McMurdo Holidays

McMurdoites will use just about any excuse to dress up:

“It’s the first weekend of the season? Let’s dress up!”
“It’s the second weekend of the season? Anybody have a really big hat??”
“There’s an end-of-WinFly party? Where’s my mask?”
“Halloween is coming up? Of course we’ve got costumes ready!!”
“Someone saw a penguin near station? Let’s have a costume contest!”
“It’s Wednesday again?? Let’s dress up!!”
“We’re running a race? Hold on… I’m putting on my superhero leotard! Here, hold my beer.”

The holidays are particularly important for dressing up. As you can imagine, it’s a lot more fun to participate than not participate, so naturally we have come up with some costumes of our own in which to stroll around town. In my attempt to keep this post unnaturally short in the text, I will only say the following things:

1) The first set of pictures is from Halloween (and the McMurdo Halloween Party)
2) There was a costume contest at the Halloween party
3) We started putting our costumes together 2-3 days before the actual party, and finished  15 minutes after the start of the party
4) We got to the party as they were announcing the contestants for group costumes, ran on stage, and WON best group costume!

5) The second set of pictures is from the Turkey Trot 5K Race and Freezing Man (McMurdo’s version of Burning Man), which take place on our Thanksgiving holiday (Saturday)
6) There was no costume contest, just people running around town in their silly costumes
7) We did not win the race, but we did get water bottles and an Antarctic Racing Series number tag 🙂

Enjoy!

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27-October-2012:    McMurdo Halloween Party, Big Gym, McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Mindy and Bev, putting their costume faces on and ready for Halloween.© R. Piuk
Mindy and Bev, putting their costume faces on and ready for Halloween.
© R. Piuk
Our full cast in costume. I'm sure you can all figure out the theme. Back Row (L to R): Tyler, Abe, and Buddy. Front Row: Kate, Bev, and Mindy.© A. Padilla
Our full cast in costume. I’m sure you can all figure out the theme. Back Row (L to R): Tyler, Abe, and Buddy. Front Row: Kate, Bev, and Mindy.
© A. Padilla
Full cast with weapons. Back Row (L to R): Tyler and his knife, Abe and his revolver, and Buddy with his wrench. Front Row: Kate and her candlestick, Bev with her lead pipe, and Mindy with rope.© R. Piuk
Full cast with weapons. Back Row (L to R): Tyler and his knife, Abe and his revolver, and Buddy with his wrench. Front Row: Kate and her candlestick, Bev with her lead pipe, and Mindy with rope.
© R. Piuk
Seconds after walking into the big gym, on stage for the group costume judging.© R. Piuk
Seconds after walking into the big gym, on stage for the group costume judging.
© R. Piuk
Announcing the winners of the 2012 McMurdo Halloween Group Costume Contest! As a prize, we got a trip to go visit and tour Capt. Robert F. Scott's Terra Nova Hut (built 1910), in Cape Evans, Ross Island. © R. Piuk
Announcing the winners of the 2012 McMurdo Halloween Group Costume Contest! As a prize, we got a trip to go visit and tour Capt. Robert F. Scott’s Terra Nova Hut (built 1910), in Cape Evans, Ross Island.
© R. Piuk
Obligatory Contest Winners Picture. Not bad for costumes that came together from "Skua" (our version of Goodwill) a mere couple of days before the party, eh?© R. Piuk
Obligatory Contest Winners Picture. Not bad for costumes that came together from “Skua” (our version of Goodwill) a mere couple of days before the party, eh?
© R. Piuk
Bev and Abe, costumes still intact, at Halloween Party (in the Big Gym).© R. Piuk
Bev and Abe, costumes still intact, at Halloween Party (in the Big Gym).
© R. Piuk
Part of the Crary Lab Crew: Travis Guy as Michael Phelps, and Elisha Kayser as an Amazonian Woman.© A. Padilla
Part of the Crary Lab Crew: Travis Guy as Michael Phelps, and Elisha Kayser as an Amazonian Woman.
© A. Padilla
Halloween Party Feature Performance: The Zombie Dance, with our esteemed janitors, dining assistants, and stewards.© R. Piuk
Halloween Party Feature Performance: The Zombie Dance, with our esteemed janitors, dining assistants, and stewards.
© R. Piuk
Halloween Party Feature Performance: The Zombie Dance, with our esteemed janitors, dining assistants, and stewards.© R. Piuk
Halloween Party Feature Performance: The Zombie Dance, with our esteemed janitors, dining assistants, and stewards.
© R. Piuk

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23-November-2012:    McMurdo Thanksgiving Weekend, Turkey Trot 5K & Freezing Man, McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Pre-Race preparations at the Chapel of the Snows.© R. Piuk
Pre-Race preparations at the Chapel of the Snows.
© R. Piuk
Putting on our game faces for the Turkey Trot.© R. Piuk
Putting on our game faces for the Turkey Trot.
© R. Piuk
Start of the 2012 Turkey Trot, at the Chapel of the Snows.© R. Piuk
Start of the 2012 Turkey Trot, at the Chapel of the Snows.
© R. Piuk
And we're off!© R. Piuk
And we’re off!
© R. Piuk
Approaching the finish line, costumes intact!© R. Piuk
Approaching the finish line, costumes intact!
© R. Piuk
Crossing the finish line! Woot Woot! Antarctic Series Race #1: check!© R. Piuk
Crossing the finish line! Woot Woot! Antarctic Series Race #1: check!
© R. Piuk
Post-race photo. Glad to be done running in that Penguin suit!© R. Piuk
Post-race photo. Glad to be done running in that Penguin suit!
© R. Piuk
Taking our Post-Race pictures at the McMurdo Station sign. Also, these are our first pictures AT the McMurdo Station sign.© R. Piuk
Taking our Post-Race pictures at the McMurdo Station sign. Also, these are our first pictures AT the McMurdo Station sign.
© R. Piuk
Feature Performance for Freezing Man: "Look at Us Now."© A. Padilla
Feature Performance for Freezing Man: “Look at Us Now.”
© A. Padilla
"Look at Us Now," Freezing Man's Feature Performance starring (L to R) Morgan, Tom, Sue, Bev, and Travis (not in this picture).© A. Padilla
“Look at Us Now,” Freezing Man’s Feature Performance starring (L to R) Morgan, Tom, Sue, Bev, and Travis (not in this picture).
© A. Padilla
"Look at Us Now," Freezing Man's Feature Performance.© A. Padilla
“Look at Us Now,” Freezing Man’s Feature Performance.
© A. Padilla

 

"Look at Us Now," Freezing Man's Feature Performance.© R. Piuk
“Look at Us Now,” Freezing Man’s Feature Performance.
© R. Piuk

 

"Look at Us Now" Finale, Freezing Man's Feature Performance. Back: Tom & Travis. Front: Morgan, Sue, and Bev.© A. Padilla
“Look at Us Now” Finale, Freezing Man’s Feature Performance. Back: Tom & Travis. Front: Morgan, Sue, and Bev.
© A. Padilla

 

"Look at Us Now" Finale. Back: Tom, & Travis. Front: Morgan, Sue, and Bev.© R. Piuk
“Look at Us Now” Finale. Back: Tom, & Travis. Front: Morgan, Sue, and Bev.
© R. Piuk

 

Post-performance at Freezing Man.© A. Padilla
Post-performance at Freezing Man.
© A. Padilla

That’s all for now. Until next time!

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