cabaret! The theme of McMurdo’s 2012 MAAG.
© A. Padilla

MAAG Performance: Cabaret. The only actual cabaret-themed performance of the night.© A. Padilla

MAAG Performance: Cabaret! The only actual Cabaret-themed performance of the night.
© A. Padilla

MAAG Performance: Cabaret!© A. Padilla

MAAG Performance: Cabaret!
© A. Padilla

MAAG Performance: Cabaret!© A. Padilla

MAAG Performance: Cabaret!
© A. Padilla

MAAG Performance: Special Project Other.© A. Padilla

MAAG Performance: Special Project Other.
© A. Padilla

MAAG Performance: Special Project Other. This was their 3rd dance performance of the season.© A. Padilla

MAAG Performance: Special Project Other. This was their 3rd dance performance of the season.
© A. Padilla

MAAG Performance: Special Project Other. - - Left to right: Kris, Bev, Sue, Grace, Carolyn, and Travis.© A. Padilla

MAAG Performance: Special Project Other. – Left to right: Kris, Bev, Sue, Grace, Carolyn, and Travis.
© A. Padilla

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And a video of the Special Project Other MAAG performance! YAY!

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31-December-2012: Antarctic New Year’s Eve, and Ice Stock, McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Ice Stock is McMurdo’s annual outdoor musical festival, organized to ring in the Antarctic New Year. There is never a shortage of musical talent on station, which makes it that much more fun to attend. Some of the bands that get together when they arrive in McMurdo are incredibly talented, and we always get a wide range of music styles, from classic and modern rock, to pop, country and sometimes even folk! Also, there’s an annual chili cook-off that takes place during Ice Stock, so you get to eat chili AND listen to music… all in the wonderful Antarctic outdoors!

The Ice Stock Stage!© A. Padilla

The Ice Stock Stage!
© A. Padilla

The Ice Stock Stage. Observation Hill makes quite an awesome backdrop for the festival.© A. Padilla

The Ice Stock Stage. Observation Hill makes quite an awesome backdrop for the festival.
© A. Padilla

The awesome backdrop for Ice Stock: Observation Hill.© A. Padilla

The awesome backdrop for Ice Stock: Observation Hill.
© A. Padilla

Bev, enjoying a cup of chili at the 2012-2013 Ice Stock.© A. Padilla

Bev, enjoying a cup of chili at the 2012-2013 Ice Stock.
© A. Padilla

Abe, enjoying a cup of chili at the 2012-2013 Ice Stock.© A. Padilla

Abe, enjoying a cup of chili at the 2012-2013 Ice Stock.
© A. Padilla

Bev and Elisha, enjoying a cup of chili at the 2012-2013 Ice Stock.© R. Piuk

Bev and Elisha, enjoying a cup of chili at the 2012-2013 Ice Stock.
© R. Piuk

First Band we saw (not the first of the evening, though): Tennessee.© A. Padilla

First Band we saw (not the first of the evening, though): Tennessee.
© A. Padilla

Kris Perry on the saxophone, and Jen Rhemann on guitar for Rock Candy.© A. Padilla

Kris Perry on the saxophone, and Jen Rhemann on guitar for Rock Candy.
© A. Padilla

Ukuleleist PJ, for Rock Candy.© A. Padilla

Ukuleleist PJ, for Rock Candy.
© A. Padilla

Dragon Tiger live at Ice Stock!© A. Padilla

Dragon Tiger live at Ice Stock!
© A. Padilla

Dragon Tiger's lead Guitarist, Kevin Pettway.© A. Padilla

Dragon Tiger’s lead Guitarist, Kevin Pettway.
© A. Padilla

Dragon Tiger's drummer, Eli Duke.© A. Padilla

Dragon Tiger’s drummer, Eli Duke.
© A. Padilla

Abe, ringing in the new year at Ice Stock 2012-2013.© T. Buchanan

Abe, ringing in the new year at Ice Stock 2012-2013.
© T. Buchanan

Bev, ringing in the new year at Ice Stock 2012-2013.© T. Buchanan

Bev, ringing in the new year at Ice Stock 2012-2013.
© T. Buchanan

Abe with a special beer to ring in the New Year 2013, the 2007 Belgian Vintage Geuze Mariage Parfait by Brouwerij Boon! Yes, I also brought this one from home, and yes, I also managed to NOT drink it until New Year's Eve.© R. Jeong

Abe with a special beer to ring in the New Year 2013, the 2007 Belgian Vintage Geuze Mariage Parfait by Brouwerij Boon! Yes, I also brought this one from home, and yes, I also managed to NOT drink it until New Year’s Eve.
© R. Jeong

An Ice Stock dancing flash mob - organized by Special Project Other.© A. Padilla

An Ice Stock dancing flash mob – organized by Special Project Other.
© A. Padilla

Ice Stock dancing flash mob - organized by Special Project Other.© A. Padilla

Ice Stock dancing flash mob – organized by Special Project Other.
© A. Padilla

Bev, perfoming in the dancing flash mob with Special Project Other.© A. Padilla

Bev, perfoming in the dancing flash mob with Special Project Other.
© A. Padilla

Ice Stock dancing flash mob - organized by Special Project Other.© A. Padilla

Ice Stock dancing flash mob – organized by Special Project Other.
© A. Padilla

Ice Stock dancing flash mob - organized by Special Project Other.© A. Padilla

Ice Stock dancing flash mob – organized by Special Project Other.
© A. Padilla

Ice Stock dancing flash mob - organized by Special Project Other.© A. Padilla

Ice Stock dancing flash mob – organized by Special Project Other.
© A. Padilla

Ice Stock dancing flash mob - organized by Special Project Other.© A. Padilla

Ice Stock dancing flash mob – organized by Special Project Other.
© A. Padilla

Bev, dancing in the flash mob with Special Project Other.© A. Padilla

Bev, dancing in the flash mob with Special Project Other.
© A. Padilla

The Ice Stock dancing flash mob - Special Project Other.© A. Padilla

The Ice Stock dancing flash mob – Special Project Other.
© A. Padilla

Sawbucks Coffee - always there to provide you with caffeinated goods! If Ivan Padilla came to Antarctica, this is where you would find him most of the time.© A. Padilla

Sawbucks Coffee – always there to provide you with caffeinated goods! If Ivan Padilla came to Antarctica, this is where you would find him most of the time.
© A. Padilla

The wonderful baristas, Forrest and Sparky, serving up caffeine at Sawbucks Coffee.© A. Padilla

The wonderful baristas, Forrest and Sparky, serving up caffeine at Sawbucks Coffee.
© A. Padilla

Our barista, Forrest, well equipped to stir any drink for you at Sawbucks Coffee.© A. Padilla

Our barista, Forrest, well equipped to stir any drink for you at Sawbucks Coffee.
© A. Padilla

Sharing a glass of champagne with friends, from left to right: Liz, Dave, Janae, Abe, & Bev.© A. Padilla

Sharing a glass of champagne with friends, from left to right: Liz, Dave, Janae, Abe, & Bev.
© A. Padilla

Tongue sticking out competition. Apparently we can all stick our tongue out quite far.© A. Padilla

Tongue sticking out competition. Apparently we can all stick our tongue out quite far.
© A. Padilla

Bev and Mitch, proud of their colorful legs.© A. Padilla

Bev and Mitch, proud of their colorful legs.
© A. Padilla

Travis, Bev, and Mitch proudly display their legging colors.© A. Padilla

Travis, Bev, and Mitch proudly display their legging colors.
© A. Padilla

Stephanie and Elisha getting a better view at the Ice Stock performances, complements of Jeff and Travis.© A. Padilla

Stephanie and Elisha getting a better view at the Ice Stock performances, complements of Jeff and Travis.
© A. Padilla

Taking a break from the music and chili. Left to right: Stephanie, Elisha, Travis, Bev, and Abe.© A. Padilla

Taking a break from the music and chili. Left to right: Stephanie, Elisha, Travis, Bev, and Abe.
© A. Padilla

Abe and Jeremy celebrate the new year with champagne.© A. Padilla

Abe and Jeremy celebrate the new year with champagne.
© A. Padilla

Abe, Bev, and Abe, enjoying the music and champagne at Ice Stock.© A. Padilla

Abe, Bev, and Abe, enjoying the music and champagne at Ice Stock.
© A. Padilla

Jeremy, Kris, Bev, and Abe, enjoying the music at Ice Stock.© A. Padilla

Jeremy, Kris, Bev, and Abe, enjoying the music at Ice Stock.
© A. Padilla

Ringing in the New Year 2013 at Ice Stock, McMurdo Station, Antarctica. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013!!!© A. Padilla

Ringing in the New Year 2013 at Ice Stock, McMurdo Station, Antarctica. 
© A. Padilla

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013!!!